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I. Prodrive is stepping in to put Subaru back in its rightful place: WRC. The Prodrive Subaru Impreza STi WRC2008 will compete starting at the Rally Portugal with Marcus Gronholm at the helm. If anyone can give Sebastien Loeb a good run for his money, its Gronholm. And Subaru. [Source: 0-60]

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Rumor Mongering: International Buys Jeep?

If you’ve got the Scout bug in your genes like me, that headline immediately conjures up visions of a resurrected bruiser. Before you let dreams of toqueing your way through the woods in your brand new Scout III dominate the rest of your work day, hear the details. There’s a batch of rumors swirling around [...]

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I. GM disbanded its High Performance Vehicle Operations today and re-dispersed the engineers to work on more practical things until the company gets its act together. Officially, the projects are on “indefinite hold,” but we get the idea that “indefinite” translates to “forever.” So it goes. [Source: Autoweek]

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I. Tuner ABT has gotten its greasy mitts all over the tasty KTM X-Bow and created an evil, slobbering beast of a track machine. Word is the 240 hp go-kart will get a bump to 300, which should be enough to shave a couple tenths off the 3.9 second 0-60 figure, not to mention dissolve [...]

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Fun With Computers: 1967 Dodge Viper

Designer Rafael Reston has taken to pondering what the Dodge Viper would have looked like if it originated in the ‘60s. What’d he come up with? A heaping pile of hotness. Reston says he took time to research construction methods available at the time, as well as all the craziness Chrysler was working on. When [...]

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I Volkswagen will be sending the 2010 Golf R Series Turbo our way shortly after its late 2009 German debut. The new car will have a turbo’d 2-liter four and 270 hp, up from 250 in the weak-sauce R32. Supposedly it’s good for a sub-6 second  zero to 60 and 155 on the big end. [...]

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The Daily Wrap

I. Jaguar is putting its 272 hp diesel V6 in the XK. The engine debuts in Europe this spring in the XF saloon sedan, but a thinly disguised XK was caught testing at Nurburgring with a distinctive diesel rattle. Hooray for torques. [Surce: Autocar] II.  NASCAR rookie Tony Logano will become the youngest ever driver [...]

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Seven New Chrysler-Fiats

You know I must say, this Chrysler-Fiat deal is looking better all the time. Long story real short, through platform swappage and localized manufacturing, Chrysler’s relationship with Fiat should yield seven — count ‘em – seven new cars for us Yanks here in America. Most importantly (to me) is Fiat’s scrappy little 500. If you dig [...]

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I. Teammates of Christiano Ronaldo bought him an Enzo pedal car to replace the real 599 GTB he destroyed last week. The Manchester United soccer star, whom you may remember from the first Daily Wrap, took the joke in good fun and said he’d give the pedal car to charity. Incidentally, Ronaldo has decided to [...]

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Chrysler And Fiat Team Up

Didn’t see this one coming. Chrysler and Fiat have teamed up to take advantage of each others’ strengths. It’s no secret that fuel efficiency isn’t Chrysler’s forte, with its smallest models dishing up the kind of mpgs that were so-so five years ago. Now Chrysler and Fiat have announced a partnership that would allow the [...]

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I. Giniel DeVilliers and Dirk von Zitewitz won the 2009 Paris-Dakar in a VW Touareg. DeVilliers von Zitzewitz crossed the finish ramp 8m59s ahead of teammates Mark Miller and Ralph Pitchford. Volkswagen not only finished one-two, but made history by sealing the victory with a diesel in the car class since the event’s inception in [...]

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Chrysler PT Cruiser Production To End

Bust out the Dom Perignon, Fiends. Chrysler has finally decided to put a bullet in the PT Cruiser’s production. The car responsible for the retro-wave of styling that has swept automakers since its debut in 2000 has clung to life for nearly a decade. In that time, the car has managed to stay the same [...]

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Detroit Auto Show: Nothing’s Shocking

A brief moment of explanation: the annoyed-looking fellow in the sharkskin shoes is moi, and I am administering an ever-popular Internet meme — “the shocker” — to the just-for-decoration double-stacked tailpipes of the Lexus IS-F. At the close of the show’s first day, it’s difficult to not conclude that most of the sturm und drang [...]

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Italian Cars You Haven’t Heard Of: 1966 Ghia 450 SS

Just as Autoblog highlighted today with their Italian-bodied Camaro, Italian coachbuilders in the 1960s just loved to rebody American cars. But that’s not actually what Ghia did with the 450 SS here. While it takes advantage of Plymouth Barracuda running gear, Ghia built its own ladder frame. The engine is Chrysler’s a 235-horsepower 4.5 liter [...]

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Don’t Worry ‘Camino Boys, Chrysler’s Here

While GM’s getting out of the El Camino gig faster than you can say “Pantera” by bailing on the Pontiac G8 ST, Chrysler’s beginning to take a good hard look at car/truck mash up. Why? Fuel economy, of all things. The company says the current body-on-frame design isn’t cutting it, even for small pick-ups like [...]

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Italian(ish) Cars You Haven’t Heard Of: 1970 Monteverdi Hai 450 SS

And so, a week into the ICYHHO series, I’m cheating. The Monteverdi Hai is Swiss. But it’s Swiss-Italian. I admit to funny business, but the Hai 450 SS looks Italian. And it probably doesn’t work so well, which makes it very Italian. There are only four examples of the Hai 450 SS in existence, with [...]

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Days Of Our Detroit: Sayonara Saturn?

This whole Big Three bailout thing is addictive. Worse than bad daytime TV. Will GM marry Chrysler? Will Renault/Nissan show up at the wedding to proclaim its love? Will daddy pay for GM’s life-saving operation? Then there was that fiery crash where Saab, Hummer and Saturn all came under strategic review. Who will survive? The [...]

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