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2011 BMW M3 Coupe, an Autoweek Drivers Log Car Review
EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER HART: A couple of days driving this 2011 BMW M3 coupe and it's easy to see why this is the benchmark by which all other sport coupes are measured.

Are laser-powered cars in our future?
We have no shortage of ideas here in the United States about how to power our cars. Weand#8217;ve seen gasoline and electricity, and weand#8217;ve heard about fuel cells powered by water. The nuclear option is the only thing left to discuss.

Infiniti prices the 2012 QX and EX
Infiniti is sticking with 2011-model-year prices for the 2012 QX luxury SUV, hoping to maintain a positive sales response since last year's redesign.

Mini nears big sales record
BMW's Mini brand will reach an all-time sales record this year, BMW sales and marketing chief Ian Robertson said.

Nissan sets prices for the 2012 Armada and Titan
Nissan is keeping prices essentially the same for the 2012 Armada and Titan lineups, the former with slightly higher stickers for the SL and Platinum models.

Bentley whips up mechanical artwork for charity auction
Most of us will never own an ultraluxury car such as a Bentley, but for a slightly lesser price you can still have something built in Crewe.

Peugeot catapults Sanand into big league of auto hubs
Come 2014 and what used to be a small 'town' on the outskirts of Ahmedabad - Sanand - will be a name to reckon with in automobile industry in India. With the entry of a vehicle manufacturing plant by PSA Peugeot Citroen in Sanand, the erstwhile sleepy town has been catapulted to the league of India's prominent auto hubs such as Pune in Maharashtra and Sriperumbudur in Chennai.

Chrysler, Nissan, GM lead industry to 8% gain
UPDATED--Chrysler Group, Nissan North America and General Motors led the industry to an 8 percent U.S. sales gain in August.

Chrysler eight-speed gearbox to boost big sedans' fuel economy
Chrysler Group says its new eight-speed automatic transmission will be the first offered on domestically produced automobiles and will boost fuel economy and cut emissions of the company's two full-sized, rear-drive sedans.

BMW recalls 2002-05 3-series for light defect
BMW is recalling 241,000 copies of the 3-series in the United States to fix a rear light defect that could lead to crashes.

BMW revives four-cylinders for better mileage
BMW is bringing four-cylinder engines back to the U.S. market as one response to the scheduled increase in fuel-economy regulations.

AUTOWEEK TV: A special report on the Cadillac Ciel
Also in today's show: Next year's Formula One schedule is out, a Toyota electric displays on juice on the Nürburgring and Sync has a special feature for the autobahn.

Mecum to auction last Mitsubishi Eclipse for charity
The 22-year run of the sporty Mitsubishi Eclipse is over.

2012 Honda Pilot refined inside and out
Boasting a slight makeover, the 2012 Honda Pilot is ready for showroom floors with a sleeker exterior, an upgraded interior and slightly better fuel efficiency, according to Honda.

Ford shares 2012 Focus ST images with Facebook fans
Ford is giving Facebook users front-row access to new photos and video showcasing the progress of its first global performance car, the

Audi revives the A2 with Frankfurt motor show concept
Audi has officially confirmed plans for a lightweight, electric successor to the A2--six years after the first-generation model ceased production.

K+N opens automotive logistics centre in IndiaFalse
India's growing role in the global automobile industry, plus robust domestic demand for vehicles, is putting increased pressure on the country's distribution and logistics networks.

2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track, an Autoweek Drivers Log Car Review
EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER HART: This Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track is the best

Germany celebrates 125 years of the automobile
Germany is celebrating this year the birth of the automobile, with a patent applied for by Carl Benz 125 years ago for a motorized tricycle, in hopes of drawing tourists smitten by cars.

Bob Lutz returns as General Motors adviser
The raspy voice of

Aston exec leaves for Chrysler
Beth Paretta, one of Autoweek's 10 Secret People in 2009 (Autoweek, Sept. 21, 2009) has left her position as operations manager at Aston Martin to join

BMW experiments with laser headlamps
Headlamp technology is rapidly advancing, and as LED lights become commonplace, many wonder what's next.

AUTOWEEK TV: Checking out the Concours d'LeMons
Also in today's show: Audi shows the A2, the Ford Focus ST gets social and the

Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition unofficially laps the Green Hell in 7:14
Another day, another record broken at the Nürburgring--unofficially.

Freddie Mercury Lotus Evora to be auctioned for charity
Die-hard Queen fans can bid on a Lotus Evora S inspired by the late Freddie Mercury at a 65th-birthday celebration for the famous frontman.

'India will be 3rd biggest carmaker'
The automobile industry’s top-gear growth in India is attracting investments from allied industries as well.

SIAM says Maruti's Manesar trouble might impact domestic car sales
The automobile industry body The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) feels that the ongoing...

Ford India's 'Swap Your Drive' campaign gathers momentum
The Indian automobile industry is surely heating up as we are about to witness one of the boldest marketing...

Center stack is new high-stakes battleground, showdown with safety regulators looms
For auto suppliers and gadget companies eager to get a piece of the auto industry, the hottest chunk of vehicle real estate now is the center stack.

Mazda CX-5 crossover to get diesel for 2014
Mazda's CX-5 compact crossover will get a diesel option for the 2014 model year, according to a source familiar with the company's plans.

Technology-packed vehicles vie to make a splash at Frankfurt motor show
What a difference two years make.

Group wants registry for historic cars
The federal government has national registries for historic buildings, boats, airplanes, railways--you name it. But not for cars. And the Historic Vehicle Association is trying to change that.

Honda recalls CR-V, CR-Z for fixes
Honda is recalling CR-V crossovers to fix a window switch that could start a fire, and the CR-Z hybrid with manual transmissions to make a change to the powertrain software.

Porsche developing new four-cylinder engine
High-ranking officials at Porsche's Weissach research and development center in Germany have confirmed engineering work is progressing on a four-cylinder horizontally opposed gasoline engine, details of which were first revealed by Autoweek...

2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, an Autoweek Drivers Log Car Review
EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER HART: Every time I get out of a

Skoda will unveil new sedan for growth markets at Frankfurt show
Czech automaker Skoda will unveil the MissionL at the Frankfurt motor show, a near-production concept for a compact sedan mainly targeted at growth markets such as China, Russia and India.

Toyota to end Camry imports from Japan
Toyota Motor Corp. plans to halt exports of the Japan-made

Subaru future products: Plans focus on U.S.
Subaru plans to roll out three new vehicles over the next three years: the BRZ coupe developed jointly with

New carmaker Eterniti to debut its first car in Frankfurt
It's not every day that a new car company jumps into the fray, and it's even rarer that the first model it builds is a super SUV.

2012 Buick Verano stickers for $23,470
Buick has stamped the compact 2012 Verano sedan with a $23,470 base price, including destination.

Drivers in northeastern U.S. have highest crash average, insurance survey finds
If you don't want to be in a car crash, your best course of action is to pay attention, don't follow too closely and keep up on maintenance. You also help your odds if you can stay out of the northeastern United States.

Former auction house owner Kruse facing Pennsylvania theft charge
Former auction house owner Dean Kruse surrendered to northern Indiana authorities last week to face a theft charge in Pennsylvania, where he is accused of failing to pay a man $38,000 for selling an antique hearse.

Audi releases photos of A2 concept for Frankfurt show
Less than a week after releasing sketches of the report A2 small car, Audi has served up photos of the four-seat concept that will be shown next week at the

Jaguar C-X16 revealed for Frankfurt auto show
Certain cars carry the weight of history and must be conceived with a sense of purpose that honors their heritage yet elevates the brand and moves it forward. They're halos and at the same time standard-bearers. A

SIAM expects the domestic PV market to touch 5.6 units by 2017
The Indian automobile industry has been growing tremendously in the last two years and despite the slow down in...

GM India planning to review automobile prices in September
In view of the increasing raw material prices, several automobile companies have already announced a hike...

2012 Ford Mustang V6 Coupe, an Autoweek Drivers Log Car Review
NEWS EDITOR GREG MIGLIORE: The Ford Mustang V6 coupe is a secretary's special no moreand#8212;this is a runner, complete with 305 hp and a fun six-speed manual gearbox.

Slowdown in auto sales temporary: Minister
New Delhi, Sep 7 : The slowdown in automobile sales is a temporary phenomenon and domestic demand is robust, Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel said Wednesday.

Slowdown in auto sales temporary: Minister
The slowdown in automobile sales is a temporary phenomenon and domestic demand is robust, Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel said Wednesday.

Saab seeks court protection from creditors
Saab is filing for protection from creditors from a Swedish district court, the automaker's owner, Swedish Automobile, said Wednesday.

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