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The Best Of Monterey 2010

The Best Of Monterey 2010

The Best Of Monterey 2010
The Best Of Monterey 2010
The Best Of Monterey 2010
The Best Of Monterey 2010
The Best Of Monterey 2010
The Best Of Monterey 2010
The Best Of Monterey 2010
The Best Of Monterey 2010

The Concours d’Elegance dates back to the 17th century French aristocracy, who paraded horse-drawn carriages in the parks of Paris during summer weekends. Eventually the carriages became horseless and the gathering became a competition of the finest automobiles on the planet, both new and old. The most prestigious of all the concours being the Pebble Beach Concours followed by a week of car heaven in Monterey.

This year’s Monterey gathering was nothing short of spectacular, with loads of production cars unveiled, special events, a slew of special cars, and even a couple of high end auctions, bringing numbers well into the 7 figures.

With an event this incredible and cars this extravagantly exquisite, we’ve deemed it necessary to do a little recap of the week’s events to illustrate just how spectacular this celebration really is.

Check out our lists of production cars, special events, and auctions that graced the Monterey world during this fantastic week after the jump.

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9th 458 wrecked in 90 days, first on US soil

9th 458 wrecked in 90 days, first on US soil

9th 458 wrecked in 90 days, first on US soil

The Ferrari 458 Italia has been in the news a lot lately for all the wrong reasons. While it should be in the news for its gorgeous looks, unmatched performance, and a exhaust symphony to die for, it has been in the headlines for its ill-fated crash record. Nine wrecked 458s in the past 90 days to be exact, which amounts to a mangled Italian horse every 10 days.

This specific wreck occurred late yesterday in Costa Mesa, California; the first 458 wreck on american soil. Thankfully, no one is injured, and by looking at the pictures it looks as if this Ferrari suffered from spontaneous combustion. The 458 is a total loss, but the owner is expected to receive a brand new 458 from Ferrari’s Maranello factory.

Source: Motor Authority
Picture: Wrecked Exotics

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Wiesmann MF5 to lose its powerplant

Wiesmann MF5 to lose its powerplant

Wiesmann MF5 to lose its powerplant

The news is already out that new generations of the BMW M5 and M6 are ditching their award-winning V10 and trading it in for a more environmentally friendly twin-turbo charged V8. Now although this isn’t a big blow for BMW - actually more of an improvement - Weismann could have a some trouble with their MF5 model.

Weismann’s MF5, a culmination of both vintage styling and modern technology, happens to borrow BMW’s V10; meaning the MF5 is going to be left with no engine under the hood. Weismann claims they will keep producing the MF5 for now, but as to what will be under the hood is still unknown.

Source: Luxist

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First Dirt 3 Trailer hits the net; New screenshots revealed

First Dirt 3 Trailer hits the net; New screenshots revealed

First Dirt 3 Trailer hits the net; New screenshots revealed
First Dirt 3 Trailer hits the net; New screenshots revealed
First Dirt 3 Trailer hits the net; New screenshots revealed
First Dirt 3 Trailer hits the net; New screenshots revealed
First Dirt 3 Trailer hits the net; New screenshots revealed
First Dirt 3 Trailer hits the net; New screenshots revealed
First Dirt 3 Trailer hits the net; New screenshots revealed
First Dirt 3 Trailer hits the net; New screenshots revealed

The Dirt Franchise is back with its latest installment: Dirt 3. And its not just back, its back with fiery explosions, a weather simulator, and Ken Block’s "Monster" Ford Fiesta. True rally enthusiasts may not fancy Dirt 3, or even the whole franchise, but there is no denying, Dirt 3 looks good.

No details have been released on the new game, except that it is expected to hit the shelves sometime in 2011 for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 as confirmed by its creator, CodeMasters. As you can see in the trailer, the graphics will be just as astonishing as the highly successful Dirt 2. It also appears that we will get new stages of H20, rain, and snow, as well as over 50 rally cars and "double the track content" as the previous installment. All of which will add an exciting twist to your rally experience.

Dirt 3 may not be a true to heart rally game as much as being an Americanized translation of the sport, but it’s still an exciting interpretation of it. Let’s just hope it’s not all show and no go.

UPDATE 08/18/2010: Check out the new screenshots for Dirt 3!

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First Production McLaren F1 For Sale with only 300 Miles

First Production McLaren F1 For Sale with only 300 Miles

First Production McLaren F1 For Sale with only 300 Miles
First Production McLaren F1 For Sale with only 300 Miles
First Production McLaren F1 For Sale with only 300 Miles
First Production McLaren F1 For Sale with only 300 Miles
First Production McLaren F1 For Sale with only 300 Miles
First Production McLaren F1 For Sale with only 300 Miles
First Production McLaren F1 For Sale with only 300 Miles
First Production McLaren F1 For Sale with only 300 Miles

The first production McLaren F1 has been put up for sale on the renowned JamesList.com.

As you may recall, the McLaren F1 is an utterly timeless machine powered by a 6.1-liter BMW V12, putting out a staggering 627-hp. Appraised by some as the ultimate road car, not only is the McLaren F1 the ultimate performance machine, it is also extremely rare. And making this one even more rare it is the first production F1.

Priced at a modest $3,175,000, the 1995 model has only 300 miles on the clock, adding to the super-rare persona of the car. Making this whole ordeal even more unusual, the car is up for sale by Gemballa North America. As we all remember, founder Uwe Gemballa went missing a couple of months ago subsequently leading to the closing of Gemballa’s doors.

Source: World Car Fans

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Morgan EvaGT debuts at Pebble Beach

Morgan EvaGT debuts at Pebble Beach

Morgan EvaGT debuts at Pebble Beach
Morgan EvaGT debuts at Pebble Beach
Morgan EvaGT debuts at Pebble Beach
Morgan EvaGT debuts at Pebble Beach
Morgan EvaGT debuts at Pebble Beach
Morgan EvaGT debuts at Pebble Beach
Morgan EvaGT debuts at Pebble Beach
Morgan EvaGT debuts at Pebble Beach

Morgan Motor Company took the covers off of their conceptual EvaGT supercar Sunday at Pebble Beach, right on the concept lawn of the famous Concours d’Elegance.

We had already seen a released sketch of EvaGTa couple weeks ago, but we have to admit the car is a bit more stunning in all of its aluminum glory. The car flows well - very well - from its signature Morgan bonnet and grille, to the cockpit, and finally to the oddly shaped taillights.

The EvaGT is also a bit more modern than the rest of the Morgans which tend to all have the same vintage style, but we still haven’t decided if modern is good or not. One thing that we certainly do not like is the rims that look as if they belong on a Honda Civic.

Underneath that elongated, cannot-tell-a-lie bonnet we get a 306-hp, 3.0-liter, BMW strait six and a six-speed automatic or manual. All of this together weighs in at a nimble 2,755 lbs and 0-60 figures of 4.5 seconds.

Source: Auto Blog

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Monterey 2010: One-Off Jaguar XJ75 Platinum

Monterey 2010: One-Off Jaguar XJ75 Platinum

Monterey 2010: One-Off Jaguar XJ75 Platinum
Monterey 2010: One-Off Jaguar XJ75 Platinum
Monterey 2010: One-Off Jaguar XJ75 Platinum
Monterey 2010: One-Off Jaguar XJ75 Platinum
Monterey 2010: One-Off Jaguar XJ75 Platinum
Monterey 2010: One-Off Jaguar XJ75 Platinum
Monterey 2010: One-Off Jaguar XJ75 Platinum
Monterey 2010: One-Off Jaguar XJ75 Platinum

Earlier we saw the XKR175 and it seems as if that isn’t the only special Jag making its debut in Monterey this weekend. The new limited production coupe is accompanied by the one-off XJ75 Platinum concept in honor of Jaguar’s 75th anniversary.

The new Platinum is decked out in polar-opposites to say the least; with blacked out rims, grille, and d-pillar contrasting against the pearlescent white paint. On the inside, quilted black leather seats with diamond-stitch inserts and a bespoke clock by Bremont Watch Company adds to the feeling of royalty.

Interior features don’t stop there; enjoy your classical tapes with a 1,200-watt, 20 speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system. Although there are no performance upgrades the new XJ75 Platinum is still sure to turn heads.

Source: Auto Blog

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Bugatti Veyron SuperSport Makes It's North American Debut in Monterey

Bugatti Veyron SuperSport Makes It’s North American Debut in Monterey

Bugatti Veyron SuperSport Makes It's North American Debut in Monterey
Bugatti Veyron SuperSport Makes It's North American Debut in Monterey
Bugatti Veyron SuperSport Makes It's North American Debut in Monterey
Bugatti Veyron SuperSport Makes It's North American Debut in Monterey
Bugatti Veyron SuperSport Makes It's North American Debut in Monterey
Bugatti Veyron SuperSport Makes It's North American Debut in Monterey
Bugatti Veyron SuperSport Makes It's North American Debut in Monterey
Bugatti Veyron SuperSport Makes It's North American Debut in Monterey

The last time the 1,200-hp Veyron SuperSport was in the headlines was when it absolutely smashed the production car land speed record by reaching nearly 268 mph at Volkswagen’s ultra-secret Ehra-Lessien test track; then - if that wasn’t enough - the SuperSport posted the fastest time around the top gear track, piloted by none other than the stig himself.

We have seen pictures and videos much before the official unveiling of the "World Record Edition" SuperSport; with it’s hard to forget Black and Orange - and we mean the brightest orange you have ever seen - paint scheme. Otherwise we hadn’t a clue on the other editions; and based on the Veyron’s history, there are bound to be a few. And now, we know of two.

The SuperSport made its official public debut at the Quail Motorsports gathering earlier today with drop-dead gorgeous metallic blue carbon fiber paint; which we much prefer to the "World Record Edition".

According to our sources the record-breaking SuperSport will be making a stop at the Laguna Seca. We will keep you up to date on the Quail Motorsports gathering this weekend.

Make sure to check out our hi-res gallery for more pics and a shot of the new SuperSport on the road.

Source: Auto Blog

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Ford Europe Reports July Sales Down 22 Percent

Ford Europe Reports July Sales Down 22 Percent

Ford Europe Reports July Sales Down 22 Percent

We all know that the entire economy has been in the pits lately and although most seem to think we are coming out of it, in another dip Ford’s European division reported a 22 percent drop in July’s sales. All while Ford’s American division continues to put out positive figures.

Despite the large drop, Ford Europe claims to still be profitable. And it wasn’t just Ford that felt the drop; The whole European auto-market saw a 16 percent decline, still less sharp than Ford’s 22 percent drop which amounts to 97,800 units in the month of July.

During this general decline in the European auto-market Ford still has no interest in artificially inflating sales with incentives. According to Ingvar Sviggum - vice president of marketing, sales, and service - "Heavy discounting only damages brand reputation and further weakens the market".

We couldn’t agree more with Mr. Sviggum and with profits still up, his strategy seems to be working. We personally think Ford will pull through on this one.

Source: Left Lane News

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The Car Collector's Estate can be yours...for $35 million

The Car Collector’s Estate can be yours...for $35 million

The Car Collector's Estate can be yours...for $35 million
The Car Collector's Estate can be yours...for $35 million
The Car Collector's Estate can be yours...for $35 million
The Car Collector's Estate can be yours...for $35 million
The Car Collector's Estate can be yours...for $35 million
The Car Collector's Estate can be yours...for $35 million
The Car Collector's Estate can be yours...for $35 million
The Car Collector's Estate can be yours...for $35 million

If you have a collection of 35 world-class cars and haven’t a clue on where to put them all, architect Steve Hermann may have an answer for you. Fork up $35 million and you can have the ultimate car collector’s estate located in Montecito, California, a modernist, 15,000 sq-ft house sporting a 35 car garage.

The 35 car garage isn’t exactly a garage; it’s more of an outstanding automotive gallery. Walls and pillars lined in walnut lead way to the rear facade covered in extravagant glass panes which seem to seamlessly hover over the rolling hills of the 3.5 acre estate teeming with ancient oak groves. Neighbors are among the most famous, including Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Martin, Jeff Bridges, and John Cleese.

With neighbors of the up-most status in society, and a design which oozes modernistic times and a love and appreciation of the automobile, what’s not to love? For $35 million you can enjoy your top-of-the-line auto collection whilst treating yourself to the epitome of luxury.

Let’s just hope it comes with curtains - lots of them.

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Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione up for sale at Brooklands Auction

Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione up for sale at Brooklands Auction

Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione up for sale at Brooklands Auction
Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione up for sale at Brooklands Auction
Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione up for sale at Brooklands Auction
Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione up for sale at Brooklands Auction
Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione up for sale at Brooklands Auction
Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione up for sale at Brooklands Auction
Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione up for sale at Brooklands Auction
Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione up for sale at Brooklands Auction

Chances are, you will never fly to the moon or become a billionaire. An even more unlikely scenario is to see an original Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione up for sale. To say the occurrence has a once in a blue moon chance is a bit of an understatement. That being said, get your checkbooks out and get ready to write down a number well into the 8-figures - but not yet.

The car up for sale is not a real 250 GTO Evocazione. Although the car is a real Ferrari, it started its life as a much more modest 330 GT. The owner then decided to mod the car to resemble a 250 GTO. And not just any GTO, the only right hand drive 4-liter V-12 model Ferrari made to compete at Le Mans.

The fact of the matter is that, although you are not getting a real 250 GTO, the replica is sure to make you just as happy as the real thing. Once in a lifetime will you ever see a real 250 GTO Evocazione up for sale, so for an astronomically lower price, you have the opportunity to own a piece of racing history.

The Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione replica is expected to fetch $377,000 - a far cry from the $18 million of the original - on September 25th at the Historics at Brooklands in England.

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Trio of 2011 BMW 6-Series convertibles spied in Europe

Trio of 2011 BMW 6-Series convertibles spied in Europe

Trio of 2011 BMW 6-Series convertibles spied in Europe
Trio of 2011 BMW 6-Series convertibles spied in Europe
Trio of 2011 BMW 6-Series convertibles spied in Europe
Trio of 2011 BMW 6-Series convertibles spied in Europe
Trio of 2011 BMW 6-Series convertibles spied in Europe
Trio of 2011 BMW 6-Series convertibles spied in Europe
Trio of 2011 BMW 6-Series convertibles spied in Europe
Trio of 2011 BMW 6-Series convertibles spied in Europe

A convoy of three 2011 6-Series Convertibles was spotted by some German auto enthusiasts on the Autobahn, testing at speeds exceeding 160 mph. Last time we saw the new 6-Series testing it was at the renowned Nurburgring race track; now the 6 series takes on the high-speed tarmac of the German Autobahn.

Usually prototypes such as this one are captured by professional spy photographers; however, this time the shots have come in from a member of M5Board driving a modified M3.

This particular trio of BMW prototypes happens to consist of three different 6-Series models. One model sports the same square exhaust tips that we saw on the Nurburgring 6-Series; presumably the high performance model as suggested by a passenger in the video.

The new 6-Series features styling fairly similar to that of the GranCoupe Concept, but we expect the new 6-Series won’t veer to far off from the old design thanks to BMW’s tentative designers.

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Land Rover Moving Production to India

Land Rover Moving Production to India

Land Rover Moving Production to India

British, Luxury-SUV manufacturer Land Rover is now under the control of the multinational corporation Tata Motors (no pun intended) headquartered in Mumbai, India. The new Jaguar Land Rover is now looking to expand their Indian production. This news comes just days after JLR appointed a new Chinese market chief to help expand the brand in China; and also shortly after Tata Motors’ stock climbed to a 19-year high. Plus the boost of demand for Jaguar and Land Rover products called for an increase in nearly 23,000 units for this quarter and a $430 million profit for Tata.

Tata’s CEO recently announced JLR’s plans to start producing Land Rovers in India sometime next year and a new joint-venture moving some JLR production to China. No further details as to what Land Rovers will be made in India have been released; however, production of the new T5 platform, which lies underneath the LR4 and Range Rover Sport is a strong possibility.

Source: Left Lane News

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Saab Junkie Renders a New 9-5 Coupe

Saab Junkie Renders a New 9-5 Coupe

Saab Junkie Renders a New 9-5 Coupe

AlthoughSaab will most likely not create a coupe version of the new 9-5 saloon anytime soon, the idea has been in the heads of Saab fans for quite awhile. The 9-5 pictured above is the Photoshop-rendered 9-5 coupe done by an anonymous reader of the "Saabsunited" webpage.

What we have to say about the rendering is it is quite good, from a technical stand point. The fact that it was rendered by a presumably amateur artist makes it all the better, but it doesn’t quite make the cut. It looks as if the artist simply cut out a foot or two of the sedan and did nothing more. Its alloys are about five sizes too small and the door’s trim is half rubber, half chrome. Plus the roof-line is practically identical to the awkward looking roof-line of the Nissan R35.

For those who like the design, a 9-5 coupe is not among Saab’s priorities.

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David Cardoso Amphibious Audi Study

David Cardoso Amphibious Audi Study

David Cardoso Amphibious Audi Study
David Cardoso Amphibious Audi Study
David Cardoso Amphibious Audi Study
David Cardoso Amphibious Audi Study
David Cardoso Amphibious Audi Study
David Cardoso Amphibious Audi Study
David Cardoso Amphibious Audi Study
David Cardoso Amphibious Audi Study

Audi has shown us some pretty wild concept cars in the past. For instance the Audi Rosemeyer and the Audi RSQ that we saw in the movie "iRobot". This time, world renowned artist David Cardoso has created his own vision of the "amphibious" car, with an Audi badge slapped right on the front grille. But the only thing Audi about this car is the front grille, we couldn’t even tell front from back with the "Hydron" study.

According to David himself, his conceptual creation is "..a 3 seat, electric amphibious vehicle with the looks of a road car that can be used as a ’boat’ when necessary." Now we aren’t sure who he is kidding, but this concept looks nothing like any road car we’ve seen; heck, the only thing that makes it look like a car is four wheels.

One thing he has done is engineered the car to work both uniquely on the road and in the water. For example, the cockpit was made narrow to reduce water resistance and the doors have a hollow structure to guide water from front to rear wheel-arches; also while in the water the Hydron is propelled by hollow axe wheels, each driven by an electric engine capable of turning 90 degrees.

With wheels turning 90 degrees expect flawless parallel parking, but don’t get your hopes up on seeing the Hydron on water or land in your lifetime.

Source: Car Scoop Blogspot

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Hyundai provides Equus Catering service for US Market

Hyundai provides Equus Catering service for US Market

Hyundai provides Equus Catering service for US Market

When the Equus flagship sedan made its debut at the 2010 New York Auto Show, Korean automaker Hyundai had made plans to sell the car at pre-existing dealers.

Fortunately for any potential Equus owners, things change. And Hyundai’s plans have changed in a very unique way. Now, instead of you going to a dealership to talk with an Equus sales specialist, they will be coming to you. The program will be named "Your time, Your Place", accordingly, because a salesman will come wherever you please and whenever you please, to demo the Equus for you. Just for you.

And it doesn’t stop there. Hyundai’s clear intent is to make purchasing the Equus the most exclusive ownership experience there is to offer. They will be succeeding at this by providing in-home pickup whenever your Equus needs to be serviced. The Equus even comes equipped with an Apple iPad so you can schedule your maintenance right from inside your car using the owner’s manual Apple tablet. After you have scheduled your maintenance, Hyundai will pick up and re-deliver your Equus. Not to mention they will replace it with a Genesis while it’s gone; all as you sit on the couch.

For just $50,000-$60,00, you not only get a top of the line sedan, but you also get treated as if you owned a $400,000 Rolls-Royce. Way to go, Hyundai!

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Super-rare $650k Aston Martin Shooting Brake up for auction

Super-rare $650k Aston Martin Shooting Brake up for auction

Super-rare $650k Aston Martin Shooting Brake up for auction

The British auto manufacturer Aston Martin is notorious for creating some of the most elegant and luxurious cars on the supercar market. What makes them stand apart is that they do so without taking away from any of the brute force of an agile hyper-car. However, when we see a car like the bulky, awkward looking 1996 "Sportsman" Shooting Brake, we wonder how all of that finesse got lost in in this particular translation.

With styling similar to the V8 Le Mans, the Shooting Brake is an entirely hand built 2-door hatchback. What makes it even more special is the fact that only two were ever built. Normally, we wouldn’t discuss automobiles such as this unless they were miraculously thrown back into the loop so you can guess that this one has gone back into circulation. The Shooting Brake is up for auction at Bonhams’ sale of Fine Motor Cars and Automobilia at the ’Weekend de l’Excellence Automobile on September 11th. Due to its rarity, the car is expected to fetch upwards of $650,000; as much as a couple of 599s.

We’ll let you decide if you want a hatchback over a couple monstrou, red Ferraris. Other Astons up for sale are a 1965 DB5 Vantage (one of which went for $830K at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed), a 1957 DB2/4 MKII Drophead Coupe, and a 1986 Volante.

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2010 Chevrolet Spark Woody art car

2010 Chevrolet Spark Woody art car

2010 Chevrolet Spark Woody art car
2010 Chevrolet Spark Woody art car
2010 Chevrolet Spark Woody art car
2010 Chevrolet Spark Woody art car
2010 Chevrolet Spark Woody art car
2010 Chevrolet Spark Woody art car
2010 Chevrolet Spark Woody art car
2010 Chevrolet Spark Woody art car

Remember when having a wood-lined vehicle was the epitome of coolness? Well they’re making a comeback with Chevrolet UK’s Spark Woody art car. Now although it might not be as awesome as the 1951 Chevrolet Woody, it is guaranteed to transport surf boards to the beach in style.

To achieve the laid-back retro style, the 2010 Chevrolet Spark was wrapped in a three-quarter wood-grained vinyl, similar to that of the down right awful looking PT Cruiser Woody. If that’s not enough for you beach boys, take a glance down at the tires. You’re not seeing things, those are wide whitewall tires similar to those of a 1941 Chevrolet Deluxe.

This is not the first one-off Chevrolet Spark and it probably won’t be the last. Chevrolet intends to release a British Touring Car Championship edition set to come later this month. Hopefully it will be better looking than the "woody" version. With inspiration from the 40s and 50s America, UK Chevrolet is sure to put a smile on the face of anyone from that era.

The first public unveiling of the Chevrolet Spark Woody will take place at Snetterton this weekend.

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2012 Mercedes CLS Interior fully exposed

2012 Mercedes CLS Interior fully exposed

2012 Mercedes CLS Interior fully exposed

We have already seen the 2012 Mercedes CLS’s exterior fully unveiled, and, we have to say, we were very impressed by its much more angular and aggressive stance. The creased shoulder line which runs from the top of the front wheel arch backwards and the dramatically flared rear wheel arches add an edgy look to the luxury vehicle and the rear lights and shaped exhausts also stand out, giving the rear of the car a more obviously sculpted appearance than the previous generation CLS.

Of course, having the exterior revealed only leaves the interior as a dark void for feeding imaginations and assumptions. Thankfully, the CLS’s new interior has been fully exposed by sneaky spy photographers.

Looking at the new photos, it looks as if Mercedes has not failed in immersing it’s customers in a sea of leather, wood, and technology. Mercedes has undoubtedly lived up to its image as the quintessence of luxury once again and the spy shots of the interior and the previous shots of the exterior are proof of that.

Look for the official debut of the new 2012 Mercedes CLS this fall at the Paris Motor Show.

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Honda Announces more cars built in the US than Japan for Quarter 2

Honda Announces more cars built in the US than Japan for Quarter 2

Honda Announces more cars built in the US than Japan for Quarter 2

For the first time in Honda’s 51 year history, the company produced more cars on US soil than in its home-turf Japan, for an entire quarter. The official count came in at 236,819 US-built vehicles between April and June, while only 236,559 Japan-built cars were produced. Although the margin is slim and the US only produced a mere 260 more cars, it’s a landmark for Honda, "giving the U.S. production the nod", according to a Detroit News report.

Although the US has taken home the win for Quarter 2, it is unclear if the increase in US production will become a steady trend. Japanese production still has a reasonable lead, by nearly 10,000 cars for year-to-date production.

Along with this announcement came Honda’s quarterly profits, reporting a profit of $3.2 Billion, a gargantuan leap over the $81 Million during the same period in 2009.

Sources:
http://www.leftlanenews.com/honda-built-more-cars-in-u-s-than-in-japan-for-q2.html

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Soundracer V8 caters to every man who dreams of owning a Ferrari

Soundracer V8 caters to every man who dreams of owning a Ferrari

Soundracer V8 caters to every man who dreams of owning a Ferrari

Now, at first glance, one may think that a gizmo that plays the whine of a Ferrari engine through your car speakers is a bit silly. It may even be considered a joke. Well, although it sounds outlandish, the Soundracer V8/V10 can make your $5,000 Kia sound like a $300,000 Ferrari (if you’re sitting on the inside). It’s kind of like putting Mariah Carey’s vocal chords into Britney Spears or some other non-singing singer.

The setup is quite simple and the technology is actually quite remarkable. You simply plug the Soundracer into the cigarette lighter outlet in your car, crank up the volume, and transcend into a world of big, mean, Ferrari V8s. It works by sending FM signals to your car stereo, making the most boring drive to work seem like a track day at Leguna Seca, all without sounding like a petrol-head to the outside world (which, quite frankly, defeats the purpose). Astonishingly, the Soundracer V8/V10 matches the RPMs of your car to the Ferrari track playing, which makes the whole experience somewhat exciting.

Kiss your Elton John compilations goodbye, because you will not be able to listen to music whilst using the Soundracer, which happens to be the products only major downfall. The product also has trouble matching the redlines of both cars, meaning that while at 3,000 RPM on your Kia, you might get the sound equivalent to the redline of a Ferrari. Go up to the redline of your Honda, and the sound can get high-pitched and annoying. But it seems to vary from car to car.

So for $30-$50, which is really a great bargain, you can turn any boring car into a Ferrari. It’s not perfect, and the sound can only been enjoyed for those on the inside, but for a cheap price, you can get a whole lot of entertainment.

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Crashing a McLaren F1 should be a sin

Crashing a McLaren F1 should be a sin

Crashing a McLaren F1 should be a sin

We love talking about cars. It’s not only our job, but our passion as well. Unfortunately, every once in awhile - actually much more often than we feel we should - we have to discuss certain incidences that cause us to file the vehicle under "car obituaries". Usually it’s a Ferrari, maybe a new Lamborghini, but when it’s a super-rare McLaren F1, its hard to even look at the picture, let alone write about it.

According to the police reports, the saidMcLaren F1 was sailing at high speeds down the tarmac of the German Autobahn when it swerved to avoid hitting a car. In doing so, the F1 successfully struck two other cars. Now we don’t know if it’s just us, but based on the damage to the car, either the F1 is a tank or the car was not going warp speed. Nevertheless, the estimated repair costs come in at a cool 80,000 pounds, which translates to a $130,000 hole in your pocket. That’s enough to cover an intact Ferrari 360, maybe even a couple BMWs.

Of course, to own a McLaren F1 basically means that your bank account isn’t scarce by any means and repairing the supercar probably won’t translate into a monetary dilemma for the owner, but that doesn’t change the fact that this incident is simply tear-producing news.

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2012 Mercedes B-Class Spied

2012 Mercedes B-Class Spied

2012 Mercedes B-Class Spied

Although the current B-Class has little relevance to us Americans, Mercedes plans to make up to 3 B-Classes for the US market in the future. And to give you a taste of what might be hitting the states, here’s a spy shot of the 2012 B-Class out in the wild.

The B-Class caught in the photos is a hatchback version which is the only model confirmed for the U.S. so far. A sedan and SUV version are still under consideration over in Germany, but we hear a hatchback is also a possibility. Sadly, these new photos are the only news of the 2012 B-Class. Engine setups are still to be determined, but with everyone going green, expect a hybrid version.

Dr. Joachim Schmidt, head of sales and marketing at Mercedes-Benz, commented on the upcoming A- and B-Class models, noting that, "In the next couple of years, we will launch additional cars where we don’t currently have predecessors. Our current A-Class and B-Class will be replaced by a new platform for four totally different cars defining new segments for Mercedes." He added, “If you want young customers, you need to have a brand that is sexy and sporty. The reason we didn’t get this customer before was, in my opinion, not a brand issue, but a product issue.”

The next generation B-Class is set to launch next year as a 2012 model, with a US model expected a year or two later.

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2011 Dodge Charger caught inside and out

2011 Dodge Charger caught inside and out

2011 Dodge Charger caught inside and out
2011 Dodge Charger caught inside and out
2011 Dodge Charger caught inside and out
2011 Dodge Charger caught inside and out

With the 2011 Dodge Charger’s debut only a few months away, even more spy shots have come in, and it seems as if the new Charger has shed some clothing. And if that isn’t enough, ninjas even got some interior shots.

The new Charger seems to be a bit more edgy than before, with big alloys and detailed headlamps. Sporting a ram head logo, the spied car differentiates from the double stripe logo that the division says will make the future vehicles stand apart from the separated Ram trucks division.

Expected to hit the market at the end of 2010 as a 2011 model, the more aggressive Charger will fit into Chrysler’s new five-year product announcement. The new Charger will sport Chrysler’s new V6, with a V8 in the R/T version. A later SRT8 version is expected to be powered by a massive 450-hp 6.4 liter V8.

With production set to start in October, expect prices in the $25,000+ range.

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The One-Off Zonda HH, Revealed Entirely!

The One-Off Zonda HH, Revealed Entirely!

The One-Off Zonda HH, Revealed Entirely!

First, we had the Zonda Uno, a one-off turquoise Zonda created for a lucky Dubai customer. We thought the tricolore would be the last Zonda, and after the Uno, we were sure the Zonda has met its demise. But, now the Americans have taken a crack at it, the new one-off Zonda HH, is reportable commissioned by a very lucky american customer.

Now, it seems quite strange, since the Zonda was never officially sold in the US, and it seems as if the car might never reach US soil. It allegedly will be stored in Switzerland unless the owner gets permission to bring it to the states.

No further details have officially been released by Pagani Automobili other than these full teaser images of the car, which shows the two toned blue and carbon fiber finish along with Zonda R looking air scoops. Rumors have been traveling around the internet that the HH is none other than a Zonda F mated with the technology of a Cinque.

If this is true, The Zonda HH will feature a 680 horsepower 7.3 Liter V-12 engine, but we expect it will be highly tuned, similar to the Zonda Uno, which featured a 700-hp V-12. The Zonda HH is set to be finished this year, and we will keep you updated on any developing news.

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First Glimpse of new Chrysler 200C

First Glimpse of new Chrysler 200C

First Glimpse of new Chrysler 200C
First Glimpse of new Chrysler 200C
First Glimpse of new Chrysler 200C
First Glimpse of new Chrysler 200C

The first patented drawings of the new Chrysler 200C have been leaked and the new, smaller, four door has stayed true to its concept counterpart that debuted at the 2009 Detroit Motor Show. Like the concept, the production version appears to have similar headlamps, front fenders, tailights, and lines almost identical to the concept. Whether or not they will look as good as the concept, is still to be decided.

The 200C will be a big leap forward for the Chrysler Brand. The "EV" version will be the first all electric sedan brand and uses hardware similar to that of the Chevrolet Volt, running on 100% electric for up to 64 km.

Now that the Chrysler Sebring has finally finished its prolonged stay, based on the patented drawings of the new 200C, it looks as if they have found there successor, and well frankly, it does look alot like the dead sebring. If Chysler can apply the same attention to detail to the 200C, as they did to the new Cherokee, expect a force to be reckoned with, and possibly a coupe.

Photos courtesy of noticias automotivas

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2011 Panamera confirmed for 2011 launch.

2011 Panamera confirmed for 2011 launch.

2011 Panamera confirmed for 2011 launch.

The 2011 Panamera Hybrid has been confirmed on track for its 2011 launch, Borrowing the hybrid setup from its older brother, the Cayenne S Hybrid. This means, the new frog like hunch-back will carry a V6 mated to a 46 hp electric motor in its Boxster nose. Sadly though, the Panamera hybrid will most likely be lost in the midst of the three new electric boxsters Porsche has recently announced. Now, although it will not be as sporty as those new boxsters, you can still expect a exhilarating experience from the 375 hp power-plant.

When the Panamera hits the shelfs in 2011, it will be Porsche’s second model to feature a hybrid powertrain, which is quite extraordinary considering Porsche’s reputation for high performance, gas guzzling, monsters.

sources: http://green.autoblog.com/2010/07/30/porsche-confirms-2011-launch-of-panamera-s-hybrid/

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Porsche Panamera Race Car starts out on the right foot

Porsche Panamera Race Car starts out on the right foot

Porsche Panamera Race Car starts out on the right foot

The Porsche Panamera is not quite the car you would expect to have a race ready version. It’s fat, luxurious, and will seat 4 wealthy business men. This, however, did not stop Italian auto racing team, N.Technology from teaming up with Porsche to produce a completely carbon fiber, track friendly monster.

Similar to the Panamera S, the race version has lost a massive 1,100 lbs, officially weighing in at 2,914 lbs. The new engine is rated at 450 hp, improved over the 394 hp Panamera S and features carbon ceramic disk brakes, a full racing body kit made completely of carbon fiber. It may sound laughable, but just wait until we tell you what it did at its debut.

Driven by Fabrizio Giovanardi, a legendary touring car driver, the N.Technology Panamera posted a time of 28:55.886 which was a staggering 2.083 seconds faster than the runner up. It may not have looked good doing it, but it left BMW M3 coupes and sedans, Cadillac CTS-V sedans, and Mercedes C63 AMGs in the dust.

sources: http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1047717_n-technology-porsche-panamera-race-car-wins-in-debut-outing

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Where is the Gallardo Successor?

Where is the Gallardo Successor?

Where is the Gallardo Successor?

When the orginal Lamborghini Gallardo debuted back in 2004 it put the icing on the cake of Lamborghinis rise back to the top. The Gallardo was and is the most succesful Lamborghini model ever produced, putting out over 10,000 units.

But lets be honest, quite frankly, it seems as if Lamborghini’s designers are quite frightened to veer off from the success of the Gallardo. In the past 7 years of Gallardo production, over 10 different version of the Gallardo have been produced. With each one increasing by about 10 horsepower and a new, flashy paintjob to go along. At heart though, they are all Gallardo’s, and well, we are getting tired of them.

sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamborghini_Gallardo
The Gallardo is the second mid-engine V8/V10 in Lamborghini’s history, its predecessor, the Jalpa. There was a 15 year period between the Jalpa and the Gallardo, will we have to wait another 15 years? Will the Gallardo continue production with more and more special editions? Or will we, Lamborghini lovers, get a new Mid-Engine v10/v8?

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First 2012 C Class Coupe Spy Shots

First 2012 C Class Coupe Spy Shots

First 2012 C Class Coupe Spy Shots

The new 2012 C Class Coupe, which is set to replace the the CLK in March of 2012 has officially been spied in Europe. The new C-Class is set to be produced in the expanding Bremen factory in Germany, making it the third of three other C-Class models.

The C-Class will be a much smaller version of the over sized, pricey E-Class Coupe. The styling of the new coupe will be adopted from that of the new C-Class sedan, featuring a much more sculpted hood and a new pair of headlamps. Amazingly, the C-Class Coupe will keep the same trunk space as the sedan version.

Frankly, the redesigned interior has just been morphed from the E-Class - they have basically unbolted the seats and dash from an E-Class and strapped it into the new C-Class. It will feature more gizmos than ever, including night vision (for those random spec ops missions, we presume), parking aid, lane-departure warning, and other driving assistance to make the driving experience about as boring as you can possibly imagine.

In terms of craftsmanship, the new C-Class supposedly lives up to Mercedes’ image of pristine build quality by using state of the art materials. These high class materials will also be reflected in the price tag, expected to climb above that of the C-Class Sedan.

The European model range will come in 5 versions with 4 and 6 cylinder setups in the 100 to 300 hp range and turbodiesels ranging from 170-204 hp.

We’ll hit you up with more information as soon as we get it.

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2012 BMW 1 Series Spied!

2012 BMW 1 Series Spied!

2012 BMW 1 Series Spied!

Ah, we love seeing pictures of prototypes with their wild white and black wraps. Although we barely have a clue on what the final production model will look like from these famous spy shots, it does look like the new 1 series 5-door will stay true to the original that debuted in Europe back in 2004. Whether that’s a good or bad thing is up to the consumer.

The new 1 series will come out as a 5-door hatchback first with a 3-door following sometime after that. It is rumored that this 1-series will improve on the not-so-roomy back seat of the model and will have a longer wheelbase and wider track. Although these bodystyles have not been available in the States, there’s a strong possibility they will jump the pond to rival the new Audi A3. The new 1 series will keep its RWD layout and its 4.0 liter four-cylinder engine, with later versions appearing in the 140-180 hp range. A turbo and diesel in the 300 hp range will also be released. An engine stop-start system, an electrical-regenerative system, and the new EfficientDynamics technologies will more than likely appear in this new model as well.

The new BMW 1 series is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2011. Expect prices to be in the same range as the current 1 series models which start at $29,150.

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Pagani Automobili releases new Zonda F video -

Pagani Automobili releases new Zonda F video -

Pagani Automobili releases new Zonda F video -

"The Artisan" is defined by the dictionary as a craftsman: a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft. In this case the trade is creating the most beautiful, articulately crafted automobile the industry currently has to offer. And Pagani knows all about craftmanship. The Zonda F is created entirely by the hands of the best artisans Italy has to offer, using the most remarkable and high quality materials the Earth has given us.

Pagani has brilliantly used Antonio Vivaldi as the backdrop to the purely classical nature of the video, following the Zonda F from the hands of a passionate designer to revving its 7.3 liter Mercedes-Benz engine with 650hp down the narrow streets of Italy. The video will undoubtedly send chills down the back of any car lover. Enjoy.

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Pagani releases Zonda F video - "The Artisan"

Pagani releases Zonda F video - "The Artisan"

Pagani releases Zonda F video - "The Artisan"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKizMxViDuw

"The Artisan", defined by the dictionary as a craftsman: a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft. And in this case the trade is creating the most beautiful, articulately created automobile the industry currently has to offer. And Pagani knows all about craftmanship, the Zonda F is created entirely by the hands of the best artisans Italy has to offer, using the most remarkable and high quality materials the earth has given us.

Pagani has brilliantly used Antonio Vivaldi as the backdrop to the purely classical nature of the video, following the Zonda F from the hands of a passionate designer to the narrow streets of Italy. The video will undoubtely send chills down the back of any car lover. Enjoy.

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2012 Bentley Continental GT Preview

2012 Bentley Continental GT Preview

2012 Bentley Continental GT Preview

We have to love spy photographers. It’s great when they get in there and snap shots of cars that want to keep top secret. The latest vehicle to be uncovered is the 2012 Bentley Continental GT. From the looks of these photographs the next Continental GT will be receiving a face lift and it looks as if the designers performing the surgery think there’s not much to change. Cosmetic changes are very subtle, almost unrecognizable to the untrained eye. The new Continental will feature new headlights - similar to those of the new Mulsanne - new, revised, front air ducts, and a new set of wheels. Does anyone else see anAston Martin morphed into the side of the car or is it just us?

The 2012 Continental is also expected to go on a diet by using an aluminum space frame, comparable to that of the Audi R8. Expect improved performance from the 6.0 liter W12 although the new Continental will most likely not receive a substantial amount of power. A redesigned interior will provide the driver with new, modern conveniences while also allowing them to customize their ride.

The 2012 Bentley Continental GT will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October with sales beginning in 2011. Prices will start at £130,000.

We should be receiving more photos and information as the Paris Motor Show draws near and we’ll make sure and pass that along.

UPDATE 08/19/2010: Check out Bentley’s new teaser images for the Continental GT!

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Captain Slow Reviews the Veyron SuperSport

Captain Slow Reviews the Veyron SuperSport

Captain Slow Reviews the Veyron SuperSport

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmNpMKvXVgg

The brand new Bugatti Veyron SuperSport has gotten in the hands of captain slow himself, James May. Explaining the reasoning behind needing 200 extra horsepower to go 5 mph faster, by comparing the air we breath to fruitcake. And at the beginning of the video, quite honestly, i was convinced this was of an exotic animal of some sort, not a car. And yes, hes back to ehra-lessien, Voltswagen’s ultra-secret test track, the same location in which he took the normal veyron up to 253 mph. This time though, he is back with an all new creature, in the middle of the day, when the air is thinnest, providing minimum air resistance. And this creature, can top out at 258 mph, will he make it or will the tires disintegrate before the fuel runs out?

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Zonda R's lap 'round the legendary Ring

Zonda R’s lap ’round the legendary Ring

Zonda R's lap 'round the legendary Ring

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPd0ATqvoJM

Pagani Automobili has just released a video featuring the record smashing Zonda R hot lap around the Ring. Back in June, the track happy Zonda R blasted around the legendary 12.9 mile long Nordschleife in a mind-boggling 6:47.5. The previous record for the fastest production car around the Ring was set by the Ferrari 599XX at a modest 6:58.16. And well quite simple, the Zonda makes the 599XX look like a Morris Marina driven by my grandmother. So sit back, strap yourself in, and try not to drool.

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Test Drive Unlimited 2 to be released September 21st

Test Drive Unlimited 2 to be released September 21st

Test Drive Unlimited 2 to be released September 21st
Test Drive Unlimited 2 to be released September 21st
Test Drive Unlimited 2 to be released September 21st
Test Drive Unlimited 2 to be released September 21st
Test Drive Unlimited 2 to be released September 21st
Test Drive Unlimited 2 to be released September 21st
Test Drive Unlimited 2 to be released September 21st
Test Drive Unlimited 2 to be released September 21st

With Test Drive Unlimited 1, the genre of racing games was changed forever. It made itself stand apart from the others by not only featuring over 125 of the world’s fastest cars and bikes, but by the ability of racing those machines over 1000 miles of road modeled after satellite images of Hawaii’s island Oahu. As if the sheer pleasure of maneuvering these beasts wasn’t good enough, Test Drive Unlimited 1 also gave the gamer an opportunity to build their own houses, visit car dealers, and start clubs with other gamers.

Now, after a long 4 year wait, Test Drive Unlimited 2 is set to hit shelves on September 21st. Registration for the Beta version is already underway, but no specific date has been set for the Beta (pre-order is also currently available).

With the latest installment of the Test Drive series, comes day and night cycles, dynamic weather, indicator lights, working hard tops, and complete customization of all aspects of the game, including your house, avatar, car vinyls, and car interiors. More major changes include SUVs for off-roading, a new island to explore (modeled after Ibiza) as well as the old island, and an airport to take you between the two. Co-op gameplay, in which one player drives and the other reads a map, will also debut in the new game. Other major changes include being able to get out of your car in selected areas, receive cosmetic damage (will not affect performance), and multiple headlight modes.

A few teaser photos have been released, suggesting what cars will be in the game. Confirmed cars include the McLaren MP4-12C, Gumpert Apollo, Aston Martin One-77, Audi Q7, Nissan 370Z, Audi TTS, Audi R8, Aston Martin DBS, Dodge Viper SRT-10, Ford GT, Koenigsegg CCXR, Pagani Cinque, and the Spyker C8.

Happy cruising TDU fans.

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World's Ultimate Car Collection - 7000 strong

World’s Ultimate Car Collection - 7000 strong

World's Ultimate Car Collection - 7000 strong

Ever wonder where all that money you pay for gas goes? Well, $5,000,000,000 of it has been accounted for and, no, it hasn’t gone to making the world a better place. It’s gone to one man’s collection of 7,000 high performance cars. That’s not a typo, that’s nine zeros. Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei is the proud collector of what is undeniably the world’s most unique and gargantuan car collection. Where do you keep 7000 of the world’s rarest cars? Well, he doesn’t have a 7000 door garage, instead he stores most of them in five ultra-secret aircraft hangars, featuring a team of specialists from different car manufacturers to keep the cars happy. By now you’re probably wondering what is in his lavish collection and, well, the statistics are quite staggering. According to the Daily Mirror, as of June 30th 2010, The wealthy sultan is a proud owner of 604 Rolls Royces, 574 Mercedes-Benzes, 452Ferraris, 382 Bentleys, 209 BMWs, 179 Jaguars, 134 Koenigseggs, 21 Lamborghinis, 11 Aston Martins, and 1 SSC.

Hit the jump for more some more staggering information on this one man’s car collection.

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Audi A7 Sportback early unveiling

Audi A7 Sportback early unveiling

Audi A7 Sportback early unveiling
Audi A7 Sportback early unveiling
Audi A7 Sportback early unveiling
Audi A7 Sportback early unveiling

The Audi was geared to debut tomorrow at the art museum “Pinakothek der Moderne" in Munich and the unveiling was set to debut live on Audi’s facebook site tomorrow at 2:28 PM ET. But if you couldn’t wait that long, there have been some leaked images of the new A7. Audi dubs the car as having "the elegance of a coupe and the functionality of a five-door car", but sadly they didn’t add that it looks like every other Audi out there. We are suprised though, that the car remains nearly the same as the concept car that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in 2009. There should be more news and pictures following the debut at 2:30 PM tomorrow.

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