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Volvo’s Profits Soar in First Half

Volvo Cars is on pace for a record setting year. The premium automaker is set to release additional models to their current lineup and sales are already 10.5 percent above last year’s mark. In fact, according to the folks at Volvo, the company has more than tripled its operating income for the first half of the year.

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EPA Backtracks on 54.5 MPG Target

In 2011, the EPA took an assessment of the U.S. auto industry. The study concluded that by 2025, average fuel economy across the country should be 54.5 mpg. Yesterday, according to Automotive News, U.S. regulators announced the industry would likely fall short of that projection. 

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BMW May Revive CSL Badge for M2

The BMW M lineup is known for its all-out performance. M-badged cars walk a fine line between daily driver and track machine. The M2 is a prime example of this recipe, but sometimes it’s not enough. According to Motor Authority, BMW has a more hardcore performance version of its smallest M car coming.

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2017 Porsche Panamera Blends Sports Car and Luxury Sedan

The Panamera has always been a good theory.  Blend the style and performance of a 911, with the space and comfort of a luxury sedan. Porsche got most of the exercise right,  but the first-generation sport sedan’s biggest flaw has always been its styling. The German automaker can now put all that behind them as they revealed the  2017 Panamera earlier this week. 

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Ford Mustang Will Get 10-Speed Transmission

On the heels of an announcement from Chevrolet that the 2018 ZL1 Camaro would receive an all-new 10-speed automatic, the Blue Oval has followed suit. Reports from Motor Authority indicate the decade-geared transmission is the result of an almost inconceivable partnership between GM and Ford, which was originally intended for Ford’s pickup trucks.

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3D Printing Adds Unique Touch to Automotive Industry

Printing in 3D is a relatively new technology but is becoming available to the masses. The technology utilizes a printer that extrudes molten plastic and builds a design that was created by a computer. Mostly a homebrew concept until this point, Autoblog reports that Daihatsu will be the first automaker to offer factory 3D printed parts.

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Report: Dodge Charger Downsizing

Reintroduced in 2005, the Dodge Charger has remained on the same platform for nearly 10 years. The LX generation has been through two refreshes and FCA has one more planned for 2019. The big changes are reserved for the next generation, and as Autoblog reports, a diet is one of them. 

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Pony Cars Come Up Short on IIHS Testing

The International Institute of Highway Safety is responsible for conducting studies related to the automobile industry; most notably its safety tests. IIHS is tasked with crash testing every car that runs on U.S. streets, and their tests are regarded as the most rigorous in the industry. According to Shifting Lanes, the institute’s most recent test of American muscle cars delivered some less than desired results.

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Spied: Camaro Z/28 Testing After Repair From Crash

The prototype — believed to be the new Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 — is back. After a crash on May 12 sidelined the car, Motor Authority reports the pony car has resumed tests

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Volvo Expands Lineup, Goes Small

The Volvo Car Group is changing directions. Known for their wagons and large SUV’s, the premium auto maker has taken the first steps at targeting a new audience. Yesterday, Volvo announced two concepts poised to take the brand into new territory. 

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