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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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Corvette C8: The Mid-Engine Replacement to the Stingray?

For years, rumors have circulated in the Corvette world that a mid-engine version of the potent sports car was coming. Zora Arkus-Duntov, widely considered the man behind Corvette and the General Motors performance division, has been a proponent to the mid-engine movement. According to Car and Driver, GM looks to shift its next iteration of the Corvette to a new stage. 

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#Dieselgate Update: Used Volkswagen Prices Continue to Suffer

All of the negative information surrounding the diesel scandal has contributed to a detrimental impact on used VW diesel and gasoline vehicle values.

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Cadillac Eyes Entry Level Sedan

Entry-level luxury sedans offer consumers a more affordable first step into premium brand vehicle ownership. Both Audi’s A3 and Mercedes’ CLA are examples of current entry-level models that have proven to be sales successes as they attracting new buyers to their respective marques.  According to Motor Authority, Cadillac is ready to take a shot at the entry-level luxury segment as well. 

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Mazda MX-5 Reaches One Million

Production on the first Mazda MX-5 started 27 years ago at the Ujina Plant No.1 in Hiroshima. Four generations later, the brand has reached a milestone for its fun to drive soft-top. Mazda announced earlier this week that it has produced its one-millionth MX-5. 

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