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For Porsche's First Sedan, a Focus on Its Origins
from The New York Times
How interested are consumers these days in buying gold-plated shares of A.I.G. stock dusted with caviar? Diamond-encrusted yachts once owned by a Ponzi schemer? Scrabble sets with platinum boards? Not very, it is safe to say. So how keen will they be to buy a sports car that begins at $89,800 and can cost up to $132,600? More

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    Germany's Volkswagen September Deliveries up 12 Percent; Plans to Sell New Shares
    from The Canadian Press via Google
    German carmaker Volkswagen AG said Friday that deliveries rose 12 per cent in the year to September, helped by gains in China and Brazil, and that it is considering selling new shares to finance its merger with Porsche. The Wolfsburg-based company, Europe's largest carmaker by sales, said it delivered 615,100 vehicles compared with 549,500 in September 2008. More

    First Drive: 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo
    from MotorTrend Magazine
    The laws of physics are immutable. But so is Porsche's attempt to overcome them. Ever since the first brutish 911 Turbo was launched in 1974, Porsche has been trying endlessly to tame its wildest beast. More

    Audi e-Tron Going to Production as R4, Gas-Powered Version in the Works?
    from Motor Authority
    A gasoline-powered version of an electric car is about as meaningless a concept as one could conceive, but that's just what Audi may have in store for us, if the latest reports prove true. The all-electric Audi e-tron, already headed to production, could come in both in the zero-emissions EV form and as a gasoline-powered sports car to slot below the R8. More

    Coskata Inc. Resurrecting Ethanol Fuel
    from The Boston Herald
    A year ago, the bottom dropped out for America's ethanol industry when corn prices surged, lending for new plants nearly disappeared, and prices for gasoline fell sharply -- negating ethanol's cost-advantage for consumers. A number of plant owners filed for bankruptcy. More

    When U.S. Sedan Debuts in '11, VW May Drop Passat Here
    from Automotive News
    Volkswagen probably will drop the Passat sedan and wagon in 2011 when VW's new U.S.-built mid-sized four-door is expected to go on sale. "We are looking at it in detail," Stefan Jacoby, VW Group of America CEO, said this month at a press event here. More

    U.N. Panel Finds Environmental Assessments of Biofuels Lacking
    from The New York Times
    A U.N. panel said today that biofuels' effects on air and water have not been sufficiently explored despite growing global production. The U.N. Environment Programme's report concludes that so-called lifecycle assessments must go beyond calculating greenhouse gas emissions and consider how agricultural production of feedstocks affects the acidification and nutrient loading of waterways. More

    VW America CEO: Next Beetle to Have Larger Backseat, Improved Packaging
    from MotorTrend Magazine
    Some 14 years after its U.S. introduction, the Volkswagen New Beetle is getting an update. The redesigned 2012 Beetle will offer more backseat room and improved packaging, Automotive News reports, citing VW America CEO Stefan Jacoby. More

    Chinese Car Production – Sustainable Growth or Frothy Bubble?
    from Metal Miner
    It's true to say most observers were impressed by the short term boost the U.S. Cash for Clunkers program gave to the U.S. auto industry. Although that program has now come to an end, the depletion of showroom stocks has spurred automakers to pull in extra shifts to meet the demand for replacements. China launched a similar automotive focused program in the spring with incentives to buy small fuel efficient cars. More



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