FISKER REDUCES KARMA EMISSIONS FOR THE NETHERLANDS

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The Fisker Karma, the world’s first luxury Electric Vehicle with extended range (EVer™), is now rated to have emissions of just 47g/km CO2 in Europe, the lowest of nearly any passenger vehicle with an internal combustion engine.

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The Endless Summer Edition

In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web:

• On Wednesday, General Motors’ Opel unit released photos of the Cascada, a four-seat convertible based on the Astra sedan, which is marketed in the United States as the Buick Verano. Many media outlets have suggested the introduction of the Cascada presaged the arrival of a convertible version of the Verano. The Cascada is scheduled to begin sales in Europe next year. (Opel)

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Ford seeks to boost European sales, plans to launch 15 new or revamped vehicles

While other automakers have been conservative with their European launches in the wake of shrinking demand, Ford announced that it will launch 15 new or revamped models for Europe in the next five years.

Ford Motor Co. on Thursday unveiled 15 new or restyled vehicles for the European market that it will launch over five years to revive slumping sales.

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FR-S: The Selling of a Different Sort of Scion

On Monday, Toyota announced that its Scion subsidiary had begun sales of the 2013 FR-S sports car. The 2,800-pound rear-drive coupe, with its 200-horsepower two-liter boxer four-cylinder engine and exhaustively refined chassis, represents a departure for a brand known primarily for odd-box machines aimed at young buyers lured to dealerships by no-haggle pricing and a hefty dose of lifestyle marketing.

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