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 targets Toyota Prius v in C-MAX Hybrid ad campaign

Ford Motor Company is marketing its new C-MAX Hybrid MPV against Toyota’s Prius v in an aggressive way.

On Thursday Ford launched a television and digital ad campaign across the United States that compares the attributes of the C-MAX Hybrid to that of the Prius v.

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The Fraternal Twin Edition

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

• During a press conference at the New York auto show last week, Tom Doll, executive vice president of Subaru of America, announced pricing for the 2013 BRZ, the rear-wheel-drive coupe co-developed with Toyota. Prices will range from $26,265 to $29,365 including delivery charges, depending on options and transmission choices. The Toyota equivalent, marketed in the United States as the Scion FR-S, is priced from $24,930. (Subaru)

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Audi launches A3 e-tron trial program in U.S. cities

Audi will join the list of manufacturers testing electric cars on U.S. roads with a battery-powered A3 hatchback.

Audi is set to become the latest manufacturer to bring an electric car to the United States, albeit on a trial basis. The A3 e-tron will launch in select markets soon, the company said.

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A Rosy View of Italian Coachbuilding at the Petersen Museum

The independent Italian automotive design house, or carrozzeria, is a touchstone of automotive culture. It is not without its blemishes, however, as the financial difficulties of several prominent carrozzerie have recently illustrated. But at the exhibition opening Saturday at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, the headlines will remain out of sight.

Leslie Kendall, the museum’s curator, said in a telephone interview that the impetus for “Sculpture in Motion: Masterpieces of Italian Design” came from the return of some familiar nameplates to the United States that are closely associated with Italian coachbuilders.

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