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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President Obama Launches EV Everywhere Challenge

At an event today at the Daimler Truck factory in Mt. Holly, N.C., President Obama launched EV-Everywhere, the second in a series of Energy Department “Clean Energy Grand Challenges” aimed at addressing the most pressing energy challenges of our time. The EV Everywhere Challenge will bring together America’s best and brightest scientists, engineers, and businesses to work collaboratively to make electric vehicles more affordable and convenient to own and drive than today’s gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 years.

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Volkswagen Recalls 168,000 TDI Models for Fire Hazard

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling about 168,000 Volkswagens and Audis equipped with the TDI engine because of a fire hazard, according to a report filed by the automaker with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall covers the 2009–12 Jetta and Jetta SportWagen, the 2010–12 Golf and the 2010-12 Audi A3. Audis account for roughly 7,000 of the recalled vehicles. N.H.T.S.A. opened an investigation into the fuel leaks in August, but that inquiry was limited to the 2011 Jetta TDI.
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Volkswagen Prices 256-Horsepower Golf R at $34,760

Nearly a year after confirming that the Golf R, Volkwagen’s hottest hatch, would come to America, pricing has been announced for the all-wheel-driven model.

Arriving in American showrooms in January, the R will carry prices ranging from $34,760 to $36,860. The brand is offering the R in two- and four-door form, but there is no choice in transmissions: a six-speed manual is it.
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Mercedes-Benz B-Class Is Coming to America

Mercedes has long hesitated to export its A-Class and B-Class models to America, fearing that the compact cars’ prosaic, minivan looks did not fit with the super-premium image that the company cultivated in the United States.

But that is set to change with the introduction of a more stylish and elegant version of the B-Class, unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show on Tuesday. Dieter Zetsche, chief executive of Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes, said that the car would be exported to the United States and that other new compact models would follow.
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