The 85-MPG Three-Wheeled Car of the Future is Near

Elio clears major financial hurdle, hopes to build in 2015.

Automotive startup Elio Motors, which describes its three-cylinder, three-wheeled, two-seat fully-enclosed motorcycle as "the product of a mobile society naturally evolving to a more efficient and practical form of transportation," just announced its application for the $185 million Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan it is seeking from the Department of Energy (DOE) has passed the first of three phases of review.

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I'd Bet on Jeep Leaving Toledo

There are several reasons why this will inevitably happen.

If you haven't heard, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne made some comments earlier this month about the 2017 Jeep Wrangler. Those comments have thrown everyone for a loop. He made mention that the 2017 Wrangler will not only be made out of aluminum (a la the 2015 Ford F-150), it will feature a new unibody design - something that the Wrangler has never had.

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News Roundup: Alternative Methods of German Propulsion

Your auto news roundup for the week of 10/10 - 10/17.

At the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show, we'll be privy to the all-new next generation of Audi's design language. The future will be arriving to us by way of a mysterious concept, of which Audi has provided a teaser image. Some places are calling it the A9 concept, but its proportions and shape are eerily similar to the R8, so perhaps it's a blend between the automaker's upcoming Lamborghini Huracan-based supercar and Audi's new design language.

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Scion Teases, Daimler Divests, and BMW Plots

Your auto news roundup for the week of 10/17 - 10/24.

Scion's sent out a couple teasers for its next concept vehicle, currently named the iM. There isn't much to go on, other than the wheels and the general shape of the headlights, the latter of which points to a U.S.-only version of the non-U.S. Toyota Auris, itself based off the Corolla. That's a good thing, though, because the Auris is one of the best-looking Japanese-built wagons on the market.

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Toledo Rallys to Keep Jeep

Sen. Brown is asking Chrysler CEO to keep Jeep in Toledo.

Monday, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined local leaders, workers, and community members at the United Auto Workers Local 12 to launch a community effort to keep Jeep Wrangler in Toledo. Earlier this month, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne made comments that the 2017 Jeep Wrangler may move out of Toledo if the Wrangler receives design changes that include an aluminum body and a unibody design.

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Will Acura Survive by Becoming Subaru?

Dabbling in identity theft during an identity crisis.

Acura's deep in the doldrums. Its sales numbers and brand loyalty percentages are not impressive within the luxury segment, and the company has had a hard time figuring out exactly how to brand itself to appeal to a wider audience. To fix that, the company created the Acura Business Planning Office in order to come up with a solution. Now, it's got one. That solution? Copy Subaru.

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