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Fri, 13 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0700

Ninety-three year-old Rachel Veitch retired her 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente this week. She had racked up more than 576,000 miles on the odometer. What better way could there be to celebrate National Cherish an Antique Day?

A new Polk study revealed that almost two-thirds of U.S. hybrid owners who are thinking about buying a new car would choose something other than a hybrid. Click here for details.

Roush Performance introduced its line of 2013 Mustangs this week. Ranging from mild to wild, the pony car comes in various stages of tweak for buyers. The Michigan-based performance shop already has 200 orders on the books. Read the article for more details.

Forget that charging cable for your phone again? Not to worry—the new 2013 Dodge Dart will offer wireless phone-charging pads. The $200 option includes a special case for the phone.

The Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction managed to sell $18 million worth of iron in Florida. Check out the article for videos and more details.

Autoweek editors weighed in on the 2012 Nissan Armada, the 2012 Honda CR-V EX-L and the 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport Limited. Each car has its positive and negative attributes, but which warmed editors' hearts most? Check out the articles.

China will get 20 special-edition Ferrari 458 Italias to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Ferrari in the country: a 1992 Ferrari 348 TS. Pricing hasn't been announced, but a limited-edition special run is sure to command more than the $225,000 base price.

Autoweek reader Christina McNeal caught the all-new Cadillac ATS and a possible ATS-V testing on the open road. Look for the ATS to go on sale this summer. No official word on the V-spec sedan.

Extreme testing on prototype batteries at the General Motors Tech Center in Warren, Mich., sparked an explosion, but it is not related to any production vehicles—including the Chevrolet Volt.

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann told a German newspaper that an SUV concept will be unveiled at the Beijing motor show on April 23. But because of red tape, the SUV wouldn't be available until 2017.

Nissan showed the first in a series of videos exploring the history and creation of the DeltaWing race car and preparations for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Maserati says it hopes to increase global production to 50,000 units by 2015. The company sold 6,159 units in 2011. Check out the details of the plan in the article.

Barrett-Jackson will auction off the first production SRT Viper in June at its Orange County, Calif., event. Proceeds will benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation, the American Le Mans Series' official charity.

Ford, with the help of Dow Chemical, will start experimenting with carbon fiber to help lower vehicle weights by 750 pounds by the end of the decade. That weight loss would equate to the feeling of an additional 75 hp.

The Chevrolet Avalanche will take its final bow after a 12-year run with the Black Diamond edition. All 2013 Avalanche models get the treatment, and an $820 decrease in the base price.

By David Arnouts