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  • In December 2011, Kelley Blue Book ran a  about the best redesigned cars for 2012. The automobiles varied from Mercedes-Benz convertibles to Honda SUV’s to Volkswagen Beetles, and the descriptions were festooned with words like “bolder” and “sexier,” and even “grrrr.”This kind of language is what car companies hope to hear when an automobile is redesigned. They want to hear that old flaws have been addressed and new elements have been introduced that will make it more desirable to the consumer.U

    Read ahead for a list of redesigned cars that not only didn’t improve on the existing models, but may have made buyers wish they could have the old models back.

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    Back in 2008 when gas prices spiked above $4 a gallon, the demand for hybrids was so great dealers charged more than the MSRP for some models and had waiting lists of buyers more than willing to pay up for a gas-electric car. Compare that with the way people are looking at hybrids right now.

  • Popular brands don’t always stay popular. Many fight to stay at the top of the heap, and it’s not uncommon for brands to spend their commercial lives persevering through bankruptcies, restructurings, and plain obsolescence.It’s also not unheard of for a brand to fall out of favor with consumers, get left for dead, but still return to the marketplace later on. Sometimes these brands have even managed to come back in better positions than they held before being written off. It’s rare, but it happe

    See the brands that defied conventional wisdom and came back after everyone counted them out.

  • 2011 Chevy Cruze

    Where there's smoke, you usually find fire. For some owners of Jeep Wrangler and Chevy Cruze models the fire is in the engine. It's a scary scenario and one that has happened enough times to prompt the Federal government to investigate what's causing the fires.

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    Despite levels of public debt which are already among the world’s highest, Japan must not hesitate to issue more debt to stimulate its economy, Professor Eisuke Sakakibara, former vice finance minister of Japan told CNBC on Monday.

  • Tokyo stock screens

    Japan’s stock market, one of the biggest laggards in Asia last year, logged its best first-quarter performance in over two decades, and investment strategists say optimism over corporate earnings will drive the country’s stocks even higher as supply chain constraints caused by the Thai floods ease.

  • Who's Investing in Myanmar?

    Tony Nash, Managing Director, IHS Global Services reveals which countries & industries are dipping their toes into the Myanmar market.

  • Dollars and Yen

    What does the Syrian pound have in common with the Yemeni rial and the Afghanistan afghani? Those currencies have done better against the US dollar this year than the Japanese yen, the FT reports.

  • 2012 Volkswagen Passat

    After years of fumbling to find its way in the U.S., Volkswagen has hit its stride and is ramping up production to keep pace.

  • Edmunds.com

    CNBC  worked with Edmunds.com to crunch the latest data on transaction prices and incentives. The results show which models in each category are selling with the smallest discount.

  • Car dealership

    You knew it was only a matter of time until we saw the rotation into small cars put the squeeze on buyers.

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    Demography has rarely made it onto the political agenda. But that is changing. These days you see news items about China's one-child policy, or gendercide. And you hear a lot about the aging of populations in rich countries and the health and pensions problems this will bring.

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    Big 3 executives will be careful to publicly play down expansion talk, but make no mistake, they see the need coming much faster than anyone expected.

  • The tsunami that hit Japan last year inspired many documentaries, 29 of which were shown at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in October, the New York Times reports.

  • China Traffic

    Want to know how rapidly China’s auto market is growing? A new report from IHS Automotive forecasts annual auto sales in China will grow by 74% to more than 30.6 million vehicles a year.

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    A series of earthquakes rattled Tokyo and northeast Japan late Wednesday evening, but caused no apparent damage or injury in the same region hit by last year's devastating tsunami.

  • Ultrapure Cerium

    A day after the United States, the European Union and Japan filed a joint complaint to the World Trade Organization against China’s export restrictions on strategic rare earth metals, the President of  exploration firm U.S. Rare Earths tells CNBC that the trade case will not help solve current supply issues.

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

    As annual profits go, Volkswagen hit it out of the park. In fact, the record profit the German automaker announced at its annual meeting on Monday will have a lot of people wondering why it made nearly triple the amount of money GM did last year.

  • China Trade Data Point to Strong Domestic Demand

    Despite recording the largest monthly trade deficit in two decades, Uwe Parpart, MD & head of research at Reorient Financial Markets says the pick up in China's imports reflects strength in its domestic economy.

  • Nuclear Industry One Year After Fukushima

    CNBC's Brian Shactman takes a look at how the nuclear industry has been altered one year after the disastrous earthquake and tsunami in Japan.