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Whether it's "Back to the Future," "The Jetsons" or "Blade Runner," we've been promised flying cars for a while now. Yet dream as we might, this fantastical future has always eluded us — that is, until the PAL-V showed up in all its flying glory.

After an unsuccessful (and very expensive) launch in 1957, the Ford Edsel was discontinued in 1959. Everyone knows the Edsel wasn't up to Ford's standards, but was it really as bad as history makes it out to be?

Some twentysomethings like to party. Others design and build million-dollar sports cars. That's exactly what Mate Rimac, founder of Rimac Automobili, accomplished with his Concept_One supercar.

Bare metal cars make up a relatively small subculture of hot rodding, and examples can run the gamut from gritty to glamorous. Would you dare to bare it all?

When a 'Top 10 Fastest Cars' list begins at 230 mph (370 kph), you know you're in for a real high-speed treat. Did your favorite fast car make the list?

An SUV might be the last vehicle to jump to mind when somebody says “Lamborghini.” But the Lamborghini Urus is just that: a super-luxury SUV with a V-10 engine that's expected to produce about 600-horsepower.

The 2015 Ford Mustang was revealed (literally) around the world by Ford Motor Company on Dec. 5, 2013. Find out how this sixth-generation pony car stands up to its predecessors.

The Audi Nanuk Quattro is a German car with a French name that was born in Italy. It's a rugged, yet sophisticated, concept -- a crossover supercar designed to handle any terrain.

The 20th century was a time when cars and new car companies were still trying to find their way. Some were wildly successful, but there were also many failures.

This list has it all -- 10 examples of famous cars along with their famous (and sometimes infamous) drivers from television, the movies and even real life.

There are several all-electric options available to drivers these days; however, the Tesla Model S seems to be the most coveted. What makes the Model S so exclusive and noteworthy?

Most armored vehicles go for a subtle, inconspicuous outward appearance; but the popemobile is a lot more obvious. A bold move by the Vatican -- considering all that glass.

Are all-electric cars a smart investment of resources for automakers -- and the governments that sometimes subsidize them?

With so many hybrids crowding the street, it's easy to think of muscle cars as a thing of the past. But maybe you're just not looking hard enough?

With about a year to go, we're getting a better picture of what the 2014 Corvette might look like. So, what do we think we know about the C7?

With a fire-breathing V-10 engine under its hood, the 2013 SRT Viper comes across like Superman in a world of 4-cylinder Clark Kents.

In true Google fashion, the company is already working on a solution: driverless cars. The idea might sound farfetched, but today’s artificial-intelligence software coupled with high-tech sensors and cameras create a more efficient car.

Is bigger always better? Imagine trying to sleep two people in a twin size bed and then think of how much easier it would be in a king size bed. In that case bigger is definitely better!

Lazareth isn't known for simplicity, economy or sacrifice. Everything is chosen because it's the best that can be had -- the Wazuma is the latest and most over-the-top example.

Scientists in Switzerland and the Netherlands have created what can be called the world's smallest electric car. With standard four-wheel-drive, could this be your next new car?

The designers of the Lexus LF-LC Concept were awarded an Eyes on Design Award for Design Excellence. Has the outrageously contoured LF-LC captured perfection?

Revealed at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, the Honda EV-STER -- a concept electric sports car -- seems to have more in common with Tesla's Roadster than it does with any of Honda's current models.

It's actually quite rare, but occasionally a concept car does make it to production. In fact, here are 10 examples that prove automotive designers' dreams can and do come true.

From rough sketches to detailed blueprints and clay modeling, a lot of effort goes into producing a concept car. So exactly how much does it cost to build one?

While concept cars generate lots of news and buzz, the truth is that they rarely become production vehicles. In fact, concept cars rarely get beyond the auto show circuit. But why?