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There are plenty of fast cars on the road, but when you're searching for the fastest of the fast, don't bother looking at the car dealership on the corner. This car takes top speed to a whole new level.

By Christopher Lampton

Early lowriders cruised the streets of California in the 1930s in customized cars to impress the girls. Find out why these 10 bajito y suavecito cars made our list.

By Jamie Page Deaton

Some people see the world in an entirely different light. Art car artists, for example, see a car as a blank canvas they can cover with doll heads, stained glass, rubber ducks, silverware and fur.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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The BMW X6 ActiveHybrid concept is a vehicle that blurs the lines between SUV, hatchback and sports car. But how does the X6 ActiveHybrid achieve fuel economy and improved performance, too?

By Patrick E. George

Similar to other auto shows, the cars are the stars at any Concours d'Elegance event. But that's where the similarities end. Concours d'Elegance shows are truly unique for many reasons.

By Christopher Neiger

Plug-in hybrids are a unique breed of hybrid vehicle. Take a look at several different makes and models in this image gallery.

If you're looking for a new car or truck, there's a chance you're considering a hybrid. Before you sign any paperwork, take a look at why you may not want to.

By Patrick E. George & Kristen Hall-Geisler

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So, you say you're in the market for a hybrid car? Or maybe you're on the fence about making a hybrid car purchase? Well, we can think of several reasons that you may want to complete the deal.

By John Fuller

A lot of motorists are looking for ways to be a little "greener" behind the wheel, and hybrid cars seem to be the answer for many. But why not do it with a little style, right?

By John Fuller

No doubt about it, hybrid cars are popular right now. That's because 40, 50 or even 60 miles per gallon is pretty alluring, right? Well, plug-in hybrid cars are capable of triple-digit fuel economy

By John Fuller

Some people dream of owning a brand new Escalade or Maybach, but others have bigger -- and older -- dreams. If you'd rather drive a classic, the accessibility and ease of car restoration can turn that vision into reality.

By Patrick E. George

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Vroom vroom! Hot rods went from a California fad in the 1930s and 1940s to a nationwide trend in the 1950s. Cruise through these hot rod photos and check out some rat rods along the way.

Do you love custom cars? Buckle up and get ready for a wild ride through the world of custom cars, then and now!

Want to see the sleek, high-horsepower vehicles you have to look forward to? Take a look at pictures of future sports cars.

Street sweepers used to be a bunch of guys toting brooms, but now we use large trucks and modern technology to remove dirt, dust and debris from our streets.

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Most people would agree that there's something a little bit spooky about a hearse. But at the same time, there's something mysterious and fascinating about them, too. Why are we intrigued by hearses?

By Christopher Lampton

Police cars (in most cases) are equipped with a variety of paint schemes, decals and flashing lights in order to stand out from other cars on the road. But is there more to police cars than meets the eye?

By Ed Grabianowski

The furor over the effects of climate change has placed a spotlight on eco-friendly automotive technology. Automakers depend on electric car labs to bring that technology to the masses.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

The Sunraycer was designed to compete in demanding cross-continent races where the only fuel allowed is provided by the sun. The design was extremely successful. But did GM capitalize on this success?

By Josh Briggs

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The Venturi Fetish is poised to become one of the few fully electric sports cars on the road today. Why is Venturi limiting production to 25 vehicles?

By Christopher Lampton

Three-wheeled car design isn't exactly a new idea. In fact, the very first automobile was a three-wheeler. So what makes this design so appealing?

By Patrick E. George

The Venturi Eclectic runs on solar battery power, but its ability to run on electricity and wind power offers a glimpse into the future of eco-friendly vehicles.

By Akweli Parker

Rat rodders build cars meant to be mean, fast and even a little scary. If you think they're just rusty, old junk -- maybe you should take a closer look.

By Ed Grabianowski

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The unusual, yet eco-friendly, Pivo set tongues wagging at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. The follow-up Pivo 2 featured a talking dashboard robot buddy. No, you've never seen a car like this.

By Akweli Parker

Most people know gasoline-powered hybrid cars provide fantastic fuel economy. When you consider that the newest diesel engines are cleaner, more powerful and reliable, wouldn't it be great if an automaker built a diesel hybrid?

By Patrick E. George