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1967 Buick GS 400

In 1967, Buick's muscle car got a genuine 400-cid V-8 and marked the occasion by a change in name, from Gran Sport to the GS 400. Unfortunately, sales languished. Learn about the Buick GS 400.

1967 Dodge Coronet R/T Hemi

In 1967, Dodge introduced a muscle car whose initials stood for Road and Track. Without disturbing the Coronet's lines, the R/T Hemi added enough performance cues to make its meaning clear. Learn about the 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T Hemi.

1964 Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2

In 1964 Oldsmobile needed a response to the Pontiac GTO, and it came in the form of the Cutlass 4-4-2. Find out more in this profile, which includes photos and specifications of the Cutlass 4-4-2.

1962 Dodge Dart 413

Horsepower was the name of the game in the early 1960s, so Dodge beefed up its biggest engine to 410 bhp and stuffed it into this muscle car. Check out photos and specs of the 1962 Dodge Dart 413.

AMC Muscle Cars

AMC, best known for its economy vehicles, was late to the muscle car game. But the automaker arrived with a flourish, producing some of the great muscle cars of the late 1960s. Learn about AMC muscle cars.

Understanding 2006 Hybrid Car Tax Credits

Think your hybrid car only helps you save money at the pump? Your vehicle can also give you another break a tax break. Here's what you need to know about the IRS' new-for-2006 "Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit."

How the Tesla Roadster Works

The Tesla Roadster is fast, fancy, handles like a dream, and goes like a rocket but it's virtually silent. Tesla's first production car is also the world's first high-performance electric car.

How the Smart Car Works

Already popular in Europe, the Smart Car is small in stature but big on economy. Learn how it came to be and explore the different models and versions.

How the Ariel Atom Works

In chemistry, the atom is the most fundamental building block of matter. Now the automotive world has its atom -- a car so pure and simple that some people are calling it minimalist art. Learn how the Atom works and why car enthusiasts are chomping at the bit to have one in their garage.

1967 Pontiac GTO

The 1967 Pontiac GTO stands as one of the most beautiful muscle cars of all time. Without disturbing the matchless lines of the '66, stylists created an aesthetic triumph. Learn more about this muscle car.

How the Mercedes SLR Works

The SLR unites the Formula One-proven technology of McLaren with Mercedes engineering. While most ultra-fast supercars have sacrificed comfort for performance, the SLR tries to give drivers the best of both worlds.

The 1969 Dodge Charger Explained

The 1969 Dodge Charger presented perhaps the widest array of choices in the history of the nameplate. There was a base model an available SE (for "Special Edition") option that heaped on more luxuries a hot-performing R/T version and two wild race-bred iterations: the 500 and the Daytona.

How the General Lee Works

Many fans watched "The Dukes of Hazzard" TV show to see a character that never earned a salary -- the General Lee. Recently, the Dukes' 1969 Dodge Charger starred its first feature film, and it ain't just whistlin' Dixie.

How the Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Works

The Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 isn't just another souped-up Mustang. With 500 horsepower, it's the most powerful Mustang ever to roll off a factory production line. See what sets the GT500 apart from other Mustang models.

How the Porsche Carrera GT Works

Some would say it's the greatest supercar to date. Others would shout it from the rooftops. The Porsche Carrera GT weighs in at just 3000 pounds and kicks out 605 horsepower off the assembly line. Check out the Carrera GT and see what $440,000 buys these days.

How the BMW H2R Works

It's sleek. It's aerodynamic. It's powered entirely by hydrogen. The BMW H2R has already set nine speed records in its class. Learn all about the H2R and BMW's unique liquid-hydrogen combustion engine.

How the Ford Shelby GR-1 Works

It's based on the chassis and suspension of the production Ford GT, and it's packing 600 horsepower. But its look is truly vintage. Check out a concept car that could be winning races in the next few years.

How the Ford SynUS Works

When you're done with the nasal-congestion jokes (it's actually pronounced sin-you-ehs) and take a good look at this concept car you'll be either giddy or horrified. Check out the future of city driving.

How the Jeep Hurricane Works

The Jeep Hurricane is meant to be an extreme vehicle. It's certainly not intended for the average driver. According to Trevor Creed, Senior VP of Chrysler Group Design, "Jeep Hurricane is simply the most maneuverable, most capable and most powerful 4x4 ever built."

How the Ford Escape Hybrid Works

What's so unique about the latest hybrid car on the market? For starters, it's an SUV. What's more, you'd never know it's a hybrid. Check out the engineering specs and features of the Ford Escape Hybrid.

How the Lotus Elise Works

Riding high on successful European sales, British manufacturer Lotus introduced its Elise into the American car market in 2005. Find out why this car’s straightforward design makes it so popular as a quintessential sports car.

How the Toyota MTRC Works

The MTRC Toyota's latest concept car is about as futuristic as automotive technology gets. Take a look at its ultra-modern design and learn how it pushes the limits of current technology.

How the Enzo Ferrari Works

Every few years the two facets of Ferrari combine, taking the high-tech high-performance designs of Formula One and putting them into the ultimate street car. Learn all about the Enzo.

How the Volvo Your Concept Car Works

While the design of the YCC is filled with forward-looking ideas, the most innovative aspect of the car is not the design but who designed it -- an all-female team. With everything from an interchangeable interior to special features like Ergovision and Autopark you'll be amazed by this cutting-edge sports coupe. Take a look inside the YCC.

How the Chrysler ME Four-Twelve Works

What has a better power-to-weight ratio than an Enzo Ferrari, and enough room for a normal person to sit comfortably? It’s the Chrysler ME Four-Twelve concept car (that’s right we said Chrysler). Check it out.