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LAPD gets a Tesla Model S

The LAPD's fleet of patrol cars is getting quite an upgrade.<p>The Los Angeles police department has been loaned a Tesla (TSLA) Model S P85D, the all-wheel drive car that can accelerate from 0 to 60 in just over 3 seconds. The starting price for the car is normally $105,000.<p>The department is also …

Tesla Model S

Classic convertibles for under $10,000

MGBs are pretty cheap but just as much fun as many pricier cars. They're not always easy to keep on the road but, on the positive side, there are lots of them out there making parts relatively easy to find. Earlier models are considered to the most desirable but later models from the 1970s, with …

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Chevrolet Corvette beats Porsche 911 in latest J.D. Power survey

The Chevrolet Corvette beat the Porsche 911 as the most satisfying car in its category in a survey of new car owners released Wednesday.<p>The 911 took this category last year. The last time the Corvette has topped its category was 10 years ago.<p>More than 84,000 people who bought a new car within the …

Chevrolet Corvette

Best cars for the uber-rich

The California T is Ferrari's "entry level" car. It's Ferrari's cheapest model and two thirds of buyers are new to the brand. It's also designed to be a very comfortable, livable car suited to daily use while still providing Ferrari's rightfully vaunted performance. The T in the name is for the …

Automotive Industry

Driving Nudie Cohn's dazzling Cadillac

Despite his name, Nudie Cohn was known for clothes. He created some of the most famous show business outfits ever. People like Roy Rogers, Elvis Presley, Teddy Pendergrass and Glen Campbell wore his glittering rhinestone studded suits on stage.<p>I didn't really care that much about the clothes, …

Clothing

Nissan makes glow-in-the-dark car

Bet you didn't see this coming. Well, actually, you couldn't miss it, especially at night.<p>Nissan (NSANF) has created a special glow-in-the-dark Leaf to advertise the benefits of charging the electric car from solar panels.<p>The luminescent car is covered in a special paint that absorbs energy from …

Nissan Leaf

Best cars for planet Earth

In this "green car" competition, the Smart Electric Drive has two big things going for it. The first big thing is that it's all electric. The second big thing is that, actually, it's really little. That makes it easy on energy. The Smart ED gets an amazing 107 MPGe, or Miles Per Gallon Equivalent. …

Electric Vehicles

Rolls-Royce is making an SUV

The list of automakers that would never, ever make an SUV has shrunk even further.<p>Rolls-Royce, the pinnacle of British luxury motoring, announced on Tuesday that it, too, would add an SUV to its line-up.<p>The automaker hand-delivered a statement to CNNMoney on embossed Rolls-Royce letterhead. It says …

Luxury

Consumer Reports' Top Picks - American cars are back

For the second year in a row, the all-electric Tesla Model S has come out on top as the best car Consumer Reports has tested. The magazine calls it a "technological tour de force, a high-performance electric vehicle with usable real-world range."<p>It's also one of three American cars to earn a slot …

Tesla Model S

Ferrari reveals new 488 GTB sports car

Ferrari's latest high performance supercar will have a 660 horsepower turbocharged V8 engine and the ability to go from zero to 124 miles an hour in just over eight seconds.<p>Going from zero to 60 miles an hour will take only about three seconds.<p>The new 488 GTB, a successor to the Italian automaker's …

Auto Shows

Ford's 300 horsepower Focus baby beast

This is not your typical economy hatchback.<p>Ford said Tuesday that it will begin selling a new version of its Focus compact car, but this one will be powered by a 315 horsepower, 2.3 liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine. It will be built in Germany, and it will have a special high-performance …

Trucks

Subaru WRX sibling rivalry

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Cars that sold for millions at the Scottsdale auctions

This was the ninth of 32 of this particular model built and it has a long racing history. It's powered by a 320 horsepower V12 mounted behind the seats. It was also the most expensive car sold at all of last week's Scottsdale, Ariz., collector car auctions. In fact, it was the most expensive car …

Auctions

Driving a jet-powered Corvette

From the outside, it looks like a 1978 Chevrolet Corvette with a custom paint job and some fancy wheels. But it also rides weirdly high off the ground -- to make room for massive rectangular exhaust pipes.<p>But it's when the engine starts that you know there's something really weird about this car. …

Sports Cars

Acura reveals NSX hybrid supercar

Acura unveiled its new NSX hybrid supercar at the Detroit auto show. It puts out over 550 horsepower and is expected to have a price tag of over $150,000.<p>The new NSX is a reprise of the cult classic Acura NSX which was produced in the 1990s and early 2000s. With its V6 engine mounted behind the …

Supercars

Ford unveils 600-horsepower GT supercar

Ford unveiled a new version of its iconic GT supercar, shaking up the market for exotic performance cars.<p>The "ultra-high-performance supercar" will go into production later this year and will be available in certain markets in 2016, the automaker announced Monday at the Detroit Auto Show.<p>The GT has …

Ford GT

Cool cars from the Detroit auto show

Detroit Auto Show

Jaguar announces a new SUV

Jaguar introduced its first ever SUV on Sunday, which will be built in the company's U.K. factory.<p>Luxury automaker Jaguar Land Rover is adding 1,300 jobs there to build the new Jaguar F-PACE.<p>The auto manufacturer, which is owned by India's Tata Motors (TTM), revealed its hiring plans Monday in …

Trucks

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Ford F-150 wins truck of the year

The Ford F-150 won truck of the year at this year's Detroit auto show, beating out the midsize Chevrolet Colorado pickup.<p>The Volkswagen Golf won car of the year, after having earlier won that distinction from Motor Trend.<p>The win by Ford is some measure of revenge - the F-150 had lost the Motor …

Trucks

SUVs are kings of the road once again

Lower gasoline prices have helped SUVs take over a bigger chunk of the auto market, but these are very different SUVs from those that used to lumber along America's highways a few years ago.<p>Last year, SUVs of all sorts made up about a third of all vehicle sales, according to data from the auto Web …

Trucks

New Chevy Volt revealed early

General Motors briefly showed off the next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in car at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. GM had said it would reveal the car at the Detroit Auto Show later this month.<p>What GM gave reporters on Sunday night in Vegas, however, was just a brief glimpse of skin. …

Electric Vehicles

A year in super-cool cars

It usually stinks to have to go to work on your birthday, but last year I didn't mind at all because <i>work</i> meant driving a nearly $2 million Pagani Huayra on a racetrack outside New York City.<p>The Huayra, a gorgeous and ultra-rare Italian supercar, was one of two huge highlights in a year that was …

Trucks

More cars earn top marks for safety

Despite stricter requirements and tough new crash tests more vehicles earned top marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.<p>This year, 71 vehicles earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick awards compared to 39 last year.<p>That number includes vehicles winning the …

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Cool cars from the LA Auto Show

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Best Cars to Buy - Kelley Blue Book

When it comes to cars, the number one best value for the money just happens to be a truck, according to Kelley Blue Book. The auto experts weighed the attributes of over 300 new-car models narrowing them down to 49 finalists before picking one vehicle in each of 12 categories. The F-150, which won …

Kelley Blue Book

Volkswagen Golf named Car of the Year

You may not think of it as the most exciting car in the world, but the newly redesigned Volkswagen Golf compact car has been named Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year.<p>The award is for all four available versions of the Golf. That includes the sporty Golf GTI, the diesel-powered Golf TDI, the …

Volkswagen Golf

Most reliable cars - Consumer Reports

Toyota (TM) and its Lexus luxury division produce, on average, the most reliable cars of any auto brand, according to a new survey by Consumer Reports magazine. The reason is that Toyota releases new technologies gradually, rarely launching genuinely "all new" vehicles which have lots of potential …

Consumer Reports