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Nissan makes glow-in-the-dark car

Bet you didn't see this coming. Well, actually, you couldn't miss it, especially at night.

Nissan has created a special glow-in-the-dark Leaf to advertise the benefits of charging the electric car from solar panels.

The luminescent car is covered in a special paint that absorbs energy from the sun …

Nissan Leaf

1 - Smart ED - Best cars for planet Earth - CNNMoney

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. …

Energy

Rolls-Royce is making an SUV

The list of automakers that would never, ever make an SUV has shrunk even further.

Rolls-Royce, the pinnacle of British luxury motoring, announced on Tuesday that it, too, would add an SUV to its line-up.

The automaker hand-delivered a statement to CNNMoney on embossed Rolls-Royce letterhead. It says …

Rolls Royce

Overall Best - Tesla Model S - Consumer Reports' Top Picks - American cars are back - CNNMoney

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."

It's also one of three American cars to earn a slot …

Tesla

Ridiculous speed - Ferrari reveals a new sports car - CNNMoney

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.

Going from zero to 60 miles an hour will take only about three seconds.

The new 488 GTB, a successor to the Italian automaker's …

Sports Cars

Ford's 300 horsepower Focus baby beast

This is not your typical economy hatchback.

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 …

Horsepower

Subaru's sibling rivalry - Subaru WRX sibling rivalry - CNNMoney

The WRX STI has always been on top of Subaru's pedestal, but its cheaper sibling is aiming to knock it off.

Siblings

1964 Ferrari 250 LM Coupe - Ferraris sell for millions at the Scottsdale auctions - CNNMoney

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 …

Auction

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.

But it's when the engine starts that you know there's something really weird about this car. …

Chevrolet Corvette

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.

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.

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.

The GT has …

Ford GT

North American International Auto Show - Cool cars from the Detroit auto show - CNNMoney

These are some of the stand-out cars and trucks on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Detroit

Jaguar announces a new SUV

Jaguar introduced its first ever SUV on Sunday, which will be built in the company's U.K. factory.

Luxury automaker Jaguar Land Rover is adding 1,300 jobs there to build the new Jaguar F-PACE.

The auto manufacturer, which is owned by India's Tata Motors, revealed its hiring plans Monday in …

Jaguar Land Rover

Getting an early start at #NAIAS Checking out the new @Buick Cascada http://t.co/fRa8CmGSRt

Checking out the product in the @shelbyamerican shop w/ @Bronte_Lord http://t.co/SJpttBHA1M

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.

The Volkswagen Golf won car of the year, after having earlier won that distinction from Motor Trend.

The win by Ford is some measure of revenge - the F-150 had lost the Motor …

Ford F-150

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.

Last year, SUVs of all sorts made up about a third of all vehicle sales. A few years ago they amounted to …

Fuel Efficiency

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.

What GM gave reporters on Sunday night in Vegas, however, was just a brief glimpse of skin. …

Chevrolet Volt

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 work meant driving a nearly $2 million Pagani Huayra on a racetrack outside New York City.

The Huayra, a gorgeous and ultra-rare Italian supercar, was one of two huge highlights in a year that was …

Aston Martin Vantage

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.

This year, 71 vehicles earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick awards compared to 39 last year.

That number includes vehicles winning the …

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Porsche Panamera Executive - Cool cars from the LA Auto Show - CNNMoney

Porsche Panamera

Overall - Ford F-150 - Kelley Blue Book names "Best Buy" cars - CNNMoney

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 …

Best Buy

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.

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

Hybrid/Electric Cars Lexus CT 200h - Most reliable cars - Consumer Reports - CNNMoney

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 …

Hybrid Vehicles

Pricey power - Ferrari says 'We love you, America' with $3.2M car - CNNMoney

To celebrate 60 years of selling exotic sports cars in America, Ferrari has unveiled a special car for the United States. Ferrari's American customers have always been especially fond of convertibles with big engines, so this car has a V12 and an open top.

It is essentially an open-air version of …

Ferrari

Audi driverless car hits 140 mph

An Audi RS7 performance car reached 140 miles per hour on a racetrack Sunday -- with no one behind the wheel.

The RS7 Piloted Driving Concept successfully lapped the Hockenheimring racetrack in Germany at high speeds using only computers and sensors to guide it, Audi said.

Audi and other automakers …

Driverless Cars

Sweet looking @Buick Avenir concept (that means "future" in French) w/ @JohnRCoughlin @bronte_lord http://t.co/lcdxDNgFZJ

No AC. No backseats. Track-optimized @Ford Shelby GT 350 R http://t.co/MFX44mQaZr

Ferrari 458 Speciale A - Cool cars from the Paris Motor Show - CNNMoney

"A" is for "Aperta." That's "open" in Italian. This is Ferrari's track-focused 458 Speciale for those who like do their driving out in the open air. With its 597 horsepower V8, this convertible can go from zero to 60 miles an hour in just three seconds flat. If you want one, your chances are slim. …

Paris Motor Show