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Experimental Hyundai gas engine runs sans spark plugs

It's the holy grail of internal combustion engines: diesel-engine efficiency using cheaper gasoline. Can it keep the gasoline engine relevant?<p>Combustion engineers mounting a last stand against electric propulsion harbor bizarre fantasies. The gasoline guys dream of the diesel's potent torque curves …

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2015 World Car of the Year finalists announced

Every year, an international committee of automotive jurors get together and select their top picks for the World Car of the Year award. The jury announces the winner at the New York Auto Show, but before they do, they announce the finalists. And here's this year's crop.<p>The top ten finalists for …

Stop everything and listen to the new Ford GT

An evil, growling, whistling monster of a V6.<p>The magnetism of the Ford GT is so strong that the gaggle of lenses and gawkers surrounding the car at the North American International Auto Show left the GT350R and new Raptor practically ignored on their turntables.<p>[embed_gallery gid='6006' …

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Hyundai sells its 10,000,000th Elantra

There aren't many nameplates that have sold over 10 million units in the history of the automotive industry. In fact there have only been ten, and now Hyundai has joined the list for the first time with the Elantra.<p>Launched 24 years ago, the Elantra has far and away been Hyundai's top selling …

Acura NSX Prototype Spied Again at the ‘Ring

Another Acura NSX prototype has been spotted at the ‘Ring, and this time the testing session appears to have gone without incident. Although the last mule seen at the Nürburgring caught fire, such events are common during vehicle development — even with non-hybrid vehicles. These spy shots show …

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Hyundai beefs up HB20 R-Spec in Brazil

If you've been following the news from the Sao Paulo Motor Show, you'll likely have seen not only a series of new concept cars, but also a whole mess of production vehicles you never knew existed because they were developed specifically for the Latin American market. One of them is the Hyundai HB20.<p>…

BMW, Audi Developing Low-Cost Carbon Fiber

BMW and Audi want to cut carbon-fiber production costs by up to 90 percent within six years—and they’re already halfway there.<p>The two automakers, bolstered by funding from the German government and working with 86 other partners including Airbus and ZF, are part of a $102-million research …

Supercharged 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan 5.0L Heads to SEMA

ARK Performance has been building Hyundai show cars for SEMA for several years and this year is no different. The tuner is bringing the 2015 Hyundai Genesis AR550 sedan to the 2014 SEMA show complete with engine, chassis, and cosmetic upgrades. Highlighting the build is a supercharger that bumps …

Sports Cars

Rhys Millen Lights Up D.C. in a Hyundai Veloster GRC Car

To promote its upcoming Global Rallycross Championship race taking place in our nation’s capitol this Sunday, June 22, the Red Bull GRC Rallycross guys dispatched Rhys Millen on a wild, tire-smoking ride through its streets Being Washington, D.C., Rhys was of course accompanied (some of the time, …

Yes, this Volkswagen Beetle GRC racer is a real thing

The ultimate Super Beetle.<p>Volkswagen yanked the sheets off of a truly wicked Beetle this morning. The Beetle GRC rallycross car will be Tanner Foust and Scott Speed's steed in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship. The 1.6-liter turbo four has been cranked to a baffling 544 hp, all of which …

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2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell

Nissan GT-R Overtakes 17 Cars in First Lap (W/Video)

With Godzilla being among the quickest accelerating cars we’ve tested, calling the Nissan GT-R one of the <i>Motor Trend</i> staff’s favorite street cars would not be an understatement. While the GT-R can make the average driver look good, it can be a formidable supercar slayer in the right hands. In-car …

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VW planning to push Hyundai for World Cup eyeballs

Adidas was an official sponsor of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but the German sportswear company got drowned out of early advertising buzz by Nike, which wasn't a World Cup sponsor. The American company's <i>Write the Future</i> ad put it at the top of Nielsen's study of online buzz, ahead of …

11 Cool Import Cars You Can Finally Buy in the U.S.

In the United States, you have to wait 25 years to import a car that was never sold here. That means the hot Japanese and German cars of the late 1980s that weren't available in North America then are available now, and there are some cool ones you can ge<p>In the United States, you have to wait 25 …

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2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan First Drive

In the Beginning, Hyundai Created a Good Luxury Sedan, Now it is Better<p>Everyone grows up. Sometimes they mature, trading baby fat for wisdom, and they go on to live long, productive lives. Others take their worst traits and amplify them, and then spend the rest of their lives trolling the Internet, …

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2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

A proper luxury car, with an assist from Lotus.<p>Last October, Hyundai invited us to South Korea to sample early prototypes of its 2015 Genesis sedan. That whole trip now seems like a misdirection of sorts. Because while we were hunting for nuance on the flattest, most featureless roads of Hyundai’s …

Everything you ever wanted to know about getting started in road racing

For many auto enthusiasts, one of the higher items on their bucket list is to go racing on the track – whether it's a road course, dirt track oval or even a drag strip. But what if you want to make racing into a regular hobby? While each type of motorsport carries its own challenges and costs, the …

Red Bull Global Rallycross "Brings the Racing to the People"

Given the shifting landscape of racing these days-- from the introduction of small displacement hybrids into Formula 1 cars to the IMSA/Grand-Am merger that became the United SportsCar Championship-- it seems only fitting that a young upstart series would be working extra hard to exploit its niche …

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2015 Hyundai Sonata debuts at 2014 New York auto show

The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata was revealed initially in its home market of Korea, but now it's made its world debut at the 2014 New York Auto …

BaT Exclusive: Street/Track 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo

<b>4/1/2014 Update:</b> This Porsche has been sold.<p><b>From 3/21/2014:</b><p>This 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo (chassis WP0AA0959GN154879) has been highly modified for …

World's Biggest Aircraft Is Funded by Iron Maiden's Frontman

It looks like a sketch from Howard Hughes’ notebooks, but this massive air ship is real, and currently the biggest aircraft ever produced. It can …

New 2015 Hyundai Sonata Teaser Image Revealed

Hyundai has revealed the first rendering of the upcoming 2015 Sonata midsize sedan. Like the rear-drive 2015 Genesis sedan shown in Detroit in January, the new <b>2015 Hyundai Sonata</b> gets the automaker’s “Fluidic Sculpture 2.0” design language.<p><b>UPDATE:</b> Hyundai has revealed a second teaser sketch for the …

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