You know you have one under your car, but if you're lucky, you never have to think about it. It's the catalytic converter, a component of your car's exhaust and emission-control system usually sited between the engine and the muffler.
If you like your cars small, boxy, and infested with CGI hamsters, the Kia Soul is right up your alley. But what if you also enjoy cars that are fully electric and emissions-free? As of next year, Kia will have you covered there, too, thanks to the upcoming Kia Soul EV. 2013 Dodge SRT Viper
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If you've driven the new SRT Viper, you probably want to own it--well, you do if you're the same kind of crazy we are. But apparently those of us who want it aren't buying it, as Chrysler has cut production by one-third due to slow sales and the impending fall and winter months.
BMW turns 100 in 2016 and no doubt the automaker has plenty in store for the celebrations. One celebratory event may turn out to be the launch of a hardcore version of the upcoming M4 sports car, similar to 2009’s M3 GTS model. 2013 Toyota Prius
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For Toyota chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, hybrids are still the future. The man known as the "Father of the Prius" said Toyota still views hybrids as its top priority for reducing fuel use, even as competitors concentrate on electric cars, diesels, and other powertrain technologies.
Could your first fuel-cell car actually be a tank? General Motors announced that it is expanding its collaboration with the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to develop hydrogen fuel-cell technology.