The world's automakers will try to win customers over with more environmentally friendly cars at the Frankfurt Auto Show this week as they tout new vehicles with hybrid propulsion and more advanced, cleaner engines.
While the United States celebrated Independence Day, Italy is experienced its own day of national pride. After years in the doldrums Italy's largest car manufacturer, Fiat, has unveiled the car that many believe will turn around the company's fortunes.
Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works, famed for the U-2 and Blackbird spy planes that flew higher than anything else in the world in their day, is trying for a different altitude record: an airplane that starts and ends its mission 150 feet underwater.
With an appearance that draws heavily from the classic muscle cars of the late 1960s and early '70s, the Dodge Challenger, premiering in concept car form at next week's Detroit Auto Show, should satisfy those who thought the 4-door Dodge Charger just didn't have the right stuff.
In the 1950s, they used to call them "dream cars." Now they call them "concept cars," reflecting the serious thinking behind cars that have two engines, the ability to rotate in place or wide-screen TVs instead of rear windows.