Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept – Perfect for the Indecisive

The Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept fuses the look of a car with the functionality of a pickup truck. Sometimes, you need a good pickup truck – When your best bud finally decides he’s ready to unload his vintage foosball machine and it’s yours if you can pick it up today; when your wife does a Goodwill purge and wants to get all her so-last-year looks out the door on her way to shop for an updated wardrobe; when you lose a bet and have to help your old roommate move. But if, outside of those moments of necessity, a pickup just isn’t your style, you just might be in luck soon. Introducing the Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept – a great potential buy for the guy not quite ready to commit to a pickup, but wanting the versatility of one...

February 10, 2015
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Washington Auto Show Revs Up

The Toyota FV2 concept is among the futuristic rides on display at the Washington Auto Show this week. The 2015 Washington Auto Show revved up at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC this weekend with a futuristic and family-friendly bent. Sadie Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty and Dancing with the Stars signed autographs as fans flooded in on Friday. She’s the first of a full roster of celebs and special guests making appearances. Others include WWE’s Randy Orton, Washington Capitals player Brooks Laich and NFL legends Charley Taylor, Dave Butz and Mark Moseley. But of course, the real attention goes to the hundreds of sleek new rides on display throughout the 703,000-square-foot convention center. Among them are some very cool concepts...

February 10, 2015
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Got a Vintage Longroof in Your Garage? ACCA Museum Wants to See It

Got a vintage station wagon parked in your garage? The AACA Museum wants to borrow it. Before the minivan took over the roadways like a rabid soccer mom hell-bent on world domination, there was another iconic American automotive workhorse – the beloved station wagon. Now, the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, PA is honoring the memory of your mama’s faux wood-paneled grocery getter with a special exhibition. A Family Affair: Station Wagons opens May 23 and runs through October 12. It’s designed to showcase both familiar and lesser known examples of station wagons and the impact they had on family life. Thus far, the museum has just over a dozen confirmed rides ranging from a 1958 Edsel Villager to a Ford Pinto Rallye, but it needs help filling...

February 10, 2015
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Fabulous 1950 Futurliner Fetches $4 Million

This 1950 Harley Earl-designed GM Futurliner recently drew $4 million to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation. Back in its day, the GM Futurliner was aptly named. Debuting in 1939 and styled during the 1940s by iconic automotive designer Harley Earl, this then-futuristic, wheeled behemoth proved an integral part of the company’s Parade of Progress traveling exhibition, created to promote innovative vehicles and technologies. Fast forward more than half a century and the Futurliner is still turning heads. One of just nine Harley Earl-designed Futurliners known to exist today (and one of just three still running), a gorgeous 1950 model drew a $4 million gavel drop this past weekend at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event. Measuring an intense 33 feet long, eight feet wide and...

February 10, 2015
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Crazy Lucky Guy Survives Being Pinned Between Two Semis

A shot of the world’s luckiest guy, Kaleb Whitby, still in the wreckage of his pickup truck pinned between two semis. If one could bottle luck, slap a label on it and sell it in stores, we’d line up to buy it if it came from one Kaleb Whitby. This 27-year-old farmer from Kennewick, Washington likely already fancied himself a pretty fortunate guy, on account of having a hot wife, a cute toddler and another on the way. But early Saturday morning, he got a dose of good fortune that stunned rescuers and is making international headlines. “Thank God I’m still alive,” Whitby told reporters on the scene of the massive pileup that involved more than 20 vehicles and some 100 people on the Beaver State’s I-84. “Now, I’ve got to go figure out...

February 10, 2015
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Top Five New Automotive Technologies Ahead

Head Up Display technology has come a long way and may soon become standard features in new vehicles. If there’s one constant in the automotive world, it’s constant change. The technologies we have today once were only dreamt of. And those that seem impossible today may well be commonplace tomorrow. Following is a rundown of the top five new automotive technologies coming down the pike, as selected by the gearheads and technophiles here at E3 Spark Plugs. Autonomous vehicles: Go ahead, sip that latte, snap that selfie and Tweet that LOL while heading to work. Mercedes-Benz, Audi and General Motors all have partially autonomous cars hitting the sales lots this year or next. And a new study suggests that by 2035, one in 10 cars sold in the US will be fully...

February 10, 2015
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E3 Releases Project CARS Racing Sim Trailer

A scene from the new Project CARS video game, due for release in March. If you’re already itching to experience the new Project CARS racing simulator, you’re in luck – Sort of. While it won’t hit your video game consoles until March, you can get a glimpse of what’s to come via the just-released trailer. Among the sleek, sexy speedsters featured are a range of F1s, Hot Hatches, Hypercars and what looks to be a hydrogen-fueled Aston Martin Rapide S. Project CARS (which stands for Community Assisted Racing Simulator) was developed by Britain’s Slightly Mad Studios and is slated for release on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 17 in the US, March 20 in Europe. Wii U and SteamOS/Linux versions are expected later in the year. Rather...

February 10, 2015
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One in 10 Cars Sold will be Driverless by 2035, Study Shows

Several models of partially automated cars hit the market this year, and experts say they’ll go mainstream sooner than you think. The times, they are a changin’! Up until this year, autonomous cars were the stuff of Bond flicks and Google projects. Now, three major automakers – Audi, Mercedes-Benz and General Motors – plan to roll out partially automated cars in 2015 and 2016. Fully driverless cars are expected to hit auto dealership showrooms by 2025. And according to a new study, they’ll be all the rage. Conducted by the Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on business strategy, upward of 12 million driverless cars will traverse America’s roadways by 2035. That figure represents 10...

February 10, 2015
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Google’s Phone-Free Android Auto System Set for 2015 debut

Google debuts its Android Auto in-car infotainment system this year. On the heels of Apple’s CarPlay infotainment system that debuted in 2014 model year cars, Google recently announced its own version called Android Auto, set for release this year. Apple’s CarPlay is available for all iPhones that operate on iOS7.1 or later and connects via the Lightning connector to a vehicle’s dashboard console. Similarly, the current Android Auto software requires connection to an Android-powered phone to be connected to a car‘s dash console. But Google has bigger plans in store. Ultimately, the company aims to allow for installation of a coming version of the Android software directly into a vehicle’s infotainment system, making it the standard operating interface....

February 10, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: Six Car Flicks to See in 2015

We’re looking forward to a spate of 2015 films sure to please car buffs, including “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The New Year has begun and judging by our highly unscientific review of the coming year in film, 2015 will be a good one for the fast car enthusiast. Here is E3 Spark Plugs’ list of must-see movies for gearheads and auto buffs: Furious 7: The mysterious Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), who makes his first appearance in the after-credit scene of Fast and furious 6 that takes viewers back to the Tokyo Drift days and features Han’s car exploding, is back. Remember Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), the former special ops mercenary major-turned-underworld power figure that Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) threw from a plane in Fast & Furious 6? Yeah. Turns out Deckard...

February 10, 2015
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