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MSN Autos: Top 10 Stories of the Week

4/17/2015

MSN Autos: 10 Most-Read Stories of the Week

86. Chevrolet Corvette (1953-1962): The first generation Corvette is the most significant American car ever created. Its stunningly original design and impressive performance, not to mention its potent fuel-injected engines, proved once and for all that America could compete in the sports car arena.© Provided by Popular Mechanics The first generation Corvette is the most significant American car ever created. Its stunningly original design and impressive performance, not to mention its potent fuel-injected engines, proved once and for all that America could compete in the sports car arena.

Take a look at our week in review and discover the stories and galleries that drew the most attention on MSN Autos over the last seven days. A collection of Rare Finds continues to have people clicking, along with information on the hottest car deals this month and the best-selling new cars of the year.

10. Ultra-rare Cobra Jet Ranchero finally sells after being parked for decades

“The original color was Medium Gold Metallic with a Medium Ginger vinyl bench seat,” says Rick Parker, the Ranchero’s new owner. Somebody repainted the car red with a factory laser stripe and changed the interior to black bucket seats© Provided by Hotrod “The original color was Medium Gold Metallic with a Medium Ginger vinyl bench seat,” says Rick Parker, the Ranchero’s new owner. Somebody repainted the car red with a factory laser stripe and changed the interior to black bucket seats

This very rare Cobra Jet Ranchero sat in this barn in the center of Ohio for 20 years. Amazingly, the body had no rust. Read the story of how it came to be sold after decades.

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9. Fuel Efficiency, American Style

2014 Cadillac ELR<br>82 MPGe<br>Price: Starting at $75,000<br>The ELR is basically the Cadillac version of Chevrolet’s Volt, featuring the same innovative powertrain. But this is a Cadillac and it clearly looks the part with LED headlights, 20-inch wheels and styling cues that fit with the rest of the luxury brand’s lineup. Inside it’s the same story, with leather, wood and carbon fiber trim throughout, as well as a Bose 10-channel audio system. Four different modes are selectable by the driver, providing different levels of performance vs. efficiency.© General Motors 2014 Cadillac ELR
82 MPGe
Price: Starting at $75,000
The ELR is basically the Cadillac version of Chevrolet’s Volt, featuring the same innovative powertrain. But this is a Cadillac and it clearly looks the part with LED headlights, 20-inch wheels and styling cues that fit with the rest of the luxury brand’s lineup. Inside it’s the same story, with leather, wood and carbon fiber trim throughout, as well as a Bose 10-channel audio system. Four different modes are selectable by the driver, providing different levels of performance vs. efficiency.

Who says American automakers don't make quality fuel-efficient cars? Times have changed, as demonstrated by this look at 16 of the most fuel-efficient American vehicles, all of which claim to achieve better than 30 mpg.

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8. Rare Find! Indy 500 Camaro Pace Car Rotting Away in a Wisconsin Barn

© Provided by MotorTrend

Hot Rod's Rare Finds series brought readers up close and personal with a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car, which was discovered tucked away in the corner of a barn.

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7. The 20 Slowest 2015 Vehicles from 0-60 MPH

© Provided by MotorTrend

From 0 to 60 MPH in less than three seconds? Not these cars. This gallery looks at the slowest new cars made this year. Unsurprisingly, most are eco-friendly diesels and hybrids.

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6. Best New Cars Deals for April

2015 Nissa Versa Note© Nissan USA 2015 Nissa Versa Note

Looking to buy a new car this month? This list offers suggestions that will help save you some money, each with the added bonus of receiving the Consumer Reports' stamp of approval after testing.

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5. 14 Best Fake-Outs

2015 Lexus NX 200t F Sport: If there is one thing that could convince us fake is fabulous, it’s the opulent seats inside the Lexus NX crossover. The model's standard "NuLuxe" material would have you fooled for leather, but it’s really just "premium vinyl upholstery." Once you get inside, you might not care, considering how soft and durable the material feels. Best of all, Lexus says it weighs half as much as leather and generates less CO2 during the manufacturing process.© Provided by MotorTrend If there is one thing that could convince us fake is fabulous, it’s the opulent seats inside the Lexus NX crossover. The model's standard "NuLuxe" material would have you fooled for leather, but it’s really just "premium vinyl upholstery." Once you get inside, you might not care, considering how soft and durable the material feels. Best of all, Lexus says it weighs half as much as leather and generates less CO2 during the manufacturing process.

Who says fake can't be as good as the real thing? This collection of 14 fantastic fake car accessories shows that fake has come along way from the time of faux-wood paneling, as automakers search for convincing ways to reduce weight and save costs.

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4. 20 Best-Selling Vehicles in America -- April Edition

Top Sellers of Q1 2015<br>Vehicle sales in America are continuing to look positive — with the first quarter of 2015 in the books, overall sales are up 5.6 percent compared to the first three months of 2014. This is certainly good news for the industry. Although not a surprising trend, most of the passenger cars in the top 20 saw declines, while strong SUV and crossover sales helped boost overall numbers. Here’s a look at the best-sellers in America after three months of sales, according to numbers compiled from individual auto manufacturers’ sales reports and goodcarbadcar.net.© Ford Motor Company Top Sellers of Q1 2015
Vehicle sales in America are continuing to look positive — with the first quarter of 2015 in the books, overall sales are up 5.6 percent compared to the first three months of 2014. This is certainly good news for the industry. Although not a surprising trend, most of the passenger cars in the top 20 saw declines, while strong SUV and crossover sales helped boost overall numbers. Here’s a look at the best-sellers in America after three months of sales, according to numbers compiled from individual auto manufacturers’ sales reports and goodcarbadcar.net.

Take a look at the best-sellers in America after three months of sales. Most passenger cars saw a decline, but strong SUV and crossover sales helped boost the overall numbers. Find out which vehicle is leading sales.

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3. Inside the Porsche factory at Zuffenhausen

Inside the Porsche factory at Zuffenhausen: Porsche 911 GT3 RS at Zuffenhausen.© Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty Images Porsche 911 GT3 RS at Zuffenhausen.

A rare look at one of the world's most celebrated luxury brands, this gallery offers an up-close look at Porsche's manufacturing process and how their beautiful cars come together before they hit the streets.

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2. The 100 Hottest Cars of All Time

86. Chevrolet Corvette (1953-1962): The first generation Corvette is the most significant American car ever created. Its stunningly original design and impressive performance, not to mention its potent fuel-injected engines, proved once and for all that America could compete in the sports car arena.© Provided by Popular Mechanics The first generation Corvette is the most significant American car ever created. Its stunningly original design and impressive performance, not to mention its potent fuel-injected engines, proved once and for all that America could compete in the sports car arena.

From open-wheeled, pre-war racers to modern techno-marvels, Popular Mechanics offers their picks for the 100 most attractive cars of all time. Click through to see which car tops their list.

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1. 429 Super Cobra Jet four-speed 1970 Torino was just pulled from a shed

1970 ford torino in garage front view© Provided by Hotrod 1970 ford torino in garage front view

Another Hot Rod Rare Find leads our list of most-read stories this week, this time a 429 Super Cobra Jet. Find out the story behind this barn find.

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