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Top 10 Stories of the Week

3/13/2015

MSN Autos Top 10 Stories of the Week

1976 Ford Bronco© Gooding & Company, Mathieu Heurtault 1976 Ford Bronco

The Geneva Motor Show wrapped up last week but the buzz continued well into this week, with more details on dozens of new car concepts to keep us hooked. What else had car lovers clicking this week? A collection of million-dollar cars up for auction, the longest-running iconic brands, the best cars for families and one incredible hot rod. Click through to see the full list.

10. BMW's Incredible Art Cars in Pictures

BMW Art Basel Miami Beach: From 4-7 December modern and contemporary art show Art Basel in Miami Beach will open its doors to the public for the 13th time – and BMW is once again the exhibition’s official sponsor. It’s no surprise really, as the German manufacturer has a big history when it comes to art and cars: this is what happens when the two worlds collide, German style.© BMW From 4-7 December modern and contemporary art show Art Basel in Miami Beach will open its doors to the public for the 13th time – and BMW is once again the exhibition’s official sponsor. It’s no surprise really, as the German manufacturer has a big history when it comes to art and cars: this is what happens when the two worlds collide, German style.

Regular readers of our weekly top 10 feature will be familiar with this one. This photo gallery of the incredible creations made in collaboration between BMW and some of the world's most iconic artists has been a popular one on the site for a few weeks running. Check out the photos and find out why.

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9. 2015 Geneva Motor Show Highlights

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Everybody loves a highlights reel, right? Such was the case with Automotive Content Experience's feature on the year's only major annual auto show in Europe. More than 20 new vehicles made their world debuts. With vehicles ranging from hot hatchbacks to full-blown exotics, there was a little something for everyone.

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8. 15 Vehicles With the Longest-Running Nameplates

2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo: The Z car helped put Nissan (then Datsun) on the map when it arrived for the 1970 model year. It also helped elevate Japanese cars as a whole -- they were widely considered second-rate up until that point. The Z had a six-year gap in production between the 300ZX and 350Z models, though production of the Z32-generation 300ZX continued in Japan until 2000. The Z car's mission changed over the years, but the basic formula of a rear-drive, six-cylinder two-door carries on today.© Provided by MotorTrend The Z car helped put Nissan (then Datsun) on the map when it arrived for the 1970 model year. It also helped elevate Japanese cars as a whole -- they were widely considered second-rate up until that point. The Z had a six-year gap in production between the 300ZX and 350Z models, though production of the Z32-generation 300ZX continued in Japan until 2000. The Z car's mission changed over the years, but the basic formula of a rear-drive, six-cylinder two-door carries on today.

The automotive landscape is constantly changing, with makes and models coming and going all the time. But there are a few nameplates that continue to be renewed generation after generation. Check out 15 of the longest-running nameplates in the U.S.

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7. 15 Automotive Aluminum Warriors

2014 Mercedes Benz SL550: About 90 percent of Benz's top-down cruiser is made of aluminum, with steel accounting for important structural elements such as the A-pillar and roof. Mercedes employs fairly advanced construction techniques, such as chill casting and friction stir welding, and the end result is a curb weight reduction of more than 200 pounds compared to the predecessor.© Provided by MotorTrend About 90 percent of Benz's top-down cruiser is made of aluminum, with steel accounting for important structural elements such as the A-pillar and roof. Mercedes employs fairly advanced construction techniques, such as chill casting and friction stir welding, and the end result is a curb weight reduction of more than 200 pounds compared to the predecessor.

With its new aluminum body, the 2015 Ford F-150 is the first of its kind in the full-size truck segment and has grabbed headlines because of it. The truck joins an elite group of luxury and supercars that use aluminum to cut down on weight but still maintain strength. Check out this gallery of the best aluminum warriors.

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6. U.S. News & World Report: 2015 Best Cars for Families

2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV© Provided by TruckTrend 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV

The best family cars meet that winning balance of space, reliability and safety. Of course, it doesn't hurt if they have a little flash. Because what kid doesn't love a Cadillac Escalade, amirite? See U.S. News & World Report's award-winners in 19 different categories.

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5. The Ringbrothers Recoil is the world's baddest Chevelle

The Ringbrothers Recoil is the world's baddest Chevelle© Drew Phillips/Ringbrothers The Ringbrothers Recoil is the world's baddest Chevelle

A little eye candy never hurt anyone. Sit back, relax and take in this Ringbrothers Recoil -- quite possibly the world's baddest Chevelle -- from every angle possible. And if you want to see more incredible hot rod photos and the stories behind them, check out our Enthusiasts Classics section.

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4. Cars of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Koenigsegg Regera© Provided by MotorTrend Koenigsegg Regera

The 2015 Geneva Motor Show may have ended last week, but the annual event -- thought to be one of the best yet -- left car lovers with plenty to talk about. From the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept to the Aston Martin Vulcan to the Ford Focus RS, the buzz continues. Take a look at a photo gallery of the show's highlights.

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3. 20 Best-Selling Vehicles of 2015 -- So Far

Top Sellers<br>Vehicle sales in America are off to a good start in 2015. With two months in the books, overall sales are up 9.2 percent compared to the first two months of 2014. With gas prices at record lows, it’s no big surprise that trucks sales are seeing the most success with an impressive 15.3% increase over last year. Cars sales are also up — 2.8 percent higher in 2015. Here’s a look at the bestsellers after two months of sales, according to numbers we compiled from individual auto manufacturers’ sales reports.© Ford Motor Company Top Sellers
Vehicle sales in America are off to a good start in 2015. With two months in the books, overall sales are up 9.2 percent compared to the first two months of 2014. With gas prices at record lows, it’s no big surprise that trucks sales are seeing the most success with an impressive 15.3% increase over last year. Cars sales are also up — 2.8 percent higher in 2015. Here’s a look at the bestsellers after two months of sales, according to numbers we compiled from individual auto manufacturers’ sales reports.

Vehicles sales are off to a good start this year, with overall sales up 9.2 percent compared to the first two months of 2014. Take a look at the bestsellers after two months of sales and find out why truck sales are seeing the greatest success.

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2. The Golden Age of Drag Racing: Part 1

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The first in a five-part series, The Golden Age of Drag Racing revisits the season of 1962 with unseen action photos, magazine covers and shop scenes. With images of previously unseen quality, this photo gallery is a must-see for drag race fanatics. Watch for upcoming installments on MSN Autos in the weeks ahead.

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1. Cars Worth Millions to Be Auctioned at Amelia Island

1955 Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet© Gooding & Company, Brian Henniker 1955 Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet

A collection of some of the world's most significant and extraordinary vehicles topped our charts this week. The Amelia Island Auction, which took place March 13, featured undiscovered treasures, legends of racing and cars valued well into the millions. See our photo highlights and prepare to add a few cars to your wishlist.

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