Paul A. Eisenstein is a CNBC contributor and the publisher of thedetroitbureau.com. He has over 30 years of experience covering the auto industry.
Smart car's new vehicle comes at a time when cheap gas has American motorists buying pickups and SUVs in record numbers.
Automakers and governments are working to make the world's roadways more advanced and better for the environment.
McLaren's Special Operations division was set up in 2009 to help car buyers transform fantasy into sheet metal.
The list factors in total cost of ownership and only includes models that have earned a top safety rating from IIHS.
Other states are more lenient on offending motorists.
Local Motors plans to get into the auto industry next year when it launches what it promises will be the world's first 3-D printed car.
Electric vehicle buyers are younger and more affluent than drivers who purchase comparable gas-powered models.
The world's first autonomous 18-wheeler was given an official Nevada license plate on Tuesday.
At least $750 million worth of vehicles were stolen between 2012 and 2014 because motorists left the keys inside, according to the NICB.
Automakers say autonomous cars will keep drivers safer than ever. But it could also make them sicker. Carsick, that is.