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Volkswagen gets a charge out of its electric Microbus concept

Volkswagen is putting on a full court press when it comes to SUVs and alternative energy vehicles. Shifting sentiment in the aftermath of Dieselgate won’t be easy, but the company feels these vehicles, targeted directly at American consumers, will change the tide. Fortunately, VW’s reorientation isn’t all serious business, as is...

2018 Kia Stinger debuts with twin-turbo V-6, rear-wheel drive

It was at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show that Kia first hinted at the launch of a rear-wheel-drive sports sedan with the unveiling of the GT concept. More than half a decade on, the production version of the striking concept has been revealed as the 2018 Kia Stinger. Kia's finally taking the covers off its new coupe-like sedan on Sunday at the 2017...

2018 Ford F-150 adopts Super Duty looks, 10-speed automatics

Continuing the long-running sales success of the F-Series is paramount to Ford, and the newly facelifted 2018 Ford F-150 is proof enough that the automaker won't be resting on its laurels anytime soon. Ford followed two main themes in updating its most popular vehicle: Establishing “showroom harmony” between the F-150 and the new Super...

F1 backmarker Manor enters bankruptcy protection

Formula One team Manor Racing, formerly Marussia, on Friday entered bankruptcy protection, with FRP Advisory hired to oversee the process. The decision comes after several months of discussions with investors in an effort to secure funding for the 2017 season. However, with the team scoring just one point in 2016 it’s not hard to see why...

Faraday Future FF 91, Porsche 917 replica, Ram 1500 Rebel Black: This Week’s Top Photos

With the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show on this week, there was a lot of headlines regarding electric and self-driving cars. Thankfully, there was also some old-school grunt like the 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Black announced. It’s a black-on-black pickup truck with 33-inch off-road tires, air suspension with specially-tuned Bilstein shocks, and...

2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI, Faraday Future FF 91, 2020 Audi Q8: The Week In Reverse

Subaru announced the 2018 WRX and WRX STI; Faraday Future unveiled the FF 91; and we spotted the 2020 Audi Q8. It's the Week in Reverse, right here at Motor Authority. The Ram 1500 in Rebel trim is without a question pretty terrific. The main issue? If you aren't a fan of red, the interior was a bit too much. However, that changes now with the...

Classic video explains how a planetary gear set works

Gears come in all shapes and sizes. They are the toothy wonders that make the world go around, and they're incredibly important in the operation of a motor vehicle. There's a more specific type of gear that allows your automatic gearbox to operate. It's called the planetary gear set and the way it works will have your head swimming in concentric...

Dealing with Craigslist buyers summed up in one video

Craigslist is a wonderful tool that connects buyers and sellers of all sorts of goods. You can buy everything from a nightstand and a coffee maker to a house and a helicopter. Heck, you can even buy people if you look in the right sections...at least for an hour or so. If you're a car enthusiast, it's a great source of parts and a perfect place to...

Bentley: What’s new for 2017

When every model in your range is priced above $200k, depreciation is kind of a big deal. That’s why for brands like Bentley, competing in the ultra-luxury space, annual updates for its models tends to be rare. Nevertheless, now that Bentley has a four-car lineup, there are more updates than ever to look forward to each year. For 2017, the...

Report: VW nearing $3B settlement with Justice Department over Dieselgate

Volkswagen may be nearing a settlement over its criminal and civil investigations with the U.S. Department of Justice for $3 billion, Reuters reported. The agreement hasn't yet been finalized but could be announced as early as next week, according to the report. A spokesman for Volkswagen declined to comment on the story. It's unclear if the...

Honda unveils NeuV and Riding Assist concepts at 2017 CES

Honda’s theme of its 2017 Consumer Electronics Show presence is something it calls the Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem, where via artificial intelligence, robotics and big data the various aspects of one’s life are combined in order to foster safer, more productive use of time. For example, Honda predicts a future where self-driving...

Update: Honda confirms manual-only Civic Type R

Update: In response to a report that the upcoming Civic Type R will be available with a CVT, Honda has confirmed that the car will be offered exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission. The confirmation ends speculation that either a CVT or dual-clutch transmission, which has also been rumored, will be on the car's options list. Honda will...

2017 Bentley Continental Supersports, Mercedes-AMG hypercar, Trumpchi GS7: Today’s Car News

Bentley has unveiled the fastest, most powerful model it’s ever produced. The car is the 2017 Continental Supersports, and it’s good for 209 mph thanks to a 700-horsepower output. A new photo of Mercedes-AMG’s upcoming hypercar has surfaced. The shot was shown briefly during the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show and reveals the car...

2018 Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet to make US debut in Detroit

Audi’s redesigned A5 Cabriolet was revealed in early November. It’s now ready for its first major auto show appearance, which will take place during next week’s 2017 Detroit auto show. The car will be appearing in both regular and sporty S5 trim and is due to go on sale during 2017, arriving as a 2018 model. Joining it in...

Second teaser for ‘Cars 3’ reveals movie’s villain

After the somewhat ominous initial teaser trailer for "Cars 3" hit the web in November, we’ve been eager to find out more about the upcoming animated movie. A new teaser trailer is out, though unfortunately it doesn’t reveal much. What it does reveal, however, is the movie’s villain, a C7 Chevrolet Corvette-resembling character...

China’s GAC returning to Detroit auto show with 3 new cars

State-owned Chinese automaker GAC is planning to unveil three new cars at the 2017 Detroit auto show, one of which will be a rugged-looking SUV called the GS7. This will be the third time GAC is presenting at the Detroit auto show, though it will be the first time the automaker—or any Chinese automaker for that matter—will have a stand...

New photo of Mercedes-AMG hypercar surfaces

Mercedes-Benz is currently at the 2017 Consumer Electronics show giving talks on upcoming technologies such as electric and self-driving cars, but tucked away in one the automaker’s presentations was this glimpse of the new hypercar being developed by Mercedes-AMG. GTspirit managed to grab a shot, revealing interesting details like the...

Bentley Continental Supersports returns with 700 hp, 209 mph top speed

Behold the new Bentley Continental Supersports. It’s the fastest, most powerful Bentley ever produced, and according to the automaker there isn’t a four-seat car faster than it. Performance claims include 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 209 mph. Sure, there are quicker cars out there but none will cosset you and...

The differences between automatic and manual transmissions

You no doubt know which type of gearbox you prefer, be it automatic or manual. Do you know how these gearboxes do what they do? If you don't, then today is your lucky day. This video from Learn Engineering starts off with the basics of how a manual transmission works. It comes down to three shafts, an input shaft, an intermediate shaft, and an...

2018 Volvo V90 to make US debut at 2017 Detroit auto show

Volvo’s V90, the replacement for the V70, made its debut at the 2016 Geneva auto show last March but isn’t on sale here yet. The svelte luxury wagon is only due for delivery in the United States in the summer. It makes its local debut January 9 at the 2017 Detroit auto show. The reason for the tardiness is due to Volvo’s decision...

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