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Sales of stick shifts are down around the world and even some sports car manufacturers have stopped making them. Still, many zealous auto enthusiasts are doing all they can to keep the old three-pedal motion alive.

By Talon Homer

If your car is built like a supersonic plane, you can sure reach blazing fast speeds. But what about a car you can actually buy?

By Talon Homer

Frunks, usually reserved for VW Beetles and classic European sports cars, are moving into the mainstream, as trunks take a front seat.

By Cherise Threewitt

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Think you need to have your oil changed every 3,000 miles? Think again.

By Cherise Threewitt

Ever notice you see more tire debris on the side of the road during the hottest months of the summer? Could the heat have anything to do with it?

By Alia Hoyt

Even if you're not a car enthusiast, you might still want to consider one of these modifications to make your ride the best on the block.

By Cherise Threewitt

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You may be surprised to know that self-driving cars never go on country roads because so far companies have only done the necessary precise mapping on city streets. An MIT project is changing all that.

By Nathan Chandler

Have the right Volkswagen execs paid for lying to the public about their car's environmental standards and emissions?

By Diana Brown

You might think your car is fine for your upcoming summer road trip. But if it's more than 10 years old, you might want to think again.

By Cherise Threewitt

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Fighting the funk brought on by an animal decomposing inside your car engine can be hard, but not impossible. Here's how to do it.

By Dave Roos

Winter tires are very different from all-season and snow tires. So who needs them?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

There are a lot of vanilla vehicles being churned out these days. What's the deal?

By Kate Kershner

As many as a third of new 2017 cars didn't come with spare tires. So what's the deal?

By Cherise Threewitt

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Will the programming of truly driverless cars prevent them from violating traffic laws? That might actually make traffic move faster.

By Patrick J. Kiger

Will the world's first commercially available gas compression-ignition engine finally be a success?

By Cherise Threewitt

2017 has been a crazy year for hurricanes, which means it could be a crazy year for flood-damaged cars hitting the market, too. How can you spot one?

By Kate Kershner

Whether diesel- or gasoline-powered cars spit out more toxins depends on the pollutant measured, a new study says.

By Shelley Danzy

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Autonomous vehicles could prevent a lot of car accidents from occurring. And that's good news — except for one particular population relying on organ donations.

By Jonathan Strickland

Thanks to some open source software on the internet, other people are trying it too.

By Alia Hoyt

Putting 300,000 miles on a vehicle may seem like an impossible goal, but there are plenty of ways to extend a car's life span.

By Laurie L. Dove

Racecar driver Sam Schmidt was paralyzed in a car crash in 2000. Nevada just issued him a first-of-its-kind license to take his special car on the road.

By Laurie L. Dove

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Graham is what you get when an artist, a trauma surgeon and a collision expert team up to imagine what humans would like if we evolved to fit cars.

By Ben Bowlin

On May 7, Joshua Brown died while driving his Tesla Model S with the Autopilot system engaged. What, if anything, does that mean for the future of driverless cars?

By Jonathan Strickland