Toyota Stick Shift Automotive News 

New Toyota Stick Shift Patent Aims to Raise MPGs

The enthusiasts at AutoNation Drive have written plenty about how much we love manual transmissions, and lamented at how they’re falling out of favor with buyers. So when we heard about a recently filed Toyota stick shift patent, it made us hopeful about the future of the gearbox. The patent refers to a “Controller for vehicle and control method for vehicle,” and while we imagine marketing will come up with a better-sounding name by the time it reaches production, the technology is pretty interesting. Essentially, the system aims to raise fuel…

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Hyundai Santa Cruz Truck Automotive News 

Officially Confirmed: Hyundai Santa Cruz Truck is Coming

It’s not a secret that Americans love pickup trucks — you basically can’t write a country song without mentioning one. That said? As buyers have opted for colossal cowboy Cadillacs, the mid-sized pickup has become something of an endangered species. But the fact that the Hyundai Santa Cruz truck has been confirmed indicates we’re seeing a shift in the market. While it’s been rumored to be in the works since the debut of Hyundai’s Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept at the North American International Auto Show in 2015, few industry…

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1-Series in America Automotive News 

Front-Wheel-Drive BMW Anyone? We Might Get the 1-Series in America

Right now, every BMW available on our shores comes in either rear- or all-wheel drive. But recent reports suggest buyers might see a front-wheel drive 1-Series in America in the next two years. While BMW Global sales chief Ian Robertson has publicly dismissed the idea, an article from our friends at Automotive News cites a source who says the company is more than mulling the idea — and even floated 2019 as a possible target for the launch. For anyone who follows the automotive industry, the idea of a 1-Series…

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Coolest Car Colors Head to Heads & Advice 

Check Out Some of the Coolest Car Colors Available Now

Next time you head out to the grocery store, take a second and examine the parking lot. Chances are, you’ll see a collection of white, black, and silver cars — and not much else. Those three colors have been top sellers for an eternity, but in our humble opinion, some of the coolest car colors available right now fall far outside that relatively reserved spectrum. Now, we’ll admit that the choices below are bold, and might not be to everyone’s taste. That said? If you pick one of these hues,…

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2018 Ford Mustang GT Quiet Start Mode Automotive News 

Here’s Why the 2018 Ford Mustang GT Got Quiet Start Mode

The 2018 Ford Mustang is notable for plenty of reasons. It has a 7,500 rpm redline, it’s faster to 60 mph than a Porsche 911 Carrera, and it comes standard with what’s basically burnout mode. But as the Blue Oval recently proved, it can also be quite polite. Case in point? The “Be a Good Neighbor” video. Because while it might sound strange to enthusiasts, not everyone thinks the sound of a 460-horsepower V-8 sparking to life is amazing. In fact, some people find it downright disruptive. So because the…

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