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  1. Delphi's dynamic skip fire, developed by Silicon Valley startup Tula Technologies, is set to make its debut in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra, promising big fuel economy improvements for the big trucks. While normal drivers may never even realize the system is hard at work, Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained is here to help us...
  2. Ford's latest prototypes for the Mustang Shelby GT500 are wearing the least camouflage gear yet. Clearly visible are the car's new aero elements, massive brake discs, and the famous cobra badge. Another vehicle we spied this week is the next-generation Ford Focus ST. There's expected to be a smaller engine to save fuel, but thankfully it should...
  3. Drivers have various reasons for starting in second gear, especially with a manual transmission. Perhaps first gear is too short, or snowy road conditions require lighter acceleration to avoid spinning the tires. But is that a good idea? Never fear because Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained is here to tell us about when it may make sense to...
  4. Porsche will come out next year with an electric car based on its Mission E concept from the 2015 Frankfurt auto show. The automaker doesn't want potential owners to worry about a lack of charging infrastructure so its dealers will install 189 fast-chargers across the country to charge its electric cars. Potential plans with other charging...
  5. A historic Chinese brand could come back to life with help from Byton, the electric car startup based in the country. China's state-owned FAW Group said it's working with Byton to help give Hongqi, or Red Flag, a proper revival as China's premiere automotive brand. Red Flag, which is owned by FAW Group, famously produced the CA770, none other than...
  6. BMW revealed the 2019 M2 Competition; Lexus showed a picture of the 2019 ES before its debut in Beijing; we spied the 2020 Volkswagen Golf testing. It's the Week in Reverse, right here at 'Motor Authority.' The BMW M2 is an enthusiast's dream and for 2019 it's getting better. It becomes the M2 Competition. Output increases to 405 horsepower and...
  7. The Weissach package from Porsche turns a good sports car into focused track machine, usually by reducing the weight or improving the aero, or both. Typically, this is a package only offered on the most hardcore Porsche products. We're talking the 918 Spyder, 911 GT2 RS and the 911 GT3 RS. Perhaps down the road however, Porsche could extend the...
  8. Thanks to modern communications and sensor technology, it will soon be possible for cars to know what's immediately around them even when the line of site is blocked, in a sense making them able to see around corners. This ability is one of the core pillars of most self-driving systems being developed, including that from Jaguar Land Rover. But...
  9. Cadillac's three-row crossover SUV has finally been spotted. The Lincoln Aviator-rival is expected to go by the name XT6 and reach showrooms by the middle of next year. Mercedes-Maybach's concept for the 2018 Beijing auto show has been revealed early. It blends elements of SUVs and sedans and previews the look of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz...
  10. Jörg Kerner, who was promoted to the head of powertrains at Porsche in 2011, was arrested in relation to the Volkswagen Group's diesel scandal, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday. German prosecutors confirmed that a person was remanded because of flight risk and that a probe was opened against the person last July. The...
  11. The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has been named the official pace car of the 2018 Indianapolis 500, and with 755 horsepower on tap it will be the fastest, most powerful car to ever handle pacing duties in the race's 100-plus-year history. A blue example of the Corvette flagship will be used for the premiere event of the IndyCar season, which is...
  12. It's a Porsche RS so you know it's going to be fast but we bet you'd have never guessed that the latest Porsche 911 GT3 RS could lap the Nürburgring in under seven minutes. Remember, this is a sports car equipped with a naturally aspirated six-cylinder. But somehow Porsche has done it, with a green GT3 RS equipped with the car's available...
  13. The first photos of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept have surfaced ahead of next week's debut at the 2018 Beijing auto show. The photos were published early by accident on an official website and give us a clear look at the concept, inside and out. The folks at Maybach weren't kidding when they said the concept blends a high-end...
  14. Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler supplying engines to Volvo could be just one area of cooperation following the February deal that saw Li Shufu, the owner of Volvo parent company Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, buy a 9.7 percent in Daimler in a deal worth $9 billion. The information was reported on Thursday by German publication Manager Magazin...
  15. It's been the subject of rumors since at least 2011 but Cadillac's long-awaited three-row crossover SUV has finally been spotted. Expected to go by the name XT6, the new SUV could bow as early as this November's 2018 Los Angeles auto show ahead of a sales launch by the middle of next year. This means we should see it arrive as a 2020 model. Our...

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