Various states have been conflicting with Tesla Motors over direct car sales and whether the electric luxury brand is allowed to sell cars direct to consumers. It’s actually much bigger than just the favorite posh eco-ride of wealthy hipsters; what’s holding them up is actually making transportation more expensive for everyone. Direct car sales and Read on! →

Volkswagen unveiled variations of its new three-door supermini van, the Up!, at the Frankfurt Motor Show last fall. It will be showing four new variations of the Up! next week at the Geneva Motor Show. VW throws Up! out there The Up!, which goes on sale in Europe on March 5, is an economical city Read on! →

The American side of Honda Motor Co. is being forced into belt-tightening mode as profit margins for its Japanese parent have fallen onto the wrong side of acceptability. Automotive News reports that the U.S. branch of the Honda Motor Co. is in the process of offering voluntary severance packages to senior members of its sales Read on! →

One of most crucial aspects of making an engine run is the spark, which blows up the air and gas mixture; the most common methods of doing this are mechanical distributors and/or ignition coils. The latter is now all but universal, the former having been phased out over the past 20 years. Where happened to Read on! →

Former Speaker of the House and current Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich may be liberal enough to garner the support of a few unions in his campaign, but he’s no fan of one of the nation’s largest unions, notes Automotive News. At a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa, Gingrich blasted the United Auto Workers Read on! →

The Daily Caller reports that new presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty told Corn Belt Iowans Monday that ethanol subsidies must cease. The former Minnesota governor’s “Time for Truth” campaign claims that “bailouts, handouts and carve-outs” are financially irresponsible. Intellectual Takeout points out that ethanol fuel supporters cling to the renewable fuel argument, but enough criticisms of Read on! →

Not long ago, LED headlights were reserved only for high-end cars as standard equipment, though there are certainly plenty of aftermarket suppliers. However, more cars are going to have LED lights as standard equipment. The diode is cast Light bulbs are basically light bulbs, no matter the application. The same basic technology is at work Read on! →

Though very few cars utilize the layout, a number of people use the term “rear engine” as a catch-all for any car that doesn’t have a motor in the front. The truth is that very few cars actually ARE rear-engined, which has to do with some rather esoteric, though logical, reasons. Very few actual rear Read on! →

Getting your money’s worth when it comes to purchasing a used car can be a tricky proposition. Older vehicles may be cheaper up front, but they may not give you the fuel economy of a newer car and may require more frequent repairs. However, there are some gems to be found out there that give Read on! →