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Dirt Every Day tries to find the best 4x4 for under $4k

If you want to build a cheap truck that can still do dirty deeds off the beaten path, it's best to start with solid axles and a solid V8 engine. That sums up the lessons learned after watching the 2014 Cheap Truck Challenge from theShow More Summary

Translogic 157: Water-powered Hoverboard

In 2012, Translogic featured a unique jet ski-powered device known as the Flyboard, which transformed its pilot into a sort of aquatic Iron Man. With hydro-thrusters at the hands and feet, Flyboard enabled water-powered flight and incredible ariel tricks. The folks from Zapata Racing are back with their latest innovation, the Hoverboard. Show More Summary

Motor City Masters finale set to air Tuesday

#fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-334013{display:none;}.cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-334013, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-334013{width:628px;height:443px;display:block;} Just like that, the first season of Motor City Masters is about to come to an end. Show More Summary

No Fixed Abode: Four on six.

As 1977 drew to a close, my father finally agreed to let my mother have the new car he’d promised her earlier in the year. Mom’s Volvo was only three years old but it was already rusting and erratic in cold mornings. They went to some Oldsmobile dealership in Baltimore to see the new-for-1978 Cutlass […] The post No Fixed Abode: Four on six. Show More Summary

Days of Futurliners Past – General Motors’ Parade of Progress Buses

The way the story goes, the idea for General Motors’ Parade of Progress sprang from the mind of Charles Kettering, GM’s vice president for research and the inventor of the first practical electric self starter for automobiles, as he walked through GM’s exhibit at the 1933 Century of Progress world’s fair in Chicago. Show More Summary

Autoworkers, Agribusiness, and Algae: Toledo Back in Business, For Now

Toledo, Ohio has just squeaked by a major environmental crisis. A toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie poisoned the city’s water supply, leaving over 400,000 residents high and dry for three days. Restaurants, schools and businesses closed, the National Guard trucked in water, and the governor declared a state of emergency. Show More Summary

Recalled GM Cars See Bigger Price Drop Over Other Used Vehicles

Are your children about to start college? Maybe it’s their senior year in high school? Looking for a cheap vehicle and don’t mind if it’s been recalled to death by its automaker? Then a vehicle caught up in the General Motors recall parade might be the one, as prices have fallen hard as of late. Show More Summary

Don’t Crush That Bug, Hand Me The Pliers

I’m pretty sure that everyone reading this has interests beyond the world of automobiles. As both an observer of and participant in the news and information biz, it’s fascinating for me to see how a story in the automotive media will...Show More Summary

New Round of IIHS Small Offset Tests a Mixed Bag

  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released the results of its latest round of small offset crash tests. This latest group of twelve cars posted a wide range of scores, highlighting the challenging nature of the Institute’s newest test. Show More Summary

Toyota's Psy-style Waku-Doki ad inherits Japan's bizarre ad crown

A new Japanese Toyota ad featuring crisply suited businessmen driving into the jungle only to segue into a Psy-style music-video dance-off with a gorilla and natives is the latest car commercial to go viral. Jungle Wakudoki is the newest...Show More Summary

Review: 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 6MT

This doesn’t feel like something I should admit in public, let alone in the electronic pages of this august publication, but I always had a tiny little problem with the Challenger SRT8, way down in my super soul. If you haven’t seen Vanishing Point, put your laptop down, get out of the bathroom, and go […]

Track Analysis: Challenger V6 Track Pack, HEMI Scat Pack, SRT Hellcat

Getting decent conclusions from very limited data is the sort of thing of which Nobel Prizes are made. What you’re about to read won’t be Nobel-worthy; however, I believe it will help you understand how fast the Hellcat and how it compares to both the other Challengers and the external competition. I got a total […]

Thieves Take Students’ Project Car

The students at Los Angeles’ Norwalk High School learned about the 1978 Mark Hamill movie “Corvette Summer” in the worst possible way on this week when the 1969 Nova that they spent seven years working on was stolen from its parking spot in front of their teacher’s house at around 3 AM Monday morning. According […]

Worse For Your Health: Rolling coal or burning rubber?

A cursory Internet search reveals that both kinds of 'smoke' have some pretty scary ingredients. With social, political and ecological concerns all wrapped up into one made-for-the-Internet phenomenon, there's no question that "rolling coal" has taken over the airwaves in the last few weeks. Show More Summary

Dad pleads with parents to remember kids in hot cars

After five minutes of sitting in a hot car, Terry Williams was drenched with sweat. After ten minutes, he felt like the air had been sucked out of his lungs. After 15 minutes, he got out of the car. Not everyone has the chance to doShow More Summary

Electric Miata smokes Tesla Model S at the track

Yes, folks, you read that headline right. A souped up battery-electric version of a Mazda Miata took down a Tesla Model S on a quarter-mile drag strip. And it wasn't even close. Road Test TV was kind enough to post a video of a forest-green...Show More Summary

While You Were Sleeping: July 8, 2014

Bertone took a beating! Someone else might have handed a beating out! Subaru’s on fire, Vipers are cold as ice! And You Thought The Residuals On The Volvo 780 Coupe Had Them Set 4 Lyfe, Yo: Michael Robinson, the last design director for Bertone, no longer wants to talk about the company. “Having turned the […]

Review: 2015 GMC Yukon SLT

Until a decade or so, if you wanted a three-row SUV your choices were pretty much limited to body-on-frame offerings, most of which were related to a pickup truck. But now, even GM’s own GMT960s (Enclave, Acadia), provide similar amount of interior space to this Yukon. Furthermore, they are less expensive, more efficient, and easier […]

Junkyard Find: 1984 Toyota Camry LE Liftback

We don’t normally put the words “Camry” and “rare” together in the same sentence, but this series is all about finding rare-but-not-valuable oddities (e.g., one of the very last GM J-body. When it comes to rare Camrys, there’s the seldom-seen-in-the-wild Camry All-Trac and the nearly-as-rare Camry Liftback, and I’d found exactly one example of each […]

While You Were Sleeping: July 1, 2014

Another great day in the auto business, and more proof that deconstruction has not been completely der(r)ided in popular culture. And The Keyboard On The Atari 400 Was That Way To Keep You From Getting Carpal Tunnel: “This physical link between smartphone and car might seem like a step back from the cutting edge. But […]

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