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Elon Musk Gets Bucket Of Water Dumped On Him, So Many Questions Arise

last monthVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk was recently challenged by Bill Gates in that super-annoying ALS charity thing you're seeing everywhere now. It looks like he chose to dump himself with ice water, rather than paying the $100, but from this video we honestly can't be sure. Read more...

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

Here’s What Happens When Two Women Drive Around In a Ferrari

last monthVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

A few months back, I posted a video that shows me driving around in the Ferrari, desperately trying to get attention from women. And it shows women completely ignoring my efforts. The whole thing is depressing, and disappointing, and in the end, I crash the Ferrari into a day spa while screaming: "DO YOU NOTICE ME NOW?!?!? HUH?!??!" Read more...

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

Car Thefts Are Down A Stunning 95 Percent In NYC Since 1990

last monthVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

You know those old 1980s movies like Death Wish 3 where New York City comes off as some dirty, crime-ridden, lawless hellhole? Sometimes when I look at crime stats from that era, I think it really was like that. The good news is crimes across the board have dropped in the Big Apple, especially auto thefts. Read more...

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

Flxible, a wire, and the dream of a driverless future

2 months agoVehicles / Cars :

Photo from the Mohican Historical Society. By the early 1960s, we’d pretty much collectively abandoned the idea of autopilot for passenger cars. All the rage just a half-decade prior – along with giant tailfins and jet-inspired styling – the notion of handing control of our cars over to a central authority via guide wires embedded […]

Video: This Homebuilt 1975 Corolla is as Fast as a C7 Z51 Corvette!

2 months agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Mark Still is a professional fabricator for the movie industry, but didn't know what a sorted sports car should feel like. So when he finished his 400 HP, Supercharged 1UZ Corolla, he rang up The Smoking Tire and asked for some feedback. How could we say no? Read more...

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

Holden embraces its feminine side

2 months agoVehicles / Cars : Car Advice

A lot has changed since the 1970’s. For Holden, gone are the days of the Football, Meat Pies, Kangaroos and Holden Cars jingle, and Torana and Gemini are no longer in the showrooms. Women have changed the automotive industry, and I didn’t realise the extent of it until recently when I was invited to attend [...]

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 […]

Mercedes-AMG 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine detailed in full

2 months agoVehicles / Cars : Car Advice

Mercedes-Benz has revealed full information about its new 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that will power the forthcoming 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT and next-generation C63 AMG. Codenamed the AMG M178, the 3982cc bi-turbo eight-cylinder will produce peak outputs of 375kW (at 6250rpm) and 650Nm (between 1750 and 4750rpm) in its application in the GT — similar to [...]

VIDEO: HMS Queen Elizabeth Floats Out

A timelapse video of HMS Queen Elizabeth floating out of her dock for the first time is now available at The float out of the 65,

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 […]

In Honor Of James Garner, Here's How To Pull A J-Turn

2 months agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Whether he was sharking cards as Bret Maverick, driving race cars, or outwitting the bad guys as Jim Rockford, James Garner was one of those Hollywood actors who always seemed impossibly cool. And to those who grew up watching him on The Rockford Files, he also helped make the driving technique known as a "J-turn" famous. Read more...

The Toyota Sienna Helps You Scream At Your Horrible Kids

2 months agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

The swagger wagon returns with what is perhaps the most useful feature ever offered on a minivan: a microphone and speaker system that helps parents scream at their horrible children in the back. Genius! Read more...

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