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Inside the Brammo Empulse Electric Motorcycle

It’s no secret electric cars are determinedly making their way into American driveways. Owning a Nissan Leaf or Tesla Model S doesn’t necessarily brand a person as an “early adopter” the way it may have in earlier years. The same can’t be said for electric… Read more

Bad timing for Toyota’s “Go Fun Yourself” slogan

Before Toyota got slapped with a brutal $1.2billion fine for lying to the public about vehicle defects that lead to injuries and deaths in their vehicles, the Japanese automaker was having fun with an unorthodox marketing slogan. To drum up excitement for the 2014 Aygo,… Read more

The Best Car Movies of All Time

Despite what The Fast and Furious Franchise might lead us to believe, great car movies are few and far between nowadays. The genre is one that allows itself uncommon cinematic privileges. Some of the best car movies of all time were complete pieces of crap… Read more

This Lego Car runs on air, and dreams!

Every so often, clever ( and slightly off-camber) visionaries remind us what a magical business tool the Internet can be. Australian entrepreneur Steve Sammartino and Romanian “self-taught technology genius” Raul Oaida are two examples. With the financial backing of 40 crowd-sourced patrons, Sammartino’s brainchild, dubbed… Read more

The Craigslist ad that sold a 1996 Nissan Maxima… To Nissan

Although Ikonic Films probably intended to launch a viral video with their advertisement for a worn-out 1996 Nissan Maxima, chances are they couldn’t have guessed Nissan would step up with an offer to buy it. Thanks to the vulture-like draw of successful viral marketing, that’s… Read more

Durango sales skyrocket from ‘Anchorman 2’ ads

America’s favorite news anchor is proving he has the mustachioed charisma to sell a shocking number of Dodge Durango’s. With the release of ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ fast approaching, Chrysler made the call to Ron Burgundy, better known as comedian Will Ferrell to help… Read more

Car dealership pays $420,000 for Seahawks shutout

The Seattle Seahawks have the most dominate home field advantage in the NFL thanks to their thunderous fan base, aptly dubbed The 12th Man. To promote Jet Chevrolet, General Manager Mike Gates promised 12 contestants $35,000 a piece if the Seahawks shutout the New York… Read more

Tred brings car test drives to your door

Traditionally car dealerships have been taxed with overcoming a major schism in their business plan: Most people don’t like to shop at car dealerships, yet most people are sold on a car only after having a chance to test drive it. That’s where Seattle startup… Read more

The right way to handle a car rollover

Outside of performing daredevil work or insurance fraud, rolling a car rarely has a positive outcome. Along with being terrifying and potentially lethal, a car rollover usually comes with a large side of embarrassment. That’s what makes the stone-cold lady in this dash-cam rollover video… Read more

Ward’s 10 Best Engines of 2014

The core of automaker attempts to meet skyrocketing fuel economy requirements in 2016 are under the hoods of their cars. In the 20th year of Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition, only two winners are carryovers from last year. By the looks of the fresh top… Read more

Jean-Claude Van Damme does the Volvo splits

This month creative genius surfaced in Volvo’s advertising department. The team’s task was simple: Devise a commercial that demonstrates the precision and stability of Volvo Dynamic Steering that is now available in the automaker’s FM commercial truck. It appears that after several days of fasting… Read more

Veterans Day Salute: Jeep’s Autobiography

When the United States became involved in World War II, Willys-Overland Motors and Ford Motor Company won a government contract to produce the military’s first general purpose vehicle. The result would soon become known as Jeep. The little workhorse won the hearts and rattled the… Read more

Segway + Car + Mood Ring = Toyota FV2 concept

Toyota plans on blowing minds at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show this month with the reveal of their FV2 concept. The super-futurist ride steers, brakes, and accelerates in accordance with the body movements of its driver. If that isn’t Sci-Fi enough for you, it also… Read more

Why you might want to buy a 4x4 with Bitcoin

Tomcar Australia is causing a stir this month both in automotive news and the emergence of digital currency. The startup Australian off-road vehicle manufacturer announced that in addition to good old fashioned Aussie dollars, they will now also accept payment for their products via Bitcoin. Read more

Dodge’s Scat Packs are back

Dodge announced this week at the 2013 SEMA show plans to jazz-up a core piece of their MOPAR heritage with the reintroduction of their legendary Scat Pack packages. In honor of the 45th anniversary of the “Scat Pack” Dodge enthusiast club, which led Dodge to… Read more

Police cars shooting GPS sticky bullets in chases

Yet another example of James Bond gadgetry come to life is beginning to surface in police departments around the country. The new technology is threatening to ruin quality daytime programming such as Fox’s “Wildest Police Chases” in an attempt to make hot pursuit a thing… Read more

Ford’s tiny EcoBoost engine good for 45mpg in 2014 Fiesta

Ford announced this week that the 2014 Ford Fiesta is good for a whopping 45mpg highway when equipped with their 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine. And indeed, that will make the new Fiesta the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid, gasoline-powered car certified by the EPA. Jealous? Read more

Saudi Arabian women arrested over driving protest

Automotive news from Saudi Arabia this weekend serves as a stark reminder feminine equality is a bit behind the times there. Saudi police arrested 12 women and gave fines to six other ladies for purposely ignoring the country’s ban on female driving. Read more

The only You Tube car show that matters

Whenever I discover someone I’m speaking with has even a passing interest in cars I have to ask them one burning question: “Have you ever heard of the Drive network?” Read more

Elon Musk’s 800mph people tube

If any billionaire entrepreneur besides Elon Musk said he’d like to shoot me through a tube at close to the speed of sound I probably wouldn’t consider it. But Musk has an impressive track record of bringing Jetson-esque pipe dreams to practical (and profitable) realities…. Read more