January 2016

Sunday Cinema: Snow Dancing in a Porsche 911 SC RS

January 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

The year was 1984. Rally was all the rage. Danger was mainstream. And carcinogens weren’t exclusively advertised by the rumble of tailpipes. Also in 1984, Porsche was developing a legend, but it was behind schedule: The 959 wasn’t ready when David Richards, the orchestrator of the Porsche-Rothmans deal, wanted to go rallying. So, along with […]

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Audi Wants To Say Something, And Will Spend $10M To Do It

January 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

Football fans are finalizing their Super Bowl 50 party plans, which will undoubtedly include copious amounts of heart-clogging edibles and liquids that might be confused for beer. At the same time, Audi is tapping its foot in anticipation. The automaker will air a 60-second Super Bowl spot in an effort to get the attention of those cod-lager swilling football fans watching the game next […]

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So Musk Now Owns 22 Percent of Tesla, But Does It Matter?

January 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

The automotive and tech blogs are aflutter Saturday with news that Elon Musk has gobbled up another chunk of Tesla stock — this time at a discount. Musk exercised and held a stock option this week that saw the multi-billionaire increase his ownership of Tesla Motors by 532,000 shares. In total, those shares are worth over $101 million […]

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What Does $1.2 Million Buy You?

January 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Vast amounts of witless cash arrived at Scottsdale this week. To wit: the first serial production Acura NSX — or, at least, the right to order it — sold for $1.2 million at Barrett-Jackson on Friday. For that $1.2 million (plus somewhere between $156,000 and $205,700 for the car itself), winning bidder Rick Hendrick (yes, that Rick Hendrick) […]

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In Which We Bid Farewell to The Newsbot and Replace It With …

January 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

… well, nobody. Allow me to explain. After nine months of running TTAC more or less solo, with the exception of Aaron’s stewardship on the daily-news side of things, I’ve realized it’s time for a change. For starters, I’m tired. Working 60- and 70-hour weeks for nine months straight is not healthy for anyone. At the […]

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Thank You and Goodbye

January 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

After 853 posts, No. 854 will be my last. Or, at least, my final scheduled story for now. Over the past year, I’ve gotten to know TTAC, its readership, fellowship, authors, contributors, editors and the B&B. Among the thousands of words that I’ve written that have reached your eyeballs, there are only three that come […]

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Four Weeks in Africa with the Land Rover Defender

January 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

After 67 years, production of the iconic Land Rover Defender ends today. It’s an amazing feat that the Defender has lasted this long. It was a utilitarian vehicle developed at a time when going off-roading meant just going. It helped Europe rebuild after World War II. And it explored Africa, where often the Land Rover was the first automobile ever […]

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2,016,932 Land Rover Defenders Have Been Built So Far, And Then This Last One

January 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

The last Land Rover Defender rolled off the line Friday at the Solihull, UK facility, according to the automaker. The wildly uncomfortable, loud and grandfather to all Land Rovers will live on, albeit in name only — the next-generation Defender is already in the works. The final Land Rover Defenders shared two common parts with […]

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