December 2016

Freaky Friday: ‘Impaired’ Caffeine User Gets a Break from California Authorities

December 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Maybe there is common sense to be found in California. A driver who was charged for driving under the influence — even though a blood test revealed only caffeine — won’t have to enter a courtroom to plead his innocence. That, a gas station attendant takes the Florida Woman meme and runs with it (into another […]

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Faraday Future’s Ghost CEO Abandons Company Days Before Key Unveiling

December 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Faraday Future continues to dispense epoch-making levels of hype as the company seemingly implodes. Last week, Faraday’s chief brand and commercial officer and its vice president for product marketing both abandoned the company. This week, they were followed by elusive Chinese overseer and “unofficial” CEO, Ding Lei. Of course, Faraday Future has already spent the last two years […]

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QOTD: Are You Resolved?

December 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

You’ve heard a lot in the media about how 2016 has been Literally Hitler Terrible. Princess Leia died. Donald Trump was elected. The McRib only returned in selected markets. I can’t sympathize with those people. 2016 worked out fine for me, and it was the first year since 2012 that I wasn’t hospitalized for some […]

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Range Anxiety is Real, and a Severe Lack of Familiarity is Holding Back EV Adoption

December 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Even though they’ve been around since the late 1800s, 60 percent of Americans surveyed this year said that they were “unaware” of electric cars. While one is forced to wonder exactly how the question was worded, no possible answer inspires confidence in the public’s knowledge on the subject of EVs. It would seem, at least in […]

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Jeep Patriot and First-gen Compass are Truly Dead; 2018 Wrangler Details Leaked

December 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Amid all the hand wringing and social media sobbing over the celebrities we’ve lost in 2016, no one thought to mention the Jeep Compass and Patriot — strong-selling, affordable yet archaic vehicles that were loathed by the automotive press. Well, the decade-old twins are dead. Gone. Finito. Pushing up daisies. The Toledo Blade reports that the […]

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I was an Idiot for Thinking Volvo Would Offer Video Chat While Driving

December 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

A few years after Alexander Graham Bell beat Elisha Gray in patenting the telephone, someone conceptualized the telephonoscope and the world became bedeviled by the notion of seeing someone while you conversed remotely. Video phones appeared in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927), Jay Roach’s timeless classic Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), and just about everywhere in between. They even cropped […]

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Infiniti’s Detroit-bound QX50 Concept is Barely a Concept, Boasts Variable Compression Engine

December 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Infiniti has had enough of the QX50’s voluptuous curves. An edgier future awaits the brand’s midsize crossover, as shown by photos of the QX50 “Concept” released ahead of the North American International Auto Show. If this concept looks almost production-ready, that’s because it is. Borrowing heavily from the earlier QX Sport Inspiration concept, the QX50 […]

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60-year-old Cars Are Great, but Caterham Desperately Wants Something New

December 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Postwar British nostalgia and racing heritage is nice, but there’s no denying the kick an automaker can get from launching a wholly new vehicle. That’s the situation Caterham finds itself in. After dutifully cranking out continuously updated examples of the original Lotus Seven since 1973, the company now wants to court drivers who have never […]

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SUVs Likely to Become Dominant Police Vehicle, ‘Bigger’ Cops Rejoice

December 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

North America’s romantic entanglement with the sport utility vehicle is not limited to retail consumers, as police fleets in the United States and Canada have been getting in on the action for a while now. Valuing durability and flexibility above all else, law enforcement’s gradual shift toward SUVs seems to have been inevitable. Ford said that […]

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