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Chrysler Pacifica Commercial Appears To Show Actor Using Transmission Shift Knob To Adjust Volume

Chrysler has somehow managed to highlight the Chrysler Pacifica’s biggest flaw in this commercial featuring actor Kathryn Hahn. That biggest flaw, as we noted in our review, is a shifter dial that can easily be mistaken for a volume knob, and Chrysler appears to show Hahn doing just that in this commercial. Read more… Continue […]

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This Cassette Tape-Based Navigation System From 1971 Is Kind Of Brilliant

This clip from a 1971 episode of the BBC television show Tomorrow’s World has so many appealing details to me, most notably the featuring of a lovely UK-spec 1962 Volkswagen Beetle, but the true star of it is the remarkably forward-thinking navigation system the Beetle is fitted with. It uses some cutting-edge…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Nobody Wants $700 Electronic License Plates Because That’s Stupid

California has approved the biggest innovation in license plate technology since science figured out how to trap wild letters and numerals onto a plate of metal: the electronic license plate. The state claims they could save up to $20 million per year on postage, but there’s some pretty huge questions about that, as…Read more… Continue […]

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Uber Lays Off Hundreds Of Workers And Shuts Down Self-Driving Operation In Arizona Following Fatal Crash: Report

Uber informed “about 300” workers of their termination earlier today as part of plans to shut down its self-driving car testing program in Arizona following a fatal crash in March, where one of the company’s test vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian, according to The Arizona Republic.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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It’s Time You Knew The Difference Between Boxer Engines And Flat Engines

You’re a gearhead. You know to chuckle knowingly and condescendingly when some dumbass refers to the “V4" in their Honda Civic. You know your stuff. You know what a flat engine is, too. It’s an opposed-piston engine, right? Sometimes they’re called boxer engines, like what Porsche and Subaru use. Same thing, right?…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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These Are The Eight Official Pieces Of Luggage Used To Decide How Big Your Car’s Trunk Is

If you’re like most people, you spend most of your nights awake, pacing your home, a quivering, sobbing, obscenity-shrieking wreck because you can’t stop wondering just how the cargo capacity of automobile trunks are measured. That’s why I’m happy to tell you there’s an answer, and that answer involves eight very…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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These Are The Only Two Factory-Built Twin-Engine Cars

With the increasing popularity of hybrid and electric cars, the number of cars that you can buy with two independent motors capable of turning some kind of energy into spinning tires has increased dramatically. Even so, all of these current multiple-powerplant vehicles owe thanks to the addition of electric motors. If…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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No, Benjamin Franklin Did NOT Invent The Odometer

Last night, my coworker Raphael Orlove and I went down to the neighborhood bar for a spot of traditional pub trivia. The kindly quizmaster queried as to who invented the odometer. It doesn’t matter what we responded with, because the “correct” answer—given as Benjamin Franklin—was WRONG. This is a pernicious myth that…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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