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These Are The Most Common Car-Arguments You’ll Likely Get Into During Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness for families, where far-flung relatives all come together to interact and share a meal for one time a year. For most families, this is a disaster waiting to happen. If you’re unable to keep the conversation to safe topics like politics, religion, or even tried-and-true safe…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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This Is America’s Most Embarrassing Automotive Engineering Failure

America has had an incredible, dynamic, and often quite innovative automotive industry for well over a century, but that rich automotive history also includes many missteps and some outright failures. There’s one engineering failure, though, that makes the Pinto gas tank placement and the Vega’s engine woes seem like…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Take A Moment To Enjoy A Bunch Of Videos Of Headlight Wipers In Action

This morning a reader named Mustang ‘DontHitTheCrowd’ GT sent me this little video of a 1981 Saab 99's headlight wiper system in action, and I found it so strangely satisfying and delightful that I thought that perhaps you may enjoy a post of nothing but short clips of headlight wipers in action. Because that’s how…Read […]

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This Weekend’s NYT Magazine Is All About The Future Of Cars

Though they’ve only taken center stage in the transportation debate a few short years ago, everyone is beginning to realize autonomous vehicles are A Thing. Lately we’ve seen outlets from Car and Driver to Automotive News roll out packages that assess the future of driving. Now The New York Times Magazine  is spending…Read more… Continue […]

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Watch How Audi’s New Active Suspension Lifts Up To Protect You Before A Crash

The new TV-equipped Audi A8 has active suspension, which in the past has been used for a tunable ride and raising for better ground clearance. But Audi now thinks active suspension can be used for passive safety, and its new system can jack up a side of the car to better protect its occupants in […]

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Electric Car Charging Cables Only Need One Thing To Be So Much Better

There’s no question that electric cars are becoming more and more common, and even without a mature charging infrastructure or swappable batteries it’s likely we’ll see EVs commanding a significant percentage of vehicles very soon. All of this just makes this question all the more relevant: why don’t any electric cars…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Here’s How A Corvette Was Totaled Because Of One Inch Of Damage

When we think of a car being wrecked so badly that it’s effectively totaled, we tend to imagine pretty gruesome, mangled wrecks. What we don’t usually picture is an incident that left damage so small you could hide it with your thumb, but that’s exactly what happened to one deeply unlucky Corvette.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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People Just Don’t Use Fancy Luxury Car Tech If It’s Too Complicated

Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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People Just Don’t Use Fancy Luxury Car Tech If It’s Too Complicated

Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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One Of The First Automatic Transmissions Had A Creepy Name And Was Like Watching A Ghost Shift

Today, and, really, for a few decades now, having an automatic transmission is the boring option. But it’s important to remember that this wasn’t always the case. There was a time when automatic transmissions weren’t just exciting for technological reasons, but because there was some real drama to the whole process.…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Quick Question: Do You Hate Start-Stop Technology On Cars?

Recently, in our holographic meeting room high atop the Jalopnik Spire, as I sat discussing important Jalopnik issues with the other shimmering, flickering holograms around me, I came to two startling realizations: a good number of my beloved co-workers harbor an intense dislike for start-stop technology, and,…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Hondas And Acuras From 1999-2004 Had Their Clocks Fail On The 40th Anniversary Of Elvis’ Death

August 16 was the 40th anniversary of the death of America’s favorite jumpsuit aficionado, Elvis Presley. On that very same day, nearly every Honda or Acura vehicle built between 1999 and 2004 and fitted with a Nav system had their clocks fail to just displaying 0:00. Coincidence? You decide.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The Mystery Cars Behind The First Two Lego Car Chassis Sets

We seem to be in a golden age of automotive Lego, with Lego having deals with a number of carmakers, including Porsche, McLaren, Ford, Ferrari—it’s possible Lego has more licenses with automakers than some suppliers that make actual car parts. That wasn’t always the case, though. Decades ago, Lego’s car-based sets had…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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