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Man Saves BMW From Rolling Into Traffic (Video)

On: Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 11:13AM | By: David Walter


Man Saves BMW From Coasting Into Traffic test 2

Thanks to a more observant stranger and the owner's quick reactions, this unmanned BMW 3-Series didn't roll straight into a busy street. Fortunately, the owner was able to successfully slow down his 3-Series, or he (and others) could've gotten seriously hurt! That tractor trailer was timed just about perfectly to t-bone the Bimmer-gone-wild.

Not sure why the camera was rolling, but thankfully we get to watch some quick thinking turn this potentially tragic event into a total win with all the thrills of a Jason-Statham action film.


Cheeky Double-Deckers Return To Square Mile

On: Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 12:23PM | By: Chris Salamone


New Routemaster test 2

Back in 2005 the charismatic red double-decker buses of yore were removed from the streets, and simultaneously replaced by post-apocalypse reminiscent modern articulated buses (aka bendy buses). Indeed, anyone who has spent some time driving in a large city like London will tell you the world has surely ended if a 60 ft. bus has become a practical public transportation solution – nevermind those bi-articulated monsters which peak around 82 feet of double trailer insanity.

Fortunately, however, London’s current Mayor, Boris Johnson, committed to replace bendy buses with a transit vehicle Londoners would warmly welcome: an all-new, greatly improved hybrid diesel-electric red double-decker.


Utah Man Wins Lamborghini Murcielago, Crashes It The Same Day

On: Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 10:04AM | By: Stephanie Lunsford


David Dopp Lamborghini Winner! test 2

David Dopp won a Lamborghini Murcielago during a halftime show of a BYU football game in November. He was one of ten finalists in the Mavericks gas station “Joe Schmo to Lambo” contest at Lavelle Edwards Stadium.

Dopp wasn’t able to take the car home immediately; he had to put insurance on the car before they would deliver it to his house. After a ceremony at a Maverick gas station in Dopp’s hometown of Santaquin, he was finally handed over the keys to his new Lamborghini by a nonprofit organization.


Ford Unveils An Ecoboost Concept Sleigh For Santa

On: Mon, Dec 26, 2011 at 10:02AM | By: Chris Weiss


Ford Unveils An Ecoboost Concept Sleigh For Santa test 2

In a whimsical bit of holiday merriment, Ford introduced a concept sleigh that it thinks can save Santa a lot of money. The company's Ecoboost Sleigh uses a tiny, 1.0-liter Ecoboost engine to deliver some serious fuel savings to the jolly, old guy.

Personally, I would have thought that traveling by way of reindeer was already about as green as you can be, but according to Ford, Santa's herd puts out some 214,670 tons of CO2-equivalent emissions a year. I was going to challenge that assessment, but then realized I'd be arguing about a fanciful concept created for a fictional character. Plus Ford actually provides a pretty thorough breakdown of its numbers.


 

Detroit News Columnist Blasts GM For Saab Collapse

On: Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 12:05PM | By: Chris Salamone


Saab Factory Workers Departing After Being Informed Of Bankruptcy test 2

Issued today, Daniel Howes delivered a gut-wrenching opinion column in The Detroit News which effectively decried Saab as the ‘neglected stepchild’ of GM’s scheme for worldwide automotive colonization. Considering Saab CEO Victor Muller filed for bankruptcy on December 19, after years of questionable GM leadership and a final rejection of the proposed Chinese restructuring, Howes’ article would appear to be accurate.

However, in the spirit of fairness, let us not forget that a theoretical opportunity still remains during the bankruptcy process for a buyer to step in – a fact that GM and Saab execs are certainly aware of. Further, GM’s initial Saab makeover was anything but neglected. The company gave Saab the full American treatment, intended to take Saab from the quirky nether realm of Swedish aircraft devotees to a mainstream public.

The problem: GM failed to capitalize on the makings of Saab’s trademark oddball practicality.


Rob Dyrdek Slays Sonic Kick Flip [Video]

On: Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 1:32PM | By: Chris Salamone


Rob Dyrdek Completes Sonic Kick Flip test 2

As of Saturday, Chevrolet has demonstrated advertising supremacy in the subcompact field. Forget about strange animals being arranged into a Honda Fit or fancy endorsements from Leno’s Garage, no amount of marketing genius can possibly top Rob Dyrdek’s Chevy Sonic kick flip stunt. Although classically reserved for skateboards, a kick flip requires a full 360 degree lateral rotation in mid-flight, and Dyrdek unabashedly achieved this feat whilst strapped to the helm of a stunt-modified Chevy Sonic.

What started with Sonics being launched from high altitude has transformed into an ad campaign challenging consumers to a veritable match of one-upsmanship (aka the ‘Game of Firsts’) on letsdothis.com – where consumers can attempt wacky public challenges like Sidewalk Limbo or Urban Camouflage and earn points in the hopes of winning a brand new Chevy Sonic.

Since you’re all wondering: no, a 360 degree flying Sonic rotation is not listed as a recommended ‘First’.


The End Is Nigh: Google Patents Autonomous Driving

On: Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 5:11PM | By: Chris Salamone


Google Autonomous Car Team test 2

Motoring fans everywhere have witnessed a slow degradation of the driving experience for years. 6-speed manual transmissions have shifted to something entirely less exciting, the CVT, and the road-feel of yesterday’s vehicles has become a mere afterthought on the pillow-top suspensions of today. And yet, the savvy tycoons at Google have claimed yet another aspect of the automotive industry – this time chipping away at the very essence of what makes driving fun.

Originally filed May 11 of this year, the USPTO just recently awarded Google patent #8,078,349 which specifically claims ownership of certain events where a mixed-mode car can transition from a human driver to an autonomous mode.


Honda Struggles With Latest Lineup, Three Little Pigs

On: Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 3:15PM | By: Chris Salamone


Honda Crosstour test 2

After earthquakes and Thai flooding, Japanese automakers have certainly faced an array challenges for one year. So much so that the damage caused by those events can still be seen today in lackluster 2012 model updates and limited supply offerings, a fact which Honda readily admits. However, with Honda’s latest sales report, devout followers may begin to question yet another aspect of sales operations: the model lineup.

What could be wrong with a lineup marked by year-after-year of Car and Driver 10Best Awards, widely recognized as the most reliable and efficient set of cars around? Considering those awards only went to Honda’s traditional fan favorites – Accord, Civic, Fit, Prelude, and so on – the issue rests squarely on the shoulders of Honda’s latest niche additions, aka the three little pigs.

Don’t get the wrong idea. Honda is an amazing company which currently produces some of the best vehicles on the road. But, the Ridgeline, CR-Z and Crosstour are not helping the company’s fiscal bottom line or reputation.


Tableau Of Costly Destruction, Exotics Pileup Sunday

On: Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 12:01PM | By: Chris Salamone


Police investigate the accident on Chugoku Expressway test 2

Sunday, in the southwestern region of Japan, 14 cars seemingly fell victim to sloppy road conditions on a 400 meter-long curve. What makes this pileup different than every other? At least eight Ferraris and one Lamborghini were found amidst the wreckage – in what could be the highest number of vehicles to cost ratio in history (14:$4,000,000).

To make matters more interesting, this particular group of exotics was traveling together in an amateur sports car aficionado group from Japan’s southern island of Kyushu to Hiroshima. While local authorities suggest this was not a case of “The Fast and the Furious,” the investigation remains open.


Amidst Growing Concerns, GM Offers Volt Refunds

On: Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 2:26PM | By: Chris Salamone


Chevrolet Volts on Woodward Ave. test 2

This last month has not been kind to GM’s latest EV innovation, the Chevy Volt. From fire risks, to government probes, to competitor advancements, and an unexpected sales slump – a mere 60% of the company’s sales target for 2011 – GM will have to face some difficult hurdles in order to raise the Volt to the vehicle’s full market potential. But have no fear, the good General is always ready for decisive action. On Thursday the automaker said it would buy back any Chevrolet Volts from customers nervous about fire risks.

This is exactly the type of product ownership that consumers need to see. People must believe that Chevy will stand by the Volt, through thick and thin, stalwartly accepting responsibility. But, the true beauty of GM’s buy-back plan is that the company expects few, if any, of the 6,000 current Volt owners to ask for a refund.


Element Era Ends: Ode To The Box

On: Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 10:13AM | By: Chris Salamone


Element Era Ends: Ode To The Box test 2

For years we heard rumors that the much-adored Honda Element would be axed due to slumping sales numbers. But, year after year, the Element reappeared in Honda’s lineup with some fresh new makeup meant to reignite a formerly strong market contender. Fans remained content – few could question the Element’s versatility, CUV efficiency, or boxy good looks. Nevertheless, as of last December, Honda announced plans to officially end the Element’s production after the 2011 model year.

The Element will be forever missed, but is survived by the all-new CR-V and Crosstour – for better or worse. Honda’s Element execution marks a significant loss in the percentage of completely box-shaped vehicles remaining in the market, and an even larger loss when the Element’s class-leading cabin space, 4WD, and fun-factor are taken into account. In light of these facts, we thought an ending to the Element era deserved a special tribute, an ode to the box.