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Saudi Arabia definitely has a problem with its women. They aren’t allowed to go out unless they are covered head to toe. They must have a male guardian to do almost anything and must get permission from this guardian to study, work, travel, marry, or seek healthcare. The guardian has the authority to sell them into marriage. Now, of all things, women want to drive. Heavens, how inappropriate!
Confirming rumors that we heard almost exactly a year ago, Kia announced this week that it has an electric Soul in the works. The Korean automaker sees the electric variant as a natural extension of the Soul's urban-focused design.
In case you missed it, last weekend's Lambrecht Chevrolet auction was huge, colossal, monumental. Over 10,000 people descended on the tiny town of Pierce, Nebraska, all hoping for a glimpse of the 500+ cars that a small town Chevy dealer had been squirreling away since 1946. By Sunday night, some 3,400 bidders had participated in automotive history, as they paid record prices for the cars from this now-famous collection. So how did the Lambrecht's retirement fund fare? Let's find out...
As a novitiate writer, I have not yet been offered the keys to a set of wheels, so for lack of options I reviewed my own car.
When I was chasing this job (many thanks to my editor, Clay Ritchings, for giving me the opportunity), I spent hours daydreaming about the sorts of things I’d get to do. I imagined myself screaming around Texas hill country backroads in the new Jaguar F-Type, roaring grandiose similes and hyperbole into a camera like a shorter, thinner Jeremy Clarkson. I entertained visions of VIP access to auto shows and hobnobbing with celebrities in the McLaren garage at Circuit of the Americas. Being paid to write about cars was quite literally a dream come true for me; to my mind, it’s the best job in the world, and I’m a very, very lucky man in that I get to do it.
Posted In: Car Reviews
Tags: kia, rio, hatchback, review, cheap, car, value, warranty
Nothing in recent automotive history has stirred up as much passion as the move towards electric vehicles. To some drivers, they’re the long-awaited breakthrough that will free us all from the grip of the oil companies. To others, they’re overpriced hippy-mobiles that stand for everything that’s wrong with America.
But, like them or not, electric cars are here to stay, if recent trends continue. Here’s a look at three signs that this is the case.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Technology
Tags: electric cars, alternative fuel
Oh, to be a gypsy and wander at will, never knowing where you’ll be tomorrow! My husband and I have had a plan for years now to retire to a motor home and see the country in our old age. We’ve planned to purchase our motor home a year before we retire so I can pack and repack at my leisure. Anything that’s not in the motor home has to be discarded, so I want time to decide what I’m keeping and what must be sacrificed. But when that’s done, oh, the freedom!
With today’s technology this is not such an outlandish idea. What with cell phones and laptops, staying in touch is easy and, unfortunately, even bills find you with ease wherever you happen to be. And with onboard GPS you’ll always know where that is.
Isn’t it exciting when you watch a movie and there’s a car crash scene? You hold your breath until anyone in the car gets out safely. It’s even more exciting when they don’t. Then there’s an explosion and a fire! Of course, we know that all this was planned and happened exactly as it was meant to. There are really very few reasons for an automobile to burst into flames, even in an accident. A normal vehicle doesn’t do that.
Tags: car fire, lithium-ion battery, electric cars, Tesla
As youngsters, many of us dreamed of becoming firemen when we grew up. That way we could save people from burning buildings, and cats from tall trees. Then there are some who refuse to grow up at all, choosing instead to spend all of their free time playing Black Ops, where they can save digital people from advancing armies and blood-thirsty zombies. If either of those describes you, then you'll be glad to know that Chevrolet has just built a truck specifically for you!
Tags: 2014 chevrolet silverado, silverado z71, concept, SEMA
Despite the prevailing trend of using SUVs and seven-passenger crossovers as the family chariot, minivans, like the Toyota Sienna, have continued to be strong sellers. In fact, Toyota's minivan is currently the second best-selling kiddie hauler in America. But that distinction is about to be overshadowed by a massive recall, to correct a problem that could cause the van to roll away on its own.
The original muscle car recipe called for one part lightweight body and three parts big honkin' motor. The resulting concoction wasn't particularly 'smooth', but it would sure put a grin on your face (until you attempted to go around a curve, of course). At the time, the saying “The only thing that beats cubic inches is cubic dollars” was the Golden Rule. Then some gear head decided to combine the two, which resulted in an entirely new breed of monied muscle cars.
Today, there are many delightful choices in the exclusive world of bespoke speed machines. The latest comes to us from a little company in Michigan called Equus Automotive. It has a funny name—Equus Bass 770—and an eye-popping price tag—$250k. But it is a sight to behold.
Tags: equus bass 770, ford mustang, dodge challenger, chevy camaro
In June of 2008, Indian car juggernaut Tata Motors acquired the services and holdings of Jaguar Land Rover from Ford for a cool $2.3 billion. Not a bad price, considering the stylistic cachet and storied history apparent in both brands. At the time, despite the relatively small outlay, many analysts considered the acquisition a thoroughly flawed idea. Given the financial crisis, no one was going to fork over the cash for luxurious Jags or imperious Range Rovers. Even if you still had some of your money left, it was social suicide be seen swanning around town in a leather-and-walnut-clad slab of English pomp. How, then, has Tata managed to rescue these two brands from the auspices of Ford and keep them both current and profitable?