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Archive for November 2013

Jean-Claude Van Damme does the Volvo splits

This month creative genius surfaced in Volvo’s advertising department.  The team's task was simple:  Devise a commercial that demonstrates the precision and stability of Volvo Dynamic Steering that is now available in the automaker’s FM commercial truck.  It appears that after several days of fasting and listening to Enya’s “Only Time”, a hazy aberration of Jean-Claude Van Damme materialized before them.  He was performing his famous splits, perched atop the mirrors of two Volvo FM trucks as they backed into a sunset…

Don’t miss a behind the scenes conversation between Van Damme and the technician that developed the new steering system here.

Veterans Day Salute: Jeep’s Autobiography

When the United States became involved in World War II, Willys-Overland Motors and Ford Motor Company won a government contract to produce the military’s first general purpose vehicle.  The result would soon become known as Jeep.  The little workhorse won the hearts and rattled the teeth of most every solider that had a chance to ride in one, and single-handedly created the post-war concept that off-roading could be a leisure activity.  In honor of Veterans Day, take a few minutes to appreciate the autobiographical story of how the instant American icon came to be, narrated by none other than Jeep himself.    

Segway + Car + Mood Ring = Toyota FV2 concept

Toyota plans on blowing minds at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show this month with the reveal of their FV2 concept.  The super-futurist ride steers, brakes, and accelerates in accordance with the body movements of its driver.  If that isn’t Sci-Fi enough for you, it also changes color by noticing the driver’s mood, using voice and image recognition technology.  But wait; it gets weirder.   

Why you might want to buy a 4x4 with Bitcoin

Tomcar Australia is causing a stir this month both in automotive news and the emergence of digital currency.  The startup Australian off-road vehicle manufacturer announced that in addition to good old fashioned Aussie dollars, they will now also accept payment for their products via Bitcoin

Dodge’s Scat Packs are back

Dodge announced this week at the 2013 SEMA show plans to jazz-up a core piece of their MOPAR heritage with the reintroduction of their legendary Scat Pack packages.  In honor of the 45th anniversary of the “Scat Pack” Dodge enthusiast club, which led Dodge to first develop the performance kits, MOPAR faithful will once again be able to order up the factory-installed hotrod kits for the 2014 Challenger, Charger and Dart.  

Police cars shooting GPS sticky bullets in chases

Yet another example of James Bond gadgetry come to life is beginning to surface in police departments around the country.  The new technology is threatening to ruin quality daytime programming such as Fox’s “Wildest Police Chases” in an attempt to make hot pursuit a thing of the past.  

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Brandon Seiler is a bonafide car guy, member of the Northwest Auto Press Association and proud Washingtonian. He covers the latest auto news, technology, and pretty much anything having to do with car culture. You don't have to like cars to read his blogs, you just have to be able to read.

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