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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Ford announced this week that the 2014 Ford Fiesta is good for a whopping 45mpg highway when equipped with their 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine. And indeed, that will make the new Fiesta the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid, gasoline-powered car certified by the EPA. Jealous?
Automotive news from Saudi Arabia this weekend serves as a stark reminder feminine equality is a bit behind the times there. Saudi police arrested 12 women and gave fines to six other ladies for purposely ignoring the country’s ban on female driving.
Whenever I discover someone I’m speaking with has even a passing interest in cars I have to ask them one burning question: “Have you ever heard of the Drive network?”
If any billionaire entrepreneur besides Elon Musk said he’d like to shoot me through a tube at close to the speed of sound I probably wouldn’t consider it. But Musk has an impressive track record of bringing Jetson-esque pipe dreams to practical (and profitable) realities. Still, the Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO’s latest solution for the future of transportation is his hardest to stomach yet.
If rookie Ford engineer, Zach Nelson had created a novelty vibrating shift knob on the payroll Alan Mulally might have told him to vibrate his things into a box. Luckily Nelson was smart. His wiggly shifter does much more than tickle palms to prompt gear shifts.
When an unreleased car reaches a certain level of buzz-worthiness a snippet of its exhaust note can grab headlines. Such a clip emerged late last month from Acura’s top secret lair. The video barely includes five seconds of footage, but offers the Internet masses the first real glimpse of the upcoming NSX – a vehicle that promises to resurrect one of the greatest sports car nameplates of all time.
When a flasher wraps himself in an ill-fitting leather overcoat most people aren’t curious to know what he plans on revealing. The same can’t be said for the 2015 Ford Mustang. Spy video shot this month shows the hotly anticipated muscle car being tested on public streets. Although there isn’t much that can be discerned about the exterior styling, the audible sound of the engine speaks volumes about the mold-breaking changes Ford has in store for its epic performance machine.
Czech pawn shop owner Radovan Krejcir watched as twelve shotgun barrels opened fire on his Mercedes-Benz. The blasts peppered the passenger-side window of his bullet-proof car; an obvious attempt to assassinate the wanted business owner in the doldrums of his daily routine. This is car news, as the assassin was a red Volkswagen Cross Polo.
Outfitting a car with wheels that are more expensive than the whole vehicle is a classic ghetto-fabulous aesthetic. This month Miami-based Latitude Wheels tweaked the automotive statement to an all new level with a Ferrari 458 Italia intended to serve as their flagship show car. As of this week it’s looking like Latitude may have made a very expensive mistake.
Of the countless Internet videos featuring rednecks endangering their lives with amateur truck jumps, only one deserves to be dubbed the most extreme. I took the liberty to sort through hours of the grisly footage in an effort to find the backwoods man, woman or child befitting of the crown. It wasn’t easy, but in the end one glorious twenty-seven-second clip stood out clearly among the rest. Before skipping down to the video link, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the grading criteria every red neck truck jump should be judged by:
When local businesses set out to make a crappy low-budget television ad they have two basic options. Most opt to stick with a safe run of the mill spot that features narration from a voice actor that may or may not be a robot, and a jingle that’s only catchy because it threatens to make your ears bleed. Arlen’s Transmission of Burbank, California decided to take the road less traveled and sling together a commercial that celebrates basement-level production value with a self-deprecating sense of humor. The result is an epic ad called “Shift It” starring the shop’s sexually-suggestive owner, ‘Goorgen’. Be forewarned: Goorgen knows his way around a transmission as well as he does the persuasive art of innuendo.
When the United States put a man on the moon in 1969 it might not have seemed naïve to assume we’d be living like the Jetsons by now. But for all the science-fiction lore that’s become reality since then, being able to make the daily commute in a flying car isn’t one of them. By the looks of the advancements being made by aerospace company Terrafugia, the future of personal aviation might soon find its way into household garages, and if all goes according to plan, anyone who’s able to drive a car could easily take to the skies.
If a new technology co-developed by Intel and Carnegie Mellon University catches on, modern cars could soon have the ability to render nighttime rainfall invisible from a driver’s view. CNET reports the optical illusion is achieved by headlights that ditch the old bulb design for a computer-operated system that operates much as a projector does.
Driving a 1998 Subaru wagon with 205 thousand miles on it doesn’t put me in a hurry to get anywhere. I find keeping a lackadaisical throttle foot to be an effective survival technique designed to milk every remaining mile out my noble Japanese steed. It’s also indicative of my thrift-artist financial situation, which as it stands requires I shop religiously at Costco as if it were a giant welfare box store.
If I need groceries, I go to Costco. If I need a shirt, I go to Costco. If I need tires, I go to Discount Tire; Costco’s nitrogen-filled tires scare me. But that doesn’t affect my general complacency when tooling around a Costco parking lot to find a vacant space, nor does it negate my outrage at the affront to my dignity that took place there recently.