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Flying Car Gets FAA Approval
Flying Car Gets FAA Approval

It's a two-seater.  Front-wheel-drive.  Gets about 30 mpg on the highway.  But give it a third of a mile of straight asphalt in front of it, and it really flies. Of course, you have to unfold the wings first. The Federal Aviation Administration has just removed a major hurdle from the path of a...Read More»

Screencap from Land Rover LR4 "Sword" commercial
Video: Land Rover Gets Cocky, Tries Comedy

Land Rover has plenty of reason to smile these days. Despite car buyers' interest in smaller vehicles like the Ford Fiesta, the MINI Cooper, and the maybe here/maybe not Audi A1, Land Rover's lineup of SUVs is doing very well in showrooms. In fact, as of April, the company's year-to-date sales were...Read More»

TomTom's interactive Star Wars game
On TomTom: 'Luke, I Am Your Father! Now, Take The Third Left.'

Tuesday was Star Wars Day, and we spent it the same way every other fanatic did: by ordering a couple of pizzas, cracking open a case of Mountain Dew, and polishing our Yoda figurines while watching Robot Chicken's obsessive, amazing Star Wars parody. We also downloaded Star Wars voices to our...Read More»

Meredith Vieira takes a texting and driving challenge on the Today Show
Texting And Driving Makes Meredith Vieira Shout 'Oh S***' On TV

Yeah, you read that headline correctly: nominally sane, calm-and-composed morning show hostess Meredith Vieira lost it last Friday morning and shouted "Oh, s***!" on live, national television. The cause of Vieira's profanity? A demonstration in the dangers of distracted driving. Last Friday was...Read More»

European ad for the Nissan Cube 'Symmetry Sucks' campaign
Nissan Says, 'Symmetry Sucks'

Last year, the Nissan Cube shoehorned itself into what's become a very crowded field. Technically, that field is known as that of the "mini multi-purpose vehicle" (aka, the mini MPV), but given the youth-oriented styling and social-networking features of the Cube and its competitors, we sometimes...Read More»

The Homer
Ford's Car Of The Future--By Way Of The Simpsons?

The Simpsons is, admittedly, just a cartoon, but its encyclopedic punditry on American life occasionally dips into fields that can stir even a car lover's juices. Case in point: The Homer, a car designed to meet the average American's (read: Homer Simpson's) needs and desires. And today, Ford...Read More»

Screencap from Canadian commercial for the Nissan Sentra SE-R
Video: Drifting Down Wisteria Lane In A Remote-Controlled Nissan Sentra SE-R

Drifting is serious business. It requires the right car, the right skill, and, if you're making a commercial, the right folder full of permits, permission slips, and indemnity forms. And if you're planning to shoot that thing in a cul-de-sac, you'll need the approval of the residents' association...Read More»

Screencap from the Jeep Tiki Hunt website
Today In Social Media: Jeep Kicks Off Nationwide Scavenger Hunt For Three Wrangler Islanders

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about Jeep's "Golden Tiki" hunt at the 2010 New York Auto Show, which ended with Joel Lounds of Bonita Springs, Florida pulling a golden tiki idol from a very large sandbox and driving off in a brand new 2010 Jeep Wrangler Islander. Now, Jeep has launched a...Read More»

Screencap from Green Calgary's 'Unacceptable' ad
Video: Canadian Anti-Idling Campaign Is 'Unacceptable', Geddy Lee Possibly To Blame

In the U.S., we often think of Canadians as our kinder, gentler, older, wiser siblings: the designated drivers of the Northern Hemisphere. They're friendly enough and pleasant to be around, but a tad reserved for our brash, American tastes. Then we stumbled across a commercial full of Canadians...Read More»

Screencap from Emblem Alive promo video
Video: Emblem Alive Makes Your Weekend Projects A Little More Hilarious

There are lots of perks that come from writing about cars -- test drives, nifty schwag, media days at auto shows -- but our favorite by far are the press releases. We don't mean the humdrum emails about new floor mats; we're talking about epic missives promoting "groundbreaking" products that are...Read More»

preview - America's Worst Drivers
Got What It Takes To Be America's Worst Driver?

Although reality TV as a genre is about as played-out as can be in most respects, one thing we haven't seen enough of (or much of at all) in reality shows is driving. A new show called America's Worst Driver plans to challenge the notion of what makes a good or bad driver as well as showcase how...Read More»

Ecolo Green Car Wash - very dirty Scion xD
Dirty, Dirty Rental Cars Might Make You Sick

If you regularly rent cars for business or family vacations, you've likely had at least one or two rentals that grossed you out in some way. Now you have a reason to be concerned, not just squeamish. NBC's Today Show tested vehicles in Miami, which is one of the largest rental-car hotspots in the...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
Video Exclusive: Hyundai Sonata Saves Teens From Their Wild Side

No parent needs reminding (or details) about their teen or young adult childrens' wild side. If anything, it's something many would like to avoid thinking about. But when it comes to safety, it's something worth addressing--particularly behind the wheel. That's the message behind Hyundai's latest...Read More»

Tracy Morgan
Volkswagen & Tracy Morgan Make Violence Fun With 'Punch Dub'

If you grew up in a large family, you probably remember "Punch Buggy", the road-trip game that allowed the first kid in the car to spot a Volkswagen Beetle the opportunity to punch a sibling in the arm. Now, VW is hoping to resuscitate the fun of family violence with its new "Punch Dub" campaign...Read More»

Cruising Woodward Avenue in Detroit
Video: Film Archivist Rick Prelinger Curates 'Lost Landscapes of Detroit'

Many artists have drawn inspiration from Detroit -- most recently from ruined remembrances of the city's grander times. But filmmaker and archivist Rick Prelinger is taking a different approach in his upcoming show at the Motor City's Museum of Contemporary Art. Entitled "Lost Landscapes of...Read More»

Screencap from 2010 NAIAS Black Tie Charity Preview flash mob event
Friday Video: 2010 Detroit Auto Show Flash Mob. In Formalwear.

We're starting to lose patience with flash mobs. What was once an edgy, socially deviant gesture has devolved into an outlet for extroverted Michael Jackson fans and self-professed marketing "gurus". That said, we're willing to give a pass to this clip from the NAIAS Black Tie Charity Preview last...Read More»

2011 Ford Super Duty
GM Throws Down The Gauntlet, Challenges Ford To 'Truck Of War'

GM's vice chairman, Tom Stephens, appears to be taking a page out of Bob Lutz's playbook. Today he issued a challenge to Ford to pit the PowerStroke diesel-powered 2011 F-Series Super Duty truck against the DuraMax diesel 2011 Chevrolet and GMC Heavy Duty trucks. The new line of 2011 GM Heavy Duty...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Aveo (RS Concept, 2010 Detroit Auto Show)
Chevy Aveo RS, Playboy Top 10 And Saab Struggles On: Today At High Gear Media

The 2010 Detroit Auto Show is picking up speed as we near its start next week and the big reveal today is Chevy's Aveo RS. The sporty, show-worthy hatch is actually a preview of the tamer standard Aveo that's soon to hit production, but even with the show-car trappings, it's clear Chevrolet has hit...Read More»

Buick Regal GS concept car
Buick Regal GS, MyFord, Volt Battery Production: Today At High Gear Media

Detroit Auto Show news is already taking over the ether even though it's still several days away from kickoff. Buick's Regal GS is the lead new-car story of the day, with a 255-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four-banger pushing it well under 6 seconds to 60 mph. Check out the full report in the links...Read More»

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