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Safety Video: Why Driving On Ice Is Generally A Bad Idea
Safety Video: Why Driving On Ice Is Generally A Bad Idea

Ice Road Truckers do it for a living. Even Jeremy Clarkson and James May did it -- all the way to the freakin' North Pole. So why shouldn't you or I drive on ice? Because as this clip demonstrates, it's dangerous and it'll ruin your pants (not in the way you'd think). Consider it a safety reminder...Read More»

GPS satellite
Cautionary Tale: GPS Strands Couple In Oregon

Here are a couple of words to the wise men (and wise women): be prepared for your holiday travels. For flyers, that means bring books to pass the time and wear slip-on shoes. For road-trippers it means bundle up, carry snacks, and don't always trust your GPS navigation system. A Nevada couple...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Genesis
Top Five Family Sedans of 2009

Just because you have to haul around a wife and two and ¾ children around with you doesn't mean you have to drive a hum-drum SUV.  2010 is a wonderful year to be a family man when it comes to picking out a family car. These five cars are inexpensive to buy and run yet are reliable and generally...Read More»

Screencap from GM's holiday OnStar promotion
Video: Santa Uses North Star And OnStar This Christmas

Not so long ago, kids were content just knowing that Santa was in the air. Eventually, NORAD got into the act, giving children and their anxious parents precise details of the big guy's whereabouts. Now, General Motors has joined the fray: this Christmas Eve, children of all ages can get updates on...Read More»

From the Toyota Yaris 'Clean Getaways' clip
Video: Racy Yaris Ad Vs. The Volt Dance. Which Is Worse?

Toyota's Clever Film Competition asked fledgling filmmakers to create ads for the Toyota Yaris. In the contest rules, Toyota stipulated that submissions couldn't "break the law", "portray the Toyota Yaris in a negative manner", "show reckless or careless driving", or "be immoral". After the...Read More»

Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything by Stephen Bayley
Last-Minute Loot: Ten Days, Ten Gifts From HighGearMedia

A few weeks ago, we offered readers some great picks for holiday gifts.  And we know that some of you took our advice, but others...well, you've waited, haven't you? Don't worry, we're not here to judge. (Much.) No, we're here to help with ten great gifts -- one for each day remaining until...Read More»

The (terrible) Chevy Volt dance from the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show
Chevy Volt Dance Video: Is ALL Publicity Good Publicity?

Yesterday, the Chevrolet Volt Dance hit the interwebs in a big way -- and rightly so. Because it is terrible. BIBLICALLY terrible. Like, no-wonder-Bob Lutz-got-moved-around terrible. We thought briefly about praising it as the best indie film in recent months and Avatar's stiffest competition for...Read More»

2010 Mazda Mazda6
The Left Field Choice: The 2010 Mazda6

There is something about the way Mazda builds its engines that gives them a divinely unique character. Whereas so many competitors have four cylinders that drone and six cylinders that are as exciting as Tupperware, Mazda makes motors that truly give new meaning to "zoom-zoom." They are mechanical...Read More»

2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3
Driven: the Mazda3 4 Door Sedan 2.5

If you want to make a bit more of a unique statement than the Civic or Corolla allows you do have options. With gas prices as crazy as they are economy cars like the Mazda3 now make perfect sense. And the unique angularity and giant grin coming from the 3s front grille all conspire to make this one...Read More»

Maybach shot by David LaChapelle, featuring Daphne Guiness
Video: Photog David LaChapelle Shoots The Maybach Zeppelin

What do you get when you cross one of the world's most exclusive auto brands with one of the world's most visionary photographers? Apparently, a REALLY long and involved photo shoot, as demonstrated in this video of David LaChapelle shooting a campaign for the new Maybach Zeppelin. (NB: Maybach was...Read More»

Garia golf car
Garia's Pricey Golf Car[t]: Is The Recession Over Already?

There's no denying that the Garia Luxury Golf Car is a thing of beauty -- well designed, swanky, with clean, sexy looks. But we have to chuckle a bit at the company's press release, which touts the fact that the car[t] is manufactured at the same factory that makes the Porsche Cayenne and Porsche...Read More»

Honda Puyo concept illustrated by Paul Pope for GQ
Concept Cars Get The Comic Book Treatment

Concept cars don't always get the respect they deserve. Though some -- like the Cadillac Converj -- demonstrate production-ready designs, others seem like kooky high-fashion getups from the runways: so conceptual, so out there, they're more fit for sci-fi flicks than car conventions. And thus, it...Read More»

Screencap from MINI Cooper Convertible 'Protection' ad
AdWatch: MINI Cooper Convertible Spot Touts Protection

Let's face it: MINIs have a lot of curb appeal, but the company's advertising campaigns frequently come up short. A new spot for the MINI Cooper Convertible proves that point beautifully. Compared to yesterday's ad featuring the Alfa Romeo MiTo, this clip feels clunky and under-rehearsed --...Read More»

Tesla Roadster as used by videogame designers
Videogame Designers Love The Tesla Roadster's Quiet Ride

Tesla and its Roadster are a product of DIY ingenuity -- a perfect example of what can happen when a bunch of people come together and say, "Hey, no one else is doing this, so why don't we?" In that same the DIY spirit, game designers at Microsoft have cleverly recruited a Tesla roadster for their...Read More»

2005 Buick Century Custom
Buick Revisited: Sometimes Your First True Love Is a Car

What is the car that most people lust after more than any other? Lamborghini? Ferrari? Cobra or Corvette? Well, for most car fanatics, the make and model that brings the fondest memories is often your first car. That's certainly the case for me, as my '74 Buick Century is the only car that I still...Read More»

Alfa Romeo MiTo Turbo GPL spot from Fabbrica Virali
AdWatch: Alfa Romeo MiTo Video Is Simple, Clever, Jeans-Free

Last time we heard from Alfa Romeo, we wondered what new drugs had found their way to Europe. (Seriously, that genes/jeans campaign from London's Performance PR was terrible.) The latest ad for the Alfa Romeo MiTo comes from Milan's Fabbrica Virali agency, and it's equally bizarre -- but in a...Read More»

2005 Ford Thunderbird 2-door Convertible Deluxe Side Exterior View
The Iconic Ford Thunderbird. A Short History of the T-Bird From 1955 - 2005

There are a few cars that you can expect to see at every car show. There will almost always be a Tri-Five Chevy. There will almost always be Corvettes. There will almost always be Camaros. There will almost always be Mustangs. And there will almost always be some early Ford Thunderbirds. Over the...Read More»

TLC's Family Armor
TLC's 'Family Armor' Goes Inside Texas Armoring Corporation

We aren't entirely sure how an unassuming Mormon family from San Antonio, Texas found themselves in the armored car business, and we're even less sure how Texas Armoring Corporation scored a reality series wherein they convert "everyday cars into bulletproofed, bomb-resistant, gadget-filled...Read More»

Taylor Swift and Kristen Wiig
Video: Taylor Swift Complains About Your Parents' Driving

Apart from her music, we don't have anything against Taylor Swift. In fact, we felt pretty bad about that whole VMA thing with Kanye and Beyonce and the Henny and the internet meme that just wouldn't die. However, after seeing Taylor on Saturday Night Live last weekend, we're beginning to wonder if...Read More»

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