The ever-expanding recall fiasco known as "Switchgate" currently affects more than 1.62 million Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn vehicles from the 2003-2007 model years, 1.37 million of which are registered in the U.S. However, the uproar over the recall doesn't stem so much from its size as its timing, and revelations from yesterday are likely to make the situation much worse.
Just as New Jersey governor Chris Christie is struggling to distance himself from one scandal, he’s becoming embroiled in another polarizing controversy—by expediting a rule proposal that would effectively block electric-car maker Tesla Motors’ direct-sales model in the state.
1949 Gmünd Porsche 356
Porsche has had a long and complicated history, and the first true Porsche is quite a hard thing to pin down--for some, it's the earliest cars designed by Ferdinand Porsche in the early 20th century. For others, it might be the striking pre-war Type 64 race car, and for others still--including Porsche itself--it was the 356, the car with closest links to today's cars.
Porsche introduced a facelifted version of its Panamera for 2014, and soon a similarly updated version of its Cayenne SUV will be launched. The changes will bring the sporty SUV’s styling into line with that of the smaller and more dynamic Macan, and should keep sales brimming into the new year (Porsche sold 18,507 Cayennes in 2013, up from 15,545 the previous year).
Latvia’s Dartz, a company famous for being the vehicle brand of choice for people with more money than sense, is back with a new product aimed at wannabe dictators and oligarchs, as well as any taste-lacking nouveau riche. Did we mention Kanye West has two?
2001 Honda Insight
In the world of automotive journalism, "practice what you preach" is a difficult statement to honor. It just isn't always possible. We do our best though, which is how I've come to be the proud owner of a 2001 Honda Insight.
You only need witness the success of the Transformers movie franchise to know that people like the idea of things changing into other things. Let's assume that a Camaro that turns into an Autobot isn't suitable for your commute however. How about a briefcase that turns into an electric scooter?
Not everyone can afford a Tesla Model S, but if you had the opportunity to drive one whenever you wanted, that might be a pleasing alternative to ownership. Startup Vukee Car hopes to offer a service that lets you do just that, and is crowd-funding to raise cash to offer Model S car-sharing.