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Don't Forget To Vote—Then Pledge Your Automotive Allegiance Here
Don't Forget To Vote—Then Pledge Your Automotive Allegiance Here

Today's Election Day. And because you've probably reached a point of fatigue from all those recorded turnout calls and negative campaign ads, you won't find any voters' guides, party-platform debates, or big endorsements here at High Gear Media—well, except possibly over at Politics and Cars...Read More»

2010 Mahindra TR pickup
Today in Car News: Tacoma, iPad and Mahindra

Former GM CEO Fritz Henderson has completed his brief consultancy for the automaker, so he can go to work for Sunoco. [Detroit News] We've shown you the new Benz iPad installation; now take a read at how dealers will use the magic-hypno-tablet to woo new customers. [KickingTires] Toyota wants truck...Read More»

Craigslist 2002 Ford Ranger "Convertible"
Craigslist #FAIL: Who Wants A Real Ford Ranger Convertible?

With the death of the new Ford Ranger imminent, finding a good, clean used example might be getting a little tough. Especially for seekers of the collector editions, like the Splash. Even if you want that singular Ranger, the one no one else has, do not be duped into believing there ever was a...Read More»

Ford Ranger and Orkin
Ford Ranger: A Bugs' Worst Enemy Faces Extermination

With the spike in reports of infestations everywhere--from hotels to second-hand stores to the Empire State Building--the lowly bedbug has the Web buzzing with more plentiful, and sometimes more positive, news coverage than the average C-list actress. Still, some killjoys are looking for ways to...Read More»

Screencap from Toyota's 'My First Ride' campaign on Break.com
Video: Toyota Goes For The Funny Bone With 'My First Ride' Comedy Series

Once upon a time, corporations sponsored entire TV shows. Philip Morris brought America I Love Lucy. Dutch Master Cigars beamed The Addams Family to your living room. And The Flintstones was brought to you by the good people at Winston. The practice of sole sponsorship had mostly ended by 1971 --...Read More»

Safety campaign by Preventable, BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation, and the District of West Vancouver
Friday Video: Canadians Get Fancy, Use Trompe L'oeil Children As Speedbumps

Americans are talkers. We gab about everything, often very loudly. Sometimes we're criticized for that when we travel abroad, but whatever: we like to get out point across. We're not entirely sure where this fondness for putting things into words comes from. A generous assessment would say that we...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
Today in Car News: Sonata Vs. Accord, Sebring and Corvette

It's been rising on the sales charts quickly--and now, it looks like the 2011 Hyundai Sonata just might overtake the Honda Accord in family-sedan sales. [Inside Line] There's a revamped 2011 Chrysler Sebring on the way. In fact, it's lapping Detroit already. A bounty on the first uncloaked shot to...Read More»

Screencap from Audi promo with Tokio Hotel
Friday Timewaster: Videos Of The Week From Mercedes, Audi, Chrysler

It's been a busy week here at SocialCarNews, but things are finally slowing down. Several of our colleagues have dashed out of town for one last blast of saltwater taffy-fueled fun, and to judge from the headlines not creeping across our desks, most of the industry movers-and-shakers have done the...Read More»

Trace Adkins, Richard Petty in a commercial for BC and Goody's Powder
Things Every Southerner Knows (Maybe): Country Music, Headache Powder, And NASCAR

If you grew up in the South, you probably had an uncle or a cousin or a grandmother who swore by BC Powder. When you slept over on Christmas Eve, you'd rifle through their medicine cabinet looking for toothpaste (you left yours at home), and you'd see the tell-tale blue and white box and laugh...Read More»

Toyota demolition truck
VIDEO: One Four-Wheeled Way to Demolish Your Shop

There's an easy way to do things, and the right way. We're no experts, but we think there are probably OSHA-certified ways to demolish a butcher shop. Then of course, there's this way--with a monster truck. As YouTube user Pirate4x4Lance writes, "So our buddy Bob is moving his shop next door to...Read More»

Sally Field and Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit
Battle Of The Sexes Rages On: Report Says Women Drive Better Than Men

A couple of weeks ago, we stumbled across a British report that said 20% of men are terrified to ride in a car when a woman is behind the wheel. Today, the tit-for-tat continues with a new study  -- also from the U.K. -- showing that those men are crazy: women are far more competent drivers than...Read More»

Carefree (and careless) Dodge Ram driver on the highway
Tip: How NOT To Drive Your Truck At 80 MPH

The freeway is like a box of 80-mph chocolates wrapped in sheetmetal: you never know what you're going to get. Today, we get a Dodge Ram 1500 driver cruising down the highway with his foot covering the driver's side mirror, his arm hanging out the window, and clearly very few cares in the world. He...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Silverado
Silverado, Ranger, Impala Among Best Red, White, And Blue Deals

Over a number of Frugal Shopper posts, we’ve covered all sorts of ways to save money on motoring, and pointed to some of the best new-car deals out there. But now we have something that’s just for fun—unless you happen to be looking strictly for a red, white, or blue vehicle. In the spirit of...Read More»

Police officer with radar gun
The Top 5 States for Speeders

Planning a roadtrip over the long holiday weekend? Here are some things to consider: 1. Are there enough things to do during the day and at night? ("Things" being historic tours, napping, or bikini contests, depending on your point of view.) 2. Are there ample activities for kids? (This is...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»

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