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Tip: How NOT To Drive Your Truck At 80 MPH
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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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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Diesel-Hybrids, Fiat 500 EV, And Saab Dangles: Today At High Gear Media

The saga with Saab and Spyker continues--still--nearly a week after the original deadline for a deal or decision. Now it looks like Spyker is once again Saab's only hope, though it's not clear that the deal proposed will be accepted by GM. Expect a decision by tomorrow, as that's the new new...Read More»

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