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Video: Drifting Down Wisteria Lane In A Remote-Controlled 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»

2010 Saab 9-5
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»

Pirate
Ship Carrying 2,300 Hyundai Cars Seized By Somali Pirates

Seeing the humor in pirate attacks isn't always easy, but even the jaded have to crack a grin at Hyundai public relations man Dan Bedore's Twitter commentary on the hijacking of a cargo ship carrying 2,300 Hyundai and Kia cars: "Even Pirates seem to be switching to #Hyundai." According to a report...Read More»

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, Honda Concept: Today At High Gear Media

The headliner today is without doubt Cadillac's stylish and seriously sporting CTS-V Coupe. At $70,000 it's not an Everyman car, but it doesn't need to be. Unlike a lot of what's rolled out of Detroit--or Japan or Europe for that matter--lately, it's a purpose unto itself. Check out full stories...Read More»

2005 Nissan Quest 4-door Van SL Angular Front Exterior View
Mercedes Plug-in, No More Quest: Today At High Gear Media

Today's news is back into the swing of things after a quick holiday break, and there are a left over few gifts in the mix as well. Mercedes-Benz is expected to turn out a plug-in hybrid version of its S-Class, much like the concept shown last fall in Frankfurt. No precise details on date or pricing...Read More»

DrinkTracker iPhone app
Apps For Alkies: Track Your Tippling On New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is a special night: a night for wary suburbanites to make their annual schlep to the city center, and for otherwise upright teetotalers to knock back the bubbly like barflies. Here at TCC, we fall somewhere in the middle -- right between "grandpa at the ice cream social" and "Gary...Read More»

Driving on ice in Paignton, England
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»

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