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Why Fiat owner's manuals shouldn't comment on women's legs
Why Fiat owner's manuals shouldn't comment on women's legs

Despite the tone of America's current presidential campaigns, it is, in fact, 2016. In theory, companies should understand the kinds of actions that might be interpreted as racist or sexist. Unless, of course, those companies make laundry detergent in Italy or China. Or unless they're Fiat. Alas...Read More»

The Blob (1958), starring Steve McQueen
What's Destroying All These Fords In Oklahoma? We Have Some Theories

Hailstorms, lightning, floods: The damage caused to many cars on dealership lots is meteorologic in nature. But in Vinita, Oklahoma, a small town about 60 miles northeast of Tulsa, something else is to blame -- something with a heartbeat. ALSO SEE: EPA Accuses VW Of Playing Dirty On Nearly 500,000...Read More»

Apple Vice President Eddy Cue announces iOS7 vehicle integration at WWDC 2013
Toyota Chooses Not To Offer Apple's CarPlay Or Google's Android Auto: Dumbest Move Ever?

Yesterday, we told you about Audi, BMW, and Daimler, who have banded together to keep Google from dominating the mapping industry and, thus, the autonomous car industry. Now, Toyota has done something similar, but in many ways, dumber. Far dumber. The automaker has decided not to offer Apple's...Read More»

Skylys flying car (via Indiegogo)
Investment Opportunity: Help Crowdfund The Skylys Flying Car

Do you have too much money? Of course you do. Are you tired of trying to give that cash to terrible TV pilots, ridiculous iPhone docks, and other doomed Kickstarter campaigns? Well, we've got a proposition for you! It's called Skylys, and it's flying car. ALSO SEE: Hey, Google: This College Student...Read More»

Debra Oberlin. Photo via Gainesville Police Department.
Former MADD Leader Arrested For Drunk Driving

If something hilarious yet tragically ironic is going to happen, chances are it will happen in Florida, men urinating on chicken at the grocery store notwithstanding. The latest of Florida's wacky produce: former Gainesville Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter president Debra Oberlin was arrested...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»

Aston Martin Lagonda Concept
Today In WTF: Aston Martin Lagonda Concept Is Still Alive

If you haven't blocked it from your memory, you might recall the Aston Martin Lagonda Concept that debuted in Geneva last March. You might also recall that the SUV was mostly ridiculed in the press, and that Aston's own chairman even expressed displeasure with the design. (We weren't especially...Read More»

Chinese ad for Volkswagen GTI
WTF AdWatch: Chinese Print Ad For The Volkswagen GTI

We're not entirely sure that this Chinese print ad for the Volkswagen GTI is for real -- and if it is, we're even less sure what it might be saying. The copy along the bottom translates as "It will go fast". That could mean "It will go so fast that you'll spill all that hot, delicious coffee from...Read More»

Renault and Biotherm present the ZOE Z.E. concept
WTF: Renault, L'Oreal Create First-Ever 'Spa' Concept Car

The ZOE Z.E. concept car stems from a curious collaboration between French automaker Renault and luxury skincare company Biotherm (a division of L'Oreal). The ZOE Z.E. offers the usual complement of EV conceptual goodness -- it's battery-powered, boasts zero-emissions, is quickly rechargeable, and...Read More»

Drunk driver plows into the wrong house [via CNN]
Video: Drunk Driver Confused, Plows Into Wrong House

How's this for a bad dream: you're lying in bed at 4am, fast asleep next to someone you love, when a Chevy Aveo comes crashing through the wall and pins you to the mattress, coating your PJs in engine fluid and cutting off circulation to your extremities. For two Nevada college students, the...Read More»

Chinese children salute cars [Du Bin for The New York Times]
Kids Salute Cars In China To Reduce Accidents, Learn Manners

China may not be as isolated as it once was, but there are still cultural differences that set the country apart. To minimize traffic accidents near schools, for example, America created a system of school zones and built a few speed bumps. China, on the other hand, has ordered children to salute...Read More»

Dartz Prombron SUV
For The Savvy Plutocrat: The Dartz Prombron Armored SUV

Life in Russia comes with its share of hardships: brutal winters, a touch-and-go economy, and a legacy of cultural isolation. (But hey, at least somebody's doing something about that pesky snow.) In a country where things seem to be in transition, and where the divide between rich and poor is vast...Read More»

Maison d'Envie brothel in Berlin
Today In WTF: A Red-Light District Goes Green

In the current global economy, things are hard all over -- even in Berlin's red-light district. With fewer travelers coming to town for conferences and business meetings, sales at local bordellos have gone limp, but the owners of Maison d'Envie in trendy Prenzlauer Berg are hoping to give things a...Read More»

Smoking
WTF: Canadian Truckers Busted For Smoking Behind The Wheel

Like red light cameras, prohibitions on smoking in the workplace have become common in much of the Western world. But what happens when your workplace is your car -- or perhaps, your big rig? It's not such a hypothetical question in Ontario, where ten truckers have been hit with a $305 (Canadian)...Read More»

Porsche Boxster crash
Joyride In Porsche Boxster Ends With 70-Foot Plunge

Speaking of advertising campaigns, Porsche might have found fodder for a new one, if it's looking to promote the safety its vehicles. In Los Angeles, a 15-year-old kid swiped his father's Porsche Boxster, grabbed a buddy, and set out for a joyride. The fun abruptly ended when the driver lost...Read More»

EXD'09 Cycle Bridge Contest
WTF Friday: What Detroit Really Needs?

From an architectural competition for a new cycling bridge in Lisbon, Portugal, comes this eye-raising design. Is it straight out of Idiocracy—or more Blade Runner crossed with The Dukes of Hazzard and a little bit of Rad? The entrants, Tiago Barros and Jorge Pereira, asked, "Why change the route...Read More»

Ad for the SEAT Ibiza
WTF Foreign Ad Of The Day: The SEAT Ibiza

We don't talk much about foreign-only models on TCC, but every so often, one of them catches our eye. Usually, that's because a variant is heading to America, or sometimes, it's because the car's ad campaign is so out there. We don't know what the Parisian agency known as Grey was thinking when...Read More»

Peugeot Globule concept
WTF Friday: Peugeot Concept Gives Us Pause

We were going to write something potentially clever about this new mass transit concept from Peugeot--the Globule--that's made from four electric pods covered by a flexible polymer coating. We'd planned to discuss its complete lack of practicality. We'd hoped to talk about Peugeot and how it never...Read More»

1997 Ford Econoline Cargo Van
WTF Friday: Car Thief Dashes With Clunker

People are generally of two minds about Cash-for-Clunkers: either it was a brilliant piece of economic stimulation, or it was a big, steaming pile of stupidity. Similarly, we are of two minds about a car thief in Vineland, New Jersey, who made off with a 1997 Ford E350 Econoline van that had been...Read More»

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