Detroit Auto Show: New Cadillac CTS-V Coming to Detroit, Officially

We've been salivating over the thought of the upcoming 2009 Cadillac CTS-V for a good long while now, and the press release we just posted on the Provoq concept unveiling is also confirming the Caddy that zooms will be taking the stage for all to see at Detroit. We almost can't wait to see the ultimate expression of… » 1/07/08 10:02am 1/07/08 10:02am

Golden Gate Bridge Partially Closes For High Winds, Rain

The San Francisco area got a pounding this morning from a strong Pacific storm system that developed wind gusts as high as 107 mph. The Golden Gate Transit district was forced to suspend bus services and truck traffic across the historic span due to flooding. Fortunately for Friday commuters, as of 1:35 PST the… » 1/04/08 5:45pm 1/04/08 5:45pm

Darwin Award Winners Fail At Traffic Awareness

Water touching you really is the worst possible thing in the world, look what it did to the wicked witch of the west. In that sense, the scheme two Tampa women dreamed up to avoid the rain makes a lot of sense; Take a shortcut over a fence, across a freeway, and through a construction site to get to their car. On the… » 1/04/08 2:15pm 1/04/08 2:15pm

Like the XR-3 Hybrid? How About a Suburba 3-wheel-amino

Travis brought news of the release of plans for Robert Q. Riley's very cool XR-3 diesel-electric hybrid, but how would you feel about a much earlier PopMech version that comes as a mini truck/car? Finkbuilt has dug up plans for the Suburba, a DIY three wheeled running chassis that can be bodied however you like. We… » 1/04/08 1:45pm 1/04/08 1:45pm

Get On Your Hydrogen Bus and Ride

Those crazy Welchmen. A development team at the University of Glamorgan have created a "tribrid" 16 passenger bus that will be pressed into duty as a short range student and faculty hauler. A tribrid, in case you're slow, is a vehicle that relies on a three part motive system. In this case we're looking at power from… » 1/04/08 1:15pm 1/04/08 1:15pm

Who Will Service Your Sinclair C5?

How embarrassing. Sinclair's next big thing in the 80's, the Sinclair C5, can be serviced alongside your vacuum cleaner (wonder if this service promise holds up for the jet powered version). Something tells us that nobody with any kind of marketing skills was involved in this ad. 'Hey, let's associate our funny… » 1/04/08 1:00pm 1/04/08 1:00pm

A Compendium of Vintage Steamer Trucks

The cats over at Dark Roasted Blend have put together a collection of some forgotten leviathans of transportation history - steam powered trucks. Ranging from modified steam tractors with a deck on top, to full-on, four axle workhorses. We're loath to admit we never even heard of any of these makers; Fowler who?… » 1/04/08 12:15pm 1/04/08 12:15pm

Convincing 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Kit Car

So lets say you've got a hankering for a mid-80's mustache style Ferrari but you don't want to deal with maintenance bills that would make Leno cringe. Perhaps we might interest you in an armored Maybach 62 this shockingly realistic looking '86 Ferrari Testarossa. Normally this is where we would make fun of the Fiero… » 1/04/08 12:00pm 1/04/08 12:00pm

2008 Dakar Rally Canceled

We were eagerly anticipating Saturday's start to the running of the 2008 Dakar Rally. Unfortunately, the fifteen day, 9,723 kilometer race has been canceled due to concerns of terrorist sabotage. Multiple sources are reporting that local tensions resulting from the December murders of four French tourists in… » 1/04/08 9:45am 1/04/08 9:45am

Google Street View Captures Car Accident

Finally, Google goes and does something worth our while. In what seems to be a completely inexplicable car accident, a Minneapolis woman decided to drive her Mercedes Benz E-Class into a tree - and the Google Street View camera car was there to immortalize it. Unfortunately the moment of impact wasn't captured by the… » 1/03/08 4:30pm 1/03/08 4:30pm

Tex Avery Cars of Future Prescient, Silly, Sexist

Something about old cartoons always gets the inner child in us, especially goofy ones that predict the future, especially if they're predicting cars of the future. While some of the models "predicted" in this bit are downright silly, other's remind us of recent cars like the Nissan Pivo. It also contains some… » 1/03/08 2:45pm 1/03/08 2:45pm

Solar Taxi Traveling Around the World

With the looming crude oil madness, you can bet that the masses will be pretending to care about clamoring for alternatives when gas tops five bucks. Bad for most, spectacular timing for the the folks running the Solar Taxi project. A ragtag international group of environmentalists and engineering nerds has put… » 1/03/08 1:30pm 1/03/08 1:30pm

Dassies are in Ur BMW, Killin Ur Fan Belts

An odd story out of South Africa has us scratching our heads and checking our engine bays. An unnamed BMW owner from the Johannesburg area brought her BMW to the dealer to resolve a "scenario surfacing in her engine". That scenario was a family of dassies that had taken up residence all over the car. What's a dassie… » 1/03/08 1:15pm 1/03/08 1:15pm

Oil Trades Over $100, Psychological Barrier Breached

In case you haven't been paying attention to the day to day Wall Street news tickers, oil briefly traded over the dreaded $100 per barrel mark yesterday. NPR reported this morning it may have been traded on by as few as two traders at that price but it was enough of a scare for prices to quickly retreat back down to… » 1/03/08 12:45pm 1/03/08 12:45pm

Chinese Students Admire Buick Quality, Destroy LaCrosse in Scuffle

Sometimes things get out of hand at Nankai University. We're not talking drunken keggers or a herd of sheep on the quad, we're talking student led destruction of a shiny new Buick LaCrosse over a traffic incident. The broken English translation tells the tale of the big China-only Buick getting scratched by a bicycle… » 1/02/08 2:15pm 1/02/08 2:15pm

Vegetable Oil Brings Out Inherent Sexiness of the Econoline?

If you're part of a small but growing business looking to upgrade your fleet with a 1989 Ford E350, but you're also worried about the high price of diesel, we've got the Craisglist find for you. Sellers Daniel and Annika Ryan have rigged their great white beast with a vegetable oil system that REALLY WORKS. Our only… » 1/02/08 1:45pm 1/02/08 1:45pm

Hello KITT: Aussie Cops Testing Super Police Cruiser

Here is where Shakespeare's timeless question gets stretched to it's limit; Does a rose by any other name smell just as sweet? Or adapted: Does KITT, recreated in part by Aussie coppers, bust just as many bad guys? The cool swooshy light show will be roofside instead of in the nose, but it does a lot of the stuff that… » 1/02/08 1:15pm 1/02/08 1:15pm

Rustam Mamedov is Angry With Us

Back in 2007, we posted what we thought to be a request to order an armored Maybach 62 for the President of Azerbaijan. Turns out our cotomer sevis really is that bad. Mr Mamedov sent us what we assume to be an angry letter letting us know that we are silly for transferring such information to the internet, and that… » 1/02/08 1:00pm 1/02/08 1:00pm

Scott Burgess of the Detroit News Wants to Have it All

Scott Burgess, the most cuddly of auto critics over at the Detroit News has come up with an interesting, one-man-focus-group pseudo-review of the best parts of cars this year. Deftly sidestepping the realities of engineering, Burgess asks for somebody, anybody to put parts of some of the most dissimilar cars around… » 12/31/07 2:30pm 12/31/07 2:30pm

2008 Fiat 500

A tour of Germany wouldn't be complete without test-driving some of Europe's forbidden fruits, now would it? In our case we just couldn't pass on the opportunity to sample Fiat's new retro mobile, the reborn Cinquecento. The Bamberg Fiat dealer was more than willing to let us grab the keys for a trip around the block… » 12/31/07 12:00pm 12/31/07 12:00pm