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Watching This Little Van Crash Carrying A Modified GT86 Is A Good Reminder That Towing Is Tricky Watching This Little Van Crash Carrying A Modified GT86 Is A Good Reminder That Towing Is Tricky

People tow cars all the time. It happens every day, innumerable times, all over the globe. But no matter how mundane and common it may be, it’s worth remembering that it’s no joke, and there’s genuine, complicated physics involved. That and when everything goes wrong, it’s hard not to watch.

Volkswagen Keeps Having To Be Reminded It Doesn't Own The Word "Beetle" Volkswagen Keeps Having To Be Reminded It Doesn't Own The Word "Beetle"

As I’ve made abundantly clear, I’m very fond of Volkswagen Beetles, especially the old air-cooled ones. There are also a substantial number of much, much older, also air-cooled beetles in the world, and these have nothing to do with Volkswagen. Volkswagen seems to forget this every now and then, based on the times…

Here’s an important question for you to ponder today: if you had to pick one Volkswagen K70, the first water-cooled car Volkswagen ever sold, a re-badged NSU K70, piston-powered sibling to the legendary Ro80, which do you pick? One with quad round lights or big, rectangular TV screen-sized lights?

German Automakers Want To Make A Deal With Trump To End All Car Tariffs, Including The Hated 'Chicken Tax' German Automakers Want To Make A Deal With Trump To End All Car Tariffs, Including The Hated 'Chicken Tax'

Finally, some potentially good news: in an effort to get the Trump administration to abandon its plan to place a 25 percent tax on all European auto imports, all three of the big German automakers—Daimler, Volkswagen, and NSU (just kidding, it’s BMW)—have come up with a proposal that would get rid of all car import…

Oh Man The Trailer For Seinfeld's New Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Is Full Of Amazing Cars Oh Man The Trailer For Seinfeld's New Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Is Full Of Amazing Cars

The trailer for the new season of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is out, and it starts with a pretty delightful parody of the golden age of Volkswagen ads, which is pretty fantastic, especially the shot of the rare in-engine espresso maker. There’s also a really great set of cars this season, and…

Feds Declare Tesla Autopilot-Tricking 'Autopilot Buddy' Unsafe Because Yeah It's Unsafe Feds Declare Tesla Autopilot-Tricking 'Autopilot Buddy' Unsafe Because Yeah It's Unsafe

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a cease and desist letter to Dolder, Falco and Reese Partners, LLC, the company that makes an idiotic and dangerous product called the Autopilot Buddy, a $199 lump of plastic and magnets that fools a Tesla’s Autopilot system into thinking you’re paying…

Public service message to all parents: you’ve got to hide your booze stashes better than how these parents did in their Wolseley Hornet. Come on, people, you didn’t even try! At least pour it into an empty coolant bottle or something.

This Is Why Cars Use AC-Producing Alternators When They Run On DC Power This Is Why Cars Use AC-Producing Alternators When They Run On DC Power

Have you ever wondered about the electricity that courses through your car? Do you suspect that there’s a captive bolt of lightning held in a magic jar? Of course you don’t. You’re not a Neanderthal. You know there’s a battery and an alternator. You may even know your battery provides DC current that the car uses, but…

Guy Driving SUV With A Jack For A Wheel Is A Reminder That Sometimes Life Sucks And You Just Deal Guy Driving SUV With A Jack For A Wheel Is A Reminder That Sometimes Life Sucks And You Just Deal

Life, as glorious as it is, with its access to tacos and puppies and orgasms, is still a colossal ass-pain. That’s why I can’t begrudge this guy in St. Louis too much for doing what he did. Sure, driving a car with a roller jack instead of an actual front wheel isn’t exactly safe, but I suspect nobody would do this…

The U.S. Has Issued Its 10 Millionth Patent And It's Car-Related The U.S. Has Issued Its 10 Millionth Patent And It's Car-Related

I’m not sure if you’ve been keeping count at home, but the United States issued its ten millionth patent this morning. Tellingly, that patent was for a laser-based object detection and raging system that could be used in the development of self-driving vehicles. Also, the illustrations include a little picture of a…

The Best Odometer Picture Ever Took Real Planning And Math The Best Odometer Picture Ever Took Real Planning And Math

Look upon it, mortals. Feast your eyes on the rare, beautiful majesty of an odometer reading that includes every known numeral, arranged sequentially. This is by far the most incredible feat ever achieved by this 2007 Honda Odyssey, and as such I feel duty-bound to share it with you. Bask, my friends. Let the grandeur…

Meh Car Monday: I Bet You Totally Forgot About The Chrysler Aspen Meh Car Monday: I Bet You Totally Forgot About The Chrysler Aspen

I was asking my fellow Jalopnik writers for some Meh car suggestions, when I heard a rapping on the plexiglass of my work-pod. David’s pod was next to mine, and I saw him press a scrap of paper against the plexi, soggy from the nutrient-broth sprays, that read “ASPEN.” I was confused, because I was thinking Dodge…

Trump's Space Force Idea That Was Already Real Long Before Trump Is Now 'Real' Trump's Space Force Idea That Was Already Real Long Before Trump Is Now 'Real'

Back in March, President Trump pulled the idea of a “Space Force” out of his well-seasoned anus and thought it was a fantastic idea. Funadamentally, it’s not a bad idea at all, and I know this because we’ve effectively had a Space Force for decades, even if it hasn’t been called exactly that. Now, he’s directed the…

This Might Be The Most Under Appreciated Car Trunk Feature This Might Be The Most Under Appreciated Car Trunk Feature

If you’re like me, you’ve been in this situation countless times: you’re driving along with a trunk packed full of garbage bags of piping hot chili, when you get a flat tire. To get to the tire under the trunk floor, you have to pull out all dozen bags, and in the process one of the chili bags invariably rips,…

Hey, welcome to a new week! I hope your Monday is as sparkly and packed full of big, blinding light glints as this Opel Manta GT/J. What’d they clearcoat those things with, pulverized diamonds?

The Best Ways To Name A Car, Ranked The Best Ways To Name A Car, Ranked

There’s a bewildering variety of methods and systems and traditions when it comes to how carmakers name their cars. Luckily, I took some expired medication that lets me know which ways are the best. Even more lucky is that I’m now going to share this wisdom with you, because you know I love you best. Here we go.

This Post About Jaguar Taillights Is So Obscure And Geeky I Can't Believe We're Running It This Post About Jaguar Taillights Is So Obscure And Geeky I Can't Believe We're Running It

I have a list, right here on my computer, of a bunch of interesting and important stories I need to be working on. And yet I know, deep down, that I’m not going to be able to do jack feces on anything until I get this insanely unimportant, painfully geeky, incredibly minor observation about one particular Jaguar XJ…

Leaked Images Of The New BMW 8 Series Show It's Very Close To The Concept Leaked Images Of The New BMW 8 Series Show It's Very Close To The Concept

I know leaked images are always pretty exciting, but, to be fair, this car has already proven to be leakier than the radiators in any liquid-cooled car I seem to own. First we got a big hint at the look of the resurrected 8 Series via the concept, we’ve seen the test mules, and at the beginning of the year, we saw…

This Guy Turned His Corvette Into A Full-Size R/C Car

Do you often wish you could watch your own car driving around from the outside, but just don’t trust any of your friends to drive it? I can’t say that’s exactly why Bjorn Harms of Urmond, Netherlands modified his C6 Corvette to be remote controlled, but he did, and it’s pretty amazing.

These Are The Cars Of The Solar System These Are The Cars Of The Solar System

Who here likes planets? I know I do—hell, I even live on one! I suspect there’s many fellow planet-enthusiasts out there, which is why I decided to do this: try and find cars named for every planet in our solar system, including our disrespected pal, the dwarf planet Pluto. Aside from a couple of well-known examples,…

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