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There Are Only Four Automakers That Build And Sell Every Major Layout Of Cars  There Are Only Four Automakers That Build And Sell Every Major Layout Of Cars 

There’s a lot of ways to make cars. You can stick the engine in the front, middle, or rear, you can drive two or four wheels, front or rear, and all these with all sorts of combinations. Lately, you can shove batteries and motors somewhere, too.

This 1980s Fiat May Have The Best Idiot Lights Ever This 1980s Fiat May Have The Best Idiot Lights Ever

As the name sort of suggests, idiot lights aren’t the sort of thing that gets much respect in the automotiverse. This is understandable; most idiot lights are scattered across a given instrument cluster with the casual abandon of weeds. But it doesn’t have to be that way, and the 1984 Fiat Ritmo Cabrio Bertone shows…

Parliament Funkadelic - 'Give Up The Funk' Parliament Funkadelic - 'Give Up The Funk'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

These Are Much Worse Names For Well-Known Car Parts These Are Much Worse Names For Well-Known Car Parts

I was thinking about the word “supercharger” the other day—that’s a hell of a word. It doesn’t really tell you exactly how it works, that it’s a belt-driven compressor for the fuel/air mixture, but who cares? Supercharging just sounds like hot shit. It’s a good name for that device. Now, since I have a problem where…

One Little Detail Makes This The Saddest Unsold Car In America One Little Detail Makes This The Saddest Unsold Car In America

Almost by definition, a Mitsubishi Mirage sedan is a sad car. Unlike some, I don’t hate the car, but I feel strongly it should be had in hatchback form to maximize its practicality. This one sedan, though, is special.

Tesla's Semi Truck Looks Surprisingly Fast Tesla's Semi Truck Looks Surprisingly Fast

We all know that electric motors have gobs of torque, and can accelerate quick as all hell. We also know that Tesla is developing an all-electric semi truck. Now we get to see both of those things confirmed, in one simple video.

Neo-Nazis Are Attempting To Infiltrate Mercedes-Benz Again Neo-Nazis Are Attempting To Infiltrate Mercedes-Benz Again

I think it’s safe to say that being taken over by Nazis isn’t exactly something new for Daimler, the parent company of what was once Hitler’s carmaker of choice, Mercedes-Benz. The difference now is that the old Nazis have been dead for decades, and this time no one wants these miserable Neo-Nazis who are reportedly…

This Is Mitsuoka's Brand-New Miata-Based Roadster, The Himiko This Is Mitsuoka's Brand-New Miata-Based Roadster, The Himiko

Mitsuoka, the world’s leading producer of Nissans re-made to look like sub-scale Jaguar Mark 2s, has just—and I do mean just now—unveiled their new, completely re-designed Miata-based roadster, now based on the latest Mazda MX-5. It’s called the Himiko I think it’s my favorite flavor of new Miata you can buy today.

I Bet We Can Identify This Car That's Being Used To Launch A Very Early Drone Aircraft I Bet We Can Identify This Car That's Being Used To Launch A Very Early Drone Aircraft

Most people don’t realize just how long unmanned aircraft have been around; basic autopilot technology is well over a century old, and radio-controlled drones pre-date WWII. This exciting picture shows a GM A-1 drone from 1946, being launched by a great-looking car. What is that car?

Conspiracy Theory: Ford's Bronco Concept Car Was Actually Based On A South African Chevy Conspiracy Theory: Ford's Bronco Concept Car Was Actually Based On A South African Chevy

I should come right out and say that I have zero actual evidence to support this wild theory, other than the striking visual similarities you’ll see here. But those visual similarities are really, really hard to ignore, and I just can’t keep quiet any longer. This wild theory is that Ford’s well-known 2004 Bronco…

Some Of The Most Rare And Unusual Disney Cartoons Were Made To Sell Cars Some Of The Most Rare And Unusual Disney Cartoons Were Made To Sell Cars

The famous Disney pantheon of characters—Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, and so on—have never really needed to shill for non-Disney products, because, let’s face it, for cartoon characters, they’re all richer than God. But, once, very briefly, this wasn’t the case: Disney characters went out and hustled…

Here's Yet Another Example Of How Awesome Nissan Was In The Late '80s And Early '90s Here's Yet Another Example Of How Awesome Nissan Was In The Late '80s And Early '90s

I have a theory about modern Nissan, and why its current U.S. lineup is such a lackluster pile of damp stools (no offense): it used up all of its strategic awesome reserves back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In case you doubt me, just think back and remember the daring, charming Pike cars, and so very many…

Delightful Nerds Turn A Car Into A Functional Computer Mouse Delightful Nerds Turn A Car Into A Functional Computer Mouse

Artist and maker of gloriously shitty robots Simone Giertz owns a 1980s Sebring-Vanguard Citicar—a wonderful, slow, little wedge-shaped automotive footnote. Keeping true to her ideals, Giertz’ car is no longer just a little electric commuter vehicle—it’s also the world’s largest and perhaps least-useful computer mouse.

Mexico's Volkswagen Beetles Don't Know When To Quit

It’s been about six years since old-school Volkswagen Beetle taxis were made illegal in Mexico City, it’s been about 15 years since the last air-cooled Beetle rolled off the line, and a staggering 80 years since the basic design of the car was set. These cars shouldn’t still be doing anything, by any conventional,…

This May Be The Next Porsche 911 This May Be The Next Porsche 911

An Instagram post from a user named ninastegmaier (since deleted) appears to show what sure as hell looks like the next-generation Porsche 911, the 992. Like all 911 revisions, the aesthetic changes are fairly subtle and evolutionary, but this is clearly not the current 911.

Let's Identify The Car Drawings On Valet Tickets Let's Identify The Car Drawings On Valet Tickets

I suspect almost every loyal, sexy Jalopnik reader does this when they (sometimes reluctantly, usually with a lot of complicated explanations) valet their car: check the ticket to see if the little “show damage here” car is recognizable. Sometimes the car is identifiable, so let’s look at some of the more common…

Madagascar's Homegrown Auto Industry Is Fascinating Madagascar's Homegrown Auto Industry Is Fascinating

While most of the cars we tend to encounter on a daily basis are made by huge, global corporations, it’s important to remember that there’s interesting cars being put together all over the world, including places that one doesn’t normally associate with automobile production. Madagascar is one of those places. As an…

This May Be One Of The Weirdest Car Auctions Ever This May Be One Of The Weirdest Car Auctions Ever

We’ve written about lots of car auctions here, including some that included really unusual and interesting selections of cars. But if your goal is to get the absolute weirdest, most obscure, bonkersest cars possible, I’m not sure there’s ever been a better auction for you than the one the Western Washington University…

This Tiny Car Wanted To Be A Ferrari F40 Just So Badly This Tiny Car Wanted To Be A Ferrari F40 Just So Badly

We live in an era where almost every car takes itself very, very seriously. Crappy Nissan Versas come in serious-business Anthracite Gray and glower at you like they’re BMWs. SUVs and crossovers wear big, serious tires and want you to think they’re tough. That’s why the Yamaha Ami is such a wonderful gift to humanity:…

This Might Be The New Toyota Supra In Racing Concept Form This Might Be The New Toyota Supra In Racing Concept Form

A Japanese magazine seems to have published a two-page spread of what looks like the new Toyota Supra, done up in the livery of its Gazoo Racing arm. It’s hard to say if this is legit at this point! We still haven’t seen the real Supra yet, but it’s existed in mule and leak form for so long we basically know what it…

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