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I Was Given a Yugo and Drove It From New York to North Carolina Without Dying Even Once I Was Given a Yugo and Drove It From New York to North Carolina Without Dying Even Once

“Why do you love this kind of thing so much?” That’s what my wife asked me, more bemused than angry, as she rode with me in a rattly, crappy but scrappy 1991 Yugo, as I marveled at the crude hole hacked into the hard plastic dashboard.

Here's Some of the Weirdest Stuff You'll Find at the New York Auto Show

Beyond all the mainstream cars, the exotic rich-jerk toys, the bold and/or misguided concept cars, every car show hides a selection of weirdos, usually stashed down in a basement or corner somewhere. The New York Auto Show was no exception, so, here, feast your eyes, ears, and, why not, nose, on these weirdo specimens…

The Electric Volkswagen ID Dune Buggy Concept Is So Cool It’s Begging to Get Made

When Volkswagen first hinted at ID Buggy electric dune buggy concept, I was pretty excited. Partially because I’ve always been fond of old dune buggies like the Meyers Manx, and partially because of what this sort of vehicle hinted at for the future of Volkswagen. That’s why I was especially excited to see the car in…

It's Time to Just Admit That the Honda Clarity Feels a Bit Like a Modern Citroën DS It's Time to Just Admit That the Honda Clarity Feels a Bit Like a Modern Citroën DS

As you all know, it’s not easy to admit difficult truths to yourself. Sometimes you can remain in denial for as long as possible, until you find yourself confronted by cold, hard reality and you have no choice but to accept what’s right in front of your face. At the New York Auto show this week I had such a moment,…

The Rivian Electric Pickup Truck is Full of Fun Surprises

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m something of an automotive packaging fetishist, which means I really, really appreciate a vehicle that really works to maximize its interior spaces well. Which is why I’ve been so taken with electric startup Rivian’s pickup concept, which leverages the up-and-coming skateboard-style EV…

The 2020 Chevy Blazer Is So Disappointing It Hurts a Bit The 2020 Chevy Blazer Is So Disappointing It Hurts a Bit

If you’re a carmaker, one of the most wonderful, cherished gifts you can have is a nameplate with some history and heritage behind it. Think Mustang, Wrangler, Camaro, Beetle, Supra, Continental, Bronco, and so on. Names that evoke real emotion. Pity companies like Hyundai or Kia that have no such names, unless you…

Almighty Poseidon Reclaims His SpaceX Rocket Into the Ocean Deep Almighty Poseidon Reclaims His SpaceX Rocket Into the Ocean Deep

Remember last Friday when we told you about how SpaceX managed to land and recover the three rocket boosters that make up the first stage of their Falcon Heavy rocket? That was a big deal. Unfortunately, in the end, the enterprise was only 2/3rds successful, as the center booster, the one that landed on the SpaceX…

Enjoy This Nice Dose of Hyperbole from these 1980s Volkswagen Pickup Ads Enjoy This Nice Dose of Hyperbole from these 1980s Volkswagen Pickup Ads

So, while I was doing some research (getting sidetracked by more interesting internet stuff) on that new pickup Volkswagen is bringing to the New York Auto Show, I happened to find some old ads for Volkswagen’s Pennsylvania-built Golf/Rabbit-based small pickup trucks from the 1980s. The ads made claims that they were…

This $2 Million Tank-SUV With Horrific Build Quality Is the Worst Car at the New York Auto Show This $2 Million Tank-SUV With Horrific Build Quality Is the Worst Car at the New York Auto Show

Hey, rich idiots! Do you secretly crave the lumbering, workhorse-like driving style of a Ford F-550 Super Duty, but don’t ever want to do any actual work, and really want to let everyone around you know what a colossal, pampered dipshit you are without even having to open your vape-smoke and Cristal-filled mouth?

The Genesis Mint Concept Is a Great Design and I Hope They Have the Guts to Build It The Genesis Mint Concept Is a Great Design and I Hope They Have the Guts to Build It

We’ve actually already written a fair amount about Genesis’ little EV concept car, the Mint, but I’ve just been scrutinizing it in person, and I felt I owed it to you to let you know how it made me feel, deep inside. In case you’re hangliding or scrubbing up before performing surgery and you just need to know fast, I…

Often-Weird Tuner Vilner Actually Made a Pretty Charming Trabant Often-Weird Tuner Vilner Actually Made a Pretty Charming Trabant

Vilner is one of those tuning/customizing houses that often does some questionable stuff, like that Mustang with real horse fur and skin and a fetishy Samurai-style Mitsubishi. Now, they’ve taken a humble little Trabant Commie-cruiser and made it, well, pretty damn charming.

It Only Takes 10 Robot Dogs to Tow a Truck

Boston Dynamics, in case you haven’t been hanging out at your local robot bars and nightclubs, is a company that has been producing incredibly impressive yet somehow oddly unsettling robots, often in vaguely humanoid or animalistic forms. One of their robots, a canine-like machine called SpotMini, will be available for…

Fuck You, Pepsi, and Your Sky-Advertising Satellite Plans Fuck You, Pepsi, and Your Sky-Advertising Satellite Plans

If you’re like most people, at some point in your life you’ve lain on your back on the grass at night, and gazed up into the inky, never-ending blackness of the night sky, and marveled at all the stars. While you were losing yourself in vertiginous gazing, I’m sure you were probably thinking “Damn! I sure wish someone…

Quick Question: Are Exhaust Pipes the Anuses of Cars? Quick Question: Are Exhaust Pipes the Anuses of Cars?

I realize this may be an awful lot to start the week with, but the question popped into my head, and I see no reason we should let this fester. It’s one of those issues that’s best confronted head-on, so, whatever we decide, we can make peace with our decision and move on, productively with our lives. So, with that in…

Volkswagen Is Bringing a Pickup Truck’s Worth of Forbidden Fruit to New York to Tease the Hell out of All of Us Volkswagen Is Bringing a Pickup Truck’s Worth of Forbidden Fruit to New York to Tease the Hell out of All of Us

Volkswagen will be bringing their South American market-bound Tarok compact pickup truck to show everyone in New York, and the concept looks to be a pretty clever little pickup truck with some interesting bed and cab design features. The plan is to build it in Brazil for VW’s big customer bases in Brazil and Argentina…

The Volkswagen I.D. ROOMZZ Concept Has Room for Days and 280 Miles of Electric Range The Volkswagen I.D. ROOMZZ Concept Has Room for Days and 280 Miles of Electric Range

We told you about Volkswagen’s I.D. ROOMZZ electric SUV concept earlier this month, and now we have some actual pictures of the car to show as well, and it appears to have a pretty novel door design. Too bad the name sounds like it was something that a Juul given sentience came up with, but I guess you can’t have…

Welcome to a new week, friends. The New York Auto Show is coming up this week, so to give the week a good start, let’s kick it off with this purple Toronado. That seems like a good idea.

Delta Is Restricting Airplane Seat Reclining So You Monsters Will Stop Fighting Delta Is Restricting Airplane Seat Reclining So You Monsters Will Stop Fighting

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but there’s been a longstanding ethical debate regarding whether or not it’s okay to lean your seat back in an airplane. In that debate, Delta appears to have taken a side, as they announced that they would be restricting the amount their seats recline, hoping to reduce “disputes between…

There's an Entirely New TIE Fighter and Droid in the New Star Wars Trailer UPDATED There's an Entirely New TIE Fighter and Droid in the New Star Wars Trailer UPDATED

That low, rumbling, squelching sound you’re sensing at the edge of your hearing is nothing to be alarmed by; it’s just the collective peoples of the internet simultaneously excitement-soiling their pants because a new trailer for the next Star Wars movie has been released. As is required by the Jalopnik by-laws, I…

SpaceX Lands Three Falcon Heavy Rocket Boosters After One Launch SpaceX Lands Three Falcon Heavy Rocket Boosters After One Launch

For the first time ever, yesterday, SpaceX managed to land and recover all three of the Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket boosters that, when combined, form the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle. While the idea of vertically landing a rocket after launch for re-use has been around a while, SpaceX was the first to actually do it, and…

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