The Tesla Model 3 first entered “production,” if that’s what you wanted to call it back then, almost two years ago in 2017. But it’s been impossible to actually buy the long-promised $35,000 base model of the car that so many were hoping would to help them enter the electric future. Until now.
Whenever we see spy shots, or hear rumors, we like to hedge. Sure, a lot of places will proclaim a leaked image is definitely this or absolutely must be that, but we’ve got no way of knowing for sure. But Ford’s lawyers have helpfully confirmed that yes, this is definitely some kind of Ford pickup we’re looking at.
Mike Manley makes a whole bunch of money, Goldman Sachs thinks oil is going to go up, and Honda Civic production is leaving the UK. All that and more in the Morning Shift for February 25, 2019.
The Russian Embassy in the United States has a history of tweeting out threatening, bellicose, and frankly weird shit. But this one, threatening the F-35 with propaganda videos about Vietnam, is certainly up there.
Faced with a blank canvas of a car, very few create true art. But this Range Rover, with a six-speed manual out of a BMW M6, some brakes from a Porsche and some brakes from a Genesis, and a turbo for a snout, is definitely art.
Jobs lost, Nissan is moving for a separation, and the familiar refrains of “uhhh.... what I MEANT was...” This is The Morning Shift for February 20, 2019.
I, like a few of you I imagine, don’t really pay attention to Formula One in the off-season. Once the season is on, IT’S ON, but in the off season? It’s mostly just Kimi standing around looking awkward. I’m a racing man! Bring me the cars, at speed! So, when I saw the big flash of “MISSION WINNOW” on the back of the…
I get it, dude. I’ve been there, too. You want to Vmax your car just out of curiosity, just to see how fast it’ll really go. But Bonneville is 2,000 miles away and you’ve got a meeting on Wednesday, your local track has a nice straight but it’s not long enough, and for some reason your local airport got “mad” that…
Despite being rebuked by the people of New York City for an office nobody wanted, Amazon doesn’t seem to be feeling too bad. It’s moved on to Rivian, leading a $700 million investment round into the startup electric truck maker.
We’ve all had the dream where we somehow cobble together a couple million, invest it all in a fleet of exotics, and rake in the cash while dabbling in our dream garage on the side. It turns out it’s not like that. Well, it’s a bit like that, but it’s not what you think it is.
Every aircraft suffers two deaths. The first is when it stops being built, the second is when it stops flying. The double-decker superjumbo Airbus A380 just suffered the first, with Airbus announcing its production line will close in 2021.
The Concorde, in case you were born after it retired in 2003, was the only passenger airliner to fly faster than the speed of sound. That very feature is directly responsible for its demise. It was too thirsty, too small, and the routes it could fly were extremely limited because it made an enormous CRA-BOOM as it…
The sedanapocalypse, it must be acknowledged, is upon us. We’re all getting bloated crossovers and SUVs because they are “just as good” and yet have “all-wheel drive” and “extra ground clearance.” But while crossovers have more advantages for some buyers than a lot of enthusiasts would like to admit, we don’t all need…
Let’s establish some ground rules before we get into this: Climate change is real. The past four years have been the four warmest on record. Cars are not an insignificant part of the problem. Now that we all have acknowledged reality (whether or not you “agree” is irrelevant), let’s dive into the Green New Deal, and…
Was it a vision? A premonition? A prophecy? Or just something in the lyrics of Smash Mouth? Anyways, I hate the headline that I have written but this video is nuts.
Tesla buys a whole other company, GM hires some people, Ford moves some people, and Lucid does some stuff. This is The Morning Shift for February 5th, 2019.
There are all sorts of conspiracy theories that find our way to us. Virtually all of them consist of “My Turboencabulator gets 100 mpg on pure water, but Big Car doesn’t want it to happen!” Virtually all of them are terrible hokum. Except one. It really did happen. Once. With the Tucker 48.
There’s this sort of idea in the automotive world that’s fucking INSANE to me. It’s the idea that one car has a great feature, and that no one else should immediately go and steal it. Obviously, that’s dumb. All the best ideas are stolen! And everyone should steal the idea of the power rear window on the Toyota 4Runner
Very, very few dumb car branding exercises are any good. The Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer edition just had some leather. The Lincoln Continental Mark VII Bill Blass edition had... something? Maybe? Was he a golfer? It’s hard to say. But this little Renault Twingo Le Coq Sportif edition just looks so, so good.
The Ford Model T is legendary, as is most everything and everyone associated with it. But if you look at it critically, it was absolute garbage by modern standards, as was the person who created it. Its secret to world domination, however, wasn’t that the car itself was great. It was the leaps in manufacturing that…