Monday News

Tesla Model 3: Electric car-maker launches most affordable car yet

CEO Elon Musk has been promising the mass market price tag since the firm first unveiled the Model 3 back in 2016, but has struggled to hit that goal in the time since.

Tesla Model Y will be unveiled March 14th

Tesla will unveil its Model Y crossover SUV on March 14th during an event at the company’s design studio in Los Angeles, CEO Elon Musk announced Sunday. The new electric car will be Tesla’s fifth since the company was founded in 2003.

Fatal Tesla Model 3 Crash in Florida Prompts Investigations by Federal Agencies

A man driving a Tesla Model 3 in Delray Beach, Florida was killed in a collision with another vehicle early Friday that has prompted investigations by the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

BMW death traps as 250,000 cars in Britain are at risk of bursting into flames

The fault affects more than 250,000 cars in the UK – 1.6million worldwide – and can cause flammable coolant to leak on to the burning hot exhaust system near the engine, potentially triggering a fire.

Let’s Talk About Dylan’s Speedster From 90210

Today’s news of the death of actor Luke Perry had me thinking a bit about what was, undoubtedly, his breakout role. As Dylan McKay in “Beverly Hills, 90210" Mr. Perry was projected into literally millions of living rooms each week, for 199 episodes, becoming a 1990s teen idol. His character drove the totally cool and…

Pininfarina’s 1,900 HP Electric Supercar Is The Future We Want 

Remember when all of us idiots thought the Porsche 918, Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1 were at a level that would’ve been incomprehensible just a few decades before? That was cute. The Pininfarina Battista, the Italian design firm’s first-ever branded car, is going to be a 1,900 horsepower electric supercar

‘Mummified’ 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Cobra Jet for sale and ready for restoration

The owner of a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Cobra Jet he’s auctioning online credits undercoating for the surprisingly rust-free state of the Washington-based car that he’s had sitting in storage for 38 years.

Subaru recalling 1.3 million cars for brake light issue

Volvo is introducing a 112mph speed limiter to all its new cars

Few automakers have staked the reputation of their brands on safety quite the way Volvo has. Several years ago, Volvo’s President Håkan Samuelsson announced that the company was enacting a plan called Vision 2020—building cars so safe that by 2020 no one is killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo. On Monday, the company revealed the latest part of this plan. From next year, all new Volvos (beginning with the 2021 model year) will be limited to 112mph (180km/h).

Who wants their dumb cars after that.

Jerry Seinfeld Sues Classic Car Dealer Over Porsche Certification

Jerry Seinfeld is going after the classic car dealer that sold him what they claimed was a rare Porsche, because he thinks the car’s certification wasn’t legit … this according to a new lawsuit. In the suit, obtained by TMZ,

Jason Stiber was pulled over and ticketed for distracted driving last April for using a handheld phone behind the wheel, but he claimed it was a case of mistaken identity and that what he was actually holding was a hash brown.

Tesla starts charging $7,000 to add Full Self-Driving features post-delivery

Tesla is splitting its self-driving function into two tiers — Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability — and charging a few thousand extra dollars for Navigate on Autopilot, Autopark, Summon and other features coming out later this year.

Video of deadly 131-car Wisconsin pileup released

Officials in Wisconsin released video footage of a massive deadly pileup involving 131 cars believed to be “the largest traffic crash in the state’s history.”

Tesla makes huge price cuts to Model S and Model X

Tesla finally announced the long-awaited (and long-promised) $35,000 base version of the Model 3 on Thursday, but the company also dramatically reduced the starting price of its other cars, the Models S and X. Each version of those cars now costs between $12,000 to $18,000 less than they did earlier this week.

Tesla’s high-end Model S and X just got a lot cheaper

Bitcoin tycoon crashes his £270,000 purple Lamborghini into a ditch

The £270,000 Lamborghini Huracan Performante supercar was photographed in a ditch in Enfield, north London just a short distance from Tottenham Hotspur’s training ground.

Tuesday Car News

Volkswagen spins off Jetta into a Chinese car brand

Volkswagen is taking its popular Jetta brand and turning it into an entirely new and separate company that will make cars for China, the German automaker announced Tuesday.

$150,000 Lamborghini bursts into flames moments after leaving garage

Detroit ‘Smokey and The Bandit’ event canceled over Confederate flag flap

Uptight HOA Threatens Fine After Car Leaves Dick Shape in Snow

Tesla that burst into flames after fatal Florida crash catches fire THREE TIMES at tow yard

Omar Awan was burned beyond recognition and could not be saved on Sunday afternoon after crashing his 2016 Tesla Model S car, which then burst into flames in Davie, Florida. 

A California Bill Aims to Create the Unlimited-Speed American Autobahn of Your Dreams

Many car enthusiasts consider Germany’s Autobahn the holy grail of high-speed highway systems, but it may someday get competition from California, as a senator there has just introduced a bill which proposes adding lanes without speed limits to two major highways.

Watch This 1965 Ford Mustang Come Back to Life After Sitting for 44 Years

It turns out that there’s an extremely entertaining video series centering around a neglected 1965 Ford Mustang fastback that has allegedly not run in 44 years. Yes, 44 years. Get ready for some high-quality wrenching and a solid underdog story.

Somebody Street Parks Their Ferrari F40

This is, without a doubt, my new favorite Ferrari. Somebody in [LOCATION REDACTED] street parks their Ferrari F40. That duct tape on the hood is when a Yaris backed into it. Concours d’Elegance this is not.

Stolen Tesla leads police on chase after owner finds it with Tesla app

A man led police on a chase through Riverside, California, after stealing a Tesla from a parking garage. The moment the Tesla was moved from its parking spot, the owner knew that his car was on the move and that he wasn’t driving it, according to local news reports.

How a Used $5,000 Subaru WRX From 2006 Compares to a New WRX That Costs $40,000

We often forget what a landmark car the Subaru WRX was when it first came to North America. Spurred by intense demand from gearheads who fell in love remotely through anime and Gran Turismo, the early 2000s WRX gifted us the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and forced the entire sport compact segment to up its game from…

Wednesday News

Driver jailed 3 months for using laser jammer

i had one for 3 years and it worked great. But it had no mute or volume control.

725 hp Ford F-150 on sale for under $40,000

Looking for a two-door, two-seat sports car with over 700 hp for under $40,000?

Well, we can’t help you with the ‘car’ part, but there’s a pickup that fits the bill.

The price includes 2WD F-150 Regular Cab XT Sport like this one in Velocity Blue.

The 2020 Alpina B7 is a 4,855 Pound Luxury Sedan Claiming 205 MPH

Two hundred and five mph is the claimed top speed for the new 2020 Alpina B7xDrive, which BMW—the company that builds the new 2020 BMW 7 Series on which it’s based—introduced earlier today. It’s a big, opulent machine that makes giant, supercar-level numbers; here’s a first look.

Haynes car manual founder who sold more than 200 million copies worldwide dies aged 80

John Haynes published his first motor manual, for the Austin Healey Sprite, in 1966. He passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday evening on February 8 after a short illness.

TESLA on Autopilot Veers off Highway, Strikes Curb and Signs…

The driver, Eric Carter, told cops he had his car on autopilot as he moved along Route 1 in North Brunswick around dinnertime Sunday, North Brunswick Police Capt. Brian Hoiberg told News 4.

Subaru’s Success in America Is Pushing It to Its Breaking Point

Subaru’s success is draining its resources, Toyota has a pipe-dream autonomous car in the works, and the truck battles are hotter than ever. All this and more in The Morning Shift for Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.

Tsunami-inspired floating car on sale in Thailand

Driver crashes £750,000 super car in Bolton University car park

This is the dramatic moment the driver of a 230mph supercar loses control in a car park at Bolton University and crashes the motor into a hidden object behind a large yellow skip.

Duke of Edinburgh has voluntarily surrendered his driving licence

Emma Fairweather, 46, was a passenger in the Kia involved in a collision with the Duke’s Land Rover near Sandringham last month and has welcomed his decision to hand in his driver’s licence.

Man Fails to Steal Manual Honda Civic Hours After Other Failed Robbery Where Cashier ‘Didn’t Take Him Seriously’

Mobile, Alabama news station Fox 10 reports that surveillance footage at a local gas station shows four suspects trying to steal the 1995 Civic, which was parked outside of the station with the keys inside. But it wasn’t as quick of a getaway as the suspects probably expected, despite that.

The 2020 Subaru Legacy Gets Turbo Power Back

I can remember the days when the Subaru Legacy was actually something of an interesting car, a rally-infused sedan or wagon with a manual option and turbocharged power—a kind of WRX STI for adults, especially in GT Spec.B guise. The Legacy sold the last few years has… well, it hasn’t been that car. But with a more powerful turbo boxer four option and better tech, the all-new 2020 Subaru Legacy seems to want at least some of its former glory back.

Welcome to the Wild World of Tokyo’s Underground Lowrider Culture

Lowriders aren’t exactly what you’d expect to be a perfect fit for Japan. Huge, classic American cars are relative rarity here, and it’s hard at first to imagine how lowriders themselves—a product of the car cultures of mostly Latinx and black gearheads on America’s West Coast after World War II—could gain a foothold here.

Tesla knocks $1,100 off price of the Model 3

The electric car company now says on its website that the car starts at $42,900, still a ways from its goal of lowering the base price to $35,000.

UK Police officer jailed for using his blue lights to jump traffic lights

Simon Wright, 59, used the blue lights on his car to jump traffic in Worthing West Sussex last summer, despite having no lawful reason to do so.

Digital license plates that cost whopping $499 now an option for Arizona drivers

Arizona is the latest state trying to phase out old-fashioned metal license plates in favor of digital ones.

New Ram 1500 pickup tailgate does the splits

The automaker has unveiled a clever new tailgate with a 60/40 split and side hinges that allows it to be opened in a variety of ways.

Why Bluetooth 5.1 Will Make it Easier to Find Your Missing Car Keys

BMW Driver hit family’s car then climbed out of the window of his own vehicle and simulated sex

Michael Jameson, 37, of Islington, London, simulated sex close to a wheel of his German saloon near Holywell in North Wales, magistrates at Mold were told.

 

Audi Cars Tell You How Fast to Go to Catch All Green Lights

The automaker’s new feature taps into light timing data to let drivers ride the “green wave” and breeze through town.

The Green Light Optimization Speed Advisory system is an expansion of Audi’s vehicle-to-infrastructure communication system: Since 2016, it has offered “time-to-green,” which tells the driver sitting at a red light how long they have to look at their phone before it’s time to go.

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Sunday News

Prius owners are defecting to Tesla

Recent comments from Toyota’s North America CEO Jim Lenktz in Automotive News clued everyone in on how much of a pull Tesla has. According to the auto publication, about 9 percent of Toyota drivers jump to other brands, and half of those defectors are Prius owners going to Tesla.

Man Puts Giant 37-inch Off-Road Tires On a Honda Accord and Goes Mall Crawling

You may recall a video from earlier this year by Russian YouTube channel Garage 54 ENG. In it, Vlad, the host, throws 38 inch off-road tires on his VAZ 2106 sedan and rips donuts. Well, now an American has decided to replicate this stunt, but with slightly smaller tires on a vehicle fairly common in the U.S.: a sixth-gen Honda Accord.

Tesla Moves to Build the Model Y After a Gangbusters 2018

Elon Musk’s car company just announced its second profitable quarter in a row, but keeping the momentum going requires more focus on costs, and a move overseas.

Tesla says the Model Y is coming in 2020

The Tesla Model Y — the SUV electric vehicle that CEO Elon Musk has been teasing and talking about since 2015 — will begin volume production by the end of 2020, the company said Wednesday in a letter to shareholders.

Tesla CFO Resigns Following Q4 Earnings Release

Tesla’s Chief Financial Officer has resigned from the company shortly after the release of its fourth-quarter earnings report, joining a long list of executive departures from Elon Musk’s car company, including many finance and accounting leaders.

Volkswagen is bringing back the dune buggy

Volkswagen has confirmed that it will unveil an electric Meyers Manx-inspired dune buggy at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The open-top off-roader will be built on the company’s new modular electric platform, or MEB, which will underpin its upcoming lineup of battery-powered cars.

Koenigsegg Is Planning a New Supercar for the Low Price of $1.1 Million

At $15,000, Does This WRX-Swapped 2002 Subaru Impreza Suitably Impress?

The seller of today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Impreza says there’s 10K on all its WRX-sourced parts. That should prove enough for a shakedown run, but let’s hope its price isn’t a shakedown of another kind.

We Might See A Tesla Pickup Truck This Summer

A new crossover! A new semi truck! A plant in China! Layoffs! The new roadster, maybe! Tesla has a lot going on right now, but Q4 of 2018 was a nice financial win for the growing automaker. And on the earnings call just now, CEO Elon Musk just kind of casually mentioned we may see a Tesla pickup truck this summer too.

Illinois police share ‘ridiculous’ driver’s triple-digit speeding ticket on snowy road to warn others

A female driver caught going 80 miles per hour over the speed limit on a slushy Illinois road was not only pulled over and arrested Sunday night — she was publicly scolded by the Illinois State Police for the “ridiculous” act.

The Porsche Taycan Will Come With Three Years of Free Charging and Charge Faster Than Any EV

hile the Taycan will certainly be fast in the conventional sense—it’ll do 0 to 60 mph in about three and a half seconds—being faster while charging is actually the sort of speed that owners can actually really appreciate, in a real-world way.

Driver dies after smashing into bollards at 125mph in Mercedes in Russia

Watch a Whole Team of Off-Roaders Hitch Up to Save a Bus in a Snowstorm

There’s all kinds of teamwork happening here–regular citizens stepping up to help public transit! Jeep owners and 4Runner owners driving together?! Maybe Canada really is as friendly as everybody says.

Tesla Reduces Production of Model S and X Cars

Elon Musk’s Tesla announced a reduction in the production of its Model S and Model X vehicles, resulting in its share price dropping sharply this week.

Dangerous Idiot Sleeps While Driving His Tesla on Autopilot

The story of the day! So funny.

Hey, who likes riddles? Here’s one! What’s the difference between KITT from Knight Rider’s self-driving system and a Tesla on Autopilot? The answer? Nothing! They’re both fucking fictional when it comes to being fully self-driving and if you sleep in your Autopilot-mode Tesla you’re an idiot endangering everyone around you. Also, only one could be used while David Hasselhoff enjoyed a cheeseburger. With this in mind, this video of a guy sleeping at the wheel of his Tesla Model X should be even more infuriating.

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Monday News

Drunk driver cruised the wrong way on Connecticut highway for 17 miles, cops say

A man was arrested for DWI — after driving his car 17 miles in the wrong direction on a Connecticut highway, police said.

Massachusetts man, 65, clings to hood of SUV on turnpike in suspected road-rage incident

A road rage incident in Massachusetts turned into a terrifying situation that left one man clinging to the hood of an SUV while it traveled up to speeds of 70 mph on a turnpike, police said.

Walmart wants to hire 900 new truck drivers and is offering an annual salary of $90,000

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is experiencing a shortage of truck drivers at a time when it is facing stiff competition from rivals including Amazon.

LAPD commander abandons cop car in suburb after early morning wreck

A top Los Angeles Police Department commander was under investigation for abandoning his unmarked police car in a nearby suburb after an early morning wreck, according to reports.

Wednesday News

Curtain Airbags Deploy on a 2018 Camaro ZL1 While Going 19 MPH

We’ve covered untimely airbag deployments here at Jalopnik before, but this one is something new. A Camaro ZL1's curtain airbags deployed in the middle of an autocross spinout while the driver was going a mere 19 mph. And, according to the driver, GM didn’t want to help with the damages.

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McLaren’s Concept of F1 in 2050 Is Like a Futuristic Video Game You Never Expected Become Reality

GMC’s next Sierra HD pickup can see through trailers

GMC has unveiled its 2020 Sierra Heavy Duty pickup truck, which packs in 445 horsepower and a 10-speed transmission — along with plenty of tech, of course. It offers 15 camera views, including a transparent trailer view that lets you see what’s behind your trailer. The feature blends what a tailgate-mounted camera sees with the view from an accessory camera you can affix to the back of the trailer. You can also install and connect to a camera inside your trailer to make sure no loose items are causing chaos.

Toyota ‘Batmobile’ is no joke

The 2020 Toyota Supra Is Finally Here With 335 HP, Does Zero to 60 in 4.1 Seconds

No more leaks. No more teasers. No more camouflage. At long last the all-new 2020 Toyota Supra is here to revive a storied nameplate, and even if it’s a BMW underneath now it’s still packing turbocharged inline-six power, rear-wheel drive and aggressive looks.

The 1994 Toyota Supra That Sold for $121,000 On Bring a Trailer Is Now at a Dealer for $500,000

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Will Slay Hellcats And Camaros With At Least 700 HP