We’re heading to Radwood, the fantastic 80s and 90s-themed car show in San Francisco, later this week. We want you rad readers to bring your rad rides, so we’re holding a rad contest to see which rad ride is raddest. Follow? The categories we’re handing out trophies in are: Raddest Wagon/Van Raddest Time Machine, our term for the most well-preserved ride Raddest Truck The winner of each category gets to display their car in the Jalopnik area, gets featured on the site, gets VIP passes to the show and some lovely Jalopnik swag. But most importantly, we’re letting you decide who wins! We’ve culled the original group of submissions down and are now letting you vote on the Jalopnik staff favorites. Submissions were varied and often included many details and pictures, so we’ve taken the liberty of editing them down to one paragraph and one picture. Pick your favorite for each category and vote in the poll below! Raddest Time Machine Michael Brennan, … [Read more...] about Vote For The Raddest Rides Of Our Radwood Reader Contest
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Wheels ByRobert C. Yeager June 14, 2018 Dave Marek knows exactly what he wants to hear from potential buyers. “It’s my 10 second rule,” said Mr. Marek, who as Acura’s executive creative director oversees the carmaker’s designs around the world. “I want them to walk around our car and say: ‘Wow! I want to ride in that!’” But what happens to that passion when the driver’s only role is to sit passively as an autonomous car glides through traffic and zips down highways? “Whether they’re autonomous or not, we will always want our creations to evoke emotion,” said Mr. Marek, also a part-time professor of transportation design at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. Not everyone shares his optimism. Cars have long been more than … [Read more...] about When Cars Do the Driving, Who Will Feel the Joy?
Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know. 1st Gear: The SUV Machine Won’t Stop It seems inevitable that once gas prices rise (they’re already high and rising) people will at some point stop buying SUVs. I mean, that’s what would happen in a rational world. But that’s not the world we live in. According to Automotive News, car sales were still going strong in May, thanks again to SUVs and crossovers. Auto sales came in stronger than expected in May, rising 4.7 percent from a year ago to 1.59 million, according to the Automotive News Data Center. It was the third consecutive year-over-year gain for the industry’s seasonally adjusted, annualized selling rate, though the 16.91 million rate for May also was the industry’s lowest SAAR since August. Analyst forecasts were increasingly optimistic based on how the year has … [Read more...] about People Still Can’t Stop Buying SUVs
A Perfect Storm: A Perfect Storm Trooper BMW vs. El Nino The storm was literal—it was El Niño’s latest lashing of California, complete with torrential rains, high winds and a bracing chill. The 800-mile trip that lay in front of me presented a different kind of challenge, beyond the sheer distance, it entailed spending time hauling another couple around town. The challenge was accepted and dealt with easily by a 2016 BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon. This car is the real deal, designed to conquer bad weather, long-distance driving and hauling of people and goods with aplomb. The 328d takes on these kind of challenges without breaking into a sweat. It has SUV-like space; hybrid-like fuel economy and all of the looks and performance you would expect from a BMW. The interior of the wagon will swallow 53 cubic feet of cargo (with the back seat down; 17.5 behind the back seat). The powerful four-cylinder engine (with 280 lb-ft of torque) clocks in with EPA fuel economy numbers … [Read more...] about Road Test: 2016 BMW 328d Sports Wagon
Your car may be the most valuable thing you own. You’ve worked hard and made many payments to get that title. Whether looking for a new vehicle or just letting go of the monthly gas expense, you deserve to get the most you can out of selling your car. To this end, we’ve put together 12 no-fail steps to help you get the maximum money possible from a buyer. Step 1: Selling Your Car Starts With Documentation Used cars are harder to sell to private individuals. Most people worry that there may be something hidden in a vehicle’s past that could lead to major repairs or make it unsafe to drive. What you need to do is ease their concerns with as much documentation as possible. There are a few ways of doing this. You can provide all of your maintenance and repair records, and you can purchase a CARFAX report to show potential buyers. 1. Gather up those repair and maintenance records if you have them. This shows that you’ve given the car regular oil changes, tune ups, … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Guide To Selling Your Car For Top Dollar
VW’s Seven-Passenger Large SUV Siblings Volkswagen is a latecomer with its three-row Atlas SUV. Designed for the American market, the Atlas lives up to its name–it’s big, which is a good thing if you need to seat up-to seven people. For most, this is something very few of us do on a regular basis. However, if you have a growing family and need the extra storage space for all their (and their friends’) gear, the 2018 Atlas should be on your wish list. VW wants to play with the big boys VW designed the Atlas interior to be open and inviting, even for passengers venturing into the third row. You need to be a Cirque du Soleil contortionist to access or comfortably sit in the far back of many seven-passenger SUVs. Not so with the Atlas, as VW has made the access easy with fold-and-slide second row seats, and a third row bench with good thigh support and a comfortable angle for the seat back. Maybe six-footers would not want to spend a few hundred miles back there, … [Read more...] about Comparison Test: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SEL Premium 4Motion vs. Atlas 2.0T SE