What Car Should You Buy The experts at Jalopnik answer your car-buying questions. Thomas is an architect in the midwest looking for a comfortable crossover that can haul his three boys, have a reasonable carbon footprint, and not send the wrong message to his potential clients. What car should he buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. ) Here is the scenario: I’m a residential architect. My job is to design people’s homes. So much of what I drive every day is dictated by my professional image. My car cannot be better than my clients, it should be American so as not to inadvertently cause offense, and as an architect, I feel compelled to drive something that’s good for the environment. On a personal level, I am also a father of two boys ages 6 and 4 and always have a row of car seats installed. To that end, a third row is desirable, as is lots of cargo space. I live in Missouri, so something that … [Read more...] about I Need a Practical and Environmentally Friendly Car That Doesn’t Send the Wrong Message! What Car Should I Buy?
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AN IMPRESSIVE recreation of the Batmobile used in the Dark Knight trilogy has emerged for sale for a staggering £120,000. But even more astonishing is how the vehicle started life - as a standard Toyota MR2 sports car. The incredibly accurate replica was built around the chassis of the 2002 Toyota, taking over a year to transform. It's now almost identical to the famous vehicle used in the movies - and even comes with its own flame thrower. The Batmobile also includes a police siren, flashing blue lights and enormous tyres. It's powered by a two-litre racing engine, producing around 400bhp and is wrapped in carbon fibre to keep it looking as realistic as possible. But despite being fitted with headlights, indicators and reversing cameras, it's unsurprisingly not road legal. The cabin has been described as having a "desirable batcave feel" and "enough buttons and lights to satisfy your inner geek". It also has racing seats and a custom Batman steering wheel. Due to the poor … [Read more...] about Working Batmobile built from a basic Toyota MR2 sports car tipped to sell for £120,000
Soon Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, and Fiat Chrysler will be putting a new crossover on sale. What’s weird is that they’re all the same exact car. And none of them designed it. But where they will be selling it gives a bit of a clue why all this is happening. The actual designer of the vehicle is Guangzhou Automobile Group, or GAC. We know it in the States for its Trumpchi brand that has showed up to a few auto shows over here, ironing out its translation problems and getting used to how things are in America. The car in question is designed to be available as either a plug-in hybrid or full electric vehicle, which explains why these four other car companies want it. You’ll forgive me for being slightly confused by all of this as Trumpchi’s site is in Chinese but the gas version of the car is called the GS4, the hybrid is the GS4 PHEV, and the EV is called the GE3, which is supposed to be based on the GS3, though the GS3 and GS4 are both based on the same GA3 … [Read more...] about Why Four Car Companies Are Going to All Sell the Same Car In China
You may not know this, but some automakers have special parking lots in the middle of nowhere for employees who “go rogue”—who dare to drive cars from competing manufacturers. Here’s why I think it’s bullshit. I experienced this firsthand working at Fiat Chrysler. There, it’s an official policy: competitive vehicles are not allowed to park in certain lots and if they do, they either receive a ticket or wind up with a parking boot. In the latter case, employees have to tell their supervisors, and the supervisor will have to call security; it’s a bit of a mess, and can be rather embarrassing for an employee. And it can make finding a spot pretty hard if you’re caught unaware. The Parking Spot Search From Hell Until last year, I was working at Fiat Chrysler designing powertrain cooling systems for the next generation Jeep Wrangler. My brother had just moved in with me for the summer to start with the same automaker as a product planning … [Read more...] about Dear Car Companies: Stop Punishing Employees For Driving The Competition
One’s imagination often runs away with itself, usually late at night and after a lengthy immersion in suds or, if it’s your thing, Pinot Grigio. Well, I’m sad to report there’s no Coors Banquet left in this house, and high-falutin’ vino isn’t my style. What got my mind working overtime last night wasn’t proudly American hooch, but a chance visit to a local GM dealer — one where I’d hoped to stumble upon a unicorn. As rare as a backbone in politics, this mythical creature regularly fills my thoughts, leading me on a (so far) fruitless voyage of discovery. I’m talking about a base model Chevrolet small car. Obviously, it’s not a situation unique to General Motors. Nissan emblazons the ($9,988) base price of its Canadian-market Micra across the front of many dealers around here, and I think I’ve seen a single example in the wild. Nearly all buyers throw an extra few grand at Nissan for the SV trim — power … [Read more...] about QOTD: A Car Company to Call Your Own?