50 Cent Thinks "El Camino" Isn't Cool, Will Cheat To Elect Pontiac G8…

Continuing our coverage of the Pontiac G8 Sport Truck ballot bowl naming contest, 50 Cent has announced that he is officially endorsing his own name, "Curtis," for the name of the new ute. This comes as no surprise to our best political team on television hack team of — well, hacks — despite Bob Lutz's unofficial… » 3/24/08 6:15pm 3/24/08 6:15pm

Play With It: Top Seven Examples Of Automaker-Video Game Industry…

There's a trend I'm beginning to notice around the massive halls of auto shows: scattered among the sheet metal, booth babes and PR flacks, there's a hell of a lot of video games — both your standard issue Xbox-PlayStation3 setups as well as the more elaborate simulators. Taking a look at just a few of the many… » 3/24/08 1:30pm 3/24/08 1:30pm

Ford Shows Off Demolished Taurus As Safety Movie Theater?

What to do with all of those cars smashed in federal and IIHS crash testing? In theory, you could take them back for further study to help improve safety for future vehicles. Of course, that would mean wasting an advertising opportunity. And while we prefer the RoboCop Taurus, we'll admit that showing a wrecked… » 3/24/08 1:00pm 3/24/08 1:00pm

BMW's Busted Balls of Bruce?

Ze Germans are all about über-precision. So why is it that they don't even have a properly functioning set of perpetual motion balls? We found these at the BMW stand at the New York Auto Show, and our first thought was the Bavarians had busted their balls. But it turns out that these are supposedly part of some ironic… » 3/24/08 10:45am 3/24/08 10:45am

Popular Mechanics Drives The Subaru R1e Electric Car

Mike Allen over at Popular Mechanics had a chance to spend some time behind the wheel of the new plug-in microcar — the Subaru R1e. With acceleration lower than a "determined taxicab," it wasn't what you'd call an "exciting" test — and definitely a step below our test of the Hybrid Technologies' melty-looking… » 3/24/08 10:15am 3/24/08 10:15am

The Iconic GTR Roadster: All About The Details

At a glance, the Iconic GTR looks like just another Cobra replica. But taking a closer look you realize it's the bespoke details that make it special. Shiny toggle switches, plush leather, jewel-like gauges, a roll-bar that conceals LED turn signals with a full spectrum of color adjustment; it all makes the GTR feel… » 3/24/08 9:30am 3/24/08 9:30am

2008 New York Auto Show: The Top Ten Galleries

Well folks, it certainly was a fun time had by all in the Javits Center here in New York City for the 2008 New York Auto Show. But it appears there's ten reveals that got Jalopnik readers more excited than the rest. Without further ado, here's the hottest of the hot from the city that never sleeps — the Jalopnik top… » 3/23/08 1:02pm 3/23/08 1:02pm

Redesign The Scion Hako Concept - Win Some Scion Hats

To say the Scion Hako Concept went over poorly with the Jalopnik staff would be something of an understatement. Every time we checked the front page we'd recoil in horror as the Hako scrolled past on the screen. It became the generic stake by which other cars were measured. "At least it's not the Hako" was heard more… » 3/21/08 5:00pm 3/21/08 5:00pm

Farago Freaks Out GM PR, Takes His Fight For Truth To The "Maximum"

Robert Farago took a few minutes away from joining the New York Times in their El Camino haterade to continue his search for truthiness by asking childhood hero "Maximum" Bob Lutz a few questions at the New York Auto Show the other day. Farago's account is more humorous than any re-cap we can muster, so head on over… » 3/21/08 2:45pm 3/21/08 2:45pm

The Trifun 1/4 Ton Truck: Three Wheels, Chinese Motor And A Dream

In the "dare to dream" wing of the NY Auto Show, among the roadsters and air cars, was a pair of three-wheeled Chinese imports that are set to hit the market this year. Classified as motorcycles in most states, these lightweight vehicles offer 42 mpg fuel economy at a price just under $10K. You might think this means… » 3/21/08 2:30pm 3/21/08 2:30pm

2009 Dodge Challenger S/E: A Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name

I was wandering around the floor of the New York auto show yesterday afternoon, trying to find a free scone. No, I was looking for automotive inspiration to break the second-day malaise. I never did find the scone, but I did stumble on the 2009 Dodge Challenger S/E up on its dais. I've been thinking of nothing else… » 3/21/08 1:45pm 3/21/08 1:45pm

One-Minute Judgment: Wert Assesses The Transit Connect

Our whip-wielding road crew warden gallant leader put on his bespoke suit and Burberry cravat at the New York Auto Show and told thestreet.com exactly what he thinks of the adorable Ford Transit Connect, which is bravenewworld-speak for "New York City Taxi Concept." Wert was slingin' the deadpan humor in the way that… » 3/21/08 10:45am 3/21/08 10:45am

Down On The Staircase: Hennessey Venom 700 NM

The Javits Center, home of the New York Auto Show, isn't exactly a well laid-out place (take that I.M Pei). As opposed to one or two large halls, the Javits has a lot of smaller spaces where the non-major or custom automakers are forced to put their displays. This explains why there was a Hennessey Venom 700 NM Viper » 3/21/08 10:30am 3/21/08 10:30am

Nissan Cube Coming To US, Electric Version Still A Concept

The Nissan Denki Cube Concept is something you've probably already seen. In fact, you probably saw it this morning when we caught the electric Nissan Cube sunning itself in advance of its press conference. What did we learn at the press conference? Fleet-use electric vehicles by 2010 and commercial vehicles by 2012.… » 3/21/08 10:15am 3/21/08 10:15am

Jalopnik Drives Hybrid Technologies Lithium-Powered Super Car

Hardigree and I drove our respective red supercars at roughly the same time yesterday. While he went for the flashy Audi R8 V12 LeMans TDI Prototype and was escorted through traffic like a Russian Oil Baron by a phalanx of Audi Q7s, I hopped into the Hybrid Technologies Lithium Powered Super Car with the guy who built… » 3/21/08 9:00am 3/21/08 9:00am

How Many Guys Does It Take To Park A Mercedes McLaren SLR 722 GTR?

What do you do with an SLR 722 GTR? Yes, its a race car; but there's no real competitive series for it to race in. And you can't drive the GTR on the public street. So the only thing it's really good for is showing off, which apparently it isn't very good at either. Check out the video and you'll see just how many… » 3/21/08 8:00am 3/21/08 8:00am

Audi R8 V12 TDI Le Mans Diesel Prototype

Our auto show coverage slogan is "always say yes." This time we said yes to a first drive of the Audi R8 V12 TDI Le Mans concept car, which looks ravishing in the same brilliant red paint scheme it wore to Geneva. But who really cares about paint? We were looking forward to stretching this one-of-a-kind vehicle to the… » 3/20/08 5:01pm 3/20/08 5:01pm

What Bentley Believes: 17-Page CO2 Manifesto Has Been Read

Bentley is refreshing. Their ultra-luxe, mega-horsepower sleds, favored rides of autocrats, royalty and rap tycoons, are such a specialized product that the Craftsmen of Crewe can pretty much reduce their whole climate-change/fuel-scarcity strategy to a question of customer relations. I promised I'd read the white… » 3/20/08 4:45pm 3/20/08 4:45pm

Hooked on Photoshop Works For Dodge?

Eagle-eyed reader Eywolf noticed something peculiar yesterday morning when we ran the new 2009 Dodge Challenger images and press release. After our fearless leader was lambasted by Chrysler PR for what seemed like hours over our suggestion the press images for the Chicago Auto Show unveil of the 2008 Dodge Challenger… » 3/20/08 4:00pm 3/20/08 4:00pm

Progressive Automotive X Prize Officially Announced

Today in the Javits Center during the 2008 New York Auto Show, X Prize Foundation President Dr. Peter Diamandis, along with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, announced Progressive will be the corporate sponsor of the long stewing Automotive X prize. The Progressive Automotive X Prize will award $10 million to the… » 3/20/08 3:45pm 3/20/08 3:45pm