The Technology To Make Cartoon Cars Real Exists, Apparently 

Anyone who's been around cars long enough has likely encountered a certain kind of curvy, exuberant cartoon car, seemingly made of rubber and teenage boy sweat. They're something we all know when we see them, and we've always been pretty sure they don't exist in reality. Well, don't be so sure. This is Ron Berry's… » 1/27/15 9:05pm 1/27/15 9:05pm

When Plymouth Named Their Car The Road Runner, They Went All Out

Plymouth had to pay Warner Brothers $50,000 to get the name Road Runner for their midsize coupe and dammit, they got their money's worth. » 12/26/14 10:30pm 12/26/14 10:30pm

Genius-Grant Winner And Bechdel Test Creator Can Also Draw Some Cars

Alison Bechdel is a cartoonist and the most recent winner of a MacArthur "genius grant." She's probably best known for her creation of the "Bechdel Test" for movies to see how well they deal with women characters. But what's not usually mentioned is that the lady can draw the crap outta some cars. » 9/18/14 9:00pm 9/18/14 9:00pm

Bedtime Story: 1950s Cars Of The Future

This 1950s cartoon about a year-2000 man (voiced by the guy who'd later go on to voice George Jetson) lusting after some new cars is surprising in how many things it predicted. Sure, there's the usual lunar colonies and meals-in-pills, but it gets some surprising things right. » 7/16/14 11:30pm 7/16/14 11:30pm

This Cartoon Shows What It's Really Like To Be A Car Designer

Patrick Le Quément and his team was responsible for designing some of the most daring cars of the modern era, working for Renault in the 1990s and early 2000s. Sounds great, right? Maybe not so much. » 7/22/13 11:45am 7/22/13 11:45am

Turbo could be the sweetest surprise of the summer

Every once in a while, there's an animated film that has a totally bizarre premise, which should not work at all. And yet, the result is actually kind of great. Gnomeo and Juliet was one such movie, and so is Turbo, the story of a snail that wants to be a race car. Turbo could be the summer's most pleasant surprise. » 7/18/13 8:14am 7/18/13 8:14am

The First TV Show About Driving Video Games Was Even Worse Than You…

Back in the '80s, when video games first really became a force in popular culture, society went on a sort of massive video-game themed bender and video gamed up everything they could get their hands on, from music to breakfast cereal to TV shows. One of the first really popular driving games, Pole Position, wasn't… » 3/25/13 1:15pm 3/25/13 1:15pm

Let's Watch Some Mid-Century Cartoons About Cars

There big file in my brain labelled "Things I Are A Sucker For" is a large, sloppy thing, with photos of weird cars and bits of hot dogs and brochures for old '80s computers falling out all over the place. Also crammed in there, between torn-out photos of girls in long athletic socks with those three stripes and… » 1/07/13 3:40pm 1/07/13 3:40pm

Help Us Name Jalopnik's Everycar Mascot

My very first Jalopnik post, just over a year ago, included a number of illustrations. In those, standing in as a sort of generic everycar, was a funny little dumpy-looking sedan. In a number of later posts, I brought that same basic car back, now correctly anthropomorphized, where it has acted as a sort of unofficial » 1/01/13 2:00pm 1/01/13 2:00pm

Sketches From The Future Of Motoring

I'm going to try something new here. Occasionally, I have vivid waking dreams of possible futures of cars and our lives with cars. Usually, these happen while I'm driving. But this time, while winching my car out of that ditch, I decided to sketch the vision. » 9/05/12 4:00pm 9/05/12 4:00pm

Let's Start A New Car Meme

Who wants a starring role in today's biggest, smashiest hit, the INTERNET? You do! And how can you do it? By helping Jalopnik start a good car-based meme! Why not? You've got an internet-set, right? May as well use it! » 5/24/12 12:00pm 5/24/12 12:00pm

Oh, That's Why Cars In Horror Movies Never Start The First Time

After discovering the incredible secret of how movie cars shift, I decided to do some more investigating into the magical world of movie cars. Like, why do cars in horror films never seem start when someone is in danger of being mauled by a psycho or a werewolf? » 5/10/12 2:00pm 5/10/12 2:00pm

Mitsubishi Is One Door Away From Making A Modern Isetta

I'm not livesketching the 2012 New York show show, but I did want to take a moment to sketch something that struck me as very important. Perhaps unwittingly, the Mitsubishi i-MEV Sport Air concept car really, really reminds me of a modernized Isetta. It even has a huge glass front end that would make a perfect door.… » 4/05/12 12:30pm 4/05/12 12:30pm

How To Breathe Out Of A Tire And Prove Mythbusters Wrong

As many of you know, Jalopnik employs some very sophisticated user-monitoring software, so we know all about you. Which is why I feel confident in saying that, based on your demographic data, most Jalopnik readers will likely drive their cars deliberately into a lake, pool or other body of water at some point. And, as… » 3/14/12 12:00pm 3/14/12 12:00pm

How To Make A Quick And Dirty Emergency USB-To-Cigarette Lighter Socket

Okay, here's what's happened: You had to get out of town, fast. Maybe you just need a break, maybe you need to clear out while things blows over. Who knows. Point is, you're in your car, heading out onto a nice long stretch of nothing, when it hits you: You forgot your phone car charger. You have your dock/data… » 3/02/12 1:30pm 3/02/12 1:30pm

Livesketching the Detroit Auto Show: How Lincoln Really Died

Our latest Car-Toon straight from the 2012 Detroit Auto Show: Okay, since the MKZ Concept was unveiled, there's been lots of talk around about how it'll kill Lincoln, how its moustache/grille looks like John Wilkes Booth's, and so on. » 1/10/12 4:30pm 1/10/12 4:30pm

Livesketching the 2012 Detroit Auto Show: Tesla Engine Non-Porn

Our latest Car-Toon straight from the 2012 Detroit Auto Show: It's pretty hard to get engine-aroused by the Tesla Model S's two big metal cylinders. If I was into that, I could just open up my washing machine and have at it. Progress my ass. » 1/10/12 2:30pm 1/10/12 2:30pm

Livesketching the 2012 Detroit Auto Show: Soul Brothers!

Our latest Car-Toon straight from the 2012 Detroit Auto Show: So far, one of the best places to watch people at the show is at the Kia booth, by the giant cut-outs of their spokesgerbils. Or is it spokehamsters? » 1/09/12 5:01pm 1/09/12 5:01pm

Livesketching the 2012 Detroit Auto Show: The Loneliest Spot Here

Our latest Car-Toon straight from the 2012 Detroit Auto Show shows the best place in the show to go for some quiet time: the Maybach booth. » 1/09/12 4:15pm 1/09/12 4:15pm