Driving the Past, For the Future of Car Design

This week the Ford Mustang, perhaps America's most culturally influential car, turned 50. Ford Motor Company celebrated the anniversary with commemorative models and publicity stunts, but the company's top two designers had the most fitting tribute: A Michigan-to-NYC road trip in two classic Mustangs. I rode along and, … » 4/18/14 4:30pm Friday 4:30pm

Ford Built A Mustang On Top Of The Empire State Building Last Night

It's been 50 years since Ford built the world-renowned 1965 Mustang and placed it high above Manhattan on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building. Last night, Ford came back with a bigger, yellower, all around more complicated car from 2015 and decided to recreate the famous stunt as a 50-year homage—only this… » 4/16/14 9:21am 4/16/14 9:21am

How to Unlock a Treasure Trove of Useful Data from Your Car

This is 2014. Isn't it time your car was as smart as your phone? Actually, it is. Your vehicle generates a ton of data and most of us don't realize it. With the right hardware and apps, you can use that data to save gas, find where you parked, and even diagnose those pesky check engine lights. » 4/15/14 1:24pm 4/15/14 1:24pm

Three of the World's Prettiest Parking Garages Are In One Small City

Parking garages are ugly by their very nature: They're metal cages that take up valuable space in our cities to house our automobiles for a few high-priced hours. But not all garages have to be ugly. In fact, three of the most beautiful are located within a few blocks of each other, in the city of Santa Monica,… » 4/14/14 6:10pm 4/14/14 6:10pm

Silent But Deadly: The EU Wants Electric Cars to Add Sounds for Safety

Last week, the European Parliament ruled that all electric and hybrid cars must add artificial engine noise so that pedestrians can hear them coming. While the mandate is mostly to protect visually impaired pedestrians, the noise will also benefit anyone on the street who's ever had a near-miss with a Prius. » 4/07/14 2:31pm 4/07/14 2:31pm

Tesla's Model S Lock Can Be Opened With a Basic Hack

Tesla's Model S is supposed to be the safest car on the road—at least where the physical realm is concerned. But apparently, the crazy expensive car's six-character password is vulnerable to some pretty basic hacking techniques, leaving you and your car's data at the mercy of a tech-savvy stranger. » 3/31/14 2:40pm 3/31/14 2:40pm

Text While Driving In The Bay Area And You Might End Up On A Billboard

This month, some residents of San Francisco could discover photographs of themselves engaging in rather embarrassing behavior. A website has been collecting photos of people texting while driving, and some of those photos have now found their way onto billboards throughout the region. » 3/24/14 7:26pm 3/24/14 7:26pm

Is This Ride-Sharing Smart Minivan the Future of Self-Driving Cars?

Autonomous vehicles are likely going to have to do more than just drive themselves: They're also going to have to organize carpools. GM's EN-V was cute and all, but this Akka Link & Go 2.0 is more like a tiny bus—which is a much more reasonable proposition for a self-driving, car-sharing fleet. » 3/12/14 6:42pm 3/12/14 6:42pm

Test Drive: How Does the BMW X5 Hold Up in Extreme Winter Weather?

When my airplane landed in Chicago in early January, the temperature, with windchill, was minus-36 degrees. Outside, the cold made my face feel like it was being pressed into a belt sander. At a parking facility five miles away from O'Hare, a new BMW X5 test car was waiting for me. It'd been sitting idle for a couple… » 3/12/14 6:22pm 3/12/14 6:22pm

Playboy 2014 Cars of the Year: Sedans


All this week we're rolling out our annual awards for best new automobiles, with us unveiling our favorite sports cars yesterday. To suss out the best of the best in every category, we prowled the earth's byways, from twisty roads in China to hilly thoroughfares in the south of France to the clogged intersections of… » 3/05/14 1:46pm 3/05/14 1:46pm

Playboy 2014 Cars of the Year: Sports Cars


Years from now, people will look back on 2013 as a historic time for gearheads. It was the year of the sports car. Among the machines unleashed on our roads: the all-new seventh-generation Corvette, the first new Jaguar two-seat sports car in more than 50 years, a new Euro-styled Viper, a slick 12-cylinder Aston… » 3/03/14 3:14pm 3/03/14 3:14pm

5 Ideas To Make Roads Safer for Cars and Pedestrians

"Vision Zero," New York mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to eliminate traffic deaths in the city, is audacious but not unprecedented. Like almost all good social policies, the Swedes did it first. And we could learn a thing or two from them. » 3/03/14 1:59pm 3/03/14 1:59pm

Not Your Daddy’s Caddy. At the Wheel of The All-New Plug-In Hybrid ELR

An electric Cadillac. Many drivers on the road today can remember when a Caddy was as big as a diner and drank gas like Bukowski emptying pints at a pub. But such gas-guzzlers are a thing of the past. Today, GM engineers want you to know from the moment you switch on the first plug-in hybrid electric Cadillac, the ELR, … » 2/27/14 3:34pm 2/27/14 3:34pm