One Charbroiled Burger Pollutes As Much As An 18-Wheeler Driving 143…

Quick, which is worse for the environment: driving a massive, exhaust-belching diesel-sucking big rig 100 miles or walking down the street in hemp sandals, bamboo shorts and a reclaimed burlap poncho to a locally-owned restaurant, and ordering a grass-fed, locally-farmed angus beef hamburger? » 9/19/12 4:00pm 9/19/12 4:00pm

How German oil companies stopped the U.S. from getting awesome European…

We all know "euro-spec" BMWs, Volkswagens, Mercedes-Benzes, and Audis from the 70s, 80s, and 90s that came with more power than the imports that came to the States. Why didn't America get any of those awesome cars? It turns out, like always, it's the Germans' fault. » 10/13/11 4:00pm 10/13/11 4:00pm

Ford Marketing Head: "Fuck GM"

Ford's chief marketer Jim Farley has overseen some of the company's most important successes of the past few years, ones that have made it the most profitable automaker in America. How does he get motivated? By vowing to "fuck GM." UPDATED » 7/21/11 11:50am 7/21/11 11:50am

Why car ads don't care about cars

Volkswagen's winning Super Bowl ad was just the tip of a massive marketing push to get Americans back in a fahrvergnügen mindset, part of its master plan to overtake Toyota as the world's largest automaker by 2018. Mike Sheldon, the head of ad agency Deutsche LA which created the spot summarized the approach above,… » 2/15/11 1:45pm 2/15/11 1:45pm

Joe Biden Sees A Future That's Already Here

Vice President Joe Biden went to Indiana today to hawk President Barack Obama's plan for spooling up electric vehicles, including instant $7,500 rebates on EVs. Nobody told him electricity is already a cheaper source of energy than oil. » 1/26/11 3:00pm 1/26/11 3:00pm

Fox Sports Chief: NASCAR Races "Far Too Long"

Fox Sports Chairman David Hill thinks the often four-hour NASCAR races are a bit long considering people could do, you know, almost anything else. He also admits NASCAR probably won't do anything about it despite falling ratings and attendance. » 1/25/11 4:00pm 1/25/11 4:00pm

Patton Oswalt Rewrites Toyota's Annoying Ads

Comedian Patton Oswalt finally puts words to the feeling of many Americans, saying he hates "the materialistic little asshole" portrayed in Toyota Highlander ads, and offers a few rewrites via the Twitter hashtag "toyotahighlanderrewrite." KFC's on us, anytime. [Twitter] » 1/19/11 4:30pm 1/19/11 4:30pm

Chrysler's French President Loves Eminem

The reveal of Chrysler's "new" products kicked off with Eminem's "Lose Yourself" and the company's French North American President Olivier Francois trying, semi-successfully to recite the lyrics. » 1/10/11 10:15am 1/10/11 10:15am

GM's CEO Wouldn't Be "Caught Dead" In A Toyota Prius

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson has only been on his first auto industry job for a few months, but based on a speech in Washington today, he's a quick learner. Fight! Fight! Fight! Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty [Ken Thomas via Twitter] » 12/10/10 2:00pm 12/10/10 2:00pm

Fiat Designer Doesn't Do Cupholders

Lorenzo Ramaciotti, condescending head of design for Fiat, tells AutoWeek why Europeans don't have the obnoxious American cupholder requirements. But hey, you wanna cupholder in your Cinquecento, America? You gettin' two cupholders, you lovable fatasses. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Massimo Pinca) » 12/06/10 3:00pm 12/06/10 3:00pm

Motor Trend Smacks Rush Limbaugh

After Motor Trend named the Chevy Volt their Car Of The Year, radio show host and former GM pitchman Rush Limbaugh blasted the award, saying "that's the end of them. How in the world do they have any credibility?" » 11/24/10 4:30pm 11/24/10 4:30pm

President Obama's Patriotic Gambling Advice

Standing in the Kokomo, Indiana Chrysler plant, President Obama said the lesson of 2009's auto industry bailout is not to bet against Americans, who are experts at turning billions of dollars of loans into a modest profit. Full advice below. » 11/23/10 5:15pm 11/23/10 5:15pm

Volvo CEO Promises The Most Volvoish Volvo Ever

Stefan Jacoby, the former Volkswagen exec now running Chinese-owned Volvo, vowed to LA Auto Show reporters that Volvo will remain true to its image — even while using Chinese suppliers and, possibly, building cars in China. » 11/17/10 12:45pm 11/17/10 12:45pm

Cher: Hybrids Are "Pretty Much All Bullshit"

Cher bravely lashes out at the hype surrounding hybrid cars, while saying she'd buy a diesel car if they sold diesel near Malibu (they really don't). Maybe she's bitter because her ex-husband died hugging a tree. [FoxNews, Photo: Getty] » 11/15/10 1:00pm 11/15/10 1:00pm

U.S. Transportation Secretary Hates Facebook, Twitter While Driving

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's fatwa against distracted driving could grow to include a ban on all in-car cellphone use and new tech automakers have already rolled out. Distracted driving is dumb; so are over-reaching regulations buffaloed into existence. » 10/08/10 10:00am 10/08/10 10:00am

This Totally Explains The Lotus Paris Motor Show E-Gasm

Lotus CEO Dany Bahar explains the onslaught of new models at Paris by pointing out that other people told him the world needed another bloated luxosportscar maker. Those "other people" must hate cars. (H/T to StreetSpirit!) [Autocar] » 10/07/10 4:00pm 10/07/10 4:00pm

Steve Martin On Texting While Driving

Comedian, actor, playwright, banjoist Steve Martin does in a few words what Ray LaHood can't accomplish with an entire coordinated media campaign. [@SteveMartinToGo] » 9/29/10 4:30pm 9/29/10 4:30pm

Google CEO Eric Schmidt Says Humans Shouldn't Be Trusted To Drive

Eric Schmidt talks about his Utopian (our dystopian) belief people shouldn't be trusted driving cars at this year's TechCrunch Disrupt. We guess he prefers to let them crash under computer control. Just like Chrome. » 9/28/10 4:30pm 9/28/10 4:30pm

GM Replacing 25,800 Hybrid Battery Packs...When It Gets Enough

General Motors has to replace the battery packs in every Chevrolet Malibu, Saturn Aura and Saturn Vue hybrid sold since 2007, some 25,800 U.S. vehicles. The problem? It doesn't have enough packs to fix what's broken. UPDATE below. » 9/27/10 4:15pm 9/27/10 4:15pm