Mark Fields Doesn't Have To Turn Ford Into A Big Electric Car Company

Alan Mullaly is still the CEO of Ford Motor Company, but people are already thinking about what kind of company his presumed successor Mark Fields is going to run. And they're probably jumping to conclusions prematurely. » 4/23/14 9:00pm Yesterday 9:00pm

Forget The Lasers, Tailgate Seating Is The SUV Option I Want

Land Rover really worked to impress us at the New York Auto Show. No, not like all the other automakers— Rover rented out an aircraft carrier, for real. They blathered on about "unparalleled innovation" but slipped the SUV's coolest feature; fold-out tailgate party seats, into a dark corner of their press release. » 4/23/14 6:30pm Yesterday 6:30pm

Why Big Car Intros Are Still Needed To Get People To See Changes

Part of the reason the New York Auto Show was a snooze this year was because very little was actually new. Yet it was far from insignificant. In fact, a lot of people will be buying the stuff that debuted last week in New York. But how much of it is actually new? » 4/21/14 9:00pm Monday 9:00pm

In Defense Of The Booth Professional

We have a winner for worst column about the New York Auto Show, and it comes from a TIME writer who thinks the notion of booth babes is antiquated. Hell, if anyone knows about an antiquated profession I guess it's someone who writes for TIME. The whole thing reads less like a thoughtful take on how the industry treats… » 4/21/14 12:40pm Monday 12:40pm

An Open Letter to Sports Car “Fans” Rooting Against the Success of…

Stop it. Stop it right now. I mean it. I know you're upset that you don't get to see LMP1s racing in the regional racing series since the merger. I know that the first two races of the inaugural season of TUSCC had issues. I know that P2s haven't had much success against DPs. You've said it. You've said it a thousand… » 4/17/14 1:49pm 4/17/14 1:49pm

What You Really Need In Your Minivan Is A Big Center Console

Minivans are all about practicality. They can look as glitzy or tough as they want, but ultimately big concessions to style are made for the sake of being the best people haulers. That's fine. But get used to getting out of the car if you're going to walk to the back of the van. » 4/14/14 10:00pm 4/14/14 10:00pm

Hey Idiots, Stop Saying Americans Won’t Buy Diesel Manual Wagons

There's this vicious rumor going around that says Americans won't buy diesel wagons, especially ones with manual transmissions. You see it on twitter, on forums and even our own comments. You're all wrong, so shut up. Diesel manual wagons are more popular than you'd think. » 4/14/14 2:20pm 4/14/14 2:20pm

Mitsubishi Doesn't Even Know What They Do Well Anymore

Multiple sources report that Mitsubishi's halo car, the Lancer Evolution, will end production at the end of this year. Eco- is the new prefix du jour, yet Mitsubishi simply hasn't made an eco-friendly car that will sell in North America. It's becoming increasingly obvious that Team Emperor has no clothes. » 4/01/14 10:00am 4/01/14 10:00am

Why Was The Subaru Impreza Voted Best Off-Road Beater?

Jalopnik's March Madness bracket of beaters has reached the Failure Four and a champion of each category has been selected. There were some strong candidates among the off-roaders; Jeep XJ, Ford Ranger... yet you chose to exalt the first-gen Subaru Impreza as the bastion of beater dirt devils. » 3/31/14 7:23pm 3/31/14 7:23pm

'Yummies': Meet The New Worst Marketing Buzzword Ever

Thank god for the world's marketing departments. Without them, who would tirelessly work to ruin the English language? The latest salvo comes from retail analysts at HSBC, who have coined a new term that makes my brain bleed brain-blood: "Yummies." It's only a matter of time before we see it in the car world. » 3/27/14 8:00pm 3/27/14 8:00pm

Fiat-Family Playboy Disses New Renault Twingo As A Copycat

Lapo Elkann is the heir to the Agnelli family that rules Fiat from, I believe, Mt. Olympus, and he seems to live the sort of life you'd expect. He was a factor in the rebirth of the 500, which may be why he's posting stuff that calls out Renault as copycats. Too bad he has no idea what he's talking about. » 3/26/14 7:00pm 3/26/14 7:00pm

Cosmo's Guide To Sex In Cars Actually Ruins Having Sex In Cars

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Cosmopolitan Magazine is a popular woman's magazine that's known for employing sex columnists who are aliens and only understand human mating behavior through crudely-translated text descriptions sent by space-fax. That's why no one should be shocked at the content of their guide to sex in cars. But you'll be a little … » 3/25/14 12:15pm 3/25/14 12:15pm

BMW Should Make A Bigger X5, Call It The X7 And Be Done With It

BMW already makes cars series from 1 through 7. Its X range of crossovers quickly approaching the same coverage, now that there's the X4 compact sports activity coupe and rumor of a smaller X2 coupe. So why haven't they sucked it up and made a large three-row X7 already? » 3/20/14 9:00pm 3/20/14 9:00pm

Stupidity Is Slowly Killing The Sports Car

Merriam-Webster defines a sports car as "a low small usually two-passenger automobile designed for quick response, easy maneuverability, and high speed driving." That seems fairly curt and dry to me. So why is it that so many cars are labeled as sports cars these days when the vast majority of them are really just russet … » 3/16/14 6:55pm 3/16/14 6:55pm

Trucks and Crossovers are Not Just for Morons

Trucks (including crossovers and SUVs) will very likely surpass car sales this year. The "crossover" craze has been going on for about 10 years or so, but if you ask some people on the internet the vast majority of truck and crossover buyers are just "idiots who think they need something they don't." This superiority… » 3/16/14 2:21pm 3/16/14 2:21pm