When Stephan Winkelmann, ex-Lamborghini CEO and wearer of impeccable suits, assumed the head of Quattro GmbH early last year, I was incredibly excited. He would be, it seemed, the shot of drama and life-blood Audi so desperately needed in its lineup. But in a new interview, he appears to be most interested in... SUVs?…
Or, rather, Ferrari has this really, really antiquated and very dumb, stick-up-the-ass view of itself that hasn’t matured or grown up to figure out how a flighty thing like image is cultivated in 2017.
Buying a new car can be exciting. The chance to score a great deal is especially alluring and right now seems to be the perfect time to buy a car. Car sales are down, incentives are up and used car prices are falling. A good chunk of you should probably hold off for awhile, however.
Finally making the brave and valiant choice to cater to such an underserved market in the realm of car publications, Automobile magazine will “relaunch” in August with a goal to cater to the “modern-day car guy.” This magazine should go a long way to increase representation of men in media.
Here at Jalopnik, we try to use our own original photography as much as possible. For many of us, taking pictures is fun and we feel that it adds to the overall story we’re trying to tell. There are times, though, when we just need to use a press photo. For me personally, sometimes this becomes problematic.
Racing’s fanbase seems to shrink every year, and I can only take so many stories about lower television ratings and lagging ticket sales before I wonder if we’ve lost the plot. Pandering solely to the base isn’t working when that base keeps eroding. Motorsports has to try something new in order to evolve and survive…
Car companies and industry analysts often refer to cars as “units” when discussing things like monthly sales, assembly plant capacities and dealer inventories. It is the most boring, emotionless term ever used to describe automobiles, and I can’t stand it.
The rumors are true: Los Angeles is a city of angry drivers. And none of them have much patience for a 40-year-old truck lumbering through life in the slow lane. But I think I’ve finally figured out how to pacify all the hard-honking boneheads who keep threatening to kill me.
Seriously, Chevy(’s ad agency), what the fuck are you doing? Can’t you see what’s happening? Can’t you see you’re tearing us apart? This isn’t selling any cars; this is selling out our very humanity. Yes, dammit, I’m talking about the “bad mamma-jamma” guy at the end of this godawful “Real People” Chevy Equinox ad.
Look into any modern sporty car and you will find two buttons among all the rest: a little button to make the exhaust louder and a little button to put the car in a general sport mode. These buttons get one thing critically wrong: they are backwards.
Formula One’s decision to require teams to have larger, more visible numbers in their cars was rooted in good. We’ve all had trouble telling these cars apart sometimes! But fining poor Force India for failing the new numbers rules after telling them they were OK is everything wrong with F1 in a nutshell.
My favorite cars that I’ve driven share one thing in common: some kind soul ripped out most of the unnecessary bits in the interior, and either sold them to road-going cars’ owners, or put them in the dumpster. If you buy a car to have fun with, all those frou-frou interior niceties are just extra weight.
User interface design is hard, but we’ve been getting better at it over the years to the point where even a thermostat is easy to use. Automakers, however, seem to have their heads in the sand, taking their design inspiration for their infotainment consoles from old Winamp skins instead of any type of modern interface.
If there’s one thing that MotoGP gets absolutely right, it’s the press conference. The series picks out the best fan questions to ask during part of the conference. Fans get creative, and some of the questions are downright hilarious. If every series did this, press conferences might actually be worth watching.
Yes, even yours.
Once, a Volkswagen van represented freedom, the “open road,” a release from the crushing confines of capitalism. The appeal lives on today. Free love! Damn the man! Live on the beach! Feel the ocean breeze blow through your hair! Pose with a bag of Kettle Chips the #brand sent you to hawk on social media! Wait, what?!
Seems like every time a police officer describes a crash involving a car that exceeded the speed limit, he or she says the vehicle was traveling at a “high rate of speed.” This is a bad phrase and everyone needs to stop using it.
An Acura NSX is a nice place to sit. You ride low in a comfortable leather-wrapped cockpit designed for driving pleasure and speed. But when you know what that 573 horsepower supercar is capable of, being forced to drive it slowly and responsibly over normal city roads is the worst.
“Blinker fluid” is a joke as old as the car itself, used to catch people who aren’t mechanically inclined. It’s pretty funny, that is, until some doofus uses it to embarrass his own daughter on the internet. Way to reinforce every stereotype that will keep your own daughters from being taken seriously in the future,…
Formula One is approaching its self-imposed deadline to make the halo cockpit sorta-protection system viable for 2018, but wait! F1 has another idea! I’m sure much waffling will be done over it as the cockpit remains as-is, with nothing protecting a driver from getting hit in the helmet.