The Volkswagen 'Fusck Up' Is The Best/Worst Car Name Ever

Last week, while researching the bizzare VW-powered Emis Art, I found another Emis product that grabbed my attention in a way I normally only associate with an unexpected hand to the genitals. The product itself, while interesting, wasn’t the shocking thing. It was the name, which, upon a quick glance, looked to be… » 6/29/15 8:00pm Yesterday 8:00pm

Guess What's Under The Hood Of This Orthodontist-Designed Car

For the second time this week, I find myself reeling from the buzz of learning about another obscure car I never knew existed. This one also hails from South America, and while it’s still satisfyingly weird, inside there’s some very familiar oily bits. The car is called the Emis Art, and who knows what makes it so… » 6/27/15 9:43am Saturday 9:43am

Let's All Enjoy This Bonkers Car You've Never Heard Of

I think I’ve expressed before how much I love finding cars I’ve never heard of before. Chasing that joy, however, is a bit like being a junkie — getting the feeling at first is easy, but it gets harder and harder as time goes on. This car, today, is some hardcore car-junkie goods — wildly strange, obscure, and oddly… » 6/25/15 6:00pm Thursday 6:00pm

These Are The Worst-Selling Model Car Kits Of All Time

Earlier today, in the holographic video-conference dome where we conduct all daily Jalopnik business, someone threw up a holo-JPG of a model kit. It was a Magnum PI-themed kit, but instead of the expected Ferrari, it was the striped Vanagon that had some role on the show. This kit got me thinking about car model kits… » 6/19/15 7:00pm 6/19/15 7:00pm

My Dinner With Cadillac Product People And Engineers

I just got back from Wisconsin, where Cadillac brought me to try out their new CTS-V on the track at Road America. I also stayed in a hotel owned by a toilet company that would make a great fetish hotel if you had a thing for golf caddies. While there, I was lucky enough to dine with some Cadillac folks, and ruin… » 6/12/15 4:50pm 6/12/15 4:50pm

This Has To Be The Coolest, Weirdest Home For A Slant 6

One of my favorite feelings is that excited, intense sensation all true car geeks get when they see a car you just can’t identify. We’re sort of like junkies, and the more we learn, the harder it is to get really excited, and to get the desired feeling you need ever more obscure cars. This car — the Dodge Boulevard… » 6/08/15 10:00pm 6/08/15 10:00pm

You Need To Know Everything About This Teeny Mid-Engined Pickup Truck

I have a lot of fetishes when it comes to cars: among them, I love small, weird, unusual engine placements, utility vehicles, interesting turn indicators, and extremely good space utilization. The Cony Guppy may be one of the only cars that ticks off every box in my fussy little list. It’s a small, weird, mid-engined… » 6/04/15 1:30pm 6/04/15 1:30pm

The Five Most Amazing Automotive-Themed Romance Novels

I remember when I found out that there was a whole sub-genre of romance novels set against a NASCAR backdrop. “Huh,” I think I thought, “That’s pretty weird.” Really, though, I had no idea. There’s a huge, little-known subgenre of automotive-related romance novels that’s been around for years. Here’s five of the most… » 6/03/15 2:15pm 6/03/15 2:15pm

This Is The Most Revolutionary Trunklid Concept You'll See All Day

As many of you already know, half-assed ideas about vehicular packaging and cargo management are one of the primary things I produce, right after solid and liquid wastes. Happily, I’ve created new batches of all three today, and I’m sharing one with you! The idea one. Meet the Lidbed 3000, which entruculates your… » 5/29/15 6:00pm 5/29/15 6:00pm

Friday Afternoon Challenge: Find A Car Name From Two Other Cars

It’s nearly summer. It’s Friday. It’s the afternoon. Let’s be honest here — you’re not doing jack at work right now. You have that fluttery summer’s almost here feeling in your chest and you need to just ride out that clock and look busy. So I want to help, by giving you an inane car challenge to make the time blur… » 5/29/15 1:00pm 5/29/15 1:00pm

If Squids Ruled Earth, What Would Their Cars Be Like?

It’s a question a child might ask, but not a childish question. Sure, right now, we mammalian primates are calling all the shots here on Earth, but what if things had gone otherwise? We know that cephalopods like Squid and Octopi are really smart — what if they were the dominant life? And, more importantly, what would… » 5/08/15 2:25pm 5/08/15 2:25pm

A Detail To Appreciate: The Handle-less Door Handle

If you’ve ever had a weird reaction to some pills you found in a wet paper bag on the sidewalk, then you probably know that when you disassemble a car by hand in a deep, trance-like state, you end up with a lot of parts. So when I see a detail on a car that can eliminate even one part, I’m impressed. Like this door… » 4/29/15 9:55pm 4/29/15 9:55pm

Is This Inflatable Bedliner/Camper Shell Revolutionary Or Idiotic?

As some of you may know, I'm very fond of hard-working pickup trucks, and occasionally have inspired/inane ideas about how to make them better (or, worse, depending). Well, I has another. And this time, it's not a truck, it's a truck accessory. I think I've solved the passionate bedliner v. camper shell debate once… » 3/27/15 7:35pm 3/27/15 7:35pm

I'm Just In A Movie About VW Beetles With Ewan McGregor Is All

Oh, hey. Didn't see you there. Did I mention I was interviewed extensively for Damon Ristau's (the guy who made The Bus Movie) new documentary about the Beetle, The Bug: Life and Times of the People's Car? No? And I didn't mention that Ewan McGregor's in it, too? Really? I should have. Because it looks like it'll be… » 3/26/15 8:08pm 3/26/15 8:08pm

Is This The Most Accurate Fake VW Engine In All Of Movies?

Jerry Lewis’ 1960 movie The Bellboy is widely regarded by cinemaphiles as the Citizen Kane of severely inept service-industry worker movies. And I think that includes the Fat Boys’ magnum opus, Disorderlies. What most people don’t realize is that it has one of the best fake VW engines in all of cinema. » 3/25/15 9:00am 3/25/15 9:00am