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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 18, 2019 at 01:20. 11 comments

Steering Is Important But So Is Not Mistaking the Throttle for the Brake

Steering Is Important But So Is Not Mistaking the Throttle for the Brake
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Hackensack, New Jersey, is built along the Hackensack River, which is hazardous to drive in, except with an amphibious vehicle, which you don’t own. The Mercedes ML is also, it turns out, not an amphibious vehicle.

Now, you may be tempted to be feeling rather smug about this. Only an idiot, you say, would confuse the...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 17, 2019 at 22:55. 2 comments

The UAW Has No Reason Not to Push for Everything

The UAW Has No Reason Not to Push for Everything

The UAW kind of sucks , but it is still a union, and therefore inherently good. They started negotiations this week for new contracts with the Big Three, ahead of their current contracts’ expirations in September. It wants the usual things—more pay, better job security, better benefits, etc.—but it’s also bargaining at a time when everyone is waiting for the other shoe to drop.

That shoe...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 17, 2019 at 07:00. 23 comments

Ford's Making a New Crossover to Take on the Subaru Outback: Report

Ford's Making a New Crossover to Take on the Subaru Outback: Report

Ford promised a lot of new vehicles after it said last year it was axing virtually its entire car lineup in the United States. One of those new vehicles, according to Autocar, is a crossover intended to compete directly with Subaru’s Outback, or something like the Focus Active, which the company had initially said it would still sell here before killing it too.

We’ve heard almost all of this...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 17, 2019 at 00:35. 14 comments

Ford's Apparently About to Debut Its New Small Truck

Ford's Apparently About to Debut Its New Small Truck
Truck YeahThe trucks are good!  

We speculated in January that Ford might be cooking up a truck smaller than the Ranger. Now, a Ford spokesman has confirmed they will show something this week, alongside a separate report that Ford is making a Bronco pickup to battle the Jeep Gladiator.

First, let’s look at some tweets from Ford spokesman Mike Levine, who loves Ford and loves Twitter, though...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 15, 2019 at 20:05. 24 comments

It Is Really Really Hard to Go to the Moon

It Is Really Really Hard to Go to the Moon

India was supposed to launch a rocket today that would send a craft to the Moon’s surface, making it the fourth country ever to do so if successful. But with 56 minutes left in the countdown, everything came to a halt, because of a “technical snag.” It’s hard to get to the Moon.

The Apollo program stands ever taller with each passing day. The last human on the Moon was Gene Cernan, in 1972....

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 15, 2019 at 18:06.

The Fourth-Generation Honda Fit Has Me Feeling Things

The Fourth-Generation Honda Fit Has Me Feeling Things
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I own a 2008 Honda Fit Sport , which was the second-generation, though the first generation of the car to appear in the U.S. The car is set for a refresh in 2020 and I’ll be honest, I’m feeling kind of paternal about it, after seeing new spy video.

Motor1 has a whole discussion about how the...

Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 15, 2019 at 17:46.

The 2020 Kia Soul Is the Small Crossover for People With Taste

The 2020 Kia Soul Is the Small Crossover for People With Taste

The 2020 Kia Soul is now in its third generation, a fun and practical if not exactly Sporty subcompact crossover that will go on sale next year. It’s for the sensible consumer with taste, someone who wants something that’s reliable and looks cool and that isn’t a Chevy Trax . Kia unveiled it this afternoon in L.A.

The Soul will come with a 1.6-liter inline four cylinder, which is turbocharged...

Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 15, 2019 at 15:09.

Volkswagen's Final Dieselgate Reckoning Is Coming Soon

Volkswagen's Final Dieselgate Reckoning Is Coming Soon
The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?   

Dieselgate might finally be winding down, there’s more turnover at Tesla, Elon Musk used a legal recreational substance, and Mercedes is being cautious with its new EQC. All of this and more in The Morning Shift for Friday.

1st Gear: The Trial for a Massive Dieselgate Lawsuit Against VW Starts...

Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 15, 2019 at 15:05.

Joe Girard, the World's Greatest Car Salesman, Is Dead

Joe Girard, the World's Greatest Car Salesman, Is Dead

Joe Girard, who held the Guinness world record for most cars sold in a calendar year, is dead at 90. Girard sold 1,425 cars in 1973, mostly Chevys, and 13,001 cars throughout his career. He also, annually, mailed a copy of his W-2 to a former boss who’d fired him, attaching a note that read, “You fired the wrong guy.”

That didn’t stop after his former boss died. Instead, Girard took it to his...

Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 15, 2019 at 14:39.

Electric Vehicles' Range Is Nearly Split in Half in Cold Weather: Study (Updated)

Electric Vehicles' Range Is Nearly Split in Half in Cold Weather: Study (Updated)

Electric cars are the future, whether you like it or not, though if they are our future they’re going to need to get a lot better than they are today. The batteries, in particular, aren’t good enough, the latest confirmation of this coming in a AAA study released today. Electric cars’ range falls by nearly half on average in temperatures under 20 degrees, according to the study, a number big...

Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 15, 2019 at 14:29.

Slint — 'Good Morning, Captain'

Slint — 'Good Morning, Captain'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

Pitchfork has Spiderland as the 12th-best album of the ‘90s, which feels about right. And yet, my heart wants it to be higher.

Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 15, 2019 at 14:17.

The Story of Those 'Barn-Find' Plymouth Superbirds Got Extremely Weird

The Story of Those 'Barn-Find' Plymouth Superbirds Got Extremely Weird

Last week, car internet blew up over eBay listings that purported to show two rare Plymouth Superbirds that had been “hidden from the public eye for 35 years.” It’s the sort of thing we report on all the time—barn finds are interesting and neat and fun. And then a law firm sent us a letter.

These Two Barn-Find Plymouth Superbirds Are Going to Sell for All the Money

Just under 2,000 Plymouth...

Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 15, 2019 at 13:34.

A New Acura Legend Might Be Premiering at Pebble Beach

A New Acura Legend Might Be Premiering at Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach isn’t until August, which means we’ll still have to wait a bit, but according to Car and Driver, Acura is cooking up a new sedan for us, to be revealed then. Remember the Precision concept ? No ? Well, it’s going to look something like that. Could it be ... a new Legend?

The Precision concept’s styling has already been seen in the 2019 RDX, but the new car, Car and Driver...

Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 15, 2019 at 13:03.

Trump Administration Identifies Who Will Pay For the Trade War: You

Trump Administration Identifies Who Will Pay For the Trade War: You
The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?   

A Trump administration official contradicts Trump over the trade war with China that will affect cars and much more, Lotus is getting a ton of investment, there’s a shakeup at Fiat Chrysler, and more for The Morning Shift of Monday, May 13, 2019.

1st Gear: Trump’s Trade War Will Cost American...
Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 15, 2019 at 12:11.

Things Aren’t Going Well for Renault And Nissan

Things Aren’t Going Well for Renault And Nissan
The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?   

Nissan-Renault’s partnership isn’t on the best of terms, Hyundai’s leadership is getting younger, the U.A.W. is gearing up for a big summer, and much more on The Morning Shift for Wednesday, the 12th of December.

1st Gear: The Nissan-Renault Alliance Is Getting Rockier By The Day

Carlos Ghosn,...

Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 15, 2019 at 11:17.

This Lane Is Not For You, Toyota Avalon

This Lane Is Not For You, Toyota Avalon

Yesterday morning, John Amdor was biking in the great city of Chicago when he heard a noise behind him and turned around to find a Toyota Avalon in the bike lane. The Avalon then continued in the bike lane, shocking cyclists and pedestrians as Amdor shot video. That’s not your lane, Avalon!

It goes without saying that this is extremely dangerous, and drivers should take extra precautions to...

Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 15, 2019 at 03:45.

We May Have Already Reached 'Peak Tesla'

We May Have Already Reached 'Peak Tesla'

Tesla isn’t doing so hot, the United Automobile Workers is going after opioid addiction, Fiat Chrysler is mulling mergers, and much more for The Morning Shift of Monday, March 25, 2019.

1st Gear: Tesla’s Raising Some Prices, and Could Soon Be in a World of Hurt

CEO Elon Musk tweeted some news yesterday, as he does.

It’s a bit hard to know what to make of this, since “inventory cars” aren’t...

Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 15, 2019 at 03:02.

Comment of the Day: Speed Edition

Comment of the Day: Speed Edition
Comment Of The DayYour good comments.  

Earlier today, we wrote about a terrible F1 car, before one of you pointed out that a bad F1 car is still much, much faster than any production car.

RX ran the numbers:

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Congrats, RX, I hope you one day go around Spa in a Ford Tempo.

Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 15, 2019 at 00:39.

Ford Confirms It's Making a Truck Smaller Than the Ranger

Ford Confirms It's Making a Truck Smaller Than the Ranger
Truck YeahThe trucks are good!  

We reported last week that a new small Ford truck might be coming, and a Ford executive confirmed the news yesterday at a conference in Detroit. The truck might also be called the Courier. Hopefully it looks as good as the old Courier or Bantam. Will it come to America? Maybe! We can only hope.

Ford May Be Cooking up a Small Unibody Truck Smaller than the...
Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 15, 2019 at 00:33.

The Kia Habaniro Concept Has an Absurd Name But Looks Hot

The Kia Habaniro Concept Has an Absurd Name But Looks Hot

The Kia Habaniro will debut in New York next month, but an image of it appeared in a newsletter ahead of the New York International Auto Show, seemingly accidentally. It looks slick as hell.

Habaniro, get it? Like “habanero,” the peppers, and Niro , the baby crossover thing. CarScoops got the, uh, scoop. The Habaniro is one of more than a few Kia concepts the company has been rolling out in...

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