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Volkswagen's New Commercial For The Jetta Inadvertently Shows Fictional More Exciting Jettas Volkswagen's New Commercial For The Jetta Inadvertently Shows Fictional More Exciting Jettas

The danger of a car commercial showing a brand-new car alongside one of the classic models of that same car is that you run the risk of just making everyone who watches the ad remember how much more they liked the old car. Volkswagen’s taken this problem and added a new twist: their new ad makes you want an amalgam of…

The New Toyota Century Rightly Costs As Much As Two Lexuses The New Toyota Century Rightly Costs As Much As Two Lexuses

Since 1967, if you’re a bigshot in Japan and you want to be driven around in a manner that’s befitting your considerable station, you really only have one choice: a Toyota Century. Now, after a 21-year reign of the outgoing model, an all-new hand-crafted Century emerges, ready for your quiet, dignified worship. And it…

It’s Friday! As a reward for all of your considerable efforts this week (and in honor of the upcoming Radwood show), here’s a nice ‘80s-era lo-res picture of a 911 from the old Accolade racing game Test Drive. There are icons you have on your screen that use more pixels than this.

The Company With The Most Cars On The Most American-Built Cars List Is From Japan The Company With The Most Cars On The Most American-Built Cars List Is From Japan

With all the talk of potential tariffs on cars going around, ostensibly to protect American carmakers, it’s worth looking at what cars actually are made in America, by American workers. The creatively-named car buying and selling site Cars.com just completed their annual roundup of the most-American-built cars, and…

This Is Why Some Cars Have Secret Taillights Inside Their Trunks This Is Why Some Cars Have Secret Taillights Inside Their Trunks

I’m very fortunate in that our readers tend to be fantastic. They’re the sort of people that take note of what interests me as a writer, and then reach out to me with things they suspect I’d find interesting. As such, a number of readers have emailed me pictures of strange, secret taillights hidden in trunks, because…

Watching This Little Van Crash Carrying A Modified GT86 Is A Good Reminder That Towing Is Tricky Watching This Little Van Crash Carrying A Modified GT86 Is A Good Reminder That Towing Is Tricky

People tow cars all the time. It happens every day, innumerable times, all over the globe. But no matter how mundane and common it may be, it’s worth remembering that it’s no joke, and there’s genuine, complicated physics involved. That and when everything goes wrong, it’s hard not to watch.

Volkswagen Keeps Having To Be Reminded It Doesn't Own The Word "Beetle" Volkswagen Keeps Having To Be Reminded It Doesn't Own The Word "Beetle"

As I’ve made abundantly clear, I’m very fond of Volkswagen Beetles, especially the old air-cooled ones. There are also a substantial number of much, much older, also air-cooled beetles in the world, and these have nothing to do with Volkswagen. Volkswagen seems to forget this every now and then, based on the times…

Here’s an important question for you to ponder today: if you had to pick one Volkswagen K70, the first water-cooled car Volkswagen ever sold, a re-badged NSU K70, piston-powered sibling to the legendary Ro80, which do you pick? One with quad round lights or big, rectangular TV screen-sized lights?

German Automakers Want To Make A Deal With Trump To End All Car Tariffs, Including The Hated 'Chicken Tax' German Automakers Want To Make A Deal With Trump To End All Car Tariffs, Including The Hated 'Chicken Tax'

Finally, some potentially good news: in an effort to get the Trump administration to abandon its plan to place a 25 percent tax on all European auto imports, all three of the big German automakers—Daimler, Volkswagen, and NSU (just kidding, it’s BMW)—have come up with a proposal that would get rid of all car import…

Oh Man The Trailer For Seinfeld's New Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Is Full Of Amazing Cars Oh Man The Trailer For Seinfeld's New Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Is Full Of Amazing Cars

The trailer for the new season of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is out, and it starts with a pretty delightful parody of the golden age of Volkswagen ads, which is pretty fantastic, especially the shot of the rare in-engine espresso maker. There’s also a really great set of cars this season, and…

Feds Declare Tesla Autopilot-Tricking 'Autopilot Buddy' Unsafe Because Yeah It's Unsafe Feds Declare Tesla Autopilot-Tricking 'Autopilot Buddy' Unsafe Because Yeah It's Unsafe

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a cease and desist letter to Dolder, Falco and Reese Partners, LLC, the company that makes an idiotic and dangerous product called the Autopilot Buddy, a $199 lump of plastic and magnets that fools a Tesla’s Autopilot system into thinking you’re paying…

Public service message to all parents: you’ve got to hide your booze stashes better than how these parents did in their Wolseley Hornet. Come on, people, you didn’t even try! At least pour it into an empty coolant bottle or something.

This Is Why Cars Use AC-Producing Alternators When They Run On DC Power This Is Why Cars Use AC-Producing Alternators When They Run On DC Power

Have you ever wondered about the electricity that courses through your car? Do you suspect that there’s a captive bolt of lightning held in a magic jar? Of course you don’t. You’re not a Neanderthal. You know there’s a battery and an alternator. You may even know your battery provides DC current that the car uses, but…

Guy Driving SUV With A Jack For A Wheel Is A Reminder That Sometimes Life Sucks And You Just Deal Guy Driving SUV With A Jack For A Wheel Is A Reminder That Sometimes Life Sucks And You Just Deal

Life, as glorious as it is, with its access to tacos and puppies and orgasms, is still a colossal ass-pain. That’s why I can’t begrudge this guy in St. Louis too much for doing what he did. Sure, driving a car with a roller jack instead of an actual front wheel isn’t exactly safe, but I suspect nobody would do this…

The U.S. Has Issued Its 10 Millionth Patent And It's Car-Related The U.S. Has Issued Its 10 Millionth Patent And It's Car-Related

I’m not sure if you’ve been keeping count at home, but the United States issued its ten millionth patent this morning. Tellingly, that patent was for a laser-based object detection and raging system that could be used in the development of self-driving vehicles. Also, the illustrations include a little picture of a…

The Best Odometer Picture Ever Took Real Planning And Math The Best Odometer Picture Ever Took Real Planning And Math

Look upon it, mortals. Feast your eyes on the rare, beautiful majesty of an odometer reading that includes every known numeral, arranged sequentially. This is by far the most incredible feat ever achieved by this 2007 Honda Odyssey, and as such I feel duty-bound to share it with you. Bask, my friends. Let the grandeur…

Meh Car Monday: I Bet You Totally Forgot About The Chrysler Aspen Meh Car Monday: I Bet You Totally Forgot About The Chrysler Aspen

I was asking my fellow Jalopnik writers for some Meh car suggestions, when I heard a rapping on the plexiglass of my work-pod. David’s pod was next to mine, and I saw him press a scrap of paper against the plexi, soggy from the nutrient-broth sprays, that read “ASPEN.” I was confused, because I was thinking Dodge…

Trump's Space Force Idea That Was Already Real Long Before Trump Is Now 'Real' Trump's Space Force Idea That Was Already Real Long Before Trump Is Now 'Real'

Back in March, President Trump pulled the idea of a “Space Force” out of his well-seasoned anus and thought it was a fantastic idea. Funadamentally, it’s not a bad idea at all, and I know this because we’ve effectively had a Space Force for decades, even if it hasn’t been called exactly that. Now, he’s directed the…

This Might Be The Most Under Appreciated Car Trunk Feature This Might Be The Most Under Appreciated Car Trunk Feature

If you’re like me, you’ve been in this situation countless times: you’re driving along with a trunk packed full of garbage bags of piping hot chili, when you get a flat tire. To get to the tire under the trunk floor, you have to pull out all dozen bags, and in the process one of the chili bags invariably rips,…

Hey, welcome to a new week! I hope your Monday is as sparkly and packed full of big, blinding light glints as this Opel Manta GT/J. What’d they clearcoat those things with, pulverized diamonds?

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