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Along For the Ride

hands free

A guy was killed by his auto-piloted Tesla last week (new story here) and Uncle is looking into it. Of course he won’t do anything about it. Because “if it saves even one life” is very selectively applied. It applies only when whatever the danger happens to be is something Uncle wants to use as…

The Bank Run

VW lead

If you own a VW diesel guilty of “cheating” Uncle, you’d better scuttle on down to your local VW store. Not to “fix” it (they’re not broken) but to get your money before there’s none left. On Tuesday, Uncle announced the most draconian punishment ever meted out to a car company over the TDI “cheating”…

Particulate Filters for … Everyone!

particulate filter

VW – desperate to appear chastened over its “cheating” sins – has just announced it is going to fit particulate filters to its 2017 model year cars in anticipation of the next round of Uncle’s emissions fatwas. No surprise, right? Diesel-powered cars have had particulate filters for years. They’re used to catch… particulates, which are small…

The Government Made Me a Litterbug

beer bottles

Uncle has turned me into a litterbug. I’ve chucked empty beer bottles out the window. I do not like doing this. I feel guilty about doing this. I never used to do this. So why do I do it now? Because having an “open container” – or an empty one – in one’s car invites severe (and for me, a car journalist,…

The Anti-Tesla Gets No Love

Elio lead

It’s interesting that the car That Makes Sense – economically and functionally – gets almost no press while cars that don’t (like the Tesla and other electric cars) do. Elio Motors (company web site here) had a near-production-ready car on on display at the New York Auto Show last week. Company founder Paul Elio gave…

Annual Irony Day

4th lead

We’re just weeks away from the Annual Irony – the day devoted to celebrating a revolt against the authority of a red, white and blue bully (George III) while living under the thumb of … a red, white and blue bully (Uncle). We’re supposed to celebrate the former  – because it benefitted the latter. The…

Unsere Electric Only Zukunft

electric 3

Did you catch that the internal combustion engine has been outlawed? Not here… not yet. In Germany – where a law has been passed requiring that all new cars registered come 2030 be “emissions free.” This includes carbon dioxide – which is regarded by the German government as an “emission” – and regulated as such. It’s not that…

Hall of Shame

Ralphie

That we are inmates in a lunatic asylum ought to be obvious – except it’s not, which explains precisely why it is a lunatic asylum. Ralph Nader – the mortal enemy of everything on four wheels and everyone behind the wheel – just got inducted into the…  Automotive Hall of Fame. “We are pleased to…

Charge It….

ERAD lead

In “Third World” countries – the ones Americans take comfort in making fun of – they just take your money. The cops, I mean. No pretext, just hand it over. And now, here. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is using a gadget called an Electronic Recovery and Access to Data Machine (ERAD – god, how the…