BMW and Audi are Once Again Trolling Each Other
BMW and Audi have always enjoyed a healthy and respectful relationship. But that hasn’t stopped both companies from throwing pot shots at each other. Remember the billboard wars the two companies engaged in about a decade ago? Apparently, old habits die hard because the German automakers are at it again with another billboard battle royal, this time in the North African country of Tunisia.
Sweden Is the Land of Station Wagons and Old American Cars
Sweden is known for many things. From the IKEA and H&M shops in our malls to ABBA and Ingmar Bergman in the art field. It’s also the land where those Viking stories come from and the country that gave us the "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" novel that spawned a great film. When it comes to vehicles, Sweden is home to iconic marques like Volvo, Saab, Koenigsegg, and Scania. It’s also the country where station wagons are still extremely popular, something I found out while spending a couple of days in Stockholm recently.
The Fast and Furious Movies Apparently Make People Speed
In a surprise to absolutely no one, a recent study conducted by The New York Times revealed that moviegoers who have just come out of watching Fast and Furious movies are embracing the franchise’s glorification of reckless driving, resulting in a spike of speeding violations immediately after showings of the movies.
Valet Gives Ferrari Keys to the Wrong Person but Does That Diminish the Car’s Value?
Just when you thought your Ferrari 458 Italia Spider would be safe in the hands of a valet, guess again. An owner of the luxury Ferrari found that out the hard way when a valet at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club gave the keys to his prized supercar to another person last summer. Now, the real owner of the car, 73-year-old James “Skip” Fowler, is suing the resort and its parking operator, 717 Parking Enterprises. Given the tale of this unusual caper, we don’t blame Fowler for the lawsuit.
Cars of the Future Designed by Kids Are The Best Things You’ll See Today
There’s something about a child’s imagination that brings out smiles on our faces. Whether they’re drawing their families with stick figures or imagining their ideas of what cars will look like in the future, there’s are no grey areas involved in how their imaginations work. What they put on paper ends up being more intriguing, if not fantastical, than anything we, as adults, can come up with.
GoCompare, a Welsh auto insurance company, put that to the test when it invited a group of children to draw their ideas of what they think the cars of the future will look like. The results are incredible, if not amazing. At the very least, they’ll bring us back to a time when we also thought the cars of the future would run on chocolate.
Kia Pits The Forte Against The Lamborghini Aventador in Hilarious Ad
The Kia Forte and the Lamborghini Aventador are two cars that couldn’t be more different from each other. One is a compact four-door sedan while the other is, well, you know what the Aventador is. On the surface, the Aventador beats the Forte in just about every meaningful discussion. But is the Lamborghini really that much better than the Forte? Kia (obviously) doesn’t think so, and believe it or not; it actually makes a compelling case for its own sedan.
Go ahead and watch the video. Tell me you didn’t get a good laugh out of it. I certainly did. Kia’s justifications for the Forte are all fair. The sedan does have two more doors than the supercar. It also has a big advantage in rear seating, cargo space, touch-screen capability, and wireless charging. It even has the Aventador beat in fuel efficiency and cost. It’s true that you can buy a Forte for a tenth of the price of an Aventador. You can even use the money you saved on something else, including that villa in Italy the voice-over guy suggested. By these metrics, the Forte wins hands down!
In all seriousness, the “rivalry” between the Forte and Aventador is tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek humor. Give credit to Kia for thinking outside the box with the angle for this commercial. It takes a certain kind of confidence to roll out an Aventador opposite a Forte, and then actually make a compelling case for the latter as the better car.
Well done, Kia. It’s a great commercial, though, I think it would’ve probably been better if you saved this one for Super Bowl LII. Just a thought.
CES 2018 – Massive Blackout Leaves Attendees In The Dark
The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show experienced power loss in the main hall today, bringing the annual trade show to a screeching halt. It’s speculated that recent rains affected the power lines supplying the venue with electricity.
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Oregonians Go Crazy Over Self-Service Gas Stations; Facebook Trolls Come Out Of The Woodwork
Chinese Businessman Pays for a BMW With Coins: Video
A Chinese man bought a BMW. That’s not exactly news-worthy, right? What makes this worthy of the news is that the man paid for the first installment for the Bimmer entirely with coins that added up to almost $11,000. Our parents did say that the loose change from our piggy banks would come in handy at some point in time.
Dream cars, we’re talking about them on a regular basis. They’re usually exotic vehicles that we can’t afford, and we wish we will be able to buy them at some point. But dream cars isn’t always about Bugattis, McLarens, and Ferraris. A recent study conducted in Great Britain revealed that the country’s dream car for 2017 is a mess design-wise, combining features from vehicles that are radically different. More than 2,300 motorists were polled in this study on what makes their perfect car, with options ranging from badges and headlamps to doors and paints. And the result is essentially a Frankenstein of car features and designs launched over the last decade.
McLaren F1 GTR Is More Than Just a Supercar, It’s Also a Christmas Tree Transporter
The McLaren F1 GTR is one of the most eye-catching supercars of all time. It’s a magnet for attention, and it’s capable of unfiltered viciousness on the race track. Apparently, it also makes for a handy car during the holiday season, as the owner of the UK’s most recognizable F1 GTR, Andy74b on Instagram, showed us in a recent video.
Vehicles for Hauling that Last Minute Christmas Tree
The Christmas season is upon us and most everyone who celebrates with a tree in their house already has theirs in place. But for those slackers who wait until the last minute, here’s a list of perfect vehicles for hauling home a Christmas tree. Naturally, a lot of room is required for hauling a six to 12-foot tree, so our list includes full-size SUVs and pickup trucks.
The American automotive marketplace has tons of SUV and pickup options to choose from, but here are our favorites. They offer exceptional amounts of cargo room, while providing plenty of comfy space for people. Let us know your favorite in the comments below.
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What Would Santa Drive? - 2017 Edition
Santa Claus isn’t the kind of guy you’d think of when talking about superheroes, but he’s definitely the fat, cheerful version of Superman. Just think about it. He has only 24 hours to deliver presents all over the world, including difficult to reach areas, and gets the job done every time. Let’s face it, Superman is the only guy who would be able to do the same, but he’s too busy rebuilding Krypton nowadays. A big part of Santa’s success as a delivery guy are his uberfast, flying reindeer. But what if they all got sick at once for the holidays? Planes aren’t an option as they can’t land just about anywhere, so Santa may be forced to use a car.
Yup, you guessed it, I’m updating Santa’s delivery car garage for 2017!
So what would Santa drive this year? Nope, last year’s vehicles aren’t an option. Mr. Claus is too popular and trendy to use the same cars each Christmas. And needless to say, with so many new vehicles launched in 2017, he’s probably anxious to try new rides. Let’s see what vehicle lineup would be able to replace Santa Claus’ eight reindeer this year.
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2017 TopSpeed Christmas Wishlist
Christmas 2017 is upon us, and Santa is surely busy making his list and checking it twice. Of course, here at TopSpeed haven’t exactly been good, but that hasn’t stopped us from sending out our wishes. Naturally, as a group of car guys (we do have a few women working behind the scenes, but as you might expect, they were too stubborn to get in on the fun) we all wish for the one special car that sticks in our mind. Some of us are hoping to find that old-school muscle in our driveway Christmas morning, one of us is looking for a new Porsche, and of course, we’ve got the Jeep guy too. Oh, and let’s not forget about Pops’ grumpy ass. He had to give his two cents as well. With that said, check out our wishes below then us know what car you want for Christmas.
Wrecking Ball Gets a ’Go’ At Smashing Cars
If you’re having a slow day at the office today, we invite you to spend the next 10 minutes of your day watching this. It’s not often that we get to see a car get created, but it’s even rarer for us to see a car get smashed to smithereens. This video from YouTube channel The Slow Mo Guys gives us a heavy dose on how cars get treated when they’re sent to scrap yards. Just a reminder: the star of this video isn’t a car; it’s a wrecking ball.
GM Parts Center Compares The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE To Santa’s Sleigh
The weather is getting frosty, and Christmas is nearly upon us. But while the kiddos are eagerly awaiting the sound of reindeer hooves on the roof, folks like you and me tend to prefer the sound of internal combustion on the pavement. Thing is, no one has really done an in-depth comparison to find out which is best – Santa’s sleigh, or a fire-breathing sports car. Luckily, GM Parts Center is stepping up to answer this oft-asked question in the following comparison chart.
Take a gander, and you’ll find the usual specs lined-up side-by-side for quick assessment, including motive power, peak output, 0-to-60 mph times, top speed, and cargo space, among others. However, GM Parts Center doesn’t declare an outright winner, so we’ll leave that up to you after weighing the pros and cons of both vehicles.
Of course, we couldn’t help but chime in with our own observations as well, pointing out the most important differences we could find. For example, one is good for milk and cookies, the other is good for donuts. One requires a big white beard, the other requires a big mullet. One is preceded by the sound of jingle bells, the other by the sound of jingling shotgun shells. One is great for stuffing stockings, the other is great for stuffing your sister. Just kidding, Bow Tie fan boys!