The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 24: Echo Canyon, more 20 Mule Team Canyon and a Solstice Moonrise

The official start of Winter found Scarlett and I riding once again back into the Death Valley National Park: Today's main objective was to traverse the first 6 miles or so of Echo Canyon.  Again, at the advise of Dave H. aka Mr C.O.B. of SovietSteeds fame.  His warning here was to be sure to maintain momentum during the patches of deep and loose gravel; boy was he right! Today was another day that I was very glad Scarlett had 2WD, tried the loose gravel without it, much harder without 2WD and ...
Tags: California, Dave, Motorcycles, Las Vegas, Nevada, Death Valley National Park, Scarlett, Scarlett Rides, Echo Canyon, Death Valley Junction, Zabriskie Point, RV Trips, Mule Team Canyon, Mouth of Echo Canyon, Amargosa Opera

India-bound MG SUV to be sold as the 'Almaz' in Indonesia?

SAIC will sell the Baojun 530 in India as an MG SUV. Indonesia will likely get...
Tags: Indonesia, India, Autos, Almaz, Baojun, SAIC

Motorcycle News Roundup: Week of 12/16

This week has been full of interesting motorcycle news from a customized 180hp Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo to Triumph Factory Custom bikes and rumors of a new Rocket III power cruiser. We’ve covered most of it and rounded up the news that somehow slipped through the cracks. Check out all of this week’s top stories in the video roundup below. 1. Triumph Scrambler 1200 Pricing Announced Triumph’s new Scrambler 1200 has a lot of people scrambling for their pocketbooks now that pricing has...
Tags: Washington, Motorcycles, Bmw, Triumph, Yamaha, Kawasaki, KTM, TFC, Yoshimura, Motorcycle News, News Roundup, Electric Power Electric, Rolling Thunder Will Roll One Last Time, TFC Triumph Factory Custom, Head of Design

Nicky Hayden tribute: Analog’s Honda XR650L flat tracker

Nicky Hayden left a massive hole in the motorcycling world—and in all of our hearts—when he passed away unexpectedly in May last year. In a fitting tribute, the Kentucky Kid was inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame earlier this month. To commemorate the occasion, the Hall of Fame Museum commissioned two tribute bikes from Chicago’s Analog Motorcycles. American Honda donated the motorcycles, including a CBR1000RR to be wrapped in Hayden’s Repsol MotoGP livery. But the direction of the second bik...
Tags: Facebook, Kentucky, US, Chicago, Motorcycles, Honda, Jason, Harley Davidson, Ama, Buchanan, Tony, KTM, Nicky, Denali, Hayden, Repsol

Teen Drivers: Help Keep them Safe with Monitoring Devices and Apps

Remember how you felt when you got your license and took your first solo drive? We certainly do. Proud, excited and FREE! Earning a driver’s license is the first real step into adulthood and with it comes a lot of responsibility at a young age. Back then, our parents gave us advice to help keep us safe. But there was little beyond this to assist them. Today, we’re lucky to have modern technology like connected devices and smartphone apps to help. Here we take a look at a few options to help kee...
Tags: Apple, Google, Verizon, Safety, Advice, Uncategorized, Distracted Driving, Autos, Connected Car, Car Tech, Car Safety, Amazon Alexa, Openbay, Life360, Safe Driving, Teen Driver

Housekeeping: Enjoy the Holidays, Folks

Christmas and New Year’s are upon us, and that means we’re gonna be off Monday and Tuesday each of the next two weeks, and with light posting in between. What does that mean? Here’s how it’s gonna go… We won’t be working on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, or New Year’s Day, but […] The post Housekeeping: Enjoy the Holidays, Folks appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Happy Holidays, Housekeeping, News Blog

House Has a New Plan to Pass Self-driving Bill in 2019

Frustrated with House Democrats’ inability to push through legislation on autonomous vehicle development and testing, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) believes the new Congress needs to reassess the situation and rally together behind a tweaked proposal Senate Republicans are still willing to back. Dingell claimed Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), who will chair the Energy & Commerce Committee […] The post House Has a New Plan to Pass Self-driving Bill in 2019 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Congress, Government, Senate, Legislation, House, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Bill, Frank Pallone, Dingell, Self Driving, Congres, Debbie Dingell D MI, AV START, Energy Commerce Committee

Guy Trades in FIVE Toyota MR2s

When I was a kid I worked at a restaurant in the suburbs. I can't remember how this started, but when my shift was over, the staff would give me money to drive their cars to a nearby gas station to fill them up. On the weekends, some of them paid me to take their cars home with me and wash them. I'd just gotten my driver's license and this was an exciting opportunity to try driving different car types.The hostess, Miranda, had this awesome cherry red 1985 Toyota MR2. It was a stickshift, and at ...
Tags: Design, Cars, Missouri, Connecticut, Toyota, Miranda, Tacoma, Ben, Mobil, Brotherton COAD Salesperson

Taking a Spin Through the Boring Company's Test Tunnel

People seem to love crapping on Elon Musk, but give the guy a break. The man started PayPal and Tesla, he's launching and landing rockets, he figured out how to sell re-branded roofing torches as flamethrowers to the tune of $4 million, and now his Boring Company has completed their first test tunnel.There are wrinkles to be ironed out, sure, but here's what it's like driving through the 1.14 mile tunnel: I'm sure they can smooth out the bumpy ride, but two thing...
Tags: Elon Musk, Design, Cars, Tesla, Paypal, Boring Company

Rumors and Omissions: Chrysler’s Product Future Remains Hazy, but Might Not Be As Threadbare As You Think

The once-mighty Chrysler brand is not a purveyor of niche sports cars, so its two-vehicle lineup continues to draw attention to itself. To call its lineup sparse would be an understatement. Still, despite a change in its priorities (sparked by the ascension of Jeep and Ram), Fiat Chrysler’s not giving up on the 93-year-old brand. […] The post Rumors and Omissions: Chrysler’s Product Future Remains Hazy, but Might Not Be As Threadbare As You Think appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Production, Fca, Autos, Chrysler, Rumors, Crossovers, Fiat Chrysler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning

What is Santa Claus doing in an electric Volkswagen dune buggy?

Volkswagen released an enigmatic sketch of what looks like an electric dune buggy with Santa Claus behind the wheel. Autocar believes this is our first look at a concept that will be revealed at the 2019 Geneva auto show. The post What is Santa Claus doing in an electric Volkswagen dune buggy? appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Santa Claus, Geneva, Volkswagen, Electric Cars, Autocar

The GPS wars have begun

Where are you? That’s not just a metaphysical question, but increasingly a geopolitical challenge that is putting tech giants like Apple and Alphabet in a tough position. Countries around the world, including China, Japan, India, and the United Kingdom plus the European Union are exploring, testing, and deploying satellites to build out their own positioning capabilities. That’s a massive change for the United States, which for decades has had a practical monopoly on determining the location of ...
Tags: Apple, TC, Asia, Space, Japan, Vladimir Putin, Government, China, Russia, India, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Automotive, United States

Rare Rides: A Tiny and Stylish Saab 99 From 1973

Saab was always a fan of the number nine, and it proved its dedication to the special digit by using two nines for their pre-900 era compact executive car. Let’s take a look at a little blue Saab 99. In the early Sixties, executives at Saab headquarters were desirous of a larger car to extend […] The post Rare Rides: A Tiny and Stylish Saab 99 From 1973 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Subaru’s Late Holiday Gift for North America

Yesterday, Subaru released a teaser video for a rip-roaring special edition of the WRX STI. Hours earlier, AutoGuide reported the brand filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to reserve the “S209” moniker, which we (and every other automotive outlet) now believe is the car in the video. Those in the know will […] The post Subaru’s Late Holiday Gift for North America appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Teasers, Autos, STI, North America, Subaru, Wrx, U S Patent and Trademark Office, News Blog, Type RA, S208, S209, Subru WRX STI

2018 Dodge Challenger GT AWD Review – Maybe You Don’t Need a V8

At one point during my time with the 2018 Dodge Challenger GT, I fired it up and shook my head. “That can’t be right,” I thought. “It sounds like a V8, but the GT is a V6.” Which it is – all-wheel drive GT models are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 making 305 horsepower and […] The post 2018 Dodge Challenger GT AWD Review – Maybe You Don’t Need a V8 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Dodge, Car Reviews, New Cars, Dodge Challenger, Challenger, Dodge Challenger GT AWD Review, Dodge Challenger Gt Awd

Chevrolet Volt’s Discontinuation Leaves Battery Plant Employees Out of a Job

The vehicle they provide batteries for has less than three months to live, and this week brought news to 50 workers at General Motors’ Brownstown Battery plant that their positions are even more short-lived. In a filing with the state of Michigan, GM said it will cut 37 hourly and 13 salaried workers at the […] The post Chevrolet Volt’s Discontinuation Leaves Battery Plant Employees Out of a Job appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Gm, Autos, Michigan, Chevrolet Volt, General Motors Brownstown Battery

Subaru is bringing a new special-edition version of the WRX STI to the U.S.

A new version of the Subaru WRX STI will make its public debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. Subaru hints that it will be a special edition from Japan that has never been offered in the United States before. The post Subaru is bringing a new special-edition version of the WRX STI to the U.S. appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Japan, News, Cars, Trends, United States, Subaru, Subaru WRX STI, 2019 Detroit Auto Show, Detroit Auto Show Subaru

Analyze This: Cars of 2018

Year-end lists are great. Music-themed roundups of the last twelve months rock, no pun intended. You know what’s the best, though? Exactly. Stories of this ilk which focus on cars. Because he is a total anorak with an unhealthy interest in data, your author kept a spreadsheet of the 39 local press fleet machines which […] The post Analyze This: Cars of 2018 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Stats, 2018, Autos, Year In Review, Year End, News Blog, Best of 2018, Cars of 2018

Top Off-Road Trails & Parks In America: Let’s Get Dirty!

When you’re in the mood to get your 4×4 dirty, this list from PartCatalog has you covered! The infographic below shows the top off-road trails and destinations in 39 U.S. states in 2018. When you have a super cool off-road ride, just where do you take it? Where exactly are the top off-road trails in the United States? Perhaps you want to see the hidden trails of your home state? Maybe you want to venture to a new locale far from home? When you want to enjoy the great outdoors, where do you go?...
Tags: Minnesota, Maryland, Colorado, Massachusetts, US, Alabama, America, Infographic, United States, Magazine, Autos, Henderson, Nauset Beach, Car Talk, Piney Mountain, PartCatalog

2018 Lexus NX 300 Review: Steady, Simple & Comfortble

90 GOOD 2018 Lexus NX 300 Overall Impression Perfect for everyday commutes.All-wheel drive system didn't perform up to par. Pros Comfortable Fuel Mileage Interior Fit & Finish Cons Cargo Capacity Remote Touch Pad With the 2018 Lexus NX 300 you’re getting a small luxury crossover with mini-RX 350 styling. In addition, the NX 300 is a comfortable, around-town commuter. Buyers will enjoy plush seating, a quiet interior, and a suitably powerful, turbocharged fuel-effici...
Tags: Europe, Lexus, Autos, Epa, Evergreen, Nx, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, Denis Flierl, Test Drives

AVIGNON AND ON. Volpi Motorcycles’ Honda CB350 Tracker

Written by Martin Hodgson Once the seat of the Catholic Popes, the fortified city of Avignon in southern France is resplendent with stunning Roman and Gothic architecture; but it also has a rich motorsport history. The Circuit de Lédenon is nestled on the opposite bank of the Rhone and F1 legend Jean Alesi’s father once built Monte Carlo winning rally cars here. Now there is a new man in town, tucked away in a small workshop, Matthieu Volpi builds motorcycles to the most exacting of standards...
Tags: France, Motorcycles, Bmw, Honda, Avignon, Kawasaki, Monte Carlo, Rhone, CB, Matthieu, Jean Alesi, Heidenau, Volpi, Martin Hodgson, ON Volpi Motorcycles, Circuit de Lédenon

Carlos Ghosn Re-arrested Following New Allegation

Just yesterday, it looked as if Renault CEO and former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn might make it out of jail by the weekend. Japanese prosecutors had another idea, however. The industry titan was re-arrested Friday morning on suspicion of aggravated breach of trust, pushing the possibility of bail and a hotel Christmas further from the […] The post Carlos Ghosn Re-arrested Following New Allegation appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: People, Autos, Law And Order, Nissan, Renault, Carlos Ghosn, News Blog, Renault-Nissan Alliance

Chevrolet’s worst-kept secret, the mid-engined Corvette, goes viral

Chevrolet has major changes in store for the eighth-generation Corvette. The coupe will arrive in 2019 with a mid-mounted engine. We won't see it at the Detroit auto show, but spy shots and rumors give us a good idea of what to expect. The post Chevrolet’s worst-kept secret, the mid-engined Corvette, goes viral appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Chevrolet, Sports Cars, Detroit, Chevrolet Corvette

Piston Slap: Roughing It in Tucson?

Steven writes: Hi Sajeev, I have a 2016 Hyundai Tucson 1.6T with 90K and I have an intermittent issue of a rough idle with the A/C on — it feels very jumpy and did not have this issue before. When you turn it back off the idle becomes smooth again. I’ve cleaned the MAP and […] The post Piston Slap: Roughing It in Tucson? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Steven, Tucson, Hyundai Tucson, Idle, News Blog, Piston Slap, Spark Plug, Direct Injection, Air Conditoning, Poor Idle, Rough Idle, rough idle with the A/C on

FCA's Pentastar V6 Could Soon Make Way For A Turbocharged I6

Fiat Chrysler brands including Jeep and Chrysler could be about to ditch the long-serving and respected Pentastar V6 in favour of something new
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BMW’s Head of Design Discusses the Future of Motorcycle Design

A Design Evolution Is Coming Edgar Heinrich, BMW Head of Design, discussed how BMW’s new S1000RR changed and how electric bikes could change the future of motorcycle design in a recent interview. Motorcycle News talked with Heinrich, and he had some pretty interesting things to say. His focus began on the new S1000RR. He first discussed how it lost its asymmetrical headlights. The old S1000RR had kind of a Forrest Whitaker quality to its gaze. It had one roundish headlight and one more angular....
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Jawa & Jawa Forty-Two waiting period rises to 6 months

The Jawa classic and Jawa Forty-Two have a waiting period of up to six months...
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2019 Maruti Baleno (facelift) to launch next month - Report

Gaadiwaadi claims that the 2019 Maruti Baleno (facelift) is only a month away...
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Jawa & Jawa Forty-Two dual-channel ABS variants launched; Priced from INR 1.64 lakh

Classic Legends has launched the dual-channel ABS variants of the Jawa classic...
Tags: Autos, Jawa, Jawa Forty Two

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