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Psst, hey, kid, want a brand new 1980s Soviet kei car? Psst, hey, kid, want a brand new 1980s Soviet kei car?

This is a thing you can buy, today, as a model year 2019 car (I think based on leftover bodies from 2008 or earlier though).

You know what bothers me about modern mobile devices? You know what bothers me about modern mobile devices?

Energy efficiency has been completely deprioritized.

Stupid idea...

...does a Viper engine fit in an E60? I feel like that might be a way to deal with the S85's tendency to grenade while keeping the correct cylinder count.

Hot take: gas is too damn cheap Hot take: gas is too damn cheap

And if I were actually getting gas, I’d probably get 20 cents off that due to fuel points. (I was instead riding my new toy, because it was actually warm today.)

Screw it, let's do my timeline. Screw it, let's do my timeline.

Unreliable as fuck, slow, but it was my first car, damn it. And, I actually wanted this one - felt like running it on homemade biodiesel would be a better bet than a Geo Metro or Ford Festiva, and even back then, a CRX HF was as unobtainium as these.

So, there's apparently a new Corolla hybrid for the US... So, there's apparently a new Corolla hybrid for the US...

...and Toyota’s claiming 50+ MPG combined, which puts it in very direct competition with the Prius. Same powertrain, same chassis, similar size, and newer infotainment.

Well, I finally bought an EV... Well, I finally bought an EV...

...it’s a Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter, the model that most of the scooter sharing companies use. I was going to wait for spring, when I could actually, you know, use it... but it’s on sale for $449, and tariffs had raised them to $600 normally.

A joke, but this time it's Japanese, not German A joke, but this time it's Japanese, not German

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid: because 90 MPGe/17 mile range on 8.8 kWh, and 35 MPG combined, with a big lump of battery in the cargo area (just like the Prius Prime), in a lifted Impreza Hatch is supposed to impress me?

My new tires have friggin' leaves on the sidewall. My new tires have friggin' leaves on the sidewall.

I guess they go with the leaves on the floormats?

Holy shit, the packaging. Holy shit, the packaging.

Say what you will about Honda, they’ve figured out packaging. (That’s the new N-Van, which apparently replaced the Acty/Vamos vans (not the Acty truck, though) this year. Sadly, FWD now instead of mid-engine RWD. But, if you don’t get the turbo, you can get a 6-speed manual.)

This has to have been posted before, right? This has to have been posted before, right?

Just in case, posting it. And, for good measure, a link to the writeup on how those work.

Hour rule Hour rule

Rotary engine car, but not the modern definition.

Cold take Cold take

Automotive designers that don’t design their cars to look good with front plates - something mandated in most of the world, with the exception of less than half of the US - are bad at their job.

Stupid idea for a kit car

Start with, oh, a Lotus Seven clone design.

Horrifying realization re: antique EVs and the current laws Horrifying realization re: antique EVs and the current laws

I’d like to direct your attention to this photo:

Daily, Track, Burn: Three-wheel vaporware edition Daily, Track, Burn: Three-wheel vaporware edition

Breaking into the automotive industry is incredibly difficult - getting through all of the regulatory hurdles is near-Sisyphean. As a result, many startup automakers over the years have decided to lose a rear wheel to qualify for the motorcycle rules, especially those looking to make high efficiency vehicles. While…

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