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Sedans dying is a good thing. When we regain sanity and stop buying crossovers and pickups by default, bring on the hatchbacks, liftbacks, and wagons.

Fuuuuuuck me. Fuuuuuuck me.

Pretty sure LMP1s aren’t supposed to do that.

What is the oldest powertrain currently on sale in a car or truck in the US market? What is the oldest powertrain currently on sale in a car or truck in the US market?

I want engine and transmission combination here (if it’s a single-speed, then I want reduction boxes between the engine and the axle). Can you beat the Yaris?

V-TACS just kicked in, yo. V-TACS just kicked in, yo.

This Honda Beat isn’t a kei car.

Even cars have gotten taller over the years. Even cars have gotten taller over the years.

So, we’re lamenting the death of Ford’s cars, but I could actually argue that cars, as we knew them, have been dying for quite a while, by getting taller and taller.

An oldie, but a goodie, and it's timely, too. An oldie, but a goodie, and it's timely, too.

This gets a bit NSFW (drawn diagrams of reproductive organs), but it’s also fucking hilarious.

Fucking damnit, WEC

Looks like the WEC app will be geoblocked in the US and English-speaking Canada, and viewers will be forced to Velocity/Motor Trend Network.

This shit? This is fuckin' hilarious. This shit? This is fuckin' hilarious.

If you can’t pass a test legitimately, just cheat it. Doesn’t matter if it’s standardized emissions testing, or if it’s automated code unit testing.

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With hybrids and EVs requiring less braking capability, automakers should take the opportunity to improve ride quality for American roads.

This is fantastic. This is fantastic.

The Union of Concerned Scientists updated their EV greenhouse gas emissions data, based on eGRID 2016 data, GREET 2017 data, and 2017 EV sales.

Meanwhile in Germany... Meanwhile in Germany...

Volkswagen apparently doesn’t actually get it.

World Debut of the Lexus UX, Further Proof That Words Don't Mean Things, and Anything Called a Crossover Will Sell Like Hotcakes World Debut of the Lexus UX, Further Proof That Words Don't Mean Things, and Anything Called a Crossover Will Sell Like Hotcakes

Kristen Lee already covered this on Jalopnik, but I felt like commenting on it myself.

Why the mainstream automakers are lagging so badly on EVs

This started out as a comment on the front page, but I felt it warranted a full post.

How are the Germans so, so goddamn bad at PHEVs? How are the Germans so, so goddamn bad at PHEVs?

So apparently Mercedes is launching a C and E-Class diesel PHEV at Geneva.

TIL (minivan content) TIL (minivan content)

Chrysler made electric minivans that were actually pretty advanced for their time. This thing even has a skateboard layout (that is, battery nestled between the front and rear subframe), which maximizes battery capacity.

Unusual ways to change gear, gasoline-electric edition (and a stolen theme) Unusual ways to change gear, gasoline-electric edition (and a stolen theme)

Make a magnetic power-split transmission, as used in the Owen Magnetic.

Looks like there's another 40%+ thermally efficient gasoline engine Looks like there's another 40%+ thermally efficient gasoline engine

So Toyota dumped info on another set of new powertrains, and it looks like they got to 40% thermal efficiency again.

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