Posts Tagged ‘automobiles’

Autobianchi Bianchina

December 16, 2022

If a Bianchi bicycle married a Fiat 500, they’d have a cute little baby Autobianchi Bianchina. Made in Milan, it was a car for a recovering post-war Europe (and in this case, Britain). This model is probably known as the Autobianchi Bianchina Furgoncino, a pint-sized commerial van. Ian Seabrook takes it through its tiny little paces.

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Low & Slow: Cruising in California

December 2, 2022

Cruising is legal again in Sacramento after years of discriminatory ordinances targeting Chicanos. Lowriders are cruising again. Hopping, bouncing, and skipping, too.

More:

“Cruising is back in Sacramento, how locals are celebrating a change decades in the making,” Luke Cleary, KXTV ABC10

“Lawmakers Urge More Cities to Repeal Cruising Bans,” California City News

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Ferrari

November 22, 2022

How to build a Ferrari. A look inside Ferrari’s car factory in Maranello, Italy.

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Endangered Species: Stick Shifts

November 14, 2022

In 2006, 47 percent of car models sold in the US offered standard or optional manual transmissions. One decade later, only 27 percent of new cars offered manuals. By 2020, the number was just 13 percent.

More:

“8 Manual Transmission Statistics,” Pete Ortiz, House Grail

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All the King’s Cars

September 13, 2022

King Charles III motors into the throne with a garage full of autos, but his personal vehicle is a Jaguar-Land Rover I-PACE EV, and His Majesty’s Aston Martin DB6 runs on old wine and cheese.

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Self-Driving Car Crashes

June 22, 2022

Self-Driving Car Crashes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that, since July 2021, 392 car crashes in the United States ocurred while vehicles were using advanced driver-assistance systems. Of these, 273, about 70 percent, were Tesla vehicles running its Autopilot software. During the same period, Honda reported 90 crashes and Subaru reported 10 crashes.

More:

“Teslas running Autopilot involved in 273 crashes reported since last year,” Faiz Siddiqui, Rachel Lerman, and Jeremy B. Merrill, Washington Post

“NHTSA: ‘Self-driving’ cars were linked to 392 crashes in 10 months,” J. Fingas, Engadget

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Top image (“Tesla Robot Taxi”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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Rise And Fall Of The Volkswagen Beetle

March 28, 2022

In 81 years of production. the VW Beetle sold over 23 million units. The final Beetle rolled off the assembly line in Puebla, Mexico, in 2019. A Business Insider video.

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Why You Won’t See a Tesla Commercial

February 15, 2022

You won’t See a Tesla commercial on TV. Celebrities and influencers (including Elon Musk) do the work of ads for free. The company puts money into research and development instead of PR. A Newsthink video by Cindy Pom.

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100 Years: Evolution of the Car Chase

August 13, 2021

“How Car Chase Scenes Have Evolved Over 100 Years,” a video by Movies Insider.

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Höga, Ikea’s Flat-Pack Car. Some Assembly Required.

June 1, 2021

The Höga is a modular, assemble-yourself elecric-powered concept for an urban car. If Ikea and Renault had a baby, it might look like this, shipped as 374 pieces, complete with a 3mm hex wrench, for €5,300 ($6,467 USD). This is a thesis project created by transportation design student Ryan Schlotthauer.

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