Posts Tagged ‘cars’

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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Pinto Squire

June 12, 2022

“Pinto Squire,” written and recorded by Tom Heinl, 2003. The Ford Pinto Squire was the faux-wood paneled, 2-door-plus-tailgate station wagon produced from 1972 to 1980. This not the “woodie” the Beach Boys were singing about.

Bonus: 1972 Ford Pinto Squire commercial.

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All of James Bond’s Aston Martins

March 30, 2022

Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman talks about all the Aston Martin cars that appear in the James Bond movies.

Aston Martin website

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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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The History of Electric Cars

March 7, 2022

By the end of the 19th century, 38% of American cars were electric. But early car batteries were expensive and inefficient, and the vehicles were twice the price of a gas-powered car. Enter the cheap Model T, and goodbye electric autos. Now that gas-powered cars have warmed the climate, can the market for electric cars heat up again? A TED-Ed video by Daniel Sperling and Gil Tal, narrated by Jack Cutmore-Scott, and animated by Lobster Studio.

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