‘Permanent Ban’ On Chinese EVs Recommended By Ohio Senator
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by James Gilboy
9h ago
BYD An Ohio Senator has called for the most extreme protectionism against Chinese electric vehicles yet: A total ban. Regardless of whether the White House listens, the request marks a significant escalation against the Chinese car industry as Washington struggles to stave off the looming prospect of cheap, foreign-built cars. “I implore you to take bold, aggressive action and to permanently ban EVs produced by Chinese companies or whatever subsidiaries they establish to conceal their origins,” said Senator Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, in a statement to President Biden quoted by Reuters ..read more
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Happiness Is Collecting Unloved Porsches and Driving Them Hard
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by Kyle Cheromcha
10h ago
Cyrus Jilla has a few rules for his Porsches: they have to be underdogs, they have to be great colors, and they have to get driven hard. There are countless ways to build a car collection—brands, models, themes, eras, prices, you name it—but I think you’ll agree that Cyrus’ approach is a breath of fresh air. Especially in the famously… exacting world of Porsche, where super limited editions and paint-to-sample masterpieces take up so much room in the zeitgeist. That’s why he set out to build a stable of the unloved, the under-appreciated, and the overlooked Porsches: a 1986 944 Turbo, 2004 91 ..read more
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Ford’s Hands-Free BlueCruise Was Active in Fatal Crash, Officials Say
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by James Gilboy
12h ago
Ford The National Transportation Safety Board has found that Ford’s hands-free highway driving assist BlueCruise was active during a fatal crash in February. Its investigation places one of the leading commercially available driving assist under scrutiny, and the outcome might jeopardize the future of automated driving tech in the United States. The crash in question occurred on February 24 around 9:50 pm, when a Ford Mustang Mach-E traveling on Interstate 10 through San Antonio, TX rear-ended a stationary Honda CR-V. An NTSB statement reported by Reuters indicates a witness saw the Honda imm ..read more
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A Shady Tow Truck Tried to Haul Away a Moving Car, Then Chased After It
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by José Rodríguez Jr.
13h ago
ABC7 News Bay Area via YouTube A towing company with an alleged history of illegal practices is getting all the wrong kind of attention after one of its drivers attempted to tow a moving vehicle with two occupants inside. Video of a Ram 5500 trying to hook a Toyota Corolla idling at a stoplight in San Francisco has gone viral, and prompted a statement from City Attorney David Chiu, who told ABC7 Bay Area that the truck driver’s aggressive behavior is “unfortunately, not surprising,” given Specialty Towing’s history of breaking the law and generally unscrupulous behavior. While it may not be s ..read more
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Harbor Freight’s Spring Black Friday Sale is on and It’s Awesome
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by Hank O’Hop
14h ago
I know. The last thing you want to think about is winter. That is unless we’re talking about sales prices. Holiday deals are always something to look forward to. Luckily, Harbor Freight isn’t making you wait until the cold, dark, depressing part of the year to take advantage of them with its Spring Black Friday event opening to the general public.  Sure, Inside Track club members got a bit of a head start, but there are still plenty of deals to go around. The best of the batch is easily the free McGraw air tool included with the purchase of a McGraw air compressor. Some of the compressor ..read more
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Best Truck GPS Navigation: Optimize Your Driving
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by Elijah Nicholson-Messmer
14h ago
If juggling HOS planning, mapping multi-point trips, and tracking down relevant POIs is more taxing than the actual driving, it’s time to consider buying a dedicated GPS navigation system for your truck. Years ago GPS units were fairly basic: put in the destination and follow the directions. That’s why many drivers have ditched the traditional GPS device for simple phone apps like Google or Apple Maps.  But, if you’re a professional truck driver, a modern GPS device can help you with everything from truck-specific routes to real-time weather and traffic updates. The issue now is figuring ..read more
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2024 Jeep Gladiator Mojave First Drive Review: An Adventure at Any Speed
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by Andrew P. Collins
17h ago
Andrew P. Collins You can spot a 2024 Jeep Gladiator over the outgoing model by its black grille. There are two updates of actual significance: The truck now has curtain airbags (pretty cool for a convertible) and a significantly sleeker dashboard screen. Most importantly it’s still an absolute hoot to drive in the right situations. I love me an old-school off-roader and Jeep’s Wrangler and Gladiator are as anachronistic as it gets these days. Solid axles, available manual transmission, quick-release doors, and Second World War styling make these things look like classic cars even as they sit ..read more
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How One Guy Built a Saab Sanctuary in the Middle of New York City
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by Andrew P. Collins
18h ago
Tom Gorelik I’ve encountered many car enthusiasts with a weirdly spiritual relationship with the defunct Swedish automaker Saab. Zurich Classic Motors owner Mark Skinner takes it to another level, lovingly maintaining one of the coolest Saabs I’ve ever seen and keeping it in a garage that’s almost as interesting as the car itself. This new episode of CARISMA is a little more sprawling than others we’ve run so far. You’ll learn about the Saab 99 EMS, a car few people will spot on the road in their lifetime—let alone drive—and get a tour of what might be the neatest privately kept parking gar ..read more
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Italy Tells Alfa Romeo It’s Illegal to Build the Milano in Poland
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by Adam Ismail
18h ago
Stellantis, The Drive This past week, Alfa Romeo introduced its new Milano compact crossover. It’s a vehicle we’re unlikely to see here in the U.S., as it shares bones with Fiat’s new 600 as well as the Jeep Avenger, and unfortunately for the automaker it’s caused a bit of a stir with the local government. See, the Milano is built in Poland, like its Stellantis stablemates, but Italy happens to have rather strict rules about marketing products with Italian-sounding names that aren’t actually built there. And now, officials are calling Alfa out. “A car called Milano cannot be produced in Polan ..read more
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Student-Made Zonda Tribute Is Prettier Than Anything Pagani’s Done in 13 Years
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by Nico DeMattia
1d ago
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Zonda, the vehicle that instantly thrust Pagani into supercar superstardom. Yet, the Italian brand arguably failed to capture enthusiasts’ imaginations in quite the same way with its two follow-ups, the Huayra and Utopia. Thankfully, students from the Instituto Europeo di Design (IED) created a gorgeous homage to the Zonda, and it’s better looking than anything Pagani’s crafted since. Unfortunately the Alisea, as it’s called, is just a static design concept and not a fully functioning car because good lord, is it gorgeous. The purpose of the project ..read more
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