Commenter Of The Day: Asymptotic Admiration Edition

You do a bit of writin' for a living, you fall into some patterns, habits, etc. Like, you see certain words, you grow acquainted with them, but you never really think about using them. Because, friends. they are intimidating, or you just don't quite know how to work the gears and levers. So, when you see one of these… » 3/28/08 6:00pm 3/28/08 6:00pm

Commenter Of The Day: Reversal Of Fortune Edition

Try this on for size: Between the wars, at its pinnacle in the 20th century, Britain exerted dominion over almost half a billion people. Yes, yes, it would all go completely to crap in less than 50 years and leave us associating the UK with the likes of the Spice Girls, Simon Cowell and Amy Winehouse. Imperialists… » 3/27/08 6:15pm 3/27/08 6:15pm

Union Pacific Rail Hops On Green Train Like Some Treehugging Hobo

Sometimes we're astonished by the kinds of spin we witness around Green issues. Take Union Pacific, for example. They just dropped a press release that touts their contribution to the environment—because they ferry around hybrid cars and are expanding their rail network, to the tune of a cool billion, so that they can… » 3/27/08 1:15pm 3/27/08 1:15pm

Commenter Of The Day: Junk In The Trunk Edition

Yowser! Sometimes our commentariat gets a tad b**tchy, and we mean that in the best possible way, because it usually cracks us up. Like, seriously. Just a general announcement: We approve of a little nastified hilarity from time to time, as long as it's all in good fun and preferably at the expense of absurd… » 3/24/08 6:00pm 3/24/08 6:00pm

Commenter Of The Day: Page Six Edition

They say you haven't really arrived in New York until you've made it into a certain tabloid. Which sells for less than a buck. And was founded by Alexander Hamilton. And is at least glanced at by just about everyone in town. And likes big headlines. Big loud headlines. This publication is fun, more fun much of the… » 3/21/08 6:00pm 3/21/08 6:00pm

Performance Art And The Automobile: A 1963 LeSabre, A Typewriter And…

What is it about wildly influential California artists and their romance with the automobile? Heck, if cars had never come to Cali (perish the thought), Cal Arts would barely have any faculty! Our last installment of Performance Art and the Automobile brought us Chris Burden's hyper-mile'n car-bike. This time around,… » 3/21/08 1:15pm 3/21/08 1:15pm

One-Minute Judgment: Wert Assesses The Transit Connect

Our whip-wielding road crew warden gallant leader put on his bespoke suit and Burberry cravat at the New York Auto Show and told exactly what he thinks of the adorable Ford Transit Connect, which is bravenewworld-speak for "New York City Taxi Concept." Wert was slingin' the deadpan humor in the way that… » 3/21/08 10:45am 3/21/08 10:45am

Commenter Of The Day: Fake Covert U.S. Federal Government Space Aliens…

We all love the mythology of Area 51 and all, but when it comes to great exercises in pop-cultural paranoia, secret bases in the desert and under ground skunkworks lose out to... New York City. Our home for the past few days, as we take in the New York Auto Show. Whenever we're here and thinking about, you know,… » 3/20/08 6:00pm 3/20/08 6:00pm

What Bentley Believes: 17-Page CO2 Manifesto Has Been Read

Bentley is refreshing. Their ultra-luxe, mega-horsepower sleds, favored rides of autocrats, royalty and rap tycoons, are such a specialized product that the Craftsmen of Crewe can pretty much reduce their whole climate-change/fuel-scarcity strategy to a question of customer relations. I promised I'd read the white… » 3/20/08 4:45pm 3/20/08 4:45pm

Kia Koup Concept Teased At New York Auto Show Soiree

A certain South Korean carmaker was keeping busy after hours in the City That Does Not Know Sleep: Kia brough us this striptease of the Kia Koup concept vehicle as the sun set on Day One of the New York Auto Show. From what we can tell, the new design is all slim, sleek and back-swept—horizontal curves and narrow,… » 3/20/08 8:45am 3/20/08 8:45am

2008 New York Auto Show: Jalopnik Does Day Two!

The team's all here at the Javits Center and ready to go. If you've read all our coverage so far, feel free to skip right over this post. However, if you've not yet had a chance to check out our full taste of the big, red and juicy autogasmic apple — then this post is for you. Remember, you can follow along today at… » 3/20/08 8:31am 3/20/08 8:31am

Commenter Of The Day: Unsafe At Any Speed Edition

Wow, it's been a thrilling first day here at the New York Auto Show. We've been postin' like mad, and the Jalopnik commentariat has been right there with us. Of course, action continues to swirl around the El Camino campaign, and so it's only natural that our COTD would rise from the debate generated by the revival of… » 3/19/08 6:30pm 3/19/08 6:30pm

Backseat Nav/Entertainment Screen Distracts NYers from Cabbie Hoonage

It was just like old times! On the eve of the New York Auto Show, several Jalopnik staffers hopped into a cab, called out an address—and immediately felt the familiar sensation of a Ford Crown Vic having its pedal jammed to the metal. Gotta love NYC cab drivers. As we were being tossed hither and yon in the back seat,… » 3/19/08 5:30pm 3/19/08 5:30pm

Bentley Brings 17-Page Emissions-Reduction Plan To NYC, Also Some Dang…

Let's just get this out of the way up front so you can come back later: Bentley brought no new luxurious nor mega-costly glistening sheet metal hand-rubbed to a burnished sheen by ambidextrous master craft-rubbers at their lush production palace factory in Crewe, England. Instead, at this New York Auto Show they… » 3/19/08 3:45pm 3/19/08 3:45pm

Most Liked Ad: Hummer For The Win!

Just prior to Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli's New York Auto Show keynote speech this morning, some guy who works for The Dark Lord of All Media Rupert Murdoch conducted a none-too-brief awards ceremony for carmkers, their marketing muckety-mucks, and their ad agencies. IAG Research, an advertising-effectiveness-measuring… » 3/19/08 12:15pm 3/19/08 12:15pm

Keynote! Chrysler CEO Nardelli Heralds New Era of "Globality" At…

Did you know that Bob Nardelli is a "car guy?" He is, baby. Of course, that didn't stop him from trotting out something that most legit car guys would rather drink used motor oil than sit through: the dreaded pie-in-the-sky biz-speak PowerPoint presentation. Post-breakfast, as a roomful of eyes slowly glazed,… » 3/19/08 10:50am 3/19/08 10:50am

Commenter Of The Day: Checking My List, Checking It Twice Edition

The car show circuit has wound its merry way to the Big Apple. And with the New York Auto Show about to commence, we know that everyone has a whole bevy of things they just gots to see. Heck, we made this tendency among Jalops to create litanies of desire our Question Of The Day. And accordingly, we were rewarded with… » 3/18/08 6:00pm 3/18/08 6:00pm

Is New York City The Last Bastion of Body on Frame?

It sure is. Maybe we're just unusually attuned, having been rendered all self-reliant by SoCal life, where being ferried around by somebody else is a sign of weakness. But as soon as we hit the outerboroughs this morning on our way into the City That Never Sleeps, en route to cover the New York Auto Show, we were… » 3/18/08 5:00pm 3/18/08 5:00pm

Was It Savvy Or Stupid For Chrysler To Close Its Cali Design Studio?

Beware the Ides of March. By now, Chrysler's Pacifica Design Center in Carlsbad, CA should be a warren of ghost-cubicles, with perhaps a few shreds of jettisoned sketches for futurecars scattered on the industrial carpeting, reduced to janitorial found art. The Pentastar has shut it down and concentrated "blue sky"… » 3/18/08 12:30pm 3/18/08 12:30pm