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This Scion xB Dressed as an Old Volkswagen Microbus Is Remarkably Well Done

I suspect that this is the sort of thing that many people will find ridiculous. Volkswagen Type 2 purists may be disgusted, many people will be confused, some will think it’s just absurd. But they’re all wrong. I think this thing is masterfully realized with a remarkable degree of skill, and makes a powerful statement …

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The Lamborghini Urus Wearing 23-Inch Wheels Is the Same as a Short Girl in Platform Heels

Photo: Lamborghini Besides the 2019 Lamborghini Urus’s power, speed and incredible brakes, its other standout feature concerns a factory option. 23-inch wheels, to be specific. They sound ridiculous, and they are. The 2019 Lamborghini Urus Drives Like the Vengeful King of Crossovers At some point during my lap in the 2019 Lamborghini Urus at the …

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A Design Engineer Explains Exactly Why Your Car Is So Boring

Imagine you’ve just been hired as a design engineer at a major automotive manufacturer. Your boss introduces himself and says “Hey, are you ready to design the most innovative, mind-blowing, original car you’ve ever seen?” Now stop imagining that, because your boss isn’t going to say that. Maybe Elon Musk says that to his new …

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Rubber Accordion Shifter Boots Are Better Than Leather Ballsack Shifter Boots

I’m pretty sure most of us, given the choice, would want a lovely, precise gated shifter for our manual cars. But the truth is we don’t usually have a choice, and society dictates that the point of contact between shifter and chassis is somehow unseemly, so it must be hidden with a modesty boot of …

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Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even Enters the Public Domain Next Year

It’s been two decades since copyrighted works were allowed to enter the public domain, but next year, the 20-year hiatus that was instituted in 1998 will finally end, and in 2019 all copyrighted works from 1923 will be available for anyone to use, modify, be inspired by, or anything else, as they will be public …

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These AI-Generated Cars Will Melt Your Brain

There’s been a lot of coverage in the news lately about the results a group of researchers at NVIDIA have been getting with advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms that have been used to generate alarmingly naturalistic-looking human faces. The faces are very impressive and suggest a lot of complicated possibilities, but what no one is …

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What’s the Most Random Feature on Your Car?

CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.   I recently discovered that my 1984 BMW 733i has not one but two cigarette lighters: One up front, as is customary, and one for the rear passengers too. This information is of little consequence to me, however, as I’m not a smoker (unless …

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Lincoln Teases Us With Suicide Doors Yet Again, Like They Always Do

Lincoln has a very specific kink, and they love to tease us with it. The kink is the suicide door—specifically, rear suicide doors on a four-door car, in a configuration called “clapdoor” and made famous on the fourth-gen, 1961 to 1969 Lincoln Continental. It’s a great look, and while I would love to see a …

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With Sedans Going Away, It May Be Time to Change the Default ‘Car’ Icon to Something Else

It’s pretty well known now that sedans—the once-default, three-box design for a passenger car—are rapidly falling out of favor, especially in America. While the ratio of sedans on American roads is diluting every day, the iconic sedan shape is still the default icon for the generic idea of “car” on most official and unofficial signage. …