Learn the history of the VW Citi Golf, a South African legend

While several global markets were introduced to the then-brand-new Volkswagen Golf (also known as the Rabbit or Caribe) in 1974, South Africa was stuck with the Beetle. It wasn’t until 1978 that the small, affordable hatchback arrived and was met with resounding interest. But by that time, the car’s product cycle was already entering its twilight, and the much more expensive and larger Golf II was on the horizon. At the risk of losing the lower-priced market, VW introduced the Citi Golf in South Africa in 1984. From there, it became an icon in that part of the world.

Production of the Citi Golf, which was initially just a tweaked version of the Mk. 1 Golf, did not end until 2009. Volkswagen sold hundreds of thousands of the fun, family-oriented hatch throughout the years, and it carried on with no major design changes. It’s a love story recently captured by a company called Patina. With the help of VW historian John Lemon, who wrote the book on the car, Patina tells the car’s unique history (seriously, Lemon literally wrote Re:in:car:nation, a VW South Africa publication about the Citi Golf).

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Although its overall look didn’t change much, the Citi Golf did not sit idle as it matured through the years. Early on, it captured attention with two-tone red, blue, or yellow paint jobs. The bumpers, wheels, and sides had white detailing that gave the car a significantly different look.

In the late ’80s, VW gave the Citi Golf a light refresh with a new hood design, new bumpers, and a rear quarter that integrated what is now known as the hockey stick crease. Shortly after the redesign, VW introduced the Citi Golf CTi, South Africa’s version of the GTi, and the car became a tuning favorite.

Today, Lemon plays a little game while he takes trips around the city. He tries to guess how many Citi Golfs he’ll see from Point A to Point B, and he says it’s shocking how many are still around. Learn more about Citi Golf and Lemon’s history with the car in the full documentary above.

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Jaguar F-Type SVR and Range Rover Evoque Convertibles go rainbow for Pride

BMW isn’t the only automobile company getting involved in Pride Week, as Jaguar Land Rover announced it also has cars that will participate. And yes, they’re convertibles with rainbow stripes.

On Sunday, June 30, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will participate in the NYC Pride March with several themed vehicles and employees walking next to them. JLR chose two of its most intriguing vehicles in the Jaguar F-Type SVR convertible and the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

Jaguar unveiled two different F-Type SVRs, one in a gorgeous blue and the other in white. Both cars have the same detailing, though, including rainbow stripes on the the sides, rear bumpers, and hoods. The F-Types also have rainbow stripes across the tops of their windshields, and “JAG YOU ARE” decals across the windshields and rear bumpers.

The silver Evoque is only slightly different. It, too, has rainbow stripes across its doors, rear bumper, and windshield. Rather than a “JAG YOU ARE” decal, however, “EVOQUE” is spread across the front bumper in rainbow lettering.

You can check out these unique models at the Pride parade in NYC.

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Honda to recall 1.6M vehicles, finish Takata airbag recalls early


DETROIT — Honda is recalling 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace potentially deadly Takata airbag inflators, completing its required recalls six months ahead of schedule, the automaker said Friday.

When the latest recall is done, Honda says it will have recalled or accounted for 22.6 million inflators in about 12.9 million vehicles.

Takata inflators can explode with too much force and blow apart a metal canister, spewing shrapnel. Twenty-four people have been killed and hundreds injured by the inflators worldwide. Honda was Takata’s largest customer.

The Japanese company, which was forced into bankruptcy by the troubles, used the volatile chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion and inflate the air bags. But the chemical deteriorates when exposed to high temperatures and humidity and can burn too fast, blowing apart the canister designed to contain the explosion.

The recalls include many Honda and Acura models from 2003 through 2015. All received replacement inflators made by Takata before February 2017 and were scheduled to be recalled a second time to replace those with inflators made by another company.

Affected Honda models include the 2001-2012 Accord, the 2010-2015 Crosstour, the 2001-2011 Civic, 2002-2011 CR-V, the 2011-2015 CR-Z, the 2003-2011 Element, the 2007-2014 Fit, the 2010-2014 Insight, the 2002-2004 Odyssey, the 2003-2015 Pilot and the 2006-2014 Ridgeline.

Acura models include the 2003 3.2CL, the 2013 ILX, the 2003-2006 MDX, the 2015 RDX, the 2005-2012 RL, the 2002-2003 3.2TL, the 2009-2014 TL, the 2009-2014 TSX, and the 2010-2013 ZDX.

Honda said it has completed repairs or accounted for 83 percent of the vehicles, among the highest in the auto industry. Some of the inflators have been found in scrap yards or the vehicles are no longer in use.

Owners will be notified by letters starting in mid-August, and Honda is urging people to schedule repairs as soon as possible.

Nineteen automakers are recalling about 70 million inflators in what has become the largest string of automotive recalls in U.S. history. The recalls are taking place on a schedule set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recalls do not include inflators that have a moisture-absorbing chemical. The government will decide by the end of this year whether those should be recalled.

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Playing video games on a Tesla Model 3 is the epitome of millennialism


It was a bright, bright sunshiny day, and Autoblog Associate Producer Alex Malburg and I were filled with childlike anticipation, ready to go play some video games in a Tesla Model 3.

As we walked toward the Tesla showroom at the Somerset Collection (we laypeople just call it Somerset Mall) in Troy, Mich., neither of us knew what to expect. Of course we had seen the news and even reported on the addition of the Tesla Arcade feature to Tesla vehicle operating systems, but as two of Autoblog’s most serious resident video game nerds, we needed to experience this firsthand.

This was my first time checking out a Tesla showroom, and while it was indeed pretty cool, if you’ve never been to one, either, it’s probably exactly what you’d expect. To be blunt, it’s basically an Apple Store but Tesla-style. If you have an image in your head of what it looks like, there’s a 99% chance you’re dead on.

We took a quick lap around the showroom, but due to the minimalistic design there really wasn’t that much to see. There was a Tesla Powerwall, which was much bigger in person than I had assumed from photos, and a few giant touchscreen monitors displaying information, one of which my compatriot Alex touched and immediately caused to stop working. Is that a comment on the screen software or Alex’s affect on technology? Who’s to say.

Eventually we hopped in the car, also my first experience inside a Model 3, and it definitely does put the 3 in S3XY. Pretty much everything about the car made my brain start screaming, “I want this.” Now, before the comments section gets spammed with ELONBLOG, I’ll ‘fess up and say that I may be the biggest Elon apologist in the office. Do I wish he didn’t do things like (allegedly) trip acid with Grimes and then make dumb weed jokes about the valuation of his publicly traded company on Twitter? Yeah, obviously. Does that discount from the fact that Tesla vehicles absolutely ooze awesomeness? Not in my millennial brain. Not in the slightest.

I sat down in the driver’s seat and was greeted by a large, crisp touchscreen in the middle of the cockpit. After fiddling with the screen for a bit, we finally found the treasure trove: Tesla Arcade. There were 10 games total, with some classics like Centipede, 2048, and Lunar Lander, but the real show stopper that we had come to see is the Tesla-specific edition of Beach Buggy Racing 2. Beach Buggy Racing 2 is a kart racer in the vein of Mario Kart or Crash Team Racing, but you can actually control your vehicle in the game by using the steering wheel and brake pedal in the Model 3.

I’ll be honest, my expectations were somewhat low, but the experience exceeded them. I got particularly nervous after turning the steering wheel for the first time. Turning the wheel to control the game actually turns the front tires as well, and when your vehicle is sitting on the recently polished tile floor of a suburban mall, it’s not the greatest sound. The squeak of the tires sounded like some kind of screaming animal and made me nervous that it would be difficult to play without being extremely disruptive. Thankfully, though, once the game started it was clear that some real thought was put into how it all worked. The game controls were extremely sensitive, so you barely had to move the wheel at all to control the car.

If you know anything about kart racers, you know that for most of them, especially on the lower difficulty levels, the brake button might as well not even be there. The same was true of Beach Buggy Racing 2. I used the brake pedal just to see what it was like, but on the track I played, it was mostly unnecessary. That said, it felt good, and I’m sure the feature is more useful later on in the game.

The most frustrating part of the experience was that while searching through some of the other games, the system completely froze up. We’d have to exit the Tesla Arcade and re-open it to make anything happen. This is not a great look for software on the same system that runs your entire vehicle. You would hope it would be flawless, but unfortunately we experienced this several times during our brief time in the vehicle. We’ve all by this point in 2019 probably become extremely used to performing a hard reset on a phone or a tablet when something freezes up, but I’m really not sure if people will or should accept those same annoyances from their car. There needs to be a different and higher standard, and while the experience was fun, those issues were concerning.

Will arcade games make anyone run out and buy a Tesla? Absolutely not. Is this a fun, innovative way to keep drivers entertained while waiting to top off at a Supercharger? Absolutely, yes. My only hope would be that they tighten up the OS and of course continue to add more games. With a subscription service thrown into the mix, similar to something like Microsoft’s Xbox Gamepass, this could be a no-brainer revenue stream for the company and a huge opportunity for Tesla owners to embrace the gamer within. If you don’t believe me, head to your nearest Tesla showroom and check it out for yourself.

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2020 Chevrolet Silverado Review and Buying Guide | More power in more trims

In sports, a team can have a great off-season spent improving its roster, generating plenty of positive headlines, but that team can still end up losing if all the other teams got even better. And thus is our metaphor for the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, a truck that’s a whole lot better than the one it replaced last year, but one that falls short when compared to its Ram and Ford competitors.

Now, its strong capability, diverse powertrain lineup and generous infotainment offerings still make the Silverado worthy of lengthy test drives. It’s certainly not a bad choice. Yet, it just doesn’t go far enough in a number of areas — most notably its drab and cheap interior — to generally outdo the other teams’ talents.

What’s new with Silverado for 2020?

The Silverado was completely redesigned last year, and although changes are few for 2020, we do see a dramatic increase in engine availability. Chiefly, the 6.2-liter V8 trickles down the lineup and is now offered on the Custom Trail Boss, LT Trail Boss and RST trim levels. On the other end of the cylinder count, the 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder can now be had on the Custom trim level as an option (it’s standard on the LT and RST).The 5.3-liter V8 with Dynamic Fuel Management can now be paired with the 10-speed automatic previously reserved for the 6.2. It’s standard on the LT Trail Boss and optional on the High Country. All other versions of the 5.3-liter with DFM stick with the eight-speed auto. Finally, the Duramax diesel engine arrives on the scene, boasting impressive torque and refinement.

Technology has also been upgraded, as the Silverado HD’s new trailering apps and 15-view trailering camera system trickle down to the 1500. The available adaptive cruise control system is also enhanced with a new camera-based sensor.

What’s the Silverado’s interior and in-car technology like?

The Silverado’s cabin is its least compelling and competitive attribute, falling far behind the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 in terms of quality and visually appealing design. Even the range-topping High Country lacks the luxurious touches and ambiance we’ve come to expect in such high-dollar trucks. Although it represents a minor upgrade over the previous Silverado, the segment has improved dramatically to the point that even those looking at a more basically equipped model can now expect more than what the Silverado’s interior provides.

That said, at least the technology offerings are generous. Every trim level comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a six-speaker sound system (two speakers with a regular cab). Starting with the popular LT trim, you get two extra USB ports, an 8-inch touchscreen, OnStar and in-truck 4G LTE WiFi. Upper trim levels can add extra USB ports, various trailering apps and aids, multiple camera systems for parking and trailering, wireless smartphone charging and audio upgrades.

How big is Silverado?

The Silverado 1500 Crew Cab is the biggest one yet, with limo-like sprawl-out space in its back seat aided by a colossal rear door. As expected, the Double Cab’s rear seatback is more upright and less comfortable. Legroom may be class-leading, but it’s still tight behind a tall driver, meaning the Double Cab’s back seat is ultimately best suited for occasional use. At least its front-hinged rear doors are a better setup than the F-150 Super Cab’s annoying clamshells.

As usual, you can get a three-person 40/20/40 split bench up front or bucket seats with a full center console. For the three-person front bench, the Silverado provides decent storage space, including a bin under the seat, another under the armrest, a pair of sizable cupholders and a decent place to store your phone. The bucket seat setup’s center console lacks the clever storage solutions of the Ram 1500, and like every Silverado utilizes a space-saving (but not very sexy) column-stalk shifter.

What about the bed? The thinner, taller walls introduced last year have resulted in a bed that ultimately holds more than anything else in the segment. There’s more to consider than just bed length. Maximum payload ranges from 2,130 pounds for a 4×4 Crew Cab to 2,280 for a 4×2 Regular Cab. This is generally a few hundred pounds more than an F-150 or Ram 1500, which could theoretically make a difference, but you’d still be better off with a heavy-duty truck if you’re going to be routinely maxing out payload in such a way.

What’s Silverado’s performance and fuel economy?

The 2020 Silverado is available with an unmatched diversity of engine options, along with multiple transmissions and even cylinder deactivation systems. To make it easier to see which powertrain combo is available with which trim, we have provided a chart below in addition to describing the performance and fuel economy of each engine.

Things start off with a 4.6-liter V6 that produces 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. It comes standard with a six-speed automatic and Active Fuel Management (AFM) that shuts down half the cylinders to save fuel. All trims get 17 mpg in combined driving with this engine, except the Trail Boss that gets 16 mpg.

The unique 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque. It has an eight-speed automatic and also gets AFM (yes, it can run on two cylinders). It achieves between 19 and 21 mpg combined, which may seem like a minor advantage, but in terms of actual gas money spent, it’s a big deal. It’s also the best fuel economy of any non-diesel full-size truck.

The base V8 is a 5.3-liter unit that produces 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. With its six-speed automatic and AFM it returns 17 mpg combined. However, certain trim levels can outfit this engine with an eight-speed automatic and the more advanced Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM) that raises fuel economy to 18 (4WD) or 19 (2WD) mpg combined. For 2020, however, you can also pair it in certain trims with a 10-speed automatic. This should improve fuel economy further, but official figures had not been released at the time of this writing.

The upgraded V8 displaces 6.2 liters and produces 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. It only gets the 10-speed and DFM, and returns 17 mpg combined.

Also new for 2020 is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-six engine that produces 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. It too gets the 10-speed automatic. Fuel economy figures have not been announced at the time of this writing but should be the Silverado’s highest.

What’s the Silverado like to drive?

As you can tell from the huge number of drivetrains and trims levels, there are a lot of answers to this question. But we have driven a few different versions. We spent some time in a 5.3-liter Trail Boss, and found the engine paired well with the eight-speed automatic. We also towed a heavy load with a different Silverado powered by the big 6.2-liter and found that it did feel stronger than the 5.3-liter truck, but that you don’t strictly need it. The 5.3 is more than capable.

We found the turbocharged four-cylinder to be as beefy and efficient as advertised, easily assuaging concerns that you can’t put a four-cylinder in a full-size truck. Still, we think that it represents questionable value relative Ford’s small turbo V6 and Ram’s mild-hybrid V8.

Regardless of engine, we’ve been impressed with the Silverado’s road holding and steering. It feels more nimble than its rival trucks, as well as its predecessor. The ride quality is a sore spot, however. The LT Double Cab we tested bounded nautically over bumps, while other trims with bigger wheels produce tiresome impact harshness.

What more can I read about the Chevrolet Silverado?

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax First Drive

Our first driving impressions of the Silverado’s new Duramax diesel engine.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2019 Chevrolet Silverado LT Double Cab 2.7T Review
Find out what the Silverado Double Cab is like, as well as how the new turbocharged four-cylinder engine performs. You can also read more about the four-cylinder’s engineering in our Silverado 2.7L RST first drive review.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss Drivers’ Notes Review

Our editors in Michigan test the off-roading LT Trail Boss version of the new Silverado.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 First Drive Review

Our first chance behind the wheel covers more trim levels and includes a tow test. We also provide in-depth details about the new Silverado’s engineering and design.

What features are available and what’s Silverado’s price?

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is available in regular cab, (extended) Double Cab and Crew Cab styles as well as three bed lengths and two front seating options. There are then eight trim levels: Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ and High Country. You can see which engines are available on what trim level in the table above.

Pricing for 2020 was not available at the time of this writing, but we expect it to be very close (if not identical) to that of 2019 that started at $29,895 for a regular cab Work Truck, including a $1,595 destination charge. Even that trim includes automatic headlights, power windows and locks (Double and Crew cabs), a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, it also has vinyl seats and flooring, so consumers are most likely to start with the more civil Custom ($36,195 in 2019) that add basics upgrades like alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, carpeting, and cruise control.

The LT additions include LED headlights, auto climate control, extra USB ports, OnStar and 4G LTE WiFi.

The RST is largely an LT with body-colored trim in place of chrome, and a few extra niceties. The LTZ and High Country are the luxury trim levels. Although they certainly slather on the equipment, we’ve found their interiors to not be luxurious enough in look, feel or quality to warrant their lofty price points. They are nowhere close to what you’d get in a Ram 1500 Limited or Ford F-150 Platinum for basically the same money. See the photos below for reference.

Finally, the two Trail Boss trim levels add a 2-inch suspension lift, Rancho monotube shocks, special 18-inch wheels, Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires, a trailering package and the contents of the Z71 Off-Road package available on other trims: a two-speed transfer case, auto-locking rear differential, hill descent control and skid plates.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado2019 Ford F-150 Limited2019 Ram 1500 Limited – Indigo Frost Interior

What are Silverado’s safety equipment and crash ratings?

Forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist are only available on the range-topping LTZ and High Country trim levels. Blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning are available on all trim levels. A variety of camera systems and other technology features are also available to improve trailering, both in terms of ease of use as well as safety.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Silverado 1500 Crew Cab the highest possible rating of Good in all crash categories but the new small overlap front-passenger test where it got a Marginal (third of four) score. It also got a Poor headlight rating, but a Superior rating for its optional forward collision warning/prevention system.

What competitors to Silverado should you also consider?

Ram 1500
Our top full-size truck choice. Its innovation, ride quality and interior consistently impress.

Ford F-150
The oldest of the three American trucks, but still holding its own with constant updates and a diverse array of powertrain and model choices.

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2022 Aston Martin Vanquish to offer a manual transmission


The retail versions of the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valhalla remain a ways off, but carmaker CEO Andy Palmer but has given us something to look forward to beyond the flagship hypercar and its baby brother. Palmer told Australian outlet Car Sales that the Vanquish would be offered with a manual transmission. The pledge fulfills Palmer’s previous statement “that I want to be the last manufacturer in the world to offer manual sports cars, and I want to honor that commitment.”

There’s at least one potential caveat with this: The seven-speed dogleg manual transmission recently released for the Vantage AMR forced a reduction in power numbers. The gearbox, developed with transmission maker Graziano to work with the Mercedes-AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, cut torque to 461 pound-feet compared to 505 lb-ft in the automatic-equipped coupe. The detune added 0.3 seconds to the 0-60 mph time, but we’re confident buyers were happy with the compromise and tech bits that allowed full-throttle upshifts and rev-matching downshifts.

The Vanquish will use an electrified, twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter six-cylinder developed in-house at Aston Martin. Even so, with a lot more power and torque expected in order for the Vanquish to stand above the Vantage and battle the Ferrari F8 Tributo, McLaren 720 S, and Lamborghini Huracán, buyers could again face abridged output. Aston Martin hasn’t said a word about figures, but the F8 and 720 S already crest 700 hp and bring 568 lb-ft.

The Valhalla, which will use the same engine as the Vanquish but is predicted to pack around 1,000 hp, will forgo the manual. Palmer told Car Sales, “that car will only come with a paddleshift transmission.”

As with the Ferrari, but unlike the McLaren and the Lamborghini, the Vanquish gets a bonded aluminum tub instead of carbon. Aston Martin designed carbon tubs for the Valkyrie and Valhalla for “owners happy to sacrifice comfort for ultimate speed.” Palmer explained the Vanquish’s intended daily-driver usability drove the choice for aluminum, which permits a lower, narrower sill for easier ingress and egress. Having two architectures is more expensive for the small company, but Palmer explained, “Unlike McLaren we’re not trying to stretch the same assets over and over again. Our approach is … hopefully … a more compelling way of addressing a customer’s needs.”

When the Vanquish is unveiled in 2022, the price should start at around $450,000, putting $300,000 in daylight between it and the current Vantage. Variants to follow include the sun-kissed Volante convertible and the obligatory hardcore AMR model.

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Bipartisan Senate bill would electronically limit big trucks to 65 mph


DETROIT — Two U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would electronically limit tractor-trailer speeds to 65 miles per hour, a move they say would save lives on the nation’s highways.

Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Chris Coons, D-Del., introduced the measure Thursday, saying it would take the place of a proposed Department of Transportation regulation that has “languished in the federal process” for over a decade.

The majority of trucks on U.S. roads already have the speed-limiting software built in, but it’s not always used. Most other countries already use it to cap truck speeds, Isakson said in a statement.

The measure also would circumvent the Trump administration’s Department of Transportation, which has delayed any action on the proposed rule indefinitely as part of a sweeping retreat from regulations that the president says slow the economy.

The rule, which didn’t propose a top speed but said the government had studied 60, 65 and 68 mph, has been stuck since it moved through the public comment stage in November of 2016 toward the end of the Obama administration. The next action on the rule is listed as “undetermined” on a federal website.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one of the Transportation Department agencies that proposed the regulation, said in a statement Friday that it received many public comments expressing concerns about the analysis supporting it. The agency “will work to ensure that any future decision intended to advance public safety will be grounded in sound analysis,” the statement said.

When the regulation was proposed, the DOT wrote that limiting truck speeds to 65 mph would save 63 to 214 lives per year. The bill’s sponsors say that there are 1,115 fatal crashes every year involving heavy trucks on roads with speed limits of 55 mph or higher.

If approved, the bill would require all new trucks to have speed limiters activated. It would also be extended to existing trucks that already have the technology installed, but it would not have to be retrofitted on rigs without the technology.

The law also could solve another problem: Most heavy truck tires aren’t designed to travel over 75 mph, but some states have 80 mph speed limits. If the trucks exceed the tire speed rating, it can cause blowouts and crashes.

Isakson spokeswoman Marie Gordon said making the legislation bipartisan was a top priority for him “and we’ll be working hard to demonstrate that this is a common-sense idea that will protect millions of America’s drivers.”

While highway safety advocates support the measure, trucking industry groups have opposed it, contending that it would create dangerous speed differentials between trucks and cars that will cause traffic jams and crashes.

“Speed limiting trucks leads to more traffic interactions, which increases the likelihood of crashes,” Norita Taylor, spokeswoman for the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, said in an email. “Most truck-related crashes occur on roads where the posted speed limit is under the speed in proposed mandates.”

The bill carries the name of Cullum Owings of the Atlanta area, who was killed by a speeding tractor-trailer during a trip back to college in Virginia after Thanksgiving in 2002. His father, Steve Owings, co-founded the group Road Safe America and has been working to get a regulation in place. He blames the Transportation Departments in the administrations of George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump for not seeing the rule through.

“We’ve got an occupant in the Oval Office now who says he’s a businessman who believes in common sense,” Owings said. “God knows there’s not a whole lot the government can do that’s more common sense than this.”

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Ferrari Modulo catches fire driving through Monaco


Accidents happen when you drive a car. The one-off Ferrari Modulo concept is not immune to such a fate, as the spaceship of a car recently caught on fire while out driving. In fact, it’s certainly far more likely for an untested concept car to experience more issues than any kind of a production car that’s gone through years of testing and development.

This particular incident was documented on Twitter by Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus. Jim Glickenhaus and his team recently bought the Modulo concept with the intention of making it road-worthy. The car was originally shown at the 1970 Turin Motor Show. We’ve since seen videos of it driving around, but this last drive went all sorts of wrong.

As Glickenhaus details in his tweets, the muffler was responsible for the blaze that damaged the rear of the vehicle. He says that an unnamed firm they’re no longer involved with designed the muffler that caught fire. Glickenhaus was prepared for such an occurrence (it does have a Ferrari engine in there after all). Jokes aside, the onboard fire suppression system did its job and extinguished the fire shortly after it began, saving the rest of the car. Unfortunately, it didn’t act fast enough to save it from some pretty nasty damage to the rear of the body. Glickenhaus was driving the car through downtown Monaco when the fire began, so we can assume there was an excessive amount of heat building up in there.

Surprisingly, Glickenhaus is continuing to drive about even after the fire. He tweeted a photo just an hour after the blaze showing the scarred Modulo charging up the mountains around Monaco. It’s tough to trust a car right after a faulty design just caused it to catch fire, but who are we to doubt Glickenhaus? No plans for restoration were detailed yet, but we imagine the Glickenhaus team will have it looking like new as soon as it can.

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Singer bringing some 911s to the Goodwood Festival of Speed


Clarification: Singer tells us the “Mulholland” car will not be at Goodwood. We’ve changed the text below to reflect that.

Singer is celebrating 10 years of existence at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and it’s bringing along some special 911s for the party. Like all Singers, these are also gorgeous works of art that happen to be quite fast.

The one we’re most excited to see again is the DLS study Singer being built in collaboration with Williams. (It’s the red car in the gallery above.) Apparently Singer has been hard at work testing and working on perfecting the model that debuted at last year’s Goodwood, and they’d like to share the results of that testing. Singer says it’s spent many days at the race track, the road and even winter torture testing in Sweden. We’re not sure that anybody would ever want to daily their Singer through a Scandinavian winter, but Singer and Williams are making sure that you can. It was a major treat to hear that 500-horsepower 4.0-liter flat-six fly up the hill at 9,000 rpm before, and it should be just as intoxicating this year. Singer says it’s going to wrap it in a special new livery that we haven’t seen before either, but that’s not being revealed today.

Singer is also showing a car called the “Sussex” commission. This one is more of a normal Singer that we’re used to seeing from the company. It’s a gray 911 that is used as a daily driver by the owner. Singer calls it a “discreet gentlemen’s race car for the road,” and we’re going to have to agree with them. Even in gray, this car is a total stunner. It will run on the Hillclimb course.

As for what’s completely new, Singer is announcing a car called the “Mulholland” commission, though it won’t be at Goodwood. This 911 is meant to be a bit of a barebones sports car with a wild exterior design. The “frog” lights, multitude of graphics and mismatched wheels all give it a rather playful, unserious attitude. (It’s the first car in the gallery above.) Singer stripped the interior of all unnecessary parts, so there is no sound proofing, interior panels, stereo or air conditioning. Perspex rear and rear quarter windows are used to further reduce weight.

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Talking Land Rover Defender, Ford Bronco and GMC Jimmy | Autoblog Podcast #586


In this week’s Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Road Test Editor Reese Counts and Associate Editor Joel Stocksdale. To kick things off, they talk about driving the Dodge Charger Scat Pack, BMW M5 Competition and Lexus LC 500. Then they offer up thoughts on the upcoming Land Rover Defender, a possible Ford Bronco engine leak, new GMC Jimmy rumors, Jeep Gladiator pricing, and Ford reintroducing the Puma nameplate. Finally, they help a Twitter friend choose an affordable electric vehicle.

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