November, 2023

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Right-To-Repair Is Catching On And Automakers Are Pissed

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Good morning! It’s Thursday, November 9, 2023, and this is The Morning Shift , your daily roundup of the top automotive headlines from around the world, in one place. Here are the important stories you need to know. Read more.

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UFC Champ Credits His Knockout Power To Working In A Tire Shop

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Working in an auto shop can be hard physical labor; torquing lug nuts and hoisting motors on a daily basis will give you some serious arm strength. MMA fighter Alex Periera credits his humble beginnings working in a tire shop in Brazil with being able to put his opponents on the canvas. Read more.

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Tesla Model 3 Is the Car That Failed the Most in Germany's Mandatory Vehicle Inspection

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All European countries that I am aware of try to make sure used cars are in good condition to keep on the road. This is why they promote regular inspections, which varies from country to country. The Tesla Model 3 has just started going through these inspections in Germany, and it has already earned an unpleasant title: the vehicle with the most inspection failures among 111 other models.

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Watch as submerged Tesla Model X at Florida boat ramp burns underwater

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Filed under: Video , Green , Weird Car News , Tesla , SUV , Electric , Luxury , Performance Continue reading Watch as submerged Tesla Model X at Florida boat ramp burns underwater Watch as submerged Tesla Model X at Florida boat ramp burns underwater originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 16 Nov 2023 10:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Here's Everything That's Wrong With the Tesla Cybertruck – So Far

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If nothing postpones its official deliveries, we should see the first owners of the Tesla Cybertruck present themselves on November 30. Despite that, the electric pickup truck is showing off so often that we already know many of its flaws. For a vehicle that took much more time to be developed than Tesla promised it would need, some of them are really hard to understand.

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VW Karmann Ghia Type 14: The Story of a Forgotten Coachbuilt, Air-Cooled Icon

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A Type 1 "Beetle," dressed in a designer suit, the Type 14 Karmann Ghia was Volkswagen's second mass-produced passenger car and its first sporty model. When I was a teenager, one of the first trips I took outside my home country was to the beautiful island of Malta. Though it's a beautiful place with fantastic scenery, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Malta today is. ( continue reading.

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The Tesla Cybertruck is already being towed and isn't on sale yet

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Filed under: Green , Weird Car News , Toyota , Electric Continue reading The Tesla Cybertruck is already being towed and isn't on sale yet The Tesla Cybertruck is already being towed and isn't on sale yet originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 28 Nov 2023 15:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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RAM Truck-Powered 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Convertible Packs Most Unexpected HEMI Setup

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Owning a first-generation Plymouth Road Runner makes for an awesome experience in today's world. The Road Runner is one of the most underrated muscle cars ever made. It won’t fly under the radar or anything, but some people still don’t realize just how capable these were back in the day. The Road Runner meant business as soon as it hit the street, offering a choice of potent V8s, from the 335 hp 383 ci engine to t. ( continue reading.

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5 Legendary Mass-Produced Hemi Engines That Were Not Built by Chrysler

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Though they're the only engines officially named after their hemispherical combustion chambers, Chrysler's legendary V8s aren't the only mass-produced automotive engines to feature this technology. Hemispherical combustion chambers have been around since the early days of the 20th Century. Conceived to maximize the cylinder volume-to-surface ratio, they produce less heat and more power than a con. ( continue reading.

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Runaway double-bottom semi takes out 33 cars as it barrels into dealership

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Filed under: Video , Weird Car News , Safety , Truck , Commercial Vehicles Continue reading Runaway double-bottom semi takes out 33 cars as it barrels into dealership Runaway double-bottom semi takes out 33 cars as it barrels into dealership originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 7 Nov 2023 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tesla Cybertruck Deliveries Finally Start, Here Are All The Specs You Need To Know

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On Thursday afternoon, Tesla finally delivered a ten-pack of Cybertrucks to company employees and investors. It’s hard to call this a ‘production’ launch, as they’ll still be effectively in the hands of in-house beta testers, but it’s a lot closer to production than the truck was a year ago. During the unveil event,… Read more.

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It's Still Very Funny That 1,000 People Gave Tesla $250,000 For A Roadster Six Years Ago

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The Tesla Semi launch event was held on November 16th, 2017, exactly six years ago last week. At the end of that launch event, Elon Musk had a signature “one more thing” that was the unveiling of the incredible second-generation Tesla Roadster. Back then the car was promised to be delivered in 2020, which obviously… Read more.

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Nearly 400 Dealers Drop Out Of Ford’s EV Program

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Ford’s EV dealer requirements have caused a bit of drama since they were announced in late 2022. With EV sales slowing , some dealers are getting antsy at the thought of sinking thousands or even millions of dollars into a lukewarm EV market. Still, 2,000 dealers bought into the program. Now, Electrek reports,… Read more.

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Netflix Gave An Unproven Director $55 Million For A Sci-Fi Series, And He Blew It On Rolls-Royces, Crypto, And Dodgy Stock Bets

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Netflix essentially took a $62 million television contract out to the shed and shot it in the head, according to an ongoing arbitration case against director Carl Erik Rinsch. After an ambitious and expensive bet on an unproven director in 2018 , the deal had gone sour, the director allegedly lost his senses, and he’d… Read more.

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Toyota Admits Mass Production Of Solid-State Batteries Won't Really Mean Mass Production

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Toyota is still moving forward with its plan to produce solid-state batteries that it says will give future electric vehicles a range of more than 900 miles. And while production won’t exactly start tomorrow, the current plan to begin in 2027 isn’t too terribly far in the future, either. Except, as it turns out,… Read more.

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Pato O'Ward Says IndyCar Can Stop Competing With F1

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It’s no secret that Mexican racer Pato O’Ward is one of the hottest commodities in motorsport right now. As an official member of the McLaren Driver Program, O’Ward will be taking a Formula 1 car out for practice ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix later in November, but during the racing season here in America, O’Ward… Read more.

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'I Hope It Bankrupts Them': Las Vegas Residents Enraged Ahead Of Formula 1 Grand Prix

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Listen to the powers that be in Formula 1 , and you’ll likely believe that the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix will be a smashing success. It’s an unprecedented event, the series says, one that will transform the Las Vegas Strip into a high-speed race track for just four days in November. It’s going to be a riotous… Read more.

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'They Want To Be The Gatekeepers': Car Dealers Are Stopping Customers From Buying EVs

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As it turns out, car dealers seem to know even less than buyers do when it comes to electric vehicles , and they don’t really seem too keen on learning about them. The Washington Post spoke with a number of customers who said dealers tried to redirect them to gas cars or gave them unclear or downright incorrect answers … Read more.

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Formula 1 Didn't Realize Las Vegas Would Be Cold In November

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Desert climates are fascinating. While you might be roasting under a beating sun during the daytime, cool temperatures sweep in at night to bring you the opposite form of misery. According to Ross Brawn, who left Formula One Management ahead of the 2022 season but who had been around for initial talks regarding the Las… Read more.

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If You Bought A Tesla One Year Ago It Has Lost As Much As $40,000 In Value

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“Buying a car today is an investment into the future. I think the most profound thing is that if you buy a Tesla today, I believe you are buying an appreciating asset, not a depreciating asset.” Elon Musk said that in 2019 , and like many of his bold vision statements, has continually been proven wrong every minute of… Read more.

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Elon Musk's Tantrums Reportedly So Bad After Buying Twitter, Staff Considered Calling For A Wellness Check

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It’s not exactly a secret that Elon Musk’s luck at Tesla didn’t translate well once he took over Twitter. Ad revenue is down , users are leaving and it’s become mostly useless for finding trustworthy news sources. And apparently, those problems have hit Musk hard. Even harder than any of us might have previously… Read more.

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Even In Matte Black, The Tesla Cybertruck Still Looks Like Crap

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Allegedly, production of the Tesla Cybertruck will begin before the end of the year. At least that’s what Elon Musk says , and you know you can always trust a Musk timeline. As more videos come out showing pre-production prototypes, though, including quite a few broken ones , it’s starting to look like Elon Musk was… Read more.

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2025 Lucid Gravity Is Queen Of The Electric SUVs With A 440-Mile Range

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Californian startup Lucid took a bold approach for its introduction to the world, launching in 2021 with the phenomenal Air , a large electric luxury sedan that entered a small, competitive segment of the auto market. Despite garnering tons of acclaim—including from me—the Air has been a slow seller and the brand has… Read more.

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Just 12 Billionaires Produce More Emissions Than 2 Million Average Homes

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Billionaires love the planet. They have to, right? They spend so much money on developing green tech and combatting climate change , it all must mean something to them. They’re in it for the good of humanity , so surely they’re practicing what they preach, right? Read more.

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Tens Of Thousands Of Las Vegas Strip Workers Could Go On Strike Before Formula 1 Grand Prix

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Over 35,000 members of the Culinary Workers Union members employed on the Las Vegas Strip have been working without a fair labor contract, and now they’re prepared to strike. If negotiations aren’t complete by Nov. 10 at 5 AM, tens of thousands of workers are prepared to walk off the job — just before the start of the … Read more.

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Toyota Hit With $60 Million Penalty For Scamming Buyers Into Pricy Product Bundles

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Toyota’s in-house financing unit is being hit with $60 million in fines and restitution in an effort to settle charges from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that it illegally prevented borrowers from canceling product bundles – resulting in higher monthly car loan payments. Toyota Motor Credit will have to pay… Read more.

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Video Shows Tesla Cybertruck Appearing To Struggle With Some Light Off-Roading

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If you believe Tesla, it’s really super duper close to being ready to begin production of the Cybertruck. Assuming the company actually manages to start building Cybertrucks before the end of the year, it sounds like the only version it will be making is a $100,000 version that has some people canceling their… Read more.

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Ford Is Killing The Explorer Hybrid Because Cops Are Buying All Of Them

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If you were looking for a new large SUV with a hybrid option, Ford just pulled a couple of them from the market. The 2024 Ford Explorer Hybrid and Lincoln Aviator Hybrid just got the ax, because it wants to focus its hybrid production capabilities on the Explorer Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid model. It seems that… Read more.

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Las Vegas Cabs Will Get To Add A Special 'European Surcharge' Ahead Of Formula 1 Grand Prix

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The news ahead of Formula 1's inaugural Grand Prix on the Las Vegas Strip has not been great since the event was announced, but the attempt to capitalize on the event has only increased: This week, the Taxicab Authority Board decided that all event fares will include a $15 surcharge , allegedly to compensate for the… Read more.

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Tesla’s Wrap Quality Might Be As Bad As Its Paint Finishes

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A Tesla Model Y was spotted clad in the electric automaker’s new colored paint protection film. The SUV in a forest green wrap was photographed by Tesla YouTube content creator DennisCW at Tesla’s location in Buena Park, California. The film was poorly applied to the vehicle, with several noticeable defects. Even… Read more.

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'Top Gear' Suspended Indefinitely

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Things have been touch-and-go for the television show nearest and dearest to almost every automotive enthusiast heart, and now the BBC says “Top Gear” is, for the time being, a no go. Read more.

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Elon Musk's Boring Company Has Drilled A Grand Total Of 2.4 Miles In 7 Years

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At the outset of the Boring Company’s plans to build a network of underground tunnels in Las Vegas , Elon Musk claimed that the Boring Company would build one mile of tunnel per week. At that rate, the proposed 68-mile network would have taken little more than one year to build out entirely. But seven years on, the Bori… Read more.

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Shoddy Officiating Is The Reason Chick Hicks Won The 2005 Piston Cup

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We talk about racing a lot here at Jalopnik , but one race never gets mentioned, and it’s one of the biggest travesties in the history of auto racing: the 2005 Piston Cup. The race between Lightning McQueen, Chick Hicks and The King was a complete farce — riddled with terrible sportsmanship and even worse officiating. Read more.

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Driver Who Killed 2 In Car Crash Sues Family Of Victims For Defamation

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King Vanga killed Pam and Joe Juarez in a 2021 car crash when he was a student at Stanford. He is now suing his victims’ family members for defamation after they emailed the university to make sure administrators knew what he had done. Vanga claims they defamed him by mentioning the DUI he was charged with, as well as… Read more.

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Nine Killed By One Speeding Car Sparks Fed To Call For Speed-Restrictors

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The National Transportation Safety Board is asking automakers to install anti-speeding technology in all new vehicles to cut down on the number of deaths caused by people driving way too fast , according to an NTSB post. Read more.

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Even A Tesla Cybertruck Prototype Can't Mess With San Francisco Parking Enforcement

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There have been a lot of Tesla Cybertruck ‘release candidates’ on the back of tow trucks lately , but they’ve all been related to breakdowns. This time a Cybertruck driver parked in the wrong place and the city of San Francisco brought down its fist of righteous retribution to enact justice. If you’ve ever parked in… Read more.

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Horse Gets Loose On Airplane, Forces It To Return To Airport

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A flight from New York’s JFK airport to Belgium had to turn around after a horse got loose in the Boeing 747 ’s cargo hold shortly after takeoff. The incident was reconstructed on the aviation YouTube channel “You can see ATC ,” and claims it happened shortly after 6 p.m. EST on November 9. Read more.

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