Wait. The VW Golf Was Named After A Horse?

If you're like most car geeks, you know that Volkswagen has a thing for winds when it comes to naming cars. Sirocco is a Mediterranean wind, Passat is a trade wind, Jetta refers to the Jet stream, and Golf is what the Germans call the Gulf Stream. But get this — shocking new revelations suggest the Golf was actually… » 11/26/14 10:40am Yesterday 10:40am

It's The 28th Anniversary Of The Chrysler Minivan Design

It was 1986. A time when we thought Joe Piscapo was funny and not all weirdly muscular. A time when Lady Gaga's most radical fashion statement was an umbilical cord, and there was New Coke and you could watch Top Gun without feeling all funny during the volleyball scene. It was also the year Chrysler patented their… » 11/25/14 10:10pm Tuesday 10:10pm

What Car Would You Make A Pilgrimage To See?

It's so close to Thanksgiving right now that the number of people thinking about gravy right now is off the scale on my Gravycognitivometer. But it's not all gravy, of course — there's also those buckle-hatted pilgrims to consider. And that makes us consider asking what car would you make a pilgrimage to see? » 11/25/14 11:43am Tuesday 11:43am

The Original Honda HR-V Was Way Cooler Than The One We Just Got

This past week at the LA Auto Show, we covered the launch of Honda's HR-V, which is basically a beefed-up Fit that's designed to compete with the RAV-4 and Rogue and al those smaller SUVs. Yawn. What many don't realize is that those same three letters were once worn by a cooler car. A Much cooler car. » 11/24/14 9:45pm Monday 9:45pm

This Italian Parking Fiasco Video Is Too Good To Be True, Right?

I'll be honest with you, readers, because you're the only ones I really trust: I love a good fiasco. I mean, if something's going to go wrong, I love a nice avalanche of wrong to really settle things. And it should end with a parade, or maybe a dead horse. This video of a guy trying to park a Fiat 500 comes shockingly… » 11/24/14 8:30pm Monday 8:30pm

Attention BMW: This Mostly Naked Man Should Be Your 2 Series Spokesman

While driving from NC to LA for the auto show in the Jalopnik BMW 228i, Patrick and I passed through the tiny, dusty town of Quartzite, AZ. The name rung a bell because I just saw a post about a bookstore there. We decided to stop in, and I'm glad we did. Because I think we found the perfect new BMW spokesperson. » 11/24/14 4:45pm Monday 4:45pm

Kia's Using Precious Adamantium Reserves For This X-Men Themed Sorento

In case you forgot that movie releases onto DVD are almost as big a deal as their releases into theaters, Kia's here to remind you by making a special Sorento to commemorate X-Men: Days of Future Past's release on laserdisc or whatever. They also are pretending you don't know which X-Person this car is based on. » 11/24/14 4:25pm Monday 4:25pm

The Wonderfully Bizarre 'His And Her' Cars Of The 1960s

Here at the Jalopnik Daily Motor-Gazette, we're not big fans of the idea of calling a car a "chick car," for a variety of reasons. But that doesn't mean that companies haven't deliberately tried to make cars tailored to a given gender before. Or, in the case of these 1965 Hillman Imp concepts, each gender. » 11/24/14 2:15pm Monday 2:15pm

Why Elon Musk's 'X-Wing' Rocket Isn't As Crazy As It Sounds

Elon Musk really understands the internet. This is, of course, news only to newborns and the recently coma-awoken, but it's impressive to see in action. This weekend, Musk tweeted about 'X-wing' developments to his rocket, making a technical recovery system seem like sci-fi, even if it actually makes perfect sense. » 11/24/14 10:30am Monday 10:30am

Here's The Sad Fate Of All Of Those Unsold Coda Electric Cars

You know how you've been staying up all night, sick with worry about the fate of all those unsold, unwanted Coda electric sedans? The ones nobody, nowhere wanted to buy, ever and forever? Those? Well, you can relax. The universe's most wildly optimistic company has bought them all, and thinks they can sell them to you. » 11/21/14 12:30pm Friday 12:30pm

Toyota I-Road Concept Looks Both Fun And A Lot Like An Old Benz Concept

I think the most fun concept I saw at the LA Auto Show this year might be this one, the Toyota I-Road. It's another one in the very design-school trend of making little 'personal mobility pods' and crap like that, but this time it's less of a bubble made of hovering unobtanium and more a plausible little trike. » 11/20/14 10:00pm 11/20/14 10:00pm

You Can Get A Nissan Juke That's Painted Just Like My Beetle!

I did a massive spit-take all over the back of the journalist in front of me when I saw this one. Nissan's making a Juke that's in what I always considered to be my own, personal livery? I asked the spit-upon journalist to pinch me to see if I was dreaming, but the dude just slapped me. » 11/20/14 5:40pm 11/20/14 5:40pm

The Galpin-Fisker Rocket Is A Badass 725 HP Carbon Fiber Mustang

It's funny, but if you found me the auto show, grabbed my arm, stared into my eyes and told me that I'd see a carbon-fiber Mustang that I'd like, I probably wouldn't have believed you. But you know what? I think you'd have been right, thanks to the Galpin-Fisker Rocket. Now let go of my arm. » 11/20/14 3:38pm 11/20/14 3:38pm

The Next Prius? What It's Like To Drive Toyota's $57,000 Hydrogen Car

Hydrogen fuel cells are a cool technology that were perfected to enable humans to go to the moon. Now that they're perfected even more, they're enabling humans to go to work or the liquor store, and, incredibly, this is progress. The Toyota Mirai is an example of this remarkable progress. Funny looking, maybe, but it… » 11/20/14 3:20pm 11/20/14 3:20pm