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Cadillac Will Become GM's Lead Electric Brand Cadillac Will Become GM's Lead Electric Brand

Cadillac is going electric, Jim Hackett is making moves, and VW might be the world’s biggest carmaker. All that and more in The Morning Shift for January 11, 2019.

The Truth About Brake Pad Replacement in Teslas And Other EVs The Truth About Brake Pad Replacement in Teslas And Other EVs

The day after Christmas, Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave us an unexpected gift. Brake pads on Teslas would “literally never” need to be replaced, he said, thanks in part to the electric car’s regenerative brakes cutting way down on brake pad use compared to a conventional car. That seemed a little too good to be true! But…

Owner of McLaren Senna That Caught Fire Says It 'Burned Itself' (Updated) Owner of McLaren Senna That Caught Fire Says It 'Burned Itself' (Updated)

The YouTuber Salomondrin owned a McLaren Senna for all of 11 days, putting 400 miles on it in that time before it caught fire. How that fire started is a mystery for now, though Salomondrin—legal name Alejandro Salomon—says in a new video that the car “burned itself.”

The Cars — 'Just What I Needed' The Cars — 'Just What I Needed'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

New York Won't Shut Down A Major Subway Line Now, But It's Actually Worse This Way New York Won't Shut Down A Major Subway Line Now, But It's Actually Worse This Way

If you’re not in New York City, the long-planned L train shutdown probably doesn’t have much to do with you. But in this city, it’s a line that 275,000 riders rely on daily, and its looming shutdown for long-term maintenance caused people to move to new neighborhoods, sell their homes, quit their jobs and even buy…

This Super Clean 1994 Toyota Supra Could Top $90,000 This Super Clean 1994 Toyota Supra Could Top $90,000

Will this 1994 Toyota Supra with 7,111 miles on it and an accident-free history be the most expensive used Supra ever? I don’t know about that, but at $90,000 and counting, it’s eye-raisingly expensive, especially for a car not once driven by Paul Walker.

When Car Loans Are a Necessary Evil When Car Loans Are a Necessary Evil

The problem with financial advice is that one’s personal finances are, in the end, a zero-sum game. Pay down my credit card debt and put more into my 401(k), you say? I’m trying! The reality is a little more black-and-white. You can’t spend money that you don’t have, after all. Which is why we have car loans.

Europe's 8x8 Truck Trials Never Cease to Be Mesmerizing

Here we have a Tatra 8x8 and a Mercedes 8x8—among others—being put through their paces in eastern Germany. Truck trials will never stop being the real-life Tonka playgrounds of your dreams.

When OnStar Thinks You've Crashed As You're Whipping a Corvette ZR1 Around the Track

The race car driver Andy Pilgrim has long been associated with GM’s most powerful offerings, driving C5 Corvettes for Chevy in the early aughts, later moving on to CTS-Vs for the Cadillac factory team. All of which is to say this isn’t his first rodeo, though it might be the first time OnStar flipped on mid-lap.

Toyota's Going in Big on Robots Toyota's Going in Big on Robots

Toyota’s got big plans for robots, Elon Musk’s Twitter feed might finally be reined in, and palladium is “this year’s hottest metal.” All that and more on The Morning Shift for Friday, December 28th, 2018.

The Downsides of Street Parking Your Car The Downsides of Street Parking Your Car

I can’t remember when I first noticed the scratches on my rear bumper, which run the gamut from understandable little nicks to more violent gashes, but when I finally did the sheer volume and variety stood out. Sometime ago the bumper cover also became dislodged, necessitating tape to keep it attached at speed.…

Comment of the Day: Tesla Vs Bro-Trucks Edition Comment of the Day: Tesla Vs Bro-Trucks Edition

Earlier today Jason posted about some Truck People who blocked Tesla chargers with their Big Trucks. One of you had a simple way to found out what’s what.

The American Oil and Gas Industry Is as Cynical as You Think The American Oil and Gas Industry Is as Cynical as You Think

Remember when the Trump administration proposed rolling back Obama-era fuel economy standards and the auto industry’s response was basically, “Whoa, we didn’t actually want all that”? That was weird, if also revealing. Behind the scenes, Big Oil never wavered though, according to a new New York Times report, which…

Things Aren’t Going Well for Renault And Nissan Things Aren’t Going Well for Renault And Nissan

Nissan-Renault’s partnership isn’t on the best of terms, Hyundai’s leadership is getting younger, the U.A.W. is gearing up for a big summer, and much more on The Morning Shift for Wednesday, the 12th of December.

Here's Why Having Only Two Winter Tires Is Bad

If you live some place where it gets cold and snows, you should get winter tires, a thing we’ve said until we’re blue in the face. How many winter tires, though? The answer is not, “Just two for the drive axle, because I want the tires powering the car to have grip.” No, this is a bad solution.

George Steinbrenner IV Is Trying to Get the Youths Into IndyCar George Steinbrenner IV Is Trying to Get the Youths Into IndyCar

George Steinbrenner IV, the grandson of the late longtime owner of the New York Yankees and a person I didn’t know existed until this morning, is 22 and now co-owns an IndyCar team. He thinks, perhaps quixotically, that the youths might someday be interested in IndyCar.

The Juan MacLean — 'Dance With Me' The Juan MacLean — 'Dance With Me'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

Get Inside A Bugatti Chiron at Its Electronically-Limited Top Speed

The Bugatti Chiron’s top speed is 261 mph, but it theoretically could go faster, having been electronically-limited by Bugatti only because there aren’t tires currently manufactured that would be safe at higher speeds. That doesn’t mean 261 in a car isn’t fast, though. Here’s what it looks like on the inside when…

Here's How to Possibly Force a Recall on Your Car Here's How to Possibly Force a Recall on Your Car

You’re driving, and something terrible happens with your car: Your brakes fail or your steering fails and you’re forced off the road, hopefully not dying in the process. You learn that others have had the same issue, and yet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration doesn’t seem too concerned. But, as The…

The 2019 BMW M850i Will Have a Dipstick (!) The 2019 BMW M850i Will Have a Dipstick (!)

Many German cars, and most BMWs, don’t have dipsticks and haven’t for years. They’ve been replaced by sensors and systems that will give you a dashboard warning if anything seems awry. Because if you’re paying $70,000 for a car you probably don’t want to get your hands dirty. But! BMW confirmed that the V8 in the new…

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