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David Traver Adolphus

People have been working on flying cars not since the Wright Brothers flew, but before. A Hungarian engineer named Emil Némethy and an Austrian named F. Heinz were both trying to figure them out by 1900, just 14 years after the invention of the ... Read more

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By now you’re likely aware that VW will be starting an $800 million expansion this spring to add electric vehicle capacity to Chattanooga. While $800 million is big money, it barely registers on VW’s global, eight-year $50 billion electrification ... Read more

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Our previous 2018 Buyer’s Guides—Electrics and Hybrids; Small Vehicles; and Family Size—were complicated, because there are a lot of cars and SUVs. But the working vehicle scene kind of boils down to, “Don’t buy a Ram no matter what.” Which in ... Read more

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Hey, it happens. I don’t judge, I had too many children. Or maybe it’s dogs, or goats, or the hellish dog-goat hybrids you’re breeding. Either way, you need some room to schlep them around to your dark Satanic soccer games and/or rituals. Read more

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In Part One last month, I took a look at electrics and hybrids, for the people who like having oceans and an ecosystem and stuff. Honestly, though, it’s still not a fully developed market. My little town has two electric car charging points ... Read more

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This year, we’re changing up our buying guide slightly. To reflect the evil, wicked abandonment of the sedan, we’ll be mashing together hundreds of different vehicles into three four categories: electrics and hybrids; small vehicles; family size ... Read more

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We don’t get a lot of mail here at Air Bag, and most of what we do get was actually intended for Dr. Rick over at Shrink Wrap. Which has been awfully positive, but I digress. That said, once or twice a year we accumulate enough letters of our ... Read more

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In the beginning, there was a free-for-all. Would cars have tillers or wheels, and would you steer from the front, back or side, and which side? How many wheels would they have? Would they run on gas, electric, or steam? Nothing was taken for ... Read more

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It started, for me, with a phone call last week. Well, a two phone calls, a text, a voicemail and two emails. My stepmother kept saying the same thing: “David, help. A friend of mine is in trouble.” If you’ve never had that call, you will. Read more

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In retrospect, it should have been obvious that Ford didn’t care about cars any more. Last fall, they emitted a press release that in the first paragraph said, among other gibberish, “strategic”; “leverage”; “product strengths”; “trusted brand” ... Read more

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In a lot of ways I’m a very frustrated car enthusiast. I’ve owned a bunch of old cars, but never because they were old cars—it’s just that an ex-highway department $500 1971 Chevy C/K 10 was all I could afford. Same for my $500 ‘73 Dodge Power ... Read more

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Up in the north, there’s a tradition called the winter beater. It’s a car dependable enough to get you through the snow, but not so good that you care about what potholes and salt do to it. If it falls apart, that’s just the cost of doing ... Read more

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With a new day job, I’ve had to rent cars a lot lately. As a car nerd, I refuse to rent the Kia Souls and Nissan Rogues and Chrysler 200s that make up most rental fleets. I’ve driven them and they’re loathsome. They make me feel sad inside. Read more

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In the era of Alexa everything and the smarthome, you’d expect cars to leap onto that connected bandwagon, and they have, as much as things with wheels can leap. If you’re a curmudgeon, which I think most people secretly are, deep down where we ... Read more

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There may be no place in American life where sexism is baked in more thoroughly than car culture. A recent New York Times article profiling generations of abuse at Ford Motor Company—a problem they’ve been getting sued for since 1995 and which ... Read more

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In an average year, 15 or 20 vehicles appear and disappear. Some are market failures that only lasted a few years; others may have been around for a while and are just at the end of their natural lifespan. They’re not all good, but with some ... Read more

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If for some reason you think about 1917, at all, you might think about Woodrow Wilson and the US entry into World War I, which was being fought on foot and horseback. The Civil War was as close to 1917 as is the release of “You’ve Lost That ... Read more

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Every Harvey, Irma, Sandy or Irene leaves in its wake a trail of misery. As anyone on Puerto Rico knows, recovery can take months. What you might not know is that the misery can ripple outwards, especially with cars, because after the literal ... Read more

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The future the 1950's thought we’d have is about to happen. We’ve got our talking watches, microwave ovens and color TVs. The robots have voices and their bodies are on the way, including disturbing sexy—and sexless—robots. We have trouble with ... Read more

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You may very well be walking around in pink sidewinders and a bright orange pair of pants, Billy Joel-style, thinking you are the bee’s knees. Other people, however, may be walking around wondering if there’s a Miami Vice musical casting call nearby. Read more

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Tuesday

March 26, 2019

Wednesday

March 27, 2019

Thursday

March 28, 2019

Friday

March 29, 2019

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March 30, 2019

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March 31, 2019

Monday

April 1, 2019