David Traver Adolphus

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 ... more

Jan 24, 2018 10:39 AM Air Bag

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 ... more

Dec 27, 2017 11:32 AM Air Bag

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 ... more

Nov 22, 2017 11:54 AM Air Bag

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 ... more

Oct 25, 2017 1:19 PM Air Bag

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 ... more

Sep 27, 2017 12:49 PM Air Bag

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 ... more

Sep 20, 2017 12:05 PM Cover Story

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. more

Aug 23, 2017 11:32 AM Air Bag

For any driver at any time, bad things can happen. Branches and poles just fall down sometimes, animals run out of nowhere, and motorcycles going 90 appear before you can react. Ordinary situations can escalate in seconds and sometimes there’s ... more

Jul 26, 2017 11:12 AM Air Bag

“Ha ha ha,” you’re thinking. “What’s this idiot going on about now? Mirrors?” A childish question, but not one a child might ask, because children aren’t interested in the minutiae of adult life and if yours are, you probably have other things to ... more

Jun 21, 2017 11:10 AM Air Bag

“Success breeds excellence” is what I’m sure a management consultant once said before chortling along home with five Gs for their day’s work. What actually happens is success usually breeds laziness and the desire for a profit spiral that ... more

May 24, 2017 11:13 AM Air Bag

No matter how nimble and lean the automotive industry becomes, however many Silicon Valley practices it adopts or innovative business leaders are hired, it will always be slowed down by the basic fact that it actually makes things. more

Apr 26, 2017 11:56 AM Air Bag

Any mulyak with a phone can stick a car on Craigslist (actual text from a current ad: “Something on paint. If u scrub it seems like it may come off but I don’t have the time or energy”) or ask for $48,000 for a 2001 Suburban (“motor was replace 2 ... more

Mar 22, 2017 11:31 AM Air Bag

Even if you have no opinion of or interest in old cars, you’ve probably had some pop culture exposure (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang/Grease/Jay Leno/Fast and the Furious/Patrick Dempsey/Wiz Khalifa), depending on your tastes and/or generation ... more

Feb 22, 2017 11:06 AM Air Bag

It’s been a confusing weather year so far. Is it going to be icemaggedon or tornadoes and record rain and warmth? Why not alternate both! I bet you’re hatethanking me now for those snow tires I convinced you to get for the 1.6 days a year you ... more

Jan 26, 2017 10:42 AM Air Bag

There’s a story about the 1985 Saab 9000. Together with Fiat, Saab developed a modern front-wheel drive platform to be used across brands including Lancia (Thema) and Alfa Romeo (164), the Type 4. The idea was that these weak companies ... more

Dec 21, 2016 11:19 AM Air Bag

The changing seasons bring with them many problems. Many of these are well known and easily dealt with (watch out for drunk drivers on New Years’; it gets cold so wear warmer clothing). Some of the ones that can really ruin your day, however ... more

Nov 23, 2016 10:37 AM Air Bag

Winter weather is more than just snow, although I don’t think anyone would be surprised by anything this year. As far as your car is concerned, temperatures below 40° are winter, and by Monday, Nov. 7th, the average low is 43, dropping to 40 ... more

Oct 26, 2016 1:08 PM Air Bag

Ford, and Morgan. It’s an unlikely pair: the conservative, patriarchal American ur-manufacturer and the family of English handcrafters. What is the secret that has allowed these car companies to be the only ones that have gone through most ... more

Sep 21, 2016 11:59 AM Air Bag

In the April AirBag I talked about my love for road trips and a half-baked scheme to find the literal end of the road, which it turns out is in Quebec about 1,552 miles north of Chattanooga in a straight line (2,141 miles by road, each way) ... more

Aug 24, 2016 2:44 PM Air Bag

Wolf Blitzer: Good evening America, and welcome to CNN’s 2016 Presidential Town Hall Meeting here at the Dora, Alabama, Town Hall. I’d like to thank Dora Mayor Robert “Robbie” Busby and the City Council for hosting this event. more

Jul 28, 2016 10:46 AM Air Bag

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