2021 Kia Niro EV Jalopnik Review

Photo: Raphael Orlove Framed against the blue skies of Palm Springs, windmills — pristine white like this 2021 Kia Niro EV — spun in the urgent wind. Sand jumped onto the flat, dark sidewalk, and I covered it with dirt. Tire smoke choked the cabin, sour, as that utterly nondescript refrigerator on wheels did a … Read more

Toyota makes a Crown SUV and I hate it

Elon Musk wants to buy Twitter, Toyota wants to make a Crown SUV and Volkswagen. All this and more in The morning shift for April 14, 2022. 1st gear: Crown The Toyota Crown is in its fifteenth generation, having been manufactured since 1955 in one form or anotherthe car of Japanese government officials, a bright … Read more

2023 Toyota bZ4X First Drive: An Ambitious Electric SUV

The 2023 Toyota bZ4X will be the Japanese company’s first attempt at an electric vehicle that will be available in all 50 states. It’s an admirable machine that looks as good as it rides and comes with updated technology – but Toyota is going to have to make a ground hard work to land this … Read more

At $7,500, Is This Custom 2003 VW Beetle Three-Wheeled A Bargain?

The most amazing thing about today Good price or no dice The custom VW trike is the seller’s claim to have put 10K on it in its current, Frankensteinian state. Let’s see if this very personal automotive statement can still find broad appeal at its current price. “To throw and not to sink” is the … Read more

VW abandons cheap cars

Almost 20 years after Volkswagen introduced the Phaeton to a resounding “huh?” of the buying public, VW is once again doubling down on premium models offering higher profit margins than bargain products. All this and more in The morning shift for April 6, 2022. 1st gear: Must be fun being an Audi executive right now … Read more

Hybrids are back and Toyota is seizing the moment

Photo: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP (Getty Images) Toyota’s lagging ways are working to its advantage, more factories in Michigan have halted production and Lewis Hamilton’s aversion to racing in Saudi Arabia is just a big misunderstanding, Saudi Arabia says . All that and more in this Friday edition of The morning shift for April 1, 2022. I … Read more

At $6,950, Could This 2007 Honda Element SC Be a Bargain?

Let’s be honest, with its wonderful root beer-hued paint and boxy build, today Good price or no dice Element looks a lot like a cute little UPS van. We’ll take a closer look and see what this brunette can do for us. Volkswagen is one of the largest automakers in the world, with manufacturing plants … Read more

At $19,900, Is This Rare 1977 VW Hormiga Stakebed A Bargain?

For today Good price or no dice Contest I bring you a VW Hormiga or “Ant”. You’ve probably never heard of it before, but now that you’ve heard of it, let’s see what you could expect to pay for it. One of the most famous lines of the 1978s animal house is Dean Wormer chiding … Read more

Volkswagen prepares for a deglobalised world

BERLIN—For years, Volkswagen HER WISH 1.93% flourished as a global company, building and selling its cars around the world. But as war, health issues and trade disputes roll back decades of globalization, the German giant is changing its manufacturing approaches to adapt. VW’s resilience effort includes strategies to boost access to components and raw materials … Read more

Working in an auto parts factory in Ukraine feels like a time

Workers at two wire harness factories in Ukraine are returning to work amid the Russian invasion, helping to revive car production across Europe. It doesn’t seem like an easy job, having fled several times to bunkers on site under threat of rocket attacks. All this and more in The morning shift for March 24, 2022. … Read more

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