Craig Howie - Autoblog
If someone has had too much to drink on a major holiday, several AAA organizations will tow their vehicle home for free, services that were used by more people than ever over the recent holiday period.
Stepping into a Ferrari's sleek cockpit is enough to set anyone's pulse racing. But what if that was a bad thing? Italy's most illustrious motoring marque is working on an in-car system that monitors a driver's mental state behind the wheel, according to a British car magazine. Effectively, future mind-blowing Ferraris may also read a driver's mind.
Imagine you could win the lottery just by driving safely.
Jim Kosobucki knows better than most that consumers increasingly are looking to buy an American car. He says the used lot at his South Florida Buick-GMC dealership is "full" of Audis, Acuras, Infinitis and Toyotas that his customers have traded in for a GM vehicle. "In South Florida, it's a very foreign-car market. Lexus, BMW and Audi do very well. But in the past couple of
Ask any auto enthusiast their favorite smell and they'll likely tell you new car smell. (They'll also probably mention racing gas and tires.) But Ford product tester and "smell juror" Sandra Edwards hates new car smell. Her job, she tells AOL Autos, is to select products and materials that don't contribute to that special scent once coveted by new car buyers. "I'm one of few people that don't like
When Murray Fowler first ripped around Southern California in his 1969 BMW 2800CS coupe, there wasn't a whole lot there. He remembers weaving around orange groves and oil fields and "not a lot else" between the small town of Corona and the Pacific Ocean. If anyone asked where he got his rare car he'd tell them: "They're hard to find. But soon, there'll be
If you believe the commercials starring tennis great John McEnroe, renting a car is as easy as striding through rows of shiny new cars, picking one and driving off. We say: You cannot be serious. For business travelers who rent through loyalty programs, the pick-any-car-and-drive-off scenario has some substance, but for the average traveler it's just not going to happen. But how can a consum
Briefly noting silver's continued reign as the overall most popular car color, perhaps the most striking statistic of PPG's latest car color survey is that black -- and shades of black, which, indeed, exist -- opened a wide lead over the ubiquitous silver in the North American luxury car segment. Jane Harrington at PPG Industries says traditional black is being upgraded to suit more re
Video games are all about exploring different worlds, from the fantasy of World of Warcraft to the science fiction of Mass Effect to the cartoons of Mario's Mushroom Kingdom. But there are plenty of games that feature at least somewhat realistic depictions of our contemporary world, with people, cities, buildings, and cars. And car manufacturers are increasingly seeing this as a marketing op
It used to be pretty obvious which cars were built in the U.S. (Detroit's Big Three of Ford, GM and Chrysler) and which weren't (everything else). Then in the 1980's the Japanese started building cars here, which made for some interesting arguments about what constituted an "American" car. But in today's global economy, it's even harder to answer the question: Is your car m
When Starry Rhoads and her husband John followed their navigation system's directions to take a road through Oregon's picture-perfect winter wilderness, they never once thought that their lives would be in danger. Marked as a through road by the aftermarket GPS device in their Toyota 4x4, it would eventually peter out to become little more than a rutted country pathway. But by this tim
How's this for a car that runs on "alternative" fuel? The Bio Bug, an innovative project created by a sewage treatment facility in Britain, harnesses the gassy byproduct of human waste to power a VW New Beetle. While the car may run like stink, it doesn't smell like it.
If you’re a car enthusiast who loves a particular auto brand, then Danya Solomon wants to hear from you. Solomon, 30, from the San Francisco Bay Area, styles herself as a “people detective” for car companies. She tracks down drivers for so-called “docu-mercial” advertising campaigns for major companies, including Toyota and Ford, in what she sees as a growing trend to
How much were you fined the last time you were stopped for speeding? Depending on where you live, the penalty could range from under a hundred bucks to a couple of thousand dollars or more, even for a first offender. All across America, local legislators seemingly have one eye on road safety and the other on cash-strapped coffers. But is it as simple as that? We take a look. And if you haven't bee
It's the viral video hit of the summer, featuring a tricked out ride and banging hip-hop beats complete with a hard-rolling mack daddy and a fast-talking momma. And two kids. "Where our kids at? Where our kids at?" ask acting leads Rachael Drummond and Brian Huskey in a hip-hop cadence while striking faux-gang signs. Then Huskey looks at Drummond and says: "No seriously, honey, where a
In the not-too-distant future, your choice of license plates could generate some serious cash. California, land of vanity license plates and stadium-sized advertising billboards, is exploring combining elements of both in a new scheme to use digital license plates that deliver advertising. It’s one state senator’s idea to help plug the state’s $19 billion budget deficit and could
Basketball phenom LeBron James has one. As does actor Matt Dillon. So, famously, does politician Al Gore's son. You may think it's a Bentley, Benz or even a Prius, or the latest celebrity accoutrement, but we're not talking about that. All of these famous individuals have a speeding ticket citation for allegedly driving above 100 mph. As the three drivers were cited in three different states, they