Cultural differences: The joy of trim levels

It’s only natural that a manufacturer should offer several variants of each car it makes. There needs to be a basic ‘I can just about afford to get into one of these’ model, and a, ‘look, my car’s got e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g” grade. And, likely as not, there’ll be an ‘it’s got …

The News for October 27th, 2017

Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week: Ford Mustang gets a new Performance Pack with better handling upgrades Aston …

Aftermarket Audio: From Replacement to Integration

Back in the good old days, the 1980s and 90s, car audio, like everything else, was simple. Most vehicles had a DIN-, or double-DIN-sized headunit. The headunit would have an AM/FM radio and a cassette or a compact disc player – the truly luxury cars would have both. A small …

Infographic: Top Selling Cars in Every Country

Click the above image to see it in its full resolution. It shows the best selling new vehicles in 146 countries. There are not many surprises there: North America loves their F-150s, Europe is mostly driven by various Volkswagen Group vehicles, and Toyota owns Oceania, southern Asia, Middle-East, parts of …

Video: Driving a Tiller Cab Fire Truck

It is totally counter-intuitive and completely opposite to typical driving. You turn left to go right and turn right to go left. I am pretty sure I’d mess it up after a few turns but yet there are firefighters who do it in stressful conditions and get it perfect. If …

Interface: Too much information.

We have a simply ludicrous coffee machine where I work. It’s a Wittenborg 9100. I know this because it introduces itself with the line “I’m the Wittenborg 9100” on its high-resolution touchscreen display. The latter has a number of uses, the first of which is to display the menu of …

Video: /DRIVE on NBC Sports, Season 4 starts tonight

It’s unimaginatively called /DRIVE on NBC Sports, and starts its fourth season tonight. The show is hosted by three guys you may have heard of before – Chris Harris, Matt Farah, and Mike Spinelli. Alex Roy makes an appearance on the show, too. And guess what, it’s a show about …

Jeep JL Wrangler: Owner’s and User’s Manuals leaked, ton of info surfaces

In what seems like the longest, slowest unveiling ever, intentional or not, we are now finally seeing actual internal Jeep documents about the upcoming, still-yet-to-be-officially-released JL Wrangler. It appears that a massive amount of information about has been brought to life by JLWranglerForums, among them the ever-crucial User’s and Owner’s …

The true spirit of the Range Rover Velar

I recently had a go behind the wheel of the Range Rover Velar, namely the emphatically quick and ostentatious P380 HSE. It has 1980s Ferrari levels of grunt, combined with agility that ensures it doesn’t all leach away in a maelstrom of wobbly, noisy indulgence. But I’m not here to …