Video: Driver in Iceland taught valuable lesson by parking garage | Jeremy Korzeniewski

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Iceland parking garage fail

Instead of trying to come up with a witty way to explain why you should watch the video above, we’ll just give you a rundown of what happened back in July of 2011 when the footage, which just hit the web recently, was captured. Here goes:

  • Man and woman in Iceland pull up to a parking garage with a closed gate
  • Woman gets out of car to pee
  • Man drives into parking garage while the gate is still closed; Woman still out of car
  • Woman begins freaking out; Man attempts to back out of closed gate
  • Gate, with a hook to prevent this sort of thing, stops car from leaving
  • Second try; Gate, again, stops car from leaving
  • Woman hit by gate as it again stops car from leaving
  • Man gets out of car to check on woman
  • Apparently convinced woman is still alive, man gets back in car
  • Man decides to take another shot at the hooked gate; Achieves ramming speed
  • Gate again works as designed, this time flipping car onto its roof
  • Woman commences freaking out a second time

That pretty much sums it up. If you want a more detailed explanation, we suggest you watch the video above to see if you can glean any more tidbits. The old internet trope of adding a Benny Hill soundtrack to a ridiculous video is way overplayed, but, if there’s any video that seems appropriate for such antics, this would be the one.

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Driver in Iceland taught valuable lesson by parking garage originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:07:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pushing, Shoving And Yelling After Martinsville NASCAR Truck Race posted by Stef Schrader on Black Flag, shared by Matt Hardigree to Jalopnik

Martinsville Speedway is a bit shorter than many other tracks on the NASCAR schedule, therefore, there will be carnage. Of course, some folks decide to get all pushy-shovey about said carnage and start yelling things like "I’ll give ya all I got!" after coming back into the pitlane.

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Auctions: Detroit auctioning off hundreds of surplus vehicles, including vintage trolleys | Chris Bruce

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Trolley Auction

The financial difficulties facing Detroit, MI, are well known with examples including not having the funds to replace batteries in its parking meters and at least considering selling off its art collection. To make some extra money, the city is holding a public auction on November 5 where it’s getting rid of what it is calling surplus vehicles. Usually, Autoblog wouldn’t cover a municipal auction, but a few of the lots are so interestingly bizarre that they need to be seen.

Looking through the items, you find pretty much all of the machinery a city needs to function with a huge number of vans, pickups, medium-duty trucks, even a transit bus. But then lots 224, 225 (pictured above) and 226 jump out at you because they consist of three trolley cars that appear much older than everything else listed.

Remarkably, all three appear to be in impressive condition and vary in length from 22 to 32 feet. Lot 224 is in a shade of sea foam green and eggshell white that you just don’t see anymore. All three are covered in dust, but the wooden interiors of 224 and 225 still seem to be in great shape. Lot 226 seems to be in the worst shape of the bunch from the photos, but it still isn’t too bad. There’s also a listing for lot 1050 that just says “3 trolley cars” with no further description or images, as of this writing.

There’s no indication what these old streetcars were used for or how long the city has had them. It’s possible that they could be among the nine, historic trolleys that ran along Detroit’s Washington Boulevard from 1976 through 2003. Check out the auction listings for more photos of them.

Detroit auctioning off hundreds of surplus vehicles, including vintage trolleys originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Daniel Riccardo’s Helmet Design Is Definitely Luffy From One Piece posted by Stef Schrader on Black Flag, shared by Michael Ballaban to Jalopnik

Daniel Riccardo's Helmet Design Is Definitely Luffy From One Piece

"I’ll be King of the Pirates! Or win a double-points Formula One Grand Prix!" Something like that. I knew I recognized that huge toothy grin on Daniel Riccardo’s helmet for Abu Dhabi somewhere.

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Video: Kia K900 looks, sounds snarly with forced induction in SEMA preview | Chris Bruce

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Kia K900 SEMA Concept

Kia is getting all set for this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and among its vehicles is something that seems pretty mean.

The Korean company is keeping details quiet about what’s under the hood of what it calls the High-Performance K900, but from listening to this video it certainly sounds fantastic with quite a meaty growl. There might be some form of forced induction going on, though we can’t say for sure. Elsewhere on the car, Kia isn’t being so tight-lipped. The High Performance wears a custom shade of gray paint with a one-off body kit, featuring carbon fiber inserts. It also sports 21-inch gloss black wheels and black chrome trim.

Honestly, we were left scratching our head a little when LeBron James signed on to be the “luxury brand ambassador” for the K900. However, if he were driving this around Cleveland, the endorsement might make a little more sense. Check out the video above to glimpse the concept for SEMA, and read the little that Kia is saying about it in the release below.

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Ford decides C-Max shoppers not interested in fuel economy | Danny King

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Ford C-Max Hybrid

If you say a car – the Ford C-Max Hybrid, for example – is “fun to drive,” can anyone really come up with some empirical evidence against your claim? What about calling it “versatile”? We wonder if Ford has been thinking along these lines when it talks about the green little hatch.

Ford is refocusing its sales strategy for the C-Max Hybrid after the model took a sales hit on both sides of the Atlantic recently, Automotive News reports. That sales dropoff may stem from the fact that Ford has had to revise its fuel-economy figures downward for the C-Max twice since last year, most recently in June. That made the company’s once-proud fuel-economy comparisons with the Toyota Prius kind of pointless.

Ford is going a different route, calling the model versatile (which, to be fair it was also doing a year ago), technologically advanced and fun to drive. Since the C-Max has about 50 more horsepower than the Prius, that last part may be true. Ford representatives didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from AutoblogGreen about the mpg-mention-free advertising direction, but we will update this post if we hear back.

Sales of the C-Max Hybrid have suffered in the US. Through September, Ford sold 15,245 C-Max Hybrids, down 36 percent from last year. We shall see if a new focus away from the car’s lowered mpg numbers helps. At least Ford can be pleased with sales of the C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid, which are up 51 percent compared to 2013.

Ford decides C-Max shoppers not interested in fuel economy originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Plane Porn – Inside Hyundai’s Boeing 737 Business Jet posted by Paul Thompson on flightclub, shared by Michael Ballaban to Jalopnik

Plane Porn - Inside Hyundai's Boeing 737 Business Jet

There are private jets, and there are corporate jets. Private jets get you there in style and comfort, while corporate jets make a statement. This week at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention on Orlando, I toured Hyundai’s Boeing 737-700 Business Jet, so let’s check it out.

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Listen To The Pernicious Purr Of A Novitec-Modified Ferrari posted by Michael Ballaban

The Ferrari FF is definitely, hands-down, the best shooting brake that Ferrari makes today. But if you could make it even better, you might hand it over to the nutters over at Novitec for some fiddling. And the resulting V12 exhaust note will give you shivers. Seriously, just listen to it when it starts up.

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Official: Chevy City Express headed for dealers | Brandon Turkus

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2015 Chevrolet City Express

With competition coming from the Ford Transit Connect, it’s high time Chevrolet got in on the compact hauling action and took the fight to its cross-town rival… and it’s doing so with a little help from Nissan. The Chevy City Express, a badge-engineered Nissan NV200, is now arriving at dealers, giving Bowtie fans a counter to Dearborn’s compact van.

“Our existing customers will love getting behind the wheel of the City Express when it’s at their Chevrolet dealership,” Ed Peper, GM’s vice president of fleet and commercial vehicles said in a statement. “But we’re most looking forward to giving potential new customers the opportunity to experience one of many Chevrolet commercial vehicles that best fit their needs.”

Prices for the 2015 City Express start at $22,950. Scroll down for the official announcement from Chevrolet.

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The Next Two F1 Races Will Likely Have The Smallest Grid Since 2005 posted by Stef Schrader on Black Flag, shared by Michael Ballaban to Jalopnik

The Next Two F1 Races Will Likely Have The Smallest Grid Since 2005

Cars are en route to Austin for the United States Grand Prix, and per Bernie Ecclestone, two teams are missing from the shipment: Caterham and Marussia. Only nine teams and eighteen cars will make the USGP the smallest Formula One grid since 2005.

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Porsche Might Be Developing A Turbo V12 For Vladimir Putin posted by Michael Ballaban

Porsche Might Be Developing A Turbo V12 For Vladimir Putin

A few months back we heard that Porsche was somehow involved with developing the next generation of super-limo for Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was a little unclear initially as to what exactly Porsche would be doing, in concordance with a bunch of Russian companies, but now it looks like they’ll be developing an engine.

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U-Turn: Weekly Recap: Tesla’s sales ban fortified in Michigan as franchise laws draw fire | Greg Migliore

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2013 Tesla Model S

“Tesla’s quest to own its stores has brought to light issues that have long faced the industry.” – Adam Jones

Tesla’s fight to challenge dealer franchise laws moved to the home state of the American auto industry this week, as the governor of Michigan signed a controversial bill that excludes Tesla from selling its electric cars directly to consumers.

Experts agree it was probably already illegal for Tesla to sell cars in Michigan, as the state’s franchise laws require that cars be sold through dealerships. But, the legislation closed a gap in the law that Tesla might have been able to exploit.

Ironically, the bill sailed through both houses of the state legislature with little fanfare this year, as voters and officials have been preoccupied with midterm elections. It’s not even a new law: just an amendment to an existing rule that touches on a number of issues, including transaction fees charged by dealers to consumers during the sale process.

The controversy seemingly exploded overnight, as a last-minute change in the language of the bill – which appeared aimed at Tesla – strengthened Michigan’s franchise laws. It wasn’t until the bill was already on the desk of Gov. Rick Snyder that most of the public was even aware of it, or of the implications of the 11th hour changes.

Not surprisingly, Tesla was peeved.

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You’ll See This Car Crash Coming And It’s Still Intense As Hell posted by Barry Petchesky on The Concourse, shared by Matt Hardigree to Jalopnik

The video is cued for about 30 seconds of buildup, but you might want to watch the whole thing to properly let the tension build. It’s two men filming the car in front of them as the driver drifts and swerves. The video ends exactly how you expect it to—which doesn’t mean you won’t shit your dick when it happens.

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Weekend Motorsports Roundup, Oct. 25-26, 2014 posted by Stef Schrader on Black Flag, shared by Michael Ballaban to Jalopnik

Weekend Motorsports Roundup, Oct. 25-26, 2014

Welcome to the Jalopnik Weekend Motorsports Roundup, where we let you know what’s going on in the world of racing, where you can see it, and where you can talk about it all in one convenient place. Where else would you want to spend your weekend?

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Report: UberTaxi now operating in Seoul using licensed cab drivers | Brandon Turkus

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South Korea Taxi Driver Protest

In countries across the globe, ride-hiring app Uber has faced criticism from taxi drivers, who claim the service is unfair, citing the way its (unregistered) drivers can be hired, eliminating the need to stand on a corner hailing. In the South Korean capital of Seoul, though, Uber and the taxi drivers are living harmoniously, thanks to a new service.

Called UberTaxi, the app has signed up a number of official, registered cab drivers who can be hired from a smartphone. Drivers won’t be paid a commission, according to The Wall Street Journal, although they’ll receive a $1.90 subsidy for each fare they handle that’s been ordered by the app.

While the new pairing is a positive sign for Uber, the app’s core service, the low-cost UberX, remains illegal in South Korea. WSJ also reports that the country is taking aim at the premium UberBlack livery service, and is even going so far as to develop an app that would give taxi drivers the same capabilities without using the ride-hiring service.

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Flying To Vegas? Über Just Landed posted by Paul Thompson on flightclub, shared by Paul Thompson to Jalopnik

Flying To Vegas? Über Just Landed

Unless you’re a really high-roller, if you’ve ever flown to Las Vegas, chances are that you’ve waited for a taxi in a notoriously long queue at McCarran Airport, often in 100-degree plus temperatures. But help is on its way, in the form of an on-call car service, Über.

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Lotus Builds Automatic Exige, Solution To All Of Company’s Problems posted by Michael Ballaban

Lotus Builds Automatic Exige, Solution To All Of Company's Problems

Nobody buys the Lotus Exige . Well, pretty much nobody. Definitely nobody in America, since poor Lotus doesn’t sell it here anymore, but close to nobody buys them in Europe, either. Since there is no conceivable reason for that, Lotus is now throwing an automatic in the Exige. Yes, a torque-converter automatic.

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​This Valet App Might Be The Next Best Thing To Uber posted by Damon Lavrinc

​This Valet App Might Be The Next Best Thing To Uber

Parking in most major cities – and San Francisco, in particular – sucks. More often then not, when the wife and I head into the city for a night out, we park somewhere cheap and Uber our way around. It’s both idiotic and costly, but it beats circling for a space for 45 minutes and then walking 10 blocks. That’s why Luxe sounds so damn enticing.

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