Big Ideas and Little Cars at the Web Summit in Lisbon

Jim Motavalli

Jim Motavalli | Nov 16, 2018

Cutting-edge tech ideas (with a green tinge) from the European CES.

Periodic Table of Elements
Jul 17, 2018

More Bad Jokes: Chemistry Edition

Staff Blog

Chemistry jokes sure to get a reaction.

lame jokes

At Least It's a Dry Heat
Jul 17, 2018

At Least It's a Dry Heat

Dear Car Talk

It's safe to use seat heaters if you're stranded in snow.

heating seats winter

1949 Ford Woody Wagon
Jul 14, 2018

The Knotty History of the Woody Wagon

Jim Motavalli

Wood-bodied wagons started out as work trucks, evolved into suburban transportation, got taken over by surfers and then by concours restorers. Now we see these garage queens only at car shows. Can we bring back the woody?

Green VW Microbus
Jul 13, 2018

VW Microbuses Gone Wild

Jim Motavalli

With the classic VW bus coming back as a retro electric, it's time to revisit all the fun people had with this genial transporter the first time around.

Give Me a Ping, Vasili
Jul 12, 2018

Give Me a Ping, Vasili

Dear Car Talk

This Kia's pinging could point to a bad knock sensor.

sensors 2015

Keas attacking a car in New Zealand
Jul 11, 2018

Beware of Bird: Keas vs. Kias


The place? New Zealand. The contestants? A Kia. And a Kea. 

wildlife body damage

Magic Wrench or Smart Nephew?
Jul 10, 2018

Magic Wrench or Smart Nephew?

Dear Car Talk

This RAV's starting problem likely has the easy solution of a loose cable.

batteries electrical wiring Toyota RAV4 2011

A history of speeding.
Jul 09, 2018

A Fast History of Speeding

Jim Motavalli

Even before there were cars, people were getting ticketed for "furious driving."