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The ‘Cutest Gangsta I Know’ Is Now In A Car Commercial

About six weeks ago, some guy caught his wife rapping in the car to Salt-N-Pepa’s 1993 hit, None of Your Business, put the 40 second video on YouTube, and it has since garnered some 16 million views. Apparently, Acura thought this would make for a great car commercial because they put her in the new one for the 2015 Acura RDX, in which she raps along to Blondie’s Rapture. It first aired during the Rose Bowl, and came out pretty well:

The woman is Chelsea Ranger from Ontario, Canada. Her husband — the one who filmed her — is Paolo Salomao and is a creative director and co-founder of the East End Project studio. About a week after he posted the YouTube video, Chelsea appeared on the Ellen show, where they shooped:

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Via iSpot.tv, Car Crushing and The Washington Post

Video Of Trucks Crashing Into A Low-Clearance Bridge

Most people don’t pay attention to the clearance height for bridges, because most of them are built high enough for most vehicles. But there’s one bridge in Durham, NC that has a clearance of 11’8″, which is pretty low for bigger trucks, and which, despite all kinds of flashing warnings, has about one truck per month slam right into it. There’s a website dedicated to the bridge that posts videos of the crashes, and someone made a supercut of them:

From YouTube, via Neatorama

J.D. Power’s 2012 Car Dependability Study

Overall, dependability went up for 25 out of the 32 brands from 2011. The best brands were Lexus, Porsche, Cadillac, Toyota and Scion — note that Toyota owns Lexus and Scion. The worst brands were Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Jaguar — note that Chrysler owns all of those except Jaguar. The average brands: Acura, Honda, Chevy and Volvo.

But, these ratings should be taken with a grain of salt because they’re averages of all the cars a brand makes: so for Chevrolet, they include the Impala, Corvette, Malibu, Suburban, etc. If you’re using the study (PDF) to buy a car, the brand rating gives you just a general idea of how the brand is, not how good a particular model is.


Fortunately, they also provided the most dependable cars in each class:

  • Sub-compact: Toyota Yaris, Scion xD, and Honda Fit
  • Compact: Toyota Prius, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra and Scion tC
  • Midsize: Ford Fusion, Mitsubishi Gallant, and Toyota Camry
  • Large: Buick Lucerne, Toyota Avalon, and Ford Taurus
  • Entry Premium: Lexus ES350 and Lincoln MKZ (tied), and Acura TL
  • Premium: Hyundai Genesis, Mercedes E-class, and Volvo S80
  • Compact SUV: Chevy Equinox, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Scion xB
  • Midsize SUV: Ford Explorer and Nissan Murano (tie), and Toyota Highlander
  • Premium SUV: Lexus RX350 and Lincoln MKX
  • Midsize Pickup: Nissan Frontier, Ford Ranger, Honda Ridgeline
  • Large Pickup: Toyota Tundra, GMC Sierra HD, Chevy Silverado LD
  • Minivan: Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey

Even though Chevy and Honda are average brands, they make some of the best SUVs, trucks, tiny cars and minivans. Overall though, the Toyota family and Ford seem to have their act together most.

The study measures problems experienced during the past 12 months by original owners of three-year-old (2009 model-year) vehicles. Overall dependability is determined by the level of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.

2011 Hyundai Genesis

From JD Power, via NPR

Tesla Sedan Available Second Half Of 2012

Tesla Motors, the Silicon Valley electric car company, has announced details on their Model S sedan and made a webpage detailing all the available options. The skinny is that the S will come in four trim levels: base, Performance, Signature and Signature Performance. The cars cost from 50-98k$, depending on trim level and battery size, which can take you anywhere from 160 miles to 300 miles (on a single charge at 55mph). What you get with a decked-out 98k$ Signature Performance:

  • 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds
  • top speed of 130mph
  • fast charging (160 miles-worth in 30 min) via a ‘supercharger’
  • all-glass panoramic roof
  • 17″ capacitive touchscreen control center
  • 580W, 12-speaker sound system
  • USB ports and 16GB storage
  • 2 fold-away, rear-facing jump-seats for kids

And they’re building a network of superchargers around the country.

2012 Tesla Model S


The base level is the only one that has an option on battery size (85, 60 or 40kWh), while the other three all come with the 85kWh battery. The three batteries have a range of 300, 230 and 160 miles, respectively. They’re releasing the cars in order from biggest to smallest battery, so the higher trim levels and the base model with the 85k battery will be out in the summer of 2012, then the 60k base model in the fall and finally the 40k base in the winter. Prices, after federal tax credits, and officially only for US reservation holders:

  • 50k$ for the 160-mile range base level
  • 60k$ for the 230-mile base
  • 70k$ for the 300-mile base
  • 80k$ for the Performance
  • 88k$ for the Signature
  • 98k$ for the Signature Performance

These are all cheaper than the 109k$ which their first and recently-retired car, the Roadster, cost. Also, they should think about rating their batteries in megajoules instead of kilowatt-hours, which is an awkward unit, both to say and abbreviate, but also to not confuse with kilowatts. Hell, even megacalories would be better.

From Tesla Motors, via Slashdot

The World’s Oldest Running Car

A French count named Jules-Albert de Dion built the world’s oldest car that’s still fully functional, La Marquise, in 1884 and entered it in the first car race ever three years later, where de Dion turned out to be the only entrant. Karl Benz patented the gasoline engine in 1886, so La Marquise was running before today’s cars were even invented; and it was actually de Dion’s second attempt at car-making, after the first one caught on fire. He was the first to sell cars, in catalogs, and his family tried to get injunctions against his company because they saw it is a waste of time playing with toys.

It seats four people and is steam-powered, so it has a boiler filled with water and a furnace where it burns coal, wood or whatever else you dump in there in order to boil the water. It takes about 30 minutes to start up and its top speed is 38mph. Also it has no roof, so you could call it a convertible that doesn’t convert. Below is an interesting five-minute video about the car that shows it running:


It will be auctioned on October 7th in Hershey, Pennsylvania at the famous RM car auction as lot #259.

From Gizmag and RM Auctions, via Slashdot