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Tesla Just Turned Its Cars Into Giant Boomboxes

Software update produces such car horn sounds as applause, bleating goats, and, yes, farting

(Newser) - Ever wanted to express your displeasure at fellow drivers by farting at them? If you're the owner of a Tesla, your dream may have just come true. Announced by company CEO Elon Musk on Christmas Day, the newest software update from the electric car manufacturer features "Boombox" mode,...

Some Thought It Was a Terror Attack. Others, a Movie Set

Dozens arrested after vehicles do doughnuts in South Beach, causing fear and gridlock

(Newser) - If you were in Miami Beach Saturday night, you may have been witness to quite a street spectacle. Per NBC News , a group of cars converged on an intersection in the neighborhood of South Beach, then start doing doughnuts, while people who appeared to be part of the group stood...

Surfers' Warning: Don't Use a Lock Box

Thieves can bust into them, as California surfers have learned

(Newser) - California surfers say they're "under attack" by car thieves—and warn that anyone else using a lock box is vulnerable. Surfers often use lock boxes to hide their car keys while surfing at beaches in San Francisco. The problem, as the San Francisco Chronicle reports, is that lock...

'Do Not Let Moose Lick Your Car'

Canadian drivers receive an unusual warning

(Newser) - Authorities in rural Jasper, Canada, have put up LED signs warning drivers of a very Canadian road hazard. "Do not let moose lick your car," reads the missive, which you can see here . It's no joke. It seems that moose in Alberta province have figured out they...

Teen YouTuber Totals Dad's $3.4M Roadster

Gage Gillean reportedly hit a tree in Dallas on Tuesday, but he's OK

(Newser) - It's a good thing YouTuber Gage Gillean's father is a billionaire because it may take a few million dollars to replace the rare sports car Gillean just wrecked. The 17-year-old son of private equity firm founder and car collector Tim Gillean was driving his father's custom-made purple...

One State's New Car-Repair Law Could Affect Everyone

Massachusetts will require automakers to share computer data on vehicles

(Newser) - One of the under-the-radar state ballot items in 2020 has the potential to affect everyone who owns an automobile. In Massachusetts, voters easily approved a measure that will require automakers to share computer data on vehicles with independent shops, reports Reuters . If history repeats, this could become the national norm....

After George Floyd Death, a Big Ask by Ford Workers

Employee letter wants company to stop making police vehicles; that doesn't look likely

(Newser) - Ford Motor Co. makes about two-thirds of America's police vehicles , so a recent ask by some of the automaker's workers in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd, racism, and police brutality is a significant one: They want the company to consider not making and...

Ford Picks Odd Day to Release Its New Bronco

'Purely coincidental' that SUV's debut will be on July 9, OJ Simpson's birthday

(Newser) - Either the Ford Motor Company has a twisted sense of humor or it failed to realize it would be unveiling its new Bronco on OJ Simpson's birthday. The Bronco—heading back into production for the first time since 1996—is almost synonymous with the former football star and murder...

Owners Scream as Bear Opens Mercedes Door

TMZ finds footage of owners freaking out as bear approaches their car

(Newser) - Where, when, why—that we don't know. But TMZ has dug up footage of people fearfully watching a bear approach a Mercedes and freaking out when the animal manages to open the vehicle door. "The video is hysterical," says the media outlet. "It appears the people...

Bentley's New $2M Car Is Pretty Wild

The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar features 5k-year-old wood, paint made from rice husks

(Newser) - The Geneva Motor Show was canceled as a result of the spreading coronavirus, but there was no rain on Bentley's parade. And it's a good thing since the company's new car doesn't have a roof, not even a cloth one. The 2021 Bentley Mulliner Bacalar was...

New Subaru's Name: Prank, Coincidence, or Sly Wink?

Can you figure out why the Forester Ultimate Customized Kit Special is making waves?

(Newser) - With its eye-catching pinstriping, 20-inch Enkei wheels over lime-green brake calipers, and a large touchscreen that controls all of a ride's tunes, Subaru's new concept car, which appeared at the Singapore Motorshow this week, definitely looks pretty cool (check out what it looks like here ). But it'...

3 Dozen 'Lost' Corvettes Are Up for Grabs

Sweepstakes will offer model for every production year from 1953 to 1989, for $3 a ticket

(Newser) - In 1989, Long Island carpenter Dennis Amodeo won 36 Corvettes (one from each production year stretching back to 1953) in a VH1 contest—and what a long, strange trip it's been for the cars since. Now, after years of gathering dust in various New York City parking garages, the...

Erdogan Has Pined for a 'National' Car. Now, 'a Historic Day'

Check out prototype for electric TOGG, Turkey's first domestically produced car

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday unveiled prototypes of a domestically produced electric car, putting him closer to fulfilling a long-held dream of building Turkey's first "national" automobile. Erdogan showcased the SUV and sedan models of the car, known for now as TOGG after a consortium of...

She Walked 14 Miles to Work. Then She Got a Surprise Tip

Couple buys Denny's waitress in Texas a car after hearing about her long commute

(Newser) - She gave them extra ice cream; they gifted her a new car. Adrianna Edwards definitely got the sweeter deal this week after two customers at a Texas Denny's, where she works as a waitress, gave her a much-needed tip: a 2011 Nissan Sentra, per CNN . While dining at the...

Tesla Mocked by Surprise Troll on 'Unbreakable' Cybertruck

Lego's vehicle is 'guaranteed shatterproof'

(Newser) - Elon Musk says the orders are pouring in for Tesla's new Cybertruck, despite the onstage demo fail that generated worldwide mockery. Now, a surprise troll is mocking the electric car company with its own debut. Mashable reports that early Tuesday, Danish toy company Lego put up a promo on...

Elon Musk Pays $770M for Most Expensive Windows Ever

That's how much Tesla CEO lost in one day after his Cybertruck's windows smashed during demo

(Newser) - Elon Musk's disastrous demo of Tesla's newest electric vehicle wasn't just a PR debacle—it hit his wallet big time. When the company's head designer threw a metal ball at the Cybertruck's window Thursday to show how durable it was, the window smashed; a second...

This $1.69M Car Has No Windshield

McLaren's new offering creates one out of air

(Newser) - McLaren's latest supercar comes without a roof, windows, or windshield, yet you shouldn't have to worry about swallowing bugs. The Elva roadster, which can reach 60mph in under three seconds with a 804-horsepower turbocharged V-8 engine, is equipped with what's called an "Active Air Management System,...

Hate Blind Spots While Driving? This Teen Has a Solution

14-year-old Alaina Gassler created innovative workaround

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania teen has won $25,000 and, perhaps soon, the gratitude of every driver in America with what Mashable calls a "simple but innovative" invention that gets rid of blind spots. A release from the Society for Science & the Public announced that the "girls shine" in...

Her Car Wasn't Acting Right. Then: 'My Jaw Hit the Floor'

Squirrels hid hundreds of walnuts under hood of woman's car, did a number on hubby's truck

(Newser) - When nuts fall off a tree, they usually accumulate in piles at the tree's base—which is why Chris Persic found it odd that underneath the black walnut tree in the yard of his Pittsburgh home, there were very few walnuts. CBS Pittsburgh reports that mystery was solved this...

Teen's Beauty Product Explodes, Blows Hole in Car Roof

Mom warns about keeping cans of dry shampoo, and other aerosol cans, away from heat

(Newser) - Dry shampoo can be handy on the go, but that doesn't mean it should be stored in your car. A Missouri teen learned that the hard way after an aerosol can of dry shampoo exploded in her car's center console, smashed through the sunroof, and landed 50 feet...

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