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Hooniverse Asks: What Do You Think Was The Best Car Released in 2016?

Robert Emslie December 29, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

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Yes, I’m using the same lede image as yesterday. It’s the end of the year and things are winding down so excuse me all to hell. When we last saw this pic we were asking about the most important automotive event of the past year. Today, we want to know your opinion on which car introduced in the past 12 months you think was the best. We’ve seen flat-plane V8 Mustangs and four-pot Porsches this year, along with electric Chevies and hydrogen fuel cell Toyotas, so it’s hard to say it was an uneventful year. Which of those—or another—was in your mind, the world’s best?

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Last Call: Got Wood? Edition

Robert Emslie December 28, 2016 Last Call

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In the interest of safety, shouldn’t he really have a red flag on each end of those boards?

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

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Craigslist Crapshoot

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 

Last week we went searching for the best, and boxiest, Volvos we could find. We’ll see which one is the “squarest deal” in a sec, but first this week’s year-ending quest.

We’re at the end of the year so this week we’re going for irony by looking for the best deals in mid-engined cars for under $10,000. Yeah, that’s going to leave out all but the burnt-est-smelling exotics, but there’s still plenty mid-mounters from which to choose. Let’s find some worthy ones.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Since we’ve changed commenting systems, you may need to update your commenter account. Make sure you have a Disqus account – they’re free and easy to get – and then comment away.

Got that? Good, now let’s get our Volvo on!

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Hooniverse Asks: What Was To You The Most Important Automotive Story of 2016?

Robert Emslie December 28, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

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I think we all know that the biggest story to come out of 2016 is the end of the world as we know it, but there were plenty of notable automotive events that occurred during the year as well. Today we want to know your opinion on which was the biggest. Was it Chevy’s introduction of a modestly priced electric car with a reasonable range—fully three years before the almighty Tesla? Or maybe it was the seemingly inexorable march of the Crossover, a category that this year has taken on the sales lead. Whichever it is, let us know which one you think has had the most impact to the automotive world.

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Last Call: Got 911? Edition

Robert Emslie December 27, 2016 Last Call

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Driver: Thank god I drive a Mini, anything bigger and I’d be in that river.

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

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Track Tuesday: Name That Track

Robert Emslie December 27, 2016 Track Tuesday

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Welcome to Track Tuesday where you are asked to identify a (maybe) famous race or test track from just one closely-cropped aerial image. This week, let’s get dirty. Good luck!

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Hooniverse Asks: Is Atlas The Dumbest Crossover Nameplate?

Robert Emslie December 27, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

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The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is an interesting car. It’s the German marque’s entry unto the lucrative mid-sized Crossover category, one that’s already crowded with the likes of the Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9 and Nissan Pathfinder. Now you might ask, but doesn’t VW already have a contender in that class? Well yes, they have the Touareg, their new wagon is bigger than that, albeit substantially lower scale than that existing model, and features lower-quality materials inside. It perhaps makes up for that by offering a third row of seating, something the Touareg doesn’t.

We haven’t seen any production models of the Atlas yet, so maybe the final product will look a little more high-end than the preproduction units, but even if they do, that doesn’t address the car’s name, which seems kind of lame to me. Sure it implies strength and cold war missile batteries, but at the same time it sounds kind of Mickey Mouse. It also fails to align with any of the company’s existing naming conventions. What do you think, is Atlas a lame name? Is it the lamest?

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Last Call: Damn, That’s Cold Edition

Robert Emslie December 26, 2016 Last Call

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If it’s cold enough to ice-over your aerial then you know there’s other things you don’t want to leave out exposed to the elements.

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

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Because it’s Monday: Let’s Look Back on Chevy’s Most Audacious Offering.

Volkswagen sold their first Type 1 in the U.S.in 1949. Ten years later, General Motors offered their retort. In contrast to the more traditional compacts from Ford and Chrysler, the Corvair appeared a radical departure. That’s because GM intended their compact to directly compete with the imports that they saw as a threat to their market share. The largest selling of those was the Volkswagen whose rear-mounted and air-cooled engine the Corvair emulated, albeit in larger, six-cylnder form. If only GM had considered the mid-fifties’ second-best selling import, the Nash Metropolitan, things would have been vastly different.
Instead we got what is arguably one of GM’s most unique and interesting cars, as well as a series that offered features—four-wheel independent suspension, turbocharged engines—that were almost unknown amongst the domestic competition. As we all know, it was the unique design that proved to be the Corvair’s greatest attraction as well as its undoing as the car’s rear-engine swing axle design demanded adaptation in driving style. Ralph Nader used that as prima facia example of what was wrong with automotive safety at the time and permanently tarred the Corvair as “unsafe at any speed,” which didn’t help the car win sales. In the end, the inability to transfer platform engineering to other models, and the need for a proper competitor to Ford’s wildly successful—and Falcon-based—Mustang led to the Corvair’s demise.

Long before that however, GM produced this film on the model’s development and attractions. Seeing as this is the last week of the year, let’s look back even further and see the hope s and dreams GM poured into the Corvair. And remember, you can’t win if you don’t try.

 

Hooniverse Asks: Did You Get (or Give) Anything Cool This Year?

Robert Emslie December 26, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

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Today is Boxing Day, the traditional second day of Christmastide observed in many countries. It’s on this day that we generally honor those who provide us with services—the mail man, house help and the like—with boxes of gifts.

Gift giving during the holiday season is a practice that goes back centuries, and I’m sure you all have, in the past couple of weeks, or perhaps just yesterday, both given and received some cool car-related presents. Let us know what they were.

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