1. So GM’s known for a decade about a deadly design flaw, waited years to attempt to fix it, botched the fix, threatened to recoup legal costs from anybody who tried to litigate the issue, and then when the sh*t hit the fan, decided maybe it’s time to promote Car Gal.
     


  2. Things found under parking lots: The King of England

    In 1485, King Richard III of England was killed during the Battle of Bosworth Field, the last major battle of the War of the Roses. (No English king since Richard has died on the field of battle.) 

    During his final battle, Richard led a desperate cavalry charge against Henry Tudor’s men, and didn’t go down without a fight. His last words, after finally being surrounded: “Treason! Treason! Treason!” He was killed with a pollaxe, the fateful swing delivered so powerfully that it crushed his helmet into his skull. After Richard was killed, his body was paraded in the streets until Franciscan friars took him into their care. He was interred at Greyfriars Church in Leicester.

    In the five centuries that followed, the location of Greyfriars was lost. Archaeologists, however, recently announced that its ruins had been discovered beneath a parking lot used by Leicester city council functionaries, and with it, Richard’s body.

    4 other remarkable things found under car parks

     

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  4. Introducing the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the first new version of the sports car in eight years. “It’s finally here, folks, and it looks great.”

    The look and the resurrection of the Stingray subtitle, which dates to 1963, “hint at the past of the Corvette,” while some other cues — the old round tail lights are gone, the hood is vented, and the improved interior is wrapped in leather and aluminum — point to the car’s future. 

    Is it worth the wait?

     

  5. Driving in the rain just got a lot easier. The brainiacs at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have invented a new smart headlight that makes raindrops invisible.

     

  6. The $1.2 million Rolls-Royce that’s selling out in China: The Dragon Phantom, a limited edition Rolls-Royce, was created just for Chinese buyers to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. The car comes complete with hand-embroidered dragons on the headrests, hand-painted dragons on each side panel, among other dragon imagery. Guess how quickly it sold out? 

    *Beijing and Shanghai now buy more Rolls-Royces than Beverly Hills and London

     

  7. Pimp my Mario Kart? West Coast Customs, the auto body shop best known from MTV’s hit series Pimp My Ride, has built real-life versions of the cars driven by Mario and Luigi in the beloved Mario Kart video game.

     

  8. GM has a new self-driving pod car. It’s hands-free, has two wheels, can park itself, and come when you call… by smartphone.

     

  9. A new British study suggests that electric vehicles might not be as green as environmentalists think. Because of pollution from the factories that make batteries, an electric car has a bigger carbon footprint than a gas-burning vehicles until it’s traveled 80,000 miles, according to the research.

    Photo: CC BY Håkan Dahlström

     

  10. The new Jaguar C-X75: Zero to 60 in three seconds, with a top speed of 200 mph. And yet it will emit almost as little CO2 as a Toyota Prius.

    And you say it will cost how much?

     

  11. With this viral ad for the Sienna, Toyota markets the minivan as a “swagger wagon,” and joins the ranks of automakers that have taken on the daunting task of trying to convince buyers that the minivan, that “much-ridiculed mom-mobile,” is actually cool.

    Sounds silly, but it’s working. Sienna sales have jumped by 18 percent! As far as the “swagger wagon” ads go, we say bravo, Toyota.