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Weekend News Roundup December 16, 2023

Here we present our weekly Jalopnik series that recaps the latest in news. We’ve showcased our most read offerings as well as some you may have missed.

Watch Even More Cars Launch Off The Fresno Speed Bump Duo

If you’re anything like me, then you enjoy watching people do dumb things. Today’s slideshow is a followup post since people never learn: This set of speed bumps in Fresno, Calif. might be the most entertaining thing in this much-mocked town. My TikTok feed is full of dumb drivers making stupid mistakes, but my favorite genre of this are the compilations of drivers neglecting to notice speed bumps and going for an unexpected flight. – Logan Carter Read More

Cybertruck Might Be Dangerous For Everyone: Experts

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“If you have an argument with another car, you will win,” Elon Musk said during Tesla’s November 30 Cybertruck delivery event. This is much of the problem that traffic crash analysts are having with the preliminary crash videos released by Tesla. Cars with crumple zones will deform around their passengers, dissipating the impact and dulling the forces some before they reach a soft and squishy human body. – Bradley Brownell Read More

Experts Say These Are The Collector Cars To Buy In 2023, And I Have Some Thoughts

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The annual Hagerty Bull Market list is out, giving you just enough time to buy one of these ten collector cars in time for the holidays. You deserve a gift, don’t you? You’ve been a particularly good car enthusiast and you deserve something fun. So why not park your money somewhere it’ll be (potentially) accruing equity? – Bradley Brownell Read More

Facelifted Genesis G80 Has Fresher Looks, New 27-Inch Screen And More Knobs

Front 3/4 view of two Genesis G80 sedans, one grey and one red

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We saw the release of the updated Genesis GV80 SUV last month, which brought subtle exterior styling tweaks but a big overhaul to the cabin. Now, Hyundai’s luxury brand unveiled the updated G80 sedan in Korea, which gets similar tweaks to keep this three-year-old luxobarge looking fresh. – Daniel Golson Read More

High-Mileage Drivers Aren’t Buying EVs And That’s A Problem

Tesla Electric Vehicle parked in driveway and plugged into charger, Queens, New York.

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While a transition towards electric vehicles has steadily taken hold to combat climate change, EVs aren’t filling up city streets and highways in proportional numbers to sales. Scientific American found that gas vehicles were driven 62.4 percent more than EVs between 2016 and 2022, based on odometer readings. The environmental impact of EVs could be overestimated if electric cars aren’t being relied on by high-mileage drivers or used as daily drivers for multi-vehicle households. – Ryan Erik King Read More

Car Insurance Companies Can’t Jack Up Rates In California, So They Make It Hard To Get Coverage

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Drivers in California are still dealing with the effects of a tightening insurance industry. From increasing rates and premiums to companies outright refusing to cover drivers, its hard out here. Mostly though the whole situation stems from insurance companies being mad that California regulations won’t let them be greedy as CalMatters reports. – Lawrence Hodge Read More

Buc-ee’s New 235-Foot Car Wash Isn’t Even The Longest Buc-ee’s Car Wash

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Great news, everyone! Jalopnik’s favorite gas station, Buc-ee’s, is expanding its already massive Daytona Beach location to include a new car wash. Because this is Buc-ee’s, a gas station that will sell you brisket, home decor, dog toys and baby clothes along with fuel for your car, rest assured that it’s not going to be just any car wash. According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal the new gas station car wash will be 235 feet long. – Collin Woodard Read More

Tesla Cybertruck Parts List Revealed: Repairs Are Going To Be Expensive

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The stainless steel wedge future space pickup truck is here, sort of. The rapid acceleration and generally poor visibility will probably contribute to these trucks occasionally getting in scrapes with other vehicles on the roadways of America. Because the exterior of the Tesla Cybertruck is “cold rolled stainless steel,” and it allegedly forms a stressed exoskeleton, those fender benders could get quite pricey to repair. While traditional cars have deformable plastic bumpers that can easily be repaired and repainted, bent stainless will never just bend back and look normal again. It’ll need to be replaced, and it’ll be expensive. – Bradley Brownell Read More

The Chrysler 300C Ends Production

The Chrysler 300C Ends Production

A great American sedan rides off into the sunset as Chrysler shifts towards an all electric future.

Doug DeMuro Took His Porsche Carrera GT And Ford GT To The Track And A Professional Camera Crew Filmed The Whole Thing

Doug DeMuro's Carrera GT and Ford GT lined up at the track

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Our old friend Doug DeMuro sure has come a long way since the days when he needed his parents to cosign a loan for the Ferrari that jumpstarted his YouTube career. After starting and then selling his ownership stake in Cars & Bids, he was able to buy a Porsche Carrera GT, a car that definitely cost a lot more than that old Ferrari. And what do you do when you buy an incredibly valuable, low-production supercar with an engine that was originally developed for Formula 1? You take it to the track, of course. – Collin Woodard Read More


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