Agreed. This harmonization, or even better, a creation of a global safety standard throughout (not that I can think of any place with different safety standards that would be equivalent to these two), would probably save companies enough money that you could get any car anywhere (well, depending on emissions… » 12/13/14 9:58am 12/13/14 9:58am

Not sure where you're from, but in the US, engineers are almost ALWAYS in demand. Not enough people choose a STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, Mathematics) career field over here. Plus, you'd have to weigh the cost of constantly fixing the car to have a reliable means to get to work, particularly if you don't… » 12/01/14 10:42pm 12/01/14 10:42pm

My first car overall, a 1993 Toyota Celica, was actually just totaled out last month and hauled away. It had quite a few issues, and then had the unfortunate luck of being heavily dented by hail (as well as one broken window and a cracked windshield). It had been driven fairly regularly by my dad until two months ago,… » 11/28/14 9:36pm 11/28/14 9:36pm

Integrating the engine as mentioned in the other comment is a key piece of it, as you then know either what you have to work with or you can specify what you need. I have a feeling that while the Mercedes will still be fairly dominant for 2015 (unless an engine unfreeze is somehow granted), the gap between the factory… » 11/23/14 2:56pm 11/23/14 2:56pm

From 1999 to 2001, Toyota made a CNG version of the Camry, adapting the 2.2L I-4 for natural gas. Not too many were sold, but Toyota has made one in the past. Interestingly, in 2001, Toyota had a hybrid, an EV (in RAV4 form) and a CNG vehicle all at once (though not throughout the USA, the latter two in a limited… » 11/18/14 7:20pm 11/18/14 7:20pm

My scariest story is the time I drove to visit my brother one weekend. I was on a rotational intern program at that time in a city with a population of about 20,000 that had very little activities. As such, I decided to drive a little over 5 hours to visit my brother, who had just begun his freshman year at Ball… » 11/01/14 10:50am 11/01/14 10:50am

My family has a 2003, and despite it having the huge rear wing, Altezza style taillights, and even an aluminum fuel door, was very underwhelming. It probably didn't help that it's an automatic, but for expecting it to be somewhat above decent and it just being, well, decent, it was disappointing. Its reliability (or… » 10/20/14 11:21pm 10/20/14 11:21pm

While not entirely automotive, the best in terms of any driver's accounts is Conor Daly's ( Great shots of his GP2 ride from earlier this year, plus all sorts of hilarious faces! He even managed to get a selfie with Vettel at one point... » 10/20/14 6:16pm 10/20/14 6:16pm

It depends on the overall condition, but (at least from searching on eBay), you're more likely to find an AW11 under $5k than an SW20. I paid under $2k for mine in December, and it wasn't a basket case at all, just needed a bit of attention. That said, every SC AW11 seems to be at least $5k if not more, and every… » 10/17/14 5:24pm 10/17/14 5:24pm