So then, what makes it to the US? Are we getting the V90 to replace the XC70 or skipping the pure wagon for the inevitable V90 Cross Country? Anything but the S40 coming here? Any three cylinder engines or only various outputs of four cylinders? » 2/26/15 6:23pm Yesterday 6:23pm

So the exact same as some keyless cars now, just with the driver profile stored in the car and tied to the phone instead of in and tied to the fob. Just curious, how does Audi plan to correctly detect the phone in the driver's seat? Currently phone profiles work on user-ranked priority lists. Is there a Bluetooth… » 2/24/15 7:44pm Tuesday 7:44pm

This also assumes other debts aren't a factor. I am pulling just shy of $60k a year, no kids, no mortgage, but a $500-600/mo car payment is way out of line of what I can afford due to student loans. If I didn't have that payment, then sure, I could spend that much on a car. » 2/24/15 11:51am Tuesday 11:51am

Wording has subtle differences in meaning, so I want to clarify that our laws do not expressly ban laser headlights. Rather, they're old (circa late 1960s) laws that never imagined certain technologies and largely haven't been amended as technology improves. Therefore, the technologies are implicitly banned by not… » 2/23/15 9:29pm Monday 9:29pm

It is illegal:

The trouble is lack of enforcement, both from cops that write tickets for this to states without emissions inspections. Even then the inspections wouldn't catch them, because it's not unheard of for people to mod to stock nonconforming items before going to… » 2/20/15 8:16pm 2/20/15 8:16pm

The only person besides me who can drive my Dart is my brother, since he also owns a manual and is a good driver. I also let my girlfriend drive my 500. Other than those two exceptions, no one drives my cars but me* because I know for a fact they're not good drivers. Also the same reason I drive everywhere and haven't… » 2/19/15 3:15pm 2/19/15 3:15pm

It would if it were applied immediately, which (even if we could get a global standard going) wouldn't happen. Instead what would happen is that emerging markets would use homebrewed regulations that permit cars that don't meet the global standard until such a time as they're ready for it. For a thought exercise, take… » 2/19/15 12:02pm 2/19/15 12:02pm

"Which is the last intervention that worked?"

I'm having a hard time thinking of anything more recent than the Korean War, and even that only managed to restore the antebellum boundaries for the most part and hurt South Korea badly. » 2/19/15 11:16am 2/19/15 11:16am

I feel like there's a way to write the law that pacifies everyone, I just haven't found it yet. Maybe make it so that the age cutoff is reduced to three years*, only private individuals can import**, and there's a limit on one import per year***?

* I wanted to suggest one year, but three makes more sense for… » 2/18/15 12:36pm 2/18/15 12:36pm

Sales are regional due to regional differences. Owing to CARB compliance laws, California is saturated with electric car chargers AND grants all-electrics white HOV stickers, on top of state tax credits adding to the federal one. Same can't be said for Virginia, so it's natural that more are bought in CA than VA. » 2/12/15 1:07pm 2/12/15 1:07pm

Because these vehicles will outlive every single Jeep Patriot ever made.

Their design life is 30 YEARS. 30 goddamn years of 6-days-a-week stop-and-go service carrying 1000 pounds of boxes and letters through every bit of shit that doesn't qualify as a state of emergency. A Patriot or any other consumer vehicle cheaper… » 2/12/15 12:10pm 2/12/15 12:10pm