Today is “The Day” i.e. The Day of Atonement on the Jewish Calendar. There’s no holier day for The Chosen People. It’s also the first live day of coverage for journalists at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the first show of the rambunctious Auto Show Season. How do these fit together?
Since we didn’t win the Kia Canada Photography Contest and Twitter gives a more interactive glimpse of the proceedings anyways, let’s see how the world’s largest and most influential automakers fared in Paris today and what they have to atone for as a result. Even with more guilt-assuaging plug-in hybrids than sexy booth babes, you’d better believe they’re still guilty beyond reproach.
It’s simply overwhelming. There’s too much. How can one person possible stay on top of it all the awesome car videos??
Relax. It’s ok. Just close your eyes for a moment and take a deep breath. We’ve done the work for you so pop some corn, grab a beer, and enjoy the eight must-see videos for this week. Don’t have the time right now? No worries, you’ve got all week. Bookmark it and come back when you’re ready to bask in the glory of the automobile. Enjoy!
1. Sebastian Thrun on Google’s Driverless Car:
He’s passionate, he’s persuasive, and he’s showing us a glimpse of the future. As long as there are still closed race tracks, count us in!
Faster, hairier, and louder cars are after the jump!
After a prolonged teaser campaign, Jaguar has let the, err, cat out of the bag. Today in London, Elle Macpherson and Jay Leno took the wraps off the 2011 Jaguar XJ. The new XJ is set to compete with the S-class/7-series/A8 trio, but also, Jag hopes, with the Panamera and Quattroporte. Obviously, Ian Callum has been busy these last few years since the release of the successful XF sedan, but has all his work paid off with a successful, coherent design?
The answer, and a 16-image gallery of the new XJ, are below.
In the same parking lot where we found the completely tasteless BMW X6 with a bike rack, we find this well-maintained, British Racing Green, 1968 Jaguar E-Type. Also known as the XK-E, the E-Type is considered my many, Enzo Ferrari included, as the most beautiful car in the world. Being a 1968 model, this would have been the first year of the Series 2 prodcution for the E-Type. According to the Wikipedia entry, the Series 2 models featured “open headlights without glass covers, a wrap-around rear bumper, re-positioned and larger front indicators and taillights below the bumpers, better cooling aided by an enlarged “mouth” and twin electric fans, and uprated brakes”, when compared to the earlier Series 1 models.
There is a gallery of this diamond in the rough after the jump.
The Swallow Sidecar Company started building vehicles around the time dirt was young and air was entering adolescence. Several years later, the company introduced the SS Jaguar 2.5-litre sedan. Ten years on, in 1945, the company dropped the SS moniker due to a trademark infringement lawsuit involving Adolf Hitler’s estate.
That last data point may not be true.
Regardless, Jaguar has since created a bold history for itself, on the street and track with both sports cars and sedans, winning fans and accolades all across the globe. Their reach is vast, and alarmingly extends all the way to South Dakota. Welcome to today’s How Hard Can It Be?
Welcome back to another episode of HHCIB? where we chronicle project cars that don’t look too bad on the surface but will probably cause you countless hours of misery and grief joy.
If you’re like me, you love coupes. If you’re like me, you love the sound of a V12. If you’re like me, you like a deal. Well I’ve got something you will love! For only $4000 of your hard-earned Canadian dollars (about USD$28), you can be driving your very own Jaguar XJS V12. The XJS the successor to the legendary E-type, so you know it’s gorgeous and will drive you insane it go like nuts.
In the interest of furthering domestic social and cultural interests, we here at CarEnvy.ca have put untold amounts of hard work into compiling a questionnaire full of the sort of burning questions that we believe anyone automotively-minded would ask of their favourite celebrities. Our inaugural Celebrity Carnadian Questionnaire features none other than Ed the Sock and Liana K, AKA Ed and Red from the long-running and frequently hilarious Ed + Red’s Night Party. Follow the jump to read their answers to our set of burning questions; special emphasis on “burning.”