Automotive Easter Eggs

Have you ever noticed the Italian speaking spider under your fuel door or the shark in your glovebox? Those are two real-life examples of hidden, often whimsical, details that automotive designers have included in production cars.

10 Most Terrifying Manufacturing Defects

Cars are complex pieces of machinery, and every so often manufacturers slip up by including a component that doesn't work as intended, forcing a recall. Tune in to learn more about the most deadly automotive recalls in history.

The Karmann Ghia

If you're a fan of cars, then odds are you can recognize a Karmann Ghia from a block away. But where did they come from? Join Scott and Ben as they explore the curious story of the Karmann Ghia.

Is Volkswagen's recent mileage claim fahrvergn├╝gen from the truth?

So here's the scoop...Volkswagen is currently running an ad on television that touts some pretty impressive mile-per-gallon stats. The commercial features a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Clean Diesel and if you're not paying careful attention you just may get the impression that it gets 58 miles per gallon. That's pretty remarkable, right? But is Volkswagen being deceptive?

Here's a surprising tidbit of auto history for you today: The hybrid car idea is well over 100 years old. Ferdinand Porsche, creator of Volkswagen and father of Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche (aka Ferry Porsche), is credited with developing an electric car way back in 1898 (not the first electric car, by the way). This was followed soon after by the first hybrid car in 1901. If you weren't aware of this historic automotive fact already, you can get a fairly concise history of Porsche's innovative electric car design as well as a glimpse of his first hybrid car design in this article by Peter Valdes-Dapena. However, Porsche is not the first U.S. Patent holder for a hybrid car design.