Speedy stunts literally bowl Leno over, VW’s steep bill for cheating the system, the Maserati Quattroporte is the limo for the (still quite wealthy) everyman, and more.
Jay Leno’s scary tumble
The TV personality was shooting an episode of his CNBC show, “Jay Leno’s Garage”, at Irwindale Speedway with 80-year-old stunt driver Bob Riggle when the 2,500 hp Hemi Under Glass car started rolling mid-stunt. Everyone’s shaken up, but OK, including the engine.
Tesla’s not so sunny week
After the announcement of its acquisition of SolarCity last week, Tesla has been faced with an “icy reaction” from investors. Whether the deal will move forward or fail is still TBD, but the bristly response to Musk’s solar gesture has been less than encouraging. To add injury to insult, the first Autopilot-related fatality in a Model S was announced by the NHTSA this week.
Volkswagen’s pricey reparations bill
To compensate for the emissions scandal that rocked the automotive world earlier this year, Volkswagen has agreed to pay up to $10 billion in a civil settlement with US car owners and a staggering $5 billion in environmental reparations, according to NPR.
Buonissimo reviews for the Maserati Quattroporte
“Longer, lighter, and more efficient” according to The Guardian, the Maserati Quattroporte (four door) is a large, luxe sedan with the pep and growl of a Ferrari. The Guardian’s Martin Love gives a peek behind the wheel of this “slick and economical luxury limo”.
eBay Motors & Vroom get crafty
Cars are expensive, in many markets prohibitively so (which, as a self-serving sidenote, is why Turo is so constructive), so to compensate for waning demand, eBay Motors & online used car dealership Vroom are joining forces to guarantee an offer for used car sellers.
Bit and pieces
In other random auto-adjacent news, Chris Cuomo allegedly took his ‘69 Firebird drag racing, the Telegraph reveal its top 10 classic cars in anticipation of Concours of Elegance at Windsor Castle in September, and BMW partners up with Mobileye and Intel to build a full self-driving car for 2021.