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2 Deluxe New Accessories, 0 Flimflam


Joad Cressbeckler

We’re usually too busy scouring the globe for choice auto accessories to keep up with the talking heads on TV jibber-jabbering on about beltway skullduggery. But Joad Cressbeckler is a breath of fresh Black Hills air. He stands up against flannel-mouthed snake oil peddlers, and he isn’t afraid to give those he disagrees with a little what for. These two new accessories are dedicated to Joad, the orneriest prospector that ever had his own cable news show.

Dash Designs Suede Rear Deck Covers—You love the luxurious look, feel and aroma of a dead beast’s skin, but you’re tired of PeTA dumping red paint all over your ride because of your elephant ear steering wheel cover. Your first step on the road to compassionate accessorizing starts with one of these faux suede rear deck covers from Dash Designs.

Dash Designs Brushed Suede Rear Deck Covers

Flex-a-lite RadiatorsThese radiators from Flex-a-lite won’t keep your derelict 8th floor Hell’s Kitchen apartment warm, but they will keep your engine cool.

Flex-a-lite Radiators

7 Fresh Automotive Accessories Available Now


Today’s a special day that only comes once every 4 years—it’s the closing ceremonies of yet another Winter Olympics. Finally, NBC will get back to airing stuff worth airing, and your neighbor will stop droning on and on about the intricacies of the Nordic combined and get back to droning on and on about The DHARMA Initiative.

To celebrate, we added some new product to the site. Check it out:

Pewag Cable Tire ChainsTrust us—bedazzling your tires with rhinestones is not going to give you all-weather traction like these snow chains. Conversely, strewing Pewag chain links across the back of your Canadian tuxedo is not going to score you any girl’s digits at the next flapjack social.

Pewag V-Trac Cable Tire Chains—Say goodbye to skid marks. V-Trac tire chains keep your sled fleet footed when Old Man Winter dumps his powdery load on your neck of the woods. Plus, these Pewag Glacier chains have a built-in rubber tensioner that keeps them snug against your tires.

Intro-Tech Designer Floor MatOh man, those designer mats by IntroTech Automotive make your rizz-ump look great, and their double-tufted heel pad protects against excessive wizz-air and tizz-air. What’s more, these haute couture carpet floor mats fit your floorboards to a tizz-e.

Anzo USA LED Truck Bed Lights—Cargo doesn’t like to admit it, but it’s scared of the dark. Cut it some slack already. These universal truck bed lights from Anzo USA are like high-powered nightlights for your truck’s bed.

Anzo USA Stealth Vision LED Fog Lights—Stealth vision: the next best thing to x-ray vision (and way more reliable than those x-ray specs you bought from the back of your Boy’s Life). In fact, these LED fog lights are so powerful, you might be able to convert them into grow lights.

Anzo USA Rugged Vision LED Off Road Lights—If your spouse has a hard time waking up in the morning, shine one of these Anzo off road lights in his/her face…that ought to do the trick.

Rancho My Ride Wireless Controller—Unlike social networking giant MyFace, the Rancho MyRide does something useful. This wireless shock controller gives you the ability to make on-the-fly adjustments to the stiffness of your Rancho shocks; it doesn’t provide a platform for self-absorbed chatter masquerading as communication.

New Tonneau Covers, Air Intakes & Air Filters on the Way


Christmas Shopping Tag

Just a heads up to the holiday shoppers out there, we’ve got a slick new tonneau cover on the way from BAK.  It’s another BAKflip folding model, similar to the G2 and the HD.  More details to follow.

We’ve also teamed up with a new company specializing in air filters and air intakes.  Featuring state of the art construction and space age materials, these new intake parts are going to make a big splash when they land on our site. Keep an eye out for the new product release coming later this week!

BREAKING: There was No Pelican


In what seems like an uncanny, unpossible chance of coincidence, there were some guys driving parallel to and videotaping the Bugatti when it crashed into the salty marsh.   From the video, it’s clear that the guys recognized the Veyron as being an exotic car, although they weren’t sure what kind it was.  As they were admiring the ulimate super car,  the Bugatti all of a sudden veers to the right and hits the drink!  The driver reported to the authorities that he swerved to miss a low-flying pelican, but I don’t see a pelican, do you?

Bugatti Veyron Misses Hitting a Pelican?

Bugatti Veyron Misses Hitting a Pelican?

But before we reserve judgment, lets review some freeze frames.  You can see there is a small white smudge in front of the Veyron, which could potentially be a Pelican.  However, the original report stated that the driver swerved to miss a low-flying Pelican… this smudge ain’t flying.  Even if the bird wasn’t flying, if a car came so close to it that the driver had to swerve to miss it, you would think that the bird would be startled enough to fly up in the air, at least a few feet, in an act of self preservation.  There are some strange details to the drivers story, but in a grassy-knoll kinda way, I’m not buying the idea that the white smudge is a pelican.

The sleuths over at AutoBlog did some digging around and discovered that the person driving the 16/4 was none other than Andy House, the owner-operator of Performance Auto Sales, the “leader in Exotic Salvage Restoration”.  So far, this doesn’t look good for Andy as it sounds like it was nothing more than a publicity stunt.  Although this notion is unconfirmed, but it is an unthinkable atrocity to crash an exotic car as rare as the Bugatti Veyron for some kind of business gain.  Sounds pretty bad, huh?

Here’s the crash video.  WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE, NSFW.

Simoniz Auto Detailing Products & Chrome Car Antennas – An AutoAnything Weekly Update


Well, another week has passed. Here in California, the weather’s getting cooler and at 64 degrees Fahrenheit, the ocean is downright frigid! It makes it tough to surf, and somewhat chilly for scuba diving.  But Colorado’s seen a huge snowstorm, leaving several feet of fresh powder behind.  I’m sure a bunch of my friends are out at Vail cutting first tracks and demolishing pints… yes, I’m jealous.

But I can already smell the turkey that mom’s cooking in the oven, so that makes everything better…

Thanksgiving Turkey with all the Trimmings

You know what I also smell?  New product.

Simoniz Products – Simon says Simoniz all you need to make your car shine like new.  Even works great on rusted out 1982 Toyota Tercel’s… really, it does.

Chrome Car Antennas – Because some people just want a shinier place to put their Jack-in-the-Box Antenna Balls.
We also revamped some of our old shopping guides with a better layout, updated information and more detailed descriptions. So whether you’re trying to find the best detailing products, pick out some aftermarket lights, or you need help choosing the right car bra for your ride (hint: just like junior high, it’s probably the push-up bra), we’ve got you covered.
That’s it for now, check back later for your Friday Afternoon 5 O’Clock Countdown post.

Bugatti Veyron Dodges Pelican, Goes for a Swim in Galveston, Texas


Bugatti Veyron in Salt Water - Galveston, Texas

In Galveston, Texas, a local was driving his run-of-the-mill Bugatti Veyron to go prospect some “high-end” land for development.  As the story goes, he was talking on his cell phone when a pelican flew in front of his 16/4, he dropped his phone, swerved to miss the bird,  and hit a patch of mud.  The end result is in the photo above.

Believe it or not, the $1.6 million dollar Veyron comes with a hands-free bluetooth system built in, so I smell something fishy.  Video of it sitting in the salt-water drink after the jump.

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Fords Inflatable Seat Belts to Save Lives & Necks


Fords Inflatable Seat Belt

The idea is ingenious. We already use airbags in out steering wheels, dash boards, pillars, seats and headliners, so why not put one in a seat belt? If it works as intended, it should spread out the impact forces and reduce the amount of bruising that occurs. This could prove a major benefit for children and elderly people, who are often more prone to injuries during car crashes.  The inflatable belts are only being developed for the rear seats; featuring smooth edges and more padding that a sheepskin seat cover, these belts should prove to be more comfortable to wear that traditional belts.  Expect them to be released in the next generation Ford Explorer first, with more vehicles to follow. Get the full details from Ford after the jump.

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Top Gear is Back this Sunday, November 14th!


Just a heads up to all the Top Gear fans, the boys back in action this Sunday.  I just checked BBC America’s TV schedule and it doesn’t look like they’ll be airing Season 14 any time soon, you’ll have to find other means of watch it.  What will they be getting themselves into this season? Trailer here.

Lexus LF-A Hits the Ring, Initial Impressions are Impressive!


Although no details have been released concerning the official lap time of the LF-A, several automotive journalists are offering up some serious praise for Lexus’ first venture into the world of super cars. Here’s a short interview with Thomas Bangma at the Ring.  Tune back in on October 21st for the next round of LF-A news!

iPod & iPhone Car Adapters, Coverking Seat Covers & Vintage Signs: An AutoAnything Weekly Update


signpast-vintage-signs

The work week is over.  It’s Saturday, which means you’ve got some time for a quick tune up before hitting beaches, bays, mountains, oceans, corn fields, etc.  Take a quick gander at what we added this week, there are some fun products in this grab bag! From new seat covers to vintage signs to iPod car adapters, get’em while they’re hot!

  • Dice iPod Adapter – Have you been wanting to thump the tunes like you pump your shoes? Well Dice Electronics has got the hooks you need to pimp your iPod or iPhone on your stock stereo.  This is our first iPod car adapter, but we’ve got more on the way, so keep your eyes peeled.
  • SignPast Signs – Perfect for the garage, bachelor pad, 60′s diner or office cubicle, these vintage signs will turn any drab wall into a more rustic…drab wall.

Coverking Seat Covers – And here’s another heaping helping of AutoAnything’s heritage product— car seat covers.

DIY Ferrari 458: It will seriously take you hours…


Ferrari 458 Italia - Exterior

It’s always been known that both Porsche and Ferrari make a majority of their profits from the custom work they put into their cars. The typical purchaser gets to choose the color of the paint, brake calipers, leather interior, stitching, tach color, etc.  Sounds like a lot, but maybe not overwhelming… guess again.

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Rumor: Next Gen Corvette to Bring Back Split Window Design


1963 Corvette Split Window

One of the most iconic designs in the Corvette’s history is the split window design from the 1963 model year. Yes, it hinders the drivers vision out the rear window, but it provides a beautiful swatch of metal to paint in an area usually reserved for glass. In 1964, the split window design got the axe, ultimately replaced by a huge sheet of glass. Well next year is the Corvette’s centennial anniversary, and GM is considering bringing back the split rear window style. As I see it, there are a couple pros and cons to this:

Pros

  1. Elegant exterior styling (duh!)
  2. Could work as a structural brace, providing a stiffer chassis design
  3. The possibility of having the split window be completely transparent, by means of fancy aero-space materials and technologies.  Think electro-transparent panoramic glass, like that featured in the new Maybach’s.

Cons

  1. Rear vision could be blocked, or seriously hindered. This could be solved by having a rear camera installed by the license plate.
  2. It could add a considerable amount to the bottom line of buying a Corvette
  3. It doesn’t represent a drastic leap in styling, is it really going to be worth it?

Stingray Concept - Transformers II 2009

What do you think of the Transformers 2 design concepts?  Solid win or epic fail?

Ferrari 458 Italia Rocks Our Socks… and then some.


Ferrari 458 Italia Engine

Ferrari is the company that seems to be always teasing.  They tease those who can’t afford their cars, and they tease those who can.  Watch and listen as a pair of 458′s scream around the track at break-neck speeds.

Jeep Accessories & Mobile Electronics, Plus New Garage, Travel, Tailgating, Tire & Wheel Accessories – An AutoAnything Weekly Update


Under Construction

It’s true. Big changes don’t just come after getting your fortune read by an unplugged Zoltar Speaks machine. Case in point: AutoAnything’s Accessory Aisle section underwent some hefty construction last night, resulting in a new, improved way to shop, here’s what happened:

New Departments

  • Mobile Electronics: The high-tech home to everything from power adapters to backup sensors and cameras.
  • Tire & Wheel Accessories: Everything you’d ever need for your wheels and tires (save for aftermarket wheels or new tires…for now).
  • Winter Driving Accessories: Here’s where you’ll find snow plows, snow shades, snow chains, snow men, Snow Patrol, and the latest Macintosh operating system, Snow Leopard.

Improved Departments

  • Garage Accessories: Updated with new categories and a new piece of carpet positioned under your Dodge’s leaky oil pan.
  • Tailgating Accessories: Remember the Automotive Gear department? This is now that, only trimmed down to showcase the stuff you’d use to party in a parking lot.
  • Travel Accessories: Dead is the Driving Accessories department and its hodgepodge of automotive bric-a-brac. From its ashes rises Travel Accessories (now with approximately 43% less bric-a-brac).

Oh, and we also launched some new products for good measure:

  • Clean Tools Ultimate Car Cleaning Kit – Since that orbital power-waxer and rolling cooler/stool combo don’t quite define you as a clean-car guy, there’s this, the Ultimate Car Cleaning Kit from Clean Tools.
  • Clean Tools Ultimate Detailing Kit – If Obsessive Auto Detailing were a spectator sport, this would be akin to pro swimming’s Arena X-Glide.
  • Clean Tools Ultimate Car Wash Kit – If you wash your car like a mysophobe washes his hands, this is the kit for you.
  • Clean Tools Absorber Synthetic Chamois – You know, there always seems to be a time and place for synthetic leather. And this little guy puts more shame on  ShamWow than Vince Shlomi.
  • AlphaTherm Windshield Washer Heater – Writing your name in the snow was never this much fun.
  • Rampage Jeep Seat Covers – Rampage: it’s not just a classic arcade game or a side effect of the HGH you’ve been injecting between your toes. It’s also a company that makes stuff for your Jeep, like this new set of seat covers we launched.  Also comes with a matching steering wheel cover because, as Rampage’s demographic studies indicate, people with messy bottoms often have cruddy hands, too.
  • Smittybilt Nerf Steps – Dress your vehicle to the nines with the style and strength of these tough new steps.
  • Smittybilt Sure-Step Nerf Steps – Unlike those other slippery nerf steps, these ones give you a firm stepping point.

A slew of new Jeep items came in from Rugged Ridge:

  • Jeep Air Intake System – Power-up your Jeep’s lungs with this oxygen-sucking system.
  • Jeep Throttle Body Spacers – If your Jeep needs some space, it doesn’t mean you need to start packing your bags. Just pick up one of these.
  • HID Off-Road Lights – Because driving in the dark never works out very well. Light up your trails with the power of HID lights.
  • Jeep Exhaust Headers – Built for both extreme and Xtreme conditions, these headers take on your toughest challenges.
  • Jeep Exhaust System – Adds style and tone to the back of your Jeep with its dual-tip design and cat-back goodness.

That’s it for this weekly installment, check back later for some slacker-friday fun.

Car Vacuums, Tonneau Covers & Light Bars – An AutoAnything Weekly Update


It only comes ‘round once a year, and we’ve all been anxiously awaiting its delivery. Finally, it’s September 4th—national Newspaper Carrier Day! Hey, Barney Flaherty, this morning we’re chucking something onto your lawn: a couple of soggy new products.

Smittybilt Light Bar

Smittybilt Street Light Bar

It looks a little like this with lights: 0000

It looks a little like this without lights: ____

Pretty boss.

Metro 500 Car Vac

Metropolitan 500 Hand Vacuum

We could make a cheap joke about how these vacuums suck, or an underhanded crack about Metro-sexuals—but we won’t.

Undercover SE Tonneau

Undercover SE Tonneau Cover

A more stylish version of the original UnderCover Tonneau Cover, the SE is the James Bond to the original’s Colonel Samuel Flagg.

But wait, there’s more…not only did we get these three new products up, but we have also loaded a brand new dash covers and dash kits department! It the new dash covers department, you can find plush carpet dash covers, swanky suede dash covers, and velvety velour dashboard covers.

In the new dash kits department, we choose to do a similar breakdown, so know you can easily sort through them by material type: carbon fiber dash kits, molded dash kits and wood dash kits.  Pretty slick, huh?  If you want to know more about dash covers and trim, we updated our dash covers shopping guide (and dash kits shopping guide) to help guide you in making the right decision.

Cars: 1, Eight-Foot Inflatable Beach Ball: 0


Somebody’s been watching their back catalog of Top Gear episodes. Unless you want to have a whole lot of dangerous, reckless fun, do NOT try this at home.

The idea probably originated from…

What Does ₩161,000,000 Buy You?


Spirra Turbo

₩ is the symbol for the Korean Won, their form of the Dollar.  161,000,000 Won sounds like a lot, and it is, roughly equating to $130,000 bucks.  For that, you could by a Corvette ZR1 and a few extra sets of tires.  Or you could buy a tricked out GT-R and mob the streets with all wheel drive prowess.  But now there’s a new option, and it’s price just so happens to be $131K.  They call it the Spirra, and it’s a quick little devil. Using a 2.7-liter V6 Hyundai engine, lifted from a Tiburon, the creator was able to squeeze out 400 horsepower by throwing on a sizable supercharger.  That’s the Spirra S, and for a car that weighs just 2,200 pounds with a full tank of gas, that’s a real nice power-to-weight ratio.  But if it want’s to compete with the aformentioned ZR1 and GT-R, or even Ferrari’s and Lambo’s, it would probably need 25% more to hold it’s own.  So they creators went back to the drawing board and threw on a turbo.  Crank the boost and you net 500 ponies from a car that weights a Keg more than an Elise.

The Spirra Turbo has a top speed in the 200+ MPH range, so you can bet that it will keep up with just about anything. Here’s a video of it dusting an F430.  The racing starts around the 3:35 mark.

New Mini Clubman on the Horizon, the People Rejoice


Mini Clubman Rally Edition

Well, people like me rejoice.  I’ve always been a huge fan of Mini Coopers; they’re practical, unique, fuel efficient and they handle like a go-cart…that’s a good thing.  When the Clubman came out, I considered trading in my Subaru, but I couldn’t justify the trade-in.  But now they are just tempting me further with the Mini Clubman Rally Edition.  It gets the full treatment; 17″ wheels, a Midnight black paint job with silver racing stripes, HID’s, a sexy black/anthracite interior, sport package and aero kit, a roof rack (!), and green rear view mirrors…?

Yeah, not sure about the mirrors, but everything else sounds perfect.  Coming in at $32,999, it’s pricey for a Mini, but it’s also going to be very exclusive; only 70 examples of the Rally Edition will be shipped to the states. If you want one, call your Mini dealer today… I mean now, mister.

Mini Clubman Rally Edition - Front and Rear

Source: Motoring File

How to Kill a Clunker, the CARS Way


There’s lots of chatter in the blogosphere about the Car Allowance Rebate System, aka CARS, aka Cash for Clunkers. On the surface, it sounds like a good deal; trade in your old gas guzzler and get up to $4,500 towards a new vehicle. Here’s the rough breakdown:

  • Your vehicle must be less than 25 years old on the trade-in date
  • Only purchase or lease of new vehicles qualify
  • Generally, trade-in vehicles must get 18 or less MPG (some very large pick-up trucks and cargo vans have different requirements)
  • Trade-in vehicles must be registered and insured continuously for the full year preceding the trade-in
  • You don’t need a voucher, dealers will apply a credit at purchase
  • Program runs through Nov 1, 2009 or when the funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.
  • The program requires the scrapping of your eligible trade-in vehicle, and that the dealer disclose to you an estimate of the scrap value of your trade-in. The scrap value, however minimal, will be in addition to the rebate, and not in place of the rebate.

There are a certain vehicles that are excluded from the program, but Edmund’s has put together a list of vehicles that are included. Check it out, your vehicle may apply, but be forewarned that you’re clunker will end up with a similar fate to this one…

Mercedes SLS AMG Runs the ‘Ring


2010 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG

A car that has been largely shrouded in secrecy has just been put to the test on the Nurburgring. The SLS AMG is the next generation of the SLR, featuring aggressive styling cues, gull wing doors, and a brute of an engine. Listen to it roar as it roams the ‘Ring for the full 13 miles. Keep in mind this isn’t the “official” time, this was a preview day. The final production car with a more experienced ‘Ring driver and no co-pilot should yield much faster results.