What happens at an auto auction

It’s a hot southern Wednesday at the ADESA auto auction just south of Atlanta. The 200-acre facility has its own detailers, service department, and auctioneers. Despite the size, it’s not considered a big auction. It’s barely the third largest in the city. More than 1200 cars will be up for sale today. The doors open at 8:30 a.m., and the machinery is spinning by 9:30. The auction starts with three lanes, quickly followed by a fourth. By 10:15, six of the eight available lanes are going full tilt 

The first thing you notice is a lack of characters. Television shows centered on buying storage units, cars, and houses always feature a lunatic making a spectacle. Not here. This isn’t TV. It’s real life, and everyone is professional. The uniform of today’s buyer is a plain T-shirt or polo. No one is wearing too much cologne or wearing excessive gold chains. The whole

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What Will West Coast Climate Leaders Accomplish?

Autonomous Cars Hard Truth

Last week Tesla released an over-the-air Autopilot software update that enables newer Model S sedans to drive and even change lanes themselves on the highway. Cadillac’s upcoming flagship CT6 sedan will have similar hands-off driving capabilities along with vehicle-to-vehicle technology  that allows it to communicate with other V2V-equipped cars. Then there’s Google’s autonomous test pods, Uber’s driverless chauffeuring aspirations, Mercedes’ self-driving semi-truck, and the countless other examples of autonomous-car research and interests that pepper our weekly helping of news. 

Autonomous cars are coming, and it’s time for everyone to just accept it. 

It might seem odd to have to state such a thing so plainly, but denial is a powerful drug. And enthusiasts tend to be heavy users.  Yet technology and progress are irrepressible, so here we are. For people that love to drive, the idea of an automated car is an affront to everything they hold dear. But the truth is inescapable. If you consider building-block technologies like stability control, adaptive

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Mary Kay’s Pink Cadillacs Were Nearly Lincolns

In 1967, Mary Kay Ash walked into a Lincoln dealership in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband Mel had just launched Mary Kay Cosmetics just four years ago, and now she was looking for a car that could suit her newfound success. She wanted it customized, something in a powdery pink, a light shade that matched the shade of blush in the cosmetics compact she carried. A salesman approached. Before she could even open up the compact, he stopped her: “Little lady,” he said, “go home and get your husband. And when you come back, we’ll get you into that Lincoln.”

So the story goes, as oft-repeated by corporate spokespeople as necessary. (To be fair, Mary Kay never mentioned Lincoln by name.) The year she founded her own business, Mary Kay had quit her job of 25 years when she found herself passed up for a

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New Takata recalls affect 1.5M Infiniti, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Infiniti, Saab, Subaru vehicles

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has posted a slew of new recalls related to Takata’s fatally flawed airbags. All of these new recalls involve replacement of passenger-side devices.

Though information about some of these recalls has already been published by individual

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The Cadillac ELR Will Die in its First Generation

The Cadillac ELR has long been considered a failure for Caddy, and now it looks like the company is finally going to give it the Old Yeller treatment. According to Automotive News, Cadillac’s CEO  Johan de Nysschen has confirmed that the brand is killing off the plug-in hybrid coupe after this generation’s run is complete, likely around 2018. 

Since its introduction in 2013, the ELR’s sales have struggled. Much of the blame for this has been put on its costly original price tag of $75,995 and the fact that it lacked the performance associated with the rest of the brand. Being a coupe probably didn’t help either. In response, last year Cadillac added more power to the ELR and dropped the price by $10,000 for the 2016 model year. Alas, it was too little too late—Cadillac only sold 1,024 examples of the ELR in 2015. 

While the demise of the ELR isn’t surprising, it is kind of a shame. The ELR had major issues, but

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