Three Cool Concepts We're Eying at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto Show is celebrating its 115th year with its annual show slated for February 13-21 at the McCormick Place convention center. Debuting in 1901 and charging patrons 50 cents each to see the new “horseless carriages,” the show is the nation’s oldest of its kind. Each year, the eclectic collection of concept cars proves a top draw. Among this year’s concepts on display are three that we here at E3 Spark Plugs are particularly looking forward to: Hyundai Genesis Vision G: A bold coupe design with something truly special inside. The Genesis boasts a central control panel with its Remote Wheel, an ergonomically designed semi-sphere haptic touchpad activated with a wave of the hand rather than physical buttons. Mazda Sema MX-5 Speedster:...

February 11, 2016
Read More

Nissan Issues Third Recall Over Faulty Hood Latch

They say the third time’s a charm. Nissan is hoping that’s the case with its third recall of 2013 and 2014 model year Altimas. The Japanese automaker recently announced another recall over a faulty hood latch affecting more than 800,000 cars. Turns out a defective latch can cause the hood to fly open while driving. Clearly, this poses a serious risk for car accidents. Nissan says paint can flake off the latch exposing the bare metal. Overtime, that latch could rust, preventing it from closing properly. If the main latch isn't closed properly and the car is on the road, the secondary latch may not hold down the hood. In the first two recalls, Nissan dealers simply adjusted the latches and applied lubricant.  Assuming it was done correctly, it looked like things were...

February 8, 2016
Read More

Jerry Seinfeld Selling Off a Slew of Vintage Porsches

Entertainer Jerry Seinfeld is known as much for his love of vintage Porsches as he is for his comedy, particularly with the success of his latest show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. So, it comes as a bit of a surprise that he’s unloading a slew of them at the upcoming Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction in Florida on March 11. Says Seinfeld of the portion of his collection hitting the auction block: "Each one of these cars is a pinnacle of mechanical culture to me. Many are the best examples that exist in the world. I've loved being entrusted with their care, and I'm proud of the level to which we have brought each and every one of these wonderful machines. Honestly, if I had unlimited time, space and attention span I would never sell one of them. And the reason I...

February 8, 2016
Read More

Top Automotive Super Bowl Ads

Most Super Bowl viewers are legit football fans enjoying a great game. But it’s no secret that a large contingency of those watching the gridiron battle on TV actually tuned in for the commercials. Here are E3 Spark Plugs’ top picks for the best automotive ads aired during the 50th anniversary game, in no particular order: Audi R8: A former astronaut pining for the good ol’ days regains his passion for life when he takes his son for a spin in the new Audi R8. Serious points for the soundtrack tribute to the late David Bowie. Mini Clubman: The new Mini Clubman scoffs at your attempts to label it and defies you to label yourself in this empowering little ad. Honda Ridgeline: Can anybody find me somebody to love the new Honda Ridgeline truck with the optional truck bed...

February 8, 2016
Read More

Woman and Four-Legged Friend Set Off on Epic Cross-Country Journey

Have you ever thought of jettisoning the mundane day-to-day and taking off with your best buddy for the road trip to end all road trips, we’ve got some inspiration for you. Adventurer and storyteller Mallory Paige is doing just that with her trusty, four-legged, goggle-donning friend Baylor (a Labrador retriever) tagging along in a KLR650 motorcycle sidecar dubbed Rufio. Their epic road trip began in June 2015 and is being documented for the world on the pair’s website, Operation Moto Dog. Their aim is to make stops in every US State and Canadian province, as well as Mexico, sharing amazing experiences and stories along the way. Thus far, they’ve hiked to an alpine lake in Colorado, battled a mosquito swarm while camping in the Florida Everglades, and doing...

January 29, 2016
Read More

Check it Out - Origami Engine With Moving Parts

Some guy in Belarus has crazy talent and, apparently, a whole lot of time on his hands. But we here at E3 Spark Plugs are duly impressed. Aliaksei Zholner created a tiny replica of a V8 engine entirely from paper. And the real zinger? It’s fully functioning with moving pistons and parts. Strictly speaking, it isn’t origami. Turns out origami purists don’t take kindly to using tape, and this tiny 8-cyllinder number uses a whole lot of it. But frankly, we deem it a step up in cool factor – a decision we reached when we saw the pistons fire up and down when the crankshaft was turned. And what’s more – Zholner also created a tiny working throttle to control the paper engine. Take a look at the video below and, if you’ve got the gumption and...

January 29, 2016
Read More

Aston Martin DB10 Featured in Latest Bond Film “Spectre??? Headed to Auction

Besides the amazing stunts, the slick suits and the beautiful women, a top draw of the long series of James Bonds films is, of course, the sleek, sexy and stylish cars featured, particularly those driven by Agent 007 himself. Now, one of those rides is headed to the auction block. E3 Spark Plugs has just confirmed that the Aston Martin DB10 featured in the latest Bond film, Spectre, starring Daniel Craig, will up for grabs at the February 18 Christie’s auction in London. UK-based Aston Martin designed the DB10 specifically for Bond and built 10 of them for the film, which debuted in September and has since racked up a worldwide box office gross of $872,474,269, according to IMDB.com. Based on the V8 Vantage, the ride features a 4.7-liter V8, six-speed gearbox and...

January 28, 2016
Read More

Jeep Wrangler Goes Back to the Battlefield

Perhaps no single vehicle is most identified with the military than the iconic Jeep Wrangler. Its legacy began with the Willys MB, a light utility vehicle developed for the US Army for use in WWII and instrumental in the Allies' victory, and later modified for the civilian world. After a years-long hiatus, the Wrangler may soon be headed back to the battlefield – with a few modifications. Word is that US Army officials are in talks with Charlotte, NC-based Hendrick Dynamics, an offshoot of the NASCAR racing team Hendrick Motorsports to make use of its modified Wrangler dubbed the Hendrick Commando, pending awarding of the Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) vehicle contract.   With a few modifications from the US version of the Wrangler, the Commando potentially could...

January 28, 2016
Read More

Iconic DeLorean to go Back to Production Line?

If the thought of jumping into your DeLorean and heading into the time warp crosses your mind on a regular basis, well you’re out of luck. The greatest minds in the world have yet to figure out time travel outside of Hollywood blockbusters a la Back to the Future. But the car itself, which last rolled off the production line some three decades ago, may have its own resurgence, thanks to a new bit of legislation. Passed late last year, the $305-billion highway bill clears the way for automakers to build and sell annually up to 325 full-powertrain reproductions of vintage models at least 25 years old. Pending certification from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, these rides will be exempt from current crash safety...

January 27, 2016
Read More

Who Needs a House When You Can Have a 1971 Aston Martin DBS?

As young boys, Germany’s Michael von Trzebiatowski and his brother fell experienced their first automotive loves. Watching The Persuaders, the 1970s action series starring Roger Moore and Tony Curtis as billionaire playboy brothers-turned-detectives, the boys fell head over heels for the two real stars of the show – the Ferrari Dino driven by Curtis’ character and the Aston Martin DBS driven by Moore. When the two grew up, von Trzebiatowski’s finance-minded brother opted for buying a home over a hot vintage ride. Oh, but von Trzebiatowski wasn’t about to make the same mistake, he says. It took him a decade or two, but he successfully blew off all the more sensible trappings of adulthood and instead saved his cash. Finally, the opportunity to throw it all...

January 26, 2016
Read More
Find Yor Part