Autoblog’s 10 most read articles of 2021
2021 has been a rollercoaster year for the auto industry, with electrification high on nearly every automaker’s to-do list as vicious parts and labor shortages threatened to erupt. abruptly halt global production. But the world kept spinning, the dealerships (and the squirrels) kept misbehaving, and people came up with ridiculous new excuses to steal catalytic converters. Everything is fine here in Autoblog most read stories of 2021.
10: The days of the V8 are numbered, according to Dodge
When Stellantis announced its massive global electrification strategy at its EV Day presentation in July, it followed constant reminders that customers still wanted big, thirsty V8s.
9: The value of used cars continues to rise, but not uniformly
Covid-related supply shortages have forced new car buyers to buy used cars instead, but not all used cars are growing at the same rate. Some, like the Mercedes G-Class, are skyrocketing. Why?
8: These cars and trucks are most likely to travel 100,000 miles or more
Well, if you’re stuck in thrift stores, you might as well look for something that will last, right? These cars and trucks should go the distance while you wait for the market. Who knows, maybe you will fall in love?
7: Court: Chalky tires violate Michigan woman’s rights with 14 parking tickets
A Fourth Amendment argument bailed out a Michigan woman from more than a dozen parking tickets. Will this decision survive several other legal challenges?
6: Tesla leads, Infiniti bleeds in Consumer Reports’ 2021 brand satisfaction survey
Tesla’s cult following remains strong, but America has several other reasons to be proud of this year’s Consumer Reports 2021 brand satisfaction survey. Here’s a hint: Japan’s leading automaker appears at number five.
5: All US state license plates are ranked best in Michigan
Some standard US license plates are sleek and attractive. Some are as depressing as a cloudy Midwestern winter. Does your state offer something attractive at no extra cost, or are you stuck in a state with miserable beacon options? We’ve categorized them all.
4: Ford’s long-lost “Big Red” turbine-powered tractor-trailer resurfaced
It’s the season for the big red things that fly. This truck won’t take to the air (at least it shouldn’t), but with its prototype jet turbine engine, you’d be forgiven for assuming it could. Disappeared years ago, Ford’s rediscovered “Big Red” turbine truck is a treat to behold.
3: Squirrels hide 42 gallons of nuts in a Chevrolet Avalanche
Oh, the squirrels. Rats with better PR, right? And an interest in personal preparedness, of course, as this industrious creature (or group of creatures) managed to hide a truly enormous number of nuts inside a Chevrolet Avalanche. If you’re a prepper looking for helpful pets, consider fluffy rodent accomplices. They are obviously very good at it.
2: The craze for drugs made from catalytic converters worries the Congolese capital
Yeah, people snort scraps of crushed catalytic converters. It’s as crazy as it sounds.
This story is an even wilder ride than the one it depicts. A service technician took a customer’s Corvette C8 for a test drive after diagnosing what appeared to be a problem with a loose spark plug connection, and ended up shenanigans a Dodge Charger which were captured on the Corvette’s performance data recorder. Whoops! Do not worry; this one has a happy ending.