Posted on November 7, 2017
Despite taking customer deposits on 450,000 Model 3 sedans, Tesla has built only 12 of them and all of those were used for crash testing, the automaker reported.
Chief Rocketeer Elon Musk, however, assured investors and customers alike that production would pick up.
“Yes, it’s going slower than we thought it would,” Musk acknowledged, adding, “The 2017 Model 3 will probably be available in either sometime early or maybe mid-to-late 2019 or somewhere in there.”
Musk suggested buyers purchase an extended warranty since the standard four-year warranty period will be more than halfway over by the time the owner receives the car.
Updated on November 7, 2017
The first new Wrangler in more than 10 years is expected to make its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show early next month.
However, Jeep and Nabisco have already confirmed to Parksplug that the ’18 Wrangler Rubicon will be outfitted with grippy new Triscuit seat covers.
“These Triscuit seat covers really secure the Rubicon’s occupants during off-road driving,” said Jeep spokesperson Thistle Ringworm. “Plus, if you get lost in a snowstorm, you can eat the seats.”
According to Jeep, the Triscuit seats will be available in Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt, Sweet Onion, Sweet Basil and Original flavors.
Posted on November 6, 2017
With a bed that only measures 30-inches, you’ll either have to leave the sheet of drywall at Lowe’s or drag it behind the vehicle to get it home.
“The TCPU is perfect for, say, someone who frequently steps in dog crap; they can throw their shoes in the bed and not stink up the truck’s interior,” said Ford spokesperson Gidget Plunknett.
The Transit Connect’s engines carry over, including the top-of-the-line 178-horsepower Ecoboost four, which Ford says is strong enough to drag up to five sheets of drywall.
Posted on November 6, 2017
After a few setbacks that included inadvertently disconnecting his car’s cruise control and soldering his shoelace to the emergency flasher wiring, Apex Hooflander believes he’s pretty close to setting his vehicle’s clock back to standard time.
“Fortunately, there was a helpful how-to video on Youtube,” he said as he used a shop rag to snuff out a small fire smoldering underneath the dashboard.
Updated on November 3, 2017
We’ve always been fans of Subaru’s nimble BRZ. It just needs more engine.
We, along with thousands of BRZ enthusiasts, have waited years for a turbocharged version. We’d even settle for the 2.0 liter from the milder WRX, although a BRZ with the 305-horsepower STI engine would certainly knock our hats in the creek.
Well, never mind. A blurry spy photo indicates that instead of a turbocharged car, we’re getting a high-riding all-wheel-drive BRZ that’s equipped with the same 205-horsepower flat four.
“Last year in the U.S., Subaru sold only one vehicle that wasn’t an Outback or a Crosstrek and that was a Legacy purchased by a chimpanzee life coach from New Hampshire ,” explained automotive consultant Raisin McNabb. “So it makes sense for them to build a BRZ Outback.”
All we can say is, “Damn.”
Updated on October 30, 2017
Cobra Replica Owner Distraught After Discovering Glovebox Was Signed by Some Guy Named Darrell Shulky
After saving his money for 15 years, LeBloyne Picnick was finally able to afford the car of his dreams — a Shelby Cobra.
“Well, it’s actually a replica; I certainly couldn’t afford a real Cobra,” Picnick told Parksplug. And like many Cobras, Picnick’s replica featured Carroll Shelby’s autograph right there on the glovebox door. “I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “Carroll Shelby himself signed his name on my car! Or so I thought.”
It turns Picnick’s glovebox was actually autographed by some guy named Darrell Shulky.
“I didn’t even notice it,” said the downtrodden Picnick. “The day I got the car, I took my friend Eb for a ride and he pointed to the glovebox and said, ‘Who’s Darrell Shulky?'”
Despite spending hours searching Cobra forums and social media sites, Picnick has yet to discover who Shulky is. “That’s what I get for buying a replicar, I guess,” he said before burying his face in his hands and sobbing.
Posted on October 27, 2017
Claiming that crash testing wrecks too many vehicles, a coalition of automakers is proposing that NHTSA — which stands for National Highway Traffic something or other — have humans sprint into a fixed steel barrier instead.
General Motors spokesperson Scut Nooberk, who was chosen to represent the collection of domestic and foreign automakers because of his nice haircut, told reporters, “”You crash six or eight Acadia Denalis into a barrier and, holy cow, that’s a lot of money down the drain.”
Asked for comment, NHTSA spokesperson Tonico Blark claimed that not only was he unfamiliar with the proposal but admitted he didn’t know what the abbreviation NHTSA stands for either.
After showing the crowd a video of a man running full-speed into a steel barrier, Nooberk said, “Sure, he’s unconscious, but we saved, like, $55,000.
Posted on October 26, 2017
U.S. astronaut Beeker Pugg arrived last week at what will be his new home for the next year–the International Space Station.
Unfortunately, Pugg apparently forgot to check his pockets before leaving home and inadvertently took both sets of keys for the family’s Nissan Altima into space with him.
“My wife called and was like, ‘Have you seen the keys to the car?’ She was foaming at the mouth she was so pissed,” Pugg laughed. “Fortunately, the bus stop is close by.”
“F***ing buttmunch space scum,” barked Pugg’s 34-year-old wife Chantix. “What am I supposed to do, walk to work for the next year? I hope his f***ing space suit rips.”
Pugg said he’ll “bring the keys home next October.”
Posted on October 24, 2017
We all know a mid-engined Corvette is on its way, but Parksplug spy photographer Chuckles Kamakawiwo’ole said he nearly choked on his leftover Arby’s Smokehouse Brisket sandwich when he glanced over while driving and saw a mid-engined Shelby GT-350.
That’s right — a mid-engined Mustang.
“With its short nose and stretched wheelbase, it was obvious right away it was a mid-engine car,” said Kamakawiwo’ole, who, coincidentally, also has a short nose and a stretched waistline. He also drives a Meadows Frisky Prince, so he knows all about mid-engined cars.
In an effort to identify the engine underneath the tinted rear glass, Kamakawiwo’ole wiped his finger inside one of the four exhaust tips, then licked his fingers. “Tastes like a 5.2 liter Voodoo, alright,” he exclaimed while licking the rest of his fingers.