Autoblog’s 10 most read articles in 2021
2021 has been a roller coaster year for the auto industry, with electrification topping nearly every automaker’s to-do list as parts and labor shortages threaten to put a strain on it. term to global production. But the world continued to turn, the dealers (and the squirrels) continued to misbehave, and people made new ridiculous excuses for stealing catalytic converters. Everything is fine here in Autoblog most read stories of 2021.
10: The days of the V8 are numbered, says Dodge
When Stellantis announced its strategy of massive global electrification during its EV Day presentation in July, it followed constant reminders that customers always want big, thirsty V8s.
9: Used car values continue to rise, but not consistently
Covid-related supply shortages have forced new car buyers to buy used cars, but not all used cars are increasing in value at the same rate. Some, like the Mercedes G-Class, are skyrocketing. Why?
8: These cars and trucks are the most likely to travel 100,000 miles or more
Well, if you’re stuck doing second-hand shopping, you might as well be looking for something that will last, right? These cars and trucks should go the distance while you wait to exit the market. Who knows, maybe you will fall in love?
7: Court: Charred tires violate rights of Michigan woman with 14 parking tickets
A Fourth Amendment argument bailed out a Michigan woman with more than a dozen parking tickets. Will this decision survive several other legal challenges?
6: Tesla in the lead, Infiniti bleeds in the Consumer Reports 2021 brand satisfaction survey
The Tesla cult remains strong, but America has several more reasons to be proud of this year’s Consumer Reports 2021 brand satisfaction survey. Here’s a clue: Japan’s top automaker appears at issue five.
5: Every U.S. State License Plate Ranked Best in Michigan
Some standard American license plates are stylish and attractive. Some are as depressing as a cloudy winter in the Midwest. Does your state have something appealing at no extra charge, or are you stuck in a state with miserable tag options? We have classified them all.
4: Ford’s Long-Lost ‘Big Red’ Turbine Semi-Truck Resurfaces
It’s the season for the big flying red stuff. This truck won’t catch any air (at least it shouldn’t), but with its prototype jet turbine engine, you’d be forgiven for assuming it could. Missing for years, Ford’s rediscovered “Big Red” turbine truck is a real treat to see.
3: Squirrels hide 42 gallons of nuts in a Chevrolet Avalanche
Ahh, the squirrels. Rats with better PR, right? And an interest in personal preparation, obviously, because this industrious creature (or group of creatures) managed to hide a really huge 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 alarms the Congolese capital
Yeah, people are sniffing ground catalytic converter waste. It’s as crazy as it sounds.
This story is an even wilder race 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 engaging in shenanigans with a Dodge Charger that were captured on the Corvette’s performance data logger. Whoops! Do not worry; this one has a happy ending.