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Nissan Moco: Don't Turn Your Nose Up At This Unfortunately Named Microcar

The Nissan Moco may be a successful Suzuki-based microcar now in its third generation but you can bet potential buyers of the Spanish-speaking persuasion won't elect to... pick it.

Meet Vladimir Putin, Russia's Premier Car Tester & Promoter

Would you drive a canary-yellow Lada Kalina Sport sedan hundreds of miles across some of the most desolate stretches of Siberia? No, you wouldn't... but you're not Russian President Vladimir Putin.

New 2015 Ford Everest SUV Peaks Interest At Its Chinese Debut

The attractively styled and generously equipped 2015 Ford Everest SUV made its debut at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing, China, disappointing delegates from this side of the pond who won't be able to purchase the Asia-Pacific market only vehicle back home.

Traveling With Dogs? Get A Honda Vamos Hobio Travel Dog!

The Honda Vamos Hobio Travel Dog was a specially equipped version of Honda's Vamos Hobio microvan catering to dog owners. While the concept had merit, the vehicle was only sold for a limited time and remains memorable mainly due to its unusual name.

Mike Clam Chowder Popcorn From Frito-Lay Japan Warms Up Winter Snackers

Frito-Lay Japan officially kicks off their Winter 2014-2015 snack release schedule with a hearty, warming flavor: creamy New England-style Clam Chowder flavored Mike popcorn. The only way your bowl of seafood-y goodness is gonna get any crunchier is if you include the clam shells.

2015 Cadillac SRX To Be Made In China With Smaller Engines & Lower Pricing

A “Made In China” sticker on my new Cadillac SRX? It's more likely than you think, or at least it will be in 2015 when the Shanghai-GM joint venture company begins manufacturing the popular luxury mid-size crossover SUV in a brand new factory outside Shanghai.

Will Tsu Become The Next Paypal?

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn may be profiting from all that user-generated content users post on their networks daily — but are you? Yes, they have all provided us with some fun and engaging ecosystems to strut our stuff, and ofcourse there are cost factors attached to all that development. But at the end of the day, do our images, bon mots, intellectual property and reputations hold no value at all?

GM China Launches New Buick Envision SUV, Spells “Buick” Wrong

GM's new Buick Envision is supposed to be a mid-size luxury crossover but Shanghai GM evidently didn't get that memo, misspelling the brand name as “Bulck” during this week's Chinese launch event. DOH!

Make Rooms For Daddy, Facebook’s Back To The Future

Yes, this just might be your Daddy’s old guilty-pleasure resurrected. For those who were the early adopters of the Internet, you probably still wax nostalgic over the days of chat rooms. Introduced as ‘Internet Relay Chat’ (IRC) back in 1988 this was the application layer of protocol that facilitated the transfer of plain text messaging back in the day!

Is The New Social Network Tsu An MLM?

Social media’s shiniest new thing is relatively new. If you were to conduct a Google or Bing search, you might have to wade through results for a telecom company’s stock ticker (TSU) or Texas Southern University, before you surface Tsu.co. But that will change if this social network’s monetization scheme takes hold and starts attracting those social networkers who are tired of the current cast of big players taking home . . .

Twin Peaks’ Appointment TV Enters The Twittersphere

It’s hard to think of our world prior to the Internet, PCs and on-demand entertainment - even though most of us have been around for the last few decades to have experienced this technological transition. In retrospect, we also wonder how TV dramas raised enough awareness without the communication push and virality tools of social media.

Fear Wheel Drive: The Top Ten Most Frighteningly Named Cars

From Corolla to CTS to the cold hard numbers denoting BMW's and Benz's offerings, today's vehicle names don't do much to speed the pulse. It wasn't always this way, however, and to prove it here are ten scary car names that really got our hearts pumping.

Seeker Seeks A Seat At The Energy Drink Bar

Move over, Red Bull, a challenger from Japan is seeking to earn its wings in the increasingly crowded energy drink sector. Kobe-based Seeker Energy Drink eschews cans for bottles, is tinted a particularly brilliant shade of yellow, and could use a dash of copyediting before it's really ready for prime time.

New 2017 Jaguar XE Will Have A Diesel Engine, Automatic Transmission

A diesel engine in my Jaguar? It's more likely than you think, and it's a 4-cylinder motor to boot! Adding insult to perceived injury, when the U.S.-spec Jaguar XE finally debuts in late 2016, the only transmission option available will be automatic. Austin Powers weeps.

When Social Media Flies The Not-So-Friendly Skies

There’s no question when airlines relaxed their cellphone usage policies inflight, air travel for passengers and flight attendants changed overnight - and we’re not talking red-eyes here. That’s right, when the FAA reversed its position on making  it mandatory to switch to the ‘Airplane Mode,’ we are now all able (after take-off) to fire up any and all of our devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops and eReaders . . .

Social Media Cups Of Joe On International Coffee Day

Finally, coffee-lovers get their very own holiday, and vendors the world-over are using social media to capitalize on this special event with free 'Cups of Joe.' September 29th marks the day when caffeine-aholics get to celebrate their popular “social” beverage with complimentary deals being offered by some of their favorite baristas.

The New Brilliance Dolphin: Still Cheap But Less Crappy

What's in a name? Car buyers scouting out the new Brilliance Dolphin will be pleased to know this entry-level mini car is no longer known as the Brilliance CaCa.

New & Improved Toyota Vitz Runs Like A Rollerskate, Fits Like A Shoe

The new Toyota Vitz, now in its third generation, enjoys engine upgrades providing higher thermal efficiency while improving fuel economy. Since the Vitz now runs better, the obvious promotional tack was to take it on tour with a gigantic four-wheeled “Yellow SneaCar”.

ISIS’ Social Media Appeal To Americans To Make Love, Not War?

ISIS might be way more dangerous than anyone any thinks. In an unprecedented military tactic, the self-declared “caliphate” of Syria and Iraq is using social media for the purpose of enticing American women to help procreate the next generation of jihadists. And in the process, the terrorist organization that's now the over-lord of large swathes of Syria and Iraq is showing, once again, that it’s almost as shrewd with social media as. . .

One-Stop-Shop On iPhone 6 & Twitter

The old AMEX ad slogan of ‘don’t leave home without it’ is apropos when referencing the new social trend of ‘instant purchasing.’ Within the very same week, both Apple and Twitter have devised new mobile e-commerce options. The stickiness of making a purchase without leaving the confines a social network or opening up several apps on your smartphone is appealing to the no-nonsense digerati who gravitate towards. . .