The latest Tom Cruise action flick is Jack Reacher where he plays protagonist Jack Reacher, a former military cop wandering from one city to another. If you haven’t seen the movie, you might want to avoid reading this blog post as there are some spoiler alerts. If you have seen the movie, you know it wasn’t an all-out action movie like of Shoot ‘Em Up, but it is an action movie nonetheless with senseless murder, car chases and twists.
The movie opens with a sniper picking off presumably innocent people walking along the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh. The man charged with the crime, Barr, is a former military sniper. While in police custody for questioning, he writes on a piece of paper, “Get Jack Reacher.” And so the movie begins and Tom Cruise in all of his 5′ 7″ glory comes to town to find out who is responsible for the murders.
Reacher believes Barr doesn’t have the skills as a sniper to kill all those people so the lawyer defending Barr teams up with Reacher to find the real sniper. In the process of trying to find who framed Barr, Reacher discovers corruption in the city’s government and a gang using a construction company as a front.
There are a handful of cars in the movie including a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, a 2012 Mercedes Benz C250 CDI Coupe, a 2012 Ford Transit Connect, a 2006 Audi A6 C6 and a really old Silverado pickup from the late 70′s, early 80′s. Similar to the film Drive, cars driven by characters in the movie Jack Reacher serve as a reflection of the people who drive them. [keep reading]
In a recent Mojo Motors survey of our Facebook fans, we wanted to find out their favorite camouflage brand: Realtree or Mossy Oak. There were over 400 responses and Realtree came out on top with 61% of the vote. This is good news for Chevrolet who recently showed off their 2500 HD Silverado Realtree concept. The two brands teamed up to create the “ultimate hunters truck” even though minus the custom paint job and some camouflaged accents, the truck is no different than a normal 2500 HD Silverado. Alright, we lied. The concept pickup truck has a custom winch, custom shell and over-sized tires, but other than that, it’s nearly identical to a normal 2500 Silverado.
The automotive world has been buzzing about the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet. The Detroit Free Press, MSNBC and even this Indian auto blog have commemorated the legendary brand. When you think about all the iconic Chevrolet cars over the years the first cars that probably come to mind are the Camaro, the Corvette or perhaps the Silverado.
What about the forgotten cars of Chevrolet’s past? Don’t think long-lost past, just think in the last decade alone. Make the jump to see if you can remember these notorious flops, but don’t feel bad if you don’t because Chevy wants to keep it that way.
If you typically lump gamers into one large category of dudes with too much time on their hands who like things with lots of buttons you should first watch yourself and second, consider this recent survey. Game publisher RockYou found there are four distinct types of gamers and they like more than lots of buttons to push. There’s the affluent gamer: someone who games hard, spending hours in front of a screen while eating massive amounts of Cheetos. There’s the competitive gamer: someone who spends hours in front of a screen, much like an affluent gamer, but typically games to beat up on their friends and boast about their skillz. It should be noted that the competitive gamer also consumes large amounts of cheesy snack foods – or anything involving cheese for that matter. The third type of gamer is the impassioned supporter of a select few online games that are free to play. Unfortunately, their snacking habits are a bit harder to identify. Lastly, there’s the newbie or n00b who can typically found getting pwned.
Let’s break this down. The affluent gamer, whilst gaming a considerable amount, is career-focused and largely comprised of men. They may or may not drink gamer-fuel in the form of Mountain Dew, coffee or Powerthirst. The competitive gamer are mostly women, believe it or not, so are the n00bs and the passionate supporters. At first this may seem a bit off, but if you take the time to look at Facebook updates of your friends, these stats don’t seem totally wrong. How many dudes do you know who play FarmVille or The Sims? With the information and data supplied from from RockYou, we’ve compiled a list of the best used cars for each gamer type. Make the jump to see the breakdown.
Rocktober continues on but the week has come to a close. Here’s what has happened the last five days in world of autos and it involves a Chinese company bailing out a Swedish company, pretty pictures of cars and the Cadillac of user experiences. Literally.
- Isn’t it nice to look at a fine looking car in a beautifully edited photo. [link]
- The newly redesigned Chevrolet Colorado is coming to the U.S. of A. [link]
- A fuel efficient military vehicle is being tested by the U.S. Army. [link]
- Video of a Ford F-150 after a dealership fire gives more stock to the “Built Ford Tough” slogan. [link]
- Cadillac’s new in-car experience is a lot like using a smartphone or iPad. [link]
- Saab’s being saved by another Chinese company. It might be for real this time. [link]
Bob Lutz, legendary gear head and businessman who has worked at BMW, Ford Europe, Chrysler and General Motors tackles the challenges he faced during the decline of General Motors in his book Car Guys vs. Bean Counters. He writes about the disorganized management, layers upon layers of red tape and the embarrassing debacle known as the automotive bailout when General Motors pseudonym became Government Motors.
The book has gotten a bad rap because Lutz blames a large chunk of GM’s downfall on the penny-pinching financial types who were given charge of the automotive design. These folks were focused on cost-cutting, systematizing production and making the most money on each car produced, even if that meant sacrificing quality. As a result, Lutz contends, General Motors was building vehicles notorious for wide body gaps between panels, cheap interiors and being, well, really ugly.
It’s a simple fact – music ruins car videos. After featuring the Chevrolet Camaro Intimidator and its 704 horses as a “Cool used car of the future,” we wanted to know what its engine and exhaust sounded like. Thing is, each one of its videos has background music, effectively overpowering the Camaro’s engine noise. This seems to be a common theme across YouTube on lots and lots of driving videos. For gear heads, this can be depressing or at least we think so. In example one, we have a compilation of Nascar wrecks that should let the listener hear the smashing metal and burning rubber. This isn’t the case.