October 21, 2020

The world loves boring car colors, and here’s the latest proof

It takes nothing more than a glance at a busy parking lot or a quick scroll through a handful of online car configurators to see which colors are the most popular for new cars in America. For those who relish the full spectrum of the rainbow, it’s dire. The most popular color, according to data provided by iSeeCars.com, is white, followed closely by black. Then gray, then silver. It’s all very monochromatic. These grayscale tones constitute 77.1% of the total.

The first vibrant shade to make an appearance on the list is red at No. 5 with just over 10% of color share. Blue is next at 9%, and then things fall off dramatically. To put the lack of color into perspective, we put together this quick pie chart. Naturally, each slice is colored to match its automotive hue.

We know some of those slices of pie are pretty dinky,

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Bicycle Crunch Proper Form: Here’s How to Nail It

When it comes to working the oblique muscles, trainers love turning to the bicycle crunch exercise. The variation of the OG crunch gets you bendy across your core, which leads to that satisfying soreness along your sides once you’re done. But if you’re not doing the bicycle crunch properly, your obliques aren’t going to benefit one bit.

To make sure that you’re not doing all of that crisscrossing for nothing, Nike master trainer Traci Copeland is spilling the most common mistakes she sees in bicycle crunch form (also known as “yogi bicycles,” she says). In this week’s episode of The Right Way, Well+Good’s YouTube series that dives into exercise move fundamentals, Copeland reveals the four major form mistakes that she sees people make in the staple core move, all of which sabotage your ab work.

When she demonstrates the wrong way to do bicycle crunches, it basically looks

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Here’s Why You Probably Won’t See Any More Tesla Reviews in Car Magazines

Photo credit: Michael Roselli
Photo credit: Michael Roselli

From Road & Track

Welcome to The Grid, R&T’s quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.

Tesla Reportedly Dissolves its PR Team

Following months of radio silence from the Tesla media department, Jalopnik’s Jason Torchinsky published an article calling attention to the automaker’s (lack of a) media strategy. The company systematically ignores routine requests from media outlets for technical details or comment on controversies. For a brand with such an outsized influence, it’s weird to see them ghosting the press.

A new report from Electrek explains why. Tesla has reportedly dissolved its PR department, with most of the senior staff exiting over the last year. It’s unclear whether this was an intentional move or a slow bleed of talent. Regardless, it leaves Tesla with nobody to handle routine communication with the press.

That likely means that the automaker won’t

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Deep MBTA Service Cuts Proposed: Here’s What Could Be Lost

MASSACHUSETTS — MBTA officials proposed deep service cuts that would stretch across the transit agency’s entire system, impacting all modes of public transportation amid dwindling ridership and a widening budget gap.

The proposed cuts ranged from $65 million to $255 million. It’s been known the beleaguered transit agency would have to take drastic measures, but the breadth of impact was only made known during Monday’s Fiscal and Management Control Board meeting.

Significant service cuts, line eliminations and station closures were proposed for some low-ridership bus routes and commuter rail lines, as well as the Hingham/Hull ferry, according to a presentation made at the meeting. No cuts are final and officials are still working to identify exactly which lines would be impacted. A vote is expected in December and changes would take place in mid-2021.

“Some of these decisions we are making will require a significant amount of time to

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Here’s How Audi’s Vehicle-to-Everything Tech Will Boost Road Safety

Photo credit: Audi
Photo credit: Audi

From Autoweek

If there is one piece of car technology we remember being promised about a decade and a half ago that is slowly coming true without hype, vaporware or unrealistic promises of transforming the automotive industry overnight, it’s cellular vehicle-to-everything technology, known in tech circles as C-V2X. It has the added benefit of sounding like the name of a background droid from Star Wars, and refers to the ability of cars to communicate with infrastructure, such as traffic lights and traffic monitoring systems, to increase safety and efficiency.

You might already take real-time traffic displays in your navigation system for granted, but C-V2X takes that a step further, allowing cars to communicate with each other and to communicate with traffic-related devices in their surroundings. This technology has already seen a limited rollout in Audi Q8 vehicles, displaying a countdown to green traffic lights to allow

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This four-wheel vehicle can seamlessly rip across the desert. Here’s how.

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a close up of a motorcycle: Four different terrain modes to make for the perfectly non-jarring ride.

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Four different terrain modes to make for the perfectly non-jarring ride.

Odds are, you don’t need a vehicle like the Can-Am Maverick X3 X RS Turbo RR. But if you want oodles of horsepower and a mammoth suspension, this side-by-side has you covered for every adventure.

6 Sensors

Electronic monitors in places like the front wheels and gearbox keep tabs on traction in real time. The driver selects one of four terrain modes—such as mud, rock, or trail—and the computer doles out just the right amount of power to each 30-inch tire to maximize its grip.

24 Inches

Hydraulic shock absorbers provide up to two feet of travel, letting this beast absorb the impact of everything from small ruts to basketball-size rocks. Tune how quickly and

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