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Pope Francis’ Fiat 500L Auctioned Away for a Cool $82,000

Pope Francis’ Fiat 500L Auctioned Away for a Cool $82,000

Pope Francis increased the resale value of his Fiat 500L by four times its MSRP just by sitting in it. Pope Francis used the 500L for transport when he visited the United States in 2015. The vehicle was meant to symbolize his concern for the environment and also to aid in the perception that he […]

 Patrick Grieve

Pope Francis Rides a Honda Ballade in Kenya

Pope Francis Rides a Honda Ballade in Kenya

What does Pope Francis have in common with James Bond? They are both known for cruising around foreign locales in a wide variety of ever-changing vehicles. The main difference between the superspy and the pontiff is that the former is known for choosing exotic sports cars, while the latter is notable for picking much more […]

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Pope Francis’ New Popemobile is a Jeep Wrangler

Pope Francis’ New Popemobile is a Jeep Wrangler

The Pope is coming to town—and he’s doing so in style. According to the Vatican, when Pope Francis arrives in the United States for his first visit to American soil as Pope, he will be using a Jeep Wrangler to get around. While the exact configuration of the pope’s Jeep Wrangler hasn’t been determined, it’s likely […]

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New Popemobile! Pope Francis’ Ride Is a Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

New Popemobile! Pope Francis’ Ride Is a Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Pope Francis has been all about living simply and humbly ever since taking his position as the Bishop of Rome in March 2013. From his contemporary philosophies to his yerba mate drink, his holiness has done much to separate himself from the legacy established by previous generations. For over 80 years, Mercedes-Benz has supplied the […]

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Opel CEO Presents Francis With Ampera-e Popelmobile

Opel CEO Presents Francis With Ampera-e Popelmobile

If you saw the recent photos of Pope Francis scowling his way through a meet-and-greet with President Trump, you may have worried that his Holiness was in a real dark place right now. Trust us when we say, we were also genuinely concerned that one of the most benevolent and understanding popes of our time […]

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Car News In the Rearview: The Pope and the Chinese Electric Revolution

Car News In the Rearview: The Pope and the Chinese Electric Revolution

Welcome to In the Rearview, where we bring you the last week’s car news, in nicely condensed form. This week, we start with a Pope-whack, as Pope Francis smacked his face on the Popemobile during a parade when the driver stamped on the brakes. Really, I think that with modern car features (or maybe, just, […]

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Four Modern Car Features That Would Have Saved the Pope’s Face in Colombia

Four Modern Car Features That Would Have Saved the Pope’s Face in Colombia

Pope Francis, known to many, Catholic or not, as “the cool Pope,” recently had something of a mishap on his Popemobile tour of Colombia. When travelling slowly through the crowd in the city of Cartagena, the driver appears to lose concentration for a second and nearly runs into the preceding car, sending the poor Pope, […]

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Pope, Philly Thwart Swedish Metal Band’s Attempt to Cover the City in Darkness

Pope, Philly Thwart Swedish Metal Band’s Attempt to Cover the City in Darkness

The designs of Swedish metal band Ghost to hold a sold-out concert (and so further the cause of the downfall of humanity) on the same day as the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia were thwarted by the most potent weapon in Philadelphia’s arsenal: traffic. Or, rather, the absence of it. The Pope is coming […]

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The Pope Wants You to Carpool

The Pope Wants You to Carpool

As it turns out, Pope Francis (who just got a new set of wheels) is very environmentally-minded. In a 190-page document titled “Laudato Si” (meaning “Praise Be”), the Pope laid out a number of arguments on both theological and scientific grounds on why it is imperative that we all protect the environment.   While the […]

 Aaron Widmar

What Make and Model Is the Popemobile Car?

What Make and Model Is the Popemobile Car?

Whether you’ve seen images of the real thing or watched it parodied by Family Guy or Cars 2, you probably know what the iconic Popemobile looks like–that heavy-duty white truck with the glass riding case used by the Catholic Pope when making public appearances. Ever wondered what vehicle model the Popemobile is and where it […]

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Vatican Raffling Off Used Popemobile

Vatican Raffling Off Used Popemobile

Pope Francis is holding a raffle to raise money for the poor, and the grand prize will put your own paltry Church Bingo Night winnings to shame: it’s a used Popemobile! Yes, rather than just selling his old 4×4 Fiat Panda on craigslist like the average, fallible motorist might, Pope Francis has decided to raffle […]

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The Official Wheels of 10 World Leaders

The Official Wheels of 10 World Leaders

Heads of state always seem to be on the move. Whether they’re meeting with local government officials or heading to the airport for an international visit with other leaders, they spend a lot of time in cars — official state cars, to be precise. Let’s look at what sets state cars apart from the kind […]

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Hoverboard-Riding Priest Suspended by Church

Hoverboard-Riding Priest Suspended by Church

Anyone who has ever attended mass knows that the service can be just a tad long. Sensing that his congregation needed something to help keep their attention during the final blessing of his Christmas Eve mass, Father Albert San Jose from the diocese of San Pablo in Laguna, The Philippines, greeted his parishioners by singing […]

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2014 Kia Soul Receives Nod on KBB List of Best Back-to-School Cars List

2014 Kia Soul Receives Nod on KBB List of Best Back-to-School Cars List

The Kia Soul made headlines earlier this year when it was chosen to transport Pope Francis during his visit to Korea. According to a new list from Kelley Blue Book of the 10 Best Back-to-School cars, the Soul is a good fit for both the Supreme Leader of the Catholic Church, and a college student […]

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Ford Focus History

Ford Focus History

Introduction The Focus has been Ford’s most impactful vehicle since its introduction in 1999. Unlike the popular Mustang here in the United States, the Focus is a global titan, and in the first half of 2012, the Ford Focus passed the Toyota Corolla as world’s best-selling automotive nameplate. Early History The first generation of the […]

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Consumers Are Spending More Money on Vehicles While New Vehicle Sales Decline

Consumers Are Spending More Money on Vehicles While New Vehicle Sales Decline

A growing used vehicle market is taking sales away from the new vehicle market, but customers seem willing to pay more for new models

New vehicle sales are projected to decline year-over-year during the majority of 2018. Yet, most industry analysts, including J.D. Power, agree that the automotive market remains relatively healthy. The reasoning behind this consensus is that while consumers are buying fewer new vehicles, they are paying more for those new vehicles. A Growing Used Vehicle Market: Best used […]

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Multiple Approaches Could Provide US With Better Car Charging Infrastructure

Multiple Approaches Could Provide US With Better Car Charging Infrastructure

According to John Hayes, former minister of the Department for Transport in the UK, electric car chargers need to have the same level of recognizability that British phone booths have, adding that they “should be beautiful.” This statement came as Hayes and the House of Commons discussed a bill called the Automated and Electric Vehicles […]

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Opel Forced to Halt New Orders for the Ampera-e as Demand Outpaces Supply

Opel Forced to Halt New Orders for the Ampera-e as Demand Outpaces Supply

In recent months, the popularity of the Chevrolet Bolt EV has been on a rapid rise across the United States. Each sales month adds evidence that Chevy is catching up to competitors like Tesla when it comes to the electric vehicle race. While the U.S. might currently be in the process of adopting electric vehicles, […]