First car a reminder of how the world has changed

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My first car was a powder blue Volkswagen bug, made sometime in the late 1960s or early ’70s. I don’t remember the exact year. At the time my dad brought it home, it was 1987, and I was 14 years old with a driver’s learning permit I could hardly wait to start using.

Dad said he got a good deal on the VW because the woman he bought it from was eager to see the old car go. Apparently, she’d been driving it one day when a wasp flew up her skirt and stung her in the nether regions. (I can see how that kind of incident could create some bad feelings.)

But from what I could see, the car was wasp-free and still cute as a bug — literally. It was the car I learned to drive in, so I thought it was thrilling and perfect.

Looking back on

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Elon Musk hints at possible Tesla compact car in the future

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Elon Musk on Wednesday opined on Tesla’s expensive cars, saying he wishes they were cheaper and hinting at a possible compact offering.

“It is important to make the car affordable,” he told analysts and investors on a call Wednesday, following the company’s surprise second-quarter profit announcement. “I think we will not succeed in our mission if we do not make cars affordable. Like the thing that bugs me the most about where we are right now is that our cars are not affordable enough. We need to fix that.”

Asked about a smaller car with a potentially lower price point, Musk hinted there could be one in the lineup at some point, but offered few specifics.

Tesla product roadmap 2q 20

Tesla’s planned product timeline, as presented to investors on Wednesday.

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“Don’t think we can comment on our detailed product road map beyond what’s announced because I think we want to reserve that for

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Car Manufacturers That May Not Survive the Coronavirus Pandemic

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The Fastest Production Cars in the World

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We’re here to focus on the cream of the crop, however, including only the very fastest production cars made today. To qualify, a car must be road-legal, and at least 25 units must be built or planned. If you think you’ve detected an omission, be sure to read to the bottom of the list to see our honorable mentions.

The Fastest Production Cars in the World

2020 McLaren Senna: 208 MPH

While buyers have already spoken for all examples of the awe-inspiring McLaren Senna, the British manufacturer hasn’t yet completed the planned run of 500 units. Due to massive aero effects, it ranks lower on the list than the “regular” 720S on which it is based.

Weighing just about 3,000 pounds, the Senna accelerates to 60 mph from a standstill in just 2.7 seconds and attains its 208-mph top speed thanks to its 789-horsepower, 4.0-liter twin-turbo

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