By on November 27, 2015


While the rest of the world warms up to our Thanksgiving tradition of football and mountains of potatoes and gravy, we must admit that the world goes on without us some days.

Thankfully, the Internet never forgets. So here’s a roundup of the stories we missed in our Tryptophan-induced naps.


California Has Bad Traffic, But It’s Not The Worst …

According to our friends over at AutoGuide, Chicago’s I-90 between Roosevelt Road and North Nagle Avenue takes the crown as the worst stretch of road for bad traffic. More than 6 million gallons of gasoline is wasted by Chicago motorists in traffic jams every year.

California’s highways had the best (or worst) of the rest — and many of the rest — with six deplorable stretches that took up spots Nos. 2-7. Nearly 35 million hours of not watching “The Walking Dead” were lost on the roads by motorists in California each year.


… but Montana Has The Worst Drivers

Montana drivers are the worst drivers in the country, according to, via USAToday. Drivers in that state were ranked the worst for the second year in a row by the website.

The state earned top marks for speeding, sixth for careless driving and eighth for failure to obey traffic laws.

New Mexico and South Carolina tied for second place. Texas and Louisiana rounded out the top five.

Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC Champions Edition

Celebrate Mercedes’ F1 Championship Season With A $70,000 Hatchback

You too can celebrate Lewis Hamilton and the other guy’s record-setting year with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One with a limited-edition GLA45 — wait, 70 grand?

The celebratory model is fitted with 19-inch wheels, the lovely paint package that you see above and a commemorative plaque near the gear shifter, which is still an automatic. The GLA45 is all-wheel drive too, just like the F1 cars! Oh, wait.

The car will be sold only in Germany, where presumably people will buy this car.

Abarth 500

Fiat Sold 50 Percent More Abarth Models This Year, So Let’s Make More of Those

Automotive News reported that Fiat performance sub-brand Abarth will sell about 10,000 Fiat 500 Abarth models this year, and that the brand will make available a second Abarth-branded car next year.

That car, likely a version of the 500X, will precede a version of Fiat’s 124 Spider that would come later.

The Abarth 124 Spider would use a more-potent version of the company’s 1.4-liter turbocharged mill found in the Fiat 124 Spider.

The Abarth 124 Spider could portend a return to rally racing for Fiat, who’s last successful rally car was the Fiat 131 in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Famed Audi and Porsche rally driver Walter Röhrl piloted the Fiat 124 to a group championship in 1980s. (Hot heel-toe video action here.)


Toyota Outsells Volkswagen Worldwide for Fourth-straight Month

Toyota is widening its lead over Volkswagen in the race for “Who Wants To Be The World’s Largest Automaker” for 2015, according to Reuters.

Toyota reported it sold 8.35 million cars worldwide, from January to October, which outpaced the 8.26 million sold by Volkswagen.

Volkswagen’s sales dropped 5.3 percent in October, according to the automaker. I have no idea why.

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15 Comments on “While You Were Gorging: A Compendium of Thanksgiving News You May Have Missed...”

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    It’s outrageous that traffic engineers can’t do a better job. With computer assistance and clear views from the air, these bottlenecks could be eliminated. Every time I’m in a traffic jam, I always see the problem when I get there, and usually it’s easy to solve. Curiosity slowdowns are especially frustrating, and a lot of times caused by the police.

    • 0 avatar

      San Diego traffic patterns are so bad because the terrible road and freeway designs. I think it has to do with the town pretending it only has 1/4 the actual population and the freaking trolley which doesn’t even go to the airport.

      • 0 avatar

        Fellow San Diegan here. I think the problem is that more people are living in more remote suburbs and driving on roads that were built to handle the current population from 20-30 years ago when they were conceived. Now there no financially reasonable way to expand the roads because there is so much development surrounding the main arteries (Except 52 thru Miramar, but that’s another issue). I’ve seen it in other places, like Orlando. There’s a road rage inducing city if I’ve ever seen one.

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          As a Palm Springs resident who occasionally visits San Diego, I think the traffic problem is largely a function of the freeways being the only route between and within many of the North County cities. Those freeways are treated as boulevards by the locals because the towns were built around them as if they ARE boulevards. So both long-distance and short-hop drivers use them and the grid-lock ensues. Blame a lack of coordination between town planning and regional transportation that has long been a hallmark of California and CalTrans.

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    Ewww.. in that red the 500 looks like a skinned Scrubbing Bubble.

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    Montana doesn’t necessarily have the “worst drivers” — it just has very bad roads, many with excessively high speed limits (and actual speeds), combined with a lot of wildlife, high distances between everything, and an unfortunate amount of drunk driving.

    70 mph limit on rough, poorly maintained, narrow two-lanes through forests is asking for trouble. There’s a reason no other state with a similar environment does that, even the ones that have 80 mph limits on interstates.

    • 0 avatar

      Plenty of states in the west have 65 or 70 MPH undivided rural speed limits. Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, and Wyoming all have 70 MPH rural stretches. Arizona, Colorado, Washington, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas, Alaska, Utah, and California all have 65 MPH rural undivided rural highways. Texas even has some 75 MPH undivided roads.

      • 0 avatar

        Of those states you listed, only Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and California really have much terrain comparable to that in Montana. All of those limit two-lanes to either 60 or 65 mph. I’m not familiar with practices in Colorado but the three West Coast states tend to have even lower limits in practice.

        Oregon does not have any 70 mph limits. 65 max. Washington, as a matter of practice, never has limits higher than 55 on any two-lane with compromised visibility. I’ve never seen one with 65, and those with 60 tend to be wide and in flat places without trees. By comparison in Montana you can have a 70 mph limit on a road with no shoulders and trees 15 feet from the fog line. The most nerve-wracking drive I’ve done in recent memory was on just such a road at night. Freaking deer everywhere and local drivers who got very impatient with my sub-70 pace.

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          I’m assuming you’ve never been to Northern Arizona. There are plenty of two lanes through forests. Also, in Southern Arizona, you have plenty of twisting, rock and cactus filled highways that are 65 MPH. No fog though.

          Oregon will start to have 70 MPH this year or next. Lawmakers were also pushing for 75 MPH on some undivided rural.

          In Northern Michigan, undivided rural typically moves at about 65 or 70. On the 20 mile stretch that I drive weekly in the summer. I usually set the cruise control at 65-68 MPH.

          (I also think that Michigan should have 80 MPH speed limits because statistics show that on many Michigan freeways, it’s actually below the 85th percentile of traveling speeds.)

        • 0 avatar

          Texas has endless stretches of two lane black top at 70 MPH. If you get north of Houston in the Huntsville area, those 70 MPH roads are through rolling hills, filled with deer, and state forest right on the edge of the highway.

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    Isn’t it more likely that an Abarth 124 Spider would use the 1.75L MultiAir engine from the Alfa 4C rather than turning up the boost on the 1.4L?

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    This doesn’t jibe with my observations. You will get some real lunatic drivers going from Salem to PDX on Friday afternoon, much as the 2:30 a.m. crowd in Polson with their attendant go-cups. There is no monopoly on stupid behind the wheel in America.

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    That first photo brings back memories of an “Airstream Turkey” featured in the Tom Robbins novel “Skinny Legs and All”.

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