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Did big EV ad spending from GM, BMW, Kia, Nissan result in a “Super Bowl Effect” for Tesla?

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The Super Bowl continues to draw ad dollars from many automakers, but not Tesla. Yet in its quarterly earnings report, the automaker mentioned a “Super Bowl Effect” that saw United States orders spike the day after the game.

U.S. gross orders on that day—February 13—were higher than at any point in 2022 to date, according to Tesla.

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The report doesn’t speculate on what caused that spike in orders, but it’s worth noting that this year’s Super Bowl had more EV ads than ever before—just not from Tesla. General Motors, BMW, Kia, and Nissan all had ads, as did charging-equipment company Wallbox. Polestar debuted its first Super Bowl ad.

So perhaps the number of ads stirred general interest in EVs, leading some consumers to the company most associated with them. That’s unfortunate for the automakers that shelled out millions for Super Bowl ads, but it may at least point to

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Here’s Everything Wrong With My CrapCan E30 Project Car

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Photo credit: Mack Hogan

Photo credit: Mack Hogan

The idea of owning a beaten-up old E30 and fixing it sounds great (to both me and one other R&T staffer). A cheap way to learn, to get some grease under the nails, and to enjoy a perfect-driving classic sedan. When I took it to a local specialty mechanic, though, that plan got a healthy reality check. Because in terms of projects, this is looking more like a senior thesis than a freshman intro course.

The mechanic noted over a dozen issues. Noticing that I didn’t seem to be the type that was going to address all of them, he helpfully categorized them under needs, wants, and further issues. Even looking only at the needs, it’s not a light load.

Photo credit: Mack Hogan

Photo credit: Mack Hogan

The first big-ticket item I knew. The E30 needs brakes all around, something that I’m hoping to do myself. Given

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Event Coverage: ImportExpo Toronto 2022

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If you had told me in 2020 the next indoor event I would be writing about would be in 2022 I would have called you crazy.

However the last two years have been absolutely crazy, so I guess it all makes sense. For the out of towners, Ontario has been one of the most strict provinces in Canada with Covid-19 restrictions.

This meant that pretty well every indoor show was left to hurry up and wait. Saturday April 9th marked that wait as over with ImportExpo Toronto.

It’s not at all a secret that I’ve been to a lot of events, on both sides of the Canadian and US border. With that info I can honestly say without hyperbole that ImportExpo was one of the busiest shows I have ever been too.

I arrived two hours after doors opened and there was still a line up around the building.

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Deputy U.S. Marshal fired 1 shot, striking suspect in neck after cornering his car in SE Portland, officials say

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A deputy U.S. Marshal fired a shot into a gray SUV that marshals cornered in a Southeast Portland parking lot Monday, striking the driver in the neck as a federal task force attempted to arrest the motorist who was wanted on felony warrants in Washington.

At least two to three unmarked U.S. Marshals vehicles pulled up behind the SUV in a small parking lot off Southeast 11th Avenue, and the SUV’s driver tried to back up and ram the marshals’ vehicles, according to the U.S. Marshals Service and witnesses.

Witnesses said it appeared the single gunshot shattered the back window of the suspect’s car.

“A nearby officer found himself between the vehicles and fired a single, defensive shot,” Deputy U.S. Marshal Chris Tamayo wrote in a release Tuesday.

Roman Culver, 23, of Covington, Wash., was removed from the driver’s seat onto a stretcher and taken to a hospital, where

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