There is no such beast as a new car that “pollutes” — if that word is understood to mean what it ought to mean. That is to say, what it once meant.
Including this, which I didn't know.
I came to find out after a long conversation with Lexus corporate, that Lexus, unlike the European brands, will not build a customer car. The dealership can request a build, but if the factory will only build the most popular configurations and if that particular spec never gets made, the store will never get it.
Take a guess.
If you don't want to read the whole thing, the trick is this: keep your windows closed and turn the A/C on.
"Massive Takata Airbag Recall: Everything You Need to Know, Including Full List of Affected Vehicles"
Spoiler: it's really quickly.
By Mark Hoekstra, Steven L. Puller, and Jeremy West, American Economic Review, July 2017. Abstract:
The 2009 Cash for Clunkers program aimed to stimulate consumer spending in the new automobile industry, which experienced disproportionate reductions in demand and employment during the Great Recession. Exploiting program eligibility criteria in a regression discontinuity design, we show more than half of the subsidies went to households who would have purchased during the two-month program anyway; the rest accelerated sales by no more than eight months. Moreover, the program’s fuel efficiency restrictions shifted purchases toward vehicles that cost on average $7,600 less. Thus, we estimate on net the $3 billion program reduced total new vehicle spending by $5 billion.
A summary is freely available here.
"From a mechanic's perspective, what car is the easiest and cheapest to repair and maintain? Or, conversely, what cars rarely need repair?"
Quora discussion with a variety of answers.
A bit overhyped, but certainly an interesting story, one I hadn't heard before.