posted on August 5th, 2016

The Porsche Cayman gets makeover, hit every national park in one hugely epic road trip, and car shopping goes virtual.

Tesla-SolarCity makes for one big, clean family

In its ongoing quest for empire, Tesla announced a merger with SolarCity on Monday. It’s an alluring prospect — a one-stop-shop for electric cars, solar panels, and electric charging stations — but critics are also calling it risky.

2017 Porsche Cayman brings the power

If you’re one of the many who have never seen a finer piece of automotive machinery than a Porsche, there will be nothing sweeter than details on the updates to the 2017 Cayman. The engine and the body have been redesigned for faster speeds and classier looks, plus an audio bonus of Apple CarPlay.

National Park road trip

This month we head into the the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, and while there are certainly more enjoyable ways to hit as many as you can — this is exactly what campers and RVs were made for — data scientist Randal Olson created a handy map of the quickest route through all of the parks.

Vroom rolls out VR car showrooms

The worst part of car shopping — the awkward and pushy interactions with salespeople — is getting a makeover with the integration of virtual reality. Along with GM and Audi, Vroom, a start-up based in Dallas, TX, is setting up showrooms, where drivers put on a headset and take a quick spin through a 360-degree video the cars they want to test.

The best PDA: Public display of automobiles

In Plymouth, Michigan this past weekend, car enthusiasts were treated to a fine showing of new, old, and impressive cars — including a few rare Ford GTs — at the 38th annual 2016 Concours d’Elegance Of America.

Kamala Puligandla is a writer and an editorial assistant at Turo. She is always on the hunt for a strange story, a great snack, and the perfect outdoor spot to consume them.