Around the tracks: A hilarious homemade Tesla Cybertruck in New Zealand

Plus, retro Volvo ads, Nissan’s Rogue sales tactic, Hollywood’s favourite car and fake brake calipers.

When we’re not creating it ourselves, the CarAdvice team spends a lot of time finding and consuming motoring content from all over the world.

Here’s a handful of the photos, articles, videos or social media posts that most caught our eye last week. Some of them are brand new, others have been online for a while.

Enjoy them – just not too much, okay?

1. All of these old, somewhat spicy Volvo ads

In case you missed it, there was a pretty major news story about Volvo this week after it recalled 2500 cars in Australia following a death in the United States caused by a faulty airbag.

Volvo had previously enjoyed a pretty spotless safety record and is even credited with inventing the three-point seatbelt as we know it today.

Regardless, all this talk about Volvo prompted us to spot this video on our YouTube feed – a mastercut of Volvo’s previous ads, some of them featuring some fairly bold taglines about their safety credentials like:

“You can drive a Volvo like you hate it… cheaper than psychiatry.”

Check it out…

2. Nissan’s Rogue sales plan in the United States

Rarely, if ever, will you see a car maker use another brand’s vehicle to sell their own model, but Nissan is employing the unusual tactic to sell its Rogue SUV in the United States.

The 2021 Rogue, which we know as the X-Trail in Australia, has landed in US dealerships and Nissan is apparently attempting to shift stock by offering buyers a chance to compare it to the popular Toyota RAV4.

According to Automotive News, Nissan is sending RAV4 models to some dealerships so buyers can compare the two cars side by side.

We can’t help but be impressed by the sheer confidence.

3. A homemade Tesla Cybertruck in New Zealand

Given we’re still yet to see the Tesla Cybertruck in full production form – and most of us probably won’t be able to afford it anyway – it makes sense the knock-offs would start coming thick and fast.

We saw a fairly convincing copy earlier this year in Bosnia, but the latest lookalike is a little more budget – in a very endearing way.

Up for sale in New Zealand, this one is based on a 2000 Toyota Vitz and currently has a top bid of NZD$304, or roughly AUD$287.

Here’s the hilarious, punctuation-free description: “Tesla cyber vitz runs fine was roled a few years back so I made it look better that’s debatable 4wd with mean mud tyres.”

You can buy it here and give it to your worst enemy for Christmas.

4. This is the most popular car among celebrities

Ever wondered what the most popular car amongst celebrities is? Us neither.

But an insurance company in the UK has come up with the answer to the question none of us asked.

According to Moneybeach, the official car to the stars is a Tesla Model S, which is apparently owned by everyone from Will Smith to Demi Moore.

That’s followed by the Bentley Continental GT in second spot and the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen in third spot.

You can view the full list here.

5. Fake brake calipers are the new fake air vents

It’s fair to say many of us dislike fake aesthetic additions to cars that make them look more “sporty”, so this latest trend will no doubt spark some outrage.

US-based company Better Than Wheels, or BTW, has created hubcaps that attach to the wheels of any car to give the appearance of big brake calipers and performance wheel design.

For added authenticity, the calipers are weighted so they don’t move.

Currently in the Kickstarter phase, the accessory is available for pre-order for USD$69 each for a limited time.

But rather than us explaining how it works in our own words, please enjoy this BTW promotional video instead.

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