Video Roundup: Fast wagons, Jeep flips and banned commercials
This week in video, we’re tracking Porsche’s new Panamera GTS, watching Jeeps, Land Rovers and Volkswagens tackle rough terrain (but not without being thwarted by advertising standards and mysterious brake pedals), and Volvo send its new Polestar One superca into a wall in the name of safety.
First Drive: 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS
Every wagon should be able to put all your stuff in the back and your back firmly in the seat. That’s the idea with Porsche’s new GTS versions of the Panamera sedan and Sport Turismo, both hotted-up with more power and panache. The ride has also been improved with adaptive damping, a lower ride height, torque vectoring, rear-wheel steering and active anti-roll bars.
Polestar One crash test proves it’s as safe as a Volvo
To make an omelette, you’ve got to crack a few eggs first. The egg, in this case, is the beautiful Polestar One, and the crack is more along the lines of watching it being sent face-first into a wall. Whether or not you have mechanical sympathy, this video perfectly demonstrates the tech used in the new chassis and carbon fibre body panels keeps anyone inside as safe as any other Volvo.
Jeep club uses Wranglers to flip a Hurricane Michael victim’s house
We’re used to seeing Jeeps flip over, but this time they’re doing it on purpose. After a couple in Florida had their house flipped on its side by a hurricane, a bunch of friends in the BAJA Jeep club got together to literally flip the house upright, so the couple could retrieve their family heirlooms. Thirty people and 12 Jeeps winched up and pulled the house down, resulting in a grateful couple and a fantastic video.
Cheeky VW ad jokes about getting banned, actually gets banned
Volkswagen‘s Australian division thought it was being clever by using computer graphics to show the Amarok driving “unsafely” to avoid the attention Australia’s Ad Standards council. Unfortunately, the cheeky plan didn’t work the commercial was banned anyway. Ironic, as VW calls the ad, “Too Powerful for TV.” Guess they got it right.
Off-roading in classic Land Rovers is the ultimate adventure
Last on our list is an adventure into central Ontario’s wilderness with some classic and contemporary Land Rovers. We rode shotgun in a 1967 Land Rover Series 2A and went far off the beaten path, combining wagons and car crashes — as our videographer, Clayton Seams, couldn’t quite keep the Landy unscathed. Oh well; it’s only 50-year-old aluminum, right?