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Buick’s U.S. Lineup May Need More Help From China

With official confirmation that the Buick Cascada will eventually be joining the Lacrosse for an extended dirt nap, General Motors’ “lesser” luxury brand has to make a decision. Will Buick press onward with a limited lineup or will it try and find replacements for North America? Considering Buick’s crossover volume moved from around 30 percent of its […] The post Buick’s U.S. Lineup May Need More Help From China appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, General Motors, Gm, Autos, North America, Buick, Buick Cascada, News Blog, Buick Lacrosse, GM-SAIC


Bye, Bye, Buick: A German-American Convertible Prepares to Exit the Stage

Everyone knew this was coming, but now it’s official. The current model year will be the Buick Cascada’s last. Hitting dealer (and rental) lots in the U.S. at the dawn of 2016, the Opel-built drop top motivated its two-ton weight with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder — an engine that gave away the model’s European heritage. […] The post Bye, Bye, Buick: A German-American Convertible Prepares to Exit the Stage appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Autos, Convertibles, Opel, Buick, Buick Cascada, Cascada, News Blog, Discontinuation


40 Countries Agree – Automatic Braking Should Be Mandatory

Forty countries, led by Japan and the European Union, have agreed to require passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to come equipped with automated braking systems starting as soon as 2020. According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the new regulation will become compulsory for all countries that adopt it during an upcoming June […] The post 40 Countries Agree – Automatic Braking Should Be Mandatory appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Technology, Safety, Government, European Union, Regulation, United Nations, Autos, News Blog, Automotive Safety, Automatic Emergency Braking, U.N, Advanced Driving Aids, UNECE, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe


Toyota 86 British Green Limited: Another Japan-only Special Edition

Despite Toyota claiming that the 86 will stick around for a while, everything points to the car being on its last legs. Fortunately, this is usually the point where a manufacturer starts rolling out special editions to retake the public’s interest. Normally, these cars aren’t much to write home about, but every so often one […] The post Toyota 86 British Green Limited: Another Japan-only Special Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Autos, Toyota, New Cars, Special Editions, News Blog, Toyota 86, Sport Coupes, 2019 Toyota 86 British Green Limited, Limited Edition Models


Extreme Vitriol: Unifor Squares Off With Ontario, Receives Support From Veteran Rockstar

The Ontario government isn’t pleased with Unifor’s handling of General Motors’ decision to close Oshawa Car Assembly. Like the UAW, Canada’s autoworker union has been extremely vocal in its opposition to GM’s restructuring plan. Over the last few months Unifor members have picketed, held multiple rallies, protested the automaker during the North American International Auto Show, […] The post Extreme Vitriol: Unifor Squares Off With Ontario, Receives Support From Veteran Rockstar appeared first o...
Tags: Layoffs, Jobs, General Motors, Canada, Factories, Gm, Autos, Automotive Industry, Justin Trudeau, Ontario, Unifor, Todd Smith, Oshawa, Doug Ford, News Blog, Union News


Going Car-free May Work for You, But It Won’t Work For All

Journalist Randy Essex of the Detroit Free Press took to those same digital pages last week to discuss how great his new car-free life is, even during the life-threatening cold of the polar vortex. To which I say, good for him. If he’s happy living a car-free life in Detroit, more power to him. But […] The post Going Car-free May Work for You, But It Won’t Work For All appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Twitter, Urban, Autos, Detroit, Car-free, Detroit Free Press, News Blog, Automotive Journalism, Randy Essex


Ford Explorer ST to Pack a Sizeable Premium

Ford’s 2020 Explorer dons a new platform and familiar skin when it goes on sale this summer, and buyers looking for peak performance from their midsize SUV had best dig deeper for funds. Compared to the 2019 Explorer Sport, which carries beneath its hood a 365-horsepower Ecoboost motor, fans of the 2020 Explorer ST stand […] The post Ford Explorer ST to Pack a Sizeable Premium appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Autos, Pricing, SUVs, Explorer, Ford Explorer, News Blog, 2020 Ford Explorer, Ford Explorer ST


Ford CFO Bob Shanks Departing by Year’s End: Sources

The chief money man at the Blue Oval plans to hang up his Excel spreadsheets by the end of this year, according to sources in the know. He’s expected to stay on until a new top beancounter is broken in. Why should you care? Because the Glass House is in the throes of a major […] The post Ford CFO Bob Shanks Departing by Year’s End: Sources appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Autos, Earnings, Retire, Cfo, Glass House, Blue Oval, Executives, Jim Hackett, News Blog, Bob Shanks


Your Package Has Arrived: Amazon Leads $700 Million Investment in Electric Pickup Maker Rivian

The whisperings from earlier this week panned out, but only partway. Amazon, the e-commerce giant that’s probably sending a cookbook to your neighbor’s house as you read this, is leading a $700 million investment in Michigan-based automotive startup Rivian. What’s missing from this news is General Motors, which, according to sources who spoke to Reuters […] The post appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Amazon, General Motors, Autos, Michigan, Reuters, News Blog, Product Planning, High Finance, Rivian, Rivian Automotive


Bentley Claims New Bentayga Speed As ‘World’s Fastest SUV’

Bentley touts the 2019 Bentayga Speed as the fastest production SUV ever to grace planet Earth with its presence. However, the claim is actually a little white lie. The performance Bentayga’s 190 mph top speed technically ties it with the Lamborghini Urus, which also uses the MLBevo platform and is slightly faster to 60 mph. Of course, […] The post Bentley Claims New Bentayga Speed As ‘World’s Fastest SUV’ appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Earth, Autos, Bentley, Bentley Bentayga, News Blog, Bentayga, Luxury Vehicles, Bentley Bentayga Speed, Bentley Speed


Piston Slap: The Times They Are a-Changin’

TTAC Commentator NoChryslers writes: Enjoy the website very much… so here are some questions. Why are interior and exterior color choices so limited right now? You have to pay extra for anything special. (Even then, good luck getting the carpet to match the drapes — SM) Seems to have started in the ’90s and we’ve […] The post Piston Slap: The Times They Are a-Changin’ appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Convertibles, Ford Taurus, News Blog, Piston Slap, TTAC, Cuv, Chrysler Airflow, Chrysler Sebring, Limited Car Colors, NoChryslers


General Motors Starts Taking Orders for Electric Bicycles

Last November, the world learned that both General Motors and Ford planned to enter the field of two-wheeled transportation as part of their new identity as “mobility” companies. Ford chose to purchase electric scooter startup Spin, whereas GM wanted to mass produce two e-bikes intended for direct sale. However, not much was known about the actual […] The post General Motors Starts Taking Orders for Electric Bicycles appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Ford, Scooters, Gm, Autos, Mobility, E-bikes, News Blog, eBikes, Arīv


When It Comes to Tesla’s Accident-reducing Autosteer, Don’t Believe the Numbers

There’s a study you should read, and it delivers black eyes to both Tesla and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. You probably remember the fatal crash of a Tesla in Mountain View, California last March, a crash that occurred as the victim’s car cruised along in Autopilot mode. Unexpectedly, the vehicle steered itself out […] The post When It Comes to Tesla’s Accident-reducing Autosteer, Don’t Believe the Numbers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Tesla, Autos, Autopilot, Nhtsa, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mountain View California, News Blog, Autosteer


Warlock: Ram Conjures Up New Life for an Old Truck

Fiat Chrysler is the master of squeezing every last bit of life out of a vehicle or platform. Witness the Dodge Charger/Challenger and its umpteen permutations that have appeared since it rolled off the ark many moons ago. The automaker performed the same trick with the old Ram 1500, slathering the thing in bright paint […] The post Warlock: Ram Conjures Up New Life for an Old Truck appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Fca, Autos, Trucks, Fiat Chrysler, Warlock, Dodge Charger Challenger, 4x4, News Blog, Ram 1500 Classic


Rocked by GM’s Plant Cull, Ontario Seeks to Shore Up Its Auto Sector

General Motors’ decision to stop the flow of product to Ontario’s Oshawa Assembly plant by the end of 2019 has the province’s government promising cash and a slew of measures to keep the auto industry alive north of the border. Ontario holds the bulk of Canada’s auto-related manufacturing jobs, with the sector adding up to […] The post Rocked by GM’s Plant Cull, Ontario Seeks to Shore Up Its Auto Sector appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Jobs, Government, General Motors, Industry, Canada, Gm, Autos, Ontario, Oshawa, News Blog, Oshawa Assembly, Auto Sector, Plant Cull Ontario Seeks, GM s Plant Cull Ontario Seeks


How Is Apple’s Autonomous Vehicle Program Doing, You Ask?

Back in 2015, it was rumored that Apple was sinking significant resources and manpower into an electric vehicle program that also incorporated autonomous driving. But updates on “Project Titan” have been infrequent. Apple takes pains to keep its self-driving program under wraps. There are, however, ways to track its progress. Since Apple tests its vehicles in […] The post How Is Apple’s Autonomous Vehicle Program Doing, You Ask? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Apple, California, DMV, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Reports, Avs, News Blog, Studies & Reports, Autonomous Development, Project Titian


The Green New Deal Is Unlikely to Change the Auto Industry Anytime Soon

If you’re freaked out that the so-called Green New Deal will soon render you carless, or perhaps driving an EV against your will, I am here to tell you: Relax. If you’re hoping the Green New Deal will save the planet from a climate crisis the federal government itself has predicted is just a hair […] The post The Green New Deal Is Unlikely to Change the Auto Industry Anytime Soon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Congress, Legislation, Green, Editorials, Autos, Electric Cars, Aoc, Ed Markey, News Blog, Green New Deal, Alexandria-ocasio Cortez


February Might Be the Month to Love a Jag

Jaguar hopes U.S. buyers fling some woo its way this month, and it’s flinging bundles of cash at dealers to make it happen. As the British brand is reportedly incentivizing its U.S. dealers to go above and beyond to break sales targets in the early part of 2018, savvy customers stand a good chance of […] The post February Might Be the Month to Love a Jag appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Autos, Jaguar, Incentives, News Blog, Dealer News


Honda Pulls Back the Veil on a Less-retro Urban EV

We’ve gone from concept vehicle to prototype, but Honda’s upcoming Urban EV — a pint-sized commuter that’s arguably the first mainstream electric to garner legitimate youth enthusiasm — is no closer to coming to North America. It’s also less retro than its show car predecessor, but no one expected that trillion-inch flatscreen to make it […] The post Honda Pulls Back the Veil on a Less-retro Urban EV appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicles, Autos, Honda, North America, EVs, News Blog, Product Planning, Honda Urban Ev


QOTD: What Brand Would You Rep?

A thought struck me the other day – since joining TTAC, I’ve liked just about every Honda I’ve reviewed. I even found little fault with the Clarity, which I was otherwise neutral towards. That doesn’t mean I like every Honda. I drove the Fit for 10 minutes at a media event last fall (no review […] The post QOTD: What Brand Would You Rep? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lexus, Autos, Chevy, Honda, Subaru, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day


Volkswagen, Ford Spar Over Alliance Investments

Hoping to minimize development costs, Volkswagen Group and Ford Motor Co. recently forged an automotive alliance. Collaborative projects officially include commercial vans and pickup trucks, though the duo are also said to be working together on electric and autonomous vehicle development. Unfortunately, trouble in pinning down the details has slightly soured the relationship. Through the alliance, Ford […] The post Volkswagen, Ford Spar Over Alliance Investments appeared first on The Truth Abou...
Tags: Vw, Ford, Autos, Automotive Industry, Volkswagen, Partnerships, Ford Motor Co, Volkswagen Group, Volkswagen AG, News Blog, Auto Alliances, Volkswagen Ford Spar Over Alliance Investments


Sole of the UX: Crossover Cross-branding at Its Worst?

Lexus unveiled a collaboration with Nike and designer John Elliot at New York Fashion Week, celebrating both human and automotive footwear. The finished piece, titled “Sole of the UX,” is scheduled to make additional appearances across the country later this year, touring with a matching pair of Nike AF1 shoes. After conducting a bit of research, […] The post Sole of the UX: Crossover Cross-branding at Its Worst? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Art, Marketing, Shoes, Nike, Lexus, Autos, Tires, Sneakers, New York Fashion Week, Art Cars, News Blog, John Elliot, Lexus UX, Corporate Shenanigans, Cross Branding


Ram Owner Named Assman Sticks It to The Man

You can’t keep Dave Assman down. After repeatedly having his request for a personalized license plate rejected for being too offensive, the Saskatchewan Ram owner decided to advertise his family name in a manner no one can miss. While Assman’s provincial government insurer won’t greenlight a plate, there’s nothing they can do to stop him […] The post Ram Owner Named Assman Sticks It to The Man appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Government, Insurance, Autos, License Plates, Assman, News Blog, Dave Assman, Personalized Plates, Saskatchewan Ram


Ford Threatens to Pull Out of the United Kingdom

Ford Motor Company has reportedly informed British Prime Minister Theresa May of its tentative plan to move out of the United Kingdom. The automaker explained the situation to May during a private call with business leaders tasked with assessing how Brexit might impact the economy. Ford said it was already preparing to move its facilities — […] The post Ford Threatens to Pull Out of the United Kingdom appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Eu, European Union, Britain, Theresa May, Ford, United Kingdom, Trade, Autos, Brexit, Ford Motor Company, Ford Motor Co, May, Business Strategy, News Blog, Trade War Watch


Lincoln to Offer Three Flavors of Corsair

It’s nice to write about a vehicle with an honest-to-goodness name, especially one that replaces a vehicle with an alphanumeric name. As it slowly relegates past three-letter combinations to the dustbin of history, Lincoln Motor Company is busy putting the finishing touches on the next product in its utility vehicle offensive: the Corsair, formerly the […] The post Lincoln to Offer Three Flavors of Corsair appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Crossovers, Lincoln, Corsair, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Lincoln Motor Company, Product Planning, Lincoln Corsair, 2020 Lincoln Corsair


Ford Calls Back 1.48 Million F-150s for Transmission Flaw

Ford Motor Company announced a recall of 1.48 million F-150 pickups Wednesday, the latest callback related to a six-speed automatic transmission that can suddenly crash-dive to first gear.  The models in question are 2011-2013 F-150s. Ford claims the vehicles “may experience an intermittent loss of the transmission output speed sensor signal to the powertrain control module, […] The post Ford Calls Back 1.48 Million F-150s for Transmission Flaw appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Recalls, Ford, Autos, F-150, Ford Motor Company, News Blog, Ford F-150


GM Looking to Invest in Electric Pickup Maker Rivian: Report

Rivian Automotive made a big splash at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show with its fully electric R1T pickup and R1S SUV, and General Motors apparently liked what it saw. According to sources who spoke to Reuters and Bloomberg, GM is interested in acquiring a piece of Rivian’s action. The Detroit automaker, which recently expressed […] The post GM Looking to Invest in Electric Pickup Maker Rivian: Report appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Autos, Los Angeles Auto Show, Trucks, Detroit, EVs, Reuters, News Blog, Product Planning, Bloomberg GM, Rivian, Rivian Automotive


Ace of Base: 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Express 4×2

A couple of liberties are taken with this one, as the Ram 1500 Classic technically has a trim one step below the Express model. With pricing, rates, and residuals being what they are though – well, it’s safe to say this version of the new old Ram pickup embodies a great deal of appeal to […] The post Ace of Base: 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Express 4×2 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Classic, Express, News Blog, Ram 1500, 2019, Ace of Base, 4x2, Quad Cab


QOTD: A Shock Cure?

Unlike other Questions of the Day, in which we tap your collective brain for the purposes of solving the world’s most pressing problems, today we focus all of that energy to benefit one man: your author — and by extension, the father of his godsons. It’s advice time, and your subject is a quirky, low-volume […] The post QOTD: A Shock Cure? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day


East vs. West: Why General Motors Is Obsessed With China

Last month, General Motors announced a plan to introduce more than 20 new and refreshed models in China in 2019 to “maintain its growth momentum in the world’s largest vehicle market” and pump EVs into what is probably the most electric-friendly region on the planet. GM appears to love China and not without good reason. As […] The post East vs. West: Why General Motors Is Obsessed With China appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, General Motors, Editorials, Gm, Autos, GM China, News Blog, Automotive Sales, Sales Stats, Chinese Sales



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