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2021 Ford Explorer Timberline Looks Reasonably Ruggedized

Ford is introducing a new trim level for the Explorer, targeting both outdoorsy types and those who desperately want to be but only manage to spend a couple of weekends at Kampgrounds of America. The 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline delivers a mix of visual accouterments and practical components that should actually make the SUV better off-road. Don’t expect […] The post 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline Looks Reasonably Ruggedized appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: America, Ford, Autos, SUVs, Explorer, Don, Ford Motor Co, Ford Explorer, Timberline, News Blog, Product Planning, 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline, Ford Explorer Timberline, Kampgrounds


BMW Art Cars Exhibited

BMW art cars debuted today, using artificial intelligence (AI) software to generate new works of art. In conjunction with Frieze New York, the fair takes place in Manhattan from May 5 – 9, 2021. Frieze New York has works of art from over 60 galleries, mainly located in New York. A viewing room with over 160 […] The post BMW Art Cars Exhibited appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Art, New York, Design, Technology, Media, Germany, Advertising, Marketing, Events, Artificial Intelligence, Luxury, Manhattan, Autos, Bmw, Ai, Sales And Marketing


Nissan Dumping Stake in Daimler

On Tuesday, Nissan Motor Co. announced that it would be selling its shares of Daimler AG. The Japanese firm owns about 1.5 percent of Germany’s oldest automaker and the move is something many were predicting after Renault did the same in March. Nissan’s offloading will mimic its partners and likewise use an accelerated bookbuild offer that […] The post Nissan Dumping Stake in Daimler appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Investments, Germany, Shares, Autos, Stocks, Nissan, Daimler, Renault, Daimler AG, Nissan Motor Co, News Blog


California PHEV Owners Return to Gas Power

Electric vehicles are one way to carbon neutrality. Yet 20 percent of California PHEV owners have gone back to gas-powered vehicles. Published in Nature Energy on April 26th by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, the study found that PHEV buyers in California were abandoning the technology at a rate of […] The post California PHEV Owners Return to Gas Power appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Jobs, Media, Congress, California, Marketing, Global, Sales, Maintenance, Bailout, Green, Rants, Industry, Infrastructure, Electric Vehicles, Autos


Rental Agencies Uncharacteristically Buying Used Cars

With rental companies coming off a particularly lean 2020, fleet downsizing turned out to be a necessity for many agencies. Unfortunately, demand for rental vehicles has begun to return and some markets have found themselves operating with an insufficient number of cars. The upside to this is the ability to charge exorbitant fees for models nobody […] The post Rental Agencies Uncharacteristically Buying Used Cars appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Enterprise, Avis, Used Cars, Auction, Autos, Rental Cars, Shortage, Hertz, Car Rental, News Blog, Used Vehicle Prices, Used Vehicles, Rental Agencies, Semiconductor Shortage, Vehicle Auction


Polaris Renews Its Leadership

Polaris today affirmed the appointments of a new CEO and CFO, both of whom had been serving in interim roles since January. The manufacturer of motorcycles, off-road vehicles, and boats named Michael Speetzen as CEO, and Bob Mack as CFO. CEO Scott Wine left the company in November to helm CNH Industrial NV, an agricultural […] The post Polaris Renews Its Leadership appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Media, Marketing, Sales, People, Industry, Motorcycles, Emerging Markets, Autos, Trucks, Suppliers, SUVs, Branding, Polaris, Off-road, Enthusiasm, News Blog


Summer Gas Shortage Likely for Dumbest Reason

As if you needed more doom and gloom to kick off this week, the National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) lobby has confessed that its fleet will go into the next few months operating well below capacity. That means there’s a very good chance that some parts of the country could see gas shortages over the summer. While […] The post Summer Gas Shortage Likely for Dumbest Reason appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Jobs, Supply Chain, Fuel, Autos, Drivers, Shortage, Fuel Economy, Industry News, Oil Industry, Big Oil, News Blog, National Tank Truck Carriers NTTC, Fuel Shortage, Tanker Operators


Ermenegildo Zegna Teams with Stellantis

Today, the Ermenegildo Zegna Group announced its affiliation with Stellantis. By 2025, the Zegna Group’s entire fleet of 200 will go green. A new green-car policy has gone into effect at the company, well known for its pricy clothing and accessories. “The quality of our products must go hand in hand with our respect for nature. […] The post Ermenegildo Zegna Teams with Stellantis appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Technology, Media, Advertising, Global, Sales, Sustainability, Green, Luxury, Electric Vehicles, Italy, Autos, Carbon Footprint, Hybrid, Branding


Semiconductor Shortage By the Numbers, Looks Bad

The global shortage of semiconductor chips has really done a number on the industry and it’s just one of several major supplier issues created by our response to the pandemic. Years from now, people will look back and use the benefit of hindsight to come up with the perfect solution to a problem that has […] The post Semiconductor Shortage By the Numbers, Looks Bad appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Supply Chain, Stats, Industry, Autos, Automotive Industry, Shortage, Supply, Chip, Semiconductor, Industry News, Demand, News Blog, Part Shortages, Just-in-time


Chip Shortage Forces Ford Into Inventory Shortage

If you want to buy a Ford, you might have to hurry. The microchip shortage could leave at least some Ford dealers short on inventory until perhaps August, according to Automotive News. One dealership in Michigan even created an emergency fund that its salespeople can draw from. “We know for sure there’s going to be three […] The post Chip Shortage Forces Ford Into Inventory Shortage appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Industry, Ford, Autos, Michigan, Chips, New Cars, Microchips, News Blog, Chip Shortage, Chip Shortage Forces Ford, Microchip Shortage


Tundra Versus the F-150 – What’s Wrong with Toyota?

Can the Toyota Tundra go toe-to-toe with the Ford F-150, and does it make sense to try? The F-150 is the most popular vehicle in the U.S., despite a 12 percent drop in sales. Ford still managed to sell 787, 422 F-150s in 2020. Toyota sold a little over 109,000 Tundras in 2020, down two […] The post Tundra Versus the F-150 – What’s Wrong with Toyota? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Technology, Sales, Quality, Production, Ford, Ram, Autos, F-150, Toyota, Trucks, Chevrolet, Nissan, New Cars, Titan, Silverado


Stellantis to Test Citroën Ami on U.S. Customers?

Stellantis appears interested in testing America’s appetite for extremely small and highly European EVs. The formerly PSA-owned rental company Free2Move recently posted the silhouette of the Citroën Ami accompanied by text hinting that the vehicle would be imported for use in Washington, D.C. Launched in 1961, the Ami (French for “friend”) started life as a petite four-door, […] The post Stellantis to Test Citroën Ami on U.S. Customers? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Washington, France, America, Electric Vehicles, Psa, Autos, Citroën, AMI, News Blog, French cars, Free2Move, Citroen Ami, Stellantis, Ami 6, Ami EV


Vehicle Miles Traveled On The Rise Again

In March, vehicle miles traveled (VMT) rebounded to pre-pandemic levels. According to the Auto Care Association, this was the first month since August 2019 that VMT topped 300 million miles. To give you some perspective, the distance between the earth and the moon is only 238,856 miles, according to Wikipedia. Last year, U.S. drivers were stuck […] The post Vehicle Miles Traveled On The Rise Again appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Travel, Media, Wikipedia, Traffic, Production, Industry, Autos, By The Numbers, News Blog, Auto Care Association, Pandemic, Product Planning, New Car Sales, Sign of the Times, VMT, Chart Of The Day


UAW Annoyed With GM’s Mexican EVs

General Motors has decided its fifth electric vehicle facility should be in Mexico and has set aside $1 billion for its complex in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, Mexico. While a portion of the funds will go toward a new paint shop, the manufacturer also said the money would be used to prepare the site for EV […] The post UAW Annoyed With GM’s Mexican EVs appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Jobs, Unions, Mexico, General Motors, Industry, United States, Gm, Autos, Industry News, UAW, United Auto Workers, News Blog, Labor Union, Union News, Ramos Arizpe Coahuila Mexico


SEC Actually Will Investigate Volkswagen Over April Fools’ Prank

We began April talking about Volkswagen’s April Fool’s Day prank that went awry, and we end the month back on the same topic. Circle of life! We’re back on that topic because the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating what happened. We reported, way back at the beginning of the month, that the SEC might […] The post SEC Actually Will Investigate Volkswagen Over April Fools’ Prank appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Autos, SEC, Volkswagen, Securities And Exchange Commission, News Blog, April Fools' Day, Voltswagen


QOTD: Does Color Affect Resale Value?

Color counts when selling or buying a car. But which colors help or hurt? iSeeCars.com, a car search engine, performed exhaustive research on this topic, recently publishing the results. Their research confirms what we had heard previously from paint manufacturers. White, black, and silver are among the most popular colors. But that also means these colors […] The post QOTD: Does Color Affect Resale Value? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Marketing, Sales, Research, Used Cars, Autos, Colors, Trucks, SUVs, By The Numbers, Car Buying Tips, Vans, News Blog, New Car Sales, Analyst Grades, Question of the Day, Rare Rides


2022 Honda Civic Sedan Restores Dignity With New Exterior, Plenty of Updates

The 2022 Honda Civic sedan has finally arrived, donned in conservative body panels that make the automobile come across as more attractive and adult than its predecessor. While the tenth-generation model had a lot going for it, its appearance was quite polarizing. Honda designers created an angular buffet that made every Civic look as though […] The post 2022 Honda Civic Sedan Restores Dignity With New Exterior, Plenty of Updates appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Honda, Honda Civic, Civic, Sedans, News Blog, 2022 Honda Civic, 11th gen Civic, 11th Generation, Civic Sedan


2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63S: Ready to Rock

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63 S SUV is the only V8, biturbo-powered, compact SUV. According to Mercedes, it’ll do 0–60 mph in 3.6 seconds, which makes for a quick dash to the mini-mart. Combine AMG performance with Mercedes’ GLC SUV and what do you get? A GLC 63 S SUV powered by an AMG […] The post 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63S: Ready to Rock appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Technology, Germany, Marketing, Global, Eu, Luxury, Autos, Sales And Marketing, Engines, Mercedes-benz, Mercedes, New Cars, SUVs, Amg


Faraday Future Amazingly Still Active

Faraday Future hasn’t been making many headlines of late. But it remains an active business entity, surprisingly enough. On Thursday, it announced it had selected Velodyne Lidar Inc. as the exclusive supplier for the sensing/mapping hardware that’s going into its flagship FF91 EV. Faraday’s missteps have been so frequent and gargantuan, that it would be impossible […] The post Faraday Future Amazingly Still Active appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: FF, Industry, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Partnerships, Faraday Future, Industry News, News Blog, EV startups, Velodyne Lidar Inc, FF91, Blank Check, Tech Firms


QOTD: Youth Behind the Wheel

There I was the other day, driving down Chicago’s famed Lake Shore Dr., stuck in traffic, when I looked over to my right and saw a kid at the wheel who was almost certainly too young to be a licensed driver. He was supervised by an adult in the passenger seat, but the sight was […] The post QOTD: Youth Behind the Wheel appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Chicago, Autos, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day, Young Drivers, Youth Behind The Wheel


Elon Musk Takes Center Stage on Saturday Night Live

Billionaire Elon Musk will host “Saturday Night Live'” on May 8th, the comedy series announced last week. Known for his controversial, biting remarks, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO apparently did not win over any fans among the cast. Cast members were not happy with Musk’s invitation. Social media comments indicated their displeasure. The self-proclaimed techno […] The post Elon Musk Takes Center Stage on Saturday Night Live appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Technology, Media, Safety, Tesla, Quality, Green, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Saturday Night Live, Liability, Sales And Marketing, Hot Takes, Musk


Ford Spending $185 Million on New Battery R&D Center

On Tuesday, Ford Motor Co. said it would be putting $185 million toward the construction of a research and development site focused on electric vehicle battery development in southeast Michigan. The facility will be called Ford Ion Park and employ roughly 150 full-time employees that will be focusing on small-scale projects that it hopes might lead […] The post Ford Spending $185 Million on New Battery R&D Center appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Investments, Research and development, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Michigan, R&D, EVs, Ford Motor Co, News Blog, Ford Ion Park


Lotus Says Emira Will Be Its Last Gasoline Powered Model

Lotus Cars has announced that the Emira sports car will be its next and final internal combustion model as it prepares itself to become an exclusively electric brand. The historically British manufacturer says its Chinese owners, the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, are preparing a cash injection of $2.8 billion to swap to EVs and expand […] The post Lotus Says Emira Will Be Its Last Gasoline Powered Model appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Investments, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Lotus, EVs, Geely, News Blog, Lotus Cars, Battery Electric Vehicles, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, Emira


Tesla Stans Can’t Handle the Truth

Last week, we reported about a crash in the Houston area involving a Tesla Model S – a wreck in which authorities claim there was no one in the driver’s seat at the time of the impact. It’s unclear if the car was equipped with Tesla’s Autopilot autonomous-driving system, and it’s also unclear if the […] The post Tesla Stans Can’t Handle the Truth appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Elon Musk, Tesla, Rants, Editorials, Autos, Houston, Autopilot, Tesla Autopilot, News Blog, Tesla Crash


Auto Lobby Now Recommends Driver Monitoring Cameras

On Tuesday, the largest automotive lobbying group released a handful of safety guidelines related to driver monitoring for vehicles equipped with driver-assistance features. It’s pageantry designed to convince you and the rest of the world to embrace technologies that have already led to unsettling privacy violations. The Alliance for Automotive Innovation making recommendations for the industry is farcical because […] The post Auto Lobby Now Recommends Driver Monitoring Cameras appeared first o...
Tags: Technology, Privacy, Safety, Big Data, Government, Data, Industry, Editorials, Autos, Automotive Industry, Mobility, Self-driving Cars, Lobbying, AAI, Self Driving, News Blog


Honda Solidifies Its Existing Businesses

Honda Motor Company President Toshihiro Mibe’s first press conference, held April 23rd, was where he committed to solidifying Honda’s existing businesses. Honda is working to achieve carbon neutrality for all products and activities by 2050. Zero environmental impact not only for its products but their entire lifecycle. Areas of concentration include carbon neutrality, clean energy, […] The post Honda Solidifies Its Existing Businesses appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Technology, Media, Safety, Government, Global, Foreign Affairs, Green, Infrastructure, Motorcycles, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Clean Energy, Hydrogen, Honda, Electric Motorcycles


QOTD: Is the 2021 Rolls-Royce-Based Overdose Actually Overkill?

A Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith is already a limited production vehicle. German tuner Novitec, and its Spofec division, are modifying three of these cars for worldwide distribution. The question of the day is whether the Spofec Overdose Wraiths are overkill, or not? Gran Turismo, or GT, cars have a wide berth when it comes to […] The post QOTD: Is the 2021 Rolls-Royce-Based Overdose Actually Overkill? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Germany, Sales, Luxury, Autos, Gran Turismo, Export, Rolls-royce, Sales And Marketing, New Cars, Carbon Fiber, Tuner, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Exclusivity


Rental Car Demand Pushes Hawaiian Tourists Toward U-Haul

With car rentals crippled through 2020 as society collectively stopped traveling in response to the pandemic, businesses entered 2021 with the perfect excuse to charge exorbitant fees to lend out some of the cheapest vehicles on the market. Cities have it particularly bad as rental firms find themselves with a surplus of locals wanting to […] The post Rental Car Demand Pushes Hawaiian Tourists Toward U-Haul appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Industry, Hawaii, Autos, Rental Car, Fleet, Industry News, News Blog, Pandemic, Supply And Demand, U-Haul, Rental Fleets, COVID, Auto Rental


Canadians Using Cabs to Avoid Quarantine Restrictions

With Ontario embracing some of the strictest lockdown restrictions in the West and giving the police force carte blanche when it comes to enforcing public health, many Canadians have told us they’re not exactly enthralled with the idea of notifying their government that they’ve been out of the country. This is doubly true if they’ve […] The post Canadians Using Cabs to Avoid Quarantine Restrictions appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Government, Canada, Border, Autos, Taxi, Cabs, Ontario, Border Security, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Border Crossing, COVID


QOTD: Change the World’s Climate by 2030 or Just Talk About It?

The world’s climate has been centerstage the last two days. President Biden and other world leaders have vowed to reduce global warming by making drastic changes. Will they follow through? At the 2015 Paris climate accord, then-President Obama set greenhouse gas reduction at half what Biden has proposed. Former President Trump, Obama’s successor, did little […] The post QOTD: Change the World’s Climate by 2030 or Just Talk About It? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Asia, Europe, Japan, UK, Technology, Obama, Congress, Climate Change, Government, China, Germany, Global, Eu, Green, Infrastructure, Canada



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