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Housekeeping: Happy Masked Fourth of July, America

This year is a bit different. If you plan on celebrating the birth of your nation by blowing up a small part of it (still one of my favorite Simpsons lines), you best be doing it with a mask on and socially distanced from anyone you don’t live with. That’s because the world is still in […] The post Housekeeping: Happy Masked Fourth of July, America appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: America, Autos, Housekeeping, Fourth of July, News Blog, Coronavirus


One Year Only: Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

Dodge continues to parade its buffet of power ahead of the July 4th weekend, announcing the most aggressive versions of its coupe, sedan, and SUV. While the 2021 Dodge Durango lineup happens to be last we’ll cover, we wouldn’t consider it the least important — especially in regard to sales. Most transactions will come via the standard Durango […] The post One Year Only: Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Fca, Autos, Dodge, Durango, Hellcat, Dodge Durango, News Blog, SRT, Fiat Chrysler Autombiles, Durango SRT Hellcat


Supersonic Sedan: Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye

You’ve probably never looked at the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and thought to yourself, “There’s no way I’m going to buy that thing until the factory makes one with 797 horsepower and a stop speed of 203 mph.” Those are figures best left to high-end exotics even rich people rarely drive, not the plebeian family sedan. Besides, […] The post Supersonic Sedan: Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Fca, Autos, Charger, Dodge, Hellcat, News Blog, SRT, Fiat. Chrysler, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye


Fiat Chrysler to Workers: We’ll Decide When Our Plants Shut Down, Thank You

Despite new health measures incorporating physical distancing, barriers, and personal protective equipment, working on a factory floor is undoubtedly a tense experience for many these days. That certainly seems to be the case at Fiat Chrysler, which issued a warning to its hourly workers over the weekend. As reported by Bloomberg, the warning comes after […] The post Fiat Chrysler to Workers: We’ll Decide When Our Plants Shut Down, Thank You appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Bloomberg, Production, Fca, Autos, Fiat Chrysler, Workplace Safety, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, Coronavirus


Summer Madness: Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock

Despite being an Italian-American company that will soon align itself with France’s PSA Group, Fiat Chrysler can still be unabashedly American whenever it lets Dodge off the leash. By adhering to the tenets of what (once) made domestic vehicles great, Dodge has bet the farm on providing quality family transportation that can be outfitted with more […] The post Summer Madness: Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: France, Muscle cars, Fca, Autos, Dodge, Hemi, Challenger, News Blog, V8, SRT, Supercharged, Super Stock, Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock, PSA Group Fiat Chrysler


Tesla Now the Earth’s Most Valuable Automaker

With the automotive industry seeing losses across the board, most investors could do nothing but watch in horror as sales reports showed the post-lockdown recovery had not yet begun. But there was a faction that ignored the carnage taking place around them and continued to pump money into their preferred auto brand until it became […] The post Tesla Now the Earth’s Most Valuable Automaker appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Elon Musk, Tesla, Share Price, Autos, Stocks, Toyota, Tesla Motors, Market Cap, News Blog, Tesla Stock


Adventures in Marketing: Looks Like B-Day Is Actually a Thing

Ford’s not calling it that, but the marketing push surrounding the debut of the new-generation Bronco on July 13th is looking a lot like a joke your author has tossed about the past few weeks. The sheer amount of prime-time programming space purchased on the Disney Media Network’s ABC, ESPN, and National Geographic channels — […] The post Adventures in Marketing: Looks Like B-Day Is Actually a Thing appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Advertising, Marketing, Ford, Autos, National Geographic, Ford Bronco, Bronco, ABC ESPN, News Blog, Product Planning, Adventures In Marketing, Disney Media Network


Seeing Red: U.S. Auto Sales, Q2 2020

In what might be the most blindingly obvious statement ever to be made in this august publication, the second quarter of 2020 was an absolute disaster for vehicle sales. Under the withering gaze of a global pandemic, the nation’s car dealers were awash in red ink — and the bitter tears of various dealer principals. […] The post Seeing Red: U.S. Auto Sales, Q2 2020 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, America, United States, Autos, Car Sales, News Blog, U.S. auto sales, High Finance, Auto Dealerships, Coronavirus


QOTD: The Best and the Worst?

As you read in the previous post, Lincoln has finally admitted what everyone by now knew — that the Continental’s days are numbered. The marque plans to shelve the model after pulling the plug on production at the end of the year. Big sedans have all the appeal of an uncontrolled cough in a crowded […] The post QOTD: The Best and the Worst? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: History, Autos, Lincoln, Continental, Qotd, Lincoln Continental, News Blog, Question of the Day


End of the Line, Again, for the Lincoln Continental

For the third and perhaps last time, Lincoln will cease production of the Continental. The discontinuation of the slow-selling sedan at the end of 2020 was confirmed late Wednesday by Automotive News and quickly backed up by a statement from Lincoln, though the news was something we’ve expected for quite some time. It was foretold […] The post End of the Line, Again, for the Lincoln Continental appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: History, Production, Heritage, Ford, Autos, Lincoln, Continental, Lincoln Continental, Automotive News, News Blog, Discontinuation


Probing Continues at Volkswagen, Continental

German prosecutors have incorporated Continental into a probe aimed at determining whether Volkswagen Group cheated on emissions testing. While confessing to the crime in the United States years earlier is a fairly good indication of corporate guilt, Germany wants to make extra sure VW was in the wrong and has branched out its investigation to include […] The post Probing Continues at Volkswagen, Continental appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Germany, United States, Vw, Investigations, Autos, Volkswagen, Diesel, Emissions, Continental, Dieselgate, Volkswagen Group, News Blog, Probes, Criminal Probes, Volkswagen Continental


Mark Wahlberg Acquires Another Dealership in Ohio

Automotive retail magnate and part-time actor Mark Wahlberg has obtained another car dealership in Columbus (which may be renamed “Flavortown”), Ohio. After having partnered with longtime friend and business associate Jay Feldman to scoop up Bobby Layman (now Mark Wahlberg) Chevrolet in 2018, the duo said they eventually hoped to expand their auto businesses. Feldman already owned a swath of […] The post Mark Wahlberg Acquires Another Dealership in Ohio appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Mark Wahlberg, Autos, Ohio, Columbus, Celebrity News, Dealerships, Feldman, News Blog, Dealer News, Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet, Flavortown Ohio, Jay Feldman, Bobby Layman


2022 Volkswagen Tiguan – Refreshed CUV to Arrive… Eventually

Volkswagen just revealed the new Tiguan. For next year. Why did the brand take the virtual wraps off the refreshed version of the Tiguan a year and a half before it goes on sale here, as a 2022 model? Because Europe gets it first. It goes on sale there “shortly.” Might as well just gather […] The post 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan – Refreshed CUV to Arrive… Eventually appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Autos, Volkswagen, New Cars, Future Cars, News Blog, Tiguan, Volkswagen Tiguan, 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan


Annoyment Optional: BMW Envisions a Future of Temporary Features

The future’s weird, man. As wireless, over-the-air (OVA) software updates become an increasingly common thing in the auto industry, OEMs have weighed its potential. It opens doors to new ways of doing business. New ways of outfitting cars. New ownership experiences, too. Frankly, what BMW wants to pull on its customers would make a good […] The post Annoyment Optional: BMW Envisions a Future of Temporary Features appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Autos, Bmw, Options, News Blog, Over-the-air Updates, Tech Services


The Hero We Need: Consumer Access to Repair Coalition

When it comes to activism, it’s best to choose your battles carefully. Fortunately, there aren’t too many causes within the auto industry and most are easy to get behind. Even though environmental activists sometimes find themselves at odds with reality, their hearts are usually the right place, and they’ve encouraged automakers to try new and […] The post The Hero We Need: Consumer Access to Repair Coalition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Laws, Privacy, Repairs, Big Data, Government, Data, Personal Data, Autos, Automotive Industry, Consumer Advocacy, OEMS, News Blog, Aftermarket, Right To Repair, Repair Coalition


SUV Plant to Remain Open After GM Rebuffs UAW Request

If you’ve visited an airport recently, you probably heard on CNN that cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in jurisdictions that largely escaped the earlier wave. Against this backdrop, General Motors came under pressure this week to cease operations at its Arlington, Texas assembly plant. Home to four full-size SUV models currently undergoing a […] The post SUV Plant to Remain Open After GM Rebuffs UAW Request appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Texas, General Motors, Cnn, Production, Gm, Autos, Chevrolet, ARLINGTON Texas, UAW, Arlington Assembly, News Blog, Coroanvirus


2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Review – Incognito Prius Alternative

Add the Toyota Corolla to the list of nameplates that were accused of losing the plot in recent years, before being righted — at least partially — by a redesign or refresh. We’ve talked about this with the Nissan Altima (and Sentra, and Versa), as well as other vehicles. Now, it’s the Toyota’s turn. I […] The post 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Review – Incognito Prius Alternative appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Car Reviews, Green Cars, Hybrids, New Cars, Corolla, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Altima, News Blog, 2020 Toyota Corolla, 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid, Corolla Hybrid, Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Review


From Canada, With Displacement: Ford’s Largest Gas V8 Arrives As a Crate Engine

North of the border, Wednesday dawned on a country celebrating a significantly less festive, no-touch national holiday. No fireworks and crowds on this COVID-y Canada Day, just locals lighting them off from the roofs of walk-ups in your author’s humble neighborhood. The “crowd” outside the Burger King hasn’t grown or shrunk in size (and remains […] The post From Canada, With Displacement: Ford’s Largest Gas V8 Arrives As a Crate Engine appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Canada, Ford, Autos, Engines, News Blog, Crate Engines


The Safety Innovation That Put Volvo on the Map Is Behind Its Largest Recall

To be fair, three-point seat belts didn’t exactly set American consumers on fire back in 1959, but the innovation eventually caught on, becoming the industry’s dominant passive restraint. Yet even safety features can contain safety defects, which is why Volvo Cars is embarking on its largest recall to date. The (Chinese-owned) Swedish automaker has announced […] The post The Safety Innovation That Put Volvo on the Map Is Behind Its Largest Recall appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Quality, Recalls, Autos, Volvo, Volvo Cars, News Blog


Not You Too, Subaru!

Everyone’s doing it, and now it seems Subaru has joined the maddening crowd of sales reporting conformity. Not long ago, Subaru, like most every other automaker, reported its sales totals on a monthly basis. And why wouldn’t it? The previous decade saw the brand’s popularity expand massively in the U.S., with volume up not on […] The post Not You Too, Subaru! appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Autos, Subaru, News Blog, Conformity, Sales Reporting


2021 Kia K5: Pour One Out for the Optima, Then Forget

The name Americans have come to associate with Kia’s midsize family sedan is dead, but you probably knew that already. Hopefully you’ve recovered. On Tuesday, Kia pulled the wraps off the U.S.-market K5, the automaker’s replacement for the long-running Optima (which carried the Magentis name in Canada until 2010). Riding atop a third-generation N3 platform, […] The post 2021 Kia K5: Pour One Out for the Optima, Then Forget appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Canada, Autos, K5, Engines, Kia, New Cars, News Blog, Product Planning, Midsize Sedans, Kia K5, 2021 Kia K5


Badger Begins: Nikola Now Taking Reservations

Early adopters willing to toss cash at an exciting idea have been the lifeblood of modern-day electric vehicles. Without investors believing in Tesla and cramming its sweet cheeks full of cash, it never would have gotten to a point where it could actually manufacture cars. The same is true for the thousands of people dropping […] The post Badger Begins: Nikola Now Taking Reservations appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Fuel Cell, Hydrogen power, EVs, News Blog, BEVs, Trevor Milton, Electric Pickup, ZEVs, EV startups, Nikola Motor, Nikola Corporation


Style King Bentley Bentayga Goes In for a Facelift

If you detected a whiff of sarcasm in that headline, your nose wasn’t off. Yes, style and beauty is entirely subjective, but the range-topping Bentley Bentayga has never found itself at the top of any writer’s sexiest-dressed list. And that’s okay! It’s big, it’s bold, and it sells, so Bentley naturally loves anything that generates […] The post Style King Bentley Bentayga Goes In for a Facelift appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Luxury, Autos, Bentley, New Cars, SUVs, Bentley Bentayga, News Blog, Bentayga, Product Planning


Uber In Negotiations to Purchase Postmates

Uber Technologies is reportedly in negotiations to acquire Postmates, specifically for the purpose of incorporating the brand’s food-delivery services into Uber Eats and cashing in government lockdowns that look to ensure 2020 remains a perfectly dismal year. Our collective loss may end up being Uber’s gain, however. With constraints easing in most regions, ridership is […] The post Uber In Negotiations to Purchase Postmates appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Uber, Autos, Food Delivery, Postmates, Uber Eats, Uber Technologies Inc, GrubHub, News Blog, Business Deals


Plug Pulled: Byton Suspends Production, Plans Reorganization

Chinese electric car startup Byton will reportedly idle production next month as it attempts to reorganize itself. While the coronavirus emerged as a villain in this play, the issues confronting Byton actually seem pretty dire. The company isn’t just idling factories to address a health crisis, it’s shutting things down for six months while it […] The post Plug Pulled: Byton Suspends Production, Plans Reorganization appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Electric Vehicles, Autos, News Blog, Automotive startups, Restructuring, EV startups, Chinese Companies, Byton, M-Byte, Production Stall


Revisiting No-Fan NASCAR

A while back, I penned a piece describing my mixed feelings about NASCAR running without fans during the pandemic. Now, a few weeks on, I have a bit more clarity. I was worried that even with NASCAR’s safety protocols in place, the coronavirus might spread among crew. I was also worried about contact between the […] The post Revisiting No-Fan NASCAR appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Rants, Editorials, Autos, Nascar, News Blog, Coronavirus


Musk to Toiling Masses: Greater Yields Mean Victory!

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is reportedly cracking the whip again, spurring his company’s workforce into a frenzy of car-building as the end of the second quarter looms. After posting a surprising first-quarter profit in early April, Tesla warned that the full weight of the coronavirus pandemic — and related lockdowns and sales implosion — would land […] The post Musk to Toiling Masses: Greater Yields Mean Victory! appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Elon Musk, Sales, Tesla, Production, Autos, News Blog, High Finance


After the Gold Rush: Rolls-Royce Ready to Embrace Minimalism

We’ve covered how mainstream automakers rose to the coronavirus challenge ad nauseum, but what about companies whose customers dream of rich mahogany and yachting off Cannes all night? Well, just like a Silicon Valley tech mogul, Rolls-Royce spent these past few months reflecting, peering deep within its soul, all to learn how to become a […] The post After the Gold Rush: Rolls-Royce Ready to Embrace Minimalism appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Luxury, Autos, Silicon Valley, Rolls Royce, Cannes, Consumer Demand, News Blog, Bespoke, Buyer Preferences


Ford Ranger Packages Aim for Off-Roadability, but There’s Power to Be Had, Too

If you’re in the market for a midsize pickup and possess an irresistible urge to tackle the worst terrain you can find, chances are the most rugged variants of Chevy’s Colorado and Toyota’s Tacoma top your list of maybes. Ford would like a word. The Ranger didn’t enter the segment with the brawniest hardware in […] The post Ford Ranger Packages Aim for Off-Roadability, but There’s Power to Be Had, Too appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Accessories, Colorado, Ford, Autos, Toyota, Chevy, Trucks, Engines, Ranger, Tacoma, Off-road, Ford Performance, Ford Ranger, News Blog, Midsize Pickups, Equipment Packages


Ford to Honda: Hey, Wait Up!

On the same day that it encouraged fans to follow it on Instagram for sexy Bronco teasing, Ford Motor Company announced it will pull advertising from all social media platforms for a period of 30 days. As you read here roughly nine minutes ago, Ford’s move comes after Honda did exactly the same. The automakers, […] The post Ford to Honda: Hey, Wait Up! appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Ford, Autos, Honda, Ford Motor Company, News Blog



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