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Toyota Prius C to Bite the Dust, Pass Torch

Toyota’s Prius C, introduced in North America in 2012, was a good idea that didn’t generate much consumer (or reviewer) acclaim. As an entry-level hybrid slotted below the Prius and wagony Prius V, the Prius C was no powerhorse. Its 1.5-liter four-cylinder/electric motor combo cranked out a combined 99 horsepower, a figure that still stands […] The post Toyota Prius C to Bite the Dust, Pass Torch appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Production, Autos, Toyota, North America, Hybrids, News Blog, Prius C, Toyota Prius C, Discontinuation

Will Honda Build a Modern Cafe Racer, Too?

Sticking With the Trends We just reported on the fact that Suzuki filed a patent for a cafe racer, and now it seems that Honda could be working on a similar motorcycle. According to the Japanese publication Young Machine, Honda will consider bringing back the GB series of bikes in the form of a modern cafe racer.  As RideApart notes, the GB bikes were Japan’s attempt at they’re own British bikes. GB basically equals Great Britan, get it? Well, we got a few of those bikes here in North America, ...
Tags: Japan, Motorcycles, Honda, North America, Suzuki, Young Machine, Great Britan, Young Machine Honda

The Ford Focus ST Americans Can’t Have Looks Great

Europe invented the hot hatch, so perhaps it’s fitting that the Ford Focus ST lives on in that market. But we’d be lying if we said we were happy about it — especially after hearing just how good the next-generation model is shaping up to be. While Ford nixed the model in North America, part […] The post The Ford Focus ST Americans Can’t Have Looks Great appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Ford, Autos, North America, Ford Motor Co, Ford Focus, Focus ST, Ford Focus ST, News Blog, Hot Hatch, 2019 Ford Focus ST

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

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

2020 BMW 7 Series: The Big Boss Gets The Flagship Overhaul

The 2020 BMW 7 Series is the epitome of flagship styling and comfort. An extensive offering of new technology includes a night vision system.  Expect more powerful engines and a plug-in hybrid option.  I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t the new 8 Series the BMW flagship? Not a chance. The 2020 BMW 7 Series is coming to town, and it’s here to show other BMWs who the real boss is. The new 7 Series is a far cry from being a just another traditional luxury-sport sedan. Although previous models wer...
Tags: Autos, Bmw, North America, Dakota, Car News, Car Talk, BMW of North America LLC, Alvin Reyes, Lancer GSR, Heated Front Seat Armrests, Alcantara Headliner, Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package, Executive Lounge Rear Center Console

QOTD: A Solution for FCA’s Future?

A dated product lineup, questionable fuel economy across the board, a general need for some reworking. These are all issues with Fiat Chrysler’s offerings in North America. Today we’ll try and come up with some solutions. Today’s topic was generated by news yesterday of the $77 million in penalties FCA paid to the NHTSA, as its […] The post QOTD: A Solution for FCA’s Future? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Fca, Autos, North America, Fiat Chrysler, Nhtsa

Junkyard Find: 1978 Toyota Truck

The Toyota Hilux pickup truck first hit the streets in 1968, shoving aside flimsier trucks based on the Corona and Crown within a few years. While the Hilux (or “Hylux”) name got a bit of marketing use by Toyota in North America, this truck was known here as, simply, the Truck. I found this well-worn-but-unrusted […] The post Junkyard Find: 1978 Toyota Truck appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Truck, Toyota, North America, Denver, 1970s, Toyota Hilux, Corona, Hilux, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era, 1978

Open Letter to Suzuki – A Road Map to Bring the Jimny to America

(The following is an open letter from contributor Seth Parks, who, like many of us, holds a special fondness for the rugged little Suzuki Jimny – a vehicle available almost everywhere … except North America. We’ve added photos for your viewing pleasure.) Dear Mr. Takuya Sato, As EVP of Suzuki Motor of America, you are […] The post Open Letter to Suzuki – A Road Map to Bring the Jimny to America appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: America, Editorials, Autos, North America, Overseas, SUVs, Suzuki, Seth Parks, Suzuki Jimny, Jimny, Takuya Sato, Suzuki Motor of America

Despite Big North American Earnings, Barra Says GM Plants Have to Go

Despite a year-over-year sales drop in the fourth quarter of 2018, a higher average transaction price spurred by growth in high-margin vehicle sales in North America returned better than expected Q4 earnings for General Motors. The company’s strong showing comes as its overseas ventures sank and headwinds gathered at home and abroad; mainly, predictions of […] The post Despite Big North American Earnings, Barra Says GM Plants Have to Go appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Jobs, General Motors, Profit, Gm, Autos, Earnings, North America, New Cars, High Finance, Plant Closures, Big North American Earnings Barra

Get Ready for the KTM 690 Enduro R and 690 SMC R This Spring

Two Awesome Bikes One Difficult Choice KTM recently announced the release of the KTM 690 Enduro R and the 690 SMC R for the North American market this spring. The bikes add to the company’s already stellar lineup of road bikes. Both bikes are similar in many respects but offer some different equipment that sets them apart. First, we’ll focus on the things that both models have. The engine is at the top of the list. It’s a 690cc single-cylinder that KTM says is the most powerful production singl...
Tags: Motorcycles, North America, KTM, Motorcycle News, KTM 690 Enduro R, KTM 690 SMC R

Will the Aborted Mazda 2 Line Finally Make It Here in Full?

It’s already half here. The Toyota Yaris sedan, formerly the Scion iA, is the rebadged twin of the subcompact Mazda launched in Montreal in 2015. You’ll note that Mazda does not sell a second-generation 2 in North America, making that launch a relatively pointless endeavor for the automaker. Now that Toyota has gone ahead and […] The post Will the Aborted Mazda 2 Line Finally Make It Here in Full? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Toyota, North America, Montreal, Mazda, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, Toyota Yaris, Subcompact Cars, Mazda 2

Toyota’s 2019 Super Bowl Spot “Toni” Challenges Perceptions

returns to the 2019 Super Bowl with a spotlight on two game-changers - the all-new 2019 RAV4 HV (RAV4 Hybrid) and powerhouse female football player Antoinette “Toni” Harris. The Super Bowl spot, which will appear toward the end of the second quarter, features the 2019 RAV4 HV (XSE HV grade, specifically), a hybrid that will defy expectations and redefine what it means to be a hybrid. Performance-wise, the 2019 RAV4 HV is truly the no-compromise crossover sport utility vehicle thanks to its enh...
Tags: Featured, Advertising, Automotive, Toyota, North America, Jim Nantz, Detroit, Zenith, HARRIS, Toni, Saatchi Saatchi, Antoinette, Super Bowl Ad, Ed Laukes, Joe Pytka, Gloria J

Ohvale GP-0 Represents the Best of Mini-Moto Racing

Get Out On the Track Mini-moto racing is a great way to get on a racetrack. If you want to dominate, you should get an Ohvale GP-0 model. The bikes are available in the U.S. and are totally badass. The guys over at Asphalt and Rubber called our attention to these cool minibikes designed for track use. Ohvale is an Italian company. It designs and builds the bikes, which are then imported by an American company called Rise Moto. Ohvale’s top-dog model is the GP-0 190. It’s a four-strok...
Tags: Motorcycles, North America, Motorcycle News, Minibike, Ohvale GP-0, Mini-moto Racing, Ohvale, Moto Ohvale

Supra Vs. Z4: The Fine Line Between Toyota & BMW Sports Cars

The 2020 Toyota Supra is destined for greatness. But there’s a problem. The BMW Z4 M40i is basically the same car albeit with a more powerful motor. Which begs the question: when is a Toyota sports car not a BMW? Where does one end and the other begin? The much anticipated hype is over. In the immortal words of my colleague Tony Borroz, it’s time to stop frothing at the mouth since the 2020 Toyota Supra is finally here. And boy, what a journey it has been, huh? I’m pretty sure Toyota did ev...
Tags: Porsche, Autos, Fiat, Toyota, Bmw, North America, Subaru, Mazda, Supra, GTE, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, Toyota Supra, Car News, Car Talk, Tony Borroz, BMW of North America LLC

2019 BMW Z4: Turbo 4s & Straight 6s All Day

The 2019 BMW Z4 features two new engines, one of which is nearly 400 horsepower.  With a 50:50 weight distribution, curb weight comes in at 3,443 lbs.; GVW is 4,092 lbs. The electrically-operated soft top can be opened in ten seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. BMW is touting their latest Z4 roadster, fitting since it shares a lot of bits and pieces with the current show-stealer, Toyota’s new Supra. As hot and anticipated as that Supra is, it is best not to overlook what BMW is doing. It’s never a...
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Bmw, North America, Supra, Car News, Tony Borroz, BMW of North America LLC, Fuel Tank Capacity

Infiniti's Concept Car Was a Big EyesOn Design Awards Winner at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

Japanese automakers Infiniti and Lexus raked in four of the five coveted honors in the 13th annual EyesOn Design Awards, while Ford Motor Co. took home Best Production Vehicle for one its 2020 muscle cars. The awards—presented Jan. 15 at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit—involved an all-star panel of global automotive designers from industry, academia and independent design studios, who walked the show to assess this year's crop of stunning concept and production...
Tags: Design, China, Germany, India, Cars, Ford, North America, Pasadena, Detroit, Detroit Auto Show, Pininfarina, Ford Motor Co, Sahara, Cobo Center, Ford Mustang Shelby, Dio

Tesla to cut workforce by 7% and focus on Model 3 production

Tesla is cutting 7% of its full-time workforce. The company disclosed the headcount reduction in an update emailed to all employees and also posted to its website. In the email, CEO Elon Musk says the focus must be on delivering “at least the mid-range Model 3 variant in all markets”. He also warns those employees not set to be axed that there are “many companies that can offer a better work-life balance, because they are larger and more mature or in industries that are not so voraciously compet...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Elon Musk, US, Tech, Tesla, Earth, Automotive, North America, Cnbc, Musk, GAAP, Powerwall

Will the Subaru BRZ Survive If Toyota Nixes the 86?

News of the Toyota Supra’s four-cylinder engine, currently relegated to the Japanese market, bolstered media assumptions that the base model could eventually replace the 86 coupe in North America. While that’s a bit of a stretch, especially considering The Japan Times says a second-generation 86 is rumored to in the works for 2021, sales of the model […] The post Will the Subaru BRZ Survive If Toyota Nixes the 86? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Toyota, North America, Japan Times, Subaru BRZ, News Blog, Discontinued Models, Product Planning, Toyota 86, Sports Coupes

QOTD: After GM Pulls ‘Real People’ Ad, What Do You Want to See In a Car Commercial?

As a blizzard bears down on a still unidentified swath of eastern North America, we can all take comfort in knowing General Motors has pulled one of its annoying “Real People” commercials from rotation. Small mercies. The ad, which stated Chevrolet was a more reliable brand than Toyota, Honda, and Ford, rankled its rivals and […] The post QOTD: After GM Pulls ‘Real People’ Ad, What Do You Want to See In a Car Commercial? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Ford, Gm, Autos, North America, Chevrolet, Qotd, Toyota Honda, News Blog, Question of the Day, Real People

Junkyard Find: 1999 Ford Contour SVT

Over the decades since the 1960s, the Detroit car companies have tried their best to make dollars selling their Euro-market cars in North America, with varying degrees of success. Ford did tolerably well with the Capri and Fiesta over here, then raked in little American-market income with the Merkur XR4Ti and got bombed, Dresden-style, with Merkur […] The post Junkyard Find: 1999 Ford Contour SVT appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Ford, Autos, North America, Detroit, SVT, Denver, Dresden, 1990s, 1999, Contour, Fiesta, Merkur, Ford Mondeo, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard

GM is transforming Cadillac into an electric brand

General Motors is turning Cadillac into its lead electric vehicle brand in a bid to compete against Tesla as well as a host of other automakers bringing EVs onto the market. Plans are already underway to introduce the first model from the company’s new battery electric vehicle architecture, GM said Friday during an investor meeting. GM said this new BEV architecture will be the foundation for an advanced family of “profitable EVs,” a  word choice  likely meant to express the automaker’s convi...
Tags: Electric Vehicle, Europe, Cars, Tech, General-motors, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Ford, Transport, Gm, Automotive Industry, Bolt, North America, Chevrolet, Nissan

WBW Motorcycle Preview: 2019 KTM 790 Adventure R

KTM’s New ADV Class Game Changer I spent the last two days at the Calgary Motorcycle Show gawking longingly at what is slated to be my next motorcycle. I put a deposit down on one back in November without even knowing the price or having seen it in person. Am I completely nuts? Crazy like a fox as it turns out! When the confirmed production bike specs were released in November 2018 at EICMA along with welcomed news of 2019 availability the situation escalated into high gear at my local dealersh...
Tags: Germany, Austria, Motorcycles, Bmw, North America, Preview, Calgary, Greg, Phillips, Dalton, KTM, Corbin, Dempster, Kiska, EICMA, Chris Birch

After over a million pre-orders, Amazon’s Echo Auto has begun to ship

At Amazon’s event in September, the company announced the Echo Auto, an aftermarket product designed to bring Alexa to cars. But the device has remained in pre-order status, even as other products also unveiled at the same event — like the Fire TV Recast, AmazonBasics microwave and various Echo devices for the home — went on sale and shipped to customers. The Echo Auto, meanwhile, is still only available on an invite-only basis. But Amazon confirmed to TechCrunch that it has begun to ship the de...
Tags: Amazon, Auto, Echo, Europe, Hardware, Cars, Tech, Automotive, North America, Alexa, Bloomberg Amazon, CES 2019, Echo Auto, Amazon 's Echo Auto, Transportation at CES 2019, Steve Rabuchin VP Alexa

Torc Robotics and Transdev are launching autonomous shuttles to deliver people to public transit

Self-driving technology company Torc Robotics is partnering with Transdev, the public transportation giant, to deploy fully autonomous electric shuttles designed to provide free connections to existing transit like trains and buses. The companies, which made the announcement Monday at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, are integrating Torc’s self-driving software stack and sensor suite into an autonomous shuttle known as i-Cristal that was unveiled earlier this year by Transdev and French manufacturer...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Automation, Las Vegas, Self-driving Cars, North America, Robotics, AAA, Rouen, Chrysler Pacifica, Massy, Asimov, Transdev, Cristal

Rare Rides: Control Yourself With the 1985 Isuzu Impulse

Today’s Rare Ride has brown paint, a tweedy tan interior, and super rad 1980s Italian design. Think you can control your Impulses? Okay, no more puns. Known elsewhere as the Piazza, Isuzu’s new rear-drive coupe debuted as the Impulse in North America for 1983. Impulse was a direct replacement for the Giugiaro-designed luxury 117 Coupe, […] The post Rare Rides: Control Yourself With the 1985 Isuzu Impulse appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, North America, Giugiaro, Isuzu Impulse, Piazza Isuzu

The Full 2019 Indian Motorcycle Lineup Announced

America’s First Motorcycle Company Sets Its Latest Lineup Indian Motorcycle solidified its lineup for 2019, and soon those bikes will be rumbling to dealerships across the nation. The company breaks its lineup down like this: FTR 1200, Midsize, Cruiser, Bagger, and Touring. There’s further delineation from there. The FTR 1200 line consists of the standard FTR 1200 and the FTR 1200 S. The Midsize line is all about the Scout and consists of the Scout Sixty, Scout, and Scout Bobber. The Cruiser li...
Tags: America, Motorcycles, North America, Indian, Polaris, Harley, BAGGER, Motorcycle News, Indian motorcycles, First Motorcycle Company, Scout Sixty Scout

5 Motorcycle Industry Predictions for 2019

Let the New Year Begin As 2019 kicks off, I thought I’d put together a list of predictions for the upcoming months. Most of these are pulled straight out of my noggin without much to back them up. With that said, I pay attention to the motorcycle industry closely, and I think they may have some merit. Without further ado, here are my predictions for 2019. 1. Someone Will Buy Ducati Image from Ducati There have been numerous rumors of other companies possibly acquiring Ducati. The latest ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Ducati, States, Honda, North America, Predictions, Harley, VW Group, KTM, Janus, Motorcycle News, 2019, Harley Davidson Harley Davidson, Janus Motorcycles, Etergo, Motorcycle Industry

Officially Official: Land Rover Defender Returning to North America

On Thursday, Jaguar Land Rover announced that an all-new Defender SUV will be sold in the United States and Canada come 2020. “On behalf of Land Rover and our retailers, we are proud to announce the voices of American and Canadian customers have been heard: the all-new Defender will be for sale here starting in […] The post Officially Official: Land Rover Defender Returning to North America appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Canada, United States, Testing, Autos, Jaguar Land Rover, Announcements, Land Rover, North America, Land Rover Defender, Off-road, JLR, News Blog, Off-roading, premium SUVs

Land Rover Announces All-New 2020 Defender

The redesigned classic utility vehicle will also make its way to North America While not as good as getting one for the holidays, Land Rover has officially announced the long expected news that the all-new next generation Defender will debut in 2019 as a 2020 model year. Better yet, they’ve confirmed that the car will be sold in North America. The iconic vehicle maintained its …
Tags: Design, Cars, Land Rover, North America, SUVs, Land Rover Defender, Defender

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