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More Dealer Drama from Cadillac and the China Connection [Updated: Cadillac Responds]

Cadillac told U.S. and Chinese dealers they will each need to invest at least $200,000 on electric vehicle chargers and staff training to continue selling the brand’s products after 2022. The message was communicated to dealerships on Wednesday via video messages from Rory Harvey, the luxury brand’s vice president of sales, service and marketing. Cadillac […] The post More Dealer Drama from Cadillac and the China Connection [Updated: Cadillac Responds] appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Sales, General Motors, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Sales And Marketing, EVs, Cadillac, News Blog, Dealer News, Chinese Market, North American market, Dealer Upgrades, Cadillac Responds, Rory Harvey


LAPD’s Green Fleet Goes Back On Sale

In 2014, Mayor Eric Garcetti wanted to show Los Angeles that he would take an active role in spearheading “environmental justice,” announcing several initiatives to combat the city’s notorious air pollution. One of those efforts involved transitioning government-owned fleets towards battery power and hybridization. By the following year, the LAPD announced it was ready to […] The post LAPD’s Green Fleet Goes Back On Sale appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Government, Sales, Los Angeles, Going Green, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Bmw, Lapd, Eric Garcetti, Bmw I3, BMW Group, Green Fleet, News Blog, BEVs, Green initiatives


Cash for Clunkers: Spanish Citizens Roll Out a Very Different Kind of Program

It’s not so much a program as it is a trend. In Spain, which is currently enduring a second blow from a very resilient coronavirus, people are shunning public transit like their life depends on it. It very well could. What to do? Simple — search classifieds and backyard sheds for any old heap that’s […] The post Cash for Clunkers: Spanish Citizens Roll Out a Very Different Kind of Program appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Sales, Spain, Transit, Car Buying, Autos, News Blog, Old cars, Coronavirus


As Pickups Grow in Popularity in China, GM Eyes a Major Role

The General Motors name might be synonymous with SUVs and pickups in North America, especially after the automaker’s recent passenger car cull, but the Chinese market mostly associates it with SUVs and a bevy of cars. GM apparently wants that to change. Government documents reveal The General is interested in getting the go-ahead for a […] The post As Pickups Grow in Popularity in China, GM Eyes a Major Role appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Sales, General Motors, Gm, Emerging Markets, Autos, North America, Trucks, Overseas, GM China, News Blog, Product Planning


Glass Half Full: Subaru’s Halfhearted Sales Celebration in a Time of COVID

It hasn’t been a normal year, and all the plans you and I and even Subaru had for 2020 have more or less fallen flat. This year will not see the Japanese automaker grow its volume over 2019 levels. Targets set in the Before Times will not be met. So why worry? Celebrate what you […] The post Glass Half Full: Subaru’s Halfhearted Sales Celebration in a Time of COVID appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Autos, Subaru, Inventory, News Blog, Coronavirus


Volkswagen Reportedly Allows Passat to Live

When we last checked in on the Volkswagen Passat, the manufacturer was rumored to be considering removing the model from its production lineup. Jetta’s bigger brother failed to garner much attention after its last update, and it just so happens to exist within a vehicle segment that has has seen far better days. Combine that […] The post Volkswagen Reportedly Allows Passat to Live appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Sales, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Volkswagen, EVs, Volkswagen Passat, Sedans, News Blog, Product Planning, Passat, Future Models, 9th Gen, B9


Report: Sun to Set on Mini Cooper Drop-top

Going topless is becoming increasingly difficult for new car buyers. Soon, the only convertibles on the North American market will be dedicated sports cars, and there’ll be precious few of those, too. This depressing statement stems from a report that claims the next-generation Mini Cooper will say goodbye to its convertible variant, leaving the brand […] The post Report: Sun to Set on Mini Cooper Drop-top appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Production, Autos, Mini, Convertibles, Mini Cooper, News Blog, Product Planning, Discontinuation, Mini Cooper Convertible, Mini Cooper Drop


U.S. Subcompact Car Market Share Fell by Half Since 2016; Subcompact Crossover Segment Tripled Since 2013

No Yaris. No Fiesta. No Sonic. No Mazda2. No Fit. America’s subcompact car segment is decimated. According to Tyson Jominy, the vice president of data and analytics at J.D. Power, 40 percent of last year’s subcompact sales are gone. Jominy doesn’t mean “fewer sales.” He means that the nameplates responsible for 40 percent of the […] The post appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, America, Autos, Market Trends, News Blog, Subcompact Crossovers, Subcompact Cars, Segments, Coronavirus, Buyer Preferences, Tyson Jominy


Next-generation Ford Mustang in It for the Long Haul

Ford’s pony car has typically made the most out of its platforms, eking out the maximum amount of longevity and profit before moving on to wholly new underpinnings. The Fox-body era saw that tradition taken to extremes. Come 2022, the Mustang will don a new wardrobe, and Ford expects it to stick around for quite […] The post Next-generation Ford Mustang in It for the Long Haul appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Ford Mustang, Ford, Autos, Mustang, Platforms, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models


Hyundai’s 2021 Veloster Comes in Three Flavors, but North of the Border, It’s a Very Different Story

The Hyundai Veloster remains an automotive oddity in a vehicle landscape rapidly shunning nonconformity, and for that, we give Hyundai credit. The car still exists. You author can still recall the first time he ever encountered one in the wild — in historic Vieux-Québec, with the “three-door” hatchback resting quietly under a streetlamp on those […] The post Hyundai’s 2021 Veloster Comes in Three Flavors, but North of the Border, It’s a Very Different Story appeared first on The Truth About Cars...
Tags: Sales, Markets, Canada, Autos, Hyundai, Hot Hatches, Compact Cars, News Blog, Veloster, Vieux Québec, Hyundai Veloster, Discontinuation, Veloster N


Getting Back to Normal? Far From It – U.S. Rife With Gloomy Consumers, Young Car Buyers Lowering Their Expectations

Consumer spending and confidence are not hitting record highs. Go figure. As the pandemic rages and a vast swath of formerly gainfully employed Americans find their financial future much hazier then before, new car sales are suffering. It doesn’t bode well for sales volume during the remainder of the year. Of course, that pain is […] The post Getting Back to Normal? Far From It – U.S. Rife With Gloomy Consumers, Young Car Buyers Lowering Their Expectations appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Study, Sales, Markets, Consumer Spending, Car Buying, Autos, News Blog, Consumer Confidence, Coronavirus


GM Targets FCA Owners As Labor Day Nears

General Motors has conquest on the mind. As the Labor Day long weekend and all of its associated new car deals looms, the automaker wants to woo owners of Fiat Chrysler products (or their family members) into top-selling Chevrolet and GMC models. It’s not a huge incentive, but it does call attention to the General’s […] The post GM Targets FCA Owners As Labor Day Nears appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Deals, Sales, General Motors, Ram, Fca, Gm, Autos, Trucks, Chevrolet, Fiat Chrysler, Incentives, Chevrolet Silverado, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog


Nissan Titan Set to Leave Canadian Market

The saga of the Nissan Titan will come to an end in Canada next year, with the recently refreshed full-size pickup and its tweener XD sibling leaving that market after 2021 as the automaker changes course on a global scale. Nissan Canada confirmed the discontinuation to TTAC on Thursday, claiming the automaker, as part of […] The post Nissan Titan Set to Leave Canadian Market appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Canada, Autos, Trucks, Nissan, Titan, Nissan Titan, Nissan Titan XD, News Blog, Nissan Canada, Titan XD, Discontinuation


Report: GMC Canyon AT4 to Gain Special Edition As GM’s Midsize Pickup Gap Widens

The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon gain arguably overdue refreshes for 2021, ensuring continued consumer traction amid boosted competition from rivals. The midsize pickup segment has grown, and not just in volume. Joining the GM duo and perennially popular Toyota Tacoma last year was the Ford Ranger; meanwhile, Nissan’s long-awaited Frontier revamp lands for ’21. […] The post Report: GMC Canyon AT4 to Gain Special Edition As GM’s Midsize Pickup Gap Widens appeared first on The Truth About Car...
Tags: Sales, Gm, Autos, Trucks, Nissan, Gmc, Toyota Tacoma, GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado, News Blog, Canyon, Product Planning, Midsize Pickups, 2021 GMC Canyon


Wondering Why the Honda Civic Coupe Has to Die? Coupe Market Share Is Down 60 Percent Over the Last Decade

The disappearance of midsize cars, the dismal performance of traditional family sedans, and the eradication of affordable small cars account for the lion’s share of headlines when auto reporters discuss the dwindling American passenger car market. But tucked inside America’s car sector are a handful of fun cars – intentionally impractical two-doors – that muster […] The post appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, America, Choice, Autos, Convertibles, News Blog, Coupes, Market Shift


Buick Crowns Tweener CUV Its Sales Stud

The Buick Encore GX, a larger, unrelated Encore with fewer cylinders than you’re used to, quietly appeared in the brand’s stable just as “pandemic” became every newscast’s favorite word. Like its Chevrolet Trailblazer fraternal twin, the Encore GX boasts a more spacious body than its subcompact stablemate and a brace of three-pot engines designer for […] The post Buick Crowns Tweener CUV Its Sales Stud appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, General Motors, Gm, Autos, Crossovers, Buick, Buick Encore, News Blog, Encore Gx, Buick Encore GX, Tweeners


Crossover Injection Aids Kia’s COVID Recovery

U.S. sales results, at least those that we know of, were a mixed bag in July. Automakers foreign and domestic are busy replenishing inventories drained by a two-month shutdown of U.S. manufacturing; for many, the restocking can’t come soon enough. At Kia Motors’s West Point, Georgia plant, production of the Telluride crossover got underway again […] The post Crossover Injection Aids Kia’s COVID Recovery appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Autos, Crossovers, Kia, Telluride, Kia Motors, Kia Telluride, News Blog, West Point Georgia, Kia Seltos, Coronavirus


A Scarce Audi Lands Extra Range, Lower Price

Have you seen an Audi E-Tron (officially, “e-tron”) on the street? This writer hasn’t. Yet the electric Audi crossover has been on offer for a little over a year now, slowly paving the way for an all-electric future. Available to U.S. customers through special order and to dealers who just wish to keep one around, […] The post A Scarce Audi Lands Extra Range, Lower Price appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Green, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Audi, EVs, News Blog, e-Tron, Product Planning, Audi E-tron


Toyota Maintains Black Ink in Last Quarter

An ongoing pandemic and serious North American sales hit weren’t enough to bring Toyota to a loss in the quarter ending June 30th. The automaker posted its weakest fiscal first-quarter return in nearly a decade, but last quarter’s operating profit, despite plunging 98 percent on a year-over-year basis, still came out in positive territory. While […] The post Toyota Maintains Black Ink in Last Quarter appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Finances, Autos, Earnings, Toyota, News Blog, Coronavirus, Toyota Maintains Black Ink


Brace Yourselves for the QX55, Infiniti Advises

With the upcoming QX55, Infiniti is tearing a page from the Volkswagen Atlas’ playbook. That German manufacturer saw that it had a good thing in its midsize crossover, so it decided to get more bang for its buck by shaving a little length and height from the three-row model, creating a mildly upscale, slightly restyled […] The post Brace Yourselves for the QX55, Infiniti Advises appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Autos, Crossovers, Volkswagen, Infiniti, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, Infiniti QX55, QX55


Grey Skies Gonna Clear Up: Honda Reports Bigger Loss, Sees Light at the End of the Year

Honda reported a $765 million loss in the fiscal quarter ending June 30th, a marked downturn in its financial standing when compared to the quarter before. Hardly shocking, though, given the virus-related global sales plunge and the production shutdown that afflicted the American manufacturing scene in April and May. Honda’s characterizing it as a “nowhere […] The post Grey Skies Gonna Clear Up: Honda Reports Bigger Loss, Sees Light at the End of the Year appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Autos, Earnings Report, Earnings, Honda, News Blog, Coronavirus


Subaru Posts Lopsided North American Sales

Apparently not quite done with monthly sales reporting, Subaru produced two very different tallies for its U.S. and Canadian arms in July. Known for being able to build just as many vehicles as it can sell, the automaker habitually carries one of the slimmest inventories in the industry — and the pandemic didn’t help things […] The post Subaru Posts Lopsided North American Sales appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Canada, Autos, Subaru, News Blog, Coronavirus


CX-30 Propels Mazda to Another Monthly Sales Gain

The not-quite-subcompact CX-30 arrived at just the right time for Mazda, appearing at the tail end of what had been a grim 2019 for Mazda. Just as sales of the new tweener crossover matured, the pandemic hit. As volumes struggle to regain potency across the industry, the new arrival in the Mazda stable helped the […] The post CX-30 Propels Mazda to Another Monthly Sales Gain appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Autos, Crossovers, Mazda, News Blog, CX-30, Mazda CX-30


What Pandemic? Hyundai Reports U.S. Sales Gain in July

If you’re like this writer, you pine for the long-ago days when walking into a bar only carried the risk of embarrassing inebriation and possibly violent confrontation, not a viral infection that could leave any of us on gasping on life support. We all wish things were normal. While the coronavirus hasn’t cleared out,  you […] The post What Pandemic? Hyundai Reports U.S. Sales Gain in July appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Autos, Hyundai, News Blog, Hyundai Palisade, Hyundai Venue, Coroanvirus, Hyundai Reports U S Sales Gain


Fiat Chrysler Posts Slightly Smaller Loss; North America Profitable

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles revealed a second-quarter loss of $1.24 billion on Friday, down slightly from the $1.8 billion net loss posted for Q1. As before, the pandemic weighed heavily on the automaker’s finances, though this spring’s two-month shutdown of domestic manufacturing and the revenue drop arising from the virus didn’t spell red ink for its […] The post Fiat Chrysler Posts Slightly Smaller Loss; North America Profitable appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Finances, Fca, Autos, Earnings, North America, Fiat Chrysler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, High Finance


Plug-in Lincoln Corsair Could Be Thin on the Ground

Lincoln’s compact MKC transformed into the Lincoln Corsair for 2020, bringing style borrowed from its big brother Aviator to buyers of lesser means… or wants. Tagging along a year late, a plug-in hybrid variant will join the Corsair trim ladder for 2021, but a new report suggests it won’t be in plentiful supply. According to […] The post Plug-in Lincoln Corsair Could Be Thin on the Ground appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Green, Production, Autos, Crossovers, Lincoln, Corsair, Hybrids, Phev, News Blog, Product Planning, Lincoln Corsair


2021: A Honda Odyssey

It’s true that the once-hot minivan segment was shrinking rapidly even before the pandemic hit. Since then, things have only gotten worse for a vehicle type once seen as the go-to conveyance for growing families. How bad is it? Our own Tim Cain recently traded in his Honda Odyssey for a shiny new Ridgeline pickup. We […] The post 2021: A Honda Odyssey appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Autos, Honda, Odyssey, Honda Odyssey, News Blog, Minivans, Product Planning, Tim Cain, 2021 Honda Odyssey


GM Takes a Pandemic Beating

General Motors’ second-quarter earnings report is out, and there’s red ink to report. Hammered by the coronavirus-related shutdown of its domestic manufacturing facilities and a corresponding sales slide, the automaker reported an $800 million loss in Q2 — a far cry from the rosy, $2.42 billion profit it saw a year earlier. GM’s cash burn […] The post GM Takes a Pandemic Beating appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, General Motors, Finances, Gm, Autos, Earnings Report, News Blog, Coronavirus


Epidemic of Aging: Demographic Crisis Hits Nation’s Driveways

Never mind 2020. In the previous decade, Americans purchased more new cars per year than ever before. Roaring out of the recession, U.S. sales volumes ticked upwards year after year, settling above the 17 million marker and staying there for quite some time. Even last year’s haul defied expectations, landing north of that hallowed marker. […] The post Epidemic of Aging: Demographic Crisis Hits Nation’s Driveways appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Autos, News Blog, Aging Cars, Average Vehicle Age, Vehicle Age


Pandemic Spells a Late Entry for Genesis’ First SUV

Already in the unenviable position of having gone its entire life without the presence of a utility vehicle, the now-adolescent Genesis brand has one last hurdle to clear before it can join the rest of its peers. That hurdle is a delay caused by the spring coronavirus shutdown — meaning that the long-awaited GV80 SUV and […] The post Pandemic Spells a Late Entry for Genesis’ First SUV appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Autos, Genesis, News Blog, Future Models, Genesis G80, G80, Genesis GV80, GV80, Coronavirus



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