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Report: Japan May Ban Internal Combustion Vehicles Next Decade

The Japan Broadcasting Corporation, better known as NHK, reported that the island nation is considering banning new internal combustion engine cars by the mid-2030s this week. While we will continue to maintain that such an effort seems unrealistic when confronting the current realities of the market, Japan’s alleged plan offers a bit more leeway than […] The post Report: Japan May Ban Internal Combustion Vehicles Next Decade appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Government, Regulation, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Auto Sales, Reports, Industry News, Bans, NHK, News Blog, Product Planning, Internal Combustion Ban, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Great Reset


Honda’s Newest Product: Blind-spot Monitoring for Children

While every other developed nation has been struggling unsuccessfully to catch up, Japan remains ground zero for adorable robots and Honda is continuing the trend with its new traffic-safety gizmo. Intended to advise young children on how to proceed through intersections, the product is really more like blind-spot-monitoring for kids than a full-on robotic entity. […] The post Honda’s Newest Product: Blind-spot Monitoring for Children appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Safety, Robots, Autos, Honda, Asimo, Pedestrian Safety, News Blog, Automotive Safety, Safety Equipment, Ropot


Is the Auto Aftermarket Healthy? SEMA Says Yes

  SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, has released its Fall 2020 State of the Industry report, which denotes the health of the automotive aftermarket despite the disruption caused by COVID-19. This report provides companies with the information needed to make good business decisions, not to put a positive spin on a time of uncertainty. […] The post Is the Auto Aftermarket Healthy? SEMA Says Yes appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Industry, Autos, Online Sales, Sales And Marketing, SEMA, Specialty Equipment Market Association, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Studies & Reports, Studies And Reports, COVID, Brick And Mortar Sales


Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner – November Ford Sales Are Up

Ford Super Duty sales increased by 7.5 percent in November, while the F-series sold 713,325 trucks, 195,000 more than Chevrolet and GMC combined to capture the title of America’s best-selling pickup for the 44th straight year. Meanwhile, the Ford Transit, America’s best-selling van, sold 9,917 units, 13.9 percent over last year, and a 70-percent increase […] The post Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner – November Ford Sales Are Up appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, America, Ford, Autos, Sales And Marketing, Chevrolet, Mustang, Gmc, Ford Transit, News Blog, Dealer News, F Series, Ford Transit America


Hyundai Promises New EV Platform That Won’t Have Terrible Range

If you feel like you’ve had your fill of news relating to electric cars, you’re not alone. Sadly, that’s just about all the industry is willing to let out of the bag right now. Whether you’re trying to pump staffers for information using sweet talk or waggling a crowbar in front of their face, they […] The post Hyundai Promises New EV Platform That Won’t Have Terrible Range appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Hyundai, Kia, Platforms, Genesis, Hyundai Motor Group, News Blog, E-GMP


Volvo CEO Says Governments Should Just Ban Gasoline Powered Cars

Volvo Cars’ chief executive, Håkan Samuelsson, believes a ban on gasoline-driven vehicles would be a more effective way to force groups to go electric than continuing to offer subsidies on battery-powered automobiles. The announcement comes as part of the Financial Times’ “Future of the Car Summit,” where Samuelsson will proclaim the internal combustion engine “a […] The post Volvo CEO Says Governments Should Just Ban Gasoline Powered Cars appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Government, Regulation, Electric Vehicles, Mergers, Autos, EVs, Volvo, Geely, Volvo Cars, Hakan Samuelsson, Samuelsson, News Blog, BEVs, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group


VW Ends Racing Operations, Sends Team to Build EVs

Do you ever get the feeling that everything even remotely fun and interesting is being thrown on the pyre of progress so we can collectively live safer, duller lives? Case in point, Volkswagen is dismantling its racing operations so the 169 people it employed can be reincorporated. Responsible for the all-electric Volkswagen ID.R racer that […] The post VW Ends Racing Operations, Sends Team to Build EVs appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: ID, Vw, Porsche, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Volkswagen, Audi, EVs, Volkswagen Group, News Blog, Corporate Planning, ID R


Speed On: 178 MPH Jaguar F-PACE SVR for 2021 Rolls Out

Zero to sixty in 3.8 seconds, or 0.3 seconds faster than the outgoing version, the 2021 Jaguar F-PACE SVR is also said to be 2 mph faster, with a top speed of 178 mph. The real question is where outside of Iredell County, North Carolina, scene of NASCAR racer Kyle Busch’s infamous 2011 speeding ticket […] The post Speed On: 178 MPH Jaguar F-PACE SVR for 2021 Rolls Out appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, British, Coventry, Nascar, New Cars, SUVs, Kyle Busch, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Tuners, Iredell County North Carolina, premium SUV, 178 MPH, 2021 Jaguar F-PACE SVR


Elon Musk Says EVs Will Double World’s Need for Electricity

While electric automobiles have numerous advantages over internal combustion vehicles, we’ve often wondered when their disadvantages would be offset to a point that would make sense to have them become the dominant mode of transportation. While there are multiple issues that have to be addressed, one of the largest involves finding a way to source […] The post Elon Musk Says EVs Will Double World’s Need for Electricity appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Energy, Elon Musk, Technology, Germany, Tesla, Green, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Tesla Motors, Gigafactory, News Blog, Tesla Inc


Gas War: Ford Urges Other Automakers to Join the Californian Coalition

The Ford Motor Company is asking automakers to join it in supporting Californian vehicle emissions targets aimed at supplanting the rollback that was supposed to become the national standard. General Motors has already abandoned its support of the Trump rollbacks, which offered concessions to appease environmental groups but ultimately targeted more lax fueling regulation while […] The post Gas War: Ford Urges Other Automakers to Join the Californian Coalition appeared first on The Truth About C...
Tags: California, Government, General Motors, Joe Biden, Green, Regulation, Ford, Autos, Donald Trump, Emissions, Industry News, Trump, Ford Motor Company, Carb, Ford Motor Co, Transportation Department


2022 Acura MDX World Debut on December 8th

Acura will reveal the 2022 Acura MDX on December 8. America’s best-selling three-row luxury SUV gets its most dramatic redesign in 20 years. Bolder inside and out, Acura’s new flagship model is claimed to be the most performance-focused, technologically advanced premium SUV in the company’s history. The debut of Acura’s fourth-generation SUV can be seen […] The post 2022 Acura MDX World Debut on December 8th appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: America, SUV, Autos, SUVs, Acura, Acura MDX, News Blog, premium SUV, 2022 Acuras, 2022 Acura MDX, unibody SUVs, Acura MDX World Debut


Apple Patent Application Detects Cracked Windshields

If you’re doing any kind of regular driving, it’s likely a matter of time before you’ll find yourself confronting a cracked windshield. Maybe a stray rock chips the glass and it spiders out as the car is heat cycled through the winter or perhaps an errant baseball does some real damage during a summer afternoon […] The post Apple Patent Application Detects Cracked Windshields appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Apple, Glass, Patents, Autos, Windshield, News Blog, Windscreen, Automotive Patents


Automakers Continue Battling Right to Repair Laws in Massachusetts

Despite Massachusetts voters approving a ballot initiative giving customers and independent repair shops more access to the massive amount of data being tabulated by modern cars by a sizable margin, automakers haven’t given up their unpleasantly consistent opposition to the right-to-repair movement. Backed by consumer advocates, unaffiliated repair shops, the aftermarket community, and those interested […] The post Automakers Continue Battling Right to Repair Laws in Massachusetts appeared first...
Tags: Massachusetts, Lawsuits, Autos, Industry News, AAI, News Blog, Right To Repair, Hot Legal Actions, Right-to-repair Laws, Alliance for Automotive Innovation, Right-to-repair Movement


Millennials Really Do Intend to Buy Cars. Thank the Pandemic.

  Forget all you’ve heard about Millennials (24-39 years old) and their disdain for automobiles. COVID-19 has changed that, as 31 percent of those without a car intend to buy one in the next six months, and 45 percent of them are Millennials. EY, a global leader in assurance, tax, strategy, and consulting services, and […] The post Millennials Really Do Intend to Buy Cars. Thank the Pandemic. appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Travel, China, Global, Sales, Green, Industry, Electric Vehicles, Italy, Millennials, Autos, Hybrids, Diesel, New Cars, Fuel Economy, Public Transportation, Hybrid


2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt Review – Going Back to Improve the Present

We all know about the Ford Mustang Bullitt’s heritage and its connection to the movie Bullitt. We all know the main chase scene with McQueen in a Mustang and the bad guys in a Dodge Charger cemented its status as one of the great car chases in Hollywood history. The actual car used in the […] The post 2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt Review – Going Back to Improve the Present appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Hollywood, Ford Mustang, Ford, Autos, Car Reviews, New Cars, Mustang, Mcqueen, Dodge Charger, Bullitt, News Blog, Ford Mustang Bullitt, 2020 Ford Mustang, Ford Mustang Bullitt Review, 2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt


GM No Longer Building Nikola Electric Pickup, Nixes Equity Stake

On Monday, General Motors and Nikola Corp announced a revamped agreement that eliminates an equity stake in the startup for the Detroit automaker and nixed any plan for manufacturing Nikola’s electric pickup truck. This makes the keystone of the revised contract their collaborative work on fuel-cell development, represents a major setback in their partnership, and […] The post GM No Longer Building Nikola Electric Pickup, Nixes Equity Stake appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Industry, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Autos, Detroit, EVs, Industry News, Badger, Nikola, News Blog, FCEVs, Nikola Corp, Nikola Electric Pickup Nixes Equity Stake


After Driving Two Turbocharged Mazdas for Two Weeks, Mazdaspeed is Actually Kind of Alive

We all asked Mazda for more power. It was a cry rising up from virtually every corner of the automotive industry – enthusiasts, observers, analysts, insiders, owners, fans – largely due to the fact that  Mazda marketed an entire lineup of vehicles as machines for keen drivers, and none of those machines offered meaningful horsepower. […] The post After Driving Two Turbocharged Mazdas for Two Weeks, Mazdaspeed is Actually Kind of Alive appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Car Reviews, Mazda, News Blog, Mazdaspeed, Turbos, Dual Review


Housekeeping: Happy Turkey Day in the States

Yeah, it’s that time of year again. Except this year, it won’t be normal. Many of us are foregoing holiday gatherings outside our household, or still getting together but at much smaller gatherings. Some of us are driving, instead of flying. As for me, my parents and I were on the fence. We could’ve limited […] The post Housekeeping: Happy Turkey Day in the States appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Thanksgiving, Autos, States, Housekeeping, Turkey Day, News Blog, Covid19, Corornavirus


Tesla Issues Dual Recalls Covering 9,500 U.S. Vehicles

Tesla is issuing head-to-head recalls covering about 9,500 vehicles over a roof trim that may separate from the car and some bolts connecting the front upper control arm to the steering knuckle that might need to be tightened. While both issues can lead to some disastrous results, the unsecured roof is the larger problem by […] The post Tesla Issues Dual Recalls Covering 9,500 U.S. Vehicles appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Tesla, Recalls, Autos, Model X, Tesla Motors, Roof, Model Y, News Blog, Tesla Inc


GM is Paying Cadillac Dealers to Ditch the Brand

Cadillac dealers disinclined to spend a sackful of money on revamping their businesses to sell and service electric vehicles received some moderately good news this month. General Motors is willing to issue them fat stacks of cash for stores that cannot rationalize the sizable expense of installing charging stations, training staff, and retooling the garage. […] The post GM is Paying Cadillac Dealers to Ditch the Brand appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Autos, EVs, Auto Sales, Cadillac, Dealerships, News Blog, Dealer News, Car Dealer, Automotive Dealership


Rides for a Reason Virtual Car Show

The National Auto Body Council announced the award winners in their first NABC Rides for a Reason Virtual Car Show. At this event, NABC member auto body shops, their employees, and enthusiasts had the ability to put their rides on display in a virtual format. The show included top cars, trucks, and motorcycles from member […] The post Rides for a Reason Virtual Car Show appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Awards, Motorcycles, Autos, Customs, National Auto Body Council, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Car Show, Hot Rods, NABC, Vintage cars, Virtual Show


We’ve Heard this Incorrect Forecast Before: Honda Believes in 2022 Civic Because “Passenger Cars are Going to Stabilize”

As Toyota approached the launch of the all-new, 2018 Toyota Camry in mid-2017, the automaker telegraphed its intentions very plainly. “I think you’re going to see the entire sedan market pick up,” then vice-president Jack Hollis said. “We want the new Camry to rehabilitate the segment,” Toyota’s Moritaka Yoshida said at the time. Toyota wasn’t alone. […] The post We’ve Heard this Incorrect Forecast Before: Honda Believes in 2022 Civic Because “Passenger Cars are Going to Stabilize” appeared firs...
Tags: Cars, Sales, Editorials, Autos, Crossovers, Toyota, Honda, Honda Civic, Civic, Sedans, News Blog, Jack Hollis, Midsize, Passenger Cars, Moritaka Yoshida


U.S. Government Awards Huge Transportation Contract to Uber, Lyft

The General Services Administration (GSA), responsible for managing services for federal agencies, issued a five-year federal contract to Uber and Lyft. Confirmed by Veronica Juarez, Lyft’s vice president of social enterprise and government, on Monday, the deal estimated to be worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $810 million and allows the ride-hailing firms to offer […] The post U.S. Government Awards Huge Transportation Contract to Uber, Lyft appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Government, Joe Biden, Autos, General Services Administration GSA, Uber Technologies, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Government Contracts, App-based Services, Veronica Juarez Lyft


Jason Sakurai, News Contributor: Who Am I?

I, Jason R. Sakurai, literally grew up in a dealership, with a father that nurtured my automotive interests. Following grad school, I was recruited by General Motors, leaving Phoenix for the Motor City. Managing 21 dealerships in GM’s San Francisco Zone, I later moved to Nissan, and then Mazda. Eschewing corporate life, I sold ad […] The post Jason Sakurai, News Contributor: Who Am I? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: News, General Motors, Gm, Autos, Nissan, Housekeeping, Phoenix, Mazda, News Blog, TTAC, News Contributor, Jason Sakurai, Jason R Sakurai, Motor City Managing, San Francisco Zone


Housekeeping: Welcome the New News Contributor

It’s taken a bit longer than planned, but we have our newest news contributor all settled in and raring to go. Please Welcome Jason Sakurai to our little, weird corner of the car Internet. He’ll be our next newshound, stepping into the role Steph Willems vacated. I’ll let him get into the specifics, but Jason […] The post Housekeeping: Welcome the New News Contributor appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Journalism, Autos, Housekeeping, Jason, News Blog, TTAC, Fresh Meat, Steph Willems, Newsbot, Jason Sakurai, New Blood, Next Newsbot


McLaren’s Planned Plug-in Will Be Named Artura

McLaren Automotive has decided on a name for its upcoming plug-in hybrid. But we know you don’t care much about premium automobiles reserved for people with more money than sense, so we’ll keep this one brief. Formerly referred to as the P16, McLaren’s new PHEV will be called the Artura. The name, which is of […] The post McLaren’s Planned Plug-in Will Be Named Artura appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Supercars, Autos, Mclaren, Hybrids, Plug-in Hybrid, Phev, McLaren Automotive, News Blog, Car Names, Artura, P16


GM Switches Sides in the Gas War, Joins California/Biden

General Motors has changed its mind on backing the Trump administration’s effort to supplant Obama-era emission regulations with something more manageable and prohibit California from setting its own emissions rules. Of course, the coastal rules aren’t really just for California — it desperately wants to export them to the rest of the country and has made […] The post GM Switches Sides in the Gas War, Joins California/Biden appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Obama, California, Government, General Motors, Joe Biden, Regulation, Mary Barra, Gm, Autos, Donald Trump, Trump, News Blog, Gas War, Fuel Rollback, California Biden


UN Panel Decides Japan Violated Carlos Ghosn’s Human Rights

The United Nation Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued a report on Monday stating that Carlos Ghosn’s extended detention in Japan was an unacceptable infringement on his rights — adding that the matter would be forwarded to the UN’s rapporteur on torture, cruel and other inhuman or degrading treatment. While there are undoubtedly […] The post UN Panel Decides Japan Violated Carlos Ghosn’s Human Rights appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Human Rights, Scandal, United Nations, Autos, Un, Automotive Industry, Nissan, Renault, Industry News, Ghosn, Carlos Ghosn, UN Panel, News Blog, Hot Legal Action, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance


Volkswagen Passat Receives Date of Execution; VW Shifts Production Power Away From Lame Sedan

It’s been five weeks since I opined VW should cancel the Arteon and the North American Passat, and replace both with the European Passat instead. Late last week, Volkswagen complied with part of my request. They must read TTAC! As reported by Ward’s Auto, the Passat will exit Volkswagen’s North American lineup after the 2023 […] The post Volkswagen Passat Receives Date of Execution; VW Shifts Production Power Away From Lame Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Germany, Sales, Industry, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Crossovers, Volkswagen, EVs, New Cars, Imports, Ward, Volkswagen Passat, Sedans, News Blog, Future Vehicles


NADA Chairman Doesn’t Seem to Like Traditional Auto Dealers Much

Unless you happen to be the primary stakeholder in Amazon, 2020 probably hasn’t’ been the kind of year you’re likely to miss. However, there is no shortage of lobbyist groups and trade organizations willing to praise it as a triumphant time for modernity. This includes the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Chairman Rhett Ricart, who […] The post NADA Chairman Doesn’t Seem to Like Traditional Auto Dealers Much appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Amazon, Online only, Autos, Industry News, NADA, News Blog, Industry Trends, Dealer News, Car Dealer, National Automobile Dealers Association NADA, Automotive Sales, Digital Sales, North American Dealers Association, Auto Dealerships, Rhett Ricart