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Ghosn’s Days As an Auto Executive Could End Tomorrow

As the Carlos Ghosn saga slowly crawls its way towards a trial, the former Nissan and Mitsubishi chairman might soon add another “former” to his list of descriptors. In an effort to mend a rift in the automotive alliance, Renault’s board has scheduled an emergency meeting for Thursday, during which the pressure will be on […] The post Ghosn’s Days As an Auto Executive Could End Tomorrow appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Law And Order, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Renault, Ghosn, Carlos Ghosn, News Blog, Renault-Nissan Alliance


Toyota Developing ‘Virtual Sunroof’ For Future Models

Do you ever get the sense that much of today’s automotive technology whittles away the more natural aspects of driving? We’ve endured numb electronic steering, advanced driving aids, absent volume knobs, overly complex infotainment systems, and faux engine sounds for a few years now. To be honest, it’s been a mixed bag. Sometimes these things […] The post Toyota Developing ‘Virtual Sunroof’ For Future Models appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Development, Editorials, Autos, Toyota, News Blog, Moonroof, Sunroof, Automotive Tech, Patent Filings, Automotive Patents, Virtual Sunroof


Honda Urban EV Prototype to Debut in Geneva

Back in 2017, Honda debuted its adorable Urban EV Concept, a vehicle that ended up becoming the belle of the Frankfurt Auto Show. Its cheeky design was suitably modern while still adhering to traditional automotive models. In fact, the car seems styled in a manner that’s intentionally reminiscent of the first-generation Civic. Having already promised […] The post Honda Urban EV Prototype to Debut in Geneva appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Prototypes, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Geneva, Honda, EVs, Electric Cars, Geneva Auto Show, News Blog, Honda Urban, Honda Urban Ev, Urban EV Concept, Urban EV prototype


Wall Street Concerned Over Ford CEO’s Cautious Strategy

Remember Mark Fields, the former Ford CEO who was forced to retire due to an inability to manifest his vision of the company’s future in a timely manner? Well, it’s starting to look like Wall Street needs another sacrificial lamb. Ford’s current chief executive, Jim Hackett, appears rather appetizing. Despite promises from company chairman Bill […] The post Wall Street Concerned Over Ford CEO’s Cautious Strategy appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Industry, Ford, Fca, Share Price, Autos, Mark Fields, Stocks, Automotive Industry, Bill, Ford Motor Co, Jim Hackett, News Blog


The Grille Next Door: 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty

Fans of heavy duty trucks with grilles the size of Texas have a lot to celebrate this year. Ram dropped its new HD in Detroit and GM previewed its alarmingly styled Heavy Chevy late last year. All signs point to Ford unfurling a new Super Duty very soon, possibly at the Chicago show next month. […] The post The Grille Next Door: 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Texas, Chicago, Ford, 2020, Gm, Autos, HD, Trucks, Detroit, Sierra, Gmc, Pickup, News Blog, Heavy Duty, GMC Sierra HD, Heavy Chevy


2020 Lincoln Aviator: Brand’s Sort-of Savior Maxes Out About $10k Below Its Big Brother

Big base power and upscale skin? Check. Available hybrid powertrain for added punch and elevated virtuousness? Affirmative. A price scale that tops the $90k mark on the high end? Also correct. Lincoln’s 2020 Aviator, which rolls onto the lots of jubilant dealers this summer, gives brand faithful and new recruits another midsize option in the […] The post 2020 Lincoln Aviator: Brand’s Sort-of Savior Maxes Out About $10k Below Its Big Brother appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Lincoln, Pricing, SUVs, News Blog, Aviator, Lincoln Aviator, 2020 Lincoln Aviator


Ace of Base: 2019 Ford Ranger XL

Last summer, fans of mid-sized pickup trucks got a quick look behind the virtual curtain when the build-and-price tool for the new Ford Ranger leaked to the internet like a screen door on a submarine. Spox at the Blue Oval rapidly shouted #FakeNews, but the base price of $24,300 proved accurate. At the time, we […] The post Ace of Base: 2019 Ford Ranger XL appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Autos, Ranger, XL, Blue Oval, Ford Ranger, Pickup, News Blog, 2019, Ace of Base


And Then There Were Two: Toyota Builds Second Century GRMN

Built for current Toyota patriarch Akio Toyoda, the Century GRMN celebrates both the man and his desire to create a more emotive and performance-driven automaker. With the V12 gone, the standard Toyota Century is powered by a direct-injected, 5.0-liter V8 with a two-stage electric motor and nickel-metal hydride battery. The powertrain is good for a […] The post And Then There Were Two: Toyota Builds Second Century GRMN appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Luxury cars, Autos, Toyota, New Cars, Tokyo Auto Salon, Akio Toyoda, Toyota Century, News Blog, GRMN, Gazoo Racing, Gr, Toyota Century GMNR, Century GRMN


Compact Ford Pickup Is a Go, Farley Says

Following rumors, spy photos, and vague language on the part of Ford brass, the Blue Oval automaker has admitted a new, smaller model is set to join its truck lineup. The vehicle in question will give consumers something else to think about than just Ranger, F-150, and Super Duty. As reported by Automotive News, Ford’s […] The post Compact Ford Pickup Is a Go, Farley Says appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Autos, Trucks, Blue Oval, Automotive News Ford, News Blog, Product Planning, Compact Pickups


Get Your Batteries From Us: Toyota, Panasonic Announce Joint Venture

Already a pioneer in hybrid drive technology, Toyota’s recent push towards fully electric cars has birthed a joint venture with one of the world’s premier battery makers, potentially opening up a massive revenue stream for the automaker. On Tuesday, the company announced the creation of a joint venture with Panasonic to supply other automakers with […] The post Get Your Batteries From Us: Toyota, Panasonic Announce Joint Venture appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicles, Batteries, Autos, Toyota, Panasonic, EVs, Suppliers, Joint Ventures, News Blog, Toyota Panasonic Announce Joint Venture


GM’s 2.7-liter Pickup Engine Comes Up Short in Real-world MPG Test

You’ve read no shortage of commentary about General Motors’ new truck engine on these digital pages — from the 2.7-liter four-cylinder‘s impressive on-paper power figures (310 hp, 348 lb-ft), to the continuing rivalry between GM and Ford, to the rather slim fuel economy gap separating it from its eight-cylinder stablemates. You’ve also read about GM’s […] The post GM’s 2.7-liter Pickup Engine Comes Up Short in Real-world MPG Test appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Ford, Gm, Autos, Trucks, Engines, Fuel Economy, Chevrolet Silverado, News Blog, MPG, 2.7-liter GM


Ghosn’s Bail Petition Rejected, Wife Slams Treatment

For detained industry titan Carlos Ghosn, getting out of the slammer has thus far proven an insurmountable challenge. Interned in a Tokyo jail since his Nov. 19 arrest, the Renault CEO and former Nissan chairman has repeatedly seen his bail appeals fall on deaf ears, with past indictments squashing previous hopes for release. On Tuesday, […] The post Ghosn’s Bail Petition Rejected, Wife Slams Treatment appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Tokyo, Law And Order, Nissan, Renault, Ghosn, Carlos Ghosn, News Blog, Renault-Nissan Alliance


QOTD: What’s Your Lower Limit?

No, this isn’t a question about resurgent — and somewhat ironic — demand for the Geo Metro and its tepid ilk, but Timothy Cain probably has something to say about the chances of success of a latter-day model. Rather, this is a question about the way you drive, and the decisions of those who govern […] The post QOTD: What’s Your Lower Limit? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Qotd, Geo Metro, News Blog, Speed Limits, Timothy Cain, Question of the Day


‘This Is Pretty Much It’: New GM President Acknowledges Cadillac’s Last Chance For Glory

Cadillac is at a crossroads. While the brand has enjoyed growth in Asia, domestic volume never fully recovered from the Great Recession. It’s come back a bit, with sales dipping and rising between years, but hasn’t managed to keep pace with the overall market. As of 2018, Cadillac possesses the lowest share of the U.S. market […] The post ‘This Is Pretty Much It’: New GM President Acknowledges Cadillac’s Last Chance For Glory appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Asia, General Motors, Corporate Strategy, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Autos, Crossovers, EVs, Platforms, Cadillac, Electrification, Brand Strategy, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning


2020 Volkswagen Golf Spotted at German McDonalds?

Despite the 2020 Volkswagen Golf arriving later this year, VW hasn’t done much to tease it. In fact, the only glimpses we’ve had of it were of the Sasquatch variety — unconfirmed, low-resolution images taken in the wild before the elusive creature vanishes. There’s now another one. Last week, Instagram user johannes.vag captured a couple of […] The post 2020 Volkswagen Golf Spotted at German McDonalds? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Instagram, Vw, Golf, Autos, Leaks, Mcdonalds, Volkswagen, New Cars, Volkswagen Golf, News Blog, Leaked Photos, Product Planning, New Models, Hatchbacks, 2020 Volkswagen Golf, Mk8 Golf


Wall Street Doesn’t Think Much of Ford’s Relationship With Volkswagen

Like stern parents who just don’t understand, Wall Street analysts are playing hard to please when it comes to the alliance forged between Ford and Volkswagen. The two automakers made their deepened relationship official at last week’s North American International Auto Show, promising to breed a new generation of commercial vans for the European market, […] The post Wall Street Doesn’t Think Much of Ford’s Relationship With Volkswagen appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Ford, Autos, Volkswagen, North American International Auto Show, News Blog, Ford-Volkswagen Alliance


Volkswagen Officially Announces Record Attempt for Nürburgring-Nordschleife

Volkswagen is currently on a quest to prove electrification is the true path forward for automobiles. However, it’s not doing this by releasing production plug-ins with robust battery ranges. Instead, it’s taking its electric racer to the Nordschleife this summer after achieving total victory at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb last June. The automaker wants […] The post Volkswagen Officially Announces Record Attempt for Nürburgring-Nordschleife appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Racing, Autos, Volkswagen, Motorsport, Volkswagen Group, Nurburgring, Romain Dumas, VW Golf, News Blog, Time Attack, Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Nordschleife, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Record attempts, I.D, I.D. R Pikes Peak


QOTD: Best of Show?

Exactly one week ago, we asked you what your eyes and ears desired to see appear at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Since the 2019 soirée is the last to be held in the frigid month of January, we hoped the event would go out with a bang. And, well, if not […] The post QOTD: Best of Show? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Detroit, Qotd, Naias, News Blog, Ram Heavy Duty, Question of the Day, Shelby GT500


Doors Make the Man: Lincoln’s Suicide-doored Continental Proves Exceptionally Popular Among the Well-off Crowd

“Exceptionally popular” is a descriptor that does not jibe well with “Lincoln Continental,” as sales of the division’s flagship sedan haven’t exactly fallen into the category of scorching. Introduced late in 2016 as a 2017 model year vehicle, sales of the Continental fell 3.8 percent, year over year, in December, and 27.1 percent for the […] The post Doors Make the Man: Lincoln’s Suicide-doored Continental Proves Exceptionally Popular Among the Well-off Crowd appeared first on The Truth About Ca...
Tags: Design, Sales, Autos, Lincoln, Continental, Lincoln Continental, News Blog, Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition


America’s Subcompact Car Market Is Now Just Half the Size It Was Three Years Ago, and It’s Falling Fast

America’s demand for subcompact cars tumbled 26 percent in 2018, yet another result that points to the eventual demise of all but a few B-segment cars. 2018’s sharp drop – equal to roughly 94,000 fewer sales in the core eight-car subcompact category – follows an equally harsh decline in 2017, when the segment lost more […] The post America’s Subcompact Car Market Is Now Just Half the Size It Was Three Years Ago, and It’s Falling Fast appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, America, Industry, Autos, Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, Chevrolet Sonic, News Blog, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa, Subcopact Cars


Book ’em Again, Danno: Cadillac’s Revised Subscription Service Coming Later This Year

General Motors is readying another automotive subscription service after canceling “Book by Cadillac,” which was deemed too costly to keep operational, several months ago. However, whether that was due entirely to its own failures or related to the fact that the company is aggressively hunting for capital through its restructuring program is up for debate. […] The post Book ’em Again, Danno: Cadillac’s Revised Subscription Service Coming Later This Year appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Book, General Motors, Gm, Autos, Subscription, Subscription Services, Cadillac, News Blog, Dealer News, Book By Cadillac, Car Subscription Service, Automotive Subscription, Book 2.0


The Internal Combustion-only Dodge Challenger’s Days Are Numbered, Manley Says

Are the 66,716 Americans who helped take the venerable Dodge Challenger to a new sales record in 2018 just Luddites, rebelling against a rising tide of electrification and autonomy? Maybe, but the era of a Challenger line powered solely by gasoline is drawing to a close. Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley addressed the muscle car’s […] The post The Internal Combustion-only Dodge Challenger’s Days Are Numbered, Manley Says appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Fca, Autos, Dodge, Hybrid, Fiat Chrysler, Electrification, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Mike Manley, Dodge Charger, Manley, Dodge Challenger, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, Dodge Challenger 's Days Are Numbered Manley Says


Germany Engineering Firm Pleads Guilty to Involvement in VW Emissions Scandal

IAV GmbH, the German engineering company co-owned by Volkswagen Group, plead guilty to a felony count of conspiracy in a U.S. District Court on Friday, to the surprise of absolutely no one. Last month, authorities said the firm had already agreed to a guilty plea and multi-million-dollar fine for its role in helping Volkswagen Group develop […] The post appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Germany, Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, Audi, Industry News, Dieselgate, U S District Court, Volkswagen Group, News Blog, Diesel Emissions, Diesel Emissions Scandal, IAV, Defeat Device, Hot Legal Action, Illegal Software


GM Quietly Erases Online Ad Already Pulled From Television

In a rare victory for television, General Motors was forced to pull one of its obnoxious “Real People” ads earlier this week after Ford, Toyota, and Honda cried foul over its claims. If you missed our earlier coverage, the gist was that GM stated Chevrolet was the more dependable brand by surprising rival owners — who […] The post GM Quietly Erases Online Ad Already Pulled From Television appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Commercials, Advertising, General Motors, Reliability, Gm, Autos, Ads, Honda, Chevrolet, J.d. Power, Ford Toyota, News Blog, Car Ads, Real People, Hot Legal Action, Truth Versus Advertising


Nissan Cutting 700 Workers, Blames Slow Titan Sales

Adding to company woes brought on by the Carlos Ghosn scandal, Nissan has announced plans to lay off nearly 700 contract workers at its truck and van manufacturing facility in Mississippi. The shifts affected are responsible for making the Titan, Frontier, and NV line of vans. While Frontier sales are relatively steady, both Titan and […] The post Nissan Cutting 700 Workers, Blames Slow Titan Sales appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Layoffs, Mississippi, Autos, Nissan, Titan, Frontier, Job Loss, Carlos Ghosn, Canton, Nissan Titan, NV, News Blog, Titan Frontier and NV


Colorado Mandates Electric Vehicle Sales, State Dealers Association Angry

The State of Colorado will be the next territory in the United States to join California in embracing electric vehicles. Democratic Governor Jared Polis has signed an executive order (his very first) proposing that the zero-emission vehicle rule be enacted no later than May of 2019. The rule would require automakers to sell more electric […] The post Colorado Mandates Electric Vehicle Sales, State Dealers Association Angry appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, California, Government, United States, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Zero Emission Vehicle, Jared Polis, News Blog, ZEVs, Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, EV sales, Auto Dealers, State Mandates


GM’s Side Airbags Are Still Crashing the Party

In a perfect world, a vehicle’s airbags would only deploy in circumstances where the driver, in hindsight, applauds the life-saving buffer’s invention. Not included in that list of circumstances is a spinout, far removed from hard obstacles or other vehicles. One Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driver isn’t applauding General Motors after his car’s side curtain airbags […] The post GM’s Side Airbags Are Still Crashing the Party appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, General Motors, Quality, Airbags, Gm, Autos, Party, Chevrolet, News Blog, Airbag Deployment


The Waiting Game: List of Automakers Standing in Line for EPA Approval Grows

As previously reported, vehicle certifications have been suspended during the current government shutdown. While this is normally a non-issue, the extended length of this federal deferment is starting to spook automakers. Fiat Chrysler has already bemoaned the situation, as it’s currently waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency to approve its Ram Heavy Duty pickups. While the […] The post The Waiting Game: List of Automakers Standing in Line for EPA Approval Grows appeared first on The T...
Tags: Government, General Motors, Ford, Fca, Gm, Autos, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Government Shutdown, Fiat. Chrysler, Emissions Testing, Ford Motor Co, Product Launches, News Blog, Emissions certification, Launch Delays


U.S. Indicts Four Audi Managers for Diesel Deception

Four men tasked with developing a very dirty diesel engine for use in Audi vehicles have been indicted by a U.S. grand jury. The four, including the head of Audi’s Diesel Engine Development department, face charges of wire fraud, violation of the Clean Air Act, and conspiracy, all stemming from the development of an engine that […] The post U.S. Indicts Four Audi Managers for Diesel Deception appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, Law And Order, Audi, Diesel, Crime And Punishment, News Blog, Diesel Emissions Scandal, Audi Managers for Diesel Deception, Audi s Diesel Engine Development


Piston Slap: The Sable’s Spurious Speed Sensing?

Longtime TTAC Commentator Golden2husky writes: Dear Sajeev: I have a problem with my old ’92 Sable. About a year ago the ABS started to lightly engage while the wheel was turned hard left or right as you pulled into a parking spot. The parking was not at “turtle” speeds but was well below the need […] The post Piston Slap: The Sable’s Spurious Speed Sensing? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Abs, Ford Taurus, News Blog, Piston Slap, Mercury Sable, Abs Engagement, Abs Testing, Anti Lock Brake, Antilock Brake System, EEC-IV, Tone Ring, unwanted ABS engagement, Wheel Speed Sensor, Golden2husky