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Production Dates Revealed for Newest, Biggest Jeeps

If you spend your days decrying the bloat of American automobiles, you won’t like what 2021 has in store for you. It’ll be like 2020… only worse! Scary stuff. For consumers enamored both with the Jeep brand and large, cargo-happy vehicles, however, next year will bring the dawning of a new age of glorious excess. […] The post Production Dates Revealed for Newest, Biggest Jeeps appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Production, Fca, Autos, SUVs, Jeep, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Jeep Wagoneer


FCA Reportedly Gearing Up for Giant Tigershark Recall

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is considering a recall on roughly 1 million vehicles equipped with its 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine. That incorporates most of FCA’s smaller models, including a few defunct models like the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart. Reporting from the Detroit Free Press suggests the 2.4-liter unit exceeded allowable emissions limits during testing. While the […] The post FCA Reportedly Gearing Up for Giant Tigershark Recall appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Recalls, Fca, Autos, Chrysler, Emissions, Fiat Chrysler, Nhtsa, Detroit Free Press, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, Tigershark, 2.4-liter, Tigershark MultiAir II, Dodge Dart Reporting


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


GM Muses Spinning Off EV Operations to Better Court Investors

One of the strangest anomalies in the automotive industry is the way electric vehicle startups (like technology companies in general) seem to draw limitless support from investors while established automakers don’t receive nearly the same kind of love — even when transitioning toward EVs. There’s a logic behind this, however. Green tech is overwhelmingly trendy at […] The post GM Muses Spinning Off EV Operations to Better Court Investors appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Wall Street, General Motors, Tesla, Green, Electric Vehicles, Mary Barra, Gm, Autos, Mark Fields, Investors, Tech Companies, Nikola, News Blog, Tech Startups, EV startups, Blank Check


With Plants at Stake, Unifor Prepares to Plunge Into Detroit Three Negotiations

Canadian auto manufacturing has steadily declined over the past several decades, and the future looks cloudy for workers at Detroit Three plants. It’s under this gathering gloom that the union representing these workers, Unifor, enters into contract negotiations with General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler. The last round of collective bargaining was rough, but the […] The post With Plants at Stake, Unifor Prepares to Plunge Into Detroit Three Negotiations appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Production, Canada, Ford, Fca, Gm, Autos, Collective Bargaining, Fiat Chrysler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Detroit Three, General Motors Ford, News Blog, Assembly Plants, Contract Talks, Unifor union news


QOTD: Ever Gifted a Car to Your Replacement?

Kids, as we all know, exist for but one purpose: to replace us. You’re out there on the deck, grilling steaks, and over there sits Junior. Waiting. It’s ominous. But kids need to get around, especially to places of employment so that they can pull their own weight. So sometimes a purchase is in order, […] The post QOTD: Ever Gifted a Car to Your Replacement? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Children, Car Buying, Autos, Gifting, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day


Mitsubishi Chairman Osamu Masuko Abruptly Resigns

A longtime presence at the top of Mitsubishi Motors departed his post Friday morning, marking the end of an era for the embattled Japanese automaker. Company Chairman Osamu Masuko, 71, resigned effective immediately today, following a six-year tenure at the top of a company he joined in 1972. Masuko, who rose to become president of […] The post Mitsubishi Chairman Osamu Masuko Abruptly Resigns appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Leadership, Autos, Mitsubishi, Executives, Mitsubishi Motors, News Blog, Osamu Masuko, Masuko


2023 Cadillac Lyriq: The Future Is Now, but Also 2023

The Cadillac Lyriq’s final production form remains unknown, but the “show car” revealed late Thursday is said to be a fairly close representation of the real thing. That show car is also not far removed from a conceptual rendering released in January 2019, previewing a vehicle that will enter production in late 2022 as a […] The post 2023 Cadillac Lyriq: The Future Is Now, but Also 2023 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Green, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Prototype, SUVs, Premium, Cadillac, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, Cadillac Lyriq, Lyriq


Former Audi Managers Indicted in Dieselgate Case

On Thursday, Munich-based prosecutors announced the indictment of four more ex-Audi managers in relation to Volkswagen Group’s infamous diesel emission scandal. This follows the charges brought against former CEO Rupert Stadler and a handful of Audi staffers in 2018. The latest indictment involves three former board members and one department head who has since retired. […] The post Former Audi Managers Indicted in Dieselgate Case appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Germany, Regulation, Munich, Vw, Autos, Law And Order, Audi, Dieselgate, Emissions Cheating, Volkswagen Group, Rupert Stadler, News Blog, Defeat Device, Hot Legal Action, Audi Managers Indicted


Ferrari’s First PHEV Delayed

You’ll be crushed to learn that Ferrari’s SF90 Stradale has been delayed on account of the pandemic. By nature of being the brand’s very first plug-in hybrid, the SF90 is incredibly complex. The model relies on a trio of electric motors working in tandem with its turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 to achieve a maximum output of […] The post Ferrari’s First PHEV Delayed appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ferrari, Autos, Plug-in Hybrid, Phev, News Blog, Louis Camilleri, Stradale, Production Delays, Ferrari SF90 Stradale, SF90, COVID-19


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


Are Modern Driving Assistance Features Unreliable? AAA Researchers Say Yes

The American Automobile Association (AAA) is recommending automakers limit the use of advanced driving aids after concluding they’re not really up to the challenge of providing reliable safety. Over the past two years, AAA has focused on testing crash prevention systems to see if they’re all manufacturers claim — deciding that while are useful in some […] The post Are Modern Driving Assistance Features Unreliable? AAA Researchers Say Yes appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Research, Studies, Autos, AAA, Reports, American Automobile Association, News Blog, American Automobile Association AAA, Automotive Safety, Sign of the Times, Automatic Emergency Braking, Studies & Reports, Lane Assist, Driving Assist, Advanced Driving Aids


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


The 2020 SEMA Show Is Toast

Big gatherings of people who’ve traveled from across the country — and globe — continue to be unpopular, and for very obvious reasons. So it’s no shock to hear that the 2020 edition of the popular Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show will not go ahead as planned. Scheduled for early November, the show, as […] The post The 2020 SEMA Show Is Toast appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Trade Shows, SEMA, News Blog, Aftermarket, Specialty Equipment Market Association SEMA, Coronavirus


QOTD: Is There a Ford in Your Past?

Achingly simple question today, folks. With the demise of the Ford Fusion last week, the Blue Oval now fields zero domestic four-door sedans, leaving buyers to choose instead among a bevy of trucks and utility vehicles. It’s the first time since 1908 that the automaker hasn’t built a U.S. passenger car with four doors (earlier […] The post QOTD: Is There a Ford in Your Past? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: History, Ford, Autos, Qotd, Ford Fusion, Blue Oval, Sedans, News Blog, Question of the Day


Officially Dead: The Ford Sedan

Specifically, the Ford Fusion — the last domestic Blue Oval product with four doors and a trunk to remain in production. Until July 31st, that is. That’s the date Ford ceased manufacture of the sedan at a Mexican assembly plant. The end of production was confirmed by Ford via Ford Authority. Next up for Hermosillo […] The post Officially Dead: The Ford Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Fusion, Production, Ford, Autos, Ford Fusion, Hermosillo, Sedans, News Blog, Product Planning, Ford Authority


With Range Comes Dominance? Daimler Strengthens Relationship With Chinese Battery Maker CATL

With practically every automaker on the planet attempting to make the electric vehicle segment work for them as well as Tesla has, they’re stepping all over each other to gain access to the components necessary to build them. Everything from securing the raw materials for high-density cells to improving relationships with established battery suppliers will […] The post With Range Comes Dominance? Daimler Strengthens Relationship With Chinese Battery Maker CATL appeared first on The Truth About C...
Tags: Technology, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Mercedes-benz, EVs, Battery, Daimler, EQ, Partnerships, Industry News, Daimler AG, News Blog, Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd, CATL, EQS


(Not) For Your Eyes Only: Jaguar Land Rover Loses Bid to Squash Defender Lookalike

Imitation, as the saying goes, is the sincerest form of flattery, but Jaguar Land Rover’s been burned in the past, what with a certain Chinese automaker rolling out near carbon copies of its Range Rover Evoque crossover. In the Defender lies far more heritage, but JLR just lost a bid to keep the visual rights […] The post (Not) For Your Eyes Only: Jaguar Land Rover Loses Bid to Squash Defender Lookalike appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Heritage, Autos, Jaguar Land Rover, Land Rover, Law And Order, SUVs, Trademarks, Ineos, JLR, Grenadier, News Blog, Defender, Product Planning, Ineos Grenadier


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


Bentley Resumes Production on 4½ Litre After Almost 100 Years

With manufacturers having realized there’s a small but very interested market for historically relevant automobiles, we’ve seen some of the fancier names in motoring embrace “continuation models” with astronomical price tags. Some of these cars are arguably better than the real thing, too. Jaguar and Aston Martin revived a handful of their finest products from […] The post Bentley Resumes Production on 4½ Litre After Almost 100 Years appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Development, History, Autos, Jaguar, Bentley, Aston Martin, News Blog, Continuation Cars, Bentley 4 1/2 Litre, Blower Bentley, Historic Models, Bentley Resumes Production


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


QOTD: Put a Lid on It?

A bout of insomnia last night left you author with plenty of free time to mull things over, staring at the blank ceiling above. For whatever reason, the unplanned sleeplessness saw this addled mind focus on the year 2011. Did anything exciting occur that year? Nothing on this end, if memory serves, but it did […] The post QOTD: Put a Lid on It? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Qotd, News Blog, Aftermarket, Question of the Day, Vinyl Roof


Indianapolis 500 Running Without Fans

Delayed six times by the coronavirus pandemic, Roger Penske vowed the Indy 500 would not be ran in 2020 without an audience in the stands. Having purchased the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway in January, Penske said he was willing to run the race with limited capacity (quoting estimates that continued to come down as the […] The post Indianapolis 500 Running Without Fans appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Indianapolis, Autos, Delays, Motorsport, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Penske, Roger Penske, News Blog, Indianapolis 500, 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


Rumor Mill: Toyota to Build Street-legal GR Super Sport Hypercar?

Previewed way back at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon, Toyota’s (Gazoo Racing) GR Super Sport Concept now serves as the template for its next entry into 24 Hour of Le Mans, tapped for the new Hypercar Class that’s effectively replacing FIA’s World Endurance Championship LMP1. The new classification is supposed to reinvigorate the sport by […] The post Rumor Mill: Toyota to Build Street-legal GR Super Sport Hypercar? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Prototypes, Autos, Rumors, Toyota, Motorsport, World Endurance Championship, FIA, WEC, News Blog, Rumor Mill, LMP1, Gazoo Racing, Production Plans, Gr, Hypercar class, Super Sport Concept


No U-Turns in Ford’s Future, Farley Says

After being named as Ford’s next CEO, the automaker’s current chief operating officer, Jim Farley, says the company is on the proper course, with no need to reverse the tech-driven direction taken under the outgoing Jim Hackett. Speaking to Reuters, Farley said the hunt for new revenue streams in a rapidly evolving technological landscape will […] The post No U-Turns in Ford’s Future, Farley Says appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Autos, Farley, Jim Hackett, CEOs, Jim Farley, News Blog, Product Planning, Executive Shuffle, Reuters Farley


GM Asks Court to Reinstate RICO Suit Against FCA, Claims New Evidence

Last November, General Motors filed a racketeering suit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, claiming its rival was involved in a prolonged bribery scheme with UAW leaders to gain an unfair labor-cost advantage. Despite FCA already having staff participating in a vast union corruption scandal, U.S. District Judge Paul Borman dismissed the GM case in July after […] The post GM Asks Court to Reinstate RICO Suit Against FCA, Claims New Evidence appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Fca, Gm, Autos, Bribery, Scandals, Industry News, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, UAW, News Blog, Union News, Alphons Iacobelli, Hot Legal Action, Union Scandals, Paul Borman, Corporate Warfare


Mazda Details Turbocharged Mazda 3; New Base Model Sinks in Price

The big news at Mazda right now are the two new additions to the compact 3 line for 2021. Bookending the model’s range, the fresh faces include a new entry-level trim that adopts the 2.0-liter four-cylinder ditched for 2019, plus a turbocharged all-wheel drive model positioned at the top of the heap. It’s a tale […] The post Mazda Details Turbocharged Mazda 3; New Base Model Sinks in Price appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, New Cars, Mazda, Compact Cars, News Blog, Product Planning, Mazda 3, Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo, Mazda Details Turbocharged Mazda


BREAKING: Ford CEO Jim Hackett to Retire; Farley Tapped As New Boss

A bombshell just landed from Ford, as the automaker announced the impending retirement of CEO Jim Hackett and his replacement by Chief Operating Officer Jim Farley, effective October 1st. Ford said Tuesday that Hackett, 65, whose tenure has been the subject of much speculation and criticism as the company navigates wildly turbulent waters, “elected” to […] The post BREAKING: Ford CEO Jim Hackett to Retire; Farley Tapped As New Boss appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Leadership, Ford, Autos, Farley, Executives, Jim Hackett, Hackett, CEOs, Jim Farley, News Blog, Executive Shuffle


Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Unlikely to Go Anywhere in 2020

Legislation that would advance the widespread deployment of autonomous vehicle in the United States appears to have stalled. With development of the technology hitting a rough patch and public perception teetering between AVs being a major breakthrough for society or an important contributor to its demise, any new laws might have been irrelevant anyway. Outside […] The post Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Unlikely to Go Anywhere in 2020 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Legislation, United States, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Ntsb, Avs, Self Driving, News Blog