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Is the Toyota Prius C Better Left in Japan?

While the Toyota Prius was an inarguable success on the North American market, its smaller sibling really only had a few good years before sales figures started trending in the wrong direction. The Prius C attempted to court urbanites (the C stands for city) by offering the same hybrid concept in a smaller package. Unfortunately, […] The post Is the Toyota Prius C Better Left in Japan? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Autos, Toyota, Hybrids, Hybrid, Prius, News Blog, Aqua, Prius C, Yaris, HEV, Toyota Aqua, Toyota Prius C Better Left


Chip Shortage Leads to ‘Dead’ Cars On Factory Lots, GM Halts Truck Production

Have you heard the one about the dead cars? No, not the ones we find in junkyards, but the ones that haven’t had life yet, thanks to the chip shortage. These so-called “dead” cars are vehicles that have rolled off the assembly line, otherwise ready for sale, sitting in fields or on lots near the […] The post appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Production, Industry, Gm, Autos, Chips, New Cars, News Blog, Dead Cars, Chip Shortage


Penske & Cox Premiere AI Based Auto Sales Platform With Confusing Name

Years ago, waiting for a haircut, dental appointment, or psychological evaluation meant thumbing through a paperback filled with local listings of automobiles you had convinced yourself you might be in the market for. While primarily an exercise for wasting one’s time, there was always a chance you’d run to a payphone or whip our your Nextel to […] The post Penske & Cox Premiere AI Based Auto Sales Platform With Confusing Name appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ecommerce, Artificial Intelligence, Industry, Editorials, Automation, Used Cars, Autos, Online Sales, Ai, Sales And Marketing, Auto Sales, Car Sales, Industry News, Cox, Penske, Cox Automotive


CarMax On Used-Car Buying Spree As Market Madness Continues

With used-car prices soaring, retailer CarMax has been busy swooping up used vehicles to flip for sale. That could be a solid strategy since the chip shortage has left new-car dealers bereft of vehicles on the lot. CarMax said it has bought 236 percent more cars this year than last, leaving it with 40,000 vehicles […] The post CarMax On Used-Car Buying Spree As Market Madness Continues appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Industry, Auctions, Used Cars, Autos, Market, New Cars, CarMax, News Blog, Used Car Prices, Used Car Market, New Car Market, Auctions Used Cars, New Car Prices


Yes, Virgina, You Can Tune Electric Cars

Tuners. Hot-rodders. Street racers. They’re called by different names, come in different shapes and sizes, and wave flags of loyalty to all manner of bizarre and obscure icons, but they all share the same basic desire: To take a perfectly good car and make it go faster. For these enthusiasts, “more” is never enough, and […] The post Yes, Virgina, You Can Tune Electric Cars appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Tesla, Autos, Performance, EVs, News Blog, Tuning, Aftermarket, Porsche Taycan, Tune Electric Cars


Volvo Buying Itself Out of Chinese Joint Venture

Volvo Cars is plotting to buy out parent company Zhejiang Geely Holding and free itself of its Chinese joint venture. The Swedish (currently Swedish-Chinese) manufacturer has been hinting at the prospect of going public with an IPO, which most analysts believe would be bolstered by creating some distance from Geely. While the Chinese Communist Party has […] The post Volvo Buying Itself Out of Chinese Joint Venture appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Ipo, Industry, Autos, Chinese communist party, Volvo, Stock Exchange, Industry News, Joint Ventures, Geely, Volvo Cars, News Blog, Zhejiang Geely Holding, Going Public, Chinese joint venture


Tesla Opening Charging Network to Other Brands

On Tuesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that his company’s proprietary charging network would be opened up to other brands by 2022. It’s something Europe has been pressing the automaker on for years and a topic that’s become increasingly popular in the United States. Tesla announced it had completed over 25,000 charging points this year […] The post Tesla Opening Charging Network to Other Brands appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicle, Europe, Elon Musk, Tesla, Infrastructure, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Charging, Tesla Motors, News Blog, Tesla Inc, Charging Networks, EV Charging, United States Tesla, Ev Charging Infrastructure


UAW and General Motors Are Backing Mask Mandates Again

Despite American carmakers and the United Auto Workers abandoning mask mandates at the end of June, there’s been an about-face in Wentzville, Missouri. The state witnessed an uptick of cases, encouraging both the UAW and General Motors to reintroduce masks and social distancing protocols. The facility is responsible for the GMC Canyon and Colorado, as well as Chevrolet’s […] The post UAW and General Motors Are Backing Mask Mandates Again appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Colorado, General Motors, Gm, Autos, Automotive Industry, Chevrolet, Automakers, GMC Canyon, UAW, United Auto Workers, Health And Safety, Wentzville Missouri, News Blog, Union News, United Automobile Workers


2022 Porsche Macan Refresh Reveals More Power

The 2022 Porsche Macan is getting updated with more power, tweaked styling, and more tech features. The engine lineup is also simplified — and the electrified Macan doesn’t yet appear. This refreshed crossover drops the Turbo model, using a 2.9-liter V6 for S and GTS trims. The Turbo should reappear at some point. The V6 […] The post 2022 Porsche Macan Refresh Reveals More Power appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Porsche, Autos, New Cars, Macan, Porsche Macan, News Blog, Refreshes, 2022 Porsche Macan


Ford Bronco Owners Noticing Issues With Molded Roof

A few Ford customers are expressing concerns about the quality control of the new Bronco after noticing the molded hardtop seemed to be coming apart prematurely. The issue impacts an unknown number of early vehicles, with only a handful of owners suggesting they’ve noticed anything. However, those that are sounding alarm bells noted that the […] The post Ford Bronco Owners Noticing Issues With Molded Roof appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Quality, Ford, Autos, Quality Control, Ford Motor Co, Ford Bronco, Roof, Bronco, News Blog, Webasto, Fit And Finish, Ford Bronco Owners


Pour One Out for the Volkswagen Passat

The Volkswagen Passat is dead. At least in America. 2022 will be the last model year for VW’s mid-size sedan. The cause of death is complicated. While the market shift towards crossovers certainly plays a role, the car was also simply overlooked by VW in recent years. We called the last one we drove boring. […] The post Pour One Out for the Volkswagen Passat appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, America, Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Passat, News Blog, Passat, Dead Cars, Chattanooga Assembly, Junkyard In The Sky


Opinion: Maine’s Mitsubishi Delica Dilemma is Troubling

The Mitsubishi Delica is one of those quirky right-hand drive, four-wheel-drive vans from Japan. They’re popular among outdoor enthusiasts, fans of ’80s/’90s “rad-era” vehicles, and people looking for a capable camper without having to spend VW Syncro bucks. But in Maine – The Pine Tree State – Delicas are not welcomed, at least by the […] The post Opinion: Maine’s Mitsubishi Delica Dilemma is Troubling appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Regulations, Maine, Classic Cars, Autos, Epa, Mitsubishi, News Blog, Car Culture, Kei Cars, Mitsubishi Delica, Fmvss, Delica, Mini Trucks, Mitsubishi Delica Dilemma, VW Syncro


Europe Proposes Banning Internal Combustion Cars By 2035

Last week, the European Union proposed banning the sale of all new internal combustion vehicles starting in 2035. With several member nations proposing restrictions in the coming years, EU leadership feels it can accelerate the timeline to force electric vehicles as the de facto mode of transportation. The European Commission has suggested making it illegal to sell […] The post Europe Proposes Banning Internal Combustion Cars By 2035 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Editorials, Europe, Government, Green, News Blog, Bans, Electric vehicles, EU, European Commission, European Union, EVs, France, Germany, ICE, Internal Combustion, Internal Combustion Ban


Right-to-Repair Movement Gets Federal Attention

While the right-to-repair movement is fighting a national battle, the brunt of the action has been taking place on America’s coasts. Consumer activists are taking on multinational corporations that don’t want you to modify your mobile devices, affix aftermarket components to your vehicle, or have complete access to the data that’s amassed by the staggering […] The post Right-to-Repair Movement Gets Federal Attention appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Laws, Diy, Privacy, Big Data, Government, America, Maintenance, Regulations, Data, Industry, Regulation, Autos, Industry News, AAI, News Blog, Vehicle Repair


It’s Not Just Pricing, Auto Loans Are Also Getting Out of Hand

As you’re undoubtedly aware, now isn’t the best time to purchase a new vehicle. While you can currently sell your ride for more than it’s realistically worth, the economy is anything but stable as inflation and supply shortages gum up the works. A lack of semiconductor chips has caused the automotive industry to stutter endlessly […] The post It’s Not Just Pricing, Auto Loans Are Also Getting Out of Hand appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Studies, Autos, Automotive Industry, Reports, News Blog, Auto Loans, Car Prices, Long-term Auto Loans, Delinquencies, Loan Rates, Vehicle Loan


Opinion: I Will Never Understand Tesla Fans

Yesterday, I got Musked*. I wrote an op-ed about how I think the Cybertruck won’t sell well over the long term, though I do expect it to sell strongly at first. I said it might be the first real flop from Tesla. Perhaps predictably, it caused quite the stir among the company’s fans on Twitter. […] The post Opinion: I Will Never Understand Tesla Fans appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Tesla, Rants, Editorials, Autos, News Blog, Stans, Tesla Fans, Musked


Ford Introduces Gasoline Scented Perfume to Help Sell EVs

Ford’s marketing for the Mach-E is getting truly bizarre. Rather than stick to the traditional method of buying up advertising space and bombarding consumers with commercials, the Blue Oval has been branching out by introducing automotive-themed fragrances. However, the gasoline-scented toilet water the company has cheekily named “Mach-Eau GT” and designed to remind customers of […] The post Ford Introduces Gasoline Scented Perfume to Help Sell EVs appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Advertising, Marketing, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Sales And Marketing, EVs, Mustang, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Ford Motor Co, Blue Oval, News Blog, Mach E, Mach-Eau GT, Ford Introduces Gasoline Scented Perfume


A Brief History Of Chrysler/FCA/Stellantis Promises That Weren’t Kept

Stellantis, formerly known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, spent some time last week promoting “EV Day” and talking about its EV plans. We covered the event and the company’s plans. We’ve also noted in the past that many OEMs are talking a big game on EVs but it’s anyone’s guess if they’ll meet the timelines and […] The post A Brief History Of Chrysler/FCA/Stellantis Promises That Weren’t Kept appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Industry, Fca, Autos, Chrysler, Concepts, EVs, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, Product Planning, Chrysler FCA, Stellantis, Concepts That Never Were, Past Cars


NHTSA Cautions Against Leaving Chevrolet Bolt EVs Indoors

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued an alert pertaining to Chevrolet Bolt owners, as the vehicles’ LG Chem battery packs could have a propensity to catch fire. On Wednesday, the safety organization recommended that the cars be left outdoors (ideally a healthy distance from anything flammable) and never left unattended while charging. This […] The post NHTSA Cautions Against Leaving Chevrolet Bolt EVs Indoors appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicle, Safety, Recalls, Autos, Chevy, Bolt, Chevrolet, EVs, Electric Cars, Nhtsa, Chevrolet Bolt, Bolt Ev, LG Chem, News Blog, Automotive Safety, EV fires


2022 Hyundai Elantra N Isn’t Messing Around

Hyundai’s commitment to performance vehicles is really starting to become impressive. Despite the brand’s decision to terminate the standard Veloster for 2022, it’ll be retaining the crackling N model in order to appease a small number of fun-loving customers. While not unappealing, the model had some quirks that likely made it less appealing to the […] The post 2022 Hyundai Elantra N Isn’t Messing Around appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Hyundai, N, Hyundai Motor Group, Debuts, News Blog, New Models, Elantra, Performance Sedan, Elantra N, 2022 Hyundai Elantra N


Opinion: Tesla’s Cybertruck Will Be Company’s First Flop

Tesla’s Cybertruck is in the news again, thanks to some (on paper) comparisons between it and the Rivian R1T and news about a deal with Samsung for cameras for the truck. I’ve been thinking this for quite some time — since the unveiling, really — and the more I see the truck in the news, […] The post Opinion: Tesla’s Cybertruck Will Be Company’s First Flop appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Opinion, Samsung, Tesla, Rants, Editorials, Autos, Flops, News Blog, Cybertruck, Tesla Cybertruck


Judge Approves Class Action Suit Against Ford Mustang

Ford has been getting into trouble over “track-ready” Mustangs after a few customers formally accused the company of erroneous marketing in 2017. A class-action lawsuit was even filed in March of that year, stating that the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 suffered from overheating problems that precluded it from being fully functional on a racetrack — specifically […] The post Judge Approves Class Action Suit Against Ford Mustang appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Marketing, Industry, Ford Mustang, Ford, Lawsuits, Autos, Law And Order, Mustang, Class Action, Ford Motor Co, Shelby, Ford Mustang Shelby, News Blog, Performance Cars, Track Cars, Gt350


Tesla’s German Factory Needs Help From Shanghai

Despite achieving a miraculous global expansion in a period where established industrial conglomerates and regulatory hurdles make it nearly impossible for new automakers to persist, Tesla’s German facility is running behind schedule. Production at the Gruenheide plant (aka Giga Berlin or Gigafactory 4) was originally planned to commence this month, with deliveries kicking off shortly thereafter. […] The post Tesla’s German Factory Needs Help From Shanghai appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Elon Musk, Germany, Tesla, Production, Industry, Regulation, Electric Vehicles, Shanghai, Autos, Supply, EVs, Tesla Motors, Gigafactory, Model Y, News Blog, Factory News


Meet the Mk8: Volkswagen Launches Next GTI, Golf R at 2021 Chicago Auto Show

Volkswagen’s base Golf may be dead, at least in America, but the performance-oriented GTI and Golf R are on their way to pick up the slack. The 2022 Volkswagen GTI and Golf R have been unveiled in the flesh (or sheetmetal, as it were) at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show. The Mk8 cars look promising […] The post Meet the Mk8: Volkswagen Launches Next GTI, Golf R at 2021 Chicago Auto Show appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: America, Chicago, Autos, Volkswagen, New Cars, Future Cars, Chicago Auto Show, GTI, Volkswagen Golf R, Volkswagen GTI, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Golf R, Mk8, 2022 Volkswagen Golf R, 2022 Volkswagen GTI


Report: GM Not Bothered By Corvette Markups

Chevrolet’s C8 Corvette has been in demand. So much so that some dealers are commanding markups up to $100K over MSRP. Considering the last Corvette we tested was at $79K, which we felt was a bargain for the performance, that means you could pay an exorbitant amount for a C8. The response from General Motors […] The post Report: GM Not Bothered By Corvette Markups appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, General Motors, Industry, Gm, Autos, Chevrolet, New Cars, Corvette, Dealerships, Chevrolet Corvette, News Blog, C8, Chevrolet Corvette C8, Corvette C8, Markups


Hyundai Kills Most Veloster Trims, Keeps N

Hyundai’s Veloster is dead. Mostly. Don’t worry, performance fans — the one trim that lives on is the high-zoot N. Yes, you read that right — a brand (mostly) killed a car and kept the best version of it on sale. Usually, it’s the other way around — the cool version gets the ax and […] The post Hyundai Kills Most Veloster Trims, Keeps N appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Hyundai, Don, News Blog, Veloster, Hyundai Veloster, Hyundai Veloster N, Dead Cars, Veloster N, Junkyard In The Sky, N. Hyundai


Opinion: EV Shift Will Require Philosophical Blend

A little under two weeks ago, yours truly wrote about President Joe Biden’s plans for cutting tailpipe emissions and helping to encourage the shift to electric vehicles. I laid out three basic philosophies that are at play in the debate as to how best move consumers en masse from internal-combustion-engine cars to EVs. Here’s how […] The post Opinion: EV Shift Will Require Philosophical Blend appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Joe Biden, Rants, Editorials, Autos, EVs, Electric Cars, Future Cars, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, Market Philosophies


Ford to Drop Diesel F-150 This Week

Sorry, diesel fans. Just three years after introducing a Power Stroke diesel for the F-150, Ford is dropping the diesel option. And doing so with haste. If you want to grab one of the last ones available, you have until Friday to do it. Part of the problem, says Autoblog, is that the turbocharged gas options […] The post Ford to Drop Diesel F-150 This Week appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Ford, Autos, F-150, Autoblog, News Blog, Ford F-150, Diesels, Power Stroke


Using Your Tesla to Mine Bitcoin is a No-Go

As I type this, it’s been less than 24 hours since Tesla announced v.9 of their Full Self Driving Beta. Full Self Driving, as the name implies, claims to use advanced artificial intelligence software along with a whole host of sensor arrays and digital inputs to get you and your passengers from point A to […] The post Using Your Tesla to Mine Bitcoin is a No-Go appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Tesla, Bitcoin, Autos, Blockchain, News Blog, Bitcoin mining


Jeep Gladiator, Wrangler JL Get Gorilla Glass

Today’s semi-alliterative headline is courtesy of Jeep. The company has already made Gorilla Glass available on the JK Wrangler. Now it will expand to the Gladiator and JL Wrangler. For the uninitiated, Gorilla Glass is similar to the glass used on most smartphones, and in this application, the outer ply is 52 percent thicker than […] The post Jeep Gladiator, Wrangler JL Get Gorilla Glass appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Jeep, Gladiator, Jeep Wrangler, Gorilla Glass, News Blog, Wrangler, Jeep Gladiator, Jeep Wrangler JK, Jeep Wrangler JL