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Fisker Puts Super Sedan Plans on the Back Burner, Hops on the SUV Bandwagon

Everyone’s favourite Danish designer has put his plans for an electric performance sedan on hold, turning his attention instead to an affordable, mass-market electric SUV. Half a century ago, the foremost automotive trend was ordinary family cars stuffed to the gills with huge, fuel-sucking V8s. Today, if you’re not planning a bland, long-range EV with […] The post Fisker Puts Super Sedan Plans on the Back Burner, Hops on the SUV Bandwagon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Production, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Henrik Fisker, EVs, SUVs, Fisker, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, Fisker Inc


Tesla Model 3 Mid Range Fades From View

First, it faded from the automaker’s ordering page — a disappearance noted on Sunday. Introduced last October as a cheaper stepping stone to the Model 3 lifestyle (and a sort-of apology for the then-undelivered $35,000 Standard Range), Tesla’s Mid Range variant offered 260 miles of driving range, compared to the 310 miles available to Model […] The post Tesla Model 3 Mid Range Fades From View appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Tesla, Autos, Tesla Model 3, Model 3, News Blog, Product Planning, Tesla Model 3 Mid Range, Standard Range Tesla s Mid Range


Some Enthusiasts Are Hot Under the Collar for a Chevrolet Blazer SS

Indeed, so jazzed are these enthusiasts, they’ve created a rendering of a hypothetical Blazer SS to compete with the very real Ford Edge ST. If you’re already thinking this vehicle boasts canary yellow paint with wide, black striping, fear not — your assumptions were bang-on. It’s an interesting idea, given that Ford’s Edge blows the […] The post Some Enthusiasts Are Hot Under the Collar for a Chevrolet Blazer SS appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Ford, Gm, Autos, Blazer, Chevrolet Blazer, News Blog, Product Planning, Chevrolet Blazer SS


Cadillac Doesn’t Want to Share Its Blackwing V8

With the 2019 Cadillac CT6-V drawing its power from General Motors’ new 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8, it was only a matter of time before people started wondering where else the “Blackwing” motor might crop up. Thus far, the engine has only appeared in the CT6 sedan — producing an impressive 550 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. Future models are […] The post appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Gm, Autos, Engines, Blackwing, Cadillac, News Blog, Product Planning, Steve Carlisle, Blackwing V8, 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8, Cadillac CT6-V


Tesla Model Y: Industry Watchers Remain Cynical As Fans Gird Their Loins

Perhaps to give journalists a taste of what it’s like to be a Tesla reservation holder, Tesla’s Model Y launch event, scheduled for 11 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, started late. When it did, CEO Elon Musk launched into a rundown of his company’s well-documented history. There were a few admissions during his speech, including this […] The post Tesla Model Y: Industry Watchers Remain Cynical As Fans Gird Their Loins appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Elon Musk, Tesla, Autos, New Cars, Model Y, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, Tesla Model Y


Hackett’s Still in Bill Ford’s Good Books

We told you the other day about Ford CEO Jim Hackett’s latest attempt to placate employees who might hold reservations about the company’s streamlining plan and their leader’s vision for the future. Obviously, there’s little he could say to make the axe about to fall on legions of workers any less sharp. One individual whose […] The post Hackett’s Still in Bill Ford’s Good Books appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Autos, Bill Ford, Jim Hackett, Hackett, News Blog, Product Planning


People’s Car, Redux? Volkswagen’s EV Plan Doesn’t Forget the Proles

You can’t tell the masses that, if they can’t afford the latest and greatest green vehicle, they should get used to riding a bike or a bus. Volkswagen seems to realize that. As it prepares an even larger complement of electric vehicles than originally thought, the automaker isn’t forgetting the little guy. VW plans to […] The post People’s Car, Redux? Volkswagen’s EV Plan Doesn’t Forget the Proles appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Volkswagen, EVs, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, City Cars, Volkswagen I.D, Low-priced Cars


Hey, Wait Up: Audi Crafts Realignment Plan After German Rivals Spring Ahead

Audi’s global sales fell 3.5 percent in 2018, placing the Volkswagen Group brand further behind in its bid to challenge the likes of Mercedes-Benz and BMW. As its revenue dipped, so too did the brand’s operating margin. Mistakes were made, the automaker claims. As it gears up to present a strategic realignment plan on May […] The post Hey, Wait Up: Audi Crafts Realignment Plan After German Rivals Spring Ahead appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Bmw, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen Group, News Blog, Product Planning, Corporate Earnings


Mazda Shakes Up Its North American Team Ahead of Crossover Push

Masahiro Moro, president and CEO of Mazda’s crucial North American business, clearly has the full confidence of company boss Akira Marumoto. In an executive shuffle announced Wednesday, Moro (seen above, on the left) retains his chief executive title and adds chairman of Mazda North American Operations to his CV, bringing Canada and Mexico under his purview. […] The post Mazda Shakes Up Its North American Team Ahead of Crossover Push appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Mexico, Canada, Autos, Mazda, Masahiro Moro, Mazda North American Operations, News Blog, Product Planning, Jeff Guyton, Future Models, Executive Shuffle, Akira Marumoto


Report: Mid-engine Corvette Prone to Getting Bent Out of Shape

Chevrolet was expected to debut its new, mid-engine C8 Corvette sometime over the winter, but a series of delays meant the only glimpses we’ve had of the thing are of the spy shot variety. And boy, are there a lot of those. That thing gets around more than Wendy in Breaking Bad. While a report […] The post Report: Mid-engine Corvette Prone to Getting Bent Out of Shape appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Production, Gm, Autos, Chevrolet, Corvette, Wendy, Chevrolet Corvette, News Blog, Product Planning, C8, Automotive development, C8 Corvette


Infiniti Calls It Quits in Western Europe, Kills Off the QX30 for Everyone Else

Western Europe doesn’t like Infiniti very much, so the Japanese premium brand has decided to hit the road. The brand’s residency in the competitive region only lasted a decade, and middling consumer interest, coupled with increasingly stringent emissions regulations, is all the reason it needs to take a hike. In doing so, Nissan’s premium division […] The post Infiniti Calls It Quits in Western Europe, Kills Off the QX30 for Everyone Else appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, UK, Production, Autos, Infiniti, Nissan, Western Europe, News Blog, Product Planning, Infiniti QX30, Discontinuations


Volkswagen Doubles Down on Its Lofty EV Promises

If the industry’s Magic 8 Ball worked with 100 percent accuracy, no vehicle would ever land with a disappointing thud. Sales projections would always be on target, and smooth sailing would be assured. Alas, predicting consumer appetite and market forces is never that easy, but Volkswagen feels confident it can beat its already ambitious electric […] The post Volkswagen Doubles Down on Its Lofty EV Promises appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Volkswagen, EVs, Platforms, VW Group, Meb, News Blog, Product Planning


This Is the Year, Ford CEO Tells Employees

Of all the Big Three domestic automakers, Ford’s direction seems the most ambitious and confusing. Since taking the helm less than two years ago, CEO Jim Hackett has tried to articulate his vision for both the company and the country’s future roads, sometimes with head-scratching results. There’s no doubt that change is afoot. The company […] The post This Is the Year, Ford CEO Tells Employees appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Jobs, Ford, Autos, Jim Hackett, News Blog, Product Planning, Streamlining, Turnaround Plan


Speaking of Names, Add ‘Macan’ to the List of Dustbin Contenders

After creating ripples throughout the automotive community by announcing an all-electric next-generation Macan small crossover, Porsche might go a step further and ditch the model’s name altogether. Talk about severing links to the past… Speaking to Australia’s Wheels (h/t to Motor Trend), Blume laid out his brand’s electrification strategy — a product plan which must tread carefully, lest […] The post Speaking of Names, Add ‘Macan’ to the List of Dustbin Contenders appeared first on The Truth A...
Tags: Australia, Porsche, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Blume, Macan, Porsche Macan, News Blog, Product Planning, Nameplates, Model Names


New Three-row Jeep Probably Won’t Carry the Grand Cherokee Name

In its big February plant and product announcement, Fiat Chrysler said its Mack Avenue engine facility will give way to SUV production, describing the first vehicle to emerge from the repurposed plant as a “three-row, full-size Jeep SUV.” Given that the next-generation Grand Cherokee will also call the plant home, and that the two models […] The post New Three-row Jeep Probably Won’t Carry the Grand Cherokee Name appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Production, Heritage, Autos, Jeep, Fiat Chrysler, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Product Planning, Nameplates, Mack Avenue


Acura’s Comeback Car? New Flagship Sedan Due for Pebble Beach Unveiling

Despite the growing importance of crossover vehicles, Acura is one of the few automakers that has not abandoned its commitment to sedans. It intends to prove that by bringing a production-ready vehicle, based heavily on the 2016 Precision Concept (seen above), to Pebble Beach this summer. The car will also signal Acura’s entry into a new era […] The post Acura’s Comeback Car? New Flagship Sedan Due for Pebble Beach Unveiling appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Pebble Beach, Future Cars, Acura, Honda Motor Co, Acura Precision Concept, Acura RLX, News Blog, Product Planning, Concept Vehicles, Pebble Beach Unveiling


Jaguar’s Sexy XF Sportbrake Looks Doomed in the U.S. As Brand Enters Triage Mode

The American public’s rapid conversion to the Church of Crossover caught longtime car peddler Jaguar off guard, forcing the British brand to mull desperate measures to stay profitable. And not just in this market, either. Jaguar is currently an anchor for Jaguar Land Rover, dragging the automaker’s finances into the red, and Indian parent Tata […] The post Jaguar’s Sexy XF Sportbrake Looks Doomed in the U.S. As Brand Enters Triage Mode appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, JLR, News Blog, Product Planning, Diesels, Cost-cutting, Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Sportbrake Looks Doomed, Church of Crossover


Jaguar’s Sexy XF Sportbrake Looks Doomed in the U.S. As Brand Enters Triage Mode [UPDATE]

The American public’s rapid conversion to the Church of Crossover caught longtime car peddler Jaguar off guard, forcing the British brand to mull desperate measures to stay profitable. And not just in this market, either. Jaguar is currently an anchor for Jaguar Land Rover, dragging the automaker’s finances into the red, and Indian parent Tata […] The post Jaguar’s Sexy XF Sportbrake Looks Doomed in the U.S. As Brand Enters Triage Mode [UPDATE] appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, JLR, News Blog, Product Planning, Diesels, Cost-cutting, Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Sportbrake Looks Doomed, Church of Crossover


Volkswagen: American-market Pickup Still on the Table

European and other overseas buyers will one day be able to purchase a Volkswagen version of the Ford Ranger, all thanks to the automakers’ recently forged alliance, but what about North American customers? The dream of a German pickup in the U.S. is still alive, VW confirms. However, what that truck might look like — […] The post Volkswagen: American-market Pickup Still on the Table appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Ford, Autos, Volkswagen, Trucks, Ford Ranger, Alliances, News Blog, Product Planning, Badge Engineering, Future Models, Volkswagen Tanoak


It’s Looking Like the Next Honda Civic Type R Won’t Be Gas-only

Honda’s hottest front-driver, the Civic Type R, may be homeless once the company’s Swindon, UK assembly plant closes in 2022, but its future will not end there. Based on comments made at the Geneva Motor Show, it seems the next-generation model will likely tone down its appearance while accepting a helping hand from electrification. The […] The post It’s Looking Like the Next Honda Civic Type R Won’t Be Gas-only appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Honda, Hybrids, Geneva Motor Show, Electrification, Honda Civic, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, Honda Civic Type R, Civic Type R, Swindon UK assembly


Automotive Misstep: Subaru Admits It Came in Too Hot, Removes Power From Slow-selling Model

A vehicle most American enthusiasts would want — or at least claim to want — has undergone an emergency operation. Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show, the revamped Subaru Levorg will no longer thrill buyers in entry-level form. Counterintuitive? Definitely not, says Subaru. Apparently, the Levorg, which can best be described as a WRX wagon […] The post Automotive Misstep: Subaru Admits It Came in Too Hot, Removes Power From Slow-selling Model appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Overseas, Subaru, News Blog, Product Planning, Subaru Levorg, Foreign Markets


Report: Chrysler Pacifica Could Gain All-Wheel Drive in 2020

Toyota —er, Fiat Chrysler may add an all-wheel drive version of its Pacifica minivan next year, if a report out of the model’s hometown of Windsor, Ontario pans out. According to two named — and two unnamed — sources, the automaker wants to take a page from a certain Japanese company known for its hybrid […] The post Report: Chrysler Pacifica Could Gain All-Wheel Drive in 2020 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Fca, Autos, Chrysler, Toyota, Awd, Pacifica, Fiat Chrysler, Chrysler Pacifica, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, WINDSOR Ontario, News Blog, Minivans, Product Planning


Godzilla Goes to Work, Triton Kicked to Curb in Ford’s Revamped Commercial Range

While you’re mourning the loss of the Chevrolet Cruze, pour one out for Ford’s 6.8-liter Triton V10 engine. The mill, which once transported full-size families to vacay destinations under the hood of the Excursion, is a goner once Ford completes the revamp of its medium-duty trucks and E-Series. In its place is a monster pushrod […] The post Godzilla Goes to Work, Triton Kicked to Curb in Ford’s Revamped Commercial Range appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Autos, Trucks, Triton, Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Super Duty, News Blog, Product Planning, Commercial Trucks, Medium Duty, Ford E-Series, Ford F-600


Mitsubishi’s Crossover Concept Looks Bold – Yeah, That’s the Ticket

It might not be your author’s cup of tea, but Mitsubishi’s Engelberg Tourer — a crossover show vehicle whose name sounds like that of a nagged German child — is the face the resurgent brand wants to put forward. It’s also a good hint at what we can expect from the next-generation Outlander, once Mitsu gets […] The post Mitsubishi’s Crossover Concept Looks Bold – Yeah, That’s the Ticket appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Crossovers, Mitsubishi, Geneva Motor Show, Mitsu, News Blog, Product Planning, Concept Vehicles, Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer, Engelberg Tourer


Mazda CX-3 Too Small? Try the CX-30 on for Size

As promised, Mazda threw the sheets off its mystery vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show, revealing a small crossover that’s not too small. The brand’s CX-3 often earns gripes for its diminutive size and limited interior volume, not to mention its middling ground clearance, but until today there was nothing to bridge the gap between CX-3 […] The post Mazda CX-3 Too Small? Try the CX-30 on for Size appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Crossovers, New Cars, Geneva Motor Show, Mazda, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, CX-30, Mazda CX-30


Call the Governor: Volvo to Tamp Down Its Top Speed

In jurisdictions that allow motorists some semblance of freedom (*cough* not future Europe *cough*), speed limiters aren’t a common topic of conversation. But they do exist, and many an American pickup owner has hit the governor while passing motorists in open territory. Volvo Cars isn’t concerned about your gross vehicle weight rating, tire speed rating, […] The post Call the Governor: Volvo to Tamp Down Its Top Speed appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Safety, Autos, Volvo, Volvo Cars, News Blog, Product Planning, Speed Limiters


Don’t You Forget About Me: 2020 Jaguar XE

Jaguar’s smallest sedan, positioned as a BMW 3 Series fighter, may not be the first rival one thinks of when contemplating a Bimmer purchase. It might not even happen at all, judging by the model’s U.S. sales. In 2018, half of the XE’s monthly tallies showed the little Jag at one-tenth the volume of its […] The post Don’t You Forget About Me: 2020 Jaguar XE appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Jaguar, Bmw, Don, Jaguar XE, JLR, News Blog, Product Planning, 2020 Jaguar XE


Porsche’s Cheapest Model to Go All-electric

So, perhaps not cheapest for long. Tuesday, the German automaker announced its next-generation Macan crossover will divest itself of internal combustion for its next generation. By adopting new architecture and dropping its gas powerplant, the Macan, refreshed for 2019 and currently starting at just a tick below $50k U.S., will become the company’s third electric […] The post Porsche’s Cheapest Model to Go All-electric appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Porsche, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Crossovers, EVs, Macan, Porsche Macan, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models


Fiat Chrysler Goes on a Cash-flinging Spree, Promises $4.5 Billion for Plants, 6,500 Michigan Jobs

Fiat Chrysler’s Tuesday announcement will surely make it the darling among domestic automakers, especially in the eye of a certain American president. To fund the creation of new and next-generation models, most of them Jeeps, FCA is committing $4.6 billion to numerous Michigan plants, $1.6 billion of which will flow to Detroit’s Mack Avenue Engine […] The post Fiat Chrysler Goes on a Cash-flinging Spree, Promises $4.5 Billion for Plants, 6,500 Michigan Jobs appeared first on The Truth About Car...
Tags: Production, Ram, Fca, Autos, Michigan, Trucks, Detroit, SUVs, Jeep, Fiat Chrysler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Product Planning, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Future Models


From Model to Make: Volkswagen Launches JETTA Brand

There’s a reason for the use of upper-case letters — the Volkswagen Jetta is still a car model sold in China, and a quite popular one at that, while JETTA is a new brand aimed at entry-level consumers in that mega market. VW is an incredibly big deal in the world’s most car-hungry country, eating up […] The post From Model to Make: Volkswagen Launches JETTA Brand appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, Overseas, Branding, Volkswagen Jetta, Jetta, News Blog, Product Planning, Foreign Markets