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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


Will the Subaru BRZ Survive If Toyota Nixes the 86?

News of the Toyota Supra’s four-cylinder engine, currently relegated to the Japanese market, bolstered media assumptions that the base model could eventually replace the 86 coupe in North America. While that’s a bit of a stretch, especially considering The Japan Times says a second-generation 86 is rumored to in the works for 2021, sales of the model […] The post Will the Subaru BRZ Survive If Toyota Nixes the 86? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Toyota, North America, Japan Times, Subaru BRZ, News Blog, Discontinued Models, Product Planning, Toyota 86, Sports Coupes


The Country’s Cheapest Normal* Electric Breaks Out of California

That asterisk exists in the headline because the Smart EQ Fortwo is not a vehicle many families would consider useful as a lone driveway denizen. With two seats and a range of — wait for it — 58 miles, the Smart brand’s city runabout manages to be more impractical that the late, unloved Mitsubishi i-MiEV. […] The post The Country’s Cheapest Normal* Electric Breaks Out of California appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Green, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Mitsubishi, EVs, Hyundai, Hyundai Ioniq, Carb, News Blog, Product Planning, Hyundai Ioniq Electric


Toyota’s North American CEO Isn’t Exactly Brimming With Enthusiasm for EVs

When it comes to electric vehicles, Toyota’s North American CEO seems to be on a different page than the company’s big boss, Akio Toyoda. A different page than Ford and General Motors, too. Maybe it’s because Toyoda has the entire globe in his sights, including many EV-hungry markets, while Jim Lentz can only look around, see […] The post Toyota’s North American CEO Isn’t Exactly Brimming With Enthusiasm for EVs appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Green, Industry, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Toyota, EVs, Akio Toyoda, Jim Lentz, Toyoda, Toyota Prius, News Blog, Product Planning


Lincoln Promises ‘Elegant’ EVs, but Will They be Visible?

Numerous observers walked away from the North American Auto Show, and more specifically Cadillac’s NAIAS Eve unveiling event, wondering whether electric crossovers are even more homogenous looking than their internal combustion brethren. So, when Ford’s North American president, Kumar Galhotra, claims a Lincoln vehicle born of the Ford Mach E (or some similar name) will carry […] The post Lincoln Promises ‘Elegant’ EVs, but Will They be Visible? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Lincoln, EVs, Cadillac, North American Auto Show, Kumar Galhotra, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, Ford Mach


Hyundai, While Not Pulling Up Stakes in the Car Market, Knows Where Its Future Prosperity Lies

Ignore that slight dip in U.S. sales volume last year, Hyundai Motor America’s chief operating officer, Brian Smith, says. It’s just because the automaker stopped flinging so many cars at rental agencies. Barring some unexpected disaster, 2019 should see the brand’s sales climb in the U.S., Smith said, adding that Hyundai’s not planning on pulling […] The post Hyundai, While Not Pulling Up Stakes in the Car Market, Knows Where Its Future Prosperity Lies appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Autos, Crossovers, Smith, Hyundai, Brian Smith, Hyundai Motor America, News Blog, Product Planning


Our EVs Will Turn a Profit, Ford Says

As it prepares to launch a battery electric crossover, likely named Mach E, in 2020, Ford’s product boss told Blue Oval fans — and nervous investors — that the company isn’t in the habit of losing money with its products. As such, the upcoming Mustang-inspired crossover, like Ford’s other planned EVs, won’t be Fiat 500e-like […] The post Our EVs Will Turn a Profit, Ford Says appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Green, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Fiat, Trucks, EVs, Blue Oval, Vans, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Ford F-150, Product Planning


2020 Lexus RC F and RC F Track Edition: Driving Machines for a Dwindling Market

Toyota’s Lexus Division made 2018 all about the sedan, hoping to remind the buying public that forgoing cargo space is still possible in this day and age. This year, or at least at this Detroit show, Lexus is all about the two-doors, with a drop-top LC “concept” available for perusal, as well as a brace […] The post 2020 Lexus RC F and RC F Track Edition: Driving Machines for a Dwindling Market appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lexus, Autos, Toyota, Detroit, New Cars, News Blog, Coupes, Product Planning, Lexus Division, 2020 Lexus LC F, Lexus LC F, Lexus LC F Track Edition


2020 Kia Telluride: One Word, Folks – ‘America’

Is it possible to be more American that a Kia Telluride? Probably not. Clint Eastwood drove one in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. John Rambo rolled into a small, Northwestern town behind the wheel of one shortly after his repatriation. John Wayne owned two, and the Telluride was the first vehicle to storm […] The post 2020 Kia Telluride: One Word, Folks – ‘America’ appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: America, Features, Clint Eastwood, Autos, John Wayne, Kia, New Cars, SUVs, Telluride, Kia Motors, Kia Telluride, John Rambo, News Blog, Product Planning, 2020 Kia Telluride


Lexus’ LC Convertible ‘Concept’ Is More Like a Halo in Waiting

Late last year, Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz suggested the automaker, after taking stock of its inventory, might cut some struggling product from its store shelves. It now seems on the verge of adding a new one. Bound for a Detroit debut, the company’s Lexus LC Convertible Concept is not a way-out pipe […] The post Lexus’ LC Convertible ‘Concept’ Is More Like a Halo in Waiting appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lexus, Autos, Detroit, Jim Lentz, Toyota Motor North America, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Lexus Lc 500, Product Planning, Lexus LC, Concept Vehicles, Lexus LC Convertible Concept, Lexus LC Convertible


Electrification’s Silver Lining: Audi CEO Announces PB 18 e-tron Production Plans

Audi unveiled the PB 18 e-tron Concept at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with absolutely no assurance that it would ever be more than a fun idea. In fact, the company outright said it had no plans to put the vehicle into production. Miraculously, Audi flip-flopped, and the electrified hypercar is now slated for assembly. […] The post Electrification’s Silver Lining: Audi CEO Announces PB 18 e-tron Production Plans appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Supercars, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Audi, EVs, News Blog, Automotive Design, Product Planning, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Shooting Brake, Super Cars, Audi Pb 18 E-tron, R18 e-tron Quattro


Electrification’s Silver Lining: Audi CEO Announces PB 18 e-tron Production Plans [Updated]

Audi unveiled the PB 18 e-tron Concept at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with absolutely no assurance that it would ever be more than a fun idea. In fact, the company outright said it had no plans to put the vehicle into production. Miraculously, Audi flip-flopped, and the electrified hypercar is now slated for assembly. […] The post Electrification’s Silver Lining: Audi CEO Announces PB 18 e-tron Production Plans [Updated] appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Supercars, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Audi, EVs, News Blog, Automotive Design, Product Planning, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Shooting Brake, Super Cars, Audi Pb 18 E-tron, R18 e-tron Quattro


Forget About the Flops: Cadillac’s Job Is to Make GM Greener

Remember the Cadillac ELR? Your author saw a single, solitary unit in the wild once, and there’s a good chance a journalist was behind the wheel. Not long for this world, the plug-in hybrid Caddy coupe gave way to the stately (but equally low-volume) CT6 Plug-in, whose death was revealed shortly before that of the […] The post Forget About the Flops: Cadillac’s Job Is to Make GM Greener appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Green, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Autos, EVs, Cadillac, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning


Volkswagen Considering a Rough-and-tumble Electric

The sky’s apparently the limit when it comes to the variety of vehicles that might emerge from Volkswagen’s dedicated MEB electric architecture. While the automaker’s looming EV onslaught already contains a hatchback, crossover, microbus, panel van, and possible luxury sedan, VW feels something’s missing: a tough, off-road ute. One VW exec is pushing hard to […] The post Volkswagen Considering a Rough-and-tumble Electric appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Green, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Volkswagen, Electric, EVs, SUVs, Off-Roaders, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning


2020 Ford Explorer: Now Rear-drive, This SUV Aims to Blend In

Wednesday night, Ford pulled the wraps off its all-new 2020 Explorer at an event held, quite appropriately, at Detroit’s Ford Field. The model is a complete redesign of America’s all-time best-selling SUV. Since the introduction of the original, Ranger-based Explorer, over eight million units have found American homes. With that heritage in mind, the 2020 […] The post 2020 Ford Explorer: Now Rear-drive, This SUV Aims to Blend In appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: America, Ford, Autos, Crossovers, Detroit, New Cars, SUVs, Explorer, Ford Explorer, News Blog, Product Planning, 2020 Ford Explorer


Carrot & Stick: Days After Cutting Prices, Tesla Chops Base Models

There will be no Ace of Base prizes for the Tesla Model X or Model S in 2019. Just days after promising to cut prices of all its cars by $2,000 in response to the company blowing through its federal tax credits faster than a record producer with a bag of high-test cocaine, the company’s […] The post Carrot & Stick: Days After Cutting Prices, Tesla Chops Base Models appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Elon Musk, Tesla, Production, Autos, Electric, Model S, Model X, Cancelled, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Ev, News Blog, Discontinued, Product Planning, 75D


Under Fire From Multiple Foes, Jaguar Land Rover to Cut 4,500 UK Workers

For now, Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover isn’t saying whether any of its British plants will close as a result of the automaker’s cost- and job-cutting spree, nor whether we’ll see a shedding of models from its portfolio. Many would argue there’s some Jags in need of cutting. With global sales falling 4.6 percent in 2018, […] The post Under Fire From Multiple Foes, Jaguar Land Rover to Cut 4,500 UK Workers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: UK, Jobs, Sales, Autos, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Land Rover, Tata, Jags, JLR, News Blog, Product Planning, UK Workers


Nissan Unveils a Leaf That Goes the Distance

Ignoring next week’s North American International Auto Show, Nissan instead chose the high-tech confines of Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show to reveal its latest Leaf. And it’s a Leaf that’s finally able to play with the big boys. Called the Leaf e+, but carrying the Leaf Plus name when it goes on sale in the […] The post Nissan Unveils a Leaf That Goes the Distance appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ces, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Nissan, EVs, New Cars, Nissan Leaf, News Blog, Product Planning, Nissan Leaf Plus, Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show


Rebirth, or Looming Fizzle? The Station Wagon Had a Pretty Good Year in 2018

In the absolutely superb 1949 war film Twelve O’Clock High, a doctor stationed at a U.S. Army Air Force base in WW2 England uses an interesting comparison when describing a character’s mental breakdown. “Have you ever seen a light bulb burn out? How bright the filament gets right before it breaks?” A similar phenomenon could be […] The post Rebirth, or Looming Fizzle? The Station Wagon Had a Pretty Good Year in 2018 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: England, Sales, Industry, Autos, Wagons, U S Army Air Force, News Blog, Product Planning, Station Wagons


2020 Ford Explorer Again Appears in Cop Clothing

After rocking the same design with only minor alterations since 2011, Ford will soon debut an all-new Explorer. Arriving this year as a 2020 model, the model adopts the modular CD6 platform shared with Lincoln’s Aviator, making the new version of the venerable SUV rear-drive biased once again. New powerplants are also on the way. […] The post 2020 Ford Explorer Again Appears in Cop Clothing appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Law Enforcement, Green, Ford, Autos, Lincoln, Hybrids, New Cars, SUVs, Hybrid, North American International Auto Show, Ford Explorer, News Blog, Product Planning, Police Cars, Ford Police Interceptor Utility, 2020 Ford Explorer


Daimler Files Trademark for Probable Mercedes-Maybach SUVs

Trademark applications filed by Daimler with the United States Patent and Trademark Office may indicate a soon-to-be expanded lineup for its premium line of Mercedes-Maybach vehicles. According to some detective work by AutoGuide, the automaker recently filed three applications with the USPTO for vehicles using the names GLS 600, GLS 680, and S 680. While it wasn’t […] The post Daimler Files Trademark for Probable Mercedes-Maybach SUVs appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Uspto, Autos, Mercedes-benz, Daimler, Mercedes Maybach, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Maybach, News Blog, Product Planning, Luxury Suvs, GLS 600, GLS 680, GLS-Class, Daimler Files Trademark


BMW Plotting Production of New Hybrid Supercar

Despite the mainstream automotive market taking a wrench to the face, supercars continue doing exceedingly well. In fact, in 2017 the United Kingdom claimed “specialty car” registrations were up 40 percent over 2012, despite the broader market seeing a decline of nearly 10 percent. Meanwhile, vehicle prices the world over show a larger gap between […] The post BMW Plotting Production of New Hybrid Supercar appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Supercars, United Kingdom, Autos, Bmw, Bmw I8, Bmw I, News Blog, Product Planning, I8, Performance Vehicles, Hybrid Hypercars, Hybrid Performance


Volkswagen’s Solution to EV Charging Woes: A Charging Station That Requires Recharging

Concerned that customers won’t buy vehicles from its upcoming electric product tsunami for fear of missing their turn at the plug, Volkswagen is offering a fairly novel solution: mobile charging stations that also require recharging, presumably from a much larger charging station. A power station, for example. The takeaway from Volkswagen’s lesson in energy packaging […] The post Volkswagen’s Solution to EV Charging Woes: A Charging Station That Requires Recharging appeared first on The Truth Ab...
Tags: Germany, Green, Infrastructure, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Volkswagen, EVs, News Blog, Product Planning, Ev Charging Infrastructure


Jim Perkins, Who Saved the Corvette From a Moribund GM, Dies

Much has been written about Jim Perkins, the Texas boy with a keen love of Chevrolet whose relentless ambition finally placed him in GM’s sphere of influence. It’s thanks to Perkins that Chevrolet’s Corvette is still General Motors’ halo car, and not some long-departed nameplate culled during the height of badge engineering. Perkins’ quintessentially American […] The post Jim Perkins, Who Saved the Corvette From a Moribund GM, Dies appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Texas, General Motors, History, People, Lexus, Gm, Autos, Chevrolet, Corvette, Perkins, Chevrolet Corvette, News Blog, Product Planning, Jim Perkins


Envoy to the Horde: GMC Trademarks a Name From Its Past

Someone at General Motors has been studying the company history books again. Fresh news earlier this year taught us the company is bringing back the storied Blazer nameplate, appending it to a FWD-based crossover in a move that disappointed some fans but will surely delight GM beancounters as they’ll probably sell every one they can […] The post Envoy to the Horde: GMC Trademarks a Name From Its Past appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, SUV, Heritage, 2020, Gm, Autos, Terrain, Yukon, Gmc, Crossover, Naming, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, 2019, Envoy


Rumors and Omissions: Chrysler’s Product Future Remains Hazy, but Might Not Be As Threadbare As You Think

The once-mighty Chrysler brand is not a purveyor of niche sports cars, so its two-vehicle lineup continues to draw attention to itself. To call its lineup sparse would be an understatement. Still, despite a change in its priorities (sparked by the ascension of Jeep and Ram), Fiat Chrysler’s not giving up on the 93-year-old brand. […] The post Rumors and Omissions: Chrysler’s Product Future Remains Hazy, but Might Not Be As Threadbare As You Think appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Production, Fca, Autos, Chrysler, Rumors, Crossovers, Fiat Chrysler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning


Why American Muscle Might Outlive the Standard Sedan

Domestic sedans are currently being walked up to the edge of a mass grave. Beneath them rests their two-doored brethren and the first wave of four-doors previously executed by the Big Three. Ford has promised a lineup comprised almost entirely of pickups and utility vehicles in the coming years and General Motors is in the […] The post Why American Muscle Might Outlive the Standard Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, General Motors, Muscle cars, Fca, Autos, Automotive Industry, Dodge, Auto Sales, Consumer Trends, Sedans, News Blog, Product Planning, Fiat. Chrysler, Standard Sedan, Big Three Ford


Why American Muscle Might Outlive the Standard American Sedan

Domestic sedans are currently being walked up to the edge of a mass grave. Beneath them rests their two-doored brethren and the first wave of four-doors previously executed by the Big Three. Ford has promised a lineup comprised almost entirely of pickups and utility vehicles in the coming years and General Motors is in the […] The post Why American Muscle Might Outlive the Standard American Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, General Motors, Muscle cars, Fca, Autos, Automotive Industry, Dodge, Auto Sales, Consumer Trends, Sedans, News Blog, Product Planning, Fiat. Chrysler, Big Three Ford, Standard American Sedan


Infiniti Seeks Trademark for Confusing Model Names, Hints At Future EV Lineup

Of all the mainstream automakers on the planet, Infiniti’s alphanumeric naming scheme is arguably the worst. Luckily for no one, the addition of electric model ranges to various OEM portfolios will only make the situation worse, including at Nissan’s luxury division. (Mercedes-Benz and BMW also deserve honorable mentions in this naming crime.) That brings us […] The post Infiniti Seeks Trademark for Confusing Model Names, Hints At Future EV Lineup appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Green, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Bmw, Infiniti, Nissan, EVs, Trademarks, Mercedes Benz, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, Elecgtric Vehicles, Infiniti IMQ, Infiniti IMS


Nissan Seeks Trademark for Confusing Model Names, Hints At Future EV Lineup

Luckily for no one, the addition of electric model ranges to various OEM portfolios will only make today’s alphanumeric naming situation worse, including at Nissan. Mercedes-Benz and BMW deserve honorable mentions in this naming crime, but it’s really an industry-wide problem. That brings us to this tidbit: the names IMQ and IMS, which just appeared […] The post Nissan Seeks Trademark for Confusing Model Names, Hints At Future EV Lineup appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Green, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Bmw, Infiniti, Nissan, EVs, Trademarks, Nissan Mercedes Benz, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, Elecgtric Vehicles, Infiniti IMQ, Infiniti IMS, Nissan Seeks Trademark