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GM Increases Investment Into Electrification, Stellantis Promises Four New EVs

There is plenty of electrification news this week, despite the brunt of consumers remaining seemingly disinterested in the automotive segment that’s entirely dependent upon batteries. General Motors recently announced that it would be increasing its EV investments through 2025 to $35 billion, noting that some amount of the funding will also be going toward autonomous vehicle […] The post GM Increases Investment Into Electrification, Stellantis Promises Four New EVs appeared first on The Truth Ab...
Tags: Electric Vehicle, General Motors, Investment, Industry, Electric Vehicles, Mary Barra, Gm, Autos, Automotive Industry, EVs, Industry News, Carlos Tavares, News Blog, Product Planning, Union News, Ultium


Driving Dystopia: German Automakers Keep Reimagining Vehicle ‘Ownership’

Volkswagen recently announced that it plans on making massive amounts of money by introducing more vehicles with over-the-air updates (OTAs), many of which will be able to store and transfer personal profiles so that users can effectively just rent their vehicles for eternity. Additionally, VW has suggested future models will have ability to lock features (that […] The post Driving Dystopia: German Automakers Keep Reimagining Vehicle ‘Ownership’ appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Big Data, Trends, Corporate Strategy, Vw, Editorials, Autos, Automotive Industry, Volkswagen, Paywalls, Data Privacy, Consumer Protection, Connected Vehicles, Industry News, Ota, Paywall


Toyota Wants to Expand GR Performance Arm

Toyota is reportedly taking the performance aspects of its brand, which some of our readers might recall has been a little spotty, very seriously and has begun making plans to broaden the horizons of the Gazoo Racing (GR). The sub-brand, which seems to be gradually supplanting Toyota Racing Development (TRD), has introduced a slew of […] The post Toyota Wants to Expand GR Performance Arm appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: 86, Autos, Toyota, Corolla, Supra, Toyota Gazoo Racing, News Blog, Hot Hatch, Performance Cars, Product Planning, GRMN, Camry, Gazoo Racing, Gr, Toyota Racing Development TRD


Ford CEO Already Sees Maverick as Successful, Suggests Variants

Ford CEO Jim Farley was interviewed in a New York Times article apparently devoted to praising him and the company. It was reminiscent of those segments on Good Morning America where they have healthy cooking tips sponsored by the American Egg Board and — surprise, surprise — end up recommending people incorporate eggs into meals. But it […] The post Ford CEO Already Sees Maverick as Successful, Suggests Variants appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: America, Ford, New York Times, Autos, Ford Motor Co, Maverick, American Egg Board, Jim Farley, News Blog, Ford Maverick, Product Planning, Compact Pickup


QOTD: What Hath Toyota Wrought?

Yesterday we brought you a bit on the Toyota product blitz. While most of it was relatively small in terms of news impact — two special-edition Tacomas, a special Supra, and the refreshed and updated GR86. The big news was the Corolla Cross crossover (say that five times fast) and, arguably, the bZX4 BEV Concept […] The post QOTD: What Hath Toyota Wrought? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Toyota, New Cars, Qotd, Supra, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, Question of the Day, Corolla Cross, toyota bZX4 BEV concept


Toyota Unveils Corolla Cross, Next GR86, and More

Toyota is on a product blitz today. Our man Chris is in Texas today, learning more about what the automaker has planned, and while he eats all the shrimp talks to brand folks about it, I’ll give you the newsier skinny. Let’s start with the big one — the Corolla Cross. Sharing a platform with […] The post Toyota Unveils Corolla Cross, Next GR86, and More appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Texas, Autos, Toyota, New Cars, Chris, Future Cars, Corolla, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Corolla, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Trd Pro, Product Planning, Toyota Tacoma Trd Pro, Toyota Corolla Cross, toyota bZX4 BEV concept


QOTD: Has the Global Vehicle Market Recovered?

Is the global vehicle market in recovery following the 2020 downturn? Data analysts GlobalData seem to think the market is firmly in recovery mode, according to their latest report. Calum MacRae, GlobalData automotive analyst said, “April across all markets shows an 83.4 percent increase, not unexpected with COVID-19’s impact on sales.” “Seasonally adjusted, the annualized […] The post QOTD: Has the Global Vehicle Market Recovered? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Technology, Media, Government, Global, Production, Industry, Used Cars, Emerging Markets, Autos, Export, Behind The Scenes, Sales And Marketing, Suppliers, GlobalData, Customer Relations


2022 Chevrolet Blazer: Fewer Engines, More Hues

The Chevrolet Blazer will be dumping its base engine for the 2022 model year. The naturally-aspirated, 2.5-liter motor always felt as though it would have been more at home in a vintage Plymouth Acclaim or original S-10 Blazer, however. Removing the 193-horsepower unit from the modern crossover, which can be optioned to weigh in excess of two […] The post 2022 Chevrolet Blazer: Fewer Engines, More Hues appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Updates, General Motors, Paint, Gm, Autos, Crossovers, Chevy, Chevrolet, Blazer, Chevrolet Blazer, News Blog, Product Planning, Decontenting, 2022 Chevrolet Blazer


BorgWarner’s eTurbo Powers High-Voltage Hybrids

BorgWarner’s eTurbo will power the high-voltage hybrid vehicle of an undisclosed major European OEM. BorgWarner’s electric boosting technology increases engine efficiency and performance while meeting emissions regulations. This will be the first application of its electrically-assisted turbocharger in a high-voltage hybrid. “Our eTurbo with integrated power electronics is able to deliver electrified boost assistance and recuperation […] The post BorgWarner’s eTurbo Powers High-Voltage Hybrids a...
Tags: Technology, Sales, Industry, Autos, New Cars, Hybrid, BorgWarner, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, eTurbo, European OEM, High-voltage Hybrid


Toyota Financial Results for 2021 Revealed

Last week, Toyota financial results for the fiscal year that ended March 31st were announced. Vehicle sales totaled 7,646,000, a decrease of 1,309,000 units, or a little less than 15 percent compared to the previous fiscal year. Net revenue was $256.7 billion, an 8.8 percent decrease. Operating income decreased from $22.6 billion to $20.7 billion, […] The post Toyota Financial Results for 2021 Revealed appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Industry, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Toyota, EVs, Annual Report, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, New Vehicles, BEVs, HEVs, Carbon Neutrality, Toyota Financial


Mazda6 Leaves Our World in 2022, CX-3 Follows

On Friday, Mazda officially confirmed it will be discontinuing its 6 sedan and CX-3 crossover for the United States after the 2021 model year. But we don’t want you to get too bent out of shape over this prematurely. Mazda is plotting to evolve its lineup with new engines (including inline-sixes) and rear-drive-dominant architectures designed to […] The post Mazda6 Leaves Our World in 2022, CX-3 Follows appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: United States, Autos, Mazda, News Blog, Mazda6, CX-3, Product Planning, Discontinuation, CX-30, 6 Sedan


Lamborgreeni: Italian Automaker to Become Electric Only by 2024

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann announced on Tuesday that the Italo-German supercar brand will officially be transitioning to electric vehicles, with the last traditional internal combustion model coming before 2024. But these kinds of proclamations rarely adhere to observable reality, otherwise, we’d all be riding around in flying cars that can navigate autonomously. What Lamborghini is really promising […] The post Lamborgreeni: Italian Automaker to Become Electric Only by 2024 appeared fir...
Tags: Going Green, Autos, EVs, Hybrids, Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid, Electrification, Phev, Lamborghini, Volkswagen Group, Huracán, Sian, Stephan Winkelmann, News Blog, Product Planning, Aventador


2022 Volkswagen Tiguan: Digital is the Name of the Interior Game

The Volkswagen Tiguan isn’t about to take a back seat to the Taos. While the latter is going to make a lot of news as a new small crossover in the brand’s lineup — indeed, I will have my first sampling next week, with a review later in May when the embargo lifts — the […] The post 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan: Digital is the Name of the Interior Game appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Volkswagen, New Cars, Future Cars, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Volkswagen Tiguan, Product Planning, 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan


Toyota Subsidiary Woven Acquires Lyft Autonomous Division

Toyota’s Woven Planet Holdings has acquired Level 5, Lyft’s self-driving unit. Woven Planet’s deal brings scientists, software engineers, and researchers together as one. Last year, we detailed the launch of Woven, but since that time they’ve been relatively quiet until now. Woven has put together engineers, research scientists, and mobility services experts. They’ve amassed sensing, […] The post Toyota Subsidiary Woven Acquires Lyft Autonomous Division appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Japan, Technology, Safety, Marketing, Global, Traffic, Green, Industry, Futurama, Electric Vehicles, Mergers, Autos, Toyota, Autonomous Vehicles, Behind The Scenes


2021 Ford Explorer Timberline Looks Reasonably Ruggedized

Ford is introducing a new trim level for the Explorer, targeting both outdoorsy types and those who desperately want to be but only manage to spend a couple of weekends at Kampgrounds of America. The 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline delivers a mix of visual accouterments and practical components that should actually make the SUV better off-road. Don’t expect […] The post 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline Looks Reasonably Ruggedized appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: America, Ford, Autos, SUVs, Explorer, Don, Ford Motor Co, Ford Explorer, Timberline, News Blog, Product Planning, 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline, Ford Explorer Timberline, Kampgrounds


Williams Engineering and Italdesign Launching Joint EV Platform

Williams Advanced Engineering is teaming up with Italdesign to establish another electric vehicle platform targeting the wealthy — or an “upper-premium EV production solution,” according to those responsible for its development. Dubbed the EVX modular electric platform, the architecture uses large structural batteries and an abundance of recycled composites mixed in with lightweight aluminum. They should also be […] The post Williams Engineering and Italdesign Launching Joint EV Platform appeare...
Tags: Development, Williams, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Formula 1, EVs, Platforms, Skateboard, Williams Advanced Engineering, ITALDESIGN, Product Planning, WAE, Joint Platforms, Williams Engineering


Tundra Versus the F-150 – What’s Wrong with Toyota?

Can the Toyota Tundra go toe-to-toe with the Ford F-150, and does it make sense to try? The F-150 is the most popular vehicle in the U.S., despite a 12 percent drop in sales. Ford still managed to sell 787, 422 F-150s in 2020. Toyota sold a little over 109,000 Tundras in 2020, down two […] The post Tundra Versus the F-150 – What’s Wrong with Toyota? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Technology, Sales, Quality, Production, Ford, Ram, Autos, F-150, Toyota, Trucks, Chevrolet, Nissan, New Cars, Titan, Silverado


Vehicle Miles Traveled On The Rise Again

In March, vehicle miles traveled (VMT) rebounded to pre-pandemic levels. According to the Auto Care Association, this was the first month since August 2019 that VMT topped 300 million miles. To give you some perspective, the distance between the earth and the moon is only 238,856 miles, according to Wikipedia. Last year, U.S. drivers were stuck […] The post Vehicle Miles Traveled On The Rise Again appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Travel, Media, Wikipedia, Traffic, Production, Industry, Autos, By The Numbers, News Blog, Auto Care Association, Pandemic, Product Planning, New Car Sales, Sign of the Times, VMT, Chart Of The Day


Honda Solidifies Its Existing Businesses

Honda Motor Company President Toshihiro Mibe’s first press conference, held April 23rd, was where he committed to solidifying Honda’s existing businesses. Honda is working to achieve carbon neutrality for all products and activities by 2050. Zero environmental impact not only for its products but their entire lifecycle. Areas of concentration include carbon neutrality, clean energy, […] The post Honda Solidifies Its Existing Businesses appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Technology, Media, Safety, Government, Global, Foreign Affairs, Green, Infrastructure, Motorcycles, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Clean Energy, Hydrogen, Honda, Electric Motorcycles


QOTD: Is the VW Taos a Worthy Successor to the Mk7 Golf?

Volkswagen has announced pricing for the 2022 Taos subcompact crossover, dialing things in at $24,190 for the base, front-wheel-drive version. The sum syncs up perfectly with the Golf hatchback the vehicle will effectively be replacing on the North American market (GTI excluded) and leaves us with some nagging questions about VW’s overall plan. Volkswagen is effectively killing […] The post QOTD: Is the VW Taos a Worthy Successor to the Mk7 Golf? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, Qotd, Volkswagen Group, GTI, Taos, News Blog, Product Planning, SAIC Volkswagen, Question of the Day, Volkswagen Tharu, Volkswagen Taos, Vw Taos


2023 Cadillac Lyriq is Almost Here

Today the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq made its production debut. If this is the highlight of a century of innovation, what’s Cadillac been doing the rest of the time? Cadillac’s luxury electric SUV is starting a new era ahead of schedule. You can place your order in September for a 2022 first-half delivery. “The 2023 Cadillac […] The post 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is Almost Here appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicle, Design, Technology, Marketing, Global, Sales, Green, Production, Luxury, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Emerging Markets, Autos, Crossovers, Autonomous Vehicles, Export


2023 Vantas VX SUV and T-Go Coming to the U.S.

The Vantas VX SUV will go on sale in the U.S. in late 2022. HAAH Automotive Holdings and Sicar announced yesterday that they will import Vantas and T-Go vehicles. This is a prelude to HAAH and Shanghai Sicar Automotive Technology manufacturing vehicles stateside. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed their U.S. manufacturing startup. A letter of intent […] The post 2023 Vantas VX SUV and T-Go Coming to the U.S. appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Jobs, China, Global, Industry, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Behind The Scenes, Trucks, Sales And Marketing, Suppliers, New Cars, SUVs, Branding, Joint Venture, Consolidation


Ford Evos: Blueprint for the Fusion Active?

Ford debuted a new concept in Shanghai today, one that might hint at the vehicle that will be filling in for the Fusion (Mondeo in Europe) as the automaker continues removing all traces of the sedan from its lineup. While the Evos is intended to become the manufacturer’s default midsize for the Chinese market, it seems […] The post Ford Evos: Blueprint for the Fusion Active? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, China, Fusion, Ford, Shanghai, Autos, Rumors, Concepts, Ford Fusion, Ford Motor Co, Ford Mondeo, News Blog, Automotive Design, Product Planning, New Models, Rumor Mill


2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Reveals Itself

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz has finally seen the light of day. It was about time, given all the fuzzy photos and hype prior to dropping today. More like a dull thud than a big bang, but here it is. Hyundai describes the Santa Cruz as groundbreaking, and that may be so. Tabbed a sport […] The post 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Reveals Itself appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Jobs, Marketing, Sales, 2022, Korea, Autos, Awd, Trucks, Hyundai, New Cars, SUVs, Branding, Santa Cruz, Product Planning, Hyundai Santa Cruz


QOTD: Is VW Actually Harming EV Adoption With Its Renaming?

It’s no secret that we here at TTAC don’t agree on everything when it comes to cars, culture, or politics (Or sports. Using memes to troll staffers who cheer for rival teams is a favorite pastime in our Slack channel). We don’t speak as one editorial voice, nor do we practice neutral news reporting — […] The post QOTD: Is VW Actually Harming EV Adoption With Its Renaming? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Industry, Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, EVs, New Cars, Qotd, Future Cars, News Blog, Future Vehicles, What The Hell, TTAC, Product Planning, Adventures In Marketing, Voltswagen


VW Microbus Successor Scheduled for 2024 American Launch

Remember the all-electric Microbus successor Volkswagen was chirping about a few years ago? If you don’t, you can be forgiven. Despite the model receiving loads of press after the automaker acknowledged it would indeed be coming to North America, reports on its progress started becoming incredibly rare by 2019. With #VanLife trending inside the United States, […] The post VW Microbus Successor Scheduled for 2024 American Launch appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: United States, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Volkswagen, North America, Buzz, Microbus, Volkswagen Group, Volkswagen AG, Type 2, Vans, News Blog, Minivans, Product Planning, Vanlife


Jaguar Is Going to Try and Sell the I-Pace in India

Jaguar Land Rover unveiled its all-electric SUV to the Indian market this week, proving that it’s dead serious about expanding the I-Pace’s customer base. While parent company Tata Motors undoubtedly has a fondness for its home region, we cannot help but wonder if its a market worthy of pursuit considering the model’s starting price. The manufacturer […] The post Jaguar Is Going to Try and Sell the I-Pace in India appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: India, Marketing, Sales, Markets, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Indian Market, Tata Motors, JLR, News Blog, Product Planning, Jaguar I-Pace, I-Pace


Volvo Cars Now Following Lynk & Co Playbook, Introduces C40 Recharge

There was a time when practically any automaker could earn a few brownie points by proclaiming that they too would be transitioning toward becoming an electric-only manufacturer by [insert year here]. But times have changed and EVs have been around long enough for consumers to expect more than a promise that there would someday be […] The post Volvo Cars Now Following Lynk & Co Playbook, Introduces C40 Recharge appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Volvo, Crossover, Volvo Cars, Brand Strategy, News Blog, Product Planning, XC40, C40, Volvo C40 Recharge, Volvo Cars Now Following Lynk amp, Volvo Cars Now Following Lynk Co Playbook


Jaguar Land Rover Deathwatch: Hitting Reset on EV Development

Jaguar Land Rover has canceled several planned vehicles and opted to reassess its Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) after the company started fretting about the probability of unmet emissions requirements. Chief Financial Officer Adrian Mardell addressed investors on Friday to explain that all subsequent development of the platform would be postponed indefinitely. Ironic, considering MLA was […] The post Jaguar Land Rover Deathwatch: Hitting Reset on EV Development appeared first on The Tr...
Tags: Corporate Strategy, Industry, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Land Rover, EVs, Industry News, MLA, JLR, News Blog, Product Planning, Deathwatch, JLR deathwatch, Jaguar Land Rover Deathwatch


Tesla Model S Prototype Spotted With Fabled Steering Yoke

Several weeks ago, Tesla officially announced planned updates to the Model S and Model X as part of a comprehensive refresh. The vehicles would be getting more interior screens, improved software, and a top-of-the-line “Plaid” trim. Customers are also supposed to be given the option of purchasing a butterfly-shaped steering rig — which was quite the […] The post Tesla Model S Prototype Spotted With Fabled Steering Yoke appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Updates, Tesla, Autos, Model S, Model X, Tesla Motors, Interior Design, News Blog, Refresh, Product Planning, Yoke, Steering Wheels, Steering Yoke