The Truth About Cars » Between the Lines http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Between the Lines http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/editorials/between-the-lines/ The Tesla Roadster “Bricking” Story Deconstructed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/the-tesla-roadster-bricking-story-details-deconstructed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/the-tesla-roadster-bricking-story-details-deconstructed/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2012 17:47:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=432441 I was originally hesitant to jump on the Tesla Roadster “bricked batteries” bandwagon, and my initial story was written with a sort of cautious neutrality. Further context will be provided by the details that have surfaced in the 24 hours since the story broke. Hope you’re ready to dive in to it all. Original story […]

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I was originally hesitant to jump on the Tesla Roadster “bricked batteries” bandwagon, and my initial story was written with a sort of cautious neutrality. Further context will be provided by the details that have surfaced in the 24 hours since the story broke. Hope you’re ready to dive in to it all. Original story […]

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IIHS Study Loves Red Light Cameras, Says Americans Do Too http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/iihs-study-loves-red-light-cameras-says-americans-do-too/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/iihs-study-loves-red-light-cameras-says-americans-do-too/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2011 21:02:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=401213 The controversy over red light cameras, once relegated to websites like TTAC, thenewspaper.com, motorists.org and highwayrobbery.net, is hitting the mainstream media thanks to a new study by the IIHS [PDF here]. The study used the following methodology: Telephone surveys were conducted with 3,111 drivers in 14 large cities (population greater than 200,000) with long-standing red […]

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The controversy over red light cameras, once relegated to websites like TTAC, thenewspaper.com, motorists.org and highwayrobbery.net, is hitting the mainstream media thanks to a new study by the IIHS [PDF here]. The study used the following methodology: Telephone surveys were conducted with 3,111 drivers in 14 large cities (population greater than 200,000) with long-standing red […]

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Are Fat People Driving Up The Price Of Gas? Are They The Source Of The Greenhouse Effect? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/are-fat-people-driving-up-the-price-of-gas-are-they-the-source-of-the-greenhouse-effect/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/are-fat-people-driving-up-the-price-of-gas-are-they-the-source-of-the-greenhouse-effect/#comments Sun, 13 Feb 2011 10:18:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=383743 Yes, and yes, says a study of the Resources for the Future (RFF) institute. The Washington think tank’s study examined “the unexplored link between the prevalence of overweight and obesity and vehicle demand” for bigger and more gas guzzling cars. RFF brands itself as a “nonpartisan organization that conducts independent research.” Their study found “that […]

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Yes, and yes, says a study of the Resources for the Future (RFF) institute. The Washington think tank’s study examined “the unexplored link between the prevalence of overweight and obesity and vehicle demand” for bigger and more gas guzzling cars. RFF brands itself as a “nonpartisan organization that conducts independent research.” Their study found “that […]

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Between The Lines: Them’s The Brakes, Corvette ZR1 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/between-the-lines-thems-the-brakes-corvette-zr1/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/between-the-lines-thems-the-brakes-corvette-zr1/#comments Tue, 04 Jan 2011 17:56:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=379446 Though an objectively awesome car by any (non-environmental) metric (review forthcoming, I promise) some Corvette ZR1 owners are plagued with a strange brake vibration. Which, thanks to the Corvette Forum, is available for all and sundry to see. But let’s dig a little deeper: bearing in mind the customer involved is a personal friend, and […]

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Though an objectively awesome car by any (non-environmental) metric (review forthcoming, I promise) some Corvette ZR1 owners are plagued with a strange brake vibration. Which, thanks to the Corvette Forum, is available for all and sundry to see. But let’s dig a little deeper: bearing in mind the customer involved is a personal friend, and […]

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On Detroit’s Guzzling Ways http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/on-detroits-guzzling-ways/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/on-detroits-guzzling-ways/#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 20:18:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=377624 One of the more admirable qualities of the blogging culture is a relentless underdog streak. Anyone who mans the ramparts of a decent blog is forever scouring the worlds of business, media and opinion for an opportunity to attack the most prominent voices of the day. And TTAC is no exception: we certainly came up […]

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One of the more admirable qualities of the blogging culture is a relentless underdog streak. Anyone who mans the ramparts of a decent blog is forever scouring the worlds of business, media and opinion for an opportunity to attack the most prominent voices of the day. And TTAC is no exception: we certainly came up […]

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Sex And The Common TTAC Reader, Kinsey Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/sex-and-the-common-ttac-reader-kinsey-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/sex-and-the-common-ttac-reader-kinsey-edition/#comments Sun, 28 Nov 2010 09:34:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=374823 Yesterday, we ran a story about Art Ross. Ross was the Oldsmobile Chief Designer in the post WW II heydays. He was also a prolific and gifted pornographer. Cars and sex have always been related for some reason. Did you know that in Germany, where the car was invented, “Verkehr” can mean both “traffic” and […]

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Yesterday, we ran a story about Art Ross. Ross was the Oldsmobile Chief Designer in the post WW II heydays. He was also a prolific and gifted pornographer. Cars and sex have always been related for some reason. Did you know that in Germany, where the car was invented, “Verkehr” can mean both “traffic” and […]

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Between The Lines: Smarter Than Luxury? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/between-the-lines-smarter-than-luxury/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/between-the-lines-smarter-than-luxury/#comments Fri, 01 Oct 2010 13:05:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=367209 Is going Between the Lines this time ‘round more like shooting fish in a barrel?  Let’s find out with the latest ad campaign from Lincoln, as covered by the Detroit Free Press: Ford said today it is rolling out a new ad campaign for its Lincoln brand with the tagline “Smarter than Luxury,” and starring […]

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Is going Between the Lines this time ‘round more like shooting fish in a barrel?  Let’s find out with the latest ad campaign from Lincoln, as covered by the Detroit Free Press: Ford said today it is rolling out a new ad campaign for its Lincoln brand with the tagline “Smarter than Luxury,” and starring […]

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Between the Lines: For Police, Every Week Is Panther Appreciation Week http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/between-the-lines-for-police-every-week-is-panther-appreciation-week/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/between-the-lines-for-police-every-week-is-panther-appreciation-week/#comments Mon, 20 Sep 2010 20:21:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=366266 A crop of new police cars drew more than 400 law enforcement officials to Chrysler’s proving grounds in Chelsea today to see the Michigan State Police put the cars through acceleration, braking, high-speed handling and other tests. This article isn’t gonna end well for Ford, and not just because it’s Panther Appreciation Week here at […]

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A crop of new police cars drew more than 400 law enforcement officials to Chrysler’s proving grounds in Chelsea today to see the Michigan State Police put the cars through acceleration, braking, high-speed handling and other tests. This article isn’t gonna end well for Ford, and not just because it’s Panther Appreciation Week here at […]

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Between the Lines: Corvettemegeddon! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/between-the-lines-corvettemegeddon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/between-the-lines-corvettemegeddon/#comments Thu, 02 Sep 2010 18:30:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=364588 One of the world’s foremost authorities on Automotive Journalism recently got their hands on a trio of Corvettes just for fun. But what unfolded was on the verge of hilarity, if not for their self-proclaimed journalistic superiority over us “punk kids with lots of servers and a desire to get free test drives.” And that’s […]

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One of the world’s foremost authorities on Automotive Journalism recently got their hands on a trio of Corvettes just for fun. But what unfolded was on the verge of hilarity, if not for their self-proclaimed journalistic superiority over us “punk kids with lots of servers and a desire to get free test drives.” And that’s […]

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Between the Lines: Wither The V8? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/between-the-lines-wither-v8/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/between-the-lines-wither-v8/#comments Thu, 24 Jun 2010 21:25:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=359504 As we all know, those oblivious to history are bound to repeat its mistakes. Longtime readers also know I’ve gone down this road before, but the powers of my Twitter news feed shoved extra grist into this particular mill. Behold: Alain Raymond’s blog about the death of the V8 engine. Raymond’s weakest argument revolves around […]

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As we all know, those oblivious to history are bound to repeat its mistakes. Longtime readers also know I’ve gone down this road before, but the powers of my Twitter news feed shoved extra grist into this particular mill. Behold: Alain Raymond’s blog about the death of the V8 engine. Raymond’s weakest argument revolves around […]

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Between The Lines: Pete Mateja’s Auto Industry “Myths” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/between-the-lines-pete-matejas-auto-industry-myths/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/between-the-lines-pete-matejas-auto-industry-myths/#comments Fri, 09 Apr 2010 19:23:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=351950 People do the right thing, unless money and power is involved. From the highest paid executives to the lowest ranking newbie, money and power is a motivator. Those in positions of accountability are held to a higher standard, and post-bailout Detroit is not immune to criticism. But in an act of corporate cheerleading, Pete Mateja’s […]

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People do the right thing, unless money and power is involved. From the highest paid executives to the lowest ranking newbie, money and power is a motivator. Those in positions of accountability are held to a higher standard, and post-bailout Detroit is not immune to criticism. But in an act of corporate cheerleading, Pete Mateja’s […]

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Editorial: Between the Lines: GM BOD Chairman Ed Whitacre’s “Satisfaction Guaranteed” Ad http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/09/parsing-ed-gm-bod-chairman-ed-whitacres-satisfaction-guaranteed-ad/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/09/parsing-ed-gm-bod-chairman-ed-whitacres-satisfaction-guaranteed-ad/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2009 23:56:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=329153

First of all, I don't have the embed code for this ad. For some reason, GM hasn't sent it to TTAC and it's not on YouTube. To see the ad, click over to Autoblog. Second, New GM Chairman of the Board Ed Whitacre should never have done this ad. GM's single biggest problem, the one that trumps everything: their insular culture. By fronting this spot, Whitacre has become part of the problem. He's crossed the line from gamekeeper to poacher. He's lost his independent observer/taxpayers' guardian status; he can no longer distance himself from the Lutzes and yutzes who animate the GM zombie. Whitacre's now "one of the boys." Third, the actual text of this ad [parsed after the jump] misses the boat.

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First of all, I don't have the embed code for this ad. For some reason, GM hasn't sent it to TTAC and it's not on YouTube. To see the ad, click over to Autoblog. Second, New GM Chairman of the Board Ed Whitacre should never have done this ad. GM's single biggest problem, the one that trumps everything: their insular culture. By fronting this spot, Whitacre has become part of the problem. He's crossed the line from gamekeeper to poacher. He's lost his independent observer/taxpayers' guardian status; he can no longer distance himself from the Lutzes and yutzes who animate the GM zombie. Whitacre's now "one of the boys." Third, the actual text of this ad [parsed after the jump] misses the boat.

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Editorial: Between the Lines: Detroit News: Ford Gets Its Sexy Back http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/08/editorial-between-the-lines-detroit-news-ford-gets-its-sexy-bac/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/08/editorial-between-the-lines-detroit-news-ford-gets-its-sexy-bac/#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2009 12:32:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=326364

I've been harping on about the media's "Ford didn't take bailout bucks" meme for some time. Commentators have slated me for slating the Blue Oval Boyz for claiming they avoided the taxpayer trough. In fact, Ford raided the public purse to the tune of $5.9 billion dollars. Yes, it's a no-to-low-interest Department of Energy "retooling loan." I repeat: the $5.9 billion loan from the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) program allows Mulally's minions to spend $5.9 billion dollars on something else. It's a bailout. Question: if you're an industry writer, how do you push Ford's mega-suckle to one side to keep the "pure as driven snow" show alive? You draw a distinction between "emergency tax dollars" and ATVM loans, while, at the same time, not mentioning the loans. Sarah Webster's "Ford, Toyota in a close race to No. 1" does that and more, taking Motown's hometown cheerleading to the next level.

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I've been harping on about the media's "Ford didn't take bailout bucks" meme for some time. Commentators have slated me for slating the Blue Oval Boyz for claiming they avoided the taxpayer trough. In fact, Ford raided the public purse to the tune of $5.9 billion dollars. Yes, it's a no-to-low-interest Department of Energy "retooling loan." I repeat: the $5.9 billion loan from the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) program allows Mulally's minions to spend $5.9 billion dollars on something else. It's a bailout. Question: if you're an industry writer, how do you push Ford's mega-suckle to one side to keep the "pure as driven snow" show alive? You draw a distinction between "emergency tax dollars" and ATVM loans, while, at the same time, not mentioning the loans. Sarah Webster's "Ford, Toyota in a close race to No. 1" does that and more, taking Motown's hometown cheerleading to the next level.

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Editorial: Between The Lines: New GM’s First Press Release http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/editorial-between-the-lines-new-gm-press-release/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/editorial-between-the-lines-new-gm-press-release/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2009 15:42:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=322610 I once asked a priest about confession. What was the point? I knew Catholics who'd sin, confess, sin, confess, wash, rinse, repeat. "It's not a 'get out of hell free' card," he insisted. "Confession means you fully acknowledge your sin, pledge to atone for the harm you've caused, promise God that you've learned from your mistakes and change your behavior." Let's say you do all that and commit the same sin. What good's an unrealized promise? "None," he said. "I have refused absolution to repeat sinners because I didn't believe that they were ready, willing or able to abandon their sins." And there you have it: New GM's recipe for disaster. Let us turn to the first sentence of New GM's first press release.

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I once asked a priest about confession. What was the point? I knew Catholics who'd sin, confess, sin, confess, wash, rinse, repeat. "It's not a 'get out of hell free' card," he insisted. "Confession means you fully acknowledge your sin, pledge to atone for the harm you've caused, promise God that you've learned from your mistakes and change your behavior." Let's say you do all that and commit the same sin. What good's an unrealized promise? "None," he said. "I have refused absolution to repeat sinners because I didn't believe that they were ready, willing or able to abandon their sins." And there you have it: New GM's recipe for disaster. Let us turn to the first sentence of New GM's first press release.

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Editorial: Between the Lines: GM Does Not Welcome Its New Governmental Overlords http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/05/editorial-between-the-lines-gm-does-not-welcome-its-new-governmental-overlords/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/05/editorial-between-the-lines-gm-does-not-welcome-its-new-governmental-overlords/#comments Thu, 14 May 2009 23:03:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=315057

Well, the worm has turned properly on government intervention in the auto industry, as General Motors now seems to fear a government takeover more than bankruptcy. Too bad the choice isn't either-or. Recent 10-Q filings with the SEC indicate that GM accepts the inevitability of a Chapter 11 filing, but describes the ramifications of a possible government ownership stake with fear and horror. "In the future we may also become subject to new and additional government regulations regarding various aspects of our business as a result of the U.S. government’s ownership in (and financing of) our business. These regulations could make it more difficult for us to compete with other companies that are not subject to similar regulations," figure GM's professional worrywarts. These still waters of paranoia run deep.

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Well, the worm has turned properly on government intervention in the auto industry, as General Motors now seems to fear a government takeover more than bankruptcy. Too bad the choice isn't either-or. Recent 10-Q filings with the SEC indicate that GM accepts the inevitability of a Chapter 11 filing, but describes the ramifications of a possible government ownership stake with fear and horror. "In the future we may also become subject to new and additional government regulations regarding various aspects of our business as a result of the U.S. government’s ownership in (and financing of) our business. These regulations could make it more difficult for us to compete with other companies that are not subject to similar regulations," figure GM's professional worrywarts. These still waters of paranoia run deep.

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Editorial: Between the Lines: Car and Driver Camaro vs. Genesis Comparo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/05/editorial-between-the-lines-car-and-driver-camaro-vs-genesis-comparo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/05/editorial-between-the-lines-car-and-driver-camaro-vs-genesis-comparo/#comments Sun, 03 May 2009 23:21:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=313405

Even the most even-handed comparison tests reflect a specific set of specifically weighted criteria. Then there are those that aren’t even-handed. Car comparison tests don’t come much more tilted than the “Camaro vs. Genesis” comparison test in the June 2009 Car and Driver.

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Even the most even-handed comparison tests reflect a specific set of specifically weighted criteria. Then there are those that aren’t even-handed. Car comparison tests don’t come much more tilted than the “Camaro vs. Genesis” comparison test in the June 2009 Car and Driver.

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Editorial: Between the Lines: MaryAnn Keller: Post C11 GM Needs A Road Warrior http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/04/maryann-keller-post-c11-gm-needs-another-hero/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/04/maryann-keller-post-c11-gm-needs-another-hero/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2009 16:41:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=311729

Props to automotive consultant Maryann Keller for calling for GM to get its shit together, I mean "create a sense of urgency" since 1875, or thereabouts. Kudos for Keller's willingness to predict a GM C11 early and often. And praise be for loaning TTAC the writing talents of Mr. Ken Elias. OK, so. . . Keller's column in Automotive News [sub] is suffused with Annie-like optimism for a post-C11 GM. With one a catch. Chevillac's success depends on the "smaller, leaner and cost-competitive company's" ability to secure a champion who can administer strong medicine to GM's poisonous corporate culture. Before we deal with Ms. Keller's "if you build it, he will come" theory, here's a taste of her sunwillcomeouttomorrowism:

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Props to automotive consultant Maryann Keller for calling for GM to get its shit together, I mean "create a sense of urgency" since 1875, or thereabouts. Kudos for Keller's willingness to predict a GM C11 early and often. And praise be for loaning TTAC the writing talents of Mr. Ken Elias. OK, so. . . Keller's column in Automotive News [sub] is suffused with Annie-like optimism for a post-C11 GM. With one a catch. Chevillac's success depends on the "smaller, leaner and cost-competitive company's" ability to secure a champion who can administer strong medicine to GM's poisonous corporate culture. Before we deal with Ms. Keller's "if you build it, he will come" theory, here's a taste of her sunwillcomeouttomorrowism:

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Editorial: Between the Lines: Motor Trend’s arthur st. antoine Doesn’t Own a Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/04/editorial-between-the-lines-motor-trends-arthur-st-antoine-doesnt-own-a-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/04/editorial-between-the-lines-motor-trends-arthur-st-antoine-doesnt-own-a-car/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2009 11:58:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=309442

Motown's top suits are [still] insulated from "the ownership experience." They drive carefully selected and prepped examples of their own products, lovingly serviced by the company's top wenches. I mean wrenches. The company replaces these perkmobiles before they can prove the old adage that getting older is not for sissies. The execs don't experience the slings and arrows of outrageous service departments nor, for that matter, their competitors' products. They are the bubble boys, accompanied by buff book writers. In this month's Motor Trend, the chronically undercapitalized arthur st antoine offers this: "Full disclosure: At the moment, I don't own an automobile. There are too many test cars, too little time." So the st receives a new, carefully selected, meticulously prepped and thoroughly maintained press car EVERY WEEK. A full tank of gas, no insurance, no trips to the dealer (ever). None of the hassles of car ownership AND the unexpressed danger that writing something that takes him off the press car gravy train would costs him thousands of dollars per year. Now, about this month's column. . .

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Motown's top suits are [still] insulated from "the ownership experience." They drive carefully selected and prepped examples of their own products, lovingly serviced by the company's top wenches. I mean wrenches. The company replaces these perkmobiles before they can prove the old adage that getting older is not for sissies. The execs don't experience the slings and arrows of outrageous service departments nor, for that matter, their competitors' products. They are the bubble boys, accompanied by buff book writers. In this month's Motor Trend, the chronically undercapitalized arthur st antoine offers this: "Full disclosure: At the moment, I don't own an automobile. There are too many test cars, too little time." So the st receives a new, carefully selected, meticulously prepped and thoroughly maintained press car EVERY WEEK. A full tank of gas, no insurance, no trips to the dealer (ever). None of the hassles of car ownership AND the unexpressed danger that writing something that takes him off the press car gravy train would costs him thousands of dollars per year. Now, about this month's column. . .

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Editorial: Between The Lines: GM’s Volt Development Spin Cycle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/03/between-the-lines-gms-volt-development-spin-cycle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/03/between-the-lines-gms-volt-development-spin-cycle/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2009 17:41:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=285601

As rumors filter in about GM's Volt battery program, the faithful must be experiencing a certain amount of restless discomfort. After all, it's not like this couldn't be seen coming. Let's just say that when I asked the guys from A123 systems (then bidding on the project) about the Volt battery development program at SEMA last October, they took full advantage of the fact that SEC silent periods don't forbid eye-rolling. Though non-verbal communication can (and in this case, did) speak volumes, we like to get our facts in writing. Which, thanks to the truth-proof wall surrounding the Volt's development, usually means going through GM's PR-exercise interviews with reliable Volt boosters and mining them for some kind of meaning. And hey, there's an interview at Volt cheerleader HQ gm-volt.com which suggests that the Volt's battery development is being rushed. And engineers are complaining to blogs? Fancy that!

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As rumors filter in about GM's Volt battery program, the faithful must be experiencing a certain amount of restless discomfort. After all, it's not like this couldn't be seen coming. Let's just say that when I asked the guys from A123 systems (then bidding on the project) about the Volt battery development program at SEMA last October, they took full advantage of the fact that SEC silent periods don't forbid eye-rolling. Though non-verbal communication can (and in this case, did) speak volumes, we like to get our facts in writing. Which, thanks to the truth-proof wall surrounding the Volt's development, usually means going through GM's PR-exercise interviews with reliable Volt boosters and mining them for some kind of meaning. And hey, there's an interview at Volt cheerleader HQ gm-volt.com which suggests that the Volt's battery development is being rushed. And engineers are complaining to blogs? Fancy that!

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Editorial: Between The Lines: AN Pimps for GMAC’s CEO http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/03/automotive-news-pimps-for-gmac/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/03/automotive-news-pimps-for-gmac/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2009 17:06:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=276662

Automotive News [AN, sub] does an excellent job covering the industry. Most of the time, AN is an unbiased if largely toothless conduit of autoblogospherical fodder. In other words, they report, we decide. But today's column by Editor David Sedgwick is, well, appalling. No really. I am shocked at the depths of disinformation, dissembling and, yes, dishonor to which AN and Sedgwick have sunk. "GMAC's chief has a chance to earn his millions" begins by asking "Is Al de Molina worth $11.6 million?" The obvious answer has Will Smith written all over it: oh HELL no. Unless, of course, you're one of the Cerberus insiders who benefitted from the Fed's last minute rule change. You know, the one allowing GMAC to become a bank when it didn't qualify for bank status. Oh and then there's Uncle Sam's $6b GMAC bailout. So yes, I guess Al de Molina is worth the big bucks to someone. Sedgwick's column, on the other hand, isn't worth the paper it's printed on.

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Automotive News [AN, sub] does an excellent job covering the industry. Most of the time, AN is an unbiased if largely toothless conduit of autoblogospherical fodder. In other words, they report, we decide. But today's column by Editor David Sedgwick is, well, appalling. No really. I am shocked at the depths of disinformation, dissembling and, yes, dishonor to which AN and Sedgwick have sunk. "GMAC's chief has a chance to earn his millions" begins by asking "Is Al de Molina worth $11.6 million?" The obvious answer has Will Smith written all over it: oh HELL no. Unless, of course, you're one of the Cerberus insiders who benefitted from the Fed's last minute rule change. You know, the one allowing GMAC to become a bank when it didn't qualify for bank status. Oh and then there's Uncle Sam's $6b GMAC bailout. So yes, I guess Al de Molina is worth the big bucks to someone. Sedgwick's column, on the other hand, isn't worth the paper it's printed on.

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Between the Lines: USA Today’s Flag-Waving Homo-Erotic Automotive Flashback http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/02/between-the-linesusa-todays-flag-waving-homo-erotic-automotive-moment/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/02/between-the-linesusa-todays-flag-waving-homo-erotic-automotive-moment/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2009 20:34:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=259321

USA Today's car coverage is normally a fairly sensible part of a fairly sensible newspaper. But the Motown meltdown has created major distortions in the force. USA Today's piece "Readers tell us why they stand by their American cars" is odd, from any angle. Clicking on the "enlarge" button of a homo-erotic picture of a guy in combat pants posing in front of a Buick Riviera is only the beginning. Right from the start of the article, it's clear that scribe Chris Woodyard is so far out of the news loop he might as well check if Elvis is on the moon with him. Either that or he's having a bad flashback, man. How else can you explain his bell bottom jeans-era take on American cars?

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USA Today's car coverage is normally a fairly sensible part of a fairly sensible newspaper. But the Motown meltdown has created major distortions in the force. USA Today's piece "Readers tell us why they stand by their American cars" is odd, from any angle. Clicking on the "enlarge" button of a homo-erotic picture of a guy in combat pants posing in front of a Buick Riviera is only the beginning. Right from the start of the article, it's clear that scribe Chris Woodyard is so far out of the news loop he might as well check if Elvis is on the moon with him. Either that or he's having a bad flashback, man. How else can you explain his bell bottom jeans-era take on American cars?

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Editorial: Between The Lines: President Bush’s Bailout Defense http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2008/12/bailout-watch-300-president-bush-loans-pave-the-way-to-c11/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2008/12/bailout-watch-300-president-bush-loans-pave-the-way-to-c11/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2008 22:53:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=193721 President Bush's radio address this morning: "Good morning. For years, America's automakers have faced serious challenges -- burdensome costs, a shrinking share of the market, and declining profits. In recent months, the global financial crisis has made these challenges even more severe. Now some U.S. auto executives say that their companies are nearing collapse -- and that the only way they can buy time to restructure is with help from the Federal government.

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President Bush's radio address this morning: "Good morning. For years, America's automakers have faced serious challenges -- burdensome costs, a shrinking share of the market, and declining profits. In recent months, the global financial crisis has made these challenges even more severe. Now some U.S. auto executives say that their companies are nearing collapse -- and that the only way they can buy time to restructure is with help from the Federal government.

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Between the Lines: Jalopnik’s Ray Wert Writes “Case For Rick Wagoner” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2008/12/between-the-lines-jalopniks-ray-wert-writes-case-for-rick-wagoner/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2008/12/between-the-lines-jalopniks-ray-wert-writes-case-for-rick-wagoner/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2008 18:04:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=179231 Jalopnik's Editor and I have had some major differences of opinion. Ray Wert recently opined that a Chrysler-GM merger made good business sense. I disagreed. When Jalopnik sold "Save GM" t-shirts and claimed it was ironic, I begged (metaphorically) to differ. Today, Wert posted an editorial entitled "The Case for GM CEO Rick Wagoner." Again, I disagree. The rant is deeply misguided, the logic and conclusions just plain wrong. And in a twist of [yet more] unintended irony, the editorial stinks of the sloth and corner-cutting that's brought GM to its knees.

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Jalopnik's Editor and I have had some major differences of opinion. Ray Wert recently opined that a Chrysler-GM merger made good business sense. I disagreed. When Jalopnik sold "Save GM" t-shirts and claimed it was ironic, I begged (metaphorically) to differ. Today, Wert posted an editorial entitled "The Case for GM CEO Rick Wagoner." Again, I disagree. The rant is deeply misguided, the logic and conclusions just plain wrong. And in a twist of [yet more] unintended irony, the editorial stinks of the sloth and corner-cutting that's brought GM to its knees.

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Between The Lines: Automotive News’ “The Cost of GM’s Death” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2008/11/bailout-watch-186-automotive-news-the-cost-of-gms-deat/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2008/11/bailout-watch-186-automotive-news-the-cost-of-gms-deat/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2008 18:29:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=151641 I can't remember the last time Automotive News [sub] unleashed an email alert for an editorial. Hell, I can't remember the first time they did it. As in this is it: the first time. You see how stunned I am? Well, no prizes for guessing which side of the bailout issue Crain's boys fall. They unleash the argument that's become the de facto Detroit defense: a bailout sucks, but not bailing out Motown sucks even more. They fucked-up but YOU will suffer. So YOU should pay. NOW. BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE! Hysteria and hyperbole? You don't know the half of it. Well, not yet anyway...

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I can't remember the last time Automotive News [sub] unleashed an email alert for an editorial. Hell, I can't remember the first time they did it. As in this is it: the first time. You see how stunned I am? Well, no prizes for guessing which side of the bailout issue Crain's boys fall. They unleash the argument that's become the de facto Detroit defense: a bailout sucks, but not bailing out Motown sucks even more. They fucked-up but YOU will suffer. So YOU should pay. NOW. BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE! Hysteria and hyperbole? You don't know the half of it. Well, not yet anyway...

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Editorial: Between the Lines: David Cole and the Bridge To Nowhere http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2008/11/bailout-watch-169-david-cole-is-telling-porkies/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2008/11/bailout-watch-169-david-cole-is-telling-porkies/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2008 13:04:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=147032 David Cole is the man whose industry and union-funded Center for Automotive Research carried-out a study of the economic implications of Detroit's meltdown. The result has become the de facto standard for "this is the serious shit that will happen if we don't bailout Motown's mismanagers with federal tax money" argument. So much so that the mainstream media uses the figures without attribution. TTAC has exposed Cole's blantant self-interest in this matter. Our Best and Brightest have examined CAR's study and exposed its deep methodological flaws. While there is no doubt that a GM, Ford and/or Chrysler bankruptcy filing would create an economic catastrophe for tens of thousands of workers and hundreds of communities, exaggerating the impact for political gain is deeply immoral. And just plain wrong. Giving Cole an uncontested platform to promulgate his propaganda is, if anything, worse. And yet that's exactly what The Detroit News has done...

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David Cole is the man whose industry and union-funded Center for Automotive Research carried-out a study of the economic implications of Detroit's meltdown. The result has become the de facto standard for "this is the serious shit that will happen if we don't bailout Motown's mismanagers with federal tax money" argument. So much so that the mainstream media uses the figures without attribution. TTAC has exposed Cole's blantant self-interest in this matter. Our Best and Brightest have examined CAR's study and exposed its deep methodological flaws. While there is no doubt that a GM, Ford and/or Chrysler bankruptcy filing would create an economic catastrophe for tens of thousands of workers and hundreds of communities, exaggerating the impact for political gain is deeply immoral. And just plain wrong. Giving Cole an uncontested platform to promulgate his propaganda is, if anything, worse. And yet that's exactly what The Detroit News has done...

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