The Truth About Cars » In Defense Of http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 03 May 2016 17:30:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Android Auto vs. Apple CarPlay vs. Your Precious Bodily Fluids http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/android-auto-vs-apple-carplay-vs-your-precious-bodily-fluids/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/android-auto-vs-apple-carplay-vs-your-precious-bodily-fluids/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=853505 At yesterday’s Google I/O keynote speech, Google laid out its vision for Android Auto (reported here yesterday), which is quite similar to Apple’s CarPlay. I’ve ranted here before about Apple’s CarPlay when it was first announced and after more details came out last March. Both have the idea that your phone can hijack the screen in […]

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At yesterday’s Google I/O keynote speech, Google laid out its vision for Android Auto (reported here yesterday), which is quite similar to Apple’s CarPlay. I’ve ranted here before about Apple’s CarPlay when it was first announced and after more details came out last March. Both have the idea that your phone can hijack the screen in […]

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Bring back a BOF 5-seater or I’ll buy a Saab http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/bring-back-a-bof-5-seater-or-ill-buy-a-saab/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/bring-back-a-bof-5-seater-or-ill-buy-a-saab/#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:24:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=495576 I have a problem. I own a 2002 GMC Envoy. No, my ownership of a GMT360 SUV isn’t the problem although it is probably enough to get me committed to a mental institution. At 140,000 hard miles, my Envoy is getting old and there’s nothing out there to replace it. That’s a problem. Whenever the […]

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I have a problem. I own a 2002 GMC Envoy. No, my ownership of a GMT360 SUV isn’t the problem although it is probably enough to get me committed to a mental institution. At 140,000 hard miles, my Envoy is getting old and there’s nothing out there to replace it. That’s a problem. Whenever the […]

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Thanks To Suburbia, The Car Can Never Be The Next Cigarette http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/thanks-to-suburbia-the-car-can-never-be-the-next-cigarette/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/thanks-to-suburbia-the-car-can-never-be-the-next-cigarette/#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 11:07:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=488043 I have two interests that are often in conflict with one another. One is my love of the automobile. The second is urban planning. Recently, I was reading a response piece to the notion that the car will become the next cigarette, or a similar “socially unacceptable vice”. Derek Kreindler wrote the following in his […]

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I have two interests that are often in conflict with one another. One is my love of the automobile. The second is urban planning. Recently, I was reading a response piece to the notion that the car will become the next cigarette, or a similar “socially unacceptable vice”. Derek Kreindler wrote the following in his […]

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Abu Dhabi Dispatches: How I Nearly Met Jack Baruth At The International Defense Expo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/abu-dhabi-dispatches-how-i-nearly-met-jack-baruth-at-the-international-defense-expo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/abu-dhabi-dispatches-how-i-nearly-met-jack-baruth-at-the-international-defense-expo/#comments Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=479291   A few days ago, I was at the International Defense Expo here in Abu Dhabi. It prides itself as “the most strategically important tri-service defence exhibition in the world.” Many tanks were on display, among them an armored Audi A8. I wanted to inspect that car a bit closer, when a man approached the […]

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  A few days ago, I was at the International Defense Expo here in Abu Dhabi. It prides itself as “the most strategically important tri-service defence exhibition in the world.” Many tanks were on display, among them an armored Audi A8. I wanted to inspect that car a bit closer, when a man approached the […]

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In Defense Of: The Cadillac CTS-V Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/in-defense-of-the-cadillac-cts-v-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/in-defense-of-the-cadillac-cts-v-wagon/#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2012 12:31:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=431652 If you are unfamiliar with the type of car pictured above, then may I congratulate you on finally getting a WiFi connection all the way up there in your cave on the moon. Yes indeedy, this is the much-publicized Cadillac CTS-V wagon. No, on the other hand, it is not a press car. Let me […]

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If you are unfamiliar with the type of car pictured above, then may I congratulate you on finally getting a WiFi connection all the way up there in your cave on the moon. Yes indeedy, this is the much-publicized Cadillac CTS-V wagon. No, on the other hand, it is not a press car. Let me […]

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In Defense Of: The Press Junket http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/in-defense-of-the-press-junket/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/in-defense-of-the-press-junket/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2011 16:45:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416193 You know, it’s getting goddamned hard for a chap to enjoy a decent corporate-sponsored nosebag from time to time what with the ever-imminent prospect of Jack “Banquo” Baruth popping out from behind a silver soup tureen and shouting “J’accuse!” like some sort of admonitory, jort-clad Visigoth. At least, such I was thinking to myself as I lined […]

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You know, it’s getting goddamned hard for a chap to enjoy a decent corporate-sponsored nosebag from time to time what with the ever-imminent prospect of Jack “Banquo” Baruth popping out from behind a silver soup tureen and shouting “J’accuse!” like some sort of admonitory, jort-clad Visigoth. At least, such I was thinking to myself as I lined […]

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Requiem For The Last American Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/requiem-for-the-last-american-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/requiem-for-the-last-american-car/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2011 20:12:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=411356 [Editor’s note: Today, at 12:25 pm, the very last Panther-platform Crown Victoria rolled off the line at St. Thomas Assembly Plant. Ryan Paradis, a.k.a. “86er,” has the honor of eulogizing the beloved beast in his first-ever contribution to TTAC]  It has become beyond trite by this point to say that, with the end of the […]

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[Editor’s note: Today, at 12:25 pm, the very last Panther-platform Crown Victoria rolled off the line at St. Thomas Assembly Plant. Ryan Paradis, a.k.a. “86er,” has the honor of eulogizing the beloved beast in his first-ever contribution to TTAC]  It has become beyond trite by this point to say that, with the end of the […]

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In Defense Of: Enthusiasm In Automotive Journalism http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/in-defense-of-enthusiasm-in-automotive-journalism/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/in-defense-of-enthusiasm-in-automotive-journalism/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2011 21:37:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=410447 When bearded flip-flop enthusiast and serial-ruiner Jonny Lieberman recently wrote about his new long-term-tester fantasy ride – a stick-shifted, murda’d-out Caddy CTS-V wagon – he facebooked a prediction, “Cue the Baruth-venom in 3…2…1…” Quoth JB in response, “No venom here. In the best liberal fashion I have censured you for the ethics of it and […]

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When bearded flip-flop enthusiast and serial-ruiner Jonny Lieberman recently wrote about his new long-term-tester fantasy ride – a stick-shifted, murda’d-out Caddy CTS-V wagon – he facebooked a prediction, “Cue the Baruth-venom in 3…2…1…” Quoth JB in response, “No venom here. In the best liberal fashion I have censured you for the ethics of it and […]

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The Tragedy Of The Gas Tax http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/the-tragedy-of-the-gas-tax/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/the-tragedy-of-the-gas-tax/#comments Sat, 25 Jun 2011 15:42:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=399987 General Motors CEO Dan Akerson set off something of a firestorm a few weeks ago, when he said, in response to a question about forthcoming CAFE increases: You know what I’d rather have them do — this will make my Republican friends puke — as gas is going to go down here now, we ought […]

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General Motors CEO Dan Akerson set off something of a firestorm a few weeks ago, when he said, in response to a question about forthcoming CAFE increases: You know what I’d rather have them do — this will make my Republican friends puke — as gas is going to go down here now, we ought […]

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In Defense Of: The Mazda MX-5 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/in-defense-of-the-mazda-mx-5/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/in-defense-of-the-mazda-mx-5/#comments Tue, 08 Feb 2011 23:31:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=383294 In the rarefied world of auto journalism, EVO magazine has assumed a place at the top of the food chain, for its derring-do tales of “flat out motoring”, performance car snobbery of the highest order and rich douchebag “contributors” whose only qualification is owning an absurdly expensive car that masquerades as a “long term tester”. […]

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In the rarefied world of auto journalism, EVO magazine has assumed a place at the top of the food chain, for its derring-do tales of “flat out motoring”, performance car snobbery of the highest order and rich douchebag “contributors” whose only qualification is owning an absurdly expensive car that masquerades as a “long term tester”. […]

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Bumper Sticker of the Week! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/bumper-sticker-of-the-week/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/bumper-sticker-of-the-week/#comments Thu, 13 Jan 2011 16:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=380295 I spotted this sticker on a (disc brake-equipped) Nissan pickup in the parking lot of the San Jose North Pick-Your-Part during my last trip to California. While I do believe that drum brakes want to kill us all— I’m already hating the four-wheel/single-circuit drums on my ’66 Dodge A100 van— I still admire the cryptic […]

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I spotted this sticker on a (disc brake-equipped) Nissan pickup in the parking lot of the San Jose North Pick-Your-Part during my last trip to California. While I do believe that drum brakes want to kill us all— I’m already hating the four-wheel/single-circuit drums on my ’66 Dodge A100 van— I still admire the cryptic […]

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In Defense of Sex http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/in-defense-of-sex/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/in-defense-of-sex/#comments Sun, 03 Oct 2010 12:33:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=367324 First off: Bertel needs no defense. I however felt compelled to write this editorial. Don’t you go thinking the latest round of “naughty” videos was all his idea. I egged him on. I think we are privileged to have him. So… Standing ovation to our Bertel Schmitt. Bertel and I talked about this subject together. […]

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First off: Bertel needs no defense. I however felt compelled to write this editorial. Don’t you go thinking the latest round of “naughty” videos was all his idea. I egged him on. I think we are privileged to have him. So… Standing ovation to our Bertel Schmitt. Bertel and I talked about this subject together. […]

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Panther Appreciation Week: Defining Panther Love http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/panther-appreciation-week-defining-panther-love/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/panther-appreciation-week-defining-panther-love/#comments Thu, 23 Sep 2010 19:07:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=366544 As someone who has driven over 300,000 non-livery, private-owner miles in various iterations of Ford’s Panther, TTAC’s Panther Appreciation Week struck a bittersweet chord for me. I’ve enjoyed seeing this versatile vehicle-from-another-era get the admiration and respect I believe it deserves, and the peek at the other side of the philosophical coin – courtesy of […]

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As someone who has driven over 300,000 non-livery, private-owner miles in various iterations of Ford’s Panther, TTAC’s Panther Appreciation Week struck a bittersweet chord for me. I’ve enjoyed seeing this versatile vehicle-from-another-era get the admiration and respect I believe it deserves, and the peek at the other side of the philosophical coin – courtesy of […]

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In Defense (Defence?) Of Top Gear http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/in-defense-defence-of-top-gear/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/in-defense-defence-of-top-gear/#comments Mon, 09 Aug 2010 15:22:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=362475 I ought to start this article off with the reasons as to why I decided to write this article. I got scalded recently for criticizing Jack Baruth’s article on why Top Gear USA will fail. On reflection, the scalding was well earned. It’s a bit unprofessional to criticize a fellow worker’s work no matter how […]

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I ought to start this article off with the reasons as to why I decided to write this article. I got scalded recently for criticizing Jack Baruth’s article on why Top Gear USA will fail. On reflection, the scalding was well earned. It’s a bit unprofessional to criticize a fellow worker’s work no matter how […]

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In Defense Of The Chevrolet Volt http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/in-defense-of-the-chevrolet-volt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/in-defense-of-the-chevrolet-volt/#comments Mon, 02 Aug 2010 21:41:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=362005 [Editor’s note: In the absence of an official rebuttal to Edward Niedermeyer’s NY Times Op-Ed on the Chevrolet Volt, TTAC’s own Ken Elias has volunteered to come to the Volt’s defense.] The Chevy Volt should be a brilliant piece of engineering achievement if it works as advertised.  That’s a big “if” and I wouldn’t bet my […]

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[Editor’s note: In the absence of an official rebuttal to Edward Niedermeyer’s NY Times Op-Ed on the Chevrolet Volt, TTAC’s own Ken Elias has volunteered to come to the Volt’s defense.] The Chevy Volt should be a brilliant piece of engineering achievement if it works as advertised.  That’s a big “if” and I wouldn’t bet my […]

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Farewell Mercury http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/farewell-mercury/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/farewell-mercury/#comments Thu, 03 Jun 2010 15:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=357980 If you scan the autoblogosphere on a regular basis, you’ve read some half-hearted eulogies to the best and worst of Mercury. Fair enough, as the Mercury brand deserves every one of those backhanded compliments: sharing too much content with a comparable Fords and (sometimes) sharing too many styling cues with the Lincolns means it couldn’t […]

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If you scan the autoblogosphere on a regular basis, you’ve read some half-hearted eulogies to the best and worst of Mercury. Fair enough, as the Mercury brand deserves every one of those backhanded compliments: sharing too much content with a comparable Fords and (sometimes) sharing too many styling cues with the Lincolns means it couldn’t […]

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Toyota Aren’t Number One … In Recalls http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/toyota-arent-number-one-in-recalls/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/toyota-arent-number-one-in-recalls/#comments Tue, 16 Feb 2010 11:46:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=345558 According to popular wisdom, the flood of recalls will change Toyota and will permanently damage Toyota’s market share in the United States (much like what happened to Mitsubishi and their cover up scandal). But there are some people who believe (like I do) that this is “man bites dog” journalism. That the Toyota recall (whilst […]

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According to popular wisdom, the flood of recalls will change Toyota and will permanently damage Toyota’s market share in the United States (much like what happened to Mitsubishi and their cover up scandal). But there are some people who believe (like I do) that this is “man bites dog” journalism. That the Toyota recall (whilst […]

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The Pretty Side Of Honda http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/the-pretty-side-of-honda/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/the-pretty-side-of-honda/#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2010 08:30:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=342097 There has been a lot of, well, criticism, of Honda on these pages lately, including allegations that Honda had lost it. So far, more that fifty of the Best & Brightest offered advice on how to save the company from certain annihilation. Today’s Nikkei says “domo arigato gozaimashita” for all the support, and runs a […]

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There has been a lot of, well, criticism, of Honda on these pages lately, including allegations that Honda had lost it. So far, more that fifty of the Best & Brightest offered advice on how to save the company from certain annihilation. Today’s Nikkei says “domo arigato gozaimashita” for all the support, and runs a […]

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Editorial: Collector Car Market: The Sky Hasn’t Fallen; Just a Few Prices http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/09/editorial-collector-car-market-the-sky-hasnt-fallen-just-a-few-prices/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/09/editorial-collector-car-market-the-sky-hasnt-fallen-just-a-few-prices/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2009 13:07:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=329124

In a recent news article, RF stated: "…here’s another story where the web pulls the rug from under auto industry types seeking to hide the truth. We’ve been saying it forever (in Internet terms): the collector car market has collapsed. Well, duh. But the mainstream media and specialist press has both been happy to perpetuate the myth perpetuated by the auction houses that their business has been defying gravity. See? Cars are selling for phenomenal prices! Meanwhile, Hagerty’s CARS THAT MATTER is telling readers to pay attention to the men behind the curtain." In truth, the men behind the curtains are not the market. They are middlemen. They extract a percentage from every participant they can find to witness their activities; Buyer, Seller, hell, even the gawkers have to pay to watch the show. The auction houses are, in ecological terms, parasites on the very market they claim to serve. Like any parasite their success has a tendency to cause harm to their host. These guys are tarted up used cars salesmen. That, and the recent transformation of the car auction into a three ring circus, is what is killing the auction companies, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the collector cars being sold.

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In a recent news article, RF stated: "…here’s another story where the web pulls the rug from under auto industry types seeking to hide the truth. We’ve been saying it forever (in Internet terms): the collector car market has collapsed. Well, duh. But the mainstream media and specialist press has both been happy to perpetuate the myth perpetuated by the auction houses that their business has been defying gravity. See? Cars are selling for phenomenal prices! Meanwhile, Hagerty’s CARS THAT MATTER is telling readers to pay attention to the men behind the curtain." In truth, the men behind the curtains are not the market. They are middlemen. They extract a percentage from every participant they can find to witness their activities; Buyer, Seller, hell, even the gawkers have to pay to watch the show. The auction houses are, in ecological terms, parasites on the very market they claim to serve. Like any parasite their success has a tendency to cause harm to their host. These guys are tarted up used cars salesmen. That, and the recent transformation of the car auction into a three ring circus, is what is killing the auction companies, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the collector cars being sold.

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In Defense of . . . the United Auto Workers (UAW) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/in-defense-of-the-united-auto-workers-uaw/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/in-defense-of-the-united-auto-workers-uaw/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2009 02:04:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=324377

This website has stood out front in condemning the pro-corporate cowardice of the paper car mags, and rightly so. But when they show some courage and get it right, they deserve a shout-out. In the proud TTAC tradition of recognizing all viewpoints, I salute Jamie Kitman’s latest column in Automobile. Kitman’s point: the United Auto Workers (UAW) make a handy whipping boy, but contrary to the new conventional wisdom, they are not the Great Satan that sank our auto industry. In fact, the money the UAW made for decades was a good thing. “Courage,” you say? If you’re like many here, that’s not the adjective you’d use . . .

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This website has stood out front in condemning the pro-corporate cowardice of the paper car mags, and rightly so. But when they show some courage and get it right, they deserve a shout-out. In the proud TTAC tradition of recognizing all viewpoints, I salute Jamie Kitman’s latest column in Automobile. Kitman’s point: the United Auto Workers (UAW) make a handy whipping boy, but contrary to the new conventional wisdom, they are not the Great Satan that sank our auto industry. In fact, the money the UAW made for decades was a good thing. “Courage,” you say? If you’re like many here, that’s not the adjective you’d use . . .

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Editorial: In Defense of . . . Cash4Clunkers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/06/editorial-in-defense-of-cash4clunkers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/06/editorial-in-defense-of-cash4clunkers/#comments Sat, 13 Jun 2009 12:17:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=319001

Well, it looks like the American version of cash-for-clunkers is going to get past Capitol Hill, and I find myself conflicted. On the one hand, I'm getting a little sick and extra wary of more money going to prop up auto sales (I figure there is going to have to be a real reckoning before things can get better, and I'm leaning toward letting it happen). On the other hand, considering what it is (actual law-to-be and not an academic case study) this is about as good a clear-the-clunkers bill as we're going to get. The New York Times Freakonomics blogger Steven Levitt looked at this one on Friday (I went over Germany's version in February). Just about everything he says is true, but there is one point he missed (and was nice enough to call attention to) that throws the whole argument in opposition out of whack. We'll get there, but first, what's right about it?

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Well, it looks like the American version of cash-for-clunkers is going to get past Capitol Hill, and I find myself conflicted. On the one hand, I'm getting a little sick and extra wary of more money going to prop up auto sales (I figure there is going to have to be a real reckoning before things can get better, and I'm leaning toward letting it happen). On the other hand, considering what it is (actual law-to-be and not an academic case study) this is about as good a clear-the-clunkers bill as we're going to get. The New York Times Freakonomics blogger Steven Levitt looked at this one on Friday (I went over Germany's version in February). Just about everything he says is true, but there is one point he missed (and was nice enough to call attention to) that throws the whole argument in opposition out of whack. We'll get there, but first, what's right about it?

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In Defense of . . . The Chrysler and GM Bailout http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/06/in-defense-of-the-chrysler-and-gm-bailout/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/06/in-defense-of-the-chrysler-and-gm-bailout/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2009 17:29:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=318801

Over the last year, as this unparalleled automotive sales depression has picked up steam, I have observed unprecedented vitriol directed at both Chrysler and General Motors. Here on TTAC, Autoblog, Jalopnik, CarDomain, et. al. and members of the mainstream press have all criticized the companies receiving federal aid. I just couldn’t understand it. It’s as if the only vehicles these companies ever built were the Jeep Compass and Pontiac Aztek. Critics seem to have completely forgotten all the great cars both companies are building right now and have built over the years. At the same time, they've overlooked Chrysler and GM's importance to their employees, suppliers and countless communities from coast-to-coast. "Stakeholders" who have a direct impact on as many as one-in-10 domestic jobs.

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Over the last year, as this unparalleled automotive sales depression has picked up steam, I have observed unprecedented vitriol directed at both Chrysler and General Motors. Here on TTAC, Autoblog, Jalopnik, CarDomain, et. al. and members of the mainstream press have all criticized the companies receiving federal aid. I just couldn’t understand it. It’s as if the only vehicles these companies ever built were the Jeep Compass and Pontiac Aztek. Critics seem to have completely forgotten all the great cars both companies are building right now and have built over the years. At the same time, they've overlooked Chrysler and GM's importance to their employees, suppliers and countless communities from coast-to-coast. "Stakeholders" who have a direct impact on as many as one-in-10 domestic jobs.

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In Defense of . . . The Jeep Jinx http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/06/the-jeep-jinx/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/06/the-jeep-jinx/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2009 11:17:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=318514

I'm a Jeep owner, a Jeep historian and a Jeep enthusiast. I've published more than a dozen Jeep articles. I've attended dozens of Jeep Jamborees and Camp Jeep events. I've driven a Jeep down the Rubicon Trail from start to finish, twice. So it pains me to write about the Jeep Jinx. But the facts are inarguable: virtually every company that's owned the Jeep brand has fallen on hard times.

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I'm a Jeep owner, a Jeep historian and a Jeep enthusiast. I've published more than a dozen Jeep articles. I've attended dozens of Jeep Jamborees and Camp Jeep events. I've driven a Jeep down the Rubicon Trail from start to finish, twice. So it pains me to write about the Jeep Jinx. But the facts are inarguable: virtually every company that's owned the Jeep brand has fallen on hard times.

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In Praise of: Detroit’s HVAC Engineering http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/01/detroit-hvac-rules/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/01/detroit-hvac-rules/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2009 02:38:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=226142 With all that the domestic automakers have done wrong, it's important to remember the things they've done-- and continue to do-- well. In his post about dumb moves behind the wheel, Jonny Lieberman highlighted one of these engineering accomplishments: Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HAVC). As JL pointed out, even when Detroit was making malaise-era cars that barely ran, their HVAC systems were the "envy of the world." Sure, Volvos and Saabs had good interior heating and defrosting systems, not to mention heated seats. But Detroit led the world in keeping drivers physically comfortable. In this, geographic happenstance played a critical role.

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With all that the domestic automakers have done wrong, it's important to remember the things they've done-- and continue to do-- well. In his post about dumb moves behind the wheel, Jonny Lieberman highlighted one of these engineering accomplishments: Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HAVC). As JL pointed out, even when Detroit was making malaise-era cars that barely ran, their HVAC systems were the "envy of the world." Sure, Volvos and Saabs had good interior heating and defrosting systems, not to mention heated seats. But Detroit led the world in keeping drivers physically comfortable. In this, geographic happenstance played a critical role.

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Editorial: In Defense of: The Detroit Bailout http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2008/11/editorial-in-defense-of-the-detroit-bailout/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2008/11/editorial-in-defense-of-the-detroit-bailout/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2008 12:55:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=153462 As the domestic auto companies appear to be circling the drain, there's been debate about the extent of the impact of their failure on their supplier base, the impact on the industrial manufacturing base of the United States, even possible negative implications for Toyota and Honda. One party in all this that has rarely been mentioned are the consumers. While a few automotive analysts, pundits and bloggers have touched on how an implosion of the Detroit based car companies will affect consumers, almost all of the discussion has centered on whether or not people will buy a car from a bankrupt manufacturer, and the related issue of how product warrantees will be covered if their manufacturers go belly-up. A more basic consumer issue: how the loss of GM, Ford and Chrysler from the US auto market would affect the prices, features and technology of new cars.

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As the domestic auto companies appear to be circling the drain, there's been debate about the extent of the impact of their failure on their supplier base, the impact on the industrial manufacturing base of the United States, even possible negative implications for Toyota and Honda. One party in all this that has rarely been mentioned are the consumers. While a few automotive analysts, pundits and bloggers have touched on how an implosion of the Detroit based car companies will affect consumers, almost all of the discussion has centered on whether or not people will buy a car from a bankrupt manufacturer, and the related issue of how product warrantees will be covered if their manufacturers go belly-up. A more basic consumer issue: how the loss of GM, Ford and Chrysler from the US auto market would affect the prices, features and technology of new cars.

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