The Truth About Cars » Media 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 20:50:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Motor Trend Urinates on the Heads of Its Readers, Tells Them It’s Raining Apple Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/motor-trend-urinates-on-the-heads-of-its-readers-tells-them-its-raining-apple-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/motor-trend-urinates-on-the-heads-of-its-readers-tells-them-its-raining-apple-cars/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:35:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1324018 “Motor Trend,” TTAC alum and occasional minor-event organizer Brock Yates once declared, “is for people who move their lips when they read.” Were Yates still with us, he’d likely be somewhat less than surprised at the breakneck pace with which MT is attempting to transform itself into a YouTube video first and a magazine-for-morons second. […]

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“Motor Trend,” TTAC alum and occasional minor-event organizer Brock Yates once declared, “is for people who move their lips when they read.” Were Yates still with us, he’d likely be somewhat less than surprised at the breakneck pace with which MT is attempting to transform itself into a YouTube video first and a magazine-for-morons second. […]

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How Automotive Payola Works: A Case Study Starring Wayne Gerdes and Volkswagen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/automotive-payola-works-case-study-starring-wayne-gerdes-volkswagen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/automotive-payola-works-case-study-starring-wayne-gerdes-volkswagen/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2016 22:25:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1296594 When a self-described automotive journalist attempts a fuel economy record, you expect his attempt to be objective — or, at least, as objective as such an attempt can be. However, when an automaker is willing to pay that automotive journalist thousands of dollars for the effort, with payment possibly dependent on achieving the desired record, objectivity falls by the wayside and, along […]

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When a self-described automotive journalist attempts a fuel economy record, you expect his attempt to be objective — or, at least, as objective as such an attempt can be. However, when an automaker is willing to pay that automotive journalist thousands of dollars for the effort, with payment possibly dependent on achieving the desired record, objectivity falls by the wayside and, along […]

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Motor Trend Hits SEMA Hard — Then Changes Its Mind http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/motor-trend-hits-sema-hard-changes-mind/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/motor-trend-hits-sema-hard-changes-mind/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1284002 If you’re reading this, chances are that you have little to no familiarity with Motor Trend. The audience here at The Truth About Cars, as we all know, is a superbly well-educated and successful group of detail-oriented people from all parts of the (autism) spectrum. The readers of MT, on the other hand, are almost […]

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If you’re reading this, chances are that you have little to no familiarity with Motor Trend. The audience here at The Truth About Cars, as we all know, is a superbly well-educated and successful group of detail-oriented people from all parts of the (autism) spectrum. The readers of MT, on the other hand, are almost […]

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Case Study in Public Relations: Volkswagen’s Diesel Crisis http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/case-study-public-relations-volkswagens-diesel-crisis/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/case-study-public-relations-volkswagens-diesel-crisis/#comments Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:56:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1265897 On Monday, Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller told NPR that the automaker didn’t lie in 2014 when regulators asked the automaker why its cars were polluting way more than advertised: “We didn’t lie. We didn’t understand the question first. And then we worked since 2014 to solve the problem.” Immediately realizing that wasn’t the thing to say, […]

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On Monday, Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller told NPR that the automaker didn’t lie in 2014 when regulators asked the automaker why its cars were polluting way more than advertised: “We didn’t lie. We didn’t understand the question first. And then we worked since 2014 to solve the problem.” Immediately realizing that wasn’t the thing to say, […]

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TTAC At The Movies: “Mad Max: Fury Road” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/ttac-movies-mad-max-fury-road/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/ttac-movies-mad-max-fury-road/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1091993 I don’t mind being preached to. Or being preached at. I mean, I’ve played guitar in a few church bands, and not all of the churches in question would let me sleep in my car during the sermon. Once in a while, I’d toss a couple of bucks in the collection plate, as well. So […]

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I don’t mind being preached to. Or being preached at. I mean, I’ve played guitar in a few church bands, and not all of the churches in question would let me sleep in my car during the sermon. Once in a while, I’d toss a couple of bucks in the collection plate, as well. So […]

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Project CARS, Just Like Many Real Cars, Can’t Match The Media Hype http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/project-cars-just-like-many-real-cars-cant-match-media-hype/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/project-cars-just-like-many-real-cars-cant-match-media-hype/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 12:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1063937 Project CARS is probably the most hotly-anticipated automobile-related video game to “drop” in the past few years. It’s ridden a positively Kanagawan wave of media hype and compensated “viral” marketing to its release – but at least one well-informed source is saying that this new emperor is decidedly trouserless. The site is called Pretend Race […]

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Project CARS is probably the most hotly-anticipated automobile-related video game to “drop” in the past few years. It’s ridden a positively Kanagawan wave of media hype and compensated “viral” marketing to its release – but at least one well-informed source is saying that this new emperor is decidedly trouserless. The site is called Pretend Race […]

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Editorial: Serial Woman Beater Buys 39 Cars (And Counting!) From Opportunistic Salesman http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/editorial-serial-woman-beater-buys-39-cars-counting-opportunistic-salesman/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/editorial-serial-woman-beater-buys-39-cars-counting-opportunistic-salesman/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1056802 This headline is as true as any other you’ve read over the past few days. In case you’ve been stuck under a 1980 Dodge Diplomat all week, the so-called “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is about to go down this weekend in Las Vegas and all over pay-per-view. As […]

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This headline is as true as any other you’ve read over the past few days. In case you’ve been stuck under a 1980 Dodge Diplomat all week, the so-called “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is about to go down this weekend in Las Vegas and all over pay-per-view. As […]

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Missouri Law Lets Thieves Scrap Your Classics http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/missouri-law-lets-thieves-scrap-classics/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/missouri-law-lets-thieves-scrap-classics/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:17:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1009738 Kansas City’s KCTV reported this week on an attempt to repair a 2012 Missouri state law that has led to a dramatic increase in car thefts. The law, which allows people to sell vehicles 10 years or older without a title, was originally intended to help rural property owners dispose of derelict vehicles and outdated […]

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Kansas City’s KCTV reported this week on an attempt to repair a 2012 Missouri state law that has led to a dramatic increase in car thefts. The law, which allows people to sell vehicles 10 years or older without a title, was originally intended to help rural property owners dispose of derelict vehicles and outdated […]

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The Car Business Has Not Changed Much Since 1956 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/car-business-changed-much-since-1956/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/car-business-changed-much-since-1956/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 15:31:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=940785 It appears that I am a few days behind Matt in cruising westbound down Route 66 in New Mexico. We checked into the legendary Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari last night and discovered that our room came equipped with the December 24, 1956 issue of Automotive News, unearthed from a long-closed dealership down the street. Some […]

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It appears that I am a few days behind Matt in cruising westbound down Route 66 in New Mexico. We checked into the legendary Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari last night and discovered that our room came equipped with the December 24, 1956 issue of Automotive News, unearthed from a long-closed dealership down the street. Some […]

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Solar Roadways: A Modest Proposal? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/solar-roadways-a-modest-proposal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/solar-roadways-a-modest-proposal/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 16:07:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=833633 Last week, an amazing video popped up on my Facebook feed. Produced by a small Idaho based startup seeking funding from the public via an IndieGoGo campaign, it offers a glimpse into a possible future where the roads are made out of reinforced glass panels that contain solar cells, microprocessors and LEDs. The company, Solar […]

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Last week, an amazing video popped up on my Facebook feed. Produced by a small Idaho based startup seeking funding from the public via an IndieGoGo campaign, it offers a glimpse into a possible future where the roads are made out of reinforced glass panels that contain solar cells, microprocessors and LEDs. The company, Solar […]

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Tesla Fires Back Against Accusations Brought By Lemon Law King http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/tesla-fires-back-against-accusations-brought-by-lemon-law-king/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/tesla-fires-back-against-accusations-brought-by-lemon-law-king/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:30:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=793490 Tesla has fired back against the accusations brought in a lawsuit filed against the company earlier this week by a Wisconsin attorney and self-described “Lemon law King” Vince Megna. Mr. Megna’s client, a physician who took delivery of his Model S in March of last year, alleges that he has had repeated problems with the […]

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Tesla has fired back against the accusations brought in a lawsuit filed against the company earlier this week by a Wisconsin attorney and self-described “Lemon law King” Vince Megna. Mr. Megna’s client, a physician who took delivery of his Model S in March of last year, alleges that he has had repeated problems with the […]

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The Manly Art Of Stick Handling http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/the-manly-art-of-stick-handling/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/the-manly-art-of-stick-handling/#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:02:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=778449 I was browsing the internet the other day and came across a website that purports to be “A guy’s post-college guide to growing up.” Normally I avoid websites like this. I learned about the manly arts the old fashioned way, dangerous experimentation, but since I have been wrestling with an especially verdant crop of nose […]

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I was browsing the internet the other day and came across a website that purports to be “A guy’s post-college guide to growing up.” Normally I avoid websites like this. I learned about the manly arts the old fashioned way, dangerous experimentation, but since I have been wrestling with an especially verdant crop of nose […]

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Leno Talks Nissan IDx: What’s Left Unsaid Speaks Volumes http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/leno-talks-nissan-idx-whats-left-unsaid-speaks-volumes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/leno-talks-nissan-idx-whats-left-unsaid-speaks-volumes/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:42:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=768962 The Nissan IDx concept, which debuted at the Tokyo motor show back in November of last year, is in the news again, this time appearing on YouTube as a part of the popular Jay Leno’s Garage series. We learned in January that the IDx is expected to go into full production and Nissan has been […]

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The Nissan IDx concept, which debuted at the Tokyo motor show back in November of last year, is in the news again, this time appearing on YouTube as a part of the popular Jay Leno’s Garage series. We learned in January that the IDx is expected to go into full production and Nissan has been […]

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Testing The Limits Of Civil Obedience: An Experiment http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/testing-the-limits-of-civil-obedience-an-experiment/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/testing-the-limits-of-civil-obedience-an-experiment/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=740529 Yesterday, while folks in the Southeast were getting hammered with their second severe winter storm in two weeks, the skies over Buffalo were wonderfully bright and sunny. Of course, when you count the wind chill factor, the temperature barely climbed into the double digits but as a result of the sun and a whole lot […]

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Yesterday, while folks in the Southeast were getting hammered with their second severe winter storm in two weeks, the skies over Buffalo were wonderfully bright and sunny. Of course, when you count the wind chill factor, the temperature barely climbed into the double digits but as a result of the sun and a whole lot […]

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GPS Tracking: Catch This Fly With Honey http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/gps-tracking-win-this-fly-with-honey/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/gps-tracking-win-this-fly-with-honey/#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:22:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=697681 Last week, Ford’s Global VP of Marketing and Sales, Jim Farley, told a panel discussion at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that Ford has access to data on its customers’ driving habits via the GPS system installed in their cars. “We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you’re doing it. […]

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Last week, Ford’s Global VP of Marketing and Sales, Jim Farley, told a panel discussion at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that Ford has access to data on its customers’ driving habits via the GPS system installed in their cars. “We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you’re doing it. […]

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One Man’s Love For His Mother, The Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/one-mans-love-for-his-mother-the-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/one-mans-love-for-his-mother-the-car/#comments Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=647954 Long before Knight Rider’s KITT, back in the mid 1960s there was a television show about a car that talked. I’m not sure just how they pitched the idea to the network, my guess is that it had something to do with the popularity of the Mister Ed show. If a horse could talk, why […]

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Long before Knight Rider’s KITT, back in the mid 1960s there was a television show about a car that talked. I’m not sure just how they pitched the idea to the network, my guess is that it had something to do with the popularity of the Mister Ed show. If a horse could talk, why […]

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Family Jewels: What Dribbled Down To You? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/family-jewels-what-dribbled-down-to-you/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/family-jewels-what-dribbled-down-to-you/#comments Sat, 02 Nov 2013 15:08:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=640409 Today, my wacky morning DJ, right after he said democracy was a joke and called me “dude,” hit us with this fun fact: 39% of young people choose the same brand of car their parents drove. I’m not sure if that is impressive as the previous day’s fact, that 20 million pounds of candy corn […]

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Today, my wacky morning DJ, right after he said democracy was a joke and called me “dude,” hit us with this fun fact: 39% of young people choose the same brand of car their parents drove. I’m not sure if that is impressive as the previous day’s fact, that 20 million pounds of candy corn […]

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Editorial: The Mob Mentality, The Unwise Brag, The Witch Hunt http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/editorial-the-mob-mentality-the-unwise-brag-the-witch-hunt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/editorial-the-mob-mentality-the-unwise-brag-the-witch-hunt/#comments Sat, 05 Oct 2013 15:02:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=606145 By now everyone with an interest in any kind of motorsports has had a chance to view the terrifying video of an innocent New York City family surrounded and then attacked by a gang of motorcycle riding thugs. Every one of us has placed ourselves behind the wheel of that Range Rover, our wife beside […]

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By now everyone with an interest in any kind of motorsports has had a chance to view the terrifying video of an innocent New York City family surrounded and then attacked by a gang of motorcycle riding thugs. Every one of us has placed ourselves behind the wheel of that Range Rover, our wife beside […]

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Why Is There A Hidden Drug Reference In CNet’s Review Of The Chrysler 300 SRT8? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/why-is-there-a-hidden-drug-reference-in-cnets-review-of-the-chrysler-300-srt8/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/why-is-there-a-hidden-drug-reference-in-cnets-review-of-the-chrysler-300-srt8/#comments Tue, 01 Oct 2013 16:11:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=532849 Late last night, a friend of mine posted the above video on my wall. At 2:15, CNet CarTech’s Brian Cooley demonstrates how the big Chrysler can read one’s text messages aloud. The example used may fly under the radar of most people, but anybody who has ever listened to rap music, or dealt massive quantities […]

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Late last night, a friend of mine posted the above video on my wall. At 2:15, CNet CarTech’s Brian Cooley demonstrates how the big Chrysler can read one’s text messages aloud. The example used may fly under the radar of most people, but anybody who has ever listened to rap music, or dealt massive quantities […]

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Inside The Industry, Special Edition: The Truth About Getting In http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/inside-the-industry-special-edition-the-truth-about-getting-in/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/inside-the-industry-special-edition-the-truth-about-getting-in/#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 20:15:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=488617   This being Q&A Wednesday, I promised to answer  TTAC commenter 28-cars-later’s question in feature-length. He said: “Bertel, how do you get such access to Ghosn… is Nissan just *this* friendly to the press?” Let me explain to you how it works. I am in Tokyo for a simple reason: Love. Being here also is […]

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  This being Q&A Wednesday, I promised to answer  TTAC commenter 28-cars-later’s question in feature-length. He said: “Bertel, how do you get such access to Ghosn… is Nissan just *this* friendly to the press?” Let me explain to you how it works. I am in Tokyo for a simple reason: Love. Being here also is […]

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Discovery’s Fast N’ Loud, Where Cars Meet Reality TV http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/discoverys-fast-n-loud-where-cars-meet-reality-tv/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/discoverys-fast-n-loud-where-cars-meet-reality-tv/#comments Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:17:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=485894 Time was, the only time you could see cool cars on TV, outside of reruns of the Rockford Files and Starsky and Hutch, was on Saturday Mornings on The Nashville Network. Those programs, aimed at shade tree mechanics and the average do-it-yourselfer, were about as interesting as a high school auto shop class’ instructional videos. […]

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Time was, the only time you could see cool cars on TV, outside of reruns of the Rockford Files and Starsky and Hutch, was on Saturday Mornings on The Nashville Network. Those programs, aimed at shade tree mechanics and the average do-it-yourselfer, were about as interesting as a high school auto shop class’ instructional videos. […]

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Selling Snake Oil: Great Automotve Ads Of The Past http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/selling-snake-oil-great-automotve-ads-of-the-past/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/selling-snake-oil-great-automotve-ads-of-the-past/#comments Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:26:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=485083 Sweet, sweet publicity. Although I am loathe to admit it, I am a sucker for a slick ad campaign. Those catchy jingles, perfectly posed photos, and quick camera cuts work their way into my psyche and demand that I throw down my hard earned cash for something I may not need, but God how I […]

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Sweet, sweet publicity. Although I am loathe to admit it, I am a sucker for a slick ad campaign. Those catchy jingles, perfectly posed photos, and quick camera cuts work their way into my psyche and demand that I throw down my hard earned cash for something I may not need, but God how I […]

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Casey Shain: Turning Pure Fantasy Into Virtual Reality http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/casey-shain-turning-pure-fantasy-into-virtual-reality/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/casey-shain-turning-pure-fantasy-into-virtual-reality/#comments Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:40:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=483694 They say that you don’t regret the things you do as much as you regret the things don’t do. I hope the auto manufacturers are listening, because when I look at so many of the fantastic looking four door sedans on the market today, I feel a sense of regret for what they aren’t doing, […]

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They say that you don’t regret the things you do as much as you regret the things don’t do. I hope the auto manufacturers are listening, because when I look at so many of the fantastic looking four door sedans on the market today, I feel a sense of regret for what they aren’t doing, […]

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Bloomberg Interview: American Car Design Rennaissance? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/bloomberg-interview-american-car-design-rennaissance/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/bloomberg-interview-american-car-design-rennaissance/#comments Fri, 05 Apr 2013 14:57:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=483682 If you have a spare four minutes and four seconds (plus time for the commercial) take the time to check out the following discussion over at Bloomberg.com. As a layman, I find these kind of discussions very interesting and would like to hear the best and the brightest, many of whom I know to be […]

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If you have a spare four minutes and four seconds (plus time for the commercial) take the time to check out the following discussion over at Bloomberg.com. As a layman, I find these kind of discussions very interesting and would like to hear the best and the brightest, many of whom I know to be […]

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Titillating Embargoes, And How Our Youth Is Led Astray By Manipulative Automakers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/titillating-embargoes-and-how-our-youth-is-led-astray-by-manipulative-automakers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/titillating-embargoes-and-how-our-youth-is-led-astray-by-manipulative-automakers/#comments Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:25:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=473985 We have a new car show season. With it come new car releases, and with them comes a contagion that is as tiring and headache-inducing as a Cobo Hall flu on top of an after party hangover. The disease goes by the name of embargo, and it comes with  the embargo breach as a secondary […]

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We have a new car show season. With it come new car releases, and with them comes a contagion that is as tiring and headache-inducing as a Cobo Hall flu on top of an after party hangover. The disease goes by the name of embargo, and it comes with  the embargo breach as a secondary […]

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