The Truth About Cars » The Best of TTAC 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 » The Best of TTAC http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/editorials/the-best-of-ttac/ Hammer Time: The Unsellable Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/hammer-time-the-unsellable-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/hammer-time-the-unsellable-car/#comments Thu, 22 Mar 2012 16:16:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=436060   I once had a vehicle that sat on my lot for over 9 months. It wasn’t anything too bad. A 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager in the tannest shade of brown. But no one wanted the thing. I couldn’t figure it out. Did it have too many miles on it? Did brown all of a […]

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  I once had a vehicle that sat on my lot for over 9 months. It wasn’t anything too bad. A 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager in the tannest shade of brown. But no one wanted the thing. I couldn’t figure it out. Did it have too many miles on it? Did brown all of a […]

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Toyota’s Prius Chief Engineer Reveals The Future Of The Automobile. Part One http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/toyota%e2%80%99s-prius-chief-engineer-reveals-the-future-of-the-automobile-part-one/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/toyota%e2%80%99s-prius-chief-engineer-reveals-the-future-of-the-automobile-part-one/#comments Sun, 13 Nov 2011 15:05:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418016 “Look, when we started the Prius project in 1993, we did not even think of a hybrid system for the Prius. We did not set out to build a hybrid. We studied what was needed for the 21st century, and two things were certain: The need to protect the environment, and the need to bring […]

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“Look, when we started the Prius project in 1993, we did not even think of a hybrid system for the Prius. We did not set out to build a hybrid. We studied what was needed for the 21st century, and two things were certain: The need to protect the environment, and the need to bring […]

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The Best Of TTAC: The Art Of Noise http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/the-best-of-ttac-the-art-of-noise/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/the-best-of-ttac-the-art-of-noise/#comments Sat, 06 Aug 2011 05:08:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=406001 [Editor’s note: This piece was originally published in February 2009, and like so much of TTAC’s content, it’s timeless enough to deserve another moment on the front page. Enjoy!] Rolls-Royce used to advertise the fact that their cars were so quiet that the loudest sound you heard was the [analog] clock ticking on the dash. […]

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[Editor’s note: This piece was originally published in February 2009, and like so much of TTAC’s content, it’s timeless enough to deserve another moment on the front page. Enjoy!] Rolls-Royce used to advertise the fact that their cars were so quiet that the loudest sound you heard was the [analog] clock ticking on the dash. […]

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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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The Best Of TTAC: Autobiography 4 – Life’s Intimate Mysteries Unveiled http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/the-best-of-ttac-autobiography-4-lifves-intimate-mysteries-unveiled/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/the-best-of-ttac-autobiography-4-lifves-intimate-mysteries-unveiled/#comments Sat, 20 Mar 2010 18:08:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=349772 As a boy in the pre-internet early sixties, I became obsessed with unveiling the secrets of that inexplicably alluring object of male interest. I had a general notion of what transpired within: the rhythmic in and out motions, the frenzy of moving members, the rapid inhalations, the (hopefully) synchronized explosions, and in their wake, the […]

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As a boy in the pre-internet early sixties, I became obsessed with unveiling the secrets of that inexplicably alluring object of male interest. I had a general notion of what transpired within: the rhythmic in and out motions, the frenzy of moving members, the rapid inhalations, the (hopefully) synchronized explosions, and in their wake, the […]

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The Best Of TTAC: The Audi 5000 Intended Unintended Acceleration Debacle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/the-best-of-ttac-the-audi-5000-intended-unintended-acceleration-debacle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/the-best-of-ttac-the-audi-5000-intended-unintended-acceleration-debacle/#comments Sun, 07 Mar 2010 06:45:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=344485 [Note: This piece first ran in May 2007. It seems particularly relevant again in light of the current Toyota unintended acceleration (UA) situation. But please note that the circumstance that caused the Audi UA may, or may not be very different, depending on the circumstances. In the early eighties, electronic gas pedals and complex engine […]

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[Note: This piece first ran in May 2007. It seems particularly relevant again in light of the current Toyota unintended acceleration (UA) situation. But please note that the circumstance that caused the Audi UA may, or may not be very different, depending on the circumstances. In the early eighties, electronic gas pedals and complex engine […]

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GM’s Branding Fiasco Part Five – A Brief History of Buick http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/gms-branding-fiasco-part-five-a-brief-history-of-buick/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/gms-branding-fiasco-part-five-a-brief-history-of-buick/#comments Sat, 20 Feb 2010 15:01:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=346138 [This piece first ran in 2007 as part of a five-installment series. I’ve added some pictures, but note that the ending was written at Buick’s all-time product low] Buick was the special child in the GM family: the beautiful and temperamental second-oldest daughter that somehow always got the most attention from Daddy. Sure, oldest daughter […]

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[This piece first ran in 2007 as part of a five-installment series. I’ve added some pictures, but note that the ending was written at Buick’s all-time product low] Buick was the special child in the GM family: the beautiful and temperamental second-oldest daughter that somehow always got the most attention from Daddy. Sure, oldest daughter […]

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The Best Of TTAC: Auto-Biography Part 7 – Bus We Must http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/the-best-of-ttac-auto-biography-part-7-bus-we-must/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/the-best-of-ttac-auto-biography-part-7-bus-we-must/#comments Sat, 06 Feb 2010 07:22:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=344403 It was the mother of all drifts. Forty feet behind me, the back of the passenger bus was coming around fast, threatening to wipe out a block’s worth of cars parked across the street. By the time I caught the first slide, I had overcompensated. My arms were a whirling dervish on the giant steering […]

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It was the mother of all drifts. Forty feet behind me, the back of the passenger bus was coming around fast, threatening to wipe out a block’s worth of cars parked across the street. By the time I caught the first slide, I had overcompensated. My arms were a whirling dervish on the giant steering […]

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The Best Of TTAC: Auto-Biography 26: There’s A Ford In Your Future http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/the-best-of-ttac-auto-biography-26-theres-a-ford-in-your-future/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/the-best-of-ttac-auto-biography-26-theres-a-ford-in-your-future/#comments Thu, 14 Jan 2010 21:48:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=341859 Note: Since there’s been several questions about my truck today, and it is Truck Thursday, here’s everything and more you might ever want to know about ‘Ol Yellow: (Gallery at end) Twenty years ago, I was a well-heeled young exec. One day, I decided to indulge in a four-wheeled “weekend toy.” Instead of a Dino […]

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Note: Since there’s been several questions about my truck today, and it is Truck Thursday, here’s everything and more you might ever want to know about ‘Ol Yellow: (Gallery at end) Twenty years ago, I was a well-heeled young exec. One day, I decided to indulge in a four-wheeled “weekend toy.” Instead of a Dino […]

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The Best Of TTAC – Autobiography 15: The Doh-Dah Man http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/the-best-of-ttac-autobiography-15-the-doh-dah-man/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/the-best-of-ttac-autobiography-15-the-doh-dah-man/#comments Sat, 12 Dec 2009 17:07:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=338947 It’s a little problematic having me make selections for The Best Of TTAC, but in keeping with the new Saturday truck theme, I offer up this from the vaults. It was a successful launch, and I was going for the record books. The 534 cubic inch Ford V8 bellowed and roared through the two short […]

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It’s a little problematic having me make selections for The Best Of TTAC, but in keeping with the new Saturday truck theme, I offer up this from the vaults. It was a successful launch, and I was going for the record books. The 534 cubic inch Ford V8 bellowed and roared through the two short […]

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The Best of TTAC: The Phantoms Of Flansberg Road http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/the-best-of-ttac-the-phantoms-of-flansberg-road/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/the-best-of-ttac-the-phantoms-of-flansberg-road/#comments Sat, 28 Nov 2009 06:34:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=337207 The archives of TTAC contain some real gems. Since probably quite a few of you weren’t here three years ago or more, we’re going to mine them occasionally for our weekend reading pleasure. This piece originally ran on November 19, 2006. Please note that the author is actually Steve Smohlenkamp. I am unable to reinsert […]

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The archives of TTAC contain some real gems. Since probably quite a few of you weren’t here three years ago or more, we’re going to mine them occasionally for our weekend reading pleasure. This piece originally ran on November 19, 2006. Please note that the author is actually Steve Smohlenkamp. I am unable to reinsert […]

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