The Truth About Cars » Heritage http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:11:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Watch (Most of) These 1958 Sedans Destroy Their Suspensions http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/watch-most-of-these-1958-sedans-destroy-their-suspensions/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/watch-most-of-these-1958-sedans-destroy-their-suspensions/#comments Sat, 23 Apr 2016 16:30:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1330489 If 1958 wasn’t the peak of automotive glitz and excess, it was damn close to it. American automakers, emboldened by a never-ending postwar buying spree, heaped more chrome and new technology onto their models that year than ever before. Uplevel models — Lincoln, Buick and Olds, especially — were the worst offenders, somehow managing to make themselves […]

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If 1958 wasn’t the peak of automotive glitz and excess, it was damn close to it. American automakers, emboldened by a never-ending postwar buying spree, heaped more chrome and new technology onto their models that year than ever before. Uplevel models — Lincoln, Buick and Olds, especially — were the worst offenders, somehow managing to make themselves […]

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Get Ready, a Mini Sedan Could be on the Way http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/get-ready-mini-sedan-way/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/get-ready-mini-sedan-way/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1323274 Executives at Mini are busy mulling what to introduce next, and it’s increasingly looking like that model will have a trunk. Unlike a car modeled after a young man wearing a backward ballcap, a sedan is a logical addition to the brand’s future lineup, and comments made to Autocar by Ralph Mahler, vice-president of product development, make […]

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Executives at Mini are busy mulling what to introduce next, and it’s increasingly looking like that model will have a trunk. Unlike a car modeled after a young man wearing a backward ballcap, a sedan is a logical addition to the brand’s future lineup, and comments made to Autocar by Ralph Mahler, vice-president of product development, make […]

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Nonprofit to Americans: Make This Abandoned Property Great Again http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/local-nonprofit-determined-make-abandoned-property-great/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/local-nonprofit-determined-make-abandoned-property-great/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2016 18:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1307017 An abandoned Michigan manufacturing facility that once cranked out bombers, guns, cars and transmissions could soon be advancing our driverless future. A nonprofit organization has been created to oversee the transition of the former General Motors Willow Run manufacturing plant property near Ypsilanti, Michigan, into a national self-driving and connected vehicle testing site, reports Crain’s Detroit Business. […]

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An abandoned Michigan manufacturing facility that once cranked out bombers, guns, cars and transmissions could soon be advancing our driverless future. A nonprofit organization has been created to oversee the transition of the former General Motors Willow Run manufacturing plant property near Ypsilanti, Michigan, into a national self-driving and connected vehicle testing site, reports Crain’s Detroit Business. […]

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It’s Saint Patrick’s Day, Meaning it’s Also DeLorean DMC-12 Day http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/saint-patricks-day-meaning-also-delorean-dmc-12-day/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/saint-patricks-day-meaning-also-delorean-dmc-12-day/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2016 18:30:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1306017 Listen, we don’t want any trouble. St. Paddy’s Day is a time for all of us — black and white, Irish and American, Catholic and Protestant and all those other religions — to come together and figure out how much green food coloring can be consumed before it has a laxative effect. But, as we think of […]

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Listen, we don’t want any trouble. St. Paddy’s Day is a time for all of us — black and white, Irish and American, Catholic and Protestant and all those other religions — to come together and figure out how much green food coloring can be consumed before it has a laxative effect. But, as we think of […]

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First-Ever Honda N600 Gets Restored in New Video Series http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/coming-america-first-ever-honda-n600-gets-restoration-video-series/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/coming-america-first-ever-honda-n600-gets-restoration-video-series/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16:41:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1305409 As a relative newcomer to the car-building scene, Honda doesn’t quite have the heritage of classics piling up in a dusty warehouse like most other automakers. They do have a legion of rabid fans, however, including one restorer who specializes in very early Honda cars — and found the very first N600 built for the U.S. […]

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As a relative newcomer to the car-building scene, Honda doesn’t quite have the heritage of classics piling up in a dusty warehouse like most other automakers. They do have a legion of rabid fans, however, including one restorer who specializes in very early Honda cars — and found the very first N600 built for the U.S. […]

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Is Mazda Going to Tell the Miata to Put Its Top Back On? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/mazda-going-tell-miata-put-top-back/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/mazda-going-tell-miata-put-top-back/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2016 18:10:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1304417 Mazda is teasing a new model reveal for next week’s New York Auto Show, and it could be a MX-5 Miata with more shade. The invitation to the model’s world premiere later this month asks participants to help Mazda “blow the lid off.” Hmm, let’s think about that one for a minute … The previous […]

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Mazda is teasing a new model reveal for next week’s New York Auto Show, and it could be a MX-5 Miata with more shade. The invitation to the model’s world premiere later this month asks participants to help Mazda “blow the lid off.” Hmm, let’s think about that one for a minute … The previous […]

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If You Can Handle a Color From 1970, You Could Be Dodge Material http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/can-handle-color-1970-dodge-material/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/can-handle-color-1970-dodge-material/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2016 21:20:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1303905 The paint — erm, act could be wearing thin. In its latest nod to the heady and far-out past, Dodge will let you have your Challenger or Charger SRT 392 or Hellcat in its newest resurrected color, “Go Mango.” Joining other blast-from-the-past(els) like “Plum Crazy,” Go Mango was offered for the first time on the 1970 […]

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The paint — erm, act could be wearing thin. In its latest nod to the heady and far-out past, Dodge will let you have your Challenger or Charger SRT 392 or Hellcat in its newest resurrected color, “Go Mango.” Joining other blast-from-the-past(els) like “Plum Crazy,” Go Mango was offered for the first time on the 1970 […]

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With Peugeot-Citroen Eyeing New Markets, Could There Be a French Car in Your Future? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/peugeot-citroen-eyeing-new-markets-french-car-future/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/peugeot-citroen-eyeing-new-markets-french-car-future/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2016 18:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1303641 With the Saab brand now functionally dead, could the next quirky car du jour for individuality-signalling Americans come from France? All eyes will be on PSA Peugeot Citroen on April 5 as France’s top automaker reveals its new international growth strategy, possibly heralding a return to the long-abandoned U.S. market. The U.S. and Iran are being […]

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With the Saab brand now functionally dead, could the next quirky car du jour for individuality-signalling Americans come from France? All eyes will be on PSA Peugeot Citroen on April 5 as France’s top automaker reveals its new international growth strategy, possibly heralding a return to the long-abandoned U.S. market. The U.S. and Iran are being […]

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Feast Your Eyes on These Tasty Jeeps, Peasants http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/feast-eyes-tasty-jeeps-peasants/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/feast-eyes-tasty-jeeps-peasants/#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2016 20:00:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1301489 In anticipation of the 50th Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, Jeep turned its best and brightest designers loose and created seven concept vehicles you’ll probably never drive. But you can gaze, and you can dream. These rolling showcases for Jeep and Mopar performance parts crop up annually in advance of the off-road love-in (March […]

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In anticipation of the 50th Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, Jeep turned its best and brightest designers loose and created seven concept vehicles you’ll probably never drive. But you can gaze, and you can dream. These rolling showcases for Jeep and Mopar performance parts crop up annually in advance of the off-road love-in (March […]

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Finally, a Respectable Use For a Smart Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/finally-respectable-use-smart-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/finally-respectable-use-smart-car/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2016 21:15:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1300745 Let’s face it: when it comes to modern cars, no model is as maligned as the diminutive two-seat Smart Fortwo. Well, maybe the Mitsubishi Mirage. Measuring just 8-feet-10-inches in length, the rear-engined Smart looks less like a car than a rolling phone booth, or perhaps the bubble that would take Patrick McGoohan back to The […]

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Let’s face it: when it comes to modern cars, no model is as maligned as the diminutive two-seat Smart Fortwo. Well, maybe the Mitsubishi Mirage. Measuring just 8-feet-10-inches in length, the rear-engined Smart looks less like a car than a rolling phone booth, or perhaps the bubble that would take Patrick McGoohan back to The […]

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BMW Looks to Future, Hopes Predictions Don’t Instantly Become Dated http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/bmw-looks-future-hopes-predictions-dont-instantly-become-dated/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/bmw-looks-future-hopes-predictions-dont-instantly-become-dated/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2016 21:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1299841 It’s BMW Group’s centenary — and except for some problematic stuff in the late 1930s and early ’40s, it’s been a great 100 years. Rather than gaze wistfully at the past, BMW is spending its birthday looking into the future and imagining what marvelous things might lie ahead. Naturally, one of those things will be […]

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It’s BMW Group’s centenary — and except for some problematic stuff in the late 1930s and early ’40s, it’s been a great 100 years. Rather than gaze wistfully at the past, BMW is spending its birthday looking into the future and imagining what marvelous things might lie ahead. Naturally, one of those things will be […]

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Volkswagen Beetle Lets Out A Cry in the Dark, Killed Off in Australia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/beetle-departs-from-down-under/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/beetle-departs-from-down-under/#comments Sat, 05 Mar 2016 15:15:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1296858 Aussies are clearly not in love with the Volkswagen Beetle. The company will scrap sales of the slow-selling vehicle in Mel Gibson’s homeland later this year. According to Caradvice, Australian sales of the Beetle fell to just 240 units in 2015, a small fraction of what Volkswagen enjoyed when the first-generation New Beetle arrived on its shores in 2000. […]

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Aussies are clearly not in love with the Volkswagen Beetle. The company will scrap sales of the slow-selling vehicle in Mel Gibson’s homeland later this year. According to Caradvice, Australian sales of the Beetle fell to just 240 units in 2015, a small fraction of what Volkswagen enjoyed when the first-generation New Beetle arrived on its shores in 2000. […]

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Call Me 718: Porsche Changes Names of Boxster, Cayman For Some Reason http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/call-718-porsche-changes-names-boxster-cayman-reason/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/call-718-porsche-changes-names-boxster-cayman-reason/#comments Thu, 10 Dec 2015 21:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1239529 Porsche announced Wednesday that it would change the model names for 2016 of its Boxster and Cayman models to “718 Boxster” and “718 Cayman” because there was once a race car in the 1950s and 1960s that had four cylinders and competed in a bunch of races, I guess. Either that, or Porsche is really […]

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Porsche announced Wednesday that it would change the model names for 2016 of its Boxster and Cayman models to “718 Boxster” and “718 Cayman” because there was once a race car in the 1950s and 1960s that had four cylinders and competed in a bunch of races, I guess. Either that, or Porsche is really […]

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Porsche Wants To Get in On Some of That Classic Porsche Action http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/porsche-wants-to-get-in-on-some-of-that-classic-porsche-action/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/porsche-wants-to-get-in-on-some-of-that-classic-porsche-action/#comments Sun, 29 Nov 2015 16:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1231761 Porsche announced Friday that it opened its first classic Porsche center in the Netherlands, the first among nearly 100 centers that will sell, service and make money on maintain old sports cars. The network will eventually include a center (or centers) within North America, according to the automaker. Porsche says that nearly 70 percent of all […]

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Porsche announced Friday that it opened its first classic Porsche center in the Netherlands, the first among nearly 100 centers that will sell, service and make money on maintain old sports cars. The network will eventually include a center (or centers) within North America, according to the automaker. Porsche says that nearly 70 percent of all […]

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LA 2015: 1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is Beautiful, Angry (Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/la-2015-1968-alfa-romeo-33-stradale-is-beautiful-angry-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/la-2015-1968-alfa-romeo-33-stradale-is-beautiful-angry-video/#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2015 04:31:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1222881 Classic cars are the ultimate form of navel-gazing. And a car like the 1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is the ultimate nerdgasm. The 33 Stradale was so limited that when it rolled off the production line, no one knew how to fix it. Its composed of equal parts of unobtainium and eludium. Cars like this are harder to […]

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Classic cars are the ultimate form of navel-gazing. And a car like the 1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is the ultimate nerdgasm. The 33 Stradale was so limited that when it rolled off the production line, no one knew how to fix it. Its composed of equal parts of unobtainium and eludium. Cars like this are harder to […]

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Utah Man Says State Insurer (the State) Shortchanged Him http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/utah-man-says-state-insurer-state-shortchanged/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/utah-man-says-state-insurer-state-shortchanged/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1154305 Matt Gephardt and KUTV in Salt Lake City have a good story about a Utah man who was hit by a state vehicle and its insurance company — which is the state itself — shortchanged him on his 1985 Mercedes-Benz SL Convertible. The car was totaled, and the state offered to pay $8,000 for the […]

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Matt Gephardt and KUTV in Salt Lake City have a good story about a Utah man who was hit by a state vehicle and its insurance company — which is the state itself — shortchanged him on his 1985 Mercedes-Benz SL Convertible. The car was totaled, and the state offered to pay $8,000 for the […]

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Eisenhower Did Just About the Worst Damn Road Trip, Ever http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/well-just-worst-damn-road-trip-ever/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/well-just-worst-damn-road-trip-ever/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1152521 Atlas Obscura has a fine, fine retelling of former President Dwight Eisenhower’s treacherous slog across the U.S. in 1919, presumably before Google Maps could tell him where to go. His 62-day, transcontinental epoch may have served as inspiration for the creation of America’s interstate highway system — not the threat of a nuclear attack and evacuation […]

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Atlas Obscura has a fine, fine retelling of former President Dwight Eisenhower’s treacherous slog across the U.S. in 1919, presumably before Google Maps could tell him where to go. His 62-day, transcontinental epoch may have served as inspiration for the creation of America’s interstate highway system — not the threat of a nuclear attack and evacuation […]

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Steve McQueen’s Air-cooled Porsche Turbo Up at Auction http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/steve-mcqueens-air-cooled-porsche-turbo-auction/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/steve-mcqueens-air-cooled-porsche-turbo-auction/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1121249 The last car the King of Cool custom-ordered will be up for sale next month in Monterey, California. Mecum Auctions (via Autoblog) details the 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera (sold here with the internal type number — 930 — in its name) that McQueen ordered shortly before he died. The 3.0-liter, air-cooled turbo 911 will be […]

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The last car the King of Cool custom-ordered will be up for sale next month in Monterey, California. Mecum Auctions (via Autoblog) details the 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera (sold here with the internal type number — 930 — in its name) that McQueen ordered shortly before he died. The 3.0-liter, air-cooled turbo 911 will be […]

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Land Rover Defender Production Extended Into 2016 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/land-rover-defender-production-extended-into-2016/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/land-rover-defender-production-extended-into-2016/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 19:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1120177 Land Rover, just after building its two-millionth Defender (pictured), looks to be extending final production of the go-anywhere utility into January of next year. According to Automotive News Europe, the manufacturer will extend production of the Defender and increase production before the new best-before date to meet renewed demand, the company said a statement. Unfortunately, none of […]

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Land Rover, just after building its two-millionth Defender (pictured), looks to be extending final production of the go-anywhere utility into January of next year. According to Automotive News Europe, the manufacturer will extend production of the Defender and increase production before the new best-before date to meet renewed demand, the company said a statement. Unfortunately, none of […]

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Chrysler Files Extension for Barracuda Name Many Times for Zero Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/chrysler-files-extension-barracuda-name-many-times-zero-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/chrysler-files-extension-barracuda-name-many-times-zero-cars/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1108513 Folks over at Chrysler have filed another extension for the Barracuda nameplate, according to Allpar, which would be at least the fifth extension in three years with no new car in sight. The filing over at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is wonderfully vague, specifying only “passenger automobiles, their structural parts, trim and badges” in […]

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Folks over at Chrysler have filed another extension for the Barracuda nameplate, according to Allpar, which would be at least the fifth extension in three years with no new car in sight. The filing over at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is wonderfully vague, specifying only “passenger automobiles, their structural parts, trim and badges” in […]

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California’s Black License Plates Are Back In Production http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/californias-black-license-plates-are-back-in-production/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/californias-black-license-plates-are-back-in-production/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1099905 Thanks to California’s Legacy Plate Program, the state’s classic black license plates are back on the presses. The program, Hemmings Daily writes, was passed in 2012 after Assemblyman Mike Gatto noted the molds used to stamp the black, yellow and blue plates made in separate eras between 1963 and 1982 “were just sitting there in […]

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Thanks to California’s Legacy Plate Program, the state’s classic black license plates are back on the presses. The program, Hemmings Daily writes, was passed in 2012 after Assemblyman Mike Gatto noted the molds used to stamp the black, yellow and blue plates made in separate eras between 1963 and 1982 “were just sitting there in […]

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Nakamura: Next-Gen Nissan Z May Take Inspiration From 240Z http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/nakamura-next-gen-nissan-z-may-take-inspiration-from-240z/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/nakamura-next-gen-nissan-z-may-take-inspiration-from-240z/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1094873 Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura revealed the next-generation Nissan Z could take its inspiration from the Datsun 240Z. The proposal would see the new Z head downmarket, reflecting the desire to “do something… more practical and appealing to younger customers” in a market becoming smaller day by day, Autoblog reports. The Z would also reverse […]

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Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura revealed the next-generation Nissan Z could take its inspiration from the Datsun 240Z. The proposal would see the new Z head downmarket, reflecting the desire to “do something… more practical and appealing to younger customers” in a market becoming smaller day by day, Autoblog reports. The Z would also reverse […]

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Citroen’s Famed Hydraulic Suspension Rides Comfortably Into The Sunset http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/citroens-famed-hydraulic-suspension-rides-comfortably-into-the-sunset/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/citroens-famed-hydraulic-suspension-rides-comfortably-into-the-sunset/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1092753 The suspension setup known for helping to save the life of late French president Charles de Gaulle will soon join him in the pages of time. Citroen’s famous hydraulic suspension is being discontinued by PSA Peugeot Citroen, Reuters reports, and will self-level its last car when the current C5 sedan concludes its production run. The […]

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The suspension setup known for helping to save the life of late French president Charles de Gaulle will soon join him in the pages of time. Citroen’s famous hydraulic suspension is being discontinued by PSA Peugeot Citroen, Reuters reports, and will self-level its last car when the current C5 sedan concludes its production run. The […]

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2017 Ford GT Entering 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/2017-ford-gt-entering-2016-24-hours-of-le-mans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/2017-ford-gt-entering-2016-24-hours-of-le-mans/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:43:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1091553 Nearly 50 years ago, Ford threw down against Ferrari at Le Mans, sweeping the podium in so doing. Come 2016, Ford aims to do the same with the 2017 Ford GT. The 2017 GT will compete in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship season in LM GTE Pro, as well as the 2016 TUDOR United […]

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Nearly 50 years ago, Ford threw down against Ferrari at Le Mans, sweeping the podium in so doing. Come 2016, Ford aims to do the same with the 2017 Ford GT. The 2017 GT will compete in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship season in LM GTE Pro, as well as the 2016 TUDOR United […]

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2019 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Possibly Set For Dealer Show Reveal In Vegas http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/2019-jeep-grand-wagoneer-possibly-set-for-dealer-show-reveal-in-vegas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/2019-jeep-grand-wagoneer-possibly-set-for-dealer-show-reveal-in-vegas/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 15:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1087545 Jeep dealers heading out to Vegas for the brand’s biennial show in August may have a grand surprise waiting: the 2019 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. The revived nameplate will grace an SUV set to be the most expensive Jeep-branded SUV ever, according to Automotive News, and is aimed at those customers who normally shop for high-end […]

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Jeep dealers heading out to Vegas for the brand’s biennial show in August may have a grand surprise waiting: the 2019 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. The revived nameplate will grace an SUV set to be the most expensive Jeep-branded SUV ever, according to Automotive News, and is aimed at those customers who normally shop for high-end […]

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