The Truth About Cars » Product Reviews http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 TTAC Goes To The Movies: APEX: The Story Of The Hypercar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ttac-goes-movies-apex-story-hypercar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ttac-goes-movies-apex-story-hypercar/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2016 17:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1310170 I tend live my life by a rather loose set of rules and codes, but there are a few maxims to which I always adhere. The first and foremost of them? When Alex Roy invites you to something, you go. No questions asked. Put on your best scarf and show up. Something interesting is bound […]

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I tend live my life by a rather loose set of rules and codes, but there are a few maxims to which I always adhere. The first and foremost of them? When Alex Roy invites you to something, you go. No questions asked. Put on your best scarf and show up. Something interesting is bound […]

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Tire Test: BFGoodrich KO2 in the Snowy Hills of Maine http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/tire-test-bfgoodrich-ko2-snowy-hills-maine/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/tire-test-bfgoodrich-ko2-snowy-hills-maine/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1266473 BFGoodrich’s All-Terrain T/A tires can be found everywhere, from your local construction site to the most grueling of off-road races. I’ve fitted some of my trucks with the original KO and used them on and off-road, so I was curious what improvements BFGoodrich could bring to its latest iteration: the new KO2. BFGoodrich brought me up […]

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BFGoodrich’s All-Terrain T/A tires can be found everywhere, from your local construction site to the most grueling of off-road races. I’ve fitted some of my trucks with the original KO and used them on and off-road, so I was curious what improvements BFGoodrich could bring to its latest iteration: the new KO2. BFGoodrich brought me up […]

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K40 RLS2 Radar Detector Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/radar-detector-review-k40-rls2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/radar-detector-review-k40-rls2/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1127233 I’ll admit it. I haven’t used a radar detector in years. My typical method of avoiding tickets has relied on the (patent pending) Spousal Alert System, in which the wife screams at me if the car is going too quickly in proximity to one of Ohio’s finest. Problem is, 10 years in, I have yet to […]

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I’ll admit it. I haven’t used a radar detector in years. My typical method of avoiding tickets has relied on the (patent pending) Spousal Alert System, in which the wife screams at me if the car is going too quickly in proximity to one of Ohio’s finest. Problem is, 10 years in, I have yet to […]

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2015 Infiniti QX70S RWD Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/review-2015-infiniti-qx70s-rwd/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/review-2015-infiniti-qx70s-rwd/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1050265 Fifteen years ago, buying a practical luxury car to replace a Honda Accord meant going down to your BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, or occasionally, Audi showroom and coming back with a 5-Series, E-Class, GS, or if you were particularly brave, an A6. All these brands except Audi had SUVs at the time though, but they were hardly replacements […]

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Fifteen years ago, buying a practical luxury car to replace a Honda Accord meant going down to your BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, or occasionally, Audi showroom and coming back with a 5-Series, E-Class, GS, or if you were particularly brave, an A6. All these brands except Audi had SUVs at the time though, but they were hardly replacements […]

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Cheech & Chong’s Great Car Movie Showing On the Big Screen In Denver, This 4/20 (Naturally) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/cheech-chongs-great-car-movie-showing-big-screen-denver-420-naturally/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/cheech-chongs-great-car-movie-showing-big-screen-denver-420-naturally/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1045522 Some might tell you that Cheech & Chong’s 1978 movie, Up In Smoke, was about Malaise Era drug culture, or Los Angeles, or California punk rock, but in fact it is one of the greatest car movies in cinematic history. For this reason, I have used my Svengali-like powers to convince the management of the […]

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Some might tell you that Cheech & Chong’s 1978 movie, Up In Smoke, was about Malaise Era drug culture, or Los Angeles, or California punk rock, but in fact it is one of the greatest car movies in cinematic history. For this reason, I have used my Svengali-like powers to convince the management of the […]

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Finally, See Spielberg’s “Duel” on the Big Screen (If You Can Get to Denver Monday) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/finally-see-spielbergs-duel-big-screen-can-get-denver-monday/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/finally-see-spielbergs-duel-big-screen-can-get-denver-monday/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:30:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1033313 Because the power of the Murilee Martin Lifestyle Brand™ is so extreme, the Alamo Drafthouse Theater in Denver has fallen under my spell and allowed me to select and introduce four car films, to be shown each Monday during their “Alamo Takes the Wheel” month of April (actually, it was the endorsement of Repo Man […]

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Because the power of the Murilee Martin Lifestyle Brand™ is so extreme, the Alamo Drafthouse Theater in Denver has fallen under my spell and allowed me to select and introduce four car films, to be shown each Monday during their “Alamo Takes the Wheel” month of April (actually, it was the endorsement of Repo Man […]

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Book Review: No Time to Cry by Wilmer Cooksey, Jr. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/book-review-no-time-to-cry-by-wilmer-cooksey-jr/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/book-review-no-time-to-cry-by-wilmer-cooksey-jr/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:30:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=871690 “On one occasion I was called out into the yard because there had been a shooting. A guard, a line worker and a car thief had been shot. The thief had been wounded gravely by the guard and was bleeding but he had made it into the cab of the car hauler and had driven […]

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“On one occasion I was called out into the yard because there had been a shooting. A guard, a line worker and a car thief had been shot. The thief had been wounded gravely by the guard and was bleeding but he had made it into the cab of the car hauler and had driven […]

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TTAC Exclusive: The Sunday Morning Drive – An Audi R8, 40 Sportbikes and the Pacific Coast Highway: A Short Film by Ole Schell http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/ttac-exclusive-the-sunday-morning-drive-an-audi-r8-40-sportbikes-and-the-pacific-coast-highway-a-short-film-by-ole-schell/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/ttac-exclusive-the-sunday-morning-drive-an-audi-r8-40-sportbikes-and-the-pacific-coast-highway-a-short-film-by-ole-schell/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=793073 Let’s face it, most of what you read at car related sites, just like you do at sites for other interests, industries and hobbies, talks about the same usual topics. In the case of car enthusiast sites, the same cars, the same commercials, the same companies. Maybe that’s why it’s exciting when I’m ranging far […]

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Let’s face it, most of what you read at car related sites, just like you do at sites for other interests, industries and hobbies, talks about the same usual topics. In the case of car enthusiast sites, the same cars, the same commercials, the same companies. Maybe that’s why it’s exciting when I’m ranging far […]

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Book Review: “Detroit: An American Autopsy” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/book-review-detroit-an-american-autopsy/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/book-review-detroit-an-american-autopsy/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=774937 (When I put this into the TTAC “back-end”, I forgot to change the author. This article is the work of John Marks, not Jack Baruth — JB) Former Detroit News city-beat reporter Charlie LeDuff’s memoir Detroit: An American Autopsy (2013; newly out in paperback) fairly pulsates with not-quite-controlled rage, but at least he came by […]

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(When I put this into the TTAC “back-end”, I forgot to change the author. This article is the work of John Marks, not Jack Baruth — JB) Former Detroit News city-beat reporter Charlie LeDuff’s memoir Detroit: An American Autopsy (2013; newly out in paperback) fairly pulsates with not-quite-controlled rage, but at least he came by […]

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If The Big Lebowski Were Filmed Today, What Car Would The Dude Drive? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/if-the-big-lebowski-were-filmed-today-what-car-would-the-dude-drive/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/if-the-big-lebowski-were-filmed-today-what-car-would-the-dude-drive/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=773897 Before the Clint Eastwood film (but after the cheezoid TV show), the most well-known Ford Gran Torino in cinema history was the beater ’73 sedan driven by Jeff Bridges’ character in The Big Lebowski. This film, which took quite a while to go from box-office dud to sacred document of the Lebowski Jihad, was released […]

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Before the Clint Eastwood film (but after the cheezoid TV show), the most well-known Ford Gran Torino in cinema history was the beater ’73 sedan driven by Jeff Bridges’ character in The Big Lebowski. This film, which took quite a while to go from box-office dud to sacred document of the Lebowski Jihad, was released […]

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Ecto-1 and the Working Cadillac http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/ecto-1-and-the-working-cadillac/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/ecto-1-and-the-working-cadillac/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:18:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=745745 You have to hand it to Lego: years after the patents on their plastic interlocking bricks expired, the company has become expert in parting kids of all ages from their cash. The Lego Movie, a concept that would have boggled the mind of any child of the ’80s, is a certified blockbuster. The Lego Harry […]

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You have to hand it to Lego: years after the patents on their plastic interlocking bricks expired, the company has become expert in parting kids of all ages from their cash. The Lego Movie, a concept that would have boggled the mind of any child of the ’80s, is a certified blockbuster. The Lego Harry […]

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Product Review: LX Dual USB Car Charger with Leather Grip http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/product-review-lx-dual-usb-car-charger-with-leather-grip/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/product-review-lx-dual-usb-car-charger-with-leather-grip/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 13:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=730842 The vehicles we aspire to own have one thing in common: timeless design over mere transportation: Ferraris over Fiats. CUVs instead of sedans, or personal luxury vehicles in lieu of a hatchback. So why not treat yourself to a leather-wrapped charging apparatus? Oh yes, it charges your smartphone/tablet with precision…but where’s the passion in that? […]

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The vehicles we aspire to own have one thing in common: timeless design over mere transportation: Ferraris over Fiats. CUVs instead of sedans, or personal luxury vehicles in lieu of a hatchback. So why not treat yourself to a leather-wrapped charging apparatus? Oh yes, it charges your smartphone/tablet with precision…but where’s the passion in that? […]

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Cars I’ve Loved And Hated by Michael Lamm http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/cars-ive-loved-and-hated-by-michael-lamm/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/cars-ive-loved-and-hated-by-michael-lamm/#comments Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=683498 Micheal Lamm has worn a lot of hats in the automotive media world, including stints as editor and publisher at a number of respected publications (besides siring the man who gave the world the 24 Hrs of LeMons series). In addition to wearing a lot of hats, Mike has also owned a lot of cars including […]

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Micheal Lamm has worn a lot of hats in the automotive media world, including stints as editor and publisher at a number of respected publications (besides siring the man who gave the world the 24 Hrs of LeMons series). In addition to wearing a lot of hats, Mike has also owned a lot of cars including […]

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Movie Review, Fathers and Sons: SV-1, The Bricklin Inquiry http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/movie-review-fathers-and-sons-sv-1-the-bricklin-inquiry/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/movie-review-fathers-and-sons-sv-1-the-bricklin-inquiry/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=666210 This year, two documentaries concerning serial automotive entrepreneur Malcolm Bricklin have been released. Coincidentally, both of them were the products of sons whose fathers were part of the story they were telling. First, after four years of sitting completed, in the can so to speak, The Entrepreneur, filmed and directed by Bricklin’s son Jonathan, with […]

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This year, two documentaries concerning serial automotive entrepreneur Malcolm Bricklin have been released. Coincidentally, both of them were the products of sons whose fathers were part of the story they were telling. First, after four years of sitting completed, in the can so to speak, The Entrepreneur, filmed and directed by Bricklin’s son Jonathan, with […]

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Toyobaru Drift School Post-Mortem http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/toyobaru-drift-school-post-mortem/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/toyobaru-drift-school-post-mortem/#comments Sat, 21 Sep 2013 17:11:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=525105 Regular readers of TTAC already saw Justin Wheels Crenshaw and W Christian Mental Ward had a chance to attend the Abu Dhabi Drift School where the RWD Toyota GT-86 is the car of choice. After sliding around like hooligans, we both had some opinions on them and continued the discussion at the Viceroy Hotel’s “Taste […]

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Regular readers of TTAC already saw Justin Wheels Crenshaw and W Christian Mental Ward had a chance to attend the Abu Dhabi Drift School where the RWD Toyota GT-86 is the car of choice. After sliding around like hooligans, we both had some opinions on them and continued the discussion at the Viceroy Hotel’s “Taste […]

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Slide Rules: A Day At Toyobaru Drift School http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/slide-rules/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/slide-rules/#comments Sat, 21 Sep 2013 17:08:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=524953   Buckle your seatbelts folks; we’re firing up the wayback machine. Last week I had the privilege of attending the Yas Island Drift School with none other than Justin “Wheels” Crenshaw. I have actually known Justin for a few years now, back when he was juggling press loaners and writing for TTAC, while I had […]

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  Buckle your seatbelts folks; we’re firing up the wayback machine. Last week I had the privilege of attending the Yas Island Drift School with none other than Justin “Wheels” Crenshaw. I have actually known Justin for a few years now, back when he was juggling press loaners and writing for TTAC, while I had […]

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A Pretty Good New Movie About A Great Motorsports Rivalry, No, Not That One http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/a-pretty-good-new-movie-about-a-great-motorsports-rivalry-no-not-that-one/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/a-pretty-good-new-movie-about-a-great-motorsports-rivalry-no-not-that-one/#comments Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:43:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=499490 You may have heard that there’s a movie about car racing coming out. For dramatic tension it’s based on the real life story of two drivers, competing when the sport was very dangerous, whose relationship went from rivalry to respect to a deep friendship. Actually, there are two movies like that coming out. You’re probably […]

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You may have heard that there’s a movie about car racing coming out. For dramatic tension it’s based on the real life story of two drivers, competing when the sport was very dangerous, whose relationship went from rivalry to respect to a deep friendship. Actually, there are two movies like that coming out. You’re probably […]

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Baby, I’m So Gone: Wagonmasters, a Documentary About Station Wagons and the People Who Love Them http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/baby-im-so-gone-wagonmasters-a-documentary-about-station-wagons-and-the-people-who-love-them/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/baby-im-so-gone-wagonmasters-a-documentary-about-station-wagons-and-the-people-who-love-them/#comments Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:32:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=470625 Lately, in no small part due to Michael Moore, the “documentary” film has become the carborundum upon which filmmakers from a variety of perspectives have ground their own axes and then proceeded to chop down the subject of their films. It’s nice, then, to see a documentary made that exhibits some affection for the subject. […]

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Lately, in no small part due to Michael Moore, the “documentary” film has become the carborundum upon which filmmakers from a variety of perspectives have ground their own axes and then proceeded to chop down the subject of their films. It’s nice, then, to see a documentary made that exhibits some affection for the subject. […]

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How To Buy A Used Car Part Two: The Test Drive http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/how-to-buy-a-used-car-part-two-the-test-drive-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/how-to-buy-a-used-car-part-two-the-test-drive-2/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2012 16:59:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456083 [Editor’s note: Part One of Steve Lang’s updated guide to used car buying can be found here] Schedule the test drive for a time when there’s no rush. If it’s bad weather, reschedule. Take a little notebook, write a quick check list based on this article, and make notes. When you approach the car’s owner, be […]

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[Editor’s note: Part One of Steve Lang’s updated guide to used car buying can be found here] Schedule the test drive for a time when there’s no rush. If it’s bad weather, reschedule. Take a little notebook, write a quick check list based on this article, and make notes. When you approach the car’s owner, be […]

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Five Simple Technologies For The Long Haul http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/five-simple-technologies-for-the-long-haul/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/five-simple-technologies-for-the-long-haul/#comments Sat, 21 Jul 2012 19:10:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453706 Everybody wants a deal. But precious few people are willing to change their habits to make their deal last longer. The casualties of the rough and reckless are expensive and almost always preventable. For every person who complains about an automatic transmission giving out, there are ten people who still insist on shifting from reverse […]

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Everybody wants a deal. But precious few people are willing to change their habits to make their deal last longer. The casualties of the rough and reckless are expensive and almost always preventable. For every person who complains about an automatic transmission giving out, there are ten people who still insist on shifting from reverse […]

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Move Over!!!!!! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/move-over/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/move-over/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2012 11:54:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=427458 Don’t you sometimes want more attention? Aching to simply blow people away? The people at Banshee Horn LLC might just have the thing for people who want to be noticed. It is called the Banshee Horn, and it does what the name says. The folks promise in an email to TTAC that the gadget helps […]

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Don’t you sometimes want more attention? Aching to simply blow people away? The people at Banshee Horn LLC might just have the thing for people who want to be noticed. It is called the Banshee Horn, and it does what the name says. The folks promise in an email to TTAC that the gadget helps […]

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Book Review: The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz: The Jewish Engineer Behind Hitler’s Volkswagen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/book-review-the-extraordinary-life-of-josef-ganz-the-jewish-engineer-behind-hitler%e2%80%99s-volkswagen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/book-review-the-extraordinary-life-of-josef-ganz-the-jewish-engineer-behind-hitler%e2%80%99s-volkswagen/#comments Wed, 04 Jan 2012 21:21:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=424293 Have you heard the old joke about the three Jewish engineers and Henry Ford? This is the version at Snopes.com: It was a sweltering August day in 1937 when the 3 Cohen brothers entered the posh Dearborn, Michigan, offices of Henry Ford, the car maker. “Mr. Ford”, announced Norman Cohen, the eldest of the three. […]

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Have you heard the old joke about the three Jewish engineers and Henry Ford? This is the version at Snopes.com: It was a sweltering August day in 1937 when the 3 Cohen brothers entered the posh Dearborn, Michigan, offices of Henry Ford, the car maker. “Mr. Ford”, announced Norman Cohen, the eldest of the three. […]

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Book Review: Roadside Relics by Will Shiers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/book-review-roadside-relics-by-will-shiers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/book-review-roadside-relics-by-will-shiers/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 18:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420923 It’s that time of year, with the clock ticking on your shopping for Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanzaa and the ease of buying books online makes them such low-hassle gifts. You want to give that special car-freak on your gift list a nice coffee-table book, but everybody’s coffee table seems to be creaking beneath the weight of books full […]

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It’s that time of year, with the clock ticking on your shopping for Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanzaa and the ease of buying books online makes them such low-hassle gifts. You want to give that special car-freak on your gift list a nice coffee-table book, but everybody’s coffee table seems to be creaking beneath the weight of books full […]

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Book Review: Once Upon A Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/book-review-once-upon-a-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/book-review-once-upon-a-car/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2011 20:39:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420860 “In the end, it was all about the car—designing, engineering, assembling, and selling a product that consumers wanted to own and drive.” So observes Bill Vlasic near the end of Once Upon a Car, his 379-page account of the recent “fall and resurrection” of the Detroit car manufacturers. Vlasic’s book is quite late to the […]

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“In the end, it was all about the car—designing, engineering, assembling, and selling a product that consumers wanted to own and drive.” So observes Bill Vlasic near the end of Once Upon a Car, his 379-page account of the recent “fall and resurrection” of the Detroit car manufacturers. Vlasic’s book is quite late to the […]

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Book Review: “Car Guys Versus Bean Counters,” Take Two http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/book-review-car-guys-versus-bean-counters-take-two/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/book-review-car-guys-versus-bean-counters-take-two/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2011 15:54:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413458 Never assume that press accounts of what’s going on inside the auto companies resembles what’s actually going on. For my Ph.D. thesis, I inhabited General Motors’s product development organization much like an anthropologist might inhabit a Third World village. What I observed during my year-and-a-half on the inside bore virtually no resemblance to what I […]

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Never assume that press accounts of what’s going on inside the auto companies resembles what’s actually going on. For my Ph.D. thesis, I inhabited General Motors’s product development organization much like an anthropologist might inhabit a Third World village. What I observed during my year-and-a-half on the inside bore virtually no resemblance to what I […]

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