The Truth About Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:30:01 +0000 http://backend.userland.com/rss092 en-US In China, ESQ Stands For “Rebadged Nissans With Mega Margins” Infiniti is said to be expanding their model lineup in coming years, with a range of new passenger cars and CUVs. But the company is so hungry for a compact crossover, right now, that they aren’t even waiting for the upcoming QX30. Based on the Nismo version of the Nissan Juke, the ESQ will be […]

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General Motors Expands Ignition Website To Cover 20 Affected Models Once reporting information on the group of vehicles affected by the February 2014 recall, General Motors’ website on the matter recently expanded to cover all 20 vehicles affected by the original and subsequent recalls over ignition problems. Reuters reports gmignitionupdate.com now has information available for the 15 million owners of 20 affected vehicles — from […]

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Infiniti Expanding Lineup 60 Percent Within Five Years Though the man who steered Infiniti toward its current Q-bound direction has since left for Cadillac, the premium brand is still on track to expanding its lineup on the way towards becoming a full-time player in the luxury game. Autoblog reports the brand will boost its current offerings by 60 percent within the next five […]

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Is Hyundai Readying A Prius Fighter?   While the next big product on Hyundai’s horizon is the long-rumored compact CUV that could take on the Nissan Juke, it seems that Hyundai has not one but two potentially significant products in the works. AutoGuide.com has spy shots of two Elantra GT mules with slightly askew bodywork. According to their photographers, the mules […]

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Honda’s Sales Chief Warns Of “Stupid Things” As Accord, CR-V Top Retail Sales Charts In this year’s red hot new car market, the Honda Accord and CR-V have apparently captured the top spot in both new car and SUV retail sales through the first half of 2014, according to Polk registration data. But John Mendel, Honda’s head of sales, had some pointed words for the industry as a whole, and […]

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Riding the Luxury Buses of Latin America Traveling by bus is the preferred mode for the growing middle class throughout Latin America. White collar workers, government employees, and students take long-distance buses for many reasons. First, it is much less expensive than flying. Second, buses reach a lot more destinations than planes. Finally, even those who own cars prefer to let a […]

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Ford Will Build Next-Generation Fiesta In Thailand Nikon cameras, condoms and the Mitsubishi Mirage are the only three products that come to mind when I think of “Made in Thailand”, but starting in 2017, we’ll have another to add to that list: the Ford Fiesta. According to TTAC sources, the next-generation Fiesta will be built at Ford’s Rayong, Thailand assembly plant, and exported […]

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Chrysler Minivan Plant Hiring, Outsiders Need Not Apply Chrysler will hire 60 workers at its Windsor, Ontario minivan plant, but only candidates referred by current union workers will be considered for the jobs. The Globe and Mail is reporting that only current Windsor employees can refer potential candidates for the open positions, which will be subject to a lower tier wage for the […]

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Capsule Review: 2014 Cadillac CTS V Sport This is not a luxury sedan. It is not an upscale family sedan. The Cadillac CTS V Sport is a performance car sheathed in an overtly Cadillac body. Lightweight body parts. Brembo brakes with optional performance linings. Two turbos. Two driven wheels out back. Staggered tires with 275s out back. It’s not the numbers – […]

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Ford, Chevrolet Begin Labor Day Battle Weeks Early Hold onto your wallets: Ford and Chevrolet are getting the jump on Labor Day sales weeks in advance of what most consider the end of the summer season. Automotive News reports the two brands are bringing their A games to the showroom, ranging from 0 percent financing for 72 months across most of their respective […]

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New York State Outlaws Posing With Big Cats, Chauncey the Cougar Snarls Somewhere If a law recently signed into effect by New York Governor Andrew Coumo had been on the books in the 1960s, it’s possible that the Mercury Cougar might have been named something else. In that alternative universe, the law would also have likely completely changed the direction of the Mercury brand in the 1960s and […]

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Looming Retaliatory Sanctions Threaten Western Automakers In Russia Automotive exports from European and American manufacturers may be the next to suffer sanctions by Russia in retaliation for more sanctions imposed upon by the European Union and the United States as a result of the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. Reuters reports the financial damaged suffered by potential sanctions would vary, with automakers like […]

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Crapwagon Outtake: X Marks The Saab When Michael Karesh reviewed the Saab 9-3 Turbo X some 6 years ago, he found it wanting. I still want one. The Turbo X was meant to celebrate three decades of Saab’s turbocharged powerplants, with a limited run of just 600 units. The 2.8L twin-turbo V6 made 280 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque and […]

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NHTSA Unveils Plan Instituting New V2V Technology By 2020 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration unveiled its plan to institute minimums regarding vehicle-to-vehicle communications in an effort to bolster driver safety. Automotive News reports the agency and eight automakers — Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Daimler, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen — collaborated on the development of V2V technology that will become standard equipment between […]

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NEVS “Not Insolvent,” Will Pay When Possible Remember when Saab’s new parent company was close to being taken to court and forced to declare bankruptcy by one of its suppliers? New information may have helped changed course. Autoblog reports National Electric Vehicle Sweden issued a brief statement proclaiming that while “the company does not have enough liquid cash as today to pay […]

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Chevrolet’s Sonic EV Will Be An Ultra-Low Volume Compliance Car Last month, TTAC broke the news that GM was working on an American-made EV based on the Chevrolet Sonic, and that such a car would be a “compliance car”, used to meet certain regulatory mandates. Now, we have more information on the Sonic EV, including an idea of just how low-volume it will be. John Voelcker […]

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Management Shuffle At FCA Sends Bigland To Head Up Alfa FCA is shuffling the management deck, assigning two experienced executives to new roles within the company. Reid Bigland, formerly the head of the Ram Brand, will now become Alfa Romeo’s top executive for the NAFTA region. Bigland, who once oversaw the Dodge brand, currently is also responsible for Chrysler Canada and is on the company’s […]

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What’s In The Case? Saudi Prince Experiences “Ronin” In Real Life A real-life scenario akin to the movie “Ronin” played out on a Paris highway, after armed men attacked a convoy carrying a Saudi prince, making off with roughly $334,000 in cash and “sensitive documents”. According to The Globe and Mail, The convoy had been heading for Le Bourget airport north of the city. Witnesses told police […]

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How The UAW Could End Up Representing Volkswagen Workers Despite losing a vote on organizing workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, the UAW could end up representing Volkswagen workers through its newly formed Local 42, with the end goal being the establishment of a works council at Chattanooga. Local 42 was formed by the UAW as a voluntary union that workers could join. Representation […]

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Junkyard Find: 1979 Dodge B200 Landmark Van Conversion Are you a member of the Brown Car Appreciation Society? A fan of the Malaise Era and maybe bad music of the late 1970s? If so, then today’s Junkyard Find is for you! I spotted this brown-on-brown-on-brown van conversion at my local self-serve wrecking yard a full year ago, and I’ve been waiting for just […]

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Piston Slap: MAP-ping Engine Load TTAC regular David Holzman writes: When my scan gauge says my engine is under 99% load, and I’ve only pushed the gas pedal about halfway down, does that mean, as I suspect, that I can floor it and I’m not going to get more than a drop more power out of it?  And, in a […]

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BMW’s X4 Era Begins BMW USA reported their first X4 sales in July 2014, 262 in all. Former and even current BMW fans are apt to be disgusted by the notion of a less practical, more costly X3, particularly if those fans are in the large group of onlookers who also believe the X4 is the less stylish option, […]

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US-Spec Jaguar F-Type Project 7 Unveiled At Pebble Beach Unveiled at this weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the U.S.-spec Jaguar F-Type Project 7 will make its home in a few garages beginning next spring. Autoblog reports the limited edition roadster — developed by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations — will leave showrooms in 2015 for a base price of $165,000. A tribute to […]

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Report: Hydrogen Gaining Ground On Electricity Within Four Years Though EVs currently hold the high ground in the zero-emission vehicle market, a new report claims those vehicles will be giving ground to hydrogen in the near future. According to The Detroit News, the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis says a number of factors are coming together to push hydrogen […]

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Cadillac Aiming For RWD Flagship, New SRX In 2015 Trailing behind premium powerhouses BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus in annual U.S. sales thus far in 2014, Cadillac is planning a two-pronged counterattack for 2015. Bloomberg reports chief engineer Dave Leone informed reporters at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance that Cadillac will unveil a top-of-the-line RWD vehicle similar to the 2013 Elmiraj Concept, as well […]

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