The Truth About Cars » Are You Ready For… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 05 May 2016 19:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Are You Ready For: Nissan’s Supercharged Hybrid? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/are-you-ready-for-nissans-supercharged-hybrid/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/are-you-ready-for-nissans-supercharged-hybrid/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2011 18:51:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=417045 Of all the Japanese automakers, none are as far behind on hybrid technology as Nissan. For some time there was a sense that Nissan’s (relatively) huge investment in electric vehicle production would represent a “leapfrogging” of hybrid technology, but now the firm is using the common industry response to questions about future technology: a suite of options, […]

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Of all the Japanese automakers, none are as far behind on hybrid technology as Nissan. For some time there was a sense that Nissan’s (relatively) huge investment in electric vehicle production would represent a “leapfrogging” of hybrid technology, but now the firm is using the common industry response to questions about future technology: a suite of options, […]

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Are You Ready For: The Return Of The Allroad? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/are-you-ready-for-the-return-of-the-allroad/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/are-you-ready-for-the-return-of-the-allroad/#comments Sat, 05 Nov 2011 16:07:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416926 Though the original A6-based Audi Allroad was designed for the US market, it hit the market at the height of SUV mania, and as a result never sold more than 6,357 units per year (in 2001, its second year on the market). By the end of 2005, Audi pulled the “Avant Outback” from the US […]

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Though the original A6-based Audi Allroad was designed for the US market, it hit the market at the height of SUV mania, and as a result never sold more than 6,357 units per year (in 2001, its second year on the market). By the end of 2005, Audi pulled the “Avant Outback” from the US […]

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Are You Ready For: 10-Speed Hyundais? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/are-you-ready-for-10-speed-hyundais/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/are-you-ready-for-10-speed-hyundais/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2011 15:25:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=412961 It probably won’t help Herr Dr Martin Winterkorn’s indigestion any, but Automotive News [sub] reports that Hyundai Motor Group (the technical umbrella firm that supplies technology to both Hyundai and Kia) is developing a new 10-speed automatic transmission, which  will be for luxury models starting in 2014, possibly including the Hyundai Genesis and Equus luxury […]

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It probably won’t help Herr Dr Martin Winterkorn’s indigestion any, but Automotive News [sub] reports that Hyundai Motor Group (the technical umbrella firm that supplies technology to both Hyundai and Kia) is developing a new 10-speed automatic transmission, which  will be for luxury models starting in 2014, possibly including the Hyundai Genesis and Equus luxury […]

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Are You Ready For: A Mass-Market, Variable-Displacement Four-Cylinder? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/are-you-ready-for-a-mass-market-variable-displacement-four-cylinder/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/are-you-ready-for-a-mass-market-variable-displacement-four-cylinder/#comments Sun, 04 Sep 2011 19:09:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=410279 If you’re eagerly jumping up to shout “yes” to the headline’s rhetorical question, you’d better live in Europe… or be prepared to move there. The chances of VW ever bringing its 1.4 TSI engine to the US seem dim, based on the brand’s new mass-market-oriented, big-n-cheap approach. But starting next year, Autocar reports that VW […]

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If you’re eagerly jumping up to shout “yes” to the headline’s rhetorical question, you’d better live in Europe… or be prepared to move there. The chances of VW ever bringing its 1.4 TSI engine to the US seem dim, based on the brand’s new mass-market-oriented, big-n-cheap approach. But starting next year, Autocar reports that VW […]

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Are You Ready For: The Hybrid Camper Trailer? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/are-you-ready-for-the-hybrid-camper-trailer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/are-you-ready-for-the-hybrid-camper-trailer/#comments Sun, 21 Aug 2011 19:51:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=408231 We’ve heard about range-extending trailers which could allow EVs to become range-extended plug-in hybrids, but how about this: a trailer with its own battery storage, regenerative braking and even electric-drive assist. That’s the idea behind German camper trailer firm Knaus Tabbert’s concept, on display this summer at Düsseldorf’s Caravan Salon. And besides adding hybrid capabilities […]

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We’ve heard about range-extending trailers which could allow EVs to become range-extended plug-in hybrids, but how about this: a trailer with its own battery storage, regenerative braking and even electric-drive assist. That’s the idea behind German camper trailer firm Knaus Tabbert’s concept, on display this summer at Düsseldorf’s Caravan Salon. And besides adding hybrid capabilities […]

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Are You Ready For: The Self-Inflating Tire? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/are-you-ready-for-the-self-inflating-tire/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/are-you-ready-for-the-self-inflating-tire/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2011 15:48:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=406908 You know those things that you never thought you needed, but once you had them you realized you never wanted to live without them again? According to Jean-Claude Kihn, Goodyear’s senior vice president and chief technical officer, it’s time to get ready for another such technology: “A tire that can maintain its own inflation is […]

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You know those things that you never thought you needed, but once you had them you realized you never wanted to live without them again? According to Jean-Claude Kihn, Goodyear’s senior vice president and chief technical officer, it’s time to get ready for another such technology: “A tire that can maintain its own inflation is […]

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Are You Ready For: The Thorium-Laser-Steam-Turbine Electric Powertrain? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/are-you-ready-for-the-thorium-laser-steam-turbine-electric-powertrain/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/are-you-ready-for-the-thorium-laser-steam-turbine-electric-powertrain/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2011 17:12:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=406683 Steampunks and Atomic Age nuts rejoice! WardsAuto reports that Connecticut-based Laser Power Systems is “getting closer” to developing a prototype electric car which develops its power using the radioactive heavy metal Thorium. According to LPS’s CEO, when thorium is heated by an external source, it becomes so dense its molecules give off considerable heat. Small blocks of […]

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Steampunks and Atomic Age nuts rejoice! WardsAuto reports that Connecticut-based Laser Power Systems is “getting closer” to developing a prototype electric car which develops its power using the radioactive heavy metal Thorium. According to LPS’s CEO, when thorium is heated by an external source, it becomes so dense its molecules give off considerable heat. Small blocks of […]

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Are You Ready For: A 1.2 Liter “Sub-Subcompact” Chevy? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/are-you-ready-for-a-1-2-liter-sub-subcompact-chevy/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/are-you-ready-for-a-1-2-liter-sub-subcompact-chevy/#comments Fri, 05 Aug 2011 16:37:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=405922 For most Americans, the term “small car” typically refers to a C-segment sedan like the Honda Civic or Ford Focus, cars that now qualify as midsizers in many key metrics. Subcompact, or B-segment cars are generally considered the smallest of the small, as their name implies… but ask an American to describe a car smaller […]

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For most Americans, the term “small car” typically refers to a C-segment sedan like the Honda Civic or Ford Focus, cars that now qualify as midsizers in many key metrics. Subcompact, or B-segment cars are generally considered the smallest of the small, as their name implies… but ask an American to describe a car smaller […]

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Are You Ready For: Plastic Windows? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/are-you-ready-for-plastic-windows/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/are-you-ready-for-plastic-windows/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2011 23:14:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=402387 As automakers face slowly diminishing returns in their attempts to make internal combustion engines more efficient (while facing huge challenges in electric, hydrogen and other alt-fuel drivetrains), they are looking ever more closely at alternative materials to improve efficiency (and, to a lesser extent, driving pleasure) through weight-savings. Perhaps the biggest emerging trend in this area, especially […]

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As automakers face slowly diminishing returns in their attempts to make internal combustion engines more efficient (while facing huge challenges in electric, hydrogen and other alt-fuel drivetrains), they are looking ever more closely at alternative materials to improve efficiency (and, to a lesser extent, driving pleasure) through weight-savings. Perhaps the biggest emerging trend in this area, especially […]

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Are You Ready For: Cars That Get Inside Your Head? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/are-you-ready-for-cars-that-get-inside-your-head/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/are-you-ready-for-cars-that-get-inside-your-head/#comments Sun, 19 Jun 2011 13:17:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=399485 Google’s autonomous cars have already shown how close vehicles are to driving themselves in day-to-day traffic, but there’s still one uncontrollable, unpredictable, and often-irrational variable that autonomous cars still struggle to cope with: you, me and all the other haphazardly-programmed human beings on the road. And though predicting human behavior might be one of the […]

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Google’s autonomous cars have already shown how close vehicles are to driving themselves in day-to-day traffic, but there’s still one uncontrollable, unpredictable, and often-irrational variable that autonomous cars still struggle to cope with: you, me and all the other haphazardly-programmed human beings on the road. And though predicting human behavior might be one of the […]

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Are You Ready For: A Transit Connect-Based Minivan? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/are-you-ready-for-a-transit-connect-based-minivan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/are-you-ready-for-a-transit-connect-based-minivan/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:40:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=399034 Let’s face a fact here: as much as Jack Baruth likes the Ford Flex, Ford’s MINI-cum-Woodie-Wagon is a textbook case of what the literature refers to as a sales flop. Recommend one to a friend (particularly a friend of the female persuasion) and chances are they’ll say “even if it is a great car, I just […]

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Let’s face a fact here: as much as Jack Baruth likes the Ford Flex, Ford’s MINI-cum-Woodie-Wagon is a textbook case of what the literature refers to as a sales flop. Recommend one to a friend (particularly a friend of the female persuasion) and chances are they’ll say “even if it is a great car, I just […]

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Are You Ready For: A Neo-xB… With A Twist? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/are-you-ready-for-a-neo-xb-with-a-twist/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/are-you-ready-for-a-neo-xb-with-a-twist/#comments Thu, 26 May 2011 00:52:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=396122 See that? Looks a bit like a first-generation Scion xB, doesn’t it? It’s actually a new Kia, codenamed “Tam,” built on its new A-segment Picanto Morning platform, but featuring first-gen xB-style tall-body MPV packaging. The Picanto’s wheelbase is actually slightly smaller than the xB’s, and there’s another key difference here as well: see that rear […]

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See that? Looks a bit like a first-generation Scion xB, doesn’t it? It’s actually a new Kia, codenamed “Tam,” built on its new A-segment Picanto Morning platform, but featuring first-gen xB-style tall-body MPV packaging. The Picanto’s wheelbase is actually slightly smaller than the xB’s, and there’s another key difference here as well: see that rear […]

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Are You Ready To: Avoid Traffic Before It Happens? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/are-you-ready-to-avoid-traffic-before-it-happens/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/are-you-ready-to-avoid-traffic-before-it-happens/#comments Tue, 03 May 2011 19:45:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393547 One of the worst things about traffic is that it’s so unpredictable. You can be whizzing along one minute, and crawling with the snails the next. Even the real-time traffic information that a few companies, notably Google, now provide, can be obsolete by the time you’re on your way.But a small cadre of lucky San […]

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One of the worst things about traffic is that it’s so unpredictable. You can be whizzing along one minute, and crawling with the snails the next. Even the real-time traffic information that a few companies, notably Google, now provide, can be obsolete by the time you’re on your way.But a small cadre of lucky San […]

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Are You Ready For: A Brand-New British MG? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/are-you-ready-for-a-british-mg/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/are-you-ready-for-a-british-mg/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2011 15:19:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=390471 MG has been building its 1995-era MGF (now MG TF) at its Longbridge, UK plant off and on since 2007, but it’s been a purely knock-down assembly affair, with kits being shipped in from Nanjing, China. But a new British-built MG is about to go into production since the brand was bought by Nanjing Auto […]

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MG has been building its 1995-era MGF (now MG TF) at its Longbridge, UK plant off and on since 2007, but it’s been a purely knock-down assembly affair, with kits being shipped in from Nanjing, China. But a new British-built MG is about to go into production since the brand was bought by Nanjing Auto […]

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