The Truth About Cars » Cammy Corrigan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:14:50 +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 » Cammy Corrigan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Korea Week: Hyundai Writes Off 2011 In Europe. Or Not http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/korea-week-hyundai-writes-off-2011-in-europe-or-not/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/korea-week-hyundai-writes-off-2011-in-europe-or-not/#comments Tue, 16 Nov 2010 18:38:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=373022 The Economic Times of India reports that Hyundai is worried about Europe. Hyundai Europe’s Vice President, Allan Rushforth, felt positive about 2010. “This year we’ll probably achieve 2.7 percent market share in a market of around 13.49 million,” he said. But with regards to 2011, he poured cold water on that year. “Next year will […]

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The Economic Times of India reports that Hyundai is worried about Europe. Hyundai Europe’s Vice President, Allan Rushforth, felt positive about 2010. “This year we’ll probably achieve 2.7 percent market share in a market of around 13.49 million,” he said. But with regards to 2011, he poured cold water on that year. “Next year will […]

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(Plausible) Wild Ass Rumor Of The Day: Ford Trucks Going On A Diet? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/plausible-wild-ass-rumor-of-the-day-ford-trucks-going-on-a-diet/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/plausible-wild-ass-rumor-of-the-day-ford-trucks-going-on-a-diet/#comments Mon, 15 Nov 2010 12:19:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372780 By 2016, federal laws will mandate that the fleet fuel economy of light trucks and SUV’s will be 30 mpg. Which means manufacturers will need to get their thinking caps on if they are to meet this standard. If they don’t, they’ll have to re-think their position in a very profitable area of the market. […]

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By 2016, federal laws will mandate that the fleet fuel economy of light trucks and SUV’s will be 30 mpg. Which means manufacturers will need to get their thinking caps on if they are to meet this standard. If they don’t, they’ll have to re-think their position in a very profitable area of the market. […]

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Renault-Nissan-Bajaj: A Disjointed Venture? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/renault-nissan-bajaj-a-disjointed-venture/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/renault-nissan-bajaj-a-disjointed-venture/#comments Mon, 15 Nov 2010 11:59:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372775 When you enter into a joint venture with someone, it’s kind of important that you’re both on the same page. For one party to say one thing and the other party to say another could look a touch disorganized.  Take Renault-Nissan-Bajaj. Renault-Nissan is adamant that their joint venture with the Indian maker would culminate in […]

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When you enter into a joint venture with someone, it’s kind of important that you’re both on the same page. For one party to say one thing and the other party to say another could look a touch disorganized.  Take Renault-Nissan-Bajaj. Renault-Nissan is adamant that their joint venture with the Indian maker would culminate in […]

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Daimler Gets Russian Headaches. Without The Fun Of Vodka… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/daimler-gets-russian-headaches-without-the-fun-of-vodka/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/daimler-gets-russian-headaches-without-the-fun-of-vodka/#comments Sun, 14 Nov 2010 14:07:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372701 A few days ago the BBC reported that, officially, Russia was losing 1 trillion rubles (that’s about $32.5b to you) due to corruption. Also coming 154th on the corruption perceptions index does not help matters, either. “Gigantic sums of money are being pocketed by officials and dishonest businessmen,” said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, “Deal with them and put […]

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A few days ago the BBC reported that, officially, Russia was losing 1 trillion rubles (that’s about $32.5b to you) due to corruption. Also coming 154th on the corruption perceptions index does not help matters, either. “Gigantic sums of money are being pocketed by officials and dishonest businessmen,” said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, “Deal with them and put […]

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Weekend Head Scratcher: Will 2011 Be “Year Of The Chrysler”? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/weekend-head-scratcher-will-2011-be-year-of-the-chrysler/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/weekend-head-scratcher-will-2011-be-year-of-the-chrysler/#comments Sun, 14 Nov 2010 13:24:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372687 I’ve made no secret that if I wanted one of Detroit big 3 to succeed it was Chrysler. I’m not really a Ford fan and any affection I had for GM got killed off with Bob Lutz’s insane ramblings. Chrysler was always considered the most broken. Heavily dependent on fleet sales, woeful reliability and bleeding […]

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I’ve made no secret that if I wanted one of Detroit big 3 to succeed it was Chrysler. I’m not really a Ford fan and any affection I had for GM got killed off with Bob Lutz’s insane ramblings. Chrysler was always considered the most broken. Heavily dependent on fleet sales, woeful reliability and bleeding […]

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Tata + JLR = More Profits For Ford? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/tata-jlr-more-profits-for-ford/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/tata-jlr-more-profits-for-ford/#comments Fri, 12 Nov 2010 11:46:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372454 Recently, I wrote about how Tata is reaping huge profits thanks to the acquisition of the “toxic” JLR brands. It was a huge gamble to buy them, but it paid off. Literally. Well, it appears that Tata’s growing profits are going to benefit not only Tata, but ironically, Ford, as well. Rediff reports Tata is asking […]

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Recently, I wrote about how Tata is reaping huge profits thanks to the acquisition of the “toxic” JLR brands. It was a huge gamble to buy them, but it paid off. Literally. Well, it appears that Tata’s growing profits are going to benefit not only Tata, but ironically, Ford, as well. Rediff reports Tata is asking […]

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UK To Nissan: No Hand-Outs For You! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/uk-to-nissan-no-hand-outs-for-you/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/uk-to-nissan-no-hand-outs-for-you/#comments Fri, 12 Nov 2010 08:05:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372437 As mentioned in an earlier article, I’m getting old. Far too old to understand the younger generation. But with experience comes cynicism (maybe that should be a TTAC slogan?). The more things change, the more things stay the same. In the recent cutbacks, which the new UK government introduced, a fund called the “Grant for […]

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As mentioned in an earlier article, I’m getting old. Far too old to understand the younger generation. But with experience comes cynicism (maybe that should be a TTAC slogan?). The more things change, the more things stay the same. In the recent cutbacks, which the new UK government introduced, a fund called the “Grant for […]

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The Kids Are All…Boring? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/the-kids-are-all-boring/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/the-kids-are-all-boring/#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 11:11:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372323 When I was younger, I never thought I’d ever say “I don’t understand young people these days”. But sure enough, the other day I said the exact phrase when a friend’s daughter was explaining why X-Factor (American Idol) is the greatest show on TV. Maybe I won’t understand music matters (I think Golden Earring and […]

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When I was younger, I never thought I’d ever say “I don’t understand young people these days”. But sure enough, the other day I said the exact phrase when a friend’s daughter was explaining why X-Factor (American Idol) is the greatest show on TV. Maybe I won’t understand music matters (I think Golden Earring and […]

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Fire In The Nano! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/fire-in-the-nano/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/fire-in-the-nano/#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 10:53:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372315 The Tata Nano was seen as the car which will set the Indian car market on fire. Unfortunately, it seems it’ll also roast its owners. After several reports of pyromaniac Nanos, the BBC reports that Tata offers free safety upgrades for Nano customers. But this isn’t a recall, insists the company. They say they are […]

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The Tata Nano was seen as the car which will set the Indian car market on fire. Unfortunately, it seems it’ll also roast its owners. After several reports of pyromaniac Nanos, the BBC reports that Tata offers free safety upgrades for Nano customers. But this isn’t a recall, insists the company. They say they are […]

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The Renault Kang Doh! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/the-renault-kang-doh/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/the-renault-kang-doh/#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 10:23:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372312 Full Disclosure: I hate “The Simpsons” and I hate Renault cars. So this article is going to have me seething. Marketing Week reports that Renault is making a special edition of their family van, the Kangoo. The Simpsons’ Renault Kangoo. Each vehicle will be fitted with a Tom-Tom sat-nav system which will be installed with […]

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Full Disclosure: I hate “The Simpsons” and I hate Renault cars. So this article is going to have me seething. Marketing Week reports that Renault is making a special edition of their family van, the Kangoo. The Simpsons’ Renault Kangoo. Each vehicle will be fitted with a Tom-Tom sat-nav system which will be installed with […]

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Not So Wild Ass Rumor Of The Day: A Maserati SUV Built On A Grand Cherokee? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/not-so-wild-ass-rumor-of-the-day-a-maserati-suv-built-on-a-grand-cherokee/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/not-so-wild-ass-rumor-of-the-day-a-maserati-suv-built-on-a-grand-cherokee/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 14:38:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372054 When Fiat started to get a grip on Chrysler, there was very little chance of success. But to be fair, they are making a go of it. Sergio Marchionne is doing his best to integrate Fiat and Chrysler. Is he really? Bloomberg reports that Sergio wants to use the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s platform to engineer […]

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When Fiat started to get a grip on Chrysler, there was very little chance of success. But to be fair, they are making a go of it. Sergio Marchionne is doing his best to integrate Fiat and Chrysler. Is he really? Bloomberg reports that Sergio wants to use the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s platform to engineer […]

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Tata Will Get By With A Little Help From Their Friends http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/tata-will-get-by-with-a-little-help-from-their-friends/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/tata-will-get-by-with-a-little-help-from-their-friends/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 12:51:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372051 When Tata bought Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) from Ford in 2008, the general consensus was that Ford was off-loading a massive problem, and that Tata should have their collective heads examined. JLR had been nothing but a cash drain on Ford. Sucking up resources which other divisions (cough-Lincoln-cough) sorely needed. The Jaguar brand was damaged […]

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When Tata bought Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) from Ford in 2008, the general consensus was that Ford was off-loading a massive problem, and that Tata should have their collective heads examined. JLR had been nothing but a cash drain on Ford. Sucking up resources which other divisions (cough-Lincoln-cough) sorely needed. The Jaguar brand was damaged […]

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BMW Dealers Face The Death Star http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/bmw-dealers-face-the-death-star/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/bmw-dealers-face-the-death-star/#comments Tue, 09 Nov 2010 09:08:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371933 Dealerships are a pain in the neck. The salesman tries to convince you that they’re your friend (when you know damn well they want as much money as they can squeeze out of you), getting warranty work out of them is sometimes a nightmare and, if you’re buying used, you don’t know what the car […]

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Dealerships are a pain in the neck. The salesman tries to convince you that they’re your friend (when you know damn well they want as much money as they can squeeze out of you), getting warranty work out of them is sometimes a nightmare and, if you’re buying used, you don’t know what the car […]

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And The Stingiest Car Is … http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/and-the-stingiest-car-is-%e2%80%a6/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/and-the-stingiest-car-is-%e2%80%a6/#comments Tue, 09 Nov 2010 08:39:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371928 The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) held its first Future Car Challenge. This was a race from Brighton to London (about 57 miles). The Auto Channel says it was to see who could consume the least during the trip. To keep things fair, the trip consisted of different driving conditions from country roads to traffic jams. […]

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The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) held its first Future Car Challenge. This was a race from Brighton to London (about 57 miles). The Auto Channel says it was to see who could consume the least during the trip. To keep things fair, the trip consisted of different driving conditions from country roads to traffic jams. […]

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Ford To Export To 48 Countries Around The World. From India http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/ford-to-export-to-48-countries-around-the-world-from-india/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/ford-to-export-to-48-countries-around-the-world-from-india/#comments Tue, 09 Nov 2010 08:12:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371923 The idea behind the big car bailout supposedly was to keep millions of jobs in, well, North America. Ford didn’t partake, and hence should be free of moral obligations. (Not that other companies on the government drip seem to be queasy about exporting jobs instead of cars.) Empowered by a clean conscience, Ford moves production […]

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The idea behind the big car bailout supposedly was to keep millions of jobs in, well, North America. Ford didn’t partake, and hence should be free of moral obligations. (Not that other companies on the government drip seem to be queasy about exporting jobs instead of cars.) Empowered by a clean conscience, Ford moves production […]

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UK Car Sales In October 2010: Fail, Britannia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/uk-car-sales-in-october-2010-fail-britannia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/uk-car-sales-in-october-2010-fail-britannia/#comments Mon, 08 Nov 2010 08:18:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371764 A few days ago, I wrote about car sales all over Europe falling faster than a…..erm……really fast thing. I also wrote how this didn’t bode well for the UK car market. Well, the figures are in and, unfortunately, I wasn’t wrong – this time. It’s pretty bad. New car registrations fell 22.2 percent in October. The […]

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A few days ago, I wrote about car sales all over Europe falling faster than a…..erm……really fast thing. I also wrote how this didn’t bode well for the UK car market. Well, the figures are in and, unfortunately, I wasn’t wrong – this time. It’s pretty bad. New car registrations fell 22.2 percent in October. The […]

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Government Motors: Chinese Government, Kuwaiti Government … http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/government-motors-chinese-government-kuwaiti-government/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/government-motors-chinese-government-kuwaiti-government/#comments Sun, 07 Nov 2010 14:44:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371743 The Freep says GM has appointed a Vice President of diversity. And they’ll need one. GM’s post-IPO ownership roster shapes up to be quite, well, diverse. China’s SAIC appears to be gung-ho for the IPO. And it’s not just the Chinese government that likes the idea of owning a little bit of America. Reuters reports […]

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The Freep says GM has appointed a Vice President of diversity. And they’ll need one. GM’s post-IPO ownership roster shapes up to be quite, well, diverse. China’s SAIC appears to be gung-ho for the IPO. And it’s not just the Chinese government that likes the idea of owning a little bit of America. Reuters reports […]

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Killer Keyless Ignition? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/killer-keyless-ignition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/killer-keyless-ignition/#comments Sun, 07 Nov 2010 11:44:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371738 Toyota’s legal problems are piling up. It is now being alleged that they killed a lawyer. The New York Daily News reports that 79-year-old lawyer Ernest Codelia Jr died of carbon monoxide poisoning and his partner, Mary Rivera was brain damaged. And their Lexus is being blamed. How come? On February the 27th of 2009, […]

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Toyota’s legal problems are piling up. It is now being alleged that they killed a lawyer. The New York Daily News reports that 79-year-old lawyer Ernest Codelia Jr died of carbon monoxide poisoning and his partner, Mary Rivera was brain damaged. And their Lexus is being blamed. How come? On February the 27th of 2009, […]

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Hyundai Way Up Down Under http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/hyundai-way-up-down-under/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/hyundai-way-up-down-under/#comments Sat, 06 Nov 2010 09:53:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371624 Australia is pretty much a stronghold for Toyota. Looking at the figures, it seems that Aussies like well-made, cheap reliable cars. And to be honest, who doesn’t like those kinds of cars? But what happens when someone else comes to your market, and does well what you do well? Well, you get worried. Paddock Talk […]

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Australia is pretty much a stronghold for Toyota. Looking at the figures, it seems that Aussies like well-made, cheap reliable cars. And to be honest, who doesn’t like those kinds of cars? But what happens when someone else comes to your market, and does well what you do well? Well, you get worried. Paddock Talk […]

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Weekend Head Scratcher: Rick Wagoner. Was He All Bad? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/weekend-head-scratcher-rick-wagoner-was-he-all-bad/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/weekend-head-scratcher-rick-wagoner-was-he-all-bad/#comments Sat, 06 Nov 2010 09:37:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371619 History is written by the victors, or so the saying goes. You lose, not only do you get beaten up in real life, but also in the history books. Few losers come much bigger than Rick Wagoner. The man who oversaw the last slide into Chapter 11. Yep, there wasn’t much love out there for […]

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History is written by the victors, or so the saying goes. You lose, not only do you get beaten up in real life, but also in the history books. Few losers come much bigger than Rick Wagoner. The man who oversaw the last slide into Chapter 11. Yep, there wasn’t much love out there for […]

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Toyota’s Profits. Whodunnit? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/toyota%e2%80%99s-profits-whodunnit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/toyota%e2%80%99s-profits-whodunnit/#comments Fri, 05 Nov 2010 12:23:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371553 When GM was in its final throes (about 2000 onwards) it was quite easy to see that GM would go under. Even though they were posting records profits, anyone but the shills knew that these profits came from the SUV boom and not from any long term sustainable plan. That’s fair to say, right? So […]

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When GM was in its final throes (about 2000 onwards) it was quite easy to see that GM would go under. Even though they were posting records profits, anyone but the shills knew that these profits came from the SUV boom and not from any long term sustainable plan. That’s fair to say, right? So […]

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BMW’s Profit Margins Are Something. To Worry About http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/bmws-profit-margins-are-something-to-worry-about/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/bmws-profit-margins-are-something-to-worry-about/#comments Fri, 05 Nov 2010 12:04:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371548 BMW is on a roll at the moment. They’ve booted Mercedes-Benz (their most hated rival) off the number one slot in India, they’re making big steps in China and their profit is rising fast. That last point is the fulcrum of this article. You see, profit is where BMW is forecast to have problems. Not lack of […]

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BMW is on a roll at the moment. They’ve booted Mercedes-Benz (their most hated rival) off the number one slot in India, they’re making big steps in China and their profit is rising fast. That last point is the fulcrum of this article. You see, profit is where BMW is forecast to have problems. Not lack of […]

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Toyota Makes Big Cuts In Europe…To Emissions. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/toyota-makes-big-cuts-in-europe%e2%80%a6to-emissions/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/toyota-makes-big-cuts-in-europe%e2%80%a6to-emissions/#comments Fri, 05 Nov 2010 09:22:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371533 Toyota is probably feeling a little unloved right now. The US government has been trying to burn them at the stake, Chinese buyers are shunning them and even the Canadians are even saying “No, eh?” (My experience of Canadians is pretty much limited to “South Park” and “Due South”). But love and good news can […]

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Toyota is probably feeling a little unloved right now. The US government has been trying to burn them at the stake, Chinese buyers are shunning them and even the Canadians are even saying “No, eh?” (My experience of Canadians is pretty much limited to “South Park” and “Due South”). But love and good news can […]

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Best Selling Luxury Brand In The U.S.: Is Lexus Buying The Title? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/best-selling-luxury-brand-in-the-u-s-is-lexus-buying-the-title/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/best-selling-luxury-brand-in-the-u-s-is-lexus-buying-the-title/#comments Thu, 04 Nov 2010 07:19:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371431 Toyota drops in China, Canada, The United States, Japan and (almost certainly) Europe, too. You’d think good news would be scarce. And you’re right, it is! But wait, there’s one! Bloomberg reports that because Lexus made sales gains (mainly through incentives) in October, Lexus is now back in contention to keep its title of “best […]

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Toyota drops in China, Canada, The United States, Japan and (almost certainly) Europe, too. You’d think good news would be scarce. And you’re right, it is! But wait, there’s one! Bloomberg reports that because Lexus made sales gains (mainly through incentives) in October, Lexus is now back in contention to keep its title of “best […]

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Things Get Chilly In The Great White North. For One Car Maker http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/things-get-chilly-in-the-great-white-north-for-one-car-maker/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/things-get-chilly-in-the-great-white-north-for-one-car-maker/#comments Wed, 03 Nov 2010 10:21:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371265 The Vancouver Sun reports that pretty much, across the board and across the border, Canadian sales rose. GM’s sale rose 11 percent year on year, Ford’s sales rose 8 percent and is now within a whisker of taking the number one slot from General Motors. Honda’s sales grew 14 percent. As did Nissan’s at 4.5 […]

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The Vancouver Sun reports that pretty much, across the board and across the border, Canadian sales rose. GM’s sale rose 11 percent year on year, Ford’s sales rose 8 percent and is now within a whisker of taking the number one slot from General Motors. Honda’s sales grew 14 percent. As did Nissan’s at 4.5 […]

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