The Truth About Cars » Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:40:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Car Comes to Screeching Halt on Landmark Newfoundland Cliff (Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/car-comes-to-screeching-halt-on-landmark-newfoundland-cliff-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/car-comes-to-screeching-halt-on-landmark-newfoundland-cliff-video/#comments Sun, 03 Apr 2016 15:53:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1317802 I dunno, I think I’d get a bigger truck. #nltraffic #yyt @VOCMNEWS pic.twitter.com/sW6Axoq9jl — Earl Noble (@Noble41) April 3, 2016 Newfoundland: it’s where to visit when you want to meet locals who seemingly speak unintelligible English. It’s also a place where you can park a car halfway down the side of a landmark cliff. One woman was sent […]

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I dunno, I think I’d get a bigger truck. #nltraffic #yyt @VOCMNEWS pic.twitter.com/sW6Axoq9jl — Earl Noble (@Noble41) April 3, 2016 Newfoundland: it’s where to visit when you want to meet locals who seemingly speak unintelligible English. It’s also a place where you can park a car halfway down the side of a landmark cliff. One woman was sent […]

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Piston Slap: Does Automotive Racism Exist? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/piston-slap-automotive-racism-exist/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/piston-slap-automotive-racism-exist/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2015 12:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1200137 June writes: Greetings, editors. I love your website. It has taught me a tremendous amount about cars and the industry. This is my first time writing. I would love to see a piece about auto reliability, perhaps from an insider engineering perspective. What I’d like to see addressed is the question of why some cars and […]

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June writes: Greetings, editors. I love your website. It has taught me a tremendous amount about cars and the industry. This is my first time writing. I would love to see a piece about auto reliability, perhaps from an insider engineering perspective. What I’d like to see addressed is the question of why some cars and […]

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Report: Apple Plans to ‘Ship’ Some Sort of Car By 2019 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/report-apple-plans-ship-sort-car-2019/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/report-apple-plans-ship-sort-car-2019/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2015 21:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1177330 Apple will formalize what kind of car it may produce (or have already produced) by 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported. According to the report, the Cupertino, California-based company has labeled the car a “committed project” but stopped short of saying that the car would be delivered to consumers by 2019. The report only indicates […]

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Apple will formalize what kind of car it may produce (or have already produced) by 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported. According to the report, the Cupertino, California-based company has labeled the car a “committed project” but stopped short of saying that the car would be delivered to consumers by 2019. The report only indicates […]

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Hammer Time: A Shotgun Hit & Run http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/hammer-time-shotgun-hit-run/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/hammer-time-shotgun-hit-run/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1091953 “Honey? I just got into an accident!” she said. My body experienced an instant adrenaline rush as my mind wandered through the worst “what if?” possibility of that moment, something like the image above. My wife… Hospital… Pain… Medical bills… The other driver… “Is everyone okay?” I asked in reply. “Yeah, everyone’s fine. We moved […]

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“Honey? I just got into an accident!” she said. My body experienced an instant adrenaline rush as my mind wandered through the worst “what if?” possibility of that moment, something like the image above. My wife… Hospital… Pain… Medical bills… The other driver… “Is everyone okay?” I asked in reply. “Yeah, everyone’s fine. We moved […]

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This Year Could Be the Biggest Car-buying Year in 15 Years http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/year-biggest-car-buying-year-15-years/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/year-biggest-car-buying-year-15-years/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1137538 Automakers could sell more than 17 million new cars and trucks in the U.S. this year, approaching the sales record set in 2000 of 17.4 million, Automotive News is reporting. Analysts raised their forecasts after a strong July for automakers and new cars that will be reaching showrooms in high-selling segments by the end of the […]

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Automakers could sell more than 17 million new cars and trucks in the U.S. this year, approaching the sales record set in 2000 of 17.4 million, Automotive News is reporting. Analysts raised their forecasts after a strong July for automakers and new cars that will be reaching showrooms in high-selling segments by the end of the […]

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QOTD: What Car Would Be Better as a Crossover? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/qotd-what-car-would-be-better-as-a-crossover/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/qotd-what-car-would-be-better-as-a-crossover/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:04:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1094521 “Crossing Over with John Edward” was probably one of the looniest shows to ever see a five-year primetime run on network television. If you’ve never seen it (and, if you haven’t, please don’t go searching for it), this was the premise: John Edward, proudly wearing a “professional psychic medium” title that’s just as illustrious as “social […]

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“Crossing Over with John Edward” was probably one of the looniest shows to ever see a five-year primetime run on network television. If you’ve never seen it (and, if you haven’t, please don’t go searching for it), this was the premise: John Edward, proudly wearing a “professional psychic medium” title that’s just as illustrious as “social […]

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QOTD: What Car On Sale Today, If Given To You Free, Would You Give Right Back? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/qotd-what-car-on-sale-today-if-given-to-you-free-would-you-give-right-back/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/qotd-what-car-on-sale-today-if-given-to-you-free-would-you-give-right-back/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:15:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1090713 I’m all for cheap cars. What I’m not for is unnecessarily cheap cars. And if I was given a new, fresh-out-of-the-Thai-takeout-box Mirage, I’d probably give it right back. Lately, I’ve noticed a massive uptick in the number of Mirages skulking around the streets of my home town. I’d like to think the people who’ve bought […]

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I’m all for cheap cars. What I’m not for is unnecessarily cheap cars. And if I was given a new, fresh-out-of-the-Thai-takeout-box Mirage, I’d probably give it right back. Lately, I’ve noticed a massive uptick in the number of Mirages skulking around the streets of my home town. I’d like to think the people who’ve bought […]

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Piston Slap: Sponsor My Ride? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/piston-slap-sponsor-ride/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/piston-slap-sponsor-ride/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:46:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=994786   TTAC Commentator John R writes: Hey Sajeev, Hope this finds you well. I wanted to get your opinion on car sponsorships…if they still exist. I see a bunch of websites all over claiming to get a person’s car repaired or modded up on someone else’s dime. I look at these sites and they scream […]

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  TTAC Commentator John R writes: Hey Sajeev, Hope this finds you well. I wanted to get your opinion on car sponsorships…if they still exist. I see a bunch of websites all over claiming to get a person’s car repaired or modded up on someone else’s dime. I look at these sites and they scream […]

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Piston Slap: American Rust vs. Japanese Rust? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/piston-slap-american-rust-vs-japanese-rust/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/piston-slap-american-rust-vs-japanese-rust/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 12:49:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=963650   Stefan writes: Sajeev, I recently had a conversation with my cousin in Wisconsin. He claimed that cars assembled in North America are more rust prone than cars assembled in Japan or other oriental countries. Apparently his observation was based on several cars in our extended family: An elderly Dodge Durango and a not-so-elderly Honda […]

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  Stefan writes: Sajeev, I recently had a conversation with my cousin in Wisconsin. He claimed that cars assembled in North America are more rust prone than cars assembled in Japan or other oriental countries. Apparently his observation was based on several cars in our extended family: An elderly Dodge Durango and a not-so-elderly Honda […]

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Piston Slap: “Spare” Me from Dry Rot! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/piston-slap-spare-me-from-dry-rot/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/piston-slap-spare-me-from-dry-rot/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:05:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=769298 TTAC Commentator sastexan writes: With the extreme cold throughout the US and seeing a few shredded tires on the highway this week (in fact, I had a flat myself – not sure what caused it but possibly doing donuts in the FR-S on a parking lot last week with lots of broken up ice on […]

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TTAC Commentator sastexan writes: With the extreme cold throughout the US and seeing a few shredded tires on the highway this week (in fact, I had a flat myself – not sure what caused it but possibly doing donuts in the FR-S on a parking lot last week with lots of broken up ice on […]

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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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Piston Slap: Burnt Rubber Sienna? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/piston-slap-burnt-rubber-sienna/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/piston-slap-burnt-rubber-sienna/#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:08:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=724930 Mike writes: Sajeev, Here’s a hot topic for you and the B&B. I have a 2006 Sienna LE (front wheel drive) that has been absolutely bulletproof and reliable for the past 140k miles, except for the tires. I run “all seasons” in the summer and winter tires on separate wheels in the winter. We drive […]

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Mike writes: Sajeev, Here’s a hot topic for you and the B&B. I have a 2006 Sienna LE (front wheel drive) that has been absolutely bulletproof and reliable for the past 140k miles, except for the tires. I run “all seasons” in the summer and winter tires on separate wheels in the winter. We drive […]

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Piston Slap: Getting Smart about Barn Finds! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/piston-slap-getting-smart-about-barn-finds/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/piston-slap-getting-smart-about-barn-finds/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:23:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=662162 Justin writes: Sajeev, As a classic car lover for the past few years, I’m always scouring Craigslist for 60’s cars and watching YouTube videos on automotive archaeology. It’s a lifetime dream to fix something special and drive it everyday. This being said, you can guess my reaction to hear that there is an abandoned yet […]

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Justin writes: Sajeev, As a classic car lover for the past few years, I’m always scouring Craigslist for 60’s cars and watching YouTube videos on automotive archaeology. It’s a lifetime dream to fix something special and drive it everyday. This being said, you can guess my reaction to hear that there is an abandoned yet […]

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Review: 2014 Mazda6 (With Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/review-2014-mazda6-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/review-2014-mazda6-video/#comments Thu, 08 Aug 2013 17:20:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=498456 Whenever I talk to car shoppers, the Mazda6 comes up. No, it’s not because people are confused if it’s a “Mazda 6″ or a “Mazda6″ or a “Mazda Mazda6.” Although, it does top the Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography for the strangest name on the market. (I prefer to call it a Mazda6.) The […]

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Whenever I talk to car shoppers, the Mazda6 comes up. No, it’s not because people are confused if it’s a “Mazda 6″ or a “Mazda6″ or a “Mazda Mazda6.” Although, it does top the Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography for the strangest name on the market. (I prefer to call it a Mazda6.) The […]

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Vellum Venom Vignette: Kia’s Magical Tiger Nose http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/vellum-venom-vignette-kias-magical-tiger-nose/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/vellum-venom-vignette-kias-magical-tiger-nose/#comments Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:00:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=481604 Dan writes: Hey Sajeev, Since you’re a (failed-SM) auto designer, I was curious about your opinion on something I’ve noticed. I (like a lot of people, apparently) like Kia’s current styling and design language, especially on the Optima. It’s got a presence that reminds me of older Pontiacs, a kind of aggression that is lacking […]

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Dan writes: Hey Sajeev, Since you’re a (failed-SM) auto designer, I was curious about your opinion on something I’ve noticed. I (like a lot of people, apparently) like Kia’s current styling and design language, especially on the Optima. It’s got a presence that reminds me of older Pontiacs, a kind of aggression that is lacking […]

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Question Of The Day: What If You Created Your Very Own… Car Commercial? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/question-of-the-day-what-if-you-created-your-very-own-car-commercial/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/question-of-the-day-what-if-you-created-your-very-own-car-commercial/#comments Fri, 01 Feb 2013 17:34:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=476044 Back in my college days, it seemed like every single Chrysler commercial featured a car that would morph from the old model into the new model. Minivan morph. Neon morph. Intrepid morph. The technological transitions were quite well done, and I always enjoyed a commercial that reminded me of the movie “Terminator 2.” But then […]

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Back in my college days, it seemed like every single Chrysler commercial featured a car that would morph from the old model into the new model. Minivan morph. Neon morph. Intrepid morph. The technological transitions were quite well done, and I always enjoyed a commercial that reminded me of the movie “Terminator 2.” But then […]

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Monday Mileage Champion: The Year In Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/monday-mileage-champion-the-year-in-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/monday-mileage-champion-the-year-in-review/#comments Mon, 31 Dec 2012 17:43:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=471956 It’s time to make a confession to the good folks at TTAC. The mileage game is rigged. How so? Well, approximately two-thirds of the vehicles that reach the 300k+ mark  at an auction I attend will usually belong in one of four categories. Ford truck or SUV.  Chevy truck or SUV. Honda car. Toyota everything. […]

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It’s time to make a confession to the good folks at TTAC. The mileage game is rigged. How so? Well, approximately two-thirds of the vehicles that reach the 300k+ mark  at an auction I attend will usually belong in one of four categories. Ford truck or SUV.  Chevy truck or SUV. Honda car. Toyota everything. […]

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Question Of The Day: What Would Be The Best Car For A College Student? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/question-of-the-day-what-would-be-the-best-car-for-a-college-student/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/question-of-the-day-what-would-be-the-best-car-for-a-college-student/#comments Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:02:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=464854 Every time you see them, a big smile shines across your face. Full scholarship. Nice as can be. A good heart. Your wunderkind of a young adult has given you so much over the years and is now on the way to making this world a better place. You want to help them by getting […]

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Every time you see them, a big smile shines across your face. Full scholarship. Nice as can be. A good heart. Your wunderkind of a young adult has given you so much over the years and is now on the way to making this world a better place. You want to help them by getting […]

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Nissan Pathfinder: Body On Frame Is Like, So Last Month http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/nissan-pathfinder-body-on-frame-is-like-so-last-month/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/nissan-pathfinder-body-on-frame-is-like-so-last-month/#comments Sat, 04 Aug 2012 15:10:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=455477 Nissan unveiled is 2013 Pathfinder in suburban Detroit and in downtown Manhattan’s Meatpacking District (just two blocks away from the PATH train, get it?) The fashionably rugged, but far from off-roadish locales were carefully chosen: The new Pathfinder ditches its body-on-frame passé past, and goes with a nimbler unibody design. Truck purists (who don’t buy […]

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Nissan unveiled is 2013 Pathfinder in suburban Detroit and in downtown Manhattan’s Meatpacking District (just two blocks away from the PATH train, get it?) The fashionably rugged, but far from off-roadish locales were carefully chosen: The new Pathfinder ditches its body-on-frame passé past, and goes with a nimbler unibody design. Truck purists (who don’t buy […]

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QOTD: Farewell To The Body-On-Frame SUV? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/qotd-farewell-to-the-body-on-frame-suv/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/qotd-farewell-to-the-body-on-frame-suv/#comments Mon, 30 Jul 2012 14:03:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454746 Pictures of the “production” version of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, which looks about the same as the “concept” version unveiled at Detroit in January. And along with the reveal, another body-on-frame SUV bites the dust. Having driven the Infiniti JX (essentially, a really nice 2013 Pathfinder), I’m not at all concerned; the Pathfinder has become […]

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Pictures of the “production” version of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, which looks about the same as the “concept” version unveiled at Detroit in January. And along with the reveal, another body-on-frame SUV bites the dust. Having driven the Infiniti JX (essentially, a really nice 2013 Pathfinder), I’m not at all concerned; the Pathfinder has become […]

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TTAC Book Club – Car: A Drama of the American Workplace http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/ttac-book-club-car-a-drama-of-the-american-workplace/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/ttac-book-club-car-a-drama-of-the-american-workplace/#comments Fri, 27 Jul 2012 15:26:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454435 Last week, I polled TTAC readers on essential reading related to the car industry. Since most of the books are old, and don’t merit a formal review, I figured that opening the floor to discussion would better serve the readers, and myself, with regards to thinking about the book and the lessons contained within. The […]

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Last week, I polled TTAC readers on essential reading related to the car industry. Since most of the books are old, and don’t merit a formal review, I figured that opening the floor to discussion would better serve the readers, and myself, with regards to thinking about the book and the lessons contained within. The […]

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Interest For EVs Fading http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/interest-for-evs-fading/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/interest-for-evs-fading/#comments Sat, 31 Mar 2012 15:34:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=437356 It’s “another broadside for the EV industry,” says Automotive News [sub]. The alleged artillery barrage was sent by the Center for Automotive Research. It cancelled its 2012 Business of Plugging In conference. The reason? Lack of interest. Says Brett Smith, CAR’s co-director of conferences: “Some could look at this as the industry is dead and […]

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It’s “another broadside for the EV industry,” says Automotive News [sub]. The alleged artillery barrage was sent by the Center for Automotive Research. It cancelled its 2012 Business of Plugging In conference. The reason? Lack of interest. Says Brett Smith, CAR’s co-director of conferences: “Some could look at this as the industry is dead and […]

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Center For Automotive Research: Plant Closures Not So Bad After All http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/center-for-automotive-research-plant-closures-not-so-bad-after-all/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/center-for-automotive-research-plant-closures-not-so-bad-after-all/#comments Fri, 09 Dec 2011 15:18:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=421880 After intensive study, the automaker and union-funded think tank, the Center For Automotive Research (CAR),  came to the conclusion that closing down automotive manufacturing sites is not as catastrophic as originally thought. Nearly half of the 267 U.S. automotive manufacturing plants that had been shuttered since 1979 have come back to life. With generous support […]

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After intensive study, the automaker and union-funded think tank, the Center For Automotive Research (CAR),  came to the conclusion that closing down automotive manufacturing sites is not as catastrophic as originally thought. Nearly half of the 267 U.S. automotive manufacturing plants that had been shuttered since 1979 have come back to life. With generous support […]

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Center For Automotive Research: Detroit Beating The Wage Gap http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/center-for-automotive-research-detroit-beating-the-wage-gap/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/center-for-automotive-research-detroit-beating-the-wage-gap/#comments Tue, 11 May 2010 18:40:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=356183 Speaking at the same Detroit conference on the auto bailout that Steve Rattner and Ron Bloom attended, the Center for Automotive Research’s Sean McAlinden proclaimed the end of Detroit’s era of unsustainable high wages. In 2007, said McAlinden, building a car in North America cost GM about $1,400 more per car than it did Toyota, […]

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Speaking at the same Detroit conference on the auto bailout that Steve Rattner and Ron Bloom attended, the Center for Automotive Research’s Sean McAlinden proclaimed the end of Detroit’s era of unsustainable high wages. In 2007, said McAlinden, building a car in North America cost GM about $1,400 more per car than it did Toyota, […]

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Hammer Time: Cheap, Cheap and Cheap http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/hammer-time-cheap-cheap-and-cheap/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/hammer-time-cheap-cheap-and-cheap/#comments Sun, 03 Jan 2010 17:25:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=340588 Why that car? My cousin was slightly amused at the sight of my 2004 Ford Taurus SES. A rental car seemingly loaded with penny-pinching mediocrity and cut corners. An unusual choice for the holidays. It had made the long journey from Northwest Georgia to Jewish Florida in a day’s time. The leather was cheap, but […]

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Why that car? My cousin was slightly amused at the sight of my 2004 Ford Taurus SES. A rental car seemingly loaded with penny-pinching mediocrity and cut corners. An unusual choice for the holidays. It had made the long journey from Northwest Georgia to Jewish Florida in a day’s time. The leather was cheap, but […]

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