The Truth About Cars » Chicago http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:00:45 +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 » Chicago http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com SURPRISE: Some Bus Drivers, Police in Chicago Not Required to Pay Speed Camera Fines http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/surprise-bus-drivers-police-chicago-not-required-pay-speed-camera-fines/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/surprise-bus-drivers-police-chicago-not-required-pay-speed-camera-fines/#comments Wed, 30 Dec 2015 22:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1253193 A Chicago Tribune investigation has uncovered that the city’s speed cameras have nabbed school bus drivers, police, public employees and city bus drivers more than 8,000 times over the past two years. In most cases the tickets were passed on to the drivers, but in some cases — bus drivers and police driving unmarked cars […]

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A Chicago Tribune investigation has uncovered that the city’s speed cameras have nabbed school bus drivers, police, public employees and city bus drivers more than 8,000 times over the past two years. In most cases the tickets were passed on to the drivers, but in some cases — bus drivers and police driving unmarked cars […]

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While You Were Gorging: A Compendium of Thanksgiving News You May Have Missed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/gorging-compendium-thanksgiving-news-may-missed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/gorging-compendium-thanksgiving-news-may-missed/#comments Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1230649 While the rest of the world warms up to our Thanksgiving tradition of football and mountains of potatoes and gravy, we must admit that the world goes on without us some days. Thankfully, the Internet never forgets. So here’s a roundup of the stories we missed in our Tryptophan-induced naps. California Has Bad Traffic, But […]

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While the rest of the world warms up to our Thanksgiving tradition of football and mountains of potatoes and gravy, we must admit that the world goes on without us some days. Thankfully, the Internet never forgets. So here’s a roundup of the stories we missed in our Tryptophan-induced naps. California Has Bad Traffic, But […]

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Last Rides Premium Selects: Getting The Boot http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/last-rides-premium-selects-getting-boot/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/last-rides-premium-selects-getting-boot/#comments Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1158090 When I write these little features, I always follow a set of self-imposed rules: Rule No. 1: The car is always the main character; Rule No. 2: Avoid using the same personality profile as in a previous story; Rule No. 3: Inject truth. Use real ownership experiences for each example, and plausible explanations for clues; […]

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When I write these little features, I always follow a set of self-imposed rules: Rule No. 1: The car is always the main character; Rule No. 2: Avoid using the same personality profile as in a previous story; Rule No. 3: Inject truth. Use real ownership experiences for each example, and plausible explanations for clues; […]

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Corrupt Red Light Camera Company Sued By Chicago for $300M http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/corrupt-red-light-camera-company-sued-chicago-300m/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/corrupt-red-light-camera-company-sued-chicago-300m/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:15:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1157554 Chicago wants $300 million from the company it hired to photograph, ticket and follow drivers after it was revealed that executives bribed city officials for the contract, the Chicago Tribune is reporting. Executives for Redflex paid over $2 million to city officials through a bag man for the $124 million contract from the city, which started […]

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Chicago wants $300 million from the company it hired to photograph, ticket and follow drivers after it was revealed that executives bribed city officials for the contract, the Chicago Tribune is reporting. Executives for Redflex paid over $2 million to city officials through a bag man for the $124 million contract from the city, which started […]

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Ford Unveils Carsharing Pilot Program For Select Ford Credit Consumers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/ford-unveils-carsharing-pilot-program-for-select-ford-credit-consumers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/ford-unveils-carsharing-pilot-program-for-select-ford-credit-consumers/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1099089 Financing a Ford and looking to bolster your monthly payments? The automaker has an idea: rent your car to others. Ford owners financing their rides through Ford Credit can rent them out to other drivers through its Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing program, announced Tuesday evening. The pilot program will invite 14,000 and 12,000 owners “in six […]

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Financing a Ford and looking to bolster your monthly payments? The automaker has an idea: rent your car to others. Ford owners financing their rides through Ford Credit can rent them out to other drivers through its Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing program, announced Tuesday evening. The pilot program will invite 14,000 and 12,000 owners “in six […]

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Uber, BYD Sign Deal To Test EV Fleet In Chicago http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/uber-byd-sign-deal-test-ev-fleet-chicago/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/uber-byd-sign-deal-test-ev-fleet-chicago/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1023025 Chicago Uber customers are the first to take a ride in a Chinese-made EV, thanks to a deal between BYD and the transportation network company. Reuters reports the deal involves a test fleet of 25 BYD e6 EVs made available through Chicago-based Green Wheels USA, a concern that sells EVs and hybrids as well as […]

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Chicago Uber customers are the first to take a ride in a Chinese-made EV, thanks to a deal between BYD and the transportation network company. Reuters reports the deal involves a test fleet of 25 BYD e6 EVs made available through Chicago-based Green Wheels USA, a concern that sells EVs and hybrids as well as […]

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Chicago’s Yellow Light Intervals Generating More Fines http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/chicagos-yellow-light-intervals-generating-fines/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/chicagos-yellow-light-intervals-generating-fines/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1009266 Ever notice how the traffic lights in Chicago switch from yellow to red quicker than in other cities? That’s because the city changed the formula. FiveThirtyEight reports the formula — yellow change time = 1 + (1.47 * Approach Speed) / (2 * Deceleration Rate) — was altered to increase the chances of a driver […]

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Ever notice how the traffic lights in Chicago switch from yellow to red quicker than in other cities? That’s because the city changed the formula. FiveThirtyEight reports the formula — yellow change time = 1 + (1.47 * Approach Speed) / (2 * Deceleration Rate) — was altered to increase the chances of a driver […]

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Chicago’s Bid To Fleece Motorists Of $90M Falls Short http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/chicagos-bid-fleece-motorists-90m-falls-short/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/chicagos-bid-fleece-motorists-90m-falls-short/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:10:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=934858 Don’t you just hate it when you plan to screw your constituents out of nearly a hundred million bucks and you only get, like, half of that? A combination of salesmanship and greed led the city of Chicago to blanket the city with speed and red-light cameras. They were expected to issue over one million […]

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Don’t you just hate it when you plan to screw your constituents out of nearly a hundred million bucks and you only get, like, half of that? A combination of salesmanship and greed led the city of Chicago to blanket the city with speed and red-light cameras. They were expected to issue over one million […]

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Junkyard Find, Crabspirits Editions: Toyota Cressidas, Transformed By Michael Bay http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/junkyard-find-crabspirits-editions-toyota-cressidas-transformed-by-michael-bay/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/junkyard-find-crabspirits-editions-toyota-cressidas-transformed-by-michael-bay/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:55:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=782369 To preface, this intrusion into the thunder dome that is Murilee’s arena isn’t going to be a regular occurrence. If you’ve ever seen him once-over a suspect entrant at a Lemons race, you know he is master of his domain. I’m not just any geek off the street myself though when it comes to the […]

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To preface, this intrusion into the thunder dome that is Murilee’s arena isn’t going to be a regular occurrence. If you’ve ever seen him once-over a suspect entrant at a Lemons race, you know he is master of his domain. I’m not just any geek off the street myself though when it comes to the […]

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Court Order May Finally Get Chicago EV Charging Network Fully Operational http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/court-order-may-finally-get-chicago-ev-charging-network-fully-operational/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/court-order-may-finally-get-chicago-ev-charging-network-fully-operational/#comments Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:30:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=528593 After a ruling in federal court, a Chicago area electric vehicle charging network may finally become completely operational. The quick charging stations were installed under a $1.9 million federal grant, but two contractors who installed them for the network’s original owner, 350Green, had been locked in a legal battle over ownership of the system. The […]

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After a ruling in federal court, a Chicago area electric vehicle charging network may finally become completely operational. The quick charging stations were installed under a $1.9 million federal grant, but two contractors who installed them for the network’s original owner, 350Green, had been locked in a legal battle over ownership of the system. The […]

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$57 Million Chicago Ford Dealership Delayed As Aldermen Play Politics http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/57-million-chicago-ford-dealership-delayed-as-aldermen-play-politics/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/57-million-chicago-ford-dealership-delayed-as-aldermen-play-politics/#comments Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:25:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=499269 FMG Holdings, which operates a number of car dealerships in western Michigan under the name of Fox Motors, had planned on spending $57 million turning an abandoned industrial site on Chicago’s North Side into a large Ford store but it has now given Chicago politicians an Oct. 1st deadline to either approve or deny their […]

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FMG Holdings, which operates a number of car dealerships in western Michigan under the name of Fox Motors, had planned on spending $57 million turning an abandoned industrial site on Chicago’s North Side into a large Ford store but it has now given Chicago politicians an Oct. 1st deadline to either approve or deny their […]

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Trackday Diaries: He Wrangled ‘Till The Butcher Cut Him Down. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/trackday-diaries-he-wrangled-till-the-butcher-cut-him-down/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/trackday-diaries-he-wrangled-till-the-butcher-cut-him-down/#comments Mon, 04 Mar 2013 13:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=479899 “So, I ordered myself a Jeep.” “Awesome! What did you end up getting?” “Loaded Sahara Unlimited, Gecko Green, tan leather, six-speed manual, just like you suggested.” “Well, that is what I suggested alright… but…” “But what?” “I didn’t think you were actually going to do it.” When TTAC alumnus Michael Karesh reviewed an automatic-transmission Sahara […]

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“So, I ordered myself a Jeep.” “Awesome! What did you end up getting?” “Loaded Sahara Unlimited, Gecko Green, tan leather, six-speed manual, just like you suggested.” “Well, that is what I suggested alright… but…” “But what?” “I didn’t think you were actually going to do it.” When TTAC alumnus Michael Karesh reviewed an automatic-transmission Sahara […]

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2012 Chicago Auto Show Preview http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/2012-chicago-auto-show-preview/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/2012-chicago-auto-show-preview/#comments Mon, 06 Feb 2012 15:54:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=429720 Our coverage of the 2012 Chicago Auto Show will kick off Wednesday, but preparations begin tomorrow, as our team, headed up by hizzoner Jack Baruth, makes its way to the Windy City. We’ve got a brief rundown of what you can expect to see from the TTAC team of writers and photographers on site at McCormick […]

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Our coverage of the 2012 Chicago Auto Show will kick off Wednesday, but preparations begin tomorrow, as our team, headed up by hizzoner Jack Baruth, makes its way to the Windy City. We’ve got a brief rundown of what you can expect to see from the TTAC team of writers and photographers on site at McCormick […]

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Nixon, Muppets, and an Intrepid: BS Inspections of the Showroom-Schlock Shootout 24 Hours of LeMons http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/nixon-muppets-and-an-intrepid-bs-inspections-of-the-showroom-schlock-shootout-24-hours-of-lemons/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/nixon-muppets-and-an-intrepid-bs-inspections-of-the-showroom-schlock-shootout-24-hours-of-lemons/#comments Sat, 08 Oct 2011 04:27:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414080 We’re here at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois, for the first annual Showroom-Schlock Shooutout (we raced here last year, but the race was called the Rod Blagojevich Never-Say-Die 500). The track is great, the weather is perfect, and we’ve got some super-LeMonic cars among the hundred or so entries. We’ve got a real dilemma […]

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We’re here at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois, for the first annual Showroom-Schlock Shooutout (we raced here last year, but the race was called the Rod Blagojevich Never-Say-Die 500). The track is great, the weather is perfect, and we’ve got some super-LeMonic cars among the hundred or so entries. We’ve got a real dilemma […]

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Chicago Tribune: No Probation For “Extreme Speeders” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/chicago-tribune-no-probation-for-extreme-speeders/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/chicago-tribune-no-probation-for-extreme-speeders/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 21:15:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=349968 Enforcing laws against victimless crimes is never easy. Limited resources force local governments to constantly assess their law-enforcement priorities, assigning the squad cars and jail beds to the most pressing problems facing their jurisdiction. The problems that don’t make the cut? Unless there’s a revenue motive at play (see: red light cameras, speed cameras), local […]

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Enforcing laws against victimless crimes is never easy. Limited resources force local governments to constantly assess their law-enforcement priorities, assigning the squad cars and jail beds to the most pressing problems facing their jurisdiction. The problems that don’t make the cut? Unless there’s a revenue motive at play (see: red light cameras, speed cameras), local […]

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