The Truth About Cars » DOT 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 15:00:31 +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 » DOT http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com A Detroit/Silicon Valley War Is In The Air(waves) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/detroitsilicon-valley-war-airwaves/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/detroitsilicon-valley-war-airwaves/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 22:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1166618 The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers on Thursday sent a letter to the heads of the Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Commerce, urging the groups to keep dedicated a frequency spectrum for future car communication systems. The spectrum, which is between 5.850 GHz and 5.925 GHz, was allotted to automakers for […]

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers on Thursday sent a letter to the heads of the Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Commerce, urging the groups to keep dedicated a frequency spectrum for future car communication systems. The spectrum, which is between 5.850 GHz and 5.925 GHz, was allotted to automakers for […]

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Don’t Crush That Bug, Hand Me The Pliers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/dont-crush-bug-hand-pliers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/dont-crush-bug-hand-pliers/#comments Sun, 03 Aug 2014 16:11:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=879938 I’m pretty sure that everyone reading this has interests beyond the world of automobiles. As both an observer of and participant in the news and information biz, it’s fascinating for me to see how a story in the automotive media will sometimes percolate into general news outlets, showing up on the front page, print or digital, […]

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I’m pretty sure that everyone reading this has interests beyond the world of automobiles. As both an observer of and participant in the news and information biz, it’s fascinating for me to see how a story in the automotive media will sometimes percolate into general news outlets, showing up on the front page, print or digital, […]

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Obama Nominates Anthony Foxx As Next DOT Head http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/obama-nominates-anthony-foxx-as-next-dot-head/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/obama-nominates-anthony-foxx-as-next-dot-head/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486796 President Obama announced the nomination of Anthony Foxx, the current mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, as his choice to succeed Ray LaHood as the next head of the Department of Transportation. While LaHood’s legacy will largely relate to distracted driving legislation and an increase in the CAFE standard, little is known about how Foxx will […]

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President Obama announced the nomination of Anthony Foxx, the current mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, as his choice to succeed Ray LaHood as the next head of the Department of Transportation. While LaHood’s legacy will largely relate to distracted driving legislation and an increase in the CAFE standard, little is known about how Foxx will […]

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Piston Slap: Of HID-retrofit Hatred, Panther Love…PART II http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/piston-slap-of-hid-retrofit-hatred-panther-love-part-ii/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/piston-slap-of-hid-retrofit-hatred-panther-love-part-ii/#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2012 22:02:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=425628 A TTAC lurker writes: Sajeev, I’m local to Houston and greatly look forward to my daily lurk on TTAC. I just had to respond affirmatively to the latest piston slap about HID’s and Panthers.   I own 2 CV’s, an unmolested 2003 Sport: …and a 2002 HPP with various mods/tune: you will note the projector […]

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A TTAC lurker writes: Sajeev, I’m local to Houston and greatly look forward to my daily lurk on TTAC. I just had to respond affirmatively to the latest piston slap about HID’s and Panthers.   I own 2 CV’s, an unmolested 2003 Sport: …and a 2002 HPP with various mods/tune: you will note the projector […]

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Piston Slap: Of HID-retrofit Hatred, Panther Love http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/piston-slap-of-hid-retrofit-hatred-panther-love/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/piston-slap-of-hid-retrofit-hatred-panther-love/#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2012 12:26:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=424743   Robin writes: So when I get my next big check I’m getting me a Panther. On this you can depend. You’ve talked me into it! But that’s not the point of my email. Rather, I’ve seen these HID light kits and wonder if it’s a lot of hype or if there is some veracity to the […]

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  Robin writes: So when I get my next big check I’m getting me a Panther. On this you can depend. You’ve talked me into it! But that’s not the point of my email. Rather, I’ve seen these HID light kits and wonder if it’s a lot of hype or if there is some veracity to the […]

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Feds Predict The Future Of The Auto Industry, Foresee Chrysler Freefall, GM Stagnation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/feds-predict-the-future-of-the-auto-industry-foresee-chrysler-freefall-gm-stagnation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/feds-predict-the-future-of-the-auto-industry-foresee-chrysler-freefall-gm-stagnation/#comments Fri, 23 Dec 2011 01:32:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423349 Automaker 2008 model year 2025 model year % Change Aston Martin 1,370 1,182 -13% BMW 353,120 550,665 56% Chrysler-Fiat 1,659,950 768,241 -54% Daimler 287,330 441,786 54% Ferrari 1,450 7,658 428% Ford 1,770,893 2,224,586 26% Greely/Volvo 98,397 143,696 46% General Motors 3,095,188 3,197,943 3% Honda 1,511,779 1,898,018 26% Hyundai 391,027 845,386 116% Kia 281,452 460,436 64% […]

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Automaker 2008 model year 2025 model year % Change Aston Martin 1,370 1,182 -13% BMW 353,120 550,665 56% Chrysler-Fiat 1,659,950 768,241 -54% Daimler 287,330 441,786 54% Ferrari 1,450 7,658 428% Ford 1,770,893 2,224,586 26% Greely/Volvo 98,397 143,696 46% General Motors 3,095,188 3,197,943 3% Honda 1,511,779 1,898,018 26% Hyundai 391,027 845,386 116% Kia 281,452 460,436 64% […]

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Inspector General: NHTSA Needs To Rethink Defect Investigation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/inspector-general-nhtsa-needs-to-rethink-defect-investigation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/inspector-general-nhtsa-needs-to-rethink-defect-investigation/#comments Mon, 14 Nov 2011 17:49:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418153 Remember the uproar over Unintended Acceleration in Toyotas? After more than a year of investigation, NHTSA has yet to find a definitive cause for the furor… although the experience was not an entire waste. In fact, the most interesting result of the entire situation was that it cast light on NHTSA’s inefficacy as much as […]

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Remember the uproar over Unintended Acceleration in Toyotas? After more than a year of investigation, NHTSA has yet to find a definitive cause for the furor… although the experience was not an entire waste. In fact, the most interesting result of the entire situation was that it cast light on NHTSA’s inefficacy as much as […]

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Enforcement Works In The War On Distraction… But Only To A Point http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/enforcement-works-in-the-war-on-distraction-but-only-to-a-point/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/enforcement-works-in-the-war-on-distraction-but-only-to-a-point/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2011 17:08:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=402345 Transportation Secretary and Supreme Allied Commander in the War On Distraction Ray LaHood is quite chuffed about initial pilot program results for his latest offensive against in-car cell phone use, and he’s taking to the airwaves to declare victory. The programs, modeled on the “Click It Or Ticket” and “Over The Limit, Under Arrest” initiatives […]

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Transportation Secretary and Supreme Allied Commander in the War On Distraction Ray LaHood is quite chuffed about initial pilot program results for his latest offensive against in-car cell phone use, and he’s taking to the airwaves to declare victory. The programs, modeled on the “Click It Or Ticket” and “Over The Limit, Under Arrest” initiatives […]

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Welcome To America http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/welcome-to-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/welcome-to-america/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2011 00:33:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393235 The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released A Decade of Decline in Person Crossings From Mexico and Canada into the United States, a review of the 10-year decline in border crossings by. “This report examines the trends in person crossings by mode rather than reasons for the decline,” says a DOT […]

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The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released A Decade of Decline in Person Crossings From Mexico and Canada into the United States, a review of the 10-year decline in border crossings by. “This report examines the trends in person crossings by mode rather than reasons for the decline,” says a DOT […]

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ZoneAlarm Accuses U.S. DOT Of Fraud http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/zonealarm-accuses-u-s-dot-of-fraud/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/zonealarm-accuses-u-s-dot-of-fraud/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2011 14:12:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=390358 Members of the media and the legal profession who receive regular updates from the U.S. Department of Transportation were in for a shock this morning as they opened the last announcement from NHTSA. ZoneAlarm by Check Point Software, which claims market leadership in the firewall and security business, warns that a DOT press release is […]

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Members of the media and the legal profession who receive regular updates from the U.S. Department of Transportation were in for a shock this morning as they opened the last announcement from NHTSA. ZoneAlarm by Check Point Software, which claims market leadership in the firewall and security business, warns that a DOT press release is […]

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Recallpolitik http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/recallpolitik/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/recallpolitik/#comments Thu, 10 Feb 2011 11:39:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=383463 Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano today took the unusual step of publicly voicing the Japanese government’s satisfaction with the U.S. government’s findings that Toyota’s electronic throttle control system is free of glitches, ghosts and malfunctions. It was a not so subtle reminder that politics weighed heavily in Toyota’s SUA scandal. On Tuesday, a study […]

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Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano today took the unusual step of publicly voicing the Japanese government’s satisfaction with the U.S. government’s findings that Toyota’s electronic throttle control system is free of glitches, ghosts and malfunctions. It was a not so subtle reminder that politics weighed heavily in Toyota’s SUA scandal. On Tuesday, a study […]

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NHTSA To Customers: Fix It Yourself http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/nhtsa-to-customers-fix-it-yourself/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/nhtsa-to-customers-fix-it-yourself/#comments Sun, 04 Jul 2010 07:49:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=360203 In what amounts to a landmark policy shift, NHTSA now recommends that customers take quality problems in their own hands, and perform recalls themselves. Take NHTSA Campaign ID number 10V305000. Summary: MCNEILUS IS RECALLING CERTAIN TRUCKS BUILT ON AUTOCAR CHASSIS. DURING THE REFUSE BODY MOUNTING PROCESS, CHASSIS AIR TANKS MAY BE RELOCATED TO FACILITATE MOUNTING […]

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In what amounts to a landmark policy shift, NHTSA now recommends that customers take quality problems in their own hands, and perform recalls themselves. Take NHTSA Campaign ID number 10V305000. Summary: MCNEILUS IS RECALLING CERTAIN TRUCKS BUILT ON AUTOCAR CHASSIS. DURING THE REFUSE BODY MOUNTING PROCESS, CHASSIS AIR TANKS MAY BE RELOCATED TO FACILITATE MOUNTING […]

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NHTSA Recalls Recall Database http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/nhtsa-recalls-recall-database/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/nhtsa-recalls-recall-database/#comments Fri, 25 Jun 2010 05:24:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=359516 If checking whether your car has been recalled is part of your morning routine and civic duty, then you were greeted by the above message this morning. Defects appear to be contagious. The insidious part: The NHTSA recall database appears to be operational. You are left clueless about what is and what isn’t working. Troubles […]

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If checking whether your car has been recalled is part of your morning routine and civic duty, then you were greeted by the above message this morning. Defects appear to be contagious. The insidious part: The NHTSA recall database appears to be operational. You are left clueless about what is and what isn’t working. Troubles […]

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The Shakedown Continues: Toyota Could Cough Up Another $16.4 mil Over 6 Year Old Truck http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/the-shakedown-continues-toyota-could-cough-up-another-16-4-mil-over-6-year-old-truck/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/the-shakedown-continues-toyota-could-cough-up-another-16-4-mil-over-6-year-old-truck/#comments Tue, 11 May 2010 06:36:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=356137 Talk about timing: While Trans Sec LaHood was in Japan yesterday, ostensibly to look a trainsets, while he toured Toyota instead and uttered dark “time will tell” threats, while he said that his people are still working on the evidence for a second $16.4m federal fine, back in Washington, the timer was set for yet […]

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Talk about timing: While Trans Sec LaHood was in Japan yesterday, ostensibly to look a trainsets, while he toured Toyota instead and uttered dark “time will tell” threats, while he said that his people are still working on the evidence for a second $16.4m federal fine, back in Washington, the timer was set for yet […]

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LaHood Inspects Toyota, Remains Skeptic http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/lahood-inspects-toyota-remains-sceptic/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/lahood-inspects-toyota-remains-sceptic/#comments Mon, 10 May 2010 10:43:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=356009 U.S. Transport Secretary Ray LaHood is in Japan today. He’s looking at trainsets. Japan is bidding on the U.S.A.’s (long in the) future high speed rail network. So is everybody else in the world, including the Chinese. Good luck to both of them. While in Japan, LaHood personally inspected Toyota’s safety facilities in Toyota City […]

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U.S. Transport Secretary Ray LaHood is in Japan today. He’s looking at trainsets. Japan is bidding on the U.S.A.’s (long in the) future high speed rail network. So is everybody else in the world, including the Chinese. Good luck to both of them. While in Japan, LaHood personally inspected Toyota’s safety facilities in Toyota City […]

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Ka-Ching: Toyota Hands Dough To DOT http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/ka-ching-toyota-hands-dough-to-dot/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/ka-ching-toyota-hands-dough-to-dot/#comments Mon, 19 Apr 2010 15:42:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=353174 Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay a $16.4 million civil fine levied by the U.S. government, reports The Nikkei [sub]. They will not admit any wrongdoing and can claim that they never admitted to knowingly hiding defects from regulators, said a senior U.S. Transportation Department official. On Friday, it wasn’t clear whether the DOT […]

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Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay a $16.4 million civil fine levied by the U.S. government, reports The Nikkei [sub]. They will not admit any wrongdoing and can claim that they never admitted to knowingly hiding defects from regulators, said a senior U.S. Transportation Department official. On Friday, it wasn’t clear whether the DOT […]

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Begun, The Bike-Car Wars Have http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/begun-the-bike-car-wars-have/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/begun-the-bike-car-wars-have/#comments Fri, 19 Mar 2010 21:44:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=349684 The DOT policy is to incorporate safe and convenient walking and bicycling facilities into transportation projects. Every transportation agency, including DOT, has the responsibility to improve conditions and opportunities for walking and bicycling and to integrate walking and bicycling into their transportation systems. Because of the numerous individual and community benefits that walking and bicycling […]

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The DOT policy is to incorporate safe and convenient walking and bicycling facilities into transportation projects. Every transportation agency, including DOT, has the responsibility to improve conditions and opportunities for walking and bicycling and to integrate walking and bicycling into their transportation systems. Because of the numerous individual and community benefits that walking and bicycling […]

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The Toyota Testimony, Day One: A Comedy In Three Parts: Part Three: The Inevitable Punchline http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/the-toyota-testimony-day-one-a-comedy-in-three-parts-part-three-the-inevitable-punchline/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/the-toyota-testimony-day-one-a-comedy-in-three-parts-part-three-the-inevitable-punchline/#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2010 19:28:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=346540 After a big buildup by expert witnesses, and Toyota’s Jim Lentz’s evasion of any evidence that his firm’s cars are afflicted with an untraceable electronic gremlin, the House Energy Committe turned its attention to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. Because LaHood’s department falls under the congress’s oversight (and carries the government’s ultimate responsibility for the […]

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After a big buildup by expert witnesses, and Toyota’s Jim Lentz’s evasion of any evidence that his firm’s cars are afflicted with an untraceable electronic gremlin, the House Energy Committe turned its attention to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. Because LaHood’s department falls under the congress’s oversight (and carries the government’s ultimate responsibility for the […]

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Virginia DOT Defends Red Light Camera Study http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/virginia-dot-defends-red-light-camera-study/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/virginia-dot-defends-red-light-camera-study/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2010 17:58:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=340656 In 2007, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) performed one of the most comprehensive statewide surveys of the impact of red light cameras on safety (view report). It caused quite a stir upon its release. The study took advantage of seven years’ worth of data both before and after cameras were installed, examining a far […]

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In 2007, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) performed one of the most comprehensive statewide surveys of the impact of red light cameras on safety (view report). It caused quite a stir upon its release. The study took advantage of seven years’ worth of data both before and after cameras were installed, examining a far […]

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