The Truth About Cars » doug demuro http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 02 May 2016 20:05:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Doug Drives: No, Your ‘Rare’ Car Isn’t Going To Shoot Up In Value http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/doug-drives-no-your-rare-car-isnt-going-to-shoot-up-in-value/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/doug-drives-no-your-rare-car-isnt-going-to-shoot-up-in-value/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1275921 I wish I had $100 for every time someone told me their rare car was going to shoot up in value. If I did, I would invest it in the stock market, which is something that actually might shoot up in value. Their rare car, of course, will stay behind, largely due to the old […]

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I wish I had $100 for every time someone told me their rare car was going to shoot up in value. If I did, I would invest it in the stock market, which is something that actually might shoot up in value. Their rare car, of course, will stay behind, largely due to the old […]

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Doug Drives: Sunroofs Are Weird http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/doug-drives-sunroofs-are-weird/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/doug-drives-sunroofs-are-weird/#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:00:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1274281 After considerable thought, I have come to a conclusion: sunroofs are weird. I mean, think about it: it’s a hole in the roof of your car, designed to allow you to … what, exactly? Look up at the sky? While you listen to the incessant rattling caused by the fact that there’s a hole in […]

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After considerable thought, I have come to a conclusion: sunroofs are weird. I mean, think about it: it’s a hole in the roof of your car, designed to allow you to … what, exactly? Look up at the sky? While you listen to the incessant rattling caused by the fact that there’s a hole in […]

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Steven Lang And Doug DeMuro Debate Carmax http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/steven-lang-doug-demuro-debate-carmax/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/steven-lang-doug-demuro-debate-carmax/#comments Mon, 28 Dec 2015 15:00:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1246026 Earlier this week I wrote about how CarMax is heavily constrained by a market that has flip-flopped between six years worth of heavy car sales and about 18 months of resurgent truck and SUV demand. Long story short, CarMax’s acquisition costs for trucks, SUVs and crossovers has gone up considerably, and the supply of this […]

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Earlier this week I wrote about how CarMax is heavily constrained by a market that has flip-flopped between six years worth of heavy car sales and about 18 months of resurgent truck and SUV demand. Long story short, CarMax’s acquisition costs for trucks, SUVs and crossovers has gone up considerably, and the supply of this […]

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Doug Drives: Is Old-School Rebadging Dead? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/doug-drives-old-school-rebadging-dead/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/doug-drives-old-school-rebadging-dead/#comments Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1248553 So I got up behind a Dodge Grand Caravan the other day and I started thinking about my youth. This is because, in my youth, the Dodge Grand Caravan was an acceptable vehicle to drive, and not something you were stuck with when Enterprise ran out of full-size sedans. There are two reasons for this: […]

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So I got up behind a Dodge Grand Caravan the other day and I started thinking about my youth. This is because, in my youth, the Dodge Grand Caravan was an acceptable vehicle to drive, and not something you were stuck with when Enterprise ran out of full-size sedans. There are two reasons for this: […]

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Doug Drives: Luxury Car Companies Should Build Minivans http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/doug-drives-luxury-car-companies-build-minivans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/doug-drives-luxury-car-companies-build-minivans/#comments Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:10:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1246202 So I’m driving along the other day, and I get up behind this Toyota Sienna that looks like it has a body kit. And not just a body kit, but powder coated wheels, too. This thing looked like your standard airport rental Sienna had been turned over to the people in charge of making Hyundais […]

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So I’m driving along the other day, and I get up behind this Toyota Sienna that looks like it has a body kit. And not just a body kit, but powder coated wheels, too. This thing looked like your standard airport rental Sienna had been turned over to the people in charge of making Hyundais […]

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Doug Drives: Has Anyone Ever Successfully Followed Up a Retro Car Design? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/doug-drives-has-anyone-ever-successfully-followed-up-a-retro-car-design/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/doug-drives-has-anyone-ever-successfully-followed-up-a-retro-car-design/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1241881 The new Mustang is handsome, isn’t it? I was behind one the other day in traffic, and I couldn’t take my eyes off it: in the right color, with the right wheels, there’s a good argument to be made that the Mustang is one of the most attractive coupes on the market today. Too bad it’s […]

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The new Mustang is handsome, isn’t it? I was behind one the other day in traffic, and I couldn’t take my eyes off it: in the right color, with the right wheels, there’s a good argument to be made that the Mustang is one of the most attractive coupes on the market today. Too bad it’s […]

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Doug Drives: Holy Crap The Hyundai Equus is Cheap http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/doug-drives-holy-crap-the-hyundai-equus-is-cheap/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/doug-drives-holy-crap-the-hyundai-equus-is-cheap/#comments Fri, 04 Dec 2015 17:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1235961 I was driving along the other day and I cozied up behind a Hyundai Equus, which is the finest luxury sedan ever manufactured, assuming that you a) work for Hyundai, or b) are a Korean diplomat. I personally think it is merely OK. And here’s why I think it’s merely OK: the damn thing starts at […]

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I was driving along the other day and I cozied up behind a Hyundai Equus, which is the finest luxury sedan ever manufactured, assuming that you a) work for Hyundai, or b) are a Korean diplomat. I personally think it is merely OK. And here’s why I think it’s merely OK: the damn thing starts at […]

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Doug Drives: Why Do We Still Do The Auto Show Thing? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/why-do-we-still-do-the-auto-show-thing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/why-do-we-still-do-the-auto-show-thing/#comments Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1232097 I am writing to you today from Los Angeles, California, which is currently 65 degrees Fahrenheit (also known as 1.4 million degrees Celsius) and home to approximately 800 Mercedes G-Wagens per square mile (6.7 million G-Wagens per square kilometer). I have been driving around Los Angeles for about a day and a half now, and […]

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I am writing to you today from Los Angeles, California, which is currently 65 degrees Fahrenheit (also known as 1.4 million degrees Celsius) and home to approximately 800 Mercedes G-Wagens per square mile (6.7 million G-Wagens per square kilometer). I have been driving around Los Angeles for about a day and a half now, and […]

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Doug Drives: The Problem With Selling A Stylish Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/doug-drives-the-problem-with-selling-a-stylish-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/doug-drives-the-problem-with-selling-a-stylish-car/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1223585 I recently got up behind a Smart car in traffic the other day, and I realized something: Smart has managed to do what very few other brands can boast about. They’ve successfully redesigned a car that sells primarily based on its style. Now, you might think this is a bit of an unusual point, because […]

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I recently got up behind a Smart car in traffic the other day, and I realized something: Smart has managed to do what very few other brands can boast about. They’ve successfully redesigned a car that sells primarily based on its style. Now, you might think this is a bit of an unusual point, because […]

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Doug Drives: How the Hell Does the Toyota Highlander Hybrid Not Have Any Competitors? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/doug-drives-hell-toyota-highlander-hybrid-not-competitors/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/doug-drives-hell-toyota-highlander-hybrid-not-competitors/#comments Fri, 06 Nov 2015 17:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1213193 I was driving along the other day and I realized something: the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is currently the most popular vehicle in North America. Okay, this might be a slight exaggeration. For instance, I am told that the bicycle is quite popular. But on a list of today’s most popular vehicles, the Highlander Hybrid is […]

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I was driving along the other day and I realized something: the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is currently the most popular vehicle in North America. Okay, this might be a slight exaggeration. For instance, I am told that the bicycle is quite popular. But on a list of today’s most popular vehicles, the Highlander Hybrid is […]

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Doug Drives: Reach Out And Touch Something … Screen or Knob? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/doug-drives-reach-out-and-touch-something-screen-or-knob/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/doug-drives-reach-out-and-touch-something-screen-or-knob/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2015 16:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1209025 I recently had the chance to test out the “new” Volkswagen Passat, which is so new that the designers were explaining to a whole group of journalists how the position of the rear reflectors has changed compared to the outgoing model. Actually, I kind of like the new Passat. It was impressive in a lot […]

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I recently had the chance to test out the “new” Volkswagen Passat, which is so new that the designers were explaining to a whole group of journalists how the position of the rear reflectors has changed compared to the outgoing model. Actually, I kind of like the new Passat. It was impressive in a lot […]

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Volkswagen Spends Its Money On The Wrong Things http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/volkswagen-spends-its-money-on-the-wrong-things/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/volkswagen-spends-its-money-on-the-wrong-things/#comments Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1192314 There has been a lot of coverage recently devoted to that scandal where Volkswagen revealed that its vehicles have been polluting like a chemical company that dumps out its waste in poor neighborhoods late at night. But this scandal seems to have taken our eye off the Volkswagen ball. I say this because the whole “cheating on diesel” thing […]

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There has been a lot of coverage recently devoted to that scandal where Volkswagen revealed that its vehicles have been polluting like a chemical company that dumps out its waste in poor neighborhoods late at night. But this scandal seems to have taken our eye off the Volkswagen ball. I say this because the whole “cheating on diesel” thing […]

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I Think I Finally Get Subarus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/i-think-i-finally-get-subarus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/i-think-i-finally-get-subarus/#comments Fri, 18 Sep 2015 16:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1175810 Over the last month, I’ve spent more time driving Subarus than any other vehicle. This was not intentional. It all got started in August, when I went to Pebble Beach and I asked Subaru for a press car. I don’t normally take press cars, but I decided that I wanted to continue my tradition of […]

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Over the last month, I’ve spent more time driving Subarus than any other vehicle. This was not intentional. It all got started in August, when I went to Pebble Beach and I asked Subaru for a press car. I don’t normally take press cars, but I decided that I wanted to continue my tradition of […]

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QOTD: Who Does Base Models Best? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/qotd-who-does-base-models-best/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/qotd-who-does-base-models-best/#comments Fri, 18 Sep 2015 12:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1175690 Today, I’m going to talk about a dramatically unloved segment of the automotive population: base models. You probably know base models from their lack of window tint and tremendously ugly steel wheels. Base models aren’t discussed very often, because they’re often not very cheerful. In some cases, nobody even really buys them. For instance: I […]

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Today, I’m going to talk about a dramatically unloved segment of the automotive population: base models. You probably know base models from their lack of window tint and tremendously ugly steel wheels. Base models aren’t discussed very often, because they’re often not very cheerful. In some cases, nobody even really buys them. For instance: I […]

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We’re In a Cargo Van Renaissance http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/were-in-a-cargo-van-renaissance/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/were-in-a-cargo-van-renaissance/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1166858 Wake up, ladies and gentlemen, and listen to the happy news: we are in an automotive renaissance. The kind of renaissance that comes around but once every decade or two; the kind that’s accompanied by new designs and new powertrains and new features and new competition. I am referring, of course, to the cargo van […]

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Wake up, ladies and gentlemen, and listen to the happy news: we are in an automotive renaissance. The kind of renaissance that comes around but once every decade or two; the kind that’s accompanied by new designs and new powertrains and new features and new competition. I am referring, of course, to the cargo van […]

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QOTD: Why Does Third-Row Seating Really Matter So Much? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/qotd-why-does-third-row-seating-really-matter-so-much/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/qotd-why-does-third-row-seating-really-matter-so-much/#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1160642 I recently attended the press launch for the new Lexus RX, which is a competitively priced, midsize luxury crossover that was styled by an angry man with a sword. At this press launch, several topics came up. For instance: why did they give the styling job to this angry sword-man? Why was he so angry? […]

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I recently attended the press launch for the new Lexus RX, which is a competitively priced, midsize luxury crossover that was styled by an angry man with a sword. At this press launch, several topics came up. For instance: why did they give the styling job to this angry sword-man? Why was he so angry? […]

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QOTD: How Is The Toyota 4Runner So Damn Popular? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-how-is-the-toyota-4runner-so-damn-popular/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-how-is-the-toyota-4runner-so-damn-popular/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1149489 A few days ago, we all woke up to the sad news that the Nissan Xterra is going to be cancelled. This is especially depressing for people who post Instagram photos of themselves lifting weights. Personally, I could take or leave the Xterra. It’s outdated, it’s trucky, it’s too tall, it’s a bit expensive, and […]

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A few days ago, we all woke up to the sad news that the Nissan Xterra is going to be cancelled. This is especially depressing for people who post Instagram photos of themselves lifting weights. Personally, I could take or leave the Xterra. It’s outdated, it’s trucky, it’s too tall, it’s a bit expensive, and […]

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QOTD: Why Hasn’t Anyone Out-Gas Mileaged The Prius? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-why-hasnt-anyone-out-gas-mileaged-the-prius/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-why-hasnt-anyone-out-gas-mileaged-the-prius/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:28:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1141713 Fifty-one miles per gallon city. Forty-eight miles per gallon highway. Still the best numbers in the industry for nearly a decade now. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I’m referring to the Toyota Prius, which is a 5-door hatchback that looks a bit like an egg mated with a shopping cart. It’s been a decade since the […]

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Fifty-one miles per gallon city. Forty-eight miles per gallon highway. Still the best numbers in the industry for nearly a decade now. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I’m referring to the Toyota Prius, which is a 5-door hatchback that looks a bit like an egg mated with a shopping cart. It’s been a decade since the […]

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Saab Was Way Ahead Of Its Time http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/saab-was-way-ahead-of-its-time/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/saab-was-way-ahead-of-its-time/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 15:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1140938 So I’m driving along the other day and I notice a badge on the tailgate of the latest Lincoln Navigator that says “EcoBoost.” That’s right, folks: the giant, bold, shout-out-loud Lincoln Navigator is now using an EcoBoost engine. The V-8 is gone. The big, brawny, “look at me” V-8 rumble has disappeared. Lincoln has now […]

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So I’m driving along the other day and I notice a badge on the tailgate of the latest Lincoln Navigator that says “EcoBoost.” That’s right, folks: the giant, bold, shout-out-loud Lincoln Navigator is now using an EcoBoost engine. The V-8 is gone. The big, brawny, “look at me” V-8 rumble has disappeared. Lincoln has now […]

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QOTD: Are All These Turbocharged Cars Going to Last? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-are-all-these-turbocharged-cars-going-to-last/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-are-all-these-turbocharged-cars-going-to-last/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 11:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1135746 If there is one recent trend in the automotive industry today, it’s turbocharging. Of course, there are a lot of other trends, too. That whole SUV coupe thing is bizarrely catching on. And I think we can all agree that it’s only a matter of time before someone sees the Subaru Outback’s 20 years of […]

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If there is one recent trend in the automotive industry today, it’s turbocharging. Of course, there are a lot of other trends, too. That whole SUV coupe thing is bizarrely catching on. And I think we can all agree that it’s only a matter of time before someone sees the Subaru Outback’s 20 years of […]

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QOTD: What’s the Stupidest Automotive Feature? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-whats-the-stupidest-automotive-feature/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-whats-the-stupidest-automotive-feature/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:43:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1129913 I think it’s time to discuss something that we should’ve brought up a long time ago: the stupidest automotive feature. Oh, sure, we’ve discussed the worst automotive feature, and the best automotive feature, and the automotive feature you wish you had, like spiked tires that could cut through ice and offending road users. But what […]

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I think it’s time to discuss something that we should’ve brought up a long time ago: the stupidest automotive feature. Oh, sure, we’ve discussed the worst automotive feature, and the best automotive feature, and the automotive feature you wish you had, like spiked tires that could cut through ice and offending road users. But what […]

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QOTD: How Do People Make Decisions On a Test Drive? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-how-do-people-make-decisions-on-a-test-drive/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-how-do-people-make-decisions-on-a-test-drive/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:16:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1124529 I recently had the opportunity to test drive an automobile, and I remembered why I hate it so much: because test drives are insanely short. They’re not just a little short. They’re wildly, absurdly, ridiculously short. Some test drives last for eight minutes, even though you will likely own the vehicle you’re driving for several […]

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I recently had the opportunity to test drive an automobile, and I remembered why I hate it so much: because test drives are insanely short. They’re not just a little short. They’re wildly, absurdly, ridiculously short. Some test drives last for eight minutes, even though you will likely own the vehicle you’re driving for several […]

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The Small Luxury Convertible Is Probably Dead http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/the-small-luxury-convertible-is-probably-dead/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/the-small-luxury-convertible-is-probably-dead/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1123801 I think the time has come to wave goodbye to one of the auto industry’s most fickle segments: the small luxury convertible. Once formerly strong and full of life, the segment now consists of a bunch of cars that leave people asking: Do they still make that? Allow me to explain what I mean. Back […]

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I think the time has come to wave goodbye to one of the auto industry’s most fickle segments: the small luxury convertible. Once formerly strong and full of life, the segment now consists of a bunch of cars that leave people asking: Do they still make that? Allow me to explain what I mean. Back […]

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QOTD: Does Anyone Care About Recalls? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-does-anyone-care-about-recalls/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-does-anyone-care-about-recalls/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1112641 Another day, another recall. Or, at least, this seems to be the growing trend lately in the automotive industry. Years ago, I remember recalls being a rarity. My mom owns a Ford Escape that she bought new in 2003, and I distinctly remember her thinking about getting something else because she was worried about all […]

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Another day, another recall. Or, at least, this seems to be the growing trend lately in the automotive industry. Years ago, I remember recalls being a rarity. My mom owns a Ford Escape that she bought new in 2003, and I distinctly remember her thinking about getting something else because she was worried about all […]

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QOTD: Why Do Automakers Care So Much About Sales? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/qotd-why-do-automakers-care-so-much-about-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/qotd-why-do-automakers-care-so-much-about-sales/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1100425 I always get a little dismayed whenever I hear a car company talking about sales volume targets. Yes, sure, reasonable sales targets are OK. Acceptable sales targets. If Toyota wants to say they’re going to sell one billion Camry units this year because they sold 997 million last year, that’s fine with me. If Honda […]

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I always get a little dismayed whenever I hear a car company talking about sales volume targets. Yes, sure, reasonable sales targets are OK. Acceptable sales targets. If Toyota wants to say they’re going to sell one billion Camry units this year because they sold 997 million last year, that’s fine with me. If Honda […]

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