The Truth About Cars » Editorials 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 23:59:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Case Study in Public Relations: Volkswagen’s Diesel Crisis http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/case-study-public-relations-volkswagens-diesel-crisis/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/case-study-public-relations-volkswagens-diesel-crisis/#comments Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:56:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1265897 On Monday, Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller told NPR that the automaker didn’t lie in 2014 when regulators asked the automaker why its cars were polluting way more than advertised: “We didn’t lie. We didn’t understand the question first. And then we worked since 2014 to solve the problem.” Immediately realizing that wasn’t the thing to say, […]

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On Monday, Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller told NPR that the automaker didn’t lie in 2014 when regulators asked the automaker why its cars were polluting way more than advertised: “We didn’t lie. We didn’t understand the question first. And then we worked since 2014 to solve the problem.” Immediately realizing that wasn’t the thing to say, […]

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Howes: No Escape Yet From Recall Woes For General Motors http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/howes-escape-yet-recall-woes-general-motors/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/howes-escape-yet-recall-woes-general-motors/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=915162 After running the gauntlet of congressional hearings, numerous recalls and personnel firings under the dark cloud of scandal created in the wake of the February 2014 recall crisis, General Motors believes it’s ready to turn the page, that everything is now in the rear view. Not so fast. The Detroit News‘ own Daniel Howes states […]

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After running the gauntlet of congressional hearings, numerous recalls and personnel firings under the dark cloud of scandal created in the wake of the February 2014 recall crisis, General Motors believes it’s ready to turn the page, that everything is now in the rear view. Not so fast. The Detroit News‘ own Daniel Howes states […]

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Editorial: Tesla is What Scion Should Have Been http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/editorial-tesla-is-what-scion-should-have-been/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/editorial-tesla-is-what-scion-should-have-been/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:52:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=860249   It’s not an exceptionally large showroom, but the façade is enormous. The Tesla retail store in Columbus, Ohio wraps around an entire corner of the Easton Town Center, that city’s premier upscale shopping venue. My trip to the store, the first time I’d ever set foot in a Tesla retail location, was an eye […]

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  It’s not an exceptionally large showroom, but the façade is enormous. The Tesla retail store in Columbus, Ohio wraps around an entire corner of the Easton Town Center, that city’s premier upscale shopping venue. My trip to the store, the first time I’d ever set foot in a Tesla retail location, was an eye […]

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Coming of Age in the BOF Era http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/coming-of-age-in-the-bof-era/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/coming-of-age-in-the-bof-era/#comments Sat, 24 May 2014 13:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=829945 Standing on the sidewalk in front of his house, a young boy watches his neighbor across the street back out of her driveway. Her moss green Expedition starts to roll backwards. Suddenly, a blue beach ball blows into the SUV’s path. She hits it with one of her rear tires, and the truck rises up […]

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Standing on the sidewalk in front of his house, a young boy watches his neighbor across the street back out of her driveway. Her moss green Expedition starts to roll backwards. Suddenly, a blue beach ball blows into the SUV’s path. She hits it with one of her rear tires, and the truck rises up […]

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Editorial: Cars In A Hole http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/editorial-cars-in-a-hole/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/editorial-cars-in-a-hole/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=750137 Seeing a bunch of Corvettes in a hole sucks. It got me thinking though, about how falling into a Kentucky sinkhole last week was probably the most exciting thing to happen to the cars on display at the National Corvette Museum in quite a while. That’s a damn shame. Car museums, while often interesting, generally leave […]

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Seeing a bunch of Corvettes in a hole sucks. It got me thinking though, about how falling into a Kentucky sinkhole last week was probably the most exciting thing to happen to the cars on display at the National Corvette Museum in quite a while. That’s a damn shame. Car museums, while often interesting, generally leave […]

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Editorial: A Radical Solution To Canada’s Auto Industry Investment Problem http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/editorial-a-radical-solution-to-canadas-auto-industry-investment-problem/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/editorial-a-radical-solution-to-canadas-auto-industry-investment-problem/#comments Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:17:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=748889 FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne took to The Globe and Mail‘s editorial pages to make his case for government investment in Chrysler’s assembly plants in Canada. Marchionne is seeking government funds to upgrade the Brampton plant (which builds Chrysler’s rear-drive cars) and the Windsor plant (which builds minivans, and would be upgraded as a flexible plant) as […]

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FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne took to The Globe and Mail‘s editorial pages to make his case for government investment in Chrysler’s assembly plants in Canada. Marchionne is seeking government funds to upgrade the Brampton plant (which builds Chrysler’s rear-drive cars) and the Windsor plant (which builds minivans, and would be upgraded as a flexible plant) as […]

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Hammer Time: Old Tech / New Tech http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/hammer-time-old-tech-new-tech/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/hammer-time-old-tech-new-tech/#comments Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=635777 Ah, the good old days. A time when smartphones were just PDA’s with hormone imbalances. A time of basic cell phones, brick-thick cameras, and camcorders barely big enough to require a hand strap. I remember all this old tech like it was yesterday, and for one simple reason: I still used all of them until […]

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Ah, the good old days. A time when smartphones were just PDA’s with hormone imbalances. A time of basic cell phones, brick-thick cameras, and camcorders barely big enough to require a hand strap. I remember all this old tech like it was yesterday, and for one simple reason: I still used all of them until […]

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Editorial: Time For Fuel Economy Reform http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/editorial-time-for-fuel-economy-reform/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/editorial-time-for-fuel-economy-reform/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2013 13:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=499644 The revised fuel economy ratings for the Ford C-Max aren’t the first time that an auto maker has been forced to backtrack on fuel economy claims – nor will it be the last unless meaningful reform is undertaken to ensure that fuel economy figures more accurately reflect the way motorists drive their cars in the […]

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The revised fuel economy ratings for the Ford C-Max aren’t the first time that an auto maker has been forced to backtrack on fuel economy claims – nor will it be the last unless meaningful reform is undertaken to ensure that fuel economy figures more accurately reflect the way motorists drive their cars in the […]

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Autobiography Of BS© : How I Harmed Sundry Animals http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/autobiography-ofbs-how-i-harmed-sundry-animals/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/autobiography-ofbs-how-i-harmed-sundry-animals/#comments Sat, 18 May 2013 21:34:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=488904   While a minor shit storm erupted the other day over the use of a word denoting short-haired women who love women, and, allegedly, certain cars, I did a lot of the soul-searching and self-reflection demanded from me, and I thought about all the scandals I may have caused in my life, and which I […]

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  While a minor shit storm erupted the other day over the use of a word denoting short-haired women who love women, and, allegedly, certain cars, I did a lot of the soul-searching and self-reflection demanded from me, and I thought about all the scandals I may have caused in my life, and which I […]

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Autobiography Of BS, Now Available On Dead Trees http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/autobiography-of-bs-now-available-on-dead-trees/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/autobiography-of-bs-now-available-on-dead-trees/#comments Fri, 17 May 2013 14:06:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=488775 Those who frequently demanded that the Autobiography Of BS © is turned into a book or a blockbuster movie see themselves a little closer to their declared goal. The series will be a monthly feature in Top Gear Deutschland, a very glossy magazine and spin-off of the TV series. The BBC-inspired buff book already hit […]

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Those who frequently demanded that the Autobiography Of BS © is turned into a book or a blockbuster movie see themselves a little closer to their declared goal. The series will be a monthly feature in Top Gear Deutschland, a very glossy magazine and spin-off of the TV series. The BBC-inspired buff book already hit […]

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Companies! Cheap! For You, Special Price: GM’s Hong Kong Dealings http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/companies-cheap-for-you-special-price-gms-hong-kong-dealings/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/companies-cheap-for-you-special-price-gms-hong-kong-dealings/#comments Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:14:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=464477 Hong Kong, and I speak from experience, is a great place to incorporate, to save taxes, and to throw a cloak of secrecy over financial operations which otherwise would be out in the open. In the case of GM, it is also a great place to save their Korean behinds. In December 2009, GM sold […]

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Hong Kong, and I speak from experience, is a great place to incorporate, to save taxes, and to throw a cloak of secrecy over financial operations which otherwise would be out in the open. In the case of GM, it is also a great place to save their Korean behinds. In December 2009, GM sold […]

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Generation Why: I Don’t Want To Share Anymore http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/generation-why-i-dont-want-to-share-anymore/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/generation-why-i-dont-want-to-share-anymore/#comments Mon, 28 May 2012 13:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=445069 My iPhone has no less than 7 social apps on it (Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Tumblr, Tradyo and Instagram), not to mention Google Maps, which like the aforementioned programs, can utilize my phone’s built in GPS beacon to share my location with others (including Apple). My recently departed 1997 Miata was the anti-iPhone. No GPS, […]

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My iPhone has no less than 7 social apps on it (Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Tumblr, Tradyo and Instagram), not to mention Google Maps, which like the aforementioned programs, can utilize my phone’s built in GPS beacon to share my location with others (including Apple). My recently departed 1997 Miata was the anti-iPhone. No GPS, […]

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Blind Spot: America’s New Motor City http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/blind-spot-americas-new-motor-city/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/blind-spot-americas-new-motor-city/#comments Mon, 21 May 2012 20:40:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=445389 Throughout the history of the automobile in America, one city has been synonymous with the industry and culture of cars. Booming with America’s great period of industrialization, Detroit became the Motor City, the hometown of an industry that created a blue-collar middle class and a culture based on personal mobility. But as America has entered […]

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Throughout the history of the automobile in America, one city has been synonymous with the industry and culture of cars. Booming with America’s great period of industrialization, Detroit became the Motor City, the hometown of an industry that created a blue-collar middle class and a culture based on personal mobility. But as America has entered […]

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Blind Spot: It Ain’t Easy Being Green http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/blind-spot-it-aint-easy-being-green/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/blind-spot-it-aint-easy-being-green/#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2012 22:04:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=440444 When government, media and industry agree that a trend exists, it’s generally taken as fait accompli. After all, these three institutions wield immense cultural power, and together they are more than capable of making any prophecy self-fulfilling. But there’s always a stumbling block: acceptance by the everyday folk who actually make up our society. And […]

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When government, media and industry agree that a trend exists, it’s generally taken as fait accompli. After all, these three institutions wield immense cultural power, and together they are more than capable of making any prophecy self-fulfilling. But there’s always a stumbling block: acceptance by the everyday folk who actually make up our society. And […]

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Time To Say Goodbye http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/time-to-say-goodbye/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/time-to-say-goodbye/#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2012 13:38:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=440243 Derek Kreindler is pondering selling his lovely BRG Miata and using the funds as “a down payment on a home of my own.” *Sigh.* Here on the West Coast of Canada, I’d have had to sell my (imaginary) Aventador to pull off the same trick. Spend half-a-million bucks: get half-a-bunkbed in some split-level commune. Pot […]

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Derek Kreindler is pondering selling his lovely BRG Miata and using the funds as “a down payment on a home of my own.” *Sigh.* Here on the West Coast of Canada, I’d have had to sell my (imaginary) Aventador to pull off the same trick. Spend half-a-million bucks: get half-a-bunkbed in some split-level commune. Pot […]

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It’s Not Just A Car – It’s My First Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/its-not-just-a-car-its-my-first-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/its-not-just-a-car-its-my-first-car/#comments Mon, 16 Apr 2012 13:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=440156 It’s just a car. That’s what I keep telling myself. It’s my first car. A 1997 Mazda Miata. British Racing Green with tan leather. A rip in one of the seats. Torsen LSD, Bilstein coilovers, a roll bar. Needs a new 02 sensor. Otherwise in great condition. In the last year, it’s needed a new […]

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It’s just a car. That’s what I keep telling myself. It’s my first car. A 1997 Mazda Miata. British Racing Green with tan leather. A rip in one of the seats. Torsen LSD, Bilstein coilovers, a roll bar. Needs a new 02 sensor. Otherwise in great condition. In the last year, it’s needed a new […]

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Generation Why: Canadian Teenager Wants Free Vintage Car From Loving Owner http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/generation-why-canadian-teenager-wants-free-vintage-car-from-loving-owner/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/generation-why-canadian-teenager-wants-free-vintage-car-from-loving-owner/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2012 19:52:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=429197 A 19 year old student in Halifax, Nova Scotia put up a classified ad looking for a vintage car. The make, model, year and body style are all irrelevant. What Spencer, the ad’s creator, is looking for is “…a classic car with a past that I can keep alive, and continue to keep alive through […]

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A 19 year old student in Halifax, Nova Scotia put up a classified ad looking for a vintage car. The make, model, year and body style are all irrelevant. What Spencer, the ad’s creator, is looking for is “…a classic car with a past that I can keep alive, and continue to keep alive through […]

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2011: The Year In Auto Sales http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/2011-the-year-in-auto-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/2011-the-year-in-auto-sales/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:13:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=426215 2011 was a fascinating year to follow auto sales. With the overall market up over 10%, and hot new products hitting showrooms, there was definitely room to grow… and yet everyone seems to have an excuse for why growth wasn’t stronger. Japanese automakers, the biggest losers of 2011, had a strong of natural disasters to […]

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2011 was a fascinating year to follow auto sales. With the overall market up over 10%, and hot new products hitting showrooms, there was definitely room to grow… and yet everyone seems to have an excuse for why growth wasn’t stronger. Japanese automakers, the biggest losers of 2011, had a strong of natural disasters to […]

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NAIAS: Chevrolet’s Concepts, From The Eyes Of Gen Y http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/naias-chevrolets-concepts-from-the-eyes-of-gen-y/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/naias-chevrolets-concepts-from-the-eyes-of-gen-y/#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2012 03:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=425442 Back in September, I attended the launch of the Chevrolet Sonic for another outlet. Despite GM’s insistence that the Sonic was being marketed at “millenials”, I was the sole member of the press that fit that demographic. Despite the cheesy, ham-handed attempt at being in touch with the demographic (a parking garage festooned with contrived, […]

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Back in September, I attended the launch of the Chevrolet Sonic for another outlet. Despite GM’s insistence that the Sonic was being marketed at “millenials”, I was the sole member of the press that fit that demographic. Despite the cheesy, ham-handed attempt at being in touch with the demographic (a parking garage festooned with contrived, […]

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Ten Simple Things The Industry Could Do For Me This Christmas http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/ten-simple-things-the-industry-could-do-for-me-this-christmas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/ten-simple-things-the-industry-could-do-for-me-this-christmas/#comments Sat, 24 Dec 2011 20:08:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423451 All told, this has been a successful holiday season for your humble editor. I have showered myself with gifts, avoided annoying family entanglements, kept my pimp hand weak strong, and made sure there’s a three-hour gap in my Christmas to re-watch Michael Mann’s Heat in its glorious entirety. And yet… I’m dissatisfied. Perhaps because there […]

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All told, this has been a successful holiday season for your humble editor. I have showered myself with gifts, avoided annoying family entanglements, kept my pimp hand weak strong, and made sure there’s a three-hour gap in my Christmas to re-watch Michael Mann’s Heat in its glorious entirety. And yet… I’m dissatisfied. Perhaps because there […]

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TrueCar Versus Honda: Online Car Buying Challenges Hit Home http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/truecar-versus-honda-online-car-buying-challenges-hit-home/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/truecar-versus-honda-online-car-buying-challenges-hit-home/#comments Wed, 21 Dec 2011 17:45:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=422978 The rise of the internet has had myriad effects on everyday life, not the least of which has been its profound impact on consumer behavior. With ever more data being made available online, and with the rise of independent alternative media outlets like TTAC, car buyers in particular are fundamentally changing their relationship to the […]

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The rise of the internet has had myriad effects on everyday life, not the least of which has been its profound impact on consumer behavior. With ever more data being made available online, and with the rise of independent alternative media outlets like TTAC, car buyers in particular are fundamentally changing their relationship to the […]

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Volt And Consequences: GM Responds To NHTSA Volt Investigation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/volt-and-consequences-gm-responds-to-nhtsa-volt-investigation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/volt-and-consequences-gm-responds-to-nhtsa-volt-investigation/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2011 17:25:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420395 With NHTSA opening a formal defect investigation into the Chevy Volt, GM is moving to defend its rolling lightning rod (no pun intended) and allay consumer fears about its safety. Yesterday I briefly appeared on Fox Business’s Your World With Neil Cavuto show to talk about what the intro to my segment referred to as […]

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With NHTSA opening a formal defect investigation into the Chevy Volt, GM is moving to defend its rolling lightning rod (no pun intended) and allay consumer fears about its safety. Yesterday I briefly appeared on Fox Business’s Your World With Neil Cavuto show to talk about what the intro to my segment referred to as […]

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Bob Lutz, PR Guru: How “Too Much Quality” Is Killing Automotive PR http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/bob-lutz-pr-guru-how-too-much-quality-is-killing-automotive-pr/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/bob-lutz-pr-guru-how-too-much-quality-is-killing-automotive-pr/#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2011 21:02:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=409167 Knowing that some of the top PR professionals in the business are regular readers of TTAC (they could be anyone…), I can imagine a number of them shaking their heads in disapproval at the headline of this post. “It’s happened,” they’re probably muttering to themselves, “TTAC has finally lost the plot.” But instead of dismissing […]

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Knowing that some of the top PR professionals in the business are regular readers of TTAC (they could be anyone…), I can imagine a number of them shaking their heads in disapproval at the headline of this post. “It’s happened,” they’re probably muttering to themselves, “TTAC has finally lost the plot.” But instead of dismissing […]

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The American Mercedes http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/the-american-mercedes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/the-american-mercedes/#comments Tue, 16 Aug 2011 20:16:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=407338 No, I’m not talking about the cars and SUVs that Mercedes assembles in Alabama. Yesterday, Jack Baruth told us about the relationship between the American Steinway and German Daimler companies and the cars that Steinway started assembling under license from Mercedes in 1905.  When I read Jack’s article I remembered that I had something in […]

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No, I’m not talking about the cars and SUVs that Mercedes assembles in Alabama. Yesterday, Jack Baruth told us about the relationship between the American Steinway and German Daimler companies and the cars that Steinway started assembling under license from Mercedes in 1905.  When I read Jack’s article I remembered that I had something in […]

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Unlocking The Secrets Of GM’s Golden China Share http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/inside-gms-china-golden-china-share/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/inside-gms-china-golden-china-share/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2011 21:26:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=406604 Having been asked by a certain newspaper to review the new book “American Wheels, Chinese Roads: The Story of General Motors in China [more info on that review coming soon], I’ve been spending my quiet moments over the last week or so looking into GM’s Chinese operations. The book’s author, Michael Dunne, documents GM’s rise […]

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Having been asked by a certain newspaper to review the new book “American Wheels, Chinese Roads: The Story of General Motors in China [more info on that review coming soon], I’ve been spending my quiet moments over the last week or so looking into GM’s Chinese operations. The book’s author, Michael Dunne, documents GM’s rise […]

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