The Truth About Cars » Enthusiasm http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:54:02 +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 » Enthusiasm http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Bark’s Bites: Finally, Lexus Actually Flexes http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/barks-bites-finally-lexus-actually-flexes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/barks-bites-finally-lexus-actually-flexes/#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1267649 If you’ve never been to a press day at a major auto show but always dreamed of being there for all the big releases and parties and executive speeches, I’m afraid I must burst your bubble: The shows just aren’t all that awesome. This year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit was no exception. It’s true that there […]

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If you’ve never been to a press day at a major auto show but always dreamed of being there for all the big releases and parties and executive speeches, I’m afraid I must burst your bubble: The shows just aren’t all that awesome. This year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit was no exception. It’s true that there […]

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Convert Your Significant Other Into A LeMons Nerd With This Video (Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/convert-significant-lemons-nerd-video-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/convert-significant-lemons-nerd-video-video/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 19:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1149825 The fine folks over at The Atlantic (yeah, the fancy magazine) have posted a 5-minute short film on the experience that is LeMons. We love it. (Spot fellow TTAC scribe Murilee Martin in the robe at 1:45.)  For the uninitiated, it’s a expertly captured glimpse at the personalities that make home-grown racing the best kind of racing. […]

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The fine folks over at The Atlantic (yeah, the fancy magazine) have posted a 5-minute short film on the experience that is LeMons. We love it. (Spot fellow TTAC scribe Murilee Martin in the robe at 1:45.)  For the uninitiated, it’s a expertly captured glimpse at the personalities that make home-grown racing the best kind of racing. […]

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Wörthersee GTI Treffen: Where Volkswagens Rule http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/worthersee-gti-treffen-volkswagens-rule/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/worthersee-gti-treffen-volkswagens-rule/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 16:36:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1073658   If you’re into Volkswagens – especially of the modified variety – Wörthersee is to you what Sturgis is for Harley riders or Carlisle to Mopar fans. Thousands and thousands of VW fans take over several small, quiet towns around a beautiful mountain lake and turn them into a festival of belly-scraping Volkswagens, Audis, Seats […]

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  If you’re into Volkswagens – especially of the modified variety – Wörthersee is to you what Sturgis is for Harley riders or Carlisle to Mopar fans. Thousands and thousands of VW fans take over several small, quiet towns around a beautiful mountain lake and turn them into a festival of belly-scraping Volkswagens, Audis, Seats […]

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Nissan IDx is Super-Dead, But Parts May Live On in FWD Platform http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/nissan-idx-is-super-dead-but-parts-may-live-on-in-fwd-platform/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/nissan-idx-is-super-dead-but-parts-may-live-on-in-fwd-platform/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1072786 Nobody at Nissan is talking about IDx. That’s what we learned from Pierre Loing, Vice President of Product Planning for Nissan North America. But, there’s a chance certain styling elements could make their way to other products, or possibly even a front-wheel drive performance option below 370Z. While at the 2016 Nissan Maxima media preview […]

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Nobody at Nissan is talking about IDx. That’s what we learned from Pierre Loing, Vice President of Product Planning for Nissan North America. But, there’s a chance certain styling elements could make their way to other products, or possibly even a front-wheel drive performance option below 370Z. While at the 2016 Nissan Maxima media preview […]

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QOTD: Would We Still Love Wagons If They Were Popular? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/qotd-would-we-still-love-wagons-if-they-were-popular/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/qotd-would-we-still-love-wagons-if-they-were-popular/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 11:19:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1072610 Every so often, my mind starts to wander to various random automotive related topics. Take, for instance, the Chevy SSR. Here’s a car that makes absolutely no human sense: a half-convertible, half-pickup truck with two seats and a cover over the bed to make sure you can’t transport anything larger than a toilet seat. So […]

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Every so often, my mind starts to wander to various random automotive related topics. Take, for instance, the Chevy SSR. Here’s a car that makes absolutely no human sense: a half-convertible, half-pickup truck with two seats and a cover over the bed to make sure you can’t transport anything larger than a toilet seat. So […]

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Roadside Temptation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/roadside-temptation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/roadside-temptation/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:30:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=882306 Just a little ways ahead is your favorite spot on the whole trip. It’s a place you always look for as you drive by, craning your neck and slowing down to take in the view. You’ve never stopped there, though. Whether it’s a spouse, the kids, or just a nagging commitment, something always gets in […]

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Just a little ways ahead is your favorite spot on the whole trip. It’s a place you always look for as you drive by, craning your neck and slowing down to take in the view. You’ve never stopped there, though. Whether it’s a spouse, the kids, or just a nagging commitment, something always gets in […]

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Sunday Story: Shade Tree Redux http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/sunday-story-shade-tree-redux/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/sunday-story-shade-tree-redux/#comments Sun, 11 May 2014 12:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=819066 Image courtesy of Mstyslav Chernov: http://tinyurl.com/k8atv8o “Cool photo. Is that your grandpa or something?” Mark pointed to the sun-bleached black and white photo that hung on the wall of the garage. A smiling, grease-stained man in mechanic’s overalls stood proudly in front of a 1950s dirt-track racer. Sitting at his feet was a trophy. Danny […]

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Image courtesy of Mstyslav Chernov: http://tinyurl.com/k8atv8o “Cool photo. Is that your grandpa or something?” Mark pointed to the sun-bleached black and white photo that hung on the wall of the garage. A smiling, grease-stained man in mechanic’s overalls stood proudly in front of a 1950s dirt-track racer. Sitting at his feet was a trophy. Danny […]

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Cars I’ve Loved And Hated by Michael Lamm http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/cars-ive-loved-and-hated-by-michael-lamm/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/cars-ive-loved-and-hated-by-michael-lamm/#comments Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=683498 Micheal Lamm has worn a lot of hats in the automotive media world, including stints as editor and publisher at a number of respected publications (besides siring the man who gave the world the 24 Hrs of LeMons series). In addition to wearing a lot of hats, Mike has also owned a lot of cars including […]

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Micheal Lamm has worn a lot of hats in the automotive media world, including stints as editor and publisher at a number of respected publications (besides siring the man who gave the world the 24 Hrs of LeMons series). In addition to wearing a lot of hats, Mike has also owned a lot of cars including […]

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Justification for Higher Education, the Erosion of the Enthusiast Market, and Wholesome Whoring http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/justification-for-higher-education-the-erosion-of-the-enthusiast-market-and-wholesome-whoring/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/justification-for-higher-education-the-erosion-of-the-enthusiast-market-and-wholesome-whoring/#comments Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:10:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=504729   I still remember the day my parents bought me a copy of the iconic Justification for Higher Education poster.  I had been nagging them for a while, and when I finally got the poster, it took immediate pride of place in my childhood bedroom.  Having matured, I recognize now that the imagery depicts a […]

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  I still remember the day my parents bought me a copy of the iconic Justification for Higher Education poster.  I had been nagging them for a while, and when I finally got the poster, it took immediate pride of place in my childhood bedroom.  Having matured, I recognize now that the imagery depicts a […]

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What Makes An Enthusiast These Days http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/what-makes-an-enthusiast-these-days/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/what-makes-an-enthusiast-these-days/#comments Sun, 28 Apr 2013 15:16:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486444 Though it was only 6 pm, it was already dark out. The fall sent shivers to the Southern Hemisphere, and I ventured out to procure bread for my family. I got to the bakery shop, facing a small dilemma. All the parking on the bakery´s side of the street was taken. I drove around the […]

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Though it was only 6 pm, it was already dark out. The fall sent shivers to the Southern Hemisphere, and I ventured out to procure bread for my family. I got to the bakery shop, facing a small dilemma. All the parking on the bakery´s side of the street was taken. I drove around the […]

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I’m Glad They Built It, But I’d Never Buy It http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/im-glad-they-built-it-but-id-never-buy-it/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/im-glad-they-built-it-but-id-never-buy-it/#comments Fri, 12 Apr 2013 17:32:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484564 There are a lot of unappealing cars that most of us would never buy, and wish that automakers had never built. If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking of the Pontiac G5 right now. Or the G3. Or really any Pontiac made since about 1976. Except, of course, for the G8, which is automotive perfection […]

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There are a lot of unappealing cars that most of us would never buy, and wish that automakers had never built. If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking of the Pontiac G5 right now. Or the G3. Or really any Pontiac made since about 1976. Except, of course, for the G8, which is automotive perfection […]

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Mrs. McAleer Rows Her Own. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/mrs-mcaleer-rows-her-own/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/mrs-mcaleer-rows-her-own/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2012 17:06:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=447534 As noted in a triumvirate of TTAC reviews, the Scion iQ is a fun little box that’s hobbled by a somewhat crappy CVT transmission – though, it should be noted, not to the “’Tis but a scratch” extent that the SMART is de-limbed by its godawful gearbox. The above text message was received from my […]

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As noted in a triumvirate of TTAC reviews, the Scion iQ is a fun little box that’s hobbled by a somewhat crappy CVT transmission – though, it should be noted, not to the “’Tis but a scratch” extent that the SMART is de-limbed by its godawful gearbox. The above text message was received from my […]

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Dodge Brand Phase-Out Watch: There Will Be No Dodge Viper http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/dodge-brand-phase-out-watch-there-will-be-no-dodge-viper/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/dodge-brand-phase-out-watch-there-will-be-no-dodge-viper/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2011 19:08:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423611 Once upon a time, the Dodge brand was brimming with pride. In the mid-to-late 1990s, Dodge had it all: affordable compacts, big front-drive cruisers, the hottest trucks on the market, and of course, the Viper. And when the times were good, all of those part melded into one brash, exciting, quintessentially American brand. From Neons […]

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Once upon a time, the Dodge brand was brimming with pride. In the mid-to-late 1990s, Dodge had it all: affordable compacts, big front-drive cruisers, the hottest trucks on the market, and of course, the Viper. And when the times were good, all of those part melded into one brash, exciting, quintessentially American brand. From Neons […]

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Lotus Investors: Sell! Sell! Sell! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/lotus-investors-sell-sell-sell/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/lotus-investors-sell-sell-sell/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:53:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423575 Lotus is one of those brands that every auto enthusiast loved to lionize, despite (or possibly because of) the fact that it hasn’t made a profit for its owner, Proton, in 15 years. But now things are changing. Lotus itself is in the midst of a makeover, seeking to transition from niche sports- and track-car […]

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Lotus is one of those brands that every auto enthusiast loved to lionize, despite (or possibly because of) the fact that it hasn’t made a profit for its owner, Proton, in 15 years. But now things are changing. Lotus itself is in the midst of a makeover, seeking to transition from niche sports- and track-car […]

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Tiny (12cc) Hand-Machined V12 Is A Holiday Miracle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/tiny-12cc-hand-machined-v12-is-a-holiday-miracle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/tiny-12cc-hand-machined-v12-is-a-holiday-miracle/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2011 15:25:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423564 Need an engineering project? Got 1,200 hours to kill with nothing to do? Take a tip from this heroically patient Spaniard, and hand-machine your own tiny (12 cc displacement) V12. This would be amazing feat of handwork even if it weren’t fully operational (using compressed air injection), but the fact that it works, runs and […]

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Need an engineering project? Got 1,200 hours to kill with nothing to do? Take a tip from this heroically patient Spaniard, and hand-machine your own tiny (12 cc displacement) V12. This would be amazing feat of handwork even if it weren’t fully operational (using compressed air injection), but the fact that it works, runs and […]

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Ask The Best And Brightest: Who Is The New Saab? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/ask-the-best-and-brightest-who-is-the-new-saab/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/ask-the-best-and-brightest-who-is-the-new-saab/#comments Wed, 21 Dec 2011 01:22:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=422991 To be clear, we aren’t talking about the next brand to linger on long past its kill-by date, pitting the brand loyalty of its fans against common sense for an agonizing eternity. No, now that Saab is dead and its warranty coverage has been suspended [per Automotive News [sub]], Saabophiles need an alternative. TTAC commenter […]

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To be clear, we aren’t talking about the next brand to linger on long past its kill-by date, pitting the brand loyalty of its fans against common sense for an agonizing eternity. No, now that Saab is dead and its warranty coverage has been suspended [per Automotive News [sub]], Saabophiles need an alternative. TTAC commenter […]

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Scion FR-S: How To Say “Hachi-Roku” In American http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/scion-fr-s-how-to-say-hachi-roku-in-american/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/scion-fr-s-how-to-say-hachi-roku-in-american/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 18:13:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420958 TTAC has long been bearish on the Scion brand, and in a lot of ways, Toyota’s global tri-branding strategy with its new “86” sportscar (Toyota, Subaru and Scion versions are being sold) highlights how Toyota has lost its branding focus. On the other hand, the FR-S, Scion’s version of the 86, is by far the […]

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TTAC has long been bearish on the Scion brand, and in a lot of ways, Toyota’s global tri-branding strategy with its new “86” sportscar (Toyota, Subaru and Scion versions are being sold) highlights how Toyota has lost its branding focus. On the other hand, the FR-S, Scion’s version of the 86, is by far the […]

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Next-Gen M3 Kicks Up Its Heels, Cackles http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/next-gen-m3-kicks-up-its-heels-cackles/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/next-gen-m3-kicks-up-its-heels-cackles/#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2011 18:50:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419606 With engine management technologies creating ever-more refined, well-behaved engines, the snap-crackle-pop overrun at the beginning of this video is an increasingly rare throwback to the time when men were men and engines could blow up at any second. Sure, such playfulness will probably be managed out of existence by the time the F30 M3 hits […]

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With engine management technologies creating ever-more refined, well-behaved engines, the snap-crackle-pop overrun at the beginning of this video is an increasingly rare throwback to the time when men were men and engines could blow up at any second. Sure, such playfulness will probably be managed out of existence by the time the F30 M3 hits […]

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Never Mind The Growing Gap Between Oil Production And Consumption, Here’s The SLS Black Series http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/never-mind-the-growing-gap-between-oil-production-and-consumption-heres-the-sls-black-series/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/never-mind-the-growing-gap-between-oil-production-and-consumption-heres-the-sls-black-series/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2011 22:04:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419506 Last Monday, we regaled you out with stories of Toyota coming to grips with the “new peak oil,” and other topics related to the growing gap (or lack thereof?) between global production and consumption oil. This week I’m feeling a little less apocalyptic, and little bit more indulgent. And really, why not celebrate those precious […]

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Last Monday, we regaled you out with stories of Toyota coming to grips with the “new peak oil,” and other topics related to the growing gap (or lack thereof?) between global production and consumption oil. This week I’m feeling a little less apocalyptic, and little bit more indulgent. And really, why not celebrate those precious […]

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Mastretta MXT: Neither Lazy, Feckless Nor Flatulent http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/mastretta-mxt-neither-lazy-feckless-nor-flatulant/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/mastretta-mxt-neither-lazy-feckless-nor-flatulant/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:36:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419062 The Mastretta MXT is not very well-known outside of Top Gear buffs who recall Jeremy Clarkson giving the MXT an incredibly hard time for its Mexican heritage. Of course we all know Jeremy is a shock jock more than a motor head these days, so his opinion aside the MXT slots in right behind the Doking as one the more […]

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The Mastretta MXT is not very well-known outside of Top Gear buffs who recall Jeremy Clarkson giving the MXT an incredibly hard time for its Mexican heritage. Of course we all know Jeremy is a shock jock more than a motor head these days, so his opinion aside the MXT slots in right behind the Doking as one the more […]

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Can The Scorpion’s Sting Save Fiat’s Flopping 500? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/can-the-scorpions-sting-save-fiats-flopping-500/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/can-the-scorpions-sting-save-fiats-flopping-500/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 17:33:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418446 Fiat’s 500 may be flopping early in the game, but then, what do you expect from a car with barely 100 horsepower? Though I’m sure the Cinquecento is better with a stick shift, my brief time in an autobox version left me feeling that Fiat’s italophile morsel could use considerably more brio. Well, consider the […]

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Fiat’s 500 may be flopping early in the game, but then, what do you expect from a car with barely 100 horsepower? Though I’m sure the Cinquecento is better with a stick shift, my brief time in an autobox version left me feeling that Fiat’s italophile morsel could use considerably more brio. Well, consider the […]

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Saabistas Occupy GM’s Facebook Page http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/saabistas-occupy-gms-facebook-page/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/saabistas-occupy-gms-facebook-page/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 17:07:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418441 Say what you want about Saab fans, the guys have some dedication. At a time when most have finally accepted the fact that Saab is at the end of the line, Saab’s hard-core “dead-enders” are taking up their social media arms to rescue their beloved brand. After all they have a perfect opportunity: after months […]

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Say what you want about Saab fans, the guys have some dedication. At a time when most have finally accepted the fact that Saab is at the end of the line, Saab’s hard-core “dead-enders” are taking up their social media arms to rescue their beloved brand. After all they have a perfect opportunity: after months […]

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Drivelapse USA: The Great American Road Trip In Five Minutes, Fifteen Seconds http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/drivelapse-usa-the-great-american-road-trip-in-five-minutes-fifteen-seconds/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/drivelapse-usa-the-great-american-road-trip-in-five-minutes-fifteen-seconds/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 00:40:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418361 Americans may no longer be as completely obsessed with road travel as they once were, but for first-time visitors to the USA, a round-the-nation roadtrip is always the ultimate fantasy. And really, what better way is there to appreciate the great expanse and diversity of this great nation than by car? Luckily for those of […]

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Americans may no longer be as completely obsessed with road travel as they once were, but for first-time visitors to the USA, a round-the-nation roadtrip is always the ultimate fantasy. And really, what better way is there to appreciate the great expanse and diversity of this great nation than by car? Luckily for those of […]

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Occupy Aging Foreign Cars: Fight The 25-Year Import-Ban! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/occupy-aging-foreign-cars-fight-the-25-year-import-ban/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/occupy-aging-foreign-cars-fight-the-25-year-import-ban/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2011 21:37:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418321 Though we owe Jalopnik a few well-deserved raspberries for this week’s inane tease-n-reveal of some wildly overhyped and under-delivering “renderings” of the 2014 C7 Corvette (look it up if you must), we’ve actually got to tip our hats to the Gawker site for finding a truly relevant petition at the White House website. The petition’s […]

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Though we owe Jalopnik a few well-deserved raspberries for this week’s inane tease-n-reveal of some wildly overhyped and under-delivering “renderings” of the 2014 C7 Corvette (look it up if you must), we’ve actually got to tip our hats to the Gawker site for finding a truly relevant petition at the White House website. The petition’s […]

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Alaska Appeals Court Upholds Burnouts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/alaska-appeals-court-upholds-burnouts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/alaska-appeals-court-upholds-burnouts/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2011 15:24:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418284 Drivers cannot be pulled over if they peel out from an intersection with a bit of tire squeal, Alaska’s second-highest court ruled Thursday. In countries like Australia, a similar chirp of the tires could lead to the impounding of the vehicle under “anti-hoon” laws that generate millions in revenue. A three-judge panel in The Last Frontier […]

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Drivers cannot be pulled over if they peel out from an intersection with a bit of tire squeal, Alaska’s second-highest court ruled Thursday. In countries like Australia, a similar chirp of the tires could lead to the impounding of the vehicle under “anti-hoon” laws that generate millions in revenue. A three-judge panel in The Last Frontier […]

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