The Truth About Cars » erev 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 17:00:32 +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 » erev http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Blind Spot: The Twilight Of The Volt http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/blind-spot-the-twilight-of-the-volt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/blind-spot-the-twilight-of-the-volt/#comments Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:44:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=433724  “Do you want to accompany? or go on ahead? or go off alone? … One must know what one wants and that one wants” Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight Of The Idols This week’s news that GM would stop production of the Chevrolet Volt for the third time in its brief lifespan came roaring out of the […]

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 “Do you want to accompany? or go on ahead? or go off alone? … One must know what one wants and that one wants” Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight Of The Idols This week’s news that GM would stop production of the Chevrolet Volt for the third time in its brief lifespan came roaring out of the […]

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Fisker’s Sticker Shock: 32 Miles On Electricity, 20 MPG On Range Extender http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/fiskers-sticker-shock-32-miles-on-electricity-20-mpg-on-range-extender/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/fiskers-sticker-shock-32-miles-on-electricity-20-mpg-on-range-extender/#comments Wed, 19 Oct 2011 21:38:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=415262 The Chevy Volt’s best news in ages broke yesterday when GreenCarReports, er, reported that the Fisker Karma had received EPA approval at 32 miles of EV range, and 20 MPG (combined) thereafter. Moreover, the MPGE (the “e” is for “equivalent”) rating of 52 on electric power is nearly half the Volt’s 94 MPGE rating, suggesting […]

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The Chevy Volt’s best news in ages broke yesterday when GreenCarReports, er, reported that the Fisker Karma had received EPA approval at 32 miles of EV range, and 20 MPG (combined) thereafter. Moreover, the MPGE (the “e” is for “equivalent”) rating of 52 on electric power is nearly half the Volt’s 94 MPGE rating, suggesting […]

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The Chevy Volt’s Marketing Challenge http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/the-chevy-volts-marketing-challenge/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/the-chevy-volts-marketing-challenge/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2011 23:09:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413397 I’m sure the resident anti-GM-bias patrol won’t look kindly upon this double-dose of Volt skepticism, but at the point that GM’s Volt production is ramped up well above its sales rate, we should be paying attention to what GM is saying about the challenge of marketing the Volt. Automotive News [sub] reports that it’s still […]

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I’m sure the resident anti-GM-bias patrol won’t look kindly upon this double-dose of Volt skepticism, but at the point that GM’s Volt production is ramped up well above its sales rate, we should be paying attention to what GM is saying about the challenge of marketing the Volt. Automotive News [sub] reports that it’s still […]

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Chart Of The Day: The Chevrolet Volt’s Sales Challenge http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/chart-of-the-day-the-chevrolet-volts-sales-challenge/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/chart-of-the-day-the-chevrolet-volts-sales-challenge/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2011 22:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413386 Is the Chevy Volt a flop? It’s a question that plenty of folks both inside the industry and beyond seem awfully curious about, and one that I’ve tried to stay away from until we had some strong data to go on. And with nine months of 2011 under our belt, we’re starting to get a […]

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Is the Chevy Volt a flop? It’s a question that plenty of folks both inside the industry and beyond seem awfully curious about, and one that I’ve tried to stay away from until we had some strong data to go on. And with nine months of 2011 under our belt, we’re starting to get a […]

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GM: No Volt Variations Until 2015 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/gm-no-volt-variations-until-2015/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/gm-no-volt-variations-until-2015/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2011 22:47:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413090 From the “how did we miss that?” file comes this Automotive News [sub] story, filed at the beginning of the week, which asked GM Europe boss Nick Reilly about plans for Volt-based variants. Reilly replied We won’t do it with this generation, and that will run to 2015. You’d have to wait until after that […]

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From the “how did we miss that?” file comes this Automotive News [sub] story, filed at the beginning of the week, which asked GM Europe boss Nick Reilly about plans for Volt-based variants. Reilly replied We won’t do it with this generation, and that will run to 2015. You’d have to wait until after that […]

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Review: Chevrolet Volt vs. Chevrolet Cruze Eco http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/review-2012-chevrolet-volt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/review-2012-chevrolet-volt/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2011 19:29:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=412857 Ed, Sajeev, and yours truly have all weighed in on the Chevrolet Volt. We all agreed that it drives surprisingly well, but that aspects of the interior need work. I hadn’t been planning to review the Volt again, but was asked if I’d like to have one for a week following the Cruze ECO. And […]

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Ed, Sajeev, and yours truly have all weighed in on the Chevrolet Volt. We all agreed that it drives surprisingly well, but that aspects of the interior need work. I hadn’t been planning to review the Volt again, but was asked if I’d like to have one for a week following the Cruze ECO. And […]

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GM Considering Chinese Volt Assembly http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/gm-considering-chinese-volt-assembly/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/gm-considering-chinese-volt-assembly/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2011 23:59:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=412784 The Detroit News‘s David Shepardson has a way of being on hand with a microphone whenever GM CEO Dan Akerson lets loose with a memorable line, and today he has Akerson telling a Bloomberg News Forum that the green star of the American auto turnaround, the Chevy Volt, could be built in China within a […]

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The Detroit News‘s David Shepardson has a way of being on hand with a microphone whenever GM CEO Dan Akerson lets loose with a memorable line, and today he has Akerson telling a Bloomberg News Forum that the green star of the American auto turnaround, the Chevy Volt, could be built in China within a […]

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GM, LG Team Up For “Single Purpose” EVs. Will Mark Reuss Let His Kids Drive One? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/gm-lg-team-up-for-single-purpose-evs-will-mark-reuss-let-his-kids-drive-one/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/gm-lg-team-up-for-single-purpose-evs-will-mark-reuss-let-his-kids-drive-one/#comments Sat, 27 Aug 2011 15:44:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=409000 GM tightened its ties with Volt battery cell provider LG this week, announcing a deal to jointly develop next-generation electric vehicles. GM, along with the other Detroit-based OEMs, have been seeking closer ties with their suppliers, and as the JoongAng Daily reports, this deal helps LG at a time when the Korean conglomerate has been […]

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GM tightened its ties with Volt battery cell provider LG this week, announcing a deal to jointly develop next-generation electric vehicles. GM, along with the other Detroit-based OEMs, have been seeking closer ties with their suppliers, and as the JoongAng Daily reports, this deal helps LG at a time when the Korean conglomerate has been […]

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Chevy Volt: Ask the Men and Women Who Own Them http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/chevy-volt-ask-the-men-and-women-who-own-them/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/chevy-volt-ask-the-men-and-women-who-own-them/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2011 18:06:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=407853 Photos courtesy of Cars In Depth As part of the festivities surrounding the Woodward Dream Cruise, GM organized a parade down Woodward and back up again made up of 50 Chevy Volts driven to the event by their owners, at their own expense, from around the country. As far as car company promotional events go […]

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Photos courtesy of Cars In Depth As part of the festivities surrounding the Woodward Dream Cruise, GM organized a parade down Woodward and back up again made up of 50 Chevy Volts driven to the event by their owners, at their own expense, from around the country. As far as car company promotional events go […]

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Is Audi Wankeling Without Permission? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/is-audi-wankeling-without-permission/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/is-audi-wankeling-without-permission/#comments Tue, 04 Jan 2011 16:08:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=379428 Automotive News [sub] reports that Audi may be going against the wishes of its parent company by introducing a Wankel rotary range-extender for the trial version of its A1 E-tron EREV, which will begin fleet testing in Germany later this year. Volkswagen reportedly wants each of its ten brands to agree on a common EV […]

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Automotive News [sub] reports that Audi may be going against the wishes of its parent company by introducing a Wankel rotary range-extender for the trial version of its A1 E-tron EREV, which will begin fleet testing in Germany later this year. Volkswagen reportedly wants each of its ten brands to agree on a common EV […]

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Holy Cow!: Fisker Karma Weighs Over 5,000 Pounds http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/holy-cow-fisker-karma-weighs-over-5000-pounds/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/holy-cow-fisker-karma-weighs-over-5000-pounds/#comments Mon, 15 Nov 2010 15:54:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372796 The Fisker Karma looks as sleek and and sexy as any four-door car on the market, but it’s got a secret: Spanx. Fisker’s powertrain sand battery suppliers tells the New York Times that prototypes of the series-hybrid Karma are weighing in at “over 5,000 lbs.” Says battery supplier A123 System’s Jason Forcier It’s a pretty […]

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The Fisker Karma looks as sleek and and sexy as any four-door car on the market, but it’s got a secret: Spanx. Fisker’s powertrain sand battery suppliers tells the New York Times that prototypes of the series-hybrid Karma are weighing in at “over 5,000 lbs.” Says battery supplier A123 System’s Jason Forcier It’s a pretty […]

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Review: 2011 Chevrolet Volt Take Two http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/review-2011-chevrolet-volt-take-two/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/review-2011-chevrolet-volt-take-two/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 19:30:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372196 We’ve been hearing about the Chevrolet Volt for so long that it’s hard to believe that it is finally here. Or almost here. Close enough for a preview drive. And? I never expected the Volt to look like the obviously impractical original concept. Similarly, I was not surprised that the production Volt resembles a prettified […]

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We’ve been hearing about the Chevrolet Volt for so long that it’s hard to believe that it is finally here. Or almost here. Close enough for a preview drive. And? I never expected the Volt to look like the obviously impractical original concept. Similarly, I was not surprised that the production Volt resembles a prettified […]

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For $15k, Voltify Your EV With A Range-Extending Trailer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/for-15k-voltify-your-ev-with-a-range-extending-trailer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/for-15k-voltify-your-ev-with-a-range-extending-trailer/#comments Tue, 02 Nov 2010 16:35:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371227 OK, so the EMAV PRU (Electric Motors and Vehicle Company Power Regeneration Unit) isn’t expected to go on sale until sometime next year, but it’s one curious approach to the “range anxiety” problem that caused GM to develop the Volt as a range-extended EV rather than a pure battery-only EV. The PRU takes a simple […]

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OK, so the EMAV PRU (Electric Motors and Vehicle Company Power Regeneration Unit) isn’t expected to go on sale until sometime next year, but it’s one curious approach to the “range anxiety” problem that caused GM to develop the Volt as a range-extended EV rather than a pure battery-only EV. The PRU takes a simple […]

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Review: 2011 Chevrolet Volt http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/review-2011-chevrolet-volt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/review-2011-chevrolet-volt/#comments Mon, 25 Oct 2010 18:48:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=370104 For a vehicle named after a unit of measure, the Chevrolet Volt is a difficult car to pin down. From its drivetrain to its efficiency rating, the Volt defies categorization. From price point to performance, it defies comparison. It’s a rolling contradiction, this car, part electric car and part gas-burner, part high-concept moonshot and part […]

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For a vehicle named after a unit of measure, the Chevrolet Volt is a difficult car to pin down. From its drivetrain to its efficiency rating, the Volt defies categorization. From price point to performance, it defies comparison. It’s a rolling contradiction, this car, part electric car and part gas-burner, part high-concept moonshot and part […]

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The Chevy Volt: As Efficient As You Want It To Be http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/the-chevy-volt-as-efficient-as-you-want-it-to-be/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/the-chevy-volt-as-efficient-as-you-want-it-to-be/#comments Tue, 12 Oct 2010 21:26:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=368447 If the recent flap over the Volt’s drivetrain has taught us anything it’s that A) GM’s internal-combustion-assisted plug-in is more complicated than we thought, and B) GM is fine with simplifying its complex reality in order to make it appear as attractive as possible. Which is just fine: they’re the ones trying to sell a […]

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If the recent flap over the Volt’s drivetrain has taught us anything it’s that A) GM’s internal-combustion-assisted plug-in is more complicated than we thought, and B) GM is fine with simplifying its complex reality in order to make it appear as attractive as possible. Which is just fine: they’re the ones trying to sell a […]

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Chevy Volt: Truth And Consequences http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/chevy-volt-truth-and-consequences/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/chevy-volt-truth-and-consequences/#comments Tue, 12 Oct 2010 05:46:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=368337 The autoblogosphere is agog at the revelation that the Volt’s gas engine occasionally powers its wheels. The GM-created “category” of Extended-Range Electric Vehicles (EREV, or E-REV) as uniquely epitomized by the Volt is suddenly revealed [by Motor Trend via GM] to [have] more in common with a Prius (and other Toyota, Ford, or Nissan Altima […]

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The autoblogosphere is agog at the revelation that the Volt’s gas engine occasionally powers its wheels. The GM-created “category” of Extended-Range Electric Vehicles (EREV, or E-REV) as uniquely epitomized by the Volt is suddenly revealed [by Motor Trend via GM] to [have] more in common with a Prius (and other Toyota, Ford, or Nissan Altima […]

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Inside Line: GM Lied, Volt Uses ICE For Propulsion http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/inside-line-gm-lied-volt-uses-ice-for-propulsion/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/inside-line-gm-lied-volt-uses-ice-for-propulsion/#comments Mon, 11 Oct 2010 16:19:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=368179 As GM finally begins to let journalists drive its Chevy Volt, the two-year-long trickle of bad news about the project is turning into a raging torrent. The latest bit of bashing: InsideLine claims that, in direct contradiction to GM’s hype, the Volt is in fact powered by its gasoline engine under certain circumstances. At the […]

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As GM finally begins to let journalists drive its Chevy Volt, the two-year-long trickle of bad news about the project is turning into a raging torrent. The latest bit of bashing: InsideLine claims that, in direct contradiction to GM’s hype, the Volt is in fact powered by its gasoline engine under certain circumstances. At the […]

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Video Hints At Volt Performance: Just Over 40 Miles Of EV Range, Under 30 MPG Thereafter http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/video-hints-at-volt-performance-just-over-40-miles-of-ev-range-under-30-mpg-thereafter/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/video-hints-at-volt-performance-just-over-40-miles-of-ev-range-under-30-mpg-thereafter/#comments Tue, 24 Aug 2010 16:33:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=363712 TTAC has a long, proud tradition of tearing into puffy automotive journalism, so it was not without a little trepidation that I wrote in the comments section of Michael Karesh’s excellent review of Zero To Sixty that Toothless reporters put execs at their ease… which allows them to say naive or revealing things that toothy […]

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TTAC has a long, proud tradition of tearing into puffy automotive journalism, so it was not without a little trepidation that I wrote in the comments section of Michael Karesh’s excellent review of Zero To Sixty that Toothless reporters put execs at their ease… which allows them to say naive or revealing things that toothy […]

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Quote Of The Day: Volt In Need Of A Jolt? Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/quote-of-the-day-volt-in-need-of-a-jolt-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/quote-of-the-day-volt-in-need-of-a-jolt-edition/#comments Mon, 28 Jun 2010 19:49:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=359694 Accelerating up the motorway slip road, the Ampera charges hard and deceptively quickly up to 50mph, but by then the single-speed electric motor’s flat torque curve has begun a nose dive and acceleration at high speeds is poor. The 0-62mph time of 9 seconds and top speed of 100mph are an indication of this – […]

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Accelerating up the motorway slip road, the Ampera charges hard and deceptively quickly up to 50mph, but by then the single-speed electric motor’s flat torque curve has begun a nose dive and acceleration at high speeds is poor. The 0-62mph time of 9 seconds and top speed of 100mph are an indication of this – […]

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To Stay Competitive In The EV Transition, Suppliers Focus On Gas Engines http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/to-stay-competitive-in-the-ev-transition-suppliers-focus-on-gas-engines/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/to-stay-competitive-in-the-ev-transition-suppliers-focus-on-gas-engines/#comments Wed, 23 Jun 2010 16:23:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=359389 The simplification of the automobile that’s set to take place with the transition to electric drivetrains is a troubling trend for the industry. As Bertel Schmitt has already explored, switching to electric drive could see component counts cut by as much as 90 percent, meaning the suppliers who build most of the components in modern […]

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The simplification of the automobile that’s set to take place with the transition to electric drivetrains is a troubling trend for the industry. As Bertel Schmitt has already explored, switching to electric drive could see component counts cut by as much as 90 percent, meaning the suppliers who build most of the components in modern […]

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Suzuki Announces Volt-Alike Swift Plug-In http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/suzuki-announces-volt-alike-swift-plug-in/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/suzuki-announces-volt-alike-swift-plug-in/#comments Fri, 14 May 2010 18:07:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=356585 Hybrid/electric cooperation between Volkswagen and Suzuki appears to be yielding fruit already, as the Japanese automaker is announcing a plug-in hybrid version of its Swift subcompact. According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the new plug-in will combine lithium-ion batteries supplied by Sanyo, paired with a 660cc three cylinder engine. An electric-only range of just under ten miles […]

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Hybrid/electric cooperation between Volkswagen and Suzuki appears to be yielding fruit already, as the Japanese automaker is announcing a plug-in hybrid version of its Swift subcompact. According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the new plug-in will combine lithium-ion batteries supplied by Sanyo, paired with a 660cc three cylinder engine. An electric-only range of just under ten miles […]

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Quote Of The Day: Maximum EVolution Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/quote-of-the-day-maximum-evolution-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/quote-of-the-day-maximum-evolution-edition/#comments Fri, 07 May 2010 22:15:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=355732 Bob Lutz may have left GM, but TTAC’s not through with the man of Maximum just yet. One quote in particular, from an “exit interview” with gm-volt.com, exemplifies the kind of candor that seems likely to disappear from GM along with Lutz. Possibly for good reasons. Well, good PR reasons, anyway. After all, with Lutz […]

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Bob Lutz may have left GM, but TTAC’s not through with the man of Maximum just yet. One quote in particular, from an “exit interview” with gm-volt.com, exemplifies the kind of candor that seems likely to disappear from GM along with Lutz. Possibly for good reasons. Well, good PR reasons, anyway. After all, with Lutz […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: What We Need More Of Is Science Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-what-we-need-more-of-is-science-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-what-we-need-more-of-is-science-edition/#comments Wed, 28 Apr 2010 19:13:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=354607 Former EV-1 driver and “science guy” Bill Nye hams it up while promoting GM’s Volt Extended Range Electric Vehicle. And actually, according to a recent gm-volt.com interview with Bob Lutz, GM now prefers that you refer to the Volt as “an electric vehicle with range extension.” Huh? Sounds like they’re gonna need a science guy […]

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Former EV-1 driver and “science guy” Bill Nye hams it up while promoting GM’s Volt Extended Range Electric Vehicle. And actually, according to a recent gm-volt.com interview with Bob Lutz, GM now prefers that you refer to the Volt as “an electric vehicle with range extension.” Huh? Sounds like they’re gonna need a science guy […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Volt Lumina Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-volt-lumina-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-volt-lumina-edition/#comments Tue, 20 Apr 2010 14:27:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=353309 Patent drawings of what appears to be a compact/subcompact MPV bearing the Chevy Volt’s grille have surfaced at GMInsidenews, setting off much speculation as to what it all means. And boy is there room to speculate. Initial impressions are of a Chevy Orlando/Buick Granite with a Volt-alike grille, but upon closer inspection the line drawings […]

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Patent drawings of what appears to be a compact/subcompact MPV bearing the Chevy Volt’s grille have surfaced at GMInsidenews, setting off much speculation as to what it all means. And boy is there room to speculate. Initial impressions are of a Chevy Orlando/Buick Granite with a Volt-alike grille, but upon closer inspection the line drawings […]

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Volt Birth Watch 179: The Mystery Dance Number http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/volt-birth-watch-179-the-mystery-dance-dance-number/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/volt-birth-watch-179-the-mystery-dance-dance-number/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2009 21:53:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=339105 Chrysler’s new advertisements may have been replaced by this video as the automotive marketing gaffe of the moment. When asked in a Fastlane webchat why GM had approved this questionable video, Sales and Marketing supremo Susan Docherty managed to come across as even more clueless and incompetent than she would have if she’d been prancing […]

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Chrysler’s new advertisements may have been replaced by this video as the automotive marketing gaffe of the moment. When asked in a Fastlane webchat why GM had approved this questionable video, Sales and Marketing supremo Susan Docherty managed to come across as even more clueless and incompetent than she would have if she’d been prancing […]

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