The Truth About Cars » Future http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 03 May 2016 20:50:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Hyperloop Visits Detroit; Will Auto Talent Make the Jump From Tires to Tubes? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/hyperloop-visits-detroit-will-auto-talent-make-jump-tires-tubes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/hyperloop-visits-detroit-will-auto-talent-make-jump-tires-tubes/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1323754 Hyperloop Technology’s co-founder and chief technology officer Brogan BamBrogan, who is a real person and not a Bond villain living in a volcano lair, choose yesterday’s SEA International Congress talent meetup to push the Elon Musk-conceived technology, Automotive News has reported. BamBrogan’s company is dangling job opportunities in front of the Detroit crowd in a bid to […]

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Hyperloop Technology’s co-founder and chief technology officer Brogan BamBrogan, who is a real person and not a Bond villain living in a volcano lair, choose yesterday’s SEA International Congress talent meetup to push the Elon Musk-conceived technology, Automotive News has reported. BamBrogan’s company is dangling job opportunities in front of the Detroit crowd in a bid to […]

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2016 BMW i8 Review – The ‘Affordable’ Plug-In Supercar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2016-bmw-i8-review-affordable-plug-supercar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2016-bmw-i8-review-affordable-plug-supercar/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1254521 “Looks like sex, goes like stink” is the usual supercar mantra, but BMW’s guru was humming a different tune when penning the i8. You see, the i8 isn’t just a sexy car with “butterfly doors.” It’s also a production prototype of sorts styled after BMW’s 2009 Vision EfficientDynamics concept. Most supercars have exotic engines with high cylinder counts and […]

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“Looks like sex, goes like stink” is the usual supercar mantra, but BMW’s guru was humming a different tune when penning the i8. You see, the i8 isn’t just a sexy car with “butterfly doors.” It’s also a production prototype of sorts styled after BMW’s 2009 Vision EfficientDynamics concept. Most supercars have exotic engines with high cylinder counts and […]

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QOTD: When Will Autonomous Cars Outnumber The Manually Driven? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/qotd-when-will-autonomous-cars-outnumber-the-manually-driven/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/qotd-when-will-autonomous-cars-outnumber-the-manually-driven/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:50:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1159354 I’ll admit it. I, the millennial managing editor of an automotive blog, would absolutely rely on an autonomous car for my day-to-day errands or long-distance commutes. Why wouldn’t I? I can kick back, relax, talk with people, get some writing done, or anything else I could possibly do on an airplane. As long as all the […]

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I’ll admit it. I, the millennial managing editor of an automotive blog, would absolutely rely on an autonomous car for my day-to-day errands or long-distance commutes. Why wouldn’t I? I can kick back, relax, talk with people, get some writing done, or anything else I could possibly do on an airplane. As long as all the […]

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Can Maserati Replace Ferrari? (Or at Least Ferrari’s Profits) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/can-maserati-replace-ferrari-least-ferraris-profits/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/can-maserati-replace-ferrari-least-ferraris-profits/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 18:00:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1110425 With the imminent spin-off of Ferrari, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles boss Sergio Marchionne may be looking for a cash cow to help keep lagging brands at FCA afloat. A story by Automotive News on Wednesday wonders aloud if Maserati will replace Ferrari as FCA’s marquee brand with double-digit profit margins. Behind Marchionne’s plan to sell the world on […]

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With the imminent spin-off of Ferrari, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles boss Sergio Marchionne may be looking for a cash cow to help keep lagging brands at FCA afloat. A story by Automotive News on Wednesday wonders aloud if Maserati will replace Ferrari as FCA’s marquee brand with double-digit profit margins. Behind Marchionne’s plan to sell the world on […]

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With Nürburgring Records Dead, Automakers Begin Pikes Peak Chest-Thumping http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/with-nurburgring-records-dead-automakers-begin-pikes-peak-chest-thumping/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/with-nurburgring-records-dead-automakers-begin-pikes-peak-chest-thumping/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:15:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1104737 At the conclusion of this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Mercedes-Benz issued a release claiming a new record: the Mercedes-Benz C250d 4MATIC was the fastest production diesel to ever make it from base camp to summit. Driven by Uwe Nittel, the compression-ignition, tri-star sedan navigated the mountain’s 156 corners in 11 minutes 22 seconds. Since the manufacturer-favorite Nürburgring […]

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At the conclusion of this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Mercedes-Benz issued a release claiming a new record: the Mercedes-Benz C250d 4MATIC was the fastest production diesel to ever make it from base camp to summit. Driven by Uwe Nittel, the compression-ignition, tri-star sedan navigated the mountain’s 156 corners in 11 minutes 22 seconds. Since the manufacturer-favorite Nürburgring […]

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Whither Volvo? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/whither-volvo-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/whither-volvo-2/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:39:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=664474 I’ve always had a soft spot for Volvo, that’s probably why I’ve owned two and chose European Delivery on one of them. But Volvo has a problem. It’s not the product. It’s not even the brand positioning. It’s a lack of advertising and visibility. Let’s dive deep into my mind as I pontificate about Volvo’s […]

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I’ve always had a soft spot for Volvo, that’s probably why I’ve owned two and chose European Delivery on one of them. But Volvo has a problem. It’s not the product. It’s not even the brand positioning. It’s a lack of advertising and visibility. Let’s dive deep into my mind as I pontificate about Volvo’s […]

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A Vision Of The Future: A Day In The Life Of Bob Jones http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/a-vision-of-the-future-a-day-in-the-life-of-bob-jones/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/a-vision-of-the-future-a-day-in-the-life-of-bob-jones/#comments Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:23:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=621105 The following article is long. Some of you will decry it as fiction outside of the space this website normally reserves for stories and others of you will lament its presence on what is supposed to be an automotive news website. Maybe you are right, but the truth is that I read a lot and […]

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The following article is long. Some of you will decry it as fiction outside of the space this website normally reserves for stories and others of you will lament its presence on what is supposed to be an automotive news website. Maybe you are right, but the truth is that I read a lot and […]

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Question: What Ten-Year Period Was the Auto Industry’s Greatest Leap Forward? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/question-what-ten-year-period-was-the-auto-industrys-greatest-leap-forward/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/question-what-ten-year-period-was-the-auto-industrys-greatest-leap-forward/#comments Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=483497 Once I get to ranting on the subject, I’ll fulminate that the true modern era of the automobile didn’t start until about 1990, when carburetors and points ignitions finally disappeared from new cars sold in the United States. Before and after that point, however, a lot of progress— and backsliding— has taken place in the […]

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Once I get to ranting on the subject, I’ll fulminate that the true modern era of the automobile didn’t start until about 1990, when carburetors and points ignitions finally disappeared from new cars sold in the United States. Before and after that point, however, a lot of progress— and backsliding— has taken place in the […]

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Obama Chickens Out, Says A Million EVs By 2015 Not Important http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/obama-chickens-out-says-a-million-evs-by-2015-not-important/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/obama-chickens-out-says-a-million-evs-by-2015-not-important/#comments Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:45:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=475964 Today must be International Backpedaling Day. Volkswagen said “Never mind beat Toyota by 2018.”  Obama says: “Never mind a million EVs by 2015.” Under a new strategy announced today, the Department of Energy promised to support research into new battery technologies and manufacturing methods that would lower the cost of lightweight materials and improve vehicles’ […]

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Today must be International Backpedaling Day. Volkswagen said “Never mind beat Toyota by 2018.”  Obama says: “Never mind a million EVs by 2015.” Under a new strategy announced today, the Department of Energy promised to support research into new battery technologies and manufacturing methods that would lower the cost of lightweight materials and improve vehicles’ […]

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BMW Trick Computer Helps You With The Road Less Travelled http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/bmw-trick-computer-helps-you-with-the-road-less-travelled/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/bmw-trick-computer-helps-you-with-the-road-less-travelled/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2011 17:19:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=389783 As a rally driver, you have a navigator in the other seat. What do you need him for? He knows the road ahead and tells you how to drive in the fastest and most efficient manner. As in “you want to take that turn at around 80. When you come out of the turn, stay […]

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As a rally driver, you have a navigator in the other seat. What do you need him for? He knows the road ahead and tells you how to drive in the fastest and most efficient manner. As in “you want to take that turn at around 80. When you come out of the turn, stay […]

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Obama’s Moonshot: A Million EVs By 2015 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/obama%e2%80%99s-moonshot-a-million-evs-by-2015/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/obama%e2%80%99s-moonshot-a-million-evs-by-2015/#comments Sun, 30 Jan 2011 11:19:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=382277 In 1961, President John F. Kennedy said in a speech to a joint session of Congress: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth.” On 21 July 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first […]

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In 1961, President John F. Kennedy said in a speech to a joint session of Congress: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth.” On 21 July 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first […]

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World’s Auto Execs Don’t Buy Their Electric Cars Hype http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/world%e2%80%99s-auto-execs-don%e2%80%99t-buy-their-electric-cars-hype/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/world%e2%80%99s-auto-execs-don%e2%80%99t-buy-their-electric-cars-hype/#comments Fri, 07 Jan 2011 10:49:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=379801 The majority of car makers the world over think that for the next five years, electric cars will remain too expensive to stand a chance in the mass market. Their saving grace must be government subsidies. Without government money, EVs are priced out of the market. Nevertheless, most automakers think that research and investment in […]

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The majority of car makers the world over think that for the next five years, electric cars will remain too expensive to stand a chance in the mass market. Their saving grace must be government subsidies. Without government money, EVs are priced out of the market. Nevertheless, most automakers think that research and investment in […]

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GM China’s November Numbers, And A Deep Look In The Crystal Ball http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/gm-china%e2%80%99s-november-numbers-and-a-deep-look-in-the-crystal-bal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/gm-china%e2%80%99s-november-numbers-and-a-deep-look-in-the-crystal-bal/#comments Thu, 02 Dec 2010 08:19:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=375395 GM China, our recently no longer so reliable oracle for the Chinese market, raised its November sales by 11 percent, compared to an absolutely batty November 2009. 11 percent are not the same growth as the 109.5 percent GM China had recorded in last year’s November, but how much battier do you expect them to […]

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GM China, our recently no longer so reliable oracle for the Chinese market, raised its November sales by 11 percent, compared to an absolutely batty November 2009. 11 percent are not the same growth as the 109.5 percent GM China had recorded in last year’s November, but how much battier do you expect them to […]

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The Future of Robotic Self-Driving Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/the-future-of-robotic-self-driving-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/the-future-of-robotic-self-driving-cars/#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 18:44:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372348 Science fiction author Charlie Stross recently penned a blog piece on the future impact of autonomously computer-driven cars. Let’s call them “robocars.” I’ve pondered this before and Stross’s post is the perfect jumping-off point for a discussion of the many issues standing between science fiction and the robocar future. Let’s take a look. Firstly, based […]

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Science fiction author Charlie Stross recently penned a blog piece on the future impact of autonomously computer-driven cars. Let’s call them “robocars.” I’ve pondered this before and Stross’s post is the perfect jumping-off point for a discussion of the many issues standing between science fiction and the robocar future. Let’s take a look. Firstly, based […]

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Europe’s Future According To J.D. Power http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/europe%e2%80%99s-future-according-to-j-d-power/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/europe%e2%80%99s-future-according-to-j-d-power/#comments Wed, 05 May 2010 14:18:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=355350 One by one, European countries will scrap their scrappage incentives this year (if they haven’t already.) With predictable results: Without the governmental amphetamine, the market will be down.  How much? All in all, Europeans will buy around 10 percent fewer cars in 2010 than in 2009, predicted J.D. Power at their spring conference in Cologne. […]

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One by one, European countries will scrap their scrappage incentives this year (if they haven’t already.) With predictable results: Without the governmental amphetamine, the market will be down.  How much? All in all, Europeans will buy around 10 percent fewer cars in 2010 than in 2009, predicted J.D. Power at their spring conference in Cologne. […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Yesterday’s Future Today Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-yesterdays-future-today-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-yesterdays-future-today-edition/#comments Tue, 30 Mar 2010 20:25:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=350870 Well, Lear’s vapor turbine never ended up being built in the millions by 1975… but the prediction that electric cars would be best for taxis, delivery vehicles, or a family’s second car for commuting and shopping seems to be coming true. Oh, and we all know how the lead or no-lead fuel debate worked out. […]

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Well, Lear’s vapor turbine never ended up being built in the millions by 1975… but the prediction that electric cars would be best for taxis, delivery vehicles, or a family’s second car for commuting and shopping seems to be coming true. Oh, and we all know how the lead or no-lead fuel debate worked out. […]

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Jaguar Land Rover Snags $458m EIB Loan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/jaguar-land-rover-snags-458m-eib-loan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/jaguar-land-rover-snags-458m-eib-loan/#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2010 18:44:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=346836 Every good turn deserves another, and in response to America’s bailout of its most vulnerable automakers, the EU is investing in its least viable automakers. Having invested $547m in Saab, the European Investment Bank is announcing a $458m loan to Jaguar Land Rover, the troubled luxury divisions of Tata Motors. Automotive News [sub] reports that […]

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Every good turn deserves another, and in response to America’s bailout of its most vulnerable automakers, the EU is investing in its least viable automakers. Having invested $547m in Saab, the European Investment Bank is announcing a $458m loan to Jaguar Land Rover, the troubled luxury divisions of Tata Motors. Automotive News [sub] reports that […]

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