The Truth About Cars » import http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:42:47 +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 » import http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Swimming Upstream: VJ Day http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/swimming-upstream-vj-day/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/swimming-upstream-vj-day/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2015 18:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1218297 It’s been another exhausting day and, after wasting precious time trying to write some sort of clever introduction, I’ve realized that there just isn’t any point in beating around the bush. The windmill I set out to topple is thoroughly defeated and the Town and Country looks smart sitting in front of the house tonight […]

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It’s been another exhausting day and, after wasting precious time trying to write some sort of clever introduction, I’ve realized that there just isn’t any point in beating around the bush. The windmill I set out to topple is thoroughly defeated and the Town and Country looks smart sitting in front of the house tonight […]

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General Motors to Import Chinese-Made Buick to U.S. By Late 2016 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/general-motors-set-import-chinese-made-buick-u-s-late-2016/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/general-motors-set-import-chinese-made-buick-u-s-late-2016/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:45:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1218377 General Motors announced Thursday it will import a Buick crossover from China to the United States by the end of 2016, much to the UAW’s disappointment. According to the Detroit Free Press, the crossover in question, the Envision, is currently produced at a facility in the Shandong province. The Buick brand itself is doing well […]

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General Motors announced Thursday it will import a Buick crossover from China to the United States by the end of 2016, much to the UAW’s disappointment. According to the Detroit Free Press, the crossover in question, the Envision, is currently produced at a facility in the Shandong province. The Buick brand itself is doing well […]

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Swimming Upstream: The Final Hurdle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/swimming-upstream-final-hurdle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/swimming-upstream-final-hurdle/#comments Fri, 06 Nov 2015 16:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1212913 Since the last installment in this series, my attempt to get the family Town & Country officially licensed here in Japan has slogged relentlessly forward. After a week of such little progress that I saw no need to report upon it (action was limited to the receipt of my official approval from the recycle bureau), I […]

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Since the last installment in this series, my attempt to get the family Town & Country officially licensed here in Japan has slogged relentlessly forward. After a week of such little progress that I saw no need to report upon it (action was limited to the receipt of my official approval from the recycle bureau), I […]

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Swimming Upstream: 30 Day Countdown http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-30-day-countdown/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-30-day-countdown/#comments Fri, 23 Oct 2015 15:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1203185 It’s Friday and once again it’s time for an update from Japan where my efforts to get my Town & Country licensed and street legal continue unabated. Last week’s baby steps have led to modest results. My visit to the local police station netted me a parking permit on Tuesday and, although I am immensely […]

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It’s Friday and once again it’s time for an update from Japan where my efforts to get my Town & Country licensed and street legal continue unabated. Last week’s baby steps have led to modest results. My visit to the local police station netted me a parking permit on Tuesday and, although I am immensely […]

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Swimming Upstream: Steps, 2, 3, 4 & 5 – Pre-Shaken http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-steps-2-3-4-5-pre-shaken/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-steps-2-3-4-5-pre-shaken/#comments Fri, 16 Oct 2015 14:15:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1197242 The quest to complete the importation of my 2013 Town & Country continues and, if the important successes I reported on last week were great strides towards the ultimate goal, this week’s progress has been limited to a frustrating series of baby steps. Still, progress is being made. As most government offices were closed on […]

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The quest to complete the importation of my 2013 Town & Country continues and, if the important successes I reported on last week were great strides towards the ultimate goal, this week’s progress has been limited to a frustrating series of baby steps. Still, progress is being made. As most government offices were closed on […]

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Swimming Upstream: Step 1 – Japanese Emissions and Noise Testing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-step-1-japanese-emissions-noise-testing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-step-1-japanese-emissions-noise-testing/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 16:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1189986 The Town & Country is back at home and, frankly — no pun intended — I’m exhausted. As I had been warned, the necessary tests required an overnight stay for the van at the research facility and the two trips there and back sapped a lot of my energy. I was at the mercy of […]

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The Town & Country is back at home and, frankly — no pun intended — I’m exhausted. As I had been warned, the necessary tests required an overnight stay for the van at the research facility and the two trips there and back sapped a lot of my energy. I was at the mercy of […]

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TTAC Project Car: Sacrifice to The Sierra Gods! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/ttac-project-car-sacrifice-sierra-gods/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/ttac-project-car-sacrifice-sierra-gods/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1128273   No surprise, the auto journo that insists on everything LS-swapped is actually a big ol’ fraud. Do as he says, not as he does with TTAC’s Project Car — a 1983 Ford Sierra Ghia previously reviewed with the promise of more to come. Promises: kept. After scouring the interwebs, reading about the Sierra’s factory […]

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  No surprise, the auto journo that insists on everything LS-swapped is actually a big ol’ fraud. Do as he says, not as he does with TTAC’s Project Car — a 1983 Ford Sierra Ghia previously reviewed with the promise of more to come. Promises: kept. After scouring the interwebs, reading about the Sierra’s factory […]

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Hamp Vacates Toyota CCO Role as Drug Investigation Continues http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/hamp-vacates-toyota-cco-role-as-drug-investigation-continues/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/hamp-vacates-toyota-cco-role-as-drug-investigation-continues/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1104641 The first female senior executive to ever hold a managing officer role with Toyota has resigned. The uncharged Julie Hamp remains in custody in Japan after being accused of attempting to import Oxycodone from the United States. Japanese prosecutors have 20 days to charge Hamp. That window expires on July 8. Toyota issued a statement today: […]

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The first female senior executive to ever hold a managing officer role with Toyota has resigned. The uncharged Julie Hamp remains in custody in Japan after being accused of attempting to import Oxycodone from the United States. Japanese prosecutors have 20 days to charge Hamp. That window expires on July 8. Toyota issued a statement today: […]

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This Toyota Soarer Aerocabin Is the Droptop for the Paparazzi Averse http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/this-toyota-soarer-aerocabin-is-the-droptop-for-the-paparazzi-averse/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/this-toyota-soarer-aerocabin-is-the-droptop-for-the-paparazzi-averse/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 20:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1082249 This 1989 Toyota Soarer Aerocabin is a rare bird, especially in the U.S. With only 500 units built, all in April 1989, the Japanese droptop is the holy combination of a lengthened Supra chassis and bippu style for those wanting to feel the wind through their hair without sacrificing privacy. This particular example, shot in Los Angeles by […]

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This 1989 Toyota Soarer Aerocabin is a rare bird, especially in the U.S. With only 500 units built, all in April 1989, the Japanese droptop is the holy combination of a lengthened Supra chassis and bippu style for those wanting to feel the wind through their hair without sacrificing privacy. This particular example, shot in Los Angeles by […]

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Chinese-Built Volvo S60 Sedans to Arrive in U.S. in “About Two Months” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/chinese-built-volvo-s60-sedans-to-arrive-in-u-s-in-about-two-months/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/chinese-built-volvo-s60-sedans-to-arrive-in-u-s-in-about-two-months/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 17:18:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1076298 Proving the first Chinese cars to come to America will be imported by established brands, Volvo has a number of S60 sedans on the boat from China and they’re expected to arrive in about two months. Manufacturing in China is just one part of Volvo’s plan to boost sales to 800,000 units annually before 2020. […]

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Proving the first Chinese cars to come to America will be imported by established brands, Volvo has a number of S60 sedans on the boat from China and they’re expected to arrive in about two months. Manufacturing in China is just one part of Volvo’s plan to boost sales to 800,000 units annually before 2020. […]

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Capsule Review: 1983 Ford Sierra Ghia 2.0 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/capsule-review-1983-ford-sierra-ghia-2-0/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/capsule-review-1983-ford-sierra-ghia-2-0/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:44:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=981897     “Wait! Is that a…” “Are you British?”  “I haven’t seen one of these since I left Venezuela as a teenager, only rich people had Sierras!” Behold random responses from gawkers of TTAC’s Project Car. The surprises continue after several hundred miles under the Ford Sierra’s belt, as life with this fish out of water is […]

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    “Wait! Is that a…” “Are you British?”  “I haven’t seen one of these since I left Venezuela as a teenager, only rich people had Sierras!” Behold random responses from gawkers of TTAC’s Project Car. The surprises continue after several hundred miles under the Ford Sierra’s belt, as life with this fish out of water is […]

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Piston Slap: A Grey Market Global Ranger? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/piston-slap-global-ranger-management/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/piston-slap-global-ranger-management/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:57:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=912394 H.Y. writes: Hi Sajeev, the global Ford Ranger is still sold overseas now.  What are the challenges for a person to import a modern used Ranger these days? how much addedcostsontopofthepurchase/transport price? 25% truck import duty?  even with a 4-door model ? how much paper work?  US customs, EPA, State safety inspection, DMV plate? what if the truck […]

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H.Y. writes: Hi Sajeev, the global Ford Ranger is still sold overseas now.  What are the challenges for a person to import a modern used Ranger these days? how much addedcostsontopofthepurchase/transport price? 25% truck import duty?  even with a 4-door model ? how much paper work?  US customs, EPA, State safety inspection, DMV plate? what if the truck […]

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TTAC Project Car: Citizen Sierra http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/ttac-project-car-citizen-sierra/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/ttac-project-car-citizen-sierra/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:03:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=635937 It’s been a while since our last update on TTAC’s intercontinental project car: a UK-spec 1983 Ford Sierra Ghia finished in Rio Brown.  Since then the Sierra’s gifted creator passed away and more positively, Ford wisely ditched its Titanium trim level for a famous name befitting a premium offering with brown paint…even if it isn’t […]

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It’s been a while since our last update on TTAC’s intercontinental project car: a UK-spec 1983 Ford Sierra Ghia finished in Rio Brown.  Since then the Sierra’s gifted creator passed away and more positively, Ford wisely ditched its Titanium trim level for a famous name befitting a premium offering with brown paint…even if it isn’t […]

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Only A Nutcase Would Import A Car To America. B.S. Wants To Change That, And He Needs Your Signature http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/only-a-nutcase-would-import-a-car-to-america-b-s-wants-to-change-that-and-he-needs-your-signature/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/only-a-nutcase-would-import-a-car-to-america-b-s-wants-to-change-that-and-he-needs-your-signature/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:31:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=478336 As a worldly American and car nut, on one of your world travels, there will be a time when you fall in love with a car in a foreign land. The crush on that thing will be so big that you will want to take the irresistible beauty home with you. Just ask Sajeev or […]

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As a worldly American and car nut, on one of your world travels, there will be a time when you fall in love with a car in a foreign land. The crush on that thing will be so big that you will want to take the irresistible beauty home with you. Just ask Sajeev or […]

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U.S. Imports All The Rage In South Korea http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/u-s-imports-all-the-rage-in-south-korea/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/u-s-imports-all-the-rage-in-south-korea/#comments Thu, 06 Dec 2012 17:36:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=469308 While Japan may be a “closed market” in the eyes of some, imported cars from America are all the rage in South Korea. Honda is planning on sending no fewer than six American-made cars; the Civic, Accord, Odyssey, CR-V, Crosstour and Pilot will all be sent to South Korea as Honda attempts to become a net […]

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While Japan may be a “closed market” in the eyes of some, imported cars from America are all the rage in South Korea. Honda is planning on sending no fewer than six American-made cars; the Civic, Accord, Odyssey, CR-V, Crosstour and Pilot will all be sent to South Korea as Honda attempts to become a net […]

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Japan Opens Up To Imports; Just Not From The Big Three http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/japan-opens-up-to-imports-just-not-from-the-big-three/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/japan-opens-up-to-imports-just-not-from-the-big-three/#comments Mon, 03 Sep 2012 12:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=458753 All the complaints about Japan being a “closed market” are hogwash; look at all the imports coming in to Japan from places like Thailand, Malaysia and China. No, Japan isn’t quite ready for a Malaysian or Chinese car, but Thai-made cars, like the Nissan March, are leading a trend against Japan’s mentality of buying domestic […]

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All the complaints about Japan being a “closed market” are hogwash; look at all the imports coming in to Japan from places like Thailand, Malaysia and China. No, Japan isn’t quite ready for a Malaysian or Chinese car, but Thai-made cars, like the Nissan March, are leading a trend against Japan’s mentality of buying domestic […]

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New or Used: Cefiro! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/new-or-used-cefiro/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/new-or-used-cefiro/#comments Thu, 10 Nov 2011 18:17:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=417131   TTAC commentator bumpy ii writes: It’s definitely going to be used in this case. Anyway, I’m looking to pick up a fun weekend car in another 3-4 years. I like to plan ahead. Here’s what I want: * 4 doors * RWD * manual transmission * normally aspirated inline 6 * (the kicker) curb […]

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  TTAC commentator bumpy ii writes: It’s definitely going to be used in this case. Anyway, I’m looking to pick up a fun weekend car in another 3-4 years. I like to plan ahead. Here’s what I want: * 4 doors * RWD * manual transmission * normally aspirated inline 6 * (the kicker) curb […]

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Argentina: Want To Sell Porsches? Export Our Wine And Olives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/argentina-pushes-automakers-into-the-export-business/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/argentina-pushes-automakers-into-the-export-business/#comments Fri, 04 Nov 2011 15:20:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416898 With a 35% import tax on new cars, Argentina is already a touch market for foreign brands seeking to bring cars into the country. But the Argentinean government has just made it  little bit harder by demanding that importers export an equal amount of Argentina-made goods for every car imported. As a result, Bloomberg reports that Porsche’s importer is […]

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With a 35% import tax on new cars, Argentina is already a touch market for foreign brands seeking to bring cars into the country. But the Argentinean government has just made it  little bit harder by demanding that importers export an equal amount of Argentina-made goods for every car imported. As a result, Bloomberg reports that Porsche’s importer is […]

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San Francisco Loses Last Domestic Dealership http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/san-francisco-loses-last-domestic-dealership/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/san-francisco-loses-last-domestic-dealership/#comments Tue, 10 May 2011 18:06:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=394480 Detroit’s brand managers, particularly those at the resurgent premium and luxury brands, have made West Coast sales a high priority as they seek to bring new buyers into once-moribund brands like Buick and Cadillac. California, in particular, is a huge market for luxury and premium cars, and it’s generally an edgier, more youthful market that […]

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Detroit’s brand managers, particularly those at the resurgent premium and luxury brands, have made West Coast sales a high priority as they seek to bring new buyers into once-moribund brands like Buick and Cadillac. California, in particular, is a huge market for luxury and premium cars, and it’s generally an edgier, more youthful market that […]

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Saab Recasts Itself As Auto Industry’s Answer To Wal-Mart http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/saab-recasts-itself-as-budget-chinese-export-brand/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/saab-recasts-itself-as-budget-chinese-export-brand/#comments Tue, 10 May 2011 17:24:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=394475 Saab has started paying suppliers again (although production hasn’t restarted yet), and CEO Victor Muller is once again all popped-collar confidence as he dismisses the “speed bump” that he blames on negative publicity. But behind Mueller’s yacht-club breeziness and talk of “true Saabs,” major changes are afoot in Saab’s business model. Saab’s deal with Hawtai, […]

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Saab has started paying suppliers again (although production hasn’t restarted yet), and CEO Victor Muller is once again all popped-collar confidence as he dismisses the “speed bump” that he blames on negative publicity. But behind Mueller’s yacht-club breeziness and talk of “true Saabs,” major changes are afoot in Saab’s business model. Saab’s deal with Hawtai, […]

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Brilliance! First Chinese Automaker In Europe Calls It Quits http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/brilliance-first-chinese-automaker-in-europe-calls-it-quits/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/brilliance-first-chinese-automaker-in-europe-calls-it-quits/#comments Thu, 29 Apr 2010 14:46:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=354686 We knew Brilliance’s plan to export 158,000 sedans to Europe had taken a bit of a beating when the Chinese automaker’s European export partner folded back in November. Even before then, the ADAC’s now-infamous crash tests of Briliance’s BS6 and BS4 seemed likely to doom the brand’s early attempt at the European market. And now, […]

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We knew Brilliance’s plan to export 158,000 sedans to Europe had taken a bit of a beating when the Chinese automaker’s European export partner folded back in November. Even before then, the ADAC’s now-infamous crash tests of Briliance’s BS6 and BS4 seemed likely to doom the brand’s early attempt at the European market. And now, […]

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Strong Yen Spells Big Trouble For Toyota http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/weak-yen-spells-big-trouble-for-toyota/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/weak-yen-spells-big-trouble-for-toyota/#comments Mon, 30 Nov 2009 18:54:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=337384 Japans currency rose to a 14-year high against the dollar last week, prompting fears that the island nation’s exports could be dramatically affected. And no firm stands to lose as much Toyota, which had been operating under the highest assumed exchange rate of any of Japan’s auto exporters. Reuters reports that ToMoCo had pegged the […]

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Japans currency rose to a 14-year high against the dollar last week, prompting fears that the island nation’s exports could be dramatically affected. And no firm stands to lose as much Toyota, which had been operating under the highest assumed exchange rate of any of Japan’s auto exporters. Reuters reports that ToMoCo had pegged the […]

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Regal: More Than Just Bred On the Autobahn http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/regal-more-than-just-bred-on-the-autobahn/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/regal-more-than-just-bred-on-the-autobahn/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2009 14:51:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=335086 The single trim level is what tipped us off, and if we’d looked closer at its spec sheet, we’d have seen that its manufacturing location is listed as “Rüsselsheim, Germany.” Automotive News [sub] reports that Regal will be built in Germany for 15 months before production shifts to Oshawa. Which makes the Regal even more […]

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The single trim level is what tipped us off, and if we’d looked closer at its spec sheet, we’d have seen that its manufacturing location is listed as “Rüsselsheim, Germany.” Automotive News [sub] reports that Regal will be built in Germany for 15 months before production shifts to Oshawa. Which makes the Regal even more […]

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