The Truth About Cars » jalopnik http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:00:49 +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 » jalopnik http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com TTAC News Round-up: CES Is an Auto Show Now, Volkswagen Apologizes (Again), and Do You Want to Be an Automotive Journalist? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-ces-auto-show-now-volkswagen-apologizes-want-automotive-journalist/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-ces-auto-show-now-volkswagen-apologizes-want-automotive-journalist/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2016 19:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1258537 Started in New York City in 1967 as an offshoot of the Chicago Music Show, the Consumer Electronics Show has grown to capture the interest and intrigue of automakers. Las Vegas now has two auto shows. That, Volkswagen’s unending stream of German-accented apologies, why Ford might not be hitching itself to Google and how you […]

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Started in New York City in 1967 as an offshoot of the Chicago Music Show, the Consumer Electronics Show has grown to capture the interest and intrigue of automakers. Las Vegas now has two auto shows. That, Volkswagen’s unending stream of German-accented apologies, why Ford might not be hitching itself to Google and how you […]

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Giving Thanks: You Gotta Be Rich to Own a Cheap Car – No Fixed Abode http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/you-gotta-be-rich-to-own-a-cheap-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/you-gotta-be-rich-to-own-a-cheap-car/#comments Thu, 26 Nov 2015 16:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1229849 Editor’s note: This article originally ran February 4th, 2015 and will likely be one of the all-time most read TTAC editorials for years to come. If you’re a fan of automotive personality Matt Farah and/or his show, “The Smoking Tire”, you probably know that Matt recently bought a 1996 Lexus LS400 with 897,000 documented miles on […]

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Editor’s note: This article originally ran February 4th, 2015 and will likely be one of the all-time most read TTAC editorials for years to come. If you’re a fan of automotive personality Matt Farah and/or his show, “The Smoking Tire”, you probably know that Matt recently bought a 1996 Lexus LS400 with 897,000 documented miles on […]

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Report: Hummer Recall Only Happened After NHTSA Threatened GM http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/report-hummer-recall-happened-nhtsa-threatened-gm/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/report-hummer-recall-happened-nhtsa-threatened-gm/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 21:00:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1115425 Jalopnik has an interesting story today about how General Motors negotiated its way into recalling 200,000 Hummers only after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration threatened to launch a formal investigation. Last week, Hummer recalled nearly 200,000 SUVs due to an increased fire risk because of a faulty HVAC harness that could melt and catch fire. GM knew about the problem […]

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Jalopnik has an interesting story today about how General Motors negotiated its way into recalling 200,000 Hummers only after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration threatened to launch a formal investigation. Last week, Hummer recalled nearly 200,000 SUVs due to an increased fire risk because of a faulty HVAC harness that could melt and catch fire. GM knew about the problem […]

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Jalopnik, Other Gawker Media Writers To Unionize http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/jalopnik-gawker-media-writers-unionize/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/jalopnik-gawker-media-writers-unionize/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 18:15:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1084625 It’s official: Writers for Gawker Media’s online publications, including our friends at Jalopnik, have voted to unionize. Out of 118 eligible voters throughout the online-only media company, 107 cast their vote Wednesday to decide whether or not to be represented by the Writers Guild of America, East, Gawker reports. The results came to 75 percent (80 […]

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It’s official: Writers for Gawker Media’s online publications, including our friends at Jalopnik, have voted to unionize. Out of 118 eligible voters throughout the online-only media company, 107 cast their vote Wednesday to decide whether or not to be represented by the Writers Guild of America, East, Gawker reports. The results came to 75 percent (80 […]

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Greetings From Belle Isle: Crashed Camaros and Brakeless Bimmers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/greetings-belle-isle-crashed-camaros-brakeless-bimmers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/greetings-belle-isle-crashed-camaros-brakeless-bimmers/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 15:06:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1073698 Chances are if you have an Internet connection and even a passing interest in automobiles, you’ve heard about the “Jalopnik Camaro crash.” If not, here’s a quick catch-up: Patrick George, who covers a variety of topics for Gawker’s cars-and-planes-and-wow-just-wow blog, managed to understeer his way out of a lead-follow pace lap at Detroit’s Belle Isle […]

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Chances are if you have an Internet connection and even a passing interest in automobiles, you’ve heard about the “Jalopnik Camaro crash.” If not, here’s a quick catch-up: Patrick George, who covers a variety of topics for Gawker’s cars-and-planes-and-wow-just-wow blog, managed to understeer his way out of a lead-follow pace lap at Detroit’s Belle Isle […]

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Jalopnik Drove Our Crapwagon Outtake Citroen C6 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/jalopnik-drove-our-crapwagon-outtake-citroen-c6/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/jalopnik-drove-our-crapwagon-outtake-citroen-c6/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 14:49:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1067426 Remember that Crapwagon Outtake Citroen C6 we ran last week? Well, since it’s located in New York, the guys at Jalopnik went out and actually drove it. Color us as green as this French automobile with envy. [Photo: Raphael Orlove/Jalopnik]

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Remember that Crapwagon Outtake Citroen C6 we ran last week? Well, since it’s located in New York, the guys at Jalopnik went out and actually drove it. Color us as green as this French automobile with envy. [Photo: Raphael Orlove/Jalopnik]

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De Nysschen: Cadillac CT6 Likely To Gain Twin-Turbo V8 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/de-nysschen-cadillac-ct6-likely-gain-twin-turbo-v8/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/de-nysschen-cadillac-ct6-likely-gain-twin-turbo-v8/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1008106 The Cadillac CT6’s looks may not be as “greatly daring” as the B&B had hoped, but the premium sedan might make up for that with twin-turbo V8 power. According to Road & Track, brand president Johan de Nysschen turned up for a Q&A with the commentariat over on Jalopnik, where he gave this response to […]

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The Cadillac CT6’s looks may not be as “greatly daring” as the B&B had hoped, but the premium sedan might make up for that with twin-turbo V8 power. According to Road & Track, brand president Johan de Nysschen turned up for a Q&A with the commentariat over on Jalopnik, where he gave this response to […]

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No Fixed Abode: You gotta be rich to own a cheap car. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/no-fixed-abode-gotta-rich-cheap-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/no-fixed-abode-gotta-rich-cheap-car/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=993330 If you’re a fan of automotive personality Matt Farah and/or his show, “The Smoking Tire”, you probably know that Matt recently bought a 1996 Lexus LS400 with 897,000 documented miles on the clock. That’s right. Do not adjust your television. That’s nearly a million. You might also know that “The Driver”, Alex Roy, and I […]

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If you’re a fan of automotive personality Matt Farah and/or his show, “The Smoking Tire”, you probably know that Matt recently bought a 1996 Lexus LS400 with 897,000 documented miles on the clock. That’s right. Do not adjust your television. That’s nearly a million. You might also know that “The Driver”, Alex Roy, and I […]

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The Twingo Turns 20 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/the-twingo-turns-20/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/the-twingo-turns-20/#comments Sat, 14 Dec 2013 15:15:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=679554 Our friends at Jalopnik have an interesting history on the Renault Twingo, a car that is about to celebrate its 20th birthday, and has arguably entered the “small car hall of fame” alongside cars like the Mini and the Volkswagen Golf. You can read about its origins as a Polish people’s car and see how […]

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Our friends at Jalopnik have an interesting history on the Renault Twingo, a car that is about to celebrate its 20th birthday, and has arguably entered the “small car hall of fame” alongside cars like the Mini and the Volkswagen Golf. You can read about its origins as a Polish people’s car and see how […]

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Jalopnik Declares War On Embargoes — And It’s A War They Will Win http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/jalopnik-declares-war-on-embargoes-and-its-a-war-they-will-win/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/jalopnik-declares-war-on-embargoes-and-its-a-war-they-will-win/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:17:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=671330 In a rather terse and self-consciously matter-of-fact column released earlier today, Jalopnik’s Matt Hardigree drew a line in the sand: the website will not honor any product embargoes not related to new-car drive events and opportunities. He’s careful to point out that it’s business advantages, not ethical considerations, underlying the change in policy. To the […]

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In a rather terse and self-consciously matter-of-fact column released earlier today, Jalopnik’s Matt Hardigree drew a line in the sand: the website will not honor any product embargoes not related to new-car drive events and opportunities. He’s careful to point out that it’s business advantages, not ethical considerations, underlying the change in policy. To the […]

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Gawker Wants The Detroit News To Stick To The Real Journalism http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/gawker-wants-the-detroit-news-to-stick-to-the-real-journalism/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/gawker-wants-the-detroit-news-to-stick-to-the-real-journalism/#comments Mon, 06 May 2013 18:57:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=487478 When the Detroit News decided to make a click-tastic slideshow of The 50 Most Beautiful WAGS In Sports, the blogosphere responded with some WAGging of its own — mostly of tongues. Nearly everybody agreed that there was something deeply saddening and pathetic about the fact that a semi-respected Old News bastion is now using Google […]

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When the Detroit News decided to make a click-tastic slideshow of The 50 Most Beautiful WAGS In Sports, the blogosphere responded with some WAGging of its own — mostly of tongues. Nearly everybody agreed that there was something deeply saddening and pathetic about the fact that a semi-respected Old News bastion is now using Google […]

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New: TTAC Works For Jalopnik. (Big Announcement On Monday. Or Tuesday) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/new-ttac-works-for-jalopnik-big-announcement-on-monday-or-tuesday/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/new-ttac-works-for-jalopnik-big-announcement-on-monday-or-tuesday/#comments Sun, 24 Feb 2013 18:18:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=478854 Jalopnik is making a big do about “NISSAN’S NISMO IS PLANNING A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT ON MONDAY.” And the Jalops wonder: “What could it be?” It might be the start of a large multinational co-operative project between Jalopnik and TTAC. Or not. All I know is that Nismo will show off its new headquarters in Shin-Koyasu, […]

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Jalopnik is making a big do about “NISSAN’S NISMO IS PLANNING A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT ON MONDAY.” And the Jalops wonder: “What could it be?” It might be the start of a large multinational co-operative project between Jalopnik and TTAC. Or not. All I know is that Nismo will show off its new headquarters in Shin-Koyasu, […]

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Fisker Flambe At New Jersey Port Damages 16 Karmas http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/fisker-flambe-at-new-jersey-port-damages-16-karmas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/fisker-flambe-at-new-jersey-port-damages-16-karmas/#comments Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:50:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465532 16 Fisker Karmas waiting at a New Jersey port caught fire, with all 16 cars burning to the ground. Photos of the aftermath were obtained by Jalopnik, which also obtained this statement from Fisker “It was reported today that several Fisker Karmas were damaged by fire at the Port of Newark after being submerged in […]

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16 Fisker Karmas waiting at a New Jersey port caught fire, with all 16 cars burning to the ground. Photos of the aftermath were obtained by Jalopnik, which also obtained this statement from Fisker “It was reported today that several Fisker Karmas were damaged by fire at the Port of Newark after being submerged in […]

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Sandy Drowns Jalopnik, Site Advocates Wife Swapping While Down http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/sandy-drowns-jalopnik-site-advertises-wife-swapping-while-down/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/sandy-drowns-jalopnik-site-advertises-wife-swapping-while-down/#comments Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:05:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465365 One of the many victims of Sandy: Jalopnik. Along with the other servers of the Gawker network, Jalopnik joined the fate of some ten thousand websites served by 150 data centers on the East Coast that were drowned out by the ferocious storm. Even after going down, the site’s problems did not end. We wish […]

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One of the many victims of Sandy: Jalopnik. Along with the other servers of the Gawker network, Jalopnik joined the fate of some ten thousand websites served by 150 data centers on the East Coast that were drowned out by the ferocious storm. Even after going down, the site’s problems did not end. We wish […]

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Enough About The Tesla Model S And The Manufactured Controversy Over Reviews http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/enough-about-the-tesla-model-s-and-the-manufactured-controversy-over-reviews/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/enough-about-the-tesla-model-s-and-the-manufactured-controversy-over-reviews/#comments Mon, 09 Jul 2012 16:10:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=451797 Summer is always a slow time in the industry, so what better way to boost traffic than to manufacture a controversy out of thin air about a “third rail” topic like electric cars? The past week or two has seen Jalopnik take reviewers and Tesla to task over the short drive times offered during the […]

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Summer is always a slow time in the industry, so what better way to boost traffic than to manufacture a controversy out of thin air about a “third rail” topic like electric cars? The past week or two has seen Jalopnik take reviewers and Tesla to task over the short drive times offered during the […]

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Mazda Courts Jalopnik Readers With Next MX-5, Gets More Than They Bargained For http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/mazda-courts-jalopnik-readers-with-next-mx-5-gets-more-than-they-bargained-for/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/mazda-courts-jalopnik-readers-with-next-mx-5-gets-more-than-they-bargained-for/#comments Mon, 04 Jun 2012 16:29:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=447446 I’m not afraid to admit I’m wrong (though I tend to be right nearly every single time without fail. So there.). When I saw that Mazda had asked Jalopnik readers for their thoughts on the next MX-5, I oscillated between sheer terror (at the prospect of reading a bunch of keyboard jockeys telling engineers how to […]

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I’m not afraid to admit I’m wrong (though I tend to be right nearly every single time without fail. So there.). When I saw that Mazda had asked Jalopnik readers for their thoughts on the next MX-5, I oscillated between sheer terror (at the prospect of reading a bunch of keyboard jockeys telling engineers how to […]

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This Is A Blog Post About A Blog Post That Got Someone Fired (Over A Blog Post) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/this-is-a-blog-post-about-a-blog-post-that-got-someone-fired-over-a-blog-post/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/this-is-a-blog-post-about-a-blog-post-that-got-someone-fired-over-a-blog-post/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2011 07:50:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=412948 If you saw the video above on Autoblog, accompanied by some tired prose suggesting that you summon some enthusiasm for this, the latest automotive promotion, would you think twice? You might if you knew the person who posted the story, and knew they were being paid to promote said promotion. But how does one actually […]

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If you saw the video above on Autoblog, accompanied by some tired prose suggesting that you summon some enthusiasm for this, the latest automotive promotion, would you think twice? You might if you knew the person who posted the story, and knew they were being paid to promote said promotion. But how does one actually […]

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Oxymoron Alert: Jalopnik Has Lost Its Mind http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/oxymoron-alert-jalopnik-has-lost-its-mind/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/oxymoron-alert-jalopnik-has-lost-its-mind/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2011 15:17:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=388948 I know, the sniping at Jalopnik is getting old, and I’m sure this article will receive a lot of complaints. But this is The Truth About Cars, and the truth must be told. Banking on the limited attention span of its readers, Gawker’s outlet for things remotely related to cars headlined yesterday: “European Union wants […]

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I know, the sniping at Jalopnik is getting old, and I’m sure this article will receive a lot of complaints. But this is The Truth About Cars, and the truth must be told. Banking on the limited attention span of its readers, Gawker’s outlet for things remotely related to cars headlined yesterday: “European Union wants […]

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Confirmed: WSJ Writes Nonsense About Toyota EDR Amnesia. Jalopnik In Same League As WSJ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/confirmed-wsj-writes-nonsense-about-toyota-edr-amnesia-jalopnik-in-same-league-as-wsj/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/confirmed-wsj-writes-nonsense-about-toyota-edr-amnesia-jalopnik-in-same-league-as-wsj/#comments Fri, 16 Jul 2010 11:11:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=360976 Welcome to amateur hour. As reported yesterday, The Wall Street Journal claimed in a story that Toyota’s “data recorders can lose their information if disconnected from the car’s battery or if the battery dies—as could happen after a crash.” Their source was “a person familiar with the situation.” Commentator Carquestions concluded that the source doesn’t […]

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Welcome to amateur hour. As reported yesterday, The Wall Street Journal claimed in a story that Toyota’s “data recorders can lose their information if disconnected from the car’s battery or if the battery dies—as could happen after a crash.” Their source was “a person familiar with the situation.” Commentator Carquestions concluded that the source doesn’t […]

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Toyota Unintended Acceleration Gremlins Running Amok – In The Media And At Illegal Speeds http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/toyota-unintended-acceleration-gremlins-running-amok-in-the-media-and-at-illegal-speeds/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/toyota-unintended-acceleration-gremlins-running-amok-in-the-media-and-at-illegal-speeds/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2010 18:56:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=343847 The media and “celebrities” are making hay over the Toyota recall issue, desperate to find evidence of electronic and software gremlins. We’re adamant in stating that Toyota needs to change their software to give braking priority over a stuck pedal, and to replace the pedals, of course. And there may well be genuine software or […]

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The media and “celebrities” are making hay over the Toyota recall issue, desperate to find evidence of electronic and software gremlins. We’re adamant in stating that Toyota needs to change their software to give braking priority over a stuck pedal, and to replace the pedals, of course. And there may well be genuine software or […]

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Jalopnik’s Mea Culpa http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/jalopniks-mea-culpa/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/jalopniks-mea-culpa/#comments Fri, 08 Jan 2010 23:33:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=341205 Blogging, like most human pursuits, is perennially torn between two competing impulses: getting paid and keeping it real. On the internet, where the basest pandering tends to yield the most bounteous rewards in traffic (if not discourse), the temptation to lose focus in search of new traffic is ever present. In a striking piece entitled […]

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Blogging, like most human pursuits, is perennially torn between two competing impulses: getting paid and keeping it real. On the internet, where the basest pandering tends to yield the most bounteous rewards in traffic (if not discourse), the temptation to lose focus in search of new traffic is ever present. In a striking piece entitled […]

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CTS-V Challenge Lap Times http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/10/cts-v-challenge-lap-times-constant-updates/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/10/cts-v-challenge-lap-times-constant-updates/#comments Thu, 29 Oct 2009 17:58:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=333518 Via Cadillac’s Twitter Feed: John Heinricy (Cadillac test driver)- Cadillac CTS-V: Top Lap: 2:46:560 Aaron Link (Cadillac development engineer)- Cadillac CTS-V: Top Lap: 2:48:902 Brian Redman- CTS-V: Top Lap: 2:49:596 Michael Cooper (Who is this guy?)- BMW M3: Top Lap: 2:50:424 Jack Baruth- Cadillac CTS-V (TTAC): Top Lap: 2:51:153 Lawrence Ulrich- CTS-V (New York Times): […]

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Via Cadillac’s Twitter Feed: John Heinricy (Cadillac test driver)- Cadillac CTS-V: Top Lap: 2:46:560 Aaron Link (Cadillac development engineer)- Cadillac CTS-V: Top Lap: 2:48:902 Brian Redman- CTS-V: Top Lap: 2:49:596 Michael Cooper (Who is this guy?)- BMW M3: Top Lap: 2:50:424 Jack Baruth- Cadillac CTS-V (TTAC): Top Lap: 2:51:153 Lawrence Ulrich- CTS-V (New York Times): […]

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