The Truth About Cars » Japan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:54:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Japan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com 2016 Nissan Sentra Review – Nissan’s Compact Goes Premium http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/2016-nissan-sentra-review-nissans-compact-goes-premium/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/2016-nissan-sentra-review-nissans-compact-goes-premium/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1276377 Traditional car shoppers are moving away from small sedans and toward compact crossovers. That’s the conventional wisdom used to explain the slowing sales we see in some models. But could there be another reason? Could it simply be a lack of focus and attention to the compact segment? There is one model that’s seen a meteoric rise in […]

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Traditional car shoppers are moving away from small sedans and toward compact crossovers. That’s the conventional wisdom used to explain the slowing sales we see in some models. But could there be another reason? Could it simply be a lack of focus and attention to the compact segment? There is one model that’s seen a meteoric rise in […]

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2016 Honda Civic EX Review – All-in on Active Safety http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2016-honda-civic-ex-review-active-safety/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2016-honda-civic-ex-review-active-safety/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:00:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1270025 Honda received much flogging from the press for the last-generation Civic. The 2012 model was the result of Honda improperly reading the Magic 8-Ball amid the global slowdown. Honda’s decision makers assumed shoppers would be looking for something more modest, perhaps even austere, and changed direction to suit. The competition, assuming shoppers would be looking for greater creature comforts […]

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Honda received much flogging from the press for the last-generation Civic. The 2012 model was the result of Honda improperly reading the Magic 8-Ball amid the global slowdown. Honda’s decision makers assumed shoppers would be looking for something more modest, perhaps even austere, and changed direction to suit. The competition, assuming shoppers would be looking for greater creature comforts […]

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TTAC News Round-up: Ford Leaving Japan, Indonesia; Detroit’s Big Show; Kia Rio GT Coming? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-ford-leaving-japan-indonesia-detroits-big-show-kia-rio-gt-coming/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-ford-leaving-japan-indonesia-detroits-big-show-kia-rio-gt-coming/#comments Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1272793 The big Blue Oval is setting in the Land of the Rising Sun. That, Volkswagen’s labor boss doesn’t like what he hears, Detroit’s big show and Kia’s big plans for the Rio … after the break! Ford closing up shop in Japan, Indonesia Ford will shutter its operations and business in Japan and Indonesia by […]

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The big Blue Oval is setting in the Land of the Rising Sun. That, Volkswagen’s labor boss doesn’t like what he hears, Detroit’s big show and Kia’s big plans for the Rio … after the break! Ford closing up shop in Japan, Indonesia Ford will shutter its operations and business in Japan and Indonesia by […]

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2016 Lexus IS 200t Review – Lexus Finally Goes Turbo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2016-lexus-200t-review-lexus-finally-goes-turbo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2016-lexus-200t-review-lexus-finally-goes-turbo/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1267121 Lexus has tended to prefer conservative design in almost every aspect of product development. Words like reliable and dependable usually spring to mind before sporty or exciting. Yet, the brand has been trying to change that over the last few years with love-it-or-hate-it designs; in particular, Lexus’ new “Predator mouth.” The changes aren’t simply skin deep. […]

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Lexus has tended to prefer conservative design in almost every aspect of product development. Words like reliable and dependable usually spring to mind before sporty or exciting. Yet, the brand has been trying to change that over the last few years with love-it-or-hate-it designs; in particular, Lexus’ new “Predator mouth.” The changes aren’t simply skin deep. […]

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TTAC News Round-up: Infamous GM Engineer Speaks, You Only Get One With Dinner, and Hydrogen’s Hedged Bet http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-up-infamous-gm-engineer-speaks-you-only-get-one-with-dinner-and-hydrogens-hedged-bet/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-up-infamous-gm-engineer-speaks-you-only-get-one-with-dinner-and-hydrogens-hedged-bet/#comments Sat, 16 Jan 2016 16:04:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1268041 The man in the middle of GM’s faulty ignition switch has finally spoken, and the word “mistake” came up at least twice. That, does anyone have the number for Google, GM and Honda may join forces, and take a cab … after the break! Former GM engineer says ‘mistakes were made’ in faulty switch The engineer at […]

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The man in the middle of GM’s faulty ignition switch has finally spoken, and the word “mistake” came up at least twice. That, does anyone have the number for Google, GM and Honda may join forces, and take a cab … after the break! Former GM engineer says ‘mistakes were made’ in faulty switch The engineer at […]

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review – An Original Reborn (Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/2016-mazda-mx-5-miata-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/2016-mazda-mx-5-miata-review/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2015 18:00:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1238985 If there is one constant in the automotive world, it is that every redesigned vehicle gets bigger, more powerful, heavier and more complex. Bucking that trend is Mazda’s latest MX-5, one of the smallest and lightest cars sold in the United States. Since the launch of the Miata in 1989, Mazda’s tiny roadster has been a […]

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If there is one constant in the automotive world, it is that every redesigned vehicle gets bigger, more powerful, heavier and more complex. Bucking that trend is Mazda’s latest MX-5, one of the smallest and lightest cars sold in the United States. Since the launch of the Miata in 1989, Mazda’s tiny roadster has been a […]

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2016 Toyota Tacoma Limited Review – Off-road Taco Truck [Video] http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/2016-toyota-tacoma-limited-review-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/2016-toyota-tacoma-limited-review-video/#comments Mon, 07 Dec 2015 16:30:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1235209 Toyota’s small trucks have long been associated with bulletproof reliability (and occasionally militant militias). Despite the Tacoma splitting from the legendary Toyota Hilux bloodline in 1995, the Taco (as some fans refer to their trucks) has continued Toyota’s rugged and reliable image. A big factor in the Tacoma’s long-term reliability is the Toyota’s philosophy to change: it should happen slowly […]

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Toyota’s small trucks have long been associated with bulletproof reliability (and occasionally militant militias). Despite the Tacoma splitting from the legendary Toyota Hilux bloodline in 1995, the Taco (as some fans refer to their trucks) has continued Toyota’s rugged and reliable image. A big factor in the Tacoma’s long-term reliability is the Toyota’s philosophy to change: it should happen slowly […]

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2016 Honda Accord Sedan Review – Quintessential Family Hauler [Video] http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/2016-honda-accord-sedan-review-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/2016-honda-accord-sedan-review-video/#comments Mon, 16 Nov 2015 15:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1216185 Accord sales are down 11 percent versus last year. Surprised? So was I. Looking at the numbers, the winner is even more surprising: the Chrysler 200. Tim’s numbers at GoodCarBadCar tell an interesting tale. Overall segment sales are down slightly with most models seeing only modest sales differences. Then we have the Accord and 200. Honda […]

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Accord sales are down 11 percent versus last year. Surprised? So was I. Looking at the numbers, the winner is even more surprising: the Chrysler 200. Tim’s numbers at GoodCarBadCar tell an interesting tale. Overall segment sales are down slightly with most models seeing only modest sales differences. Then we have the Accord and 200. Honda […]

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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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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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Lexus Rebuffs China Production Due To Quality Concerns (Bonus: “F— This Graph” Edition) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/lexus-rebuffs-china-production-due-to-quality-concerns-bonus-f-this-graph-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/lexus-rebuffs-china-production-due-to-quality-concerns-bonus-f-this-graph-edition/#comments Thu, 05 Nov 2015 18:45:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1212385 Lexus won’t be building cars in China anytime soon due the automaker’s concerns regarding production quality, Bloomberg reported Thursday. “There’s too much quality risk in China to produce there,” said Takashi Yamamoto, executive vice president of Lexus International. Did you hear that mic drop? Hello? Anyone there? Toyota’s luxury division, which is one of very few automakers […]

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Lexus won’t be building cars in China anytime soon due the automaker’s concerns regarding production quality, Bloomberg reported Thursday. “There’s too much quality risk in China to produce there,” said Takashi Yamamoto, executive vice president of Lexus International. Did you hear that mic drop? Hello? Anyone there? Toyota’s luxury division, which is one of very few automakers […]

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2015 Honda Civic Si Sedan Review – The FWD FR-S [Video] http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/2015-honda-civic-si-sedan-review-fwd-fr-s-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/2015-honda-civic-si-sedan-review-fwd-fr-s-video/#comments Tue, 27 Oct 2015 12:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1201313 BMW has M, Audi has a whole alphabet and Honda has Si. In truth, just the Civic has Si. Honda’s “Sport injection” trim started back in the 1980s but never expanded beyond its compact offerings in the U.S. Honda’s performance trim also never expanded beyond sharpened responses, a modest dollop of power and some looks-fast trim additions. The first Honda […]

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BMW has M, Audi has a whole alphabet and Honda has Si. In truth, just the Civic has Si. Honda’s “Sport injection” trim started back in the 1980s but never expanded beyond its compact offerings in the U.S. Honda’s performance trim also never expanded beyond sharpened responses, a modest dollop of power and some looks-fast trim additions. The first Honda […]

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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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Subaru Impreza 5-Door, Viziv Future Concepts Ready for Tokyo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/subaru-impreza-5-door-viziv-future-concepts-ready-for-tokyo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/subaru-impreza-5-door-viziv-future-concepts-ready-for-tokyo/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:30:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1189658 Subaru may have taken away our hot hatch goodness with the WRX and WRX STI, but the down-market Impreza looks to continue with all five doors intact. In a release on Wednesday, Subaru announced they would show off the next Impreza in hatchback form at the Tokyo International Motor Show. As per usual when it […]

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Subaru may have taken away our hot hatch goodness with the WRX and WRX STI, but the down-market Impreza looks to continue with all five doors intact. In a release on Wednesday, Subaru announced they would show off the next Impreza in hatchback form at the Tokyo International Motor Show. As per usual when it […]

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Did Nissan Cover Up the Next Cube in a Bunch of Tech? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/nissan-cover-next-cube-bunch-tech/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/nissan-cover-next-cube-bunch-tech/#comments Mon, 05 Oct 2015 21:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1188178 Nissan announced Monday that it would show in Tokyo a concept car that would be electric, charge devices and make all the kids search for it on TheInternet.web when they get home from school. The Teatro for Dayz appears to be a Cube-ish subcompact, powered by electrons for some humans that Nissan’s marketing team are calling “share […]

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Nissan announced Monday that it would show in Tokyo a concept car that would be electric, charge devices and make all the kids search for it on TheInternet.web when they get home from school. The Teatro for Dayz appears to be a Cube-ish subcompact, powered by electrons for some humans that Nissan’s marketing team are calling “share […]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Reached, Let’s All Buy Subaru Sambars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/trans-pacific-partnership-agreement-reached-lets-buy-subaru-sambars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/trans-pacific-partnership-agreement-reached-lets-buy-subaru-sambars/#comments Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:00:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1187978 Twelve countries, including the United States, reached an agreement Monday on an historic trade agreement that could economically tie together more than 400 million people in Asian Pacific and American countries. The pact would cover trade for wide ranging products, from rice to pharmaceutical drugs to cars. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which negotiators have been working on […]

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Twelve countries, including the United States, reached an agreement Monday on an historic trade agreement that could economically tie together more than 400 million people in Asian Pacific and American countries. The pact would cover trade for wide ranging products, from rice to pharmaceutical drugs to cars. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which negotiators have been working on […]

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Swimming Upstream: Importing a Car Into Japan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-importing-car-japan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-importing-car-japan/#comments Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1187810 Back in July, just days before my family boarded a Boeing 777 to wing our way to Japan, a truck arrived at my home to haul away my Chrysler Town & Country. In the ensuing weeks, while we struggled through lost luggage and looked for a place to live, the van was trucked to California, loaded into a container […]

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Back in July, just days before my family boarded a Boeing 777 to wing our way to Japan, a truck arrived at my home to haul away my Chrysler Town & Country. In the ensuing weeks, while we struggled through lost luggage and looked for a place to live, the van was trucked to California, loaded into a container […]

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Pacific Trade Deal Could Force Japan to Sell US Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/pacific-trade-deal-force-japan-sell-us-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/pacific-trade-deal-force-japan-sell-us-cars/#comments Sun, 04 Oct 2015 16:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1187282 A possible partnership deal between North American countries and Pacific countries may include provisions to penalize Asian governments for not opening up their markets enough for U.S. automakers, Bloomberg reported. According to the report, negotiators are close to concluding talks regarding automobiles, which has been a contentious point during the talks. The CBC reported that talks in […]

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A possible partnership deal between North American countries and Pacific countries may include provisions to penalize Asian governments for not opening up their markets enough for U.S. automakers, Bloomberg reported. According to the report, negotiators are close to concluding talks regarding automobiles, which has been a contentious point during the talks. The CBC reported that talks in […]

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Union Leader Blasts Obama on Pacific Trade Talks http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/union-leader-blasts-obama-pacific-trade-talks/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/union-leader-blasts-obama-pacific-trade-talks/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1153377 The head of the AFL-CIO in the United States is criticizing the current presidential administration for its pursuit of a trade zone in the Pacific that could open up Asian markets to America and vice versa, the Detroit News is reporting. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote the administration a letter saying that a free-trade agreement with […]

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The head of the AFL-CIO in the United States is criticizing the current presidential administration for its pursuit of a trade zone in the Pacific that could open up Asian markets to America and vice versa, the Detroit News is reporting. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote the administration a letter saying that a free-trade agreement with […]

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2016 Honda Pilot Review – The Sensible 8-Hauler http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/2016-honda-pilot-review-sensible-8-hauler/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/2016-honda-pilot-review-sensible-8-hauler/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1139410 2016 Honda Pilot Elite AWD 3.5-liter i-VTEC SOHC V-6, direct injection, cylinder deactivation, CVVT (280 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm, 262 lbs-ft @ 4,700 rpm) 9-Speed ZF 9HP automatic 19 city/26 highway/22 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 21.6 mpg (Observed, MPG) Tested Options: Elite Trim Base Price: $30,875* As Tested: $46,420* * Prices include $880 destination charge. My sister-in-law announced that she […]

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2016 Honda Pilot Elite AWD 3.5-liter i-VTEC SOHC V-6, direct injection, cylinder deactivation, CVVT (280 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm, 262 lbs-ft @ 4,700 rpm) 9-Speed ZF 9HP automatic 19 city/26 highway/22 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 21.6 mpg (Observed, MPG) Tested Options: Elite Trim Base Price: $30,875* As Tested: $46,420* * Prices include $880 destination charge. My sister-in-law announced that she […]

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Japan Gets a New Toyota Land Cruiser, Ours May Come Soon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/japan-gets-new-toyota-land-cruiser-can-trade/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/japan-gets-new-toyota-land-cruiser-can-trade/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 21:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1144225 Toyota announced its updated Land Cruiser in Japan today, with a starting price of $38,000 (!?) for the off-roading legend. The seven-seater over there serves as the base for our Lexus LX over here, which was unveiled over the weekend in California alongside the turbo’d Lexus GS, and our version has all the grille. Based […]

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Toyota announced its updated Land Cruiser in Japan today, with a starting price of $38,000 (!?) for the off-roading legend. The seven-seater over there serves as the base for our Lexus LX over here, which was unveiled over the weekend in California alongside the turbo’d Lexus GS, and our version has all the grille. Based […]

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Reuters: Subaru Success Fueled By Marginalized Foreign Workers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/reuters-subaru-success-fueled-by-marginalized-foreign-workers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/reuters-subaru-success-fueled-by-marginalized-foreign-workers/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1128529 Reuters Investigates has a scathing report on foreign workers in Japan at some of Subaru’s most important suppliers. According to the news agency, due to the combination of a booming “Abenomics”, Japan’s 2010 asylum seeker program, and manufacturers looking for cheap sources of expendable labor, foreigners are taken advantage of and treated as second- and […]

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Reuters Investigates has a scathing report on foreign workers in Japan at some of Subaru’s most important suppliers. According to the news agency, due to the combination of a booming “Abenomics”, Japan’s 2010 asylum seeker program, and manufacturers looking for cheap sources of expendable labor, foreigners are taken advantage of and treated as second- and […]

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2015 Lexus RC F Review (with Video) – Is F Greater than M? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/2015-lexus-rc-f-review-video-f-greater-m/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/2015-lexus-rc-f-review-video-f-greater-m/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1111321 The last Lexus coupé-only model to grace luxury Japanese dealer lots was the 1991-2000 Lexus SC 300/SC 400. Since then Lexus has tried to satisfy luxury coupé and convertible shoppers simultaneously with the hardtop SC and IS convertibles since 2001. That is until the folks in Japan decided to change their strategy to compete more directly with BMW, […]

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The last Lexus coupé-only model to grace luxury Japanese dealer lots was the 1991-2000 Lexus SC 300/SC 400. Since then Lexus has tried to satisfy luxury coupé and convertible shoppers simultaneously with the hardtop SC and IS convertibles since 2001. That is until the folks in Japan decided to change their strategy to compete more directly with BMW, […]

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