The Truth About Cars » Media http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:40:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Nissan to Ad Agencies: “It Takes Brass Balls to Sell Cars!” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/nissan-ad-agencies-takes-brass-balls-sell-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/nissan-ad-agencies-takes-brass-balls-sell-cars/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1314178 Nissan’s U.S. sales boss delivered some Glengarry Glen Ross-style “motivation” to its ad agencies in order to pump up the brand’s weak messaging via a new campaign. Christian Meunier, who took control of Nissan’s U.S. sales and marketing in January, dressed down a roomful of agency reps a week into his new job, according to Automotive […]

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Nissan’s U.S. sales boss delivered some Glengarry Glen Ross-style “motivation” to its ad agencies in order to pump up the brand’s weak messaging via a new campaign. Christian Meunier, who took control of Nissan’s U.S. sales and marketing in January, dressed down a roomful of agency reps a week into his new job, according to Automotive […]

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Chevrolet Says Journalist’s Packed-up Corvette Z06 Had Dirty Oil http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/chevrolet-says-journalists-packed-up-corvette-z06-had-dirty-oil/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/chevrolet-says-journalists-packed-up-corvette-z06-had-dirty-oil/#comments Sat, 22 Aug 2015 14:02:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1150809 Last time we heard from Fox’s Gary Gastelu, he was reporting that his test Z06 gave up during his track run in a spectacular shower of oil and grease and bits and fun. Now, he says Chevrolet has told him what went wrong and it’s a familiar story: After bringing it back to Chevrolet HQ for […]

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Last time we heard from Fox’s Gary Gastelu, he was reporting that his test Z06 gave up during his track run in a spectacular shower of oil and grease and bits and fun. Now, he says Chevrolet has told him what went wrong and it’s a familiar story: After bringing it back to Chevrolet HQ for […]

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Hammer Time: To My Fellow Dealers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/hammer-time-fellow-dealers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/hammer-time-fellow-dealers/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1138858 You may have noticed that car dealers get bashed by the mainstream media on a regular basis. There are a few good reasons for that. We have what can be called an image problem. When folks think of a car dealer these days, they don’t think of a self-made man who started off with nothing […]

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You may have noticed that car dealers get bashed by the mainstream media on a regular basis. There are a few good reasons for that. We have what can be called an image problem. When folks think of a car dealer these days, they don’t think of a self-made man who started off with nothing […]

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Project CARS, Just Like Many Real Cars, Can’t Match The Media Hype http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/project-cars-just-like-many-real-cars-cant-match-media-hype/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/project-cars-just-like-many-real-cars-cant-match-media-hype/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 12:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1063937 Project CARS is probably the most hotly-anticipated automobile-related video game to “drop” in the past few years. It’s ridden a positively Kanagawan wave of media hype and compensated “viral” marketing to its release – but at least one well-informed source is saying that this new emperor is decidedly trouserless. The site is called Pretend Race […]

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Project CARS is probably the most hotly-anticipated automobile-related video game to “drop” in the past few years. It’s ridden a positively Kanagawan wave of media hype and compensated “viral” marketing to its release – but at least one well-informed source is saying that this new emperor is decidedly trouserless. The site is called Pretend Race […]

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Editorial: Serial Woman Beater Buys 39 Cars (And Counting!) From Opportunistic Salesman http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/editorial-serial-woman-beater-buys-39-cars-counting-opportunistic-salesman/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/editorial-serial-woman-beater-buys-39-cars-counting-opportunistic-salesman/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1056802 This headline is as true as any other you’ve read over the past few days. In case you’ve been stuck under a 1980 Dodge Diplomat all week, the so-called “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is about to go down this weekend in Las Vegas and all over pay-per-view. As […]

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This headline is as true as any other you’ve read over the past few days. In case you’ve been stuck under a 1980 Dodge Diplomat all week, the so-called “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is about to go down this weekend in Las Vegas and all over pay-per-view. As […]

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Lexus Throws A Party, Nobody Shows Up http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/lexus-throws-party-nobody-shows/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/lexus-throws-party-nobody-shows/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:58:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=942585 The coming-out party for the Lexus RC has been canceled in its home market of Japan. Apparently, Japanese journalists just aren’t interested. Automotive News reports that the media launch for the RC and the V8-powered RC-F was canned due to “insufficient attendance” on the part of Japan’s automotive press. As former EIC Bertel Schmitt frequently noted, […]

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The coming-out party for the Lexus RC has been canceled in its home market of Japan. Apparently, Japanese journalists just aren’t interested. Automotive News reports that the media launch for the RC and the V8-powered RC-F was canned due to “insufficient attendance” on the part of Japan’s automotive press. As former EIC Bertel Schmitt frequently noted, […]

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The Car Business Has Not Changed Much Since 1956 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/car-business-changed-much-since-1956/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/car-business-changed-much-since-1956/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 15:31:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=940785 It appears that I am a few days behind Matt in cruising westbound down Route 66 in New Mexico. We checked into the legendary Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari last night and discovered that our room came equipped with the December 24, 1956 issue of Automotive News, unearthed from a long-closed dealership down the street. Some […]

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It appears that I am a few days behind Matt in cruising westbound down Route 66 in New Mexico. We checked into the legendary Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari last night and discovered that our room came equipped with the December 24, 1956 issue of Automotive News, unearthed from a long-closed dealership down the street. Some […]

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The Manly Art Of Stick Handling http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/the-manly-art-of-stick-handling/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/the-manly-art-of-stick-handling/#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:02:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=778449 I was browsing the internet the other day and came across a website that purports to be “A guy’s post-college guide to growing up.” Normally I avoid websites like this. I learned about the manly arts the old fashioned way, dangerous experimentation, but since I have been wrestling with an especially verdant crop of nose […]

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I was browsing the internet the other day and came across a website that purports to be “A guy’s post-college guide to growing up.” Normally I avoid websites like this. I learned about the manly arts the old fashioned way, dangerous experimentation, but since I have been wrestling with an especially verdant crop of nose […]

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The Wobble Comes To An End As Consumer Reports Echoes TTACs Criticisms Of The Jeep Cherokee http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/the-wobble-comes-to-an-end-as-consumer-reports-echoes-ttacs-criticisms-of-the-jeep-cherokee/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/the-wobble-comes-to-an-end-as-consumer-reports-echoes-ttacs-criticisms-of-the-jeep-cherokee/#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:22:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=739769 In late 2013, TTAC was invited to review the Jeep Cherokee. As the journalist assigned to cover the launch, I gave what I felt was a nuanced but critical assessment of the vehicle: that it delivered with respect to its off-road prowess, but left a lot to be desired in other areas, namely the on-road […]

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In late 2013, TTAC was invited to review the Jeep Cherokee. As the journalist assigned to cover the launch, I gave what I felt was a nuanced but critical assessment of the vehicle: that it delivered with respect to its off-road prowess, but left a lot to be desired in other areas, namely the on-road […]

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Editorial: The Future Is Here At Nissan – Just Not In The Way You’re Expecting http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/editorial-the-future-is-here-at-nissan-just-not-in-the-way-youre-expecting/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/editorial-the-future-is-here-at-nissan-just-not-in-the-way-youre-expecting/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=501481 The big news this past week from Nissan: lots of old iron at Pebble Beach, concept car test drives for sympathetic journalists and a pledge to have autonomous cars ready (but not on sale) for 2020. More interesting than that is news of Nissan’s booming exports from America. Some say that this is the “new […]

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The big news this past week from Nissan: lots of old iron at Pebble Beach, concept car test drives for sympathetic journalists and a pledge to have autonomous cars ready (but not on sale) for 2020. More interesting than that is news of Nissan’s booming exports from America. Some say that this is the “new […]

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Editorial: Chrysler Dodges Poison Pen Darts By Delaying Jeep Cherokee Launch http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/editorial-chrysler-dodges-poison-pen-darts-by-delaying-jeep-cherokee-launch/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/editorial-chrysler-dodges-poison-pen-darts-by-delaying-jeep-cherokee-launch/#comments Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:03:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=497501 Monday night at 5:43 PM, TTAC received this note from Chrysler PR Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Dodge Durango short-lead media drive program – originally scheduled for August 4-14 in Seattle – is being postponed.  We deeply regret this late notice and apologize for disrupting your busy summer schedule.  We will […]

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Monday night at 5:43 PM, TTAC received this note from Chrysler PR Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Dodge Durango short-lead media drive program – originally scheduled for August 4-14 in Seattle – is being postponed.  We deeply regret this late notice and apologize for disrupting your busy summer schedule.  We will […]

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Shanghai Auto Show: Oh, What a Media Day http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/shanghai-auto-show-oh-what-a-media-day/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/shanghai-auto-show-oh-what-a-media-day/#comments Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:50:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=485826 The Shanghai Auto Show truly is a reflection of the Chinese car market: It is huge, and it is one big disorganized mess. This year, the media days were shrunk to one, with the effect that nearly 20 press conferences ran at the same time.  If you went to Audi, you could not go to […]

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The Shanghai Auto Show truly is a reflection of the Chinese car market: It is huge, and it is one big disorganized mess. This year, the media days were shrunk to one, with the effect that nearly 20 press conferences ran at the same time.  If you went to Audi, you could not go to […]

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Titillating Embargoes, And How Our Youth Is Led Astray By Manipulative Automakers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/titillating-embargoes-and-how-our-youth-is-led-astray-by-manipulative-automakers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/titillating-embargoes-and-how-our-youth-is-led-astray-by-manipulative-automakers/#comments Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:25:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=473985 We have a new car show season. With it come new car releases, and with them comes a contagion that is as tiring and headache-inducing as a Cobo Hall flu on top of an after party hangover. The disease goes by the name of embargo, and it comes with  the embargo breach as a secondary […]

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We have a new car show season. With it come new car releases, and with them comes a contagion that is as tiring and headache-inducing as a Cobo Hall flu on top of an after party hangover. The disease goes by the name of embargo, and it comes with  the embargo breach as a secondary […]

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Made-Up Stories, Removed Stories: Dirty Tricks Prolong Chinese Islands Conflict http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/made-up-stories-removed-stories-dirty-tricks-prolong-chinese-islands-conflict/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/made-up-stories-removed-stories-dirty-tricks-prolong-chinese-islands-conflict/#comments Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:46:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=464685 The violent anti-Japanese demonstrations in China appear to be over, and intestinal complications aside, it seems to be safe again to eat sushi in Beijing or Shanghai. State-owned media however is trying its utmost to keep the matter on the front burner, so to speak, in a very insidious way. A few days ago, China’s […]

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The violent anti-Japanese demonstrations in China appear to be over, and intestinal complications aside, it seems to be safe again to eat sushi in Beijing or Shanghai. State-owned media however is trying its utmost to keep the matter on the front burner, so to speak, in a very insidious way. A few days ago, China’s […]

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Italy Seizes Gaddafi’s Stake In Fiat http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/italy-seizes-gaddafis-stake-in-fiat/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/italy-seizes-gaddafis-stake-in-fiat/#comments Wed, 28 Mar 2012 22:51:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=436968 A year ago nearly to the day, I was investigating the connection between Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and Fiat. With an American-led intervention in Libya underway, Reuters had reported that a Wikileaked State Department document revealed that the Libyan Government owned a two-percent stake in the automaker Fiat as recently as 2006. When I contacted […]

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A year ago nearly to the day, I was investigating the connection between Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and Fiat. With an American-led intervention in Libya underway, Reuters had reported that a Wikileaked State Department document revealed that the Libyan Government owned a two-percent stake in the automaker Fiat as recently as 2006. When I contacted […]

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

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

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The “Slow Reveals” Need To Stop http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/the-slow-reveals-need-to-stop/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/the-slow-reveals-need-to-stop/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2012 17:48:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=432626 As a “glass-half-empty” kind of guy, I would need a minute to think about the most fascinating story I’ve ever written, but could easily tell you about the most infuriating. That dubious honor goes to the Facebook launch campaign for the 2012 Ford Explorer. Starting in June of 2010, Ford released a series of “teaser […]

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As a “glass-half-empty” kind of guy, I would need a minute to think about the most fascinating story I’ve ever written, but could easily tell you about the most infuriating. That dubious honor goes to the Facebook launch campaign for the 2012 Ford Explorer. Starting in June of 2010, Ford released a series of “teaser […]

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Generation Why: The CD Player Is Dead, Long Live Smartphones http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/generation-why-the-cd-player-is-dead-long-live-smartphones/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/generation-why-the-cd-player-is-dead-long-live-smartphones/#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:39:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=426540 Are in-car CD players the mark of a vehicle aimed at geezers? According to an Automotive News report, the CD may be going the way of the cassette or 8-track player in certain cars – namely those aimed at younger, “Gen Y” buyers, who use smart phones as music devices. An Automotive News article on […]

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Are in-car CD players the mark of a vehicle aimed at geezers? According to an Automotive News report, the CD may be going the way of the cassette or 8-track player in certain cars – namely those aimed at younger, “Gen Y” buyers, who use smart phones as music devices. An Automotive News article on […]

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Hammer Time: What Should Have Been http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/hammer-time-what-should-have-been/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/hammer-time-what-should-have-been/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:26:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=426035   I remember looking at the then brand new Ford Five Hundred and thinking to myself, “This would make one heck of a Volvo.” Like the Volvos of yore this Ford offered a squarish conservative appearance. A high seating position which Volvo’s ‘safety oriented’ customers would have appreciated. Toss in a cavernous interior that had […]

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  I remember looking at the then brand new Ford Five Hundred and thinking to myself, “This would make one heck of a Volvo.” Like the Volvos of yore this Ford offered a squarish conservative appearance. A high seating position which Volvo’s ‘safety oriented’ customers would have appreciated. Toss in a cavernous interior that had […]

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TrueCar’s Troubles Could Change The Way We Shop For Cars: Back To The Past http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/truecar%e2%80%99s-troubles-could-change-the-way-we-shop-for-cars-back-to-the-past/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/truecar%e2%80%99s-troubles-could-change-the-way-we-shop-for-cars-back-to-the-past/#comments Mon, 02 Jan 2012 18:30:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=424071 First it was Honda that had issues with TrueCar. Now, it is regulators in several states, along with dealer associations that claim that TrueCar’s business model is at odds with “long-standing state laws designed to protect the interests of car dealers and shoppers,” as Automotive News [sub] reports. Says AN: “Regulators in Colorado, Wisconsin and […]

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First it was Honda that had issues with TrueCar. Now, it is regulators in several states, along with dealer associations that claim that TrueCar’s business model is at odds with “long-standing state laws designed to protect the interests of car dealers and shoppers,” as Automotive News [sub] reports. Says AN: “Regulators in Colorado, Wisconsin and […]

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Ten Simple Things The Industry Could Do For Me This Christmas http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/ten-simple-things-the-industry-could-do-for-me-this-christmas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/ten-simple-things-the-industry-could-do-for-me-this-christmas/#comments Sat, 24 Dec 2011 20:08:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423451 All told, this has been a successful holiday season for your humble editor. I have showered myself with gifts, avoided annoying family entanglements, kept my pimp hand weak strong, and made sure there’s a three-hour gap in my Christmas to re-watch Michael Mann’s Heat in its glorious entirety. And yet… I’m dissatisfied. Perhaps because there […]

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All told, this has been a successful holiday season for your humble editor. I have showered myself with gifts, avoided annoying family entanglements, kept my pimp hand weak strong, and made sure there’s a three-hour gap in my Christmas to re-watch Michael Mann’s Heat in its glorious entirety. And yet… I’m dissatisfied. Perhaps because there […]

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After One Year On The Market, Honda “Upgrading” 2013 Civic http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/after-one-year-on-the-market-honda-upgrading-2013-civic/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/after-one-year-on-the-market-honda-upgrading-2013-civic/#comments Tue, 20 Dec 2011 20:35:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=422969 It’s been a fascinating year for the compact car, as all six of the segment’s leading competitors brought out new or updated models over the last 18 months. But as our Chart Of The Day shows, the competition has hardly sent the segment into overdrive, as after an early-year boom, compact car sales have slackened […]

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It’s been a fascinating year for the compact car, as all six of the segment’s leading competitors brought out new or updated models over the last 18 months. But as our Chart Of The Day shows, the competition has hardly sent the segment into overdrive, as after an early-year boom, compact car sales have slackened […]

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TTAC In The WSJ: A Review Of “Once Upon A Car” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/ttac-in-the-wsj-a-review-of-once-upon-a-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/ttac-in-the-wsj-a-review-of-once-upon-a-car/#comments Sat, 26 Nov 2011 18:20:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420098 Having read most of the latest raft of auto industry books, with titles like “Car Crash,” “Overhaul,” and “Sixty To Zero,” I have to say, Bill Vlasic’s “Once Upon A Car” is my favorite of the bunch. Not only does it lack the parochial form and voice that define too many of theses tomes, it […]

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Having read most of the latest raft of auto industry books, with titles like “Car Crash,” “Overhaul,” and “Sixty To Zero,” I have to say, Bill Vlasic’s “Once Upon A Car” is my favorite of the bunch. Not only does it lack the parochial form and voice that define too many of theses tomes, it […]

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CR: VW Press Cars Don’t Match What’s On The Dealership Floor http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/cr-vw-press-cars-dont-match-whats-on-the-dealership-floor/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/cr-vw-press-cars-dont-match-whats-on-the-dealership-floor/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2011 19:54:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419720 TTAC has long held that reviews of press cars made available by manufacturers at launches and press fleets must be complimented by reviews of vehicles acquired from dealer lots. It’s been a controversial position at times, and I’ve had to do battle with OEMs as recently as a few months ago to explain why dealer […]

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TTAC has long held that reviews of press cars made available by manufacturers at launches and press fleets must be complimented by reviews of vehicles acquired from dealer lots. It’s been a controversial position at times, and I’ve had to do battle with OEMs as recently as a few months ago to explain why dealer […]

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Motor Trend’s Car Of The Year: As Relevant As You’d Expect http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/motor-trends-car-of-the-year-as-relevant-as-youd-expect/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/motor-trends-car-of-the-year-as-relevant-as-youd-expect/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 23:56:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418762 Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award has been a lightning rod of criticism among automotive gadflies ever since… well, you decide. Corvair? Vega? Mustang II?  Every year, MT picks one “best” car from a market that serves a wide variety of needs, and every year, the autoblogosphere rushes to help the tottering “contest” collapse […]

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Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award has been a lightning rod of criticism among automotive gadflies ever since… well, you decide. Corvair? Vega? Mustang II?  Every year, MT picks one “best” car from a market that serves a wide variety of needs, and every year, the autoblogosphere rushes to help the tottering “contest” collapse […]

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