The Truth About Cars » Obama 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 » Obama http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com 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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Obama’s New Overtime Rules May Hit Dealers Particularly Hard http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/obamas-new-overtime-rules-may-hit-dealers-particularly-hard/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/obamas-new-overtime-rules-may-hit-dealers-particularly-hard/#comments Sun, 12 Jul 2015 17:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1113673 Car dealerships may be forced to pay some of their employees more under new overtime rules proposed by President Barack Obama, Automotive News is reporting. The proposed overhaul for employees who make less than $50,000 a year could impact dealers who make a significant portion of their earnings from salary, rather than commission. The suggested overtime rules […]

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Car dealerships may be forced to pay some of their employees more under new overtime rules proposed by President Barack Obama, Automotive News is reporting. The proposed overhaul for employees who make less than $50,000 a year could impact dealers who make a significant portion of their earnings from salary, rather than commission. The suggested overtime rules […]

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Solyndra, A123, Now LG Chem: Your Tax Dollars, Not At Work http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/solyndra-a123-now-lg-chem-your-tax-dollars-not-at-work/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/solyndra-a123-now-lg-chem-your-tax-dollars-not-at-work/#comments Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:02:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=477471 Three years ago, at a groundbreaking ceremony for an LG Chem Battery plant in Holland, Michigan, President Obama promised that this and other pants will be “a boost to the economy in the entire region.”  Instead, the plant has become an example for what is wrong with a state-directed command economy. It also is yet […]

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Three years ago, at a groundbreaking ceremony for an LG Chem Battery plant in Holland, Michigan, President Obama promised that this and other pants will be “a boost to the economy in the entire region.”  Instead, the plant has become an example for what is wrong with a state-directed command economy. It also is yet […]

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1 Million EV Goal Absent From State Of The Union http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/1-million-ev-goal-absent-from-state-of-the-union/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/1-million-ev-goal-absent-from-state-of-the-union/#comments Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:30:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=477360 Those who watched the State of the Union address last night and have an interest in autos may have noticed a conspicuous absence; Barack Obama failed to mention his goal of putting 1 million EVs on the road by 2015. Obama last mentioned the figure in 2011, stating At the California Institute of Technology, they’re […]

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Those who watched the State of the Union address last night and have an interest in autos may have noticed a conspicuous absence; Barack Obama failed to mention his goal of putting 1 million EVs on the road by 2015. Obama last mentioned the figure in 2011, stating At the California Institute of Technology, they’re […]

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

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

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Did Government Meddling Cripple The Dodge Dart? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/government-obama-dodge-dart/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/government-obama-dodge-dart/#comments Fri, 25 Jan 2013 22:25:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=475299 As we come to yet another hiccup in the launch of the Dodge Dart, it’s worth taking a look backwards to examine how we got to this point; the elimination of a second shift at the Dundee, Michigan plant that builds the Dart’s 1.4L FIRE engine, as well as the firing or re-assignment of 58 […]

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As we come to yet another hiccup in the launch of the Dodge Dart, it’s worth taking a look backwards to examine how we got to this point; the elimination of a second shift at the Dundee, Michigan plant that builds the Dart’s 1.4L FIRE engine, as well as the firing or re-assignment of 58 […]

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Wall Street Journal Misses Its Mark With The Dart http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/wall-street-journal-gets-it-miss-its-mark-with-the-dart/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/wall-street-journal-gets-it-miss-its-mark-with-the-dart/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:15:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=460727 It’s the kind of mistake that only a blogger (said with a contemptuous sneer) would make. The Wall Street Journal reports that “U.S. regulators rated a new Chrysler Group LLC compact car with highway fuel-economy of 41 miles a gallon, a move that fulfills a key element of the company’s 2009 federal bailout and cleared […]

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It’s the kind of mistake that only a blogger (said with a contemptuous sneer) would make. The Wall Street Journal reports that “U.S. regulators rated a new Chrysler Group LLC compact car with highway fuel-economy of 41 miles a gallon, a move that fulfills a key element of the company’s 2009 federal bailout and cleared […]

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Apolitics: Washington Or Bust http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/apolitics-washington-or-bust/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/apolitics-washington-or-bust/#comments Fri, 03 Aug 2012 17:28:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=455426 White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer apologized to WaPo and Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer for having “overshot the runway.” Pfeifer had accused Krauthammer of falsely claiming that a bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had been removed from the White House and sent back to the British Embassy. In a blog post on […]

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White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer apologized to WaPo and Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer for having “overshot the runway.” Pfeifer had accused Krauthammer of falsely claiming that a bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had been removed from the White House and sent back to the British Embassy. In a blog post on […]

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Guess Who’s Supposed To Save Saab Now? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/guess-whos-supposed-to-save-saab-now/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/guess-whos-supposed-to-save-saab-now/#comments Thu, 17 May 2012 11:38:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=444803 Fritz Henderson could not save Saab. Victor Muller could not save Saab. Vladimir Antonov could not save Saab Pang Qinghua could not save Saab. Rachel Pang could not save Saab. Now, Barack Obama is supposed to save Saab. At least that’s how the Swedish metalworker union IF Metall sees it. The union sent written a […]

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Fritz Henderson could not save Saab. Victor Muller could not save Saab. Vladimir Antonov could not save Saab Pang Qinghua could not save Saab. Rachel Pang could not save Saab. Now, Barack Obama is supposed to save Saab. At least that’s how the Swedish metalworker union IF Metall sees it. The union sent written a […]

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Blind Spot: Obama No Longer Dreams Of Electric Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/blind-spot-obama-no-longer-dreams-of-electric-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/blind-spot-obama-no-longer-dreams-of-electric-cars/#comments Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:00:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434742 “The electric things have their life too. Paltry as those lives are.” Phillip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? At the High School I attended, progress reports were never a good thing. Halfway through each term, students who were averaging a D or lower would receive a print-out of their grade accompanied by […]

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“The electric things have their life too. Paltry as those lives are.” Phillip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? At the High School I attended, progress reports were never a good thing. Halfway through each term, students who were averaging a D or lower would receive a print-out of their grade accompanied by […]

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Quote Of The Day: “Five Years From Now, When I’m Not President, I’ll Buy One Myself” – Obama On The Chevrolet Volt http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/quote-of-the-day-five-years-from-now-when-im-not-president-ill-buy-one-myself-obama-on-the-chevrolet-volt-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/quote-of-the-day-five-years-from-now-when-im-not-president-ill-buy-one-myself-obama-on-the-chevrolet-volt-2/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2012 18:25:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=433201 You heard it yourself. When Obama is out of office, he’ll buy a Chevrolet Volt and drive it himself. The Secret Service, which famously wouldn’t let Obama drive the Volt down the Hamtramck assembly line, generally protects the President for up to 10 years after they leave office – we’d assume that the “no driving” […]

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You heard it yourself. When Obama is out of office, he’ll buy a Chevrolet Volt and drive it himself. The Secret Service, which famously wouldn’t let Obama drive the Volt down the Hamtramck assembly line, generally protects the President for up to 10 years after they leave office – we’d assume that the “no driving” […]

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U.S. Government Ignores Obama’s EV Plans, Cuts EV Purchases In Half http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/u-s-government-ignores-obamas-ev-plans-cuts-ev-purchases-in-half/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/u-s-government-ignores-obamas-ev-plans-cuts-ev-purchases-in-half/#comments Sat, 25 Feb 2012 13:25:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=432665 Last year, President Barack Obama declared that one of the “Apollo projects of our times” is the goal for the United States to be “the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.” Companies that made and people that bought those electric vehicles received generous government money. One holdout in […]

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Last year, President Barack Obama declared that one of the “Apollo projects of our times” is the goal for the United States to be “the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.” Companies that made and people that bought those electric vehicles received generous government money. One holdout in […]

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Obama Snubs Foreign OEMs At D.C. Auto Show http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/obama-snubs-foreign-oems-at-d-c-auto-show/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/obama-snubs-foreign-oems-at-d-c-auto-show/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2012 21:55:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=429225 Foreign OEMs put on a dog and pony show at the Washington D.C. auto show in anticipation of President Obama’s visit, but were ultimately snubbed when the President decided to check out some American iron instead. Bloomberg reports that Honda, Toyota and other foreign car makers flew in executives from across the country and brought […]

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Foreign OEMs put on a dog and pony show at the Washington D.C. auto show in anticipation of President Obama’s visit, but were ultimately snubbed when the President decided to check out some American iron instead. Bloomberg reports that Honda, Toyota and other foreign car makers flew in executives from across the country and brought […]

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California Volt Drivers Get Carpool Lane Access http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/california-volt-drivers-get-carpool-lane-access/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/california-volt-drivers-get-carpool-lane-access/#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:39:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=428619 Starting in March, the Chevrolet Volt will be eligible to use the HOV lane on California highways. The catch? You have to buy a new Volt to use the carpool lane. General Motors added a secondary air-injection pump to the Volt’s catalytic converter in order for the Volt to meet certain emission requirements. The Volt will […]

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Starting in March, the Chevrolet Volt will be eligible to use the HOV lane on California highways. The catch? You have to buy a new Volt to use the carpool lane. General Motors added a secondary air-injection pump to the Volt’s catalytic converter in order for the Volt to meet certain emission requirements. The Volt will […]

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White House Denies Delaying Chevrolet Volt Fire Announcement http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/white-house-denies-delaying-chevrolet-volt-fire-announcement/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/white-house-denies-delaying-chevrolet-volt-fire-announcement/#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2012 17:18:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=426566 Obama! Socialism! Taxes! Jesus! Faith! Guns! Now that you’re paying attention, it’s time for our regularly scheduled programming. A Detroit News article claims that NHTSA is denying any interference on the part of the White House with respect to the Chevrolet Volt fires that resulted from government crash test procedures. News of the fires only came […]

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Obama! Socialism! Taxes! Jesus! Faith! Guns! Now that you’re paying attention, it’s time for our regularly scheduled programming. A Detroit News article claims that NHTSA is denying any interference on the part of the White House with respect to the Chevrolet Volt fires that resulted from government crash test procedures. News of the fires only came […]

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Howes: Ford Yanks Bailout Ad After White House Pressure http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/howes-ford-yanks-bailout-ad-after-white-house-pressure/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/howes-ford-yanks-bailout-ad-after-white-house-pressure/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2011 14:25:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=412690 [UPDATE: Ford has restored the video to Youtube. More details here.] Detroit News columnist Daniel Howes reports in a column that Ford has pulled its controversial “bailout ad” after the White House asked “questions” about it. And apparently the take-down decision makes this a threatened piece of footage: in addition to yanking the spot from […]

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[UPDATE: Ford has restored the video to Youtube. More details here.] Detroit News columnist Daniel Howes reports in a column that Ford has pulled its controversial “bailout ad” after the White House asked “questions” about it. And apparently the take-down decision makes this a threatened piece of footage: in addition to yanking the spot from […]

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Secret Service Buys Beastly Campaign Bus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/secret-service-buys-a-beastly-bus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/secret-service-buys-a-beastly-bus/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2011 18:28:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=407284 In the past, when a sitting president has hit the campaign trail, they’ve leased their own campaign bus which the Secret Service would then retrofit with all the latest security features. But no longer, as Talking Points Memo reports that the presidential bodyguards are buying their own bespoke campaign bus, reportedly from Hemphill Brothers Coach Company. Secret Service […]

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In the past, when a sitting president has hit the campaign trail, they’ve leased their own campaign bus which the Secret Service would then retrofit with all the latest security features. But no longer, as Talking Points Memo reports that the presidential bodyguards are buying their own bespoke campaign bus, reportedly from Hemphill Brothers Coach Company. Secret Service […]

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Forza Italia: Fiat Takes Control Of Chrysler, Gummint Gone http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/forza-italia-fiat-takes-control-of-chrysler-gummint-gone/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/forza-italia-fiat-takes-control-of-chrysler-gummint-gone/#comments Fri, 03 Jun 2011 08:14:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397230 Fiat has reached an agreement with the U.S. Government that will give Fiat 52 percent of the shares in Chrysler and therefore the final controlling majorioty. The Treasury said on Thursday it will sell its remaining 6 percent equity stake in Chrysler to Italy’s Fiat in a deal that will net Washington $560 million, Reuters […]

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Fiat has reached an agreement with the U.S. Government that will give Fiat 52 percent of the shares in Chrysler and therefore the final controlling majorioty. The Treasury said on Thursday it will sell its remaining 6 percent equity stake in Chrysler to Italy’s Fiat in a deal that will net Washington $560 million, Reuters […]

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Obama Leaves London. And Unpaid Tickets Behind http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/obama-leaves-london-and-unpaid-tickets-behind/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/obama-leaves-london-and-unpaid-tickets-behind/#comments Fri, 27 May 2011 15:26:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=396338 Headed for the G8 summit in France, President Obama left Britain today on Air Force One. He left a pile of unpaid traffic tickets behind. London’s Mayor Boris “BoJo” Johnson announced that he will bill the U.S. government 10 pounds for each car in the presidential motorcade, including The Beast that either did or did […]

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Headed for the G8 summit in France, President Obama left Britain today on Air Force One. He left a pile of unpaid traffic tickets behind. London’s Mayor Boris “BoJo” Johnson announced that he will bill the U.S. government 10 pounds for each car in the presidential motorcade, including The Beast that either did or did […]

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That’s Low: Embarassing Beastiality http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/embarassing-beastiality/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/embarassing-beastiality/#comments Tue, 24 May 2011 16:48:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395972 Isn’t the idea of President Barack Obama’s truck-turned-limo that it can get out of a situation real fast? Instead, it caused howls of laughter all over Europe by getting stuck as it emerged from the gates of the US embassy in Dublin. The low clearance of the car had problems with a little bump  at […]

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Isn’t the idea of President Barack Obama’s truck-turned-limo that it can get out of a situation real fast? Instead, it caused howls of laughter all over Europe by getting stuck as it emerged from the gates of the US embassy in Dublin. The low clearance of the car had problems with a little bump  at […]

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

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

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Salesman-In-Chief Hawks Opel Ampera http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/salesman-in-chief-hawks-opel-ampera/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/salesman-in-chief-hawks-opel-ampera/#comments Sat, 20 Nov 2010 15:29:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=373686 Isn’t it great to have the government as your biggest shareholder? Makes for good photo-ops. For the second time, Barack Obama went behind the wheels of a Chevy Volt, with the world press in attendance. Actually, it was the Volt’s European twin, the Ampera. The Prez. had to weigh national security and time at the […]

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Isn’t it great to have the government as your biggest shareholder? Makes for good photo-ops. For the second time, Barack Obama went behind the wheels of a Chevy Volt, with the world press in attendance. Actually, it was the Volt’s European twin, the Ampera. The Prez. had to weigh national security and time at the […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: America’s Car Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-americas-car-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-americas-car-edition/#comments Fri, 16 Jul 2010 22:14:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=361039 President Obama got a chance to check out the Chevy Volt yesterday, as part of his trip to the Michigan battery belt. Unfortunately, he did not confirm or deny whether the Volt will actually get 230 MPG, because the EPA and GM are still “negotiating” a mileage sticker for the Volt. Luckily, GM has provided […]

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President Obama got a chance to check out the Chevy Volt yesterday, as part of his trip to the Michigan battery belt. Unfortunately, he did not confirm or deny whether the Volt will actually get 230 MPG, because the EPA and GM are still “negotiating” a mileage sticker for the Volt. Luckily, GM has provided […]

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Quote Of The Day: You Can Trust Your Dealership After All Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/quote-of-the-day-you-can-trust-your-dealership-after-all-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/quote-of-the-day-you-can-trust-your-dealership-after-all-edition/#comments Thu, 24 Jun 2010 19:11:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=359498 Throughout the debate on Wall Street reform, I have urged members of the Senate to fight the efforts of special interests and their lobbyists to weaken consumer protections.  An amendment that the Senate will soon consider would do exactly that, undermining strong consumer protections with a special loophole for auto dealer-lenders.  This amendment would carve […]

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Throughout the debate on Wall Street reform, I have urged members of the Senate to fight the efforts of special interests and their lobbyists to weaken consumer protections.  An amendment that the Senate will soon consider would do exactly that, undermining strong consumer protections with a special loophole for auto dealer-lenders.  This amendment would carve […]

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Obama: Dealer Finance Must Be Regulated http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/obama-dealer-finance-must-be-regulated/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/obama-dealer-finance-must-be-regulated/#comments Wed, 12 May 2010 18:12:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=356311 President Obama has weighed in on a crucial matter facing legislators attempting to overhaul America’s financial system: whether or not auto dealer finance should be subject to regulation by the new Consumer Protection Agency. Unsurprisingly, he has come down on the side of regulation, specifically echoing concerns voiced earlier by the Pentagon. The National Automobile […]

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President Obama has weighed in on a crucial matter facing legislators attempting to overhaul America’s financial system: whether or not auto dealer finance should be subject to regulation by the new Consumer Protection Agency. Unsurprisingly, he has come down on the side of regulation, specifically echoing concerns voiced earlier by the Pentagon. The National Automobile […]

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