The Truth About Cars » PR http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 01 May 2016 16:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Piston Slap: Sponsor My Ride? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/piston-slap-sponsor-ride/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/piston-slap-sponsor-ride/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:46:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=994786   TTAC Commentator John R writes: Hey Sajeev, Hope this finds you well. I wanted to get your opinion on car sponsorships…if they still exist. I see a bunch of websites all over claiming to get a person’s car repaired or modded up on someone else’s dime. I look at these sites and they scream […]

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  TTAC Commentator John R writes: Hey Sajeev, Hope this finds you well. I wanted to get your opinion on car sponsorships…if they still exist. I see a bunch of websites all over claiming to get a person’s car repaired or modded up on someone else’s dime. I look at these sites and they scream […]

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BMW: We’re Not Working With Tesla On Anything http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/bmw-working-tesla-anything/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/bmw-working-tesla-anything/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 11:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=954977 Were you hoping BMW and Tesla would join forces for the future of electrification? Not so fast. According to Wirtschafts Woche, a BMW representative stated the company will not be buying shares in the California-based automaker, nor offering much more than its carbon fiber technology, which BMW states is open to all comers. The Bavarians […]

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Were you hoping BMW and Tesla would join forces for the future of electrification? Not so fast. According to Wirtschafts Woche, a BMW representative stated the company will not be buying shares in the California-based automaker, nor offering much more than its carbon fiber technology, which BMW states is open to all comers. The Bavarians […]

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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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QOTD: Is Hyundai Growing Too Fast? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/qotd-is-hyundai-growing-too-fast/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/qotd-is-hyundai-growing-too-fast/#comments Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:46:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484247 A Reuters article on Hyundai’s recent quality problems raises an interesting question. Has the company grown too fast following an unprecedented image makeover? Reuters quotes a Korean professor of automotive engineering discussing Hyundai’s recent quality issues “Hyundai has built factories very fast around the globe until recent years, but its quality improvement has failed to keep […]

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A Reuters article on Hyundai’s recent quality problems raises an interesting question. Has the company grown too fast following an unprecedented image makeover? Reuters quotes a Korean professor of automotive engineering discussing Hyundai’s recent quality issues “Hyundai has built factories very fast around the globe until recent years, but its quality improvement has failed to keep […]

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Clemens Gleich Explains How Press Trips Work http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/clemens-gleich-explains-how-press-trips-work/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/clemens-gleich-explains-how-press-trips-work/#comments Mon, 11 Jun 2012 13:50:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=448334 If you’ve ever had a friend or relative who was both eager and nervous to show off a painting, piece of music or other creative work (“Tell me what you really think. Don’t sugarcoat it.” Who hasn’t heard that one before), then you’ll understand how PR people must feel when they’re tasked with introducing a new […]

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If you’ve ever had a friend or relative who was both eager and nervous to show off a painting, piece of music or other creative work (“Tell me what you really think. Don’t sugarcoat it.” Who hasn’t heard that one before), then you’ll understand how PR people must feel when they’re tasked with introducing a new […]

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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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UAW Backs Off Transplant Organizing Goal, Attacks Hyundai http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/uaw-backs-off-transplant-organizing-goal-attacks-hyundai/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/uaw-backs-off-transplant-organizing-goal-attacks-hyundai/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2011 20:23:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420851 At the beginning of this year, the United Auto Workers pledged that it would launch a campaign to organize the foreign-owned, non-union “transplant” factories in the US, threatening to tar uncooperative automakers as “human right abusers.” The campaign initially lost steam, but the UAW stuck to its pledge, re-iterating on several occasions that it would […]

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At the beginning of this year, the United Auto Workers pledged that it would launch a campaign to organize the foreign-owned, non-union “transplant” factories in the US, threatening to tar uncooperative automakers as “human right abusers.” The campaign initially lost steam, but the UAW stuck to its pledge, re-iterating on several occasions that it would […]

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Our Daily Saab: Muller Losing Faith, Antonov Going Down http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/our-daily-saab-muller-losing-faith-antonov-going-down/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/our-daily-saab-muller-losing-faith-antonov-going-down/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2011 19:09:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420806 A TTAC tipster sent us a Teknikens Värld  interview with Saab’s long-suffering would-be rescuer, Victor Muller, in which the eternal Saabtimist seems ready to admit defeat. In essence, he admits that GM is unlikely to ever approve a plan involving Chinese firms, that the Chinese firms are throwing “money into a black hole” and that all […]

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A TTAC tipster sent us a Teknikens Värld  interview with Saab’s long-suffering would-be rescuer, Victor Muller, in which the eternal Saabtimist seems ready to admit defeat. In essence, he admits that GM is unlikely to ever approve a plan involving Chinese firms, that the Chinese firms are throwing “money into a black hole” and that all […]

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Inside Nissan’s Content Factory: Steal This Idea Immediately! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/a-visit-of-nissan%e2%80%99s-content-factory-steal-this-idea-immediately/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/a-visit-of-nissan%e2%80%99s-content-factory-steal-this-idea-immediately/#comments Fri, 25 Nov 2011 17:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419885 Tucked into a corner of the communication department of Nissan is a Japanese rarity: A closed room. Usually, a Japanese office is a sea of people, working elbow-to-elbow without even the suggestion of a cubicle. Most of the floor in Nissan’s swank headquarters in Yokohama is just like that. Behind the closed doors however works […]

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Tucked into a corner of the communication department of Nissan is a Japanese rarity: A closed room. Usually, a Japanese office is a sea of people, working elbow-to-elbow without even the suggestion of a cubicle. Most of the floor in Nissan’s swank headquarters in Yokohama is just like that. Behind the closed doors however works […]

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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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Are You Safer In A Geely Emgrand, A Fiat Panda, A Jeep Grand Cherokee Or A Jaguar XF? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/are-you-safer-in-a-geely-emgrand-a-fiat-panda-a-jeep-grand-cherokee-or-a-jaguar-xf/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/are-you-safer-in-a-geely-emgrand-a-fiat-panda-a-jeep-grand-cherokee-or-a-jaguar-xf/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2011 19:20:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419712 Ask a Westerner what he or she thinks of Chinese cars, and the answer will be predictable: unsafe. Thanks to China’s slower crash test speeds and low-cost manufacturing, Chinese cars have largely not met global safety standards, and Youtube videos have long cemented the impression that Chinese cars are fundamentally unsafe. But as with any […]

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Ask a Westerner what he or she thinks of Chinese cars, and the answer will be predictable: unsafe. Thanks to China’s slower crash test speeds and low-cost manufacturing, Chinese cars have largely not met global safety standards, and Youtube videos have long cemented the impression that Chinese cars are fundamentally unsafe. But as with any […]

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UAW: The War On Transplants Is Still On, Dealers On The Front Lines http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/uaw-the-war-on-transplants-is-still-on-dealers-on-the-front-lines/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/uaw-the-war-on-transplants-is-still-on-dealers-on-the-front-lines/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2011 16:32:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419473 With a tough negotiating session with its traditional employers now complete, the United Auto Workers are turning their focus back to the year’s primary goal: organizing the transplant factories. 2011 was supposed to be the year in which the UAW took down “at least one” foreign-owned auto plant, with the union’s boss even going as […]

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With a tough negotiating session with its traditional employers now complete, the United Auto Workers are turning their focus back to the year’s primary goal: organizing the transplant factories. 2011 was supposed to be the year in which the UAW took down “at least one” foreign-owned auto plant, with the union’s boss even going as […]

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Saabistas Occupy GM’s Facebook Page http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/saabistas-occupy-gms-facebook-page/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/saabistas-occupy-gms-facebook-page/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 17:07:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418441 Say what you want about Saab fans, the guys have some dedication. At a time when most have finally accepted the fact that Saab is at the end of the line, Saab’s hard-core “dead-enders” are taking up their social media arms to rescue their beloved brand. After all they have a perfect opportunity: after months […]

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Say what you want about Saab fans, the guys have some dedication. At a time when most have finally accepted the fact that Saab is at the end of the line, Saab’s hard-core “dead-enders” are taking up their social media arms to rescue their beloved brand. After all they have a perfect opportunity: after months […]

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Inspector General: NHTSA Needs To Rethink Defect Investigation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/inspector-general-nhtsa-needs-to-rethink-defect-investigation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/inspector-general-nhtsa-needs-to-rethink-defect-investigation/#comments Mon, 14 Nov 2011 17:49:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418153 Remember the uproar over Unintended Acceleration in Toyotas? After more than a year of investigation, NHTSA has yet to find a definitive cause for the furor… although the experience was not an entire waste. In fact, the most interesting result of the entire situation was that it cast light on NHTSA’s inefficacy as much as […]

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Remember the uproar over Unintended Acceleration in Toyotas? After more than a year of investigation, NHTSA has yet to find a definitive cause for the furor… although the experience was not an entire waste. In fact, the most interesting result of the entire situation was that it cast light on NHTSA’s inefficacy as much as […]

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Elon Musk And Bob Lutz Mix It Up On Charlie Rose http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/elon-musk-and-bob-lutz-mix-it-up-on-charlie-rose/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/elon-musk-and-bob-lutz-mix-it-up-on-charlie-rose/#comments Sat, 12 Nov 2011 00:07:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=417818 The post Elon Musk And Bob Lutz Mix It Up On Charlie Rose appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

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OICA President Walks Back Criticism Of US Auto Industry http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/oica-president-walks-back-criticism-of-us-auto-industry/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/oica-president-walks-back-criticism-of-us-auto-industry/#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2011 18:25:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=417361 A week ago the president of OICA, Patrick Blain, ruffled some feathers on this side of the Atlantic by laying into the US auto industry with such bon mots as If the American manufacturers had gone years ago to the government and said, ‘Listen, we have a huge project’ – electric cars, for instance, the […]

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A week ago the president of OICA, Patrick Blain, ruffled some feathers on this side of the Atlantic by laying into the US auto industry with such bon mots as If the American manufacturers had gone years ago to the government and said, ‘Listen, we have a huge project’ – electric cars, for instance, the […]

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Quote Of The Day: “Negative Reviews Are Good For Business” Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/quote-of-the-day-negative-reviews-are-good-for-business-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/quote-of-the-day-negative-reviews-are-good-for-business-edition/#comments Thu, 03 Nov 2011 16:58:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416744 Like most corporate trends, the rush to social media is often little more than an opportunity for new consultants to sell common sense packaged in the buzzwords du jour. And though it’s easy to just laugh off the process as just another fad, it’s important to remember that common sense is in relatively short supply […]

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Like most corporate trends, the rush to social media is often little more than an opportunity for new consultants to sell common sense packaged in the buzzwords du jour. And though it’s easy to just laugh off the process as just another fad, it’s important to remember that common sense is in relatively short supply […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: GM Hearts Cycling After All Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-gm-hearts-cycling-after-all-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-gm-hearts-cycling-after-all-edition/#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:40:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416427 Having royally pissed off all of cyclist-dom with a tone-deaf, multi-brand ad in college newspapers, GM just so happens to have a concept car for the SEMA tuner show featuring a mountain bike. Not that the two are in any way related though, as NASCAR racer Ricky Carmichael is the creative force behind the concept. […]

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Having royally pissed off all of cyclist-dom with a tone-deaf, multi-brand ad in college newspapers, GM just so happens to have a concept car for the SEMA tuner show featuring a mountain bike. Not that the two are in any way related though, as NASCAR racer Ricky Carmichael is the creative force behind the concept. […]

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In Defense Of: The Press Junket http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/in-defense-of-the-press-junket/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/in-defense-of-the-press-junket/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2011 16:45:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416193 You know, it’s getting goddamned hard for a chap to enjoy a decent corporate-sponsored nosebag from time to time what with the ever-imminent prospect of Jack “Banquo” Baruth popping out from behind a silver soup tureen and shouting “J’accuse!” like some sort of admonitory, jort-clad Visigoth. At least, such I was thinking to myself as I lined […]

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You know, it’s getting goddamned hard for a chap to enjoy a decent corporate-sponsored nosebag from time to time what with the ever-imminent prospect of Jack “Banquo” Baruth popping out from behind a silver soup tureen and shouting “J’accuse!” like some sort of admonitory, jort-clad Visigoth. At least, such I was thinking to myself as I lined […]

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Honda Hustling Out Civic Refresh http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/honda-hustling-out-civic-refresh/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/honda-hustling-out-civic-refresh/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:52:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416164 After decades of offering some of the best C-segment products available, Honda made the mistake of phoning in its latest generation of Civic just as the entire competition stepped up its game. Compared to the previous generation of Cobalts, Corollas, Elantras and Focii, the current Civic might be a fine car… but compared to the […]

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After decades of offering some of the best C-segment products available, Honda made the mistake of phoning in its latest generation of Civic just as the entire competition stepped up its game. Compared to the previous generation of Cobalts, Corollas, Elantras and Focii, the current Civic might be a fine car… but compared to the […]

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Bob King Defends UAW Contract Priorities http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/bob-king-defends-uaw-contract-priorities/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/bob-king-defends-uaw-contract-priorities/#comments Thu, 27 Oct 2011 14:18:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=415939 Watch UAW President Bob King on New Contracts: Top Priority Was Creating Jobs on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour. Though UAW boss Bob King has said that organizing transplant factories is a life-or-death struggle for the union, but the real make-or-break issue this year was the contract negotiations with the Detroit Automakers. And though […]

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Watch UAW President Bob King on New Contracts: Top Priority Was Creating Jobs on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour. Though UAW boss Bob King has said that organizing transplant factories is a life-or-death struggle for the union, but the real make-or-break issue this year was the contract negotiations with the Detroit Automakers. And though […]

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Quote Of The Day “Bankruptcy Is No Option For Saab” Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/quote-of-the-day-bankruptcy-is-no-option-for-saab-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/quote-of-the-day-bankruptcy-is-no-option-for-saab-edition/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2011 15:17:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=415429 Lyssna: Saabs vd, Victor Muller, om företagets situation Whenever a CEO says “bankruptcy is not an option,” you know the game is up. After complaining in this Swedish Radio interview (in English) that his court-appointed administrator is trying to sell Saab off wholesale to the Chinese, Victor Muller trots out Churchillian and Nietszchian calls to […]

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Lyssna: Saabs vd, Victor Muller, om företagets situation Whenever a CEO says “bankruptcy is not an option,” you know the game is up. After complaining in this Swedish Radio interview (in English) that his court-appointed administrator is trying to sell Saab off wholesale to the Chinese, Victor Muller trots out Churchillian and Nietszchian calls to […]

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Tesla Loses Top Gear Libel Suit, Still Pursuing “Malicious Falsehood” Charge http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/tesla-loses-top-gear-libel-suit-still-pursuing-malicious-falsehood-charge/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/tesla-loses-top-gear-libel-suit-still-pursuing-malicious-falsehood-charge/#comments Wed, 19 Oct 2011 17:46:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=415246 Earlier this year, when Tesla sued Top Gear for libel (allegedly committed way back in 2008), I argued that Tesla was likely to lose the case. And sure enough, The Guardian reports Electric sports carmaker Tesla Motors has lost a major part of its high court libel claim against the BBC’s Top Gear programme, but […]

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Earlier this year, when Tesla sued Top Gear for libel (allegedly committed way back in 2008), I argued that Tesla was likely to lose the case. And sure enough, The Guardian reports Electric sports carmaker Tesla Motors has lost a major part of its high court libel claim against the BBC’s Top Gear programme, but […]

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Lotus: “We Must Sell More Cars Now” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/lotus-we-must-sell-more-cars-now/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/lotus-we-must-sell-more-cars-now/#comments Mon, 10 Oct 2011 21:10:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414362 Lotus invited a considerable amount of schadenfreude when, about a year ago, it introduced not one new car, but an entire new lineup. And there have been plenty of opportunities to steal a mirthless laugh at Lotus’s expense, including when the firm backed away from Toyota engines, talked up the “authenticity” of a rolling chassis, ran […]

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Lotus invited a considerable amount of schadenfreude when, about a year ago, it introduced not one new car, but an entire new lineup. And there have been plenty of opportunities to steal a mirthless laugh at Lotus’s expense, including when the firm backed away from Toyota engines, talked up the “authenticity” of a rolling chassis, ran […]

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