The Truth About Cars » Product Planning http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:00:23 +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 » Product Planning http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Pickup Buyers Will Pay for Anything: GMC Sierra All Terrain X http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/pickup-buyers-will-pay-anything-gmc-sierra-terrain-x/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/pickup-buyers-will-pay-anything-gmc-sierra-terrain-x/#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1274305 In the war for ever-lucrative pickup truck money, conspicuous consumption is key. General Motors’ latest salvo in the pickup arms race has mudders, LED lamps, a spray-in bedliner and the letter “X” in its name, jack. GMC announced Wednesday that it would sell this spring a Sierra 1500 All Terrain X package, which is derived […]

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In the war for ever-lucrative pickup truck money, conspicuous consumption is key. General Motors’ latest salvo in the pickup arms race has mudders, LED lamps, a spray-in bedliner and the letter “X” in its name, jack. GMC announced Wednesday that it would sell this spring a Sierra 1500 All Terrain X package, which is derived […]

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2016 Nissan Maxima Slated For Execution Four Years Earlier http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/2016-nissan-maxima-slated-for-execution-four-years-earlier/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/2016-nissan-maxima-slated-for-execution-four-years-earlier/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 16:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1075914 Though the 2016 Nissan Maxima will make its showroom debut June 2, there was a time when the Maxima was slated to meet the guillotine. As the auto industry was still feeling its way out of the Great Recession in early 2012, Nissan vice president of North American product planning Peter Loing said while most […]

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Though the 2016 Nissan Maxima will make its showroom debut June 2, there was a time when the Maxima was slated to meet the guillotine. As the auto industry was still feeling its way out of the Great Recession in early 2012, Nissan vice president of North American product planning Peter Loing said while most […]

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Acura May Follow Subaru With AWD-Only Product Plan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/acura-may-follow-subaru-awd-product-plan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/acura-may-follow-subaru-awd-product-plan/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=930906 Looking for a way to revitalize itself, Acura is considering taking a cue from Subaru by going all in on all-wheel drive. Automotive News reports the plan is one of several backed by the brand’s Acura Business Planning Office — formed earlier this year to rethink and revitalize the brand in the United States — […]

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Looking for a way to revitalize itself, Acura is considering taking a cue from Subaru by going all in on all-wheel drive. Automotive News reports the plan is one of several backed by the brand’s Acura Business Planning Office — formed earlier this year to rethink and revitalize the brand in the United States — […]

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Lincoln Nearly Axed By Mullaly, Saved By Fields http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/lincoln-nearly-axed-by-mullaly-saved-by-fields/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/lincoln-nearly-axed-by-mullaly-saved-by-fields/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=856513 Today marks the day Mark Fields becomes CEO of Ford, taking up where now-former CEO Alan Mullaly leaves off. This day may also mark the day Lincoln begins its slow climb back from the brink, especially when Mullaly once considered killing the brand before Fields became its champion. Bloomberg reports Lincoln, then struggling to find […]

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Today marks the day Mark Fields becomes CEO of Ford, taking up where now-former CEO Alan Mullaly leaves off. This day may also mark the day Lincoln begins its slow climb back from the brink, especially when Mullaly once considered killing the brand before Fields became its champion. Bloomberg reports Lincoln, then struggling to find […]

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Volkswagen Dials Back On 2018 Milestone http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/volkswagen-dials-back-on-2018-milestone/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/volkswagen-dials-back-on-2018-milestone/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 12:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=826242 Though Volkswagen had plans to move 800,000 units annually out of U.S. showrooms by 2018, the automaker may now opt to dial back its ambitious plan in light of slow growth and falling sales. The Detroit Bureau reports VW’s U.S. chief Michael Horn said his goal with the company for now is to focus on […]

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Though Volkswagen had plans to move 800,000 units annually out of U.S. showrooms by 2018, the automaker may now opt to dial back its ambitious plan in light of slow growth and falling sales. The Detroit Bureau reports VW’s U.S. chief Michael Horn said his goal with the company for now is to focus on […]

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No Replacements For MINI Coupe, Paceman, Roadster http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/no-replacements-for-mini-coupe-paceman-roadster/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/no-replacements-for-mini-coupe-paceman-roadster/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:38:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=774977 BMW’s MINI may not replace the Coupe, Paceman or Roadster when their day comes, opting to focus on three “pillar” models that allow the brand to be “more relevant to more people,” according to MINI head of product management Oliver Friedmann. Automotive News Europe reports Friedmann’s first priority for MINI “is to roll out a […]

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BMW’s MINI may not replace the Coupe, Paceman or Roadster when their day comes, opting to focus on three “pillar” models that allow the brand to be “more relevant to more people,” according to MINI head of product management Oliver Friedmann. Automotive News Europe reports Friedmann’s first priority for MINI “is to roll out a […]

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Toyota Allowing Dealers to Drop Scion but Tells Them That New Product On Way: FR-S Ragtop, Small CUV http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/toyota-allowing-dealers-to-drop-scion-but-tells-them-that-new-product-on-way-fr-s-ragtop-small-cuv/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/toyota-allowing-dealers-to-drop-scion-but-tells-them-that-new-product-on-way-fr-s-ragtop-small-cuv/#comments Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:24:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=499875 A dealer attending Toyota’s U.S. dealer meeting in Atlanta earlier this month has told the Automotive News that the automaker is now letting its dealers drop underperforming Scion franchises without any penalties. Those dealers that keep their Scion stores open will likely get two new products that were teased at the convention. Toyota Senior Vice […]

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A dealer attending Toyota’s U.S. dealer meeting in Atlanta earlier this month has told the Automotive News that the automaker is now letting its dealers drop underperforming Scion franchises without any penalties. Those dealers that keep their Scion stores open will likely get two new products that were teased at the convention. Toyota Senior Vice […]

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CAR Magazine: Alfa Romeo to Go RWD Only http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/car-magazine-alfa-romeo-to-go-rwd-only/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/car-magazine-alfa-romeo-to-go-rwd-only/#comments Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=496557 The UK’s CAR magazine’s Georg Kacher is reporting that Alfa Romeo will be going exclusively to rear wheel drive models as it drops the Mito and Giulietta FWD hatchbacks around 2015.   The new Alfa models will involve collaboration with fellow Fiat stablemate Maserati. According to CAR’s “insider” source, 2015 will see the introduction of a […]

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The UK’s CAR magazine’s Georg Kacher is reporting that Alfa Romeo will be going exclusively to rear wheel drive models as it drops the Mito and Giulietta FWD hatchbacks around 2015.   The new Alfa models will involve collaboration with fellow Fiat stablemate Maserati. According to CAR’s “insider” source, 2015 will see the introduction of a […]

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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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Anwyl: Should We Be Preparing For The Next Gas Price… Collapse? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/anwyl-should-we-be-preparing-for-the-next-gas-price-collapse/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/anwyl-should-we-be-preparing-for-the-next-gas-price-collapse/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2011 18:47:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418312   The big news around here yesterday came from Bertel’s interview with Toyota’s Chief Engineer, in which it became clear that Toyota takes the developing world’s growing demand for oil very seriously. With global demand already outstripping supply, the giant automaker’s embrace of a petroleum-constrained business model seems to make it clear that gas prices […]

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  The big news around here yesterday came from Bertel’s interview with Toyota’s Chief Engineer, in which it became clear that Toyota takes the developing world’s growing demand for oil very seriously. With global demand already outstripping supply, the giant automaker’s embrace of a petroleum-constrained business model seems to make it clear that gas prices […]

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Porsche: Why Build The “Baby Boxster” When We Have A “Baby Cayenne”? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/porsche-why-build-the-baby-boxster-when-we-have-a-baby-cayenne/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/porsche-why-build-the-baby-boxster-when-we-have-a-baby-cayenne/#comments Mon, 14 Nov 2011 16:18:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418061 Do you badly want a new mid-engined Porsche? Is the Boxster/Cayman combo still a bit rich for your blood, given the weak economy? Chances are you have been waiting patiently for news about Porsche’s “Baby Boxster,” the long-discussed, entry-level, flat-four-powered version of Volkswagen’s Bluesport concept. The sad news: you may be waiting quite a bit […]

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Do you badly want a new mid-engined Porsche? Is the Boxster/Cayman combo still a bit rich for your blood, given the weak economy? Chances are you have been waiting patiently for news about Porsche’s “Baby Boxster,” the long-discussed, entry-level, flat-four-powered version of Volkswagen’s Bluesport concept. The sad news: you may be waiting quite a bit […]

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Wild-Ass Rumor Of The Day: Lincoln Drops Compact Car To “Focus” On Compact CUV http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/wild-ass-rumor-of-the-day-lincoln-drops-compact-car-to-focus-on-compact-cuv/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/wild-ass-rumor-of-the-day-lincoln-drops-compact-car-to-focus-on-compact-cuv/#comments Thu, 03 Nov 2011 19:40:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416818 FordInsideNews reports According to two independent sources within FoMoCo, FIN has learned that Lincoln has killed off plans for the MkC. Instead, Lincoln will focus all compact energies upon their new CUV, which is internally named the MkD. According to one source, Ford feared that the MkC would cannibalize sales of the larger MkZ sedan… According […]

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FordInsideNews reports According to two independent sources within FoMoCo, FIN has learned that Lincoln has killed off plans for the MkC. Instead, Lincoln will focus all compact energies upon their new CUV, which is internally named the MkD. According to one source, Ford feared that the MkC would cannibalize sales of the larger MkZ sedan… According […]

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Ask The Best And Brightest: Is Nissan About To “Pull A Hyundai”? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/ask-the-best-and-brightest-is-nissan-about-to-pull-a-hyundai/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/ask-the-best-and-brightest-is-nissan-about-to-pull-a-hyundai/#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2011 21:31:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416468 On the way to TTAC’s Southern Tour, I filled some of the gaps in my automotive history by reading Car Wars by Robert Sobel. Written in the same year that Nissan opened its first US plant, a sprawling complex in Smyrna, Car Wars documents the early years of the Detroit-Import wars, starting with the Beetle […]

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On the way to TTAC’s Southern Tour, I filled some of the gaps in my automotive history by reading Car Wars by Robert Sobel. Written in the same year that Nissan opened its first US plant, a sprawling complex in Smyrna, Car Wars documents the early years of the Detroit-Import wars, starting with the Beetle […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: The 9-3 That May Never Be Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-the-9-3-that-may-never-be-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-the-9-3-that-may-never-be-edition/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:23:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416217 According to svd.se, this is an image of the next-generation Saab 9-3, as revealed in a presentation to Sweden’s National Debt Office. Based on a new Phoenix platform that is supposedly under development (although with what money is unclear… new platforms typically cost around a billion dollars to develop), the new 9-3 will be the […]

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According to svd.se, this is an image of the next-generation Saab 9-3, as revealed in a presentation to Sweden’s National Debt Office. Based on a new Phoenix platform that is supposedly under development (although with what money is unclear… new platforms typically cost around a billion dollars to develop), the new 9-3 will be the […]

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Will Chevy’s Cruze Diesel Be A “Game Changer”? Lutz Thinks Not http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/will-chevys-cruze-diesel-be-a-game-changer-lutz-thinks-not/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/will-chevys-cruze-diesel-be-a-game-changer-lutz-thinks-not/#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2011 17:46:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=415344 It’s a phenomenon with some precedent: import manufacturers will get nowhere with a certain bodystyle or drivetrain until one of the US domestic brands jumps on the bandwagon and popularizes it. And Jeff Breneman, executive director of the U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars, is hoping the same dynamic plays out in the world of diesel […]

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It’s a phenomenon with some precedent: import manufacturers will get nowhere with a certain bodystyle or drivetrain until one of the US domestic brands jumps on the bandwagon and popularizes it. And Jeff Breneman, executive director of the U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars, is hoping the same dynamic plays out in the world of diesel […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Quantum Niche Theory Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-quantum-niche-theory-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-quantum-niche-theory-edition/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2011 18:36:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=412504 When word first began circulating that BMW was considering an X4, I wondered is BMW trying to prove a kind of automotive Zeno’s paradox, in which niches can be infinitely subdivided? It was a rhetorical question, of course, and the answer was “pretty much, yeah.” This official BMW sketch preview of the X4, which has been […]

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When word first began circulating that BMW was considering an X4, I wondered is BMW trying to prove a kind of automotive Zeno’s paradox, in which niches can be infinitely subdivided? It was a rhetorical question, of course, and the answer was “pretty much, yeah.” This official BMW sketch preview of the X4, which has been […]

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Ed “Not A Car Guy” Whitacre Takes Control Of GM Global Product Planning http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/ed-not-a-car-guy-whitacre-takes-control-of-gm-global-product-planning/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/ed-not-a-car-guy-whitacre-takes-control-of-gm-global-product-planning/#comments Sat, 05 Jun 2010 15:14:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=358209 The executive shake-ups show no signs of stopping at GM, as Ed Whitacre ended the week with yet another re-shuffle. And this time Whitacre himself is the big winner. Automotive News [sub] reports that Whitacre has assumed control of GM’s global product planning, leaving former planning boss Tom Stephens with the more prosaic responsibility of […]

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The executive shake-ups show no signs of stopping at GM, as Ed Whitacre ended the week with yet another re-shuffle. And this time Whitacre himself is the big winner. Automotive News [sub] reports that Whitacre has assumed control of GM’s global product planning, leaving former planning boss Tom Stephens with the more prosaic responsibility of […]

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