The Truth About Cars » rumors http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 03 Aug 2015 22:00:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 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 » rumors http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Porsche May Bring Smaller, Electric Panamera-ish Car to Frankfurt http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/porsche-may-bring-smaller-electric-panamera-ish-car-frankfurt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/porsche-may-bring-smaller-electric-panamera-ish-car-frankfurt/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1123433 Porsche may roll out a Tesla-fighting, BMW 5-Series-sized sedan concept at this year’s Frankfurt auto show, L’Automobile Magazine is reporting (via Car and Driver). The smaller sedan would be about a foot shorter than a Panamera, sport an all-electric powertrain — a first for Porsche — and could be offered alongside gasoline, diesel or hybrid-powered engines. Rumors […]

The post Porsche May Bring Smaller, Electric Panamera-ish Car to Frankfurt appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>

Porsche may roll out a Tesla-fighting, BMW 5-Series-sized sedan concept at this year’s Frankfurt auto show, L’Automobile Magazine is reporting (via Car and Driver).

The smaller sedan would be about a foot shorter than a Panamera, sport an all-electric powertrain — a first for Porsche — and could be offered alongside gasoline, diesel or hybrid-powered engines.

Rumors about the car, which has been nicknamed “Pajun,” (PA-namera JUN-ior) have been around for some time, but plugging in a motor that runs on electrons and not gasoline would be relatively new for the perpetually speculative car.

The smaller sedan has seemed like a forgone conclusion for the automaker that is expanding into a full-line manufacturer. Even if our own Jack Baruth can’t stand it. 

The Frankfurt show begins Sept. 15.

The post Porsche May Bring Smaller, Electric Panamera-ish Car to Frankfurt appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/porsche-may-bring-smaller-electric-panamera-ish-car-frankfurt/feed/ 9
Juechter: No Mid-Engine Corvette Exists http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/juechter-no-mid-engine-corvette-exists/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/juechter-no-mid-engine-corvette-exists/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1023209 Aside from IMSA’s Daytona Prototype class, dreams of a mid-engine Corvette will remain as such according to the icon’s chief engineer. AutoGuide reports Tadge Juechter said as much when interviewed during an episode of “Autoline After Hours,” when the engineer was asked about the rumored “Zora” mid-engine Corvette meant to challenge the Ferrari 488 GTB […]

The post Juechter: No Mid-Engine Corvette Exists appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Roar Before the Rolex 24

Aside from IMSA’s Daytona Prototype class, dreams of a mid-engine Corvette will remain as such according to the icon’s chief engineer.

AutoGuide reports Tadge Juechter said as much when interviewed during an episode of “Autoline After Hours,” when the engineer was asked about the rumored “Zora” mid-engine Corvette meant to challenge the Ferrari 488 GTB and Lamborghini Huracan:

I’ll have to check that out, because I know no such car exists.

Juechter did say General Motors thought about moving the engine to a mid-rear configuration with the C7, but ultimately declined when doing so meant “sacrificing too much everyday driving comfort.”

The possibility for such a beast may still be there — if our experience with the upcoming 2017 Ford GT is anything to go by — but for now, the closest anyone will get to that unicorn is through an IMSA Driver Membership.

The post Juechter: No Mid-Engine Corvette Exists appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/juechter-no-mid-engine-corvette-exists/feed/ 20
Apple Rumored At Work On Titan EV Project http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/apple-rumored-work-titan-ev-project/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/apple-rumored-work-titan-ev-project/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1002074 Not about to let Google or Tesla tackle the automotive space without competition, Apple is rumored to be entering the game with its own EV project. Autoblog reports the project, dubbed Project Titan, is an EV resembling a minivan, and has several hundred Apple employees working to make the vehicle a reality. Vice president of […]

The post Apple Rumored At Work On Titan EV Project appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
SONY DSC

Not about to let Google or Tesla tackle the automotive space without competition, Apple is rumored to be entering the game with its own EV project.

Autoblog reports the project, dubbed Project Titan, is an EV resembling a minivan, and has several hundred Apple employees working to make the vehicle a reality. Vice president of product design and former Ford engineer Steve Zadesky is said to be leading the project, while director of Mac systems engineering and former Mercedes-Benz R&D chief Johann Jungwirth is contributing his knowledge. Austrian supplier Magna Steyr has also been tapped by Apple execs to help guide the project along.

News of the rumored EV comes amid other rumors regarding the company’s poaching missions to Tesla — who allegedly have done the same to Apple in return — as well its desire to enter the autonomous vehicle market to one-up Google down the road.

The post Apple Rumored At Work On Titan EV Project appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/apple-rumored-work-titan-ev-project/feed/ 25
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 […]

The post BMW: We’re Not Working With Tesla On Anything appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
2014-bmw-i8-tesla-model-s-promo

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 believe the only benefit from a relationship with Tesla would be in favor of the latter, claiming CEO Elon Musk would enjoy the PR from such a collaboration.

The statement comes on the heels of an interview by Der Spiegel with Musk, who proclaimed his company was in talks with BMW to “collaborate on battery technology or charging stations,” something that was news to BMW. The automaker also has no interest in working on a battery factory with Tesla, stating such things can be purchased from its suppliers. Musk said he had plans to build a factory in Germany within five to six years.

The post BMW: We’re Not Working With Tesla On Anything appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/bmw-working-tesla-anything/feed/ 15
Woops…ILX 2.0 Sticking Around http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/woops-ilx-2-0-sticking-around/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/woops-ilx-2-0-sticking-around/#comments Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:17:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=470038 Looks like we were wrong in reporting the demise of the Acura ILX’s 2.0L engine option. Despite reports from Automotive News which claimed that the 2.0L ILX was on its way out of the lineup, Acura PR contradicted these reports, claiming they are “pure speculation”. The initial AN article seemed credible, in part because it […]

The post Woops…ILX 2.0 Sticking Around appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>

Looks like we were wrong in reporting the demise of the Acura ILX’s 2.0L engine option. Despite reports from Automotive News which claimed that the 2.0L ILX was on its way out of the lineup, Acura PR contradicted these reports, claiming they are “pure speculation”. The initial AN article seemed credible, in part because it was based on negative comments about the car made by Honda’s Executive VP John Mendel. We apologize for not verifying the information before publishing our piece. And by “we” I of course am refering to myself.

The post Woops…ILX 2.0 Sticking Around appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/woops-ilx-2-0-sticking-around/feed/ 34
No, Jeep Is Not Shifting Production From Toledo To China http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/no-jeep-is-not-shifting-production-from-toledo-to-china/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/no-jeep-is-not-shifting-production-from-toledo-to-china/#comments Mon, 29 Oct 2012 12:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465209 Poor reporting by unscrupulous bloggers is nothing new – there’s even a book about it. We try and stay above the fray and simply write accurately the first time around. But a story regarding Jeep and Chinese production has been making the rounds with such speed that TTAC readers have been emailing us for clarification. […]

The post No, Jeep Is Not Shifting Production From Toledo To China appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>

Poor reporting by unscrupulous bloggers is nothing new – there’s even a book about it. We try and stay above the fray and simply write accurately the first time around. But a story regarding Jeep and Chinese production has been making the rounds with such speed that TTAC readers have been emailing us for clarification. It got so bad that even Mitt Romney got things wrong.

While the original report by Bloomberg correctly stated that additional capacity for Jeep may be sought out in China, other blogs followed the time honored tradition of spinning the facts to create a new story, in the name of gaining all-important clicks. Chrysler ended up issuing a statement clarifying the matter.

There are times when the reading of a newswire report generates storms originated by a biased or predisposed approach.

On Oct. 22, 2012, at 11:10 a.m. ET, the Bloomberg News report “Fiat Says Jeep® Output May Return to China as Demand Rises” stated “Chrysler currently builds all Jeep SUV models at plants in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio. Manley (President and CEO of the Jeep brand) referred to adding Jeep production sites rather than shifting output from North America to China.”

Despite clear and accurate reporting, the take has given birth to a number of stories making readers believe that Chrysler plans to shift all Jeep production to China from North America, and therefore idle assembly lines and U.S. workforce. It is a leap that would be difficult even for professional circus acrobats.

Let’s set the record straight: Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China. It’s simply reviewing the opportunities to return Jeep output to China for the world’s largest auto market. U.S. Jeep assembly lines will continue to stay in operation. A careful and unbiased reading of the Bloomberg take would have saved unnecessary fantasies and extravagant comments.

So there you have it folks. Jeep production is not in danger of leaving Toledo any time soon.

The post No, Jeep Is Not Shifting Production From Toledo To China appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/no-jeep-is-not-shifting-production-from-toledo-to-china/feed/ 32
BMW’s North American Diesel Parade Continues On, With Fewer Cylinders http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/bmws-north-american-diesel-parade-continues-on-with-fewer-cylinders/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/bmws-north-american-diesel-parade-continues-on-with-fewer-cylinders/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2012 15:30:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=452607 The 335d may not have done so well in the United States, but BMW seems undeterred, and is set to launch yet another oil-burning 3er shortly. Rumors of another diesel 3-Series began in the bowels of the internet rumor-mill, but ended up being confirmed by BMW. Sort of.  AutoGuide.com initially reported the “news” based on […]

The post BMW’s North American Diesel Parade Continues On, With Fewer Cylinders appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>

The 335d may not have done so well in the United States, but BMW seems undeterred, and is set to launch yet another oil-burning 3er shortly.

Rumors of another diesel 3-Series began in the bowels of the internet rumor-mill, but ended up being confirmed by BMW. Sort of.  AutoGuide.com initially reported the “news” based on a tweet (!) from Automobile’s Jason Cammisa, but a BMW spokesman ended up verifying the factoid, telling them

…the next BMW Advanced Diesel engine that will come to the US is the 2.0-liter  4-cylinder turbo-diesel. Specific timing and model applications will follow.

If the new engine doesn’t appear in a 320d, I’ll go out and buy a Jetta SportWagen TDI. Or a 320i.

The post BMW’s North American Diesel Parade Continues On, With Fewer Cylinders appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/bmws-north-american-diesel-parade-continues-on-with-fewer-cylinders/feed/ 33