The Truth About Cars » Sedans http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 03 May 2016 15:30:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 SUVs And Crossovers Will Outsell Cars In America, But When? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/suvs-and-crossovers-will-cars-in-america-but-when/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/suvs-and-crossovers-will-cars-in-america-but-when/#comments Tue, 16 Feb 2016 17:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1285234 Canadians purchased and leased nearly 43,000 SUVs and crossovers in January 2016. At the same time, fewer than 34,000 passenger cars made their ways to Canadian driveways. This wasn’t an anomaly. Canadians also registered more utility vehicles than cars in January 2015, and over the course of 2015, only 2 percent more cars were sold […]

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Canadians purchased and leased nearly 43,000 SUVs and crossovers in January 2016. At the same time, fewer than 34,000 passenger cars made their ways to Canadian driveways. This wasn’t an anomaly. Canadians also registered more utility vehicles than cars in January 2015, and over the course of 2015, only 2 percent more cars were sold […]

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Doug Drives: Has Audi Given Up On Making Cars? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/audi-given-making-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/audi-given-making-cars/#comments Wed, 30 Dec 2015 14:00:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1252897 I was driving along the other day, and I found myself behind an Audi A6. A new Audi A6. A brand-new, midsize, luxurious Audi A6 sedan. And I thought to myself: When was the last time I saw one of these things? This wasn’t always the case. Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, […]

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I was driving along the other day, and I found myself behind an Audi A6. A new Audi A6. A brand-new, midsize, luxurious Audi A6 sedan. And I thought to myself: When was the last time I saw one of these things? This wasn’t always the case. Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, […]

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Big Three Go Long On SUV, Truck Production in North America http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/big-three-go-long-suv-truck-production-north-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/big-three-go-long-suv-truck-production-north-america/#comments Mon, 16 Nov 2015 19:25:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1220273 Detroit automakers may be betting high-profit SUVs and trucks are a better fit for their domestic plants as those automakers shift production away from cars to make room for larger, high-margin vehicles. Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will largely shift production of their cars to Mexico and bring more trucks and SUVs to North American […]

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Detroit automakers may be betting high-profit SUVs and trucks are a better fit for their domestic plants as those automakers shift production away from cars to make room for larger, high-margin vehicles. Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will largely shift production of their cars to Mexico and bring more trucks and SUVs to North American […]

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Jeep Is the Smiling Mask Hiding FCA’s Frowny Face http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/jeeps-u-s-surge-masks-fca-sales-disappointments/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/jeeps-u-s-surge-masks-fca-sales-disappointments/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1188602 Total Fiat Chrysler Automobiles volume is up six percent this year thanks to record sales at Jeep, FCA’s top-selling outlet. However, despite that wave of Jeep-directed affection in the U.S., sales at the company’s other brands have fallen two percent through the first nine months of 2015. Even in September, an extraordinarily high-volume month for the U.S. […]

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Total Fiat Chrysler Automobiles volume is up six percent this year thanks to record sales at Jeep, FCA’s top-selling outlet. However, despite that wave of Jeep-directed affection in the U.S., sales at the company’s other brands have fallen two percent through the first nine months of 2015. Even in September, an extraordinarily high-volume month for the U.S. […]

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QOTD: Is Death Of The Sedan Nigh? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-is-death-of-the-sedan-nigh/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-is-death-of-the-sedan-nigh/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1120345 Automakers are busy re-jigging their product mix to better meet the crossover hunger of an ever-shifting buying public. Chevrolet is adding a new crossover to their lineup — according to “sources” — that shrinks the Equinox and puts a new, three-row model between it and the Traverse. Mazda has a new cute ute in the forum of […]

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Automakers are busy re-jigging their product mix to better meet the crossover hunger of an ever-shifting buying public. Chevrolet is adding a new crossover to their lineup — according to “sources” — that shrinks the Equinox and puts a new, three-row model between it and the Traverse. Mazda has a new cute ute in the forum of […]

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QOTD: Why Don’t We Like Hatchbacks? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/qotd-why-dont-we-like-hatchbacks/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/qotd-why-dont-we-like-hatchbacks/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2015 11:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1085193 So I was sitting around the house the other day and my mind started drifting to the Toyota Matrix. Do you remember the Matrix? This was a happy little Japanese 5-door hatchback that never really harmed anybody, except people with eyes who looked directly at the front bumper of XRS models. No, I’m kidding. It […]

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So I was sitting around the house the other day and my mind started drifting to the Toyota Matrix. Do you remember the Matrix? This was a happy little Japanese 5-door hatchback that never really harmed anybody, except people with eyes who looked directly at the front bumper of XRS models. No, I’m kidding. It […]

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It’s Time To End The Non-Sporty Coupe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/its-time-to-end-the-non-sporty-coupe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/its-time-to-end-the-non-sporty-coupe/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 12:12:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1071410 Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to bring an end to an automotive segment that simply needs to die: the non-sporty coupe. For those of you who aren’t sure what I mean when I say “non sporty coupe,” allow me to describe the two types of coupes that currently exist today. One is the sporty coupe. […]

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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to bring an end to an automotive segment that simply needs to die: the non-sporty coupe. For those of you who aren’t sure what I mean when I say “non sporty coupe,” allow me to describe the two types of coupes that currently exist today. One is the sporty coupe. […]

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Aikawa: Updated Mitsubishi Lancer Shelved For SUVs, Electrification http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/aikawa-updated-mitsubishi-lancer-shelved-suvs-electrification/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/aikawa-updated-mitsubishi-lancer-shelved-suvs-electrification/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1023049 Get used to seeing this Mitsubishi Lancer for a long time to come, as the automaker has shelved its updates to its iconic sedan. According to CarAdvice.com.au, Mitsubishi president and COO Tetsuro Aikawa explained at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show the reasons behind the decision not to update the Lancer or its other sedans: While […]

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Get used to seeing this Mitsubishi Lancer for a long time to come, as the automaker has shelved its updates to its iconic sedan. According to CarAdvice.com.au, Mitsubishi president and COO Tetsuro Aikawa explained at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show the reasons behind the decision not to update the Lancer or its other sedans: While […]

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November 2014: The Worst Sales Month For The Chevrolet SS Ever http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/november-2014-worst-sales-month-chevrolet-ss-ever/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/november-2014-worst-sales-month-chevrolet-ss-ever/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:41:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=958489 November 2014 U.S. sales of the Chevrolet SS fell to the lowest full-month total in the model’s 13-month history with General Motors reporting just 105 units. SS volume peaked at 350 units in March of this year. Last November, in the SS’s first full month, 178 were sold. Year-over-year, SS sales slid 41% twelve months later. […]

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November 2014 U.S. sales of the Chevrolet SS fell to the lowest full-month total in the model’s 13-month history with General Motors reporting just 105 units. SS volume peaked at 350 units in March of this year. Last November, in the SS’s first full month, 178 were sold. Year-over-year, SS sales slid 41% twelve months later. […]

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Alfa Romeo Sedan Entering Showrooms Next June http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/alfa-romeo-sedan-entering-showrooms-next-june/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/alfa-romeo-sedan-entering-showrooms-next-june/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=951881 Right now, the only Alfa Romeo anyone in the United States can buy is the 4C, a model one of our B&B recently talked about in their ownership AMA. By next June, though, a sedan could be on the showroom floor, as well. Automotive News Europe reports the sedan — codenamed 952 — will be […]

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Right now, the only Alfa Romeo anyone in the United States can buy is the 4C, a model one of our B&B recently talked about in their ownership AMA. By next June, though, a sedan could be on the showroom floor, as well. Automotive News Europe reports the sedan — codenamed 952 — will be […]

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Volvo Restructuring To Three Families, Configurations By 2019 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/volvo-restructuring-three-families-configurations-2019/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/volvo-restructuring-three-families-configurations-2019/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=903194 By 2019, the face of Volvo will change as the Sino-Swedish automaker begins restructuring its offerings, with the new XC90 leading the way. Autoblog reports Volvo will align its lineup portfolio around three families (40, 60, 90) and three designations/configurations (S sedan, V wagon, XC crossover). In turn, the 40 family will share a platform […]

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By 2019, the face of Volvo will change as the Sino-Swedish automaker begins restructuring its offerings, with the new XC90 leading the way. Autoblog reports Volvo will align its lineup portfolio around three families (40, 60, 90) and three designations/configurations (S sedan, V wagon, XC crossover). In turn, the 40 family will share a platform […]

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Tesla Idles Plant For Two Weeks For Model X-Related Production Upgrades http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/tesla-idles-plant-for-two-weeks-for-model-x-related-production-upgrades/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/tesla-idles-plant-for-two-weeks-for-model-x-related-production-upgrades/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=871402 Those who just ordered their Tesla Model S may need to wait a bit, as the premium EV automaker has idled its California factory in order to tool up for the upcoming Model X SUV. Bloomberg reports the reconfiguration — including 25 new robots on the floor and other modifications — began June 20, and […]

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Those who just ordered their Tesla Model S may need to wait a bit, as the premium EV automaker has idled its California factory in order to tool up for the upcoming Model X SUV. Bloomberg reports the reconfiguration — including 25 new robots on the floor and other modifications — began June 20, and […]

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Production-Ready Subaru Legacy To Make 2014 Chicago Auto Show Debut http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/production-ready-subaru-legacy-to-make-2014-chicago-auto-show-debut/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/production-ready-subaru-legacy-to-make-2014-chicago-auto-show-debut/#comments Sat, 01 Feb 2014 08:34:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=729042 After its worldwide debut as a concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show last November, the Subaru Legacy is ready to show-off its production-ready ensemble at next week’s 2014 Chicago Auto Show. Though the teaser doesn’t offer much — as teasers are wont to do — it does offer glimpses of the sedan’s thin […]

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After its worldwide debut as a concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show last November, the Subaru Legacy is ready to show-off its production-ready ensemble at next week’s 2014 Chicago Auto Show. Though the teaser doesn’t offer much — as teasers are wont to do — it does offer glimpses of the sedan’s thin […]

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Skyline Sedan to Wear Infiniti Badge, Not Much Else http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/skyline-sedan-to-wear-infiniti-badge-not-much-else/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/skyline-sedan-to-wear-infiniti-badge-not-much-else/#comments Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:22:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=650114 While Nissan plans to resurrect Datsun to battle Toyota’s scions in North America, the automaker is bringing Infiniti back home to Japan by delicately mounting its badge just so upon the grill of what will be the Skyline sedan. Just the badge, though. Not only will the new Skyline — based off the Q50 — […]

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While Nissan plans to resurrect Datsun to battle Toyota’s scions in North America, the automaker is bringing Infiniti back home to Japan by delicately mounting its badge just so upon the grill of what will be the Skyline sedan. Just the badge, though. Not only will the new Skyline — based off the Q50 — […]

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Review: 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid (Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/review-2013-ford-fusion-hybrid-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/review-2013-ford-fusion-hybrid-video/#comments Mon, 11 Mar 2013 07:08:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=480224 Want a fuel-sipping, tree-hugging sedan with stunning good looks? Ford thinks they have the answer in the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid. Can jamming a gasoline/electric drivetrain behind Ford’s sexy grille continue the love affair the press has had with Ford’s world-car? More importantly, can this Ford hybrid live up to its EPA numbers? Let’s find […]

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Want a fuel-sipping, tree-hugging sedan with stunning good looks? Ford thinks they have the answer in the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid. Can jamming a gasoline/electric drivetrain behind Ford’s sexy grille continue the love affair the press has had with Ford’s world-car? More importantly, can this Ford hybrid live up to its EPA numbers? Let’s find […]

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Review: 2013 Nissan Altima SL 3.5 (Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/review-2013-nissan-altima-sl-3-5-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/review-2013-nissan-altima-sl-3-5-video/#comments Sun, 30 Dec 2012 14:32:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=471393 The “family sedan” may not be very exciting, but without midsized sales auto makers would be in a pickle. Ponder this: the five best-selling midsized sedans in America accounted for 1.3 million of the 12.8 million vehicles sold in 2011. With numbers like that, it’s important to get your mass-market people mover right. This means […]

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The “family sedan” may not be very exciting, but without midsized sales auto makers would be in a pickle. Ponder this: the five best-selling midsized sedans in America accounted for 1.3 million of the 12.8 million vehicles sold in 2011. With numbers like that, it’s important to get your mass-market people mover right. This means […]

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Polestar’s Project Volvo Also Has A Manual. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/polestars-project-volvo-also-has-a-manual/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/polestars-project-volvo-also-has-a-manual/#comments Mon, 18 Jun 2012 13:41:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=449387 Even though Project Volvo is geared towards the budget end of the scale, Sweden’s Polestar has been working on a factory backed S60 concept that puts out 508 horsepower and 424 lb-ft. The most surprising element, aside from the absurd power, is a 6-speed manual gearbox, something not readily available on North American Volvos. Polestar […]

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Even though Project Volvo is geared towards the budget end of the scale, Sweden’s Polestar has been working on a factory backed S60 concept that puts out 508 horsepower and 424 lb-ft. The most surprising element, aside from the absurd power, is a 6-speed manual gearbox, something not readily available on North American Volvos. Polestar […]

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Kia K9 Spotted In California: Does That Mean U.S. Sales? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/kia-k9-spotted-in-california-does-that-mean-u-s-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/kia-k9-spotted-in-california-does-that-mean-u-s-sales/#comments Fri, 18 May 2012 12:55:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=445036 Automotive News posted a picture of a Kia K9 luxury sedan wearing manufacturer plates on the road near Orange County, California. Does that mean we’re due to get the K9 any time soon? Once upon a time, my father worked for Kia Canada, and the company’s head office had a frequent rotation of Korean market […]

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Automotive News posted a picture of a Kia K9 luxury sedan wearing manufacturer plates on the road near Orange County, California. Does that mean we’re due to get the K9 any time soon? Once upon a time, my father worked for Kia Canada, and the company’s head office had a frequent rotation of Korean market […]

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Review: 2012 Acura RL http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/review-2012-acura-rl/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/review-2012-acura-rl/#comments Sun, 13 May 2012 13:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=441436 Despite debuting over seven years ago, extensively refreshed in 2009 and nip/tucked again in 2011, the Acura RL remains a mystery. Flagship products usually sell in small numbers, but the RL is one of the rarest sedans in America. This isn’t exactly been a badge of honor for Acura. Overlooked by shoppers who flock to […]

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Despite debuting over seven years ago, extensively refreshed in 2009 and nip/tucked again in 2011, the Acura RL remains a mystery. Flagship products usually sell in small numbers, but the RL is one of the rarest sedans in America. This isn’t exactly been a badge of honor for Acura. Overlooked by shoppers who flock to […]

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New York 2012: Nissan Altima, Now With More CVT, 38 MPG http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/new-york-2012-nissan-altima-now-with-more-cvt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/new-york-2012-nissan-altima-now-with-more-cvt/#comments Tue, 03 Apr 2012 16:25:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=437846 Finally, we can dispense with the dumb teasers and show you the face of the 2013 Nissan Altima. Bad news – a CVT is standard across the board. A 2.5L 4-cylinder makes 182 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. A 270 horsepower 3.5L V6 is also available – but if it’s anything like the engine […]

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Finally, we can dispense with the dumb teasers and show you the face of the 2013 Nissan Altima. Bad news – a CVT is standard across the board. A 2.5L 4-cylinder makes 182 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. A 270 horsepower 3.5L V6 is also available – but if it’s anything like the engine […]

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Kia KH Heralds The Start Of The “Monkfish Age” In Automotive Design http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/kia-kh-heralds-the-start-of-the-monkfish-age-in-automotive-design/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/kia-kh-heralds-the-start-of-the-monkfish-age-in-automotive-design/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:36:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=433169 When the Chrysler Concorde and Chevrolet Camaro underwent redesigns in the late-1990s, automotive critics lamented the start of the “catfish” era in car design. The Kia KH is moving forward with the aquatic-creature theme, sporting a snout that resembles a monkfish, an even uglier sea-being. Kia will debut their new luxury sedan at the Geneva […]

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When the Chrysler Concorde and Chevrolet Camaro underwent redesigns in the late-1990s, automotive critics lamented the start of the “catfish” era in car design. The Kia KH is moving forward with the aquatic-creature theme, sporting a snout that resembles a monkfish, an even uglier sea-being. Kia will debut their new luxury sedan at the Geneva […]

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Kia K9 Rear Drive Sedan Spied In South Korea http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/kia-k9-rear-drive-sedan-spied-in-south-korea/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/kia-k9-rear-drive-sedan-spied-in-south-korea/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2012 18:49:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=433034 This is the Kia K9, Kia’s first rear-drive flagship for North America. Kia has previously sold a rebadged Mazda 929 in Korea but those days are mercifully over. Someone in South Korea took a couple videos of the K9 driving along a highway. You can peruse them for yourself below. The K9 will probably shed […]

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This is the Kia K9, Kia’s first rear-drive flagship for North America. Kia has previously sold a rebadged Mazda 929 in Korea but those days are mercifully over. Someone in South Korea took a couple videos of the K9 driving along a highway. You can peruse them for yourself below. The K9 will probably shed […]

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Happy 30th Birthday, Volvo 760! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/happy-30th-birthday-volvo-760/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/happy-30th-birthday-volvo-760/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 20:28:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=429337 Today, the Volvo 760 celebrates 30 years on this planet. Concieved in an uncertain time in the auto industry and launched in 1982, the 760’s various incarnations lasted until the S90 and V90 were laid to rest in 1998. Like so many great cars, the 760 was built with whatever happened to be laying around […]

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Today, the Volvo 760 celebrates 30 years on this planet. Concieved in an uncertain time in the auto industry and launched in 1982, the 760’s various incarnations lasted until the S90 and V90 were laid to rest in 1998. Like so many great cars, the 760 was built with whatever happened to be laying around […]

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Dodge Avenger Headed For Death Row? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/dodge-avenger-headed-for-death-row/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/dodge-avenger-headed-for-death-row/#comments Thu, 12 Jan 2012 21:51:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=425890 Chrysler is facing a dilemma straight out of “Sophie’s Choice” – whether or not it should kill the wretched Dodge Avenger to help the marginally better Chrysler 200 thrive. But words straight from the mouth of Dodge boss Reid Bigland made it seem like it’s all but a done deal. Stating that “…Chrysler Group will likely […]

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Chrysler is facing a dilemma straight out of “Sophie’s Choice” – whether or not it should kill the wretched Dodge Avenger to help the marginally better Chrysler 200 thrive. But words straight from the mouth of Dodge boss Reid Bigland made it seem like it’s all but a done deal. Stating that “…Chrysler Group will likely […]

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NAIAS: Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/naias-volkswagen-jetta-hybrid/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/naias-volkswagen-jetta-hybrid/#comments Mon, 09 Jan 2012 17:29:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=424952   The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid combines two entities hated most by car fans – the new Volkswagen Jetta, and hybrids – on to which auto enthusiasts can project their deep-seated anger issues. Volkswagen says that fuel economy should be at 45 mpg combined while 0-60 will come up in 9 seconds. This may not be […]

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  The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid combines two entities hated most by car fans – the new Volkswagen Jetta, and hybrids – on to which auto enthusiasts can project their deep-seated anger issues. Volkswagen says that fuel economy should be at 45 mpg combined while 0-60 will come up in 9 seconds. This may not be […]

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