The Truth About Cars » small cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:30:15 +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 » small cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com A Tale Of Two Scions: Scion iA vs. Scion iM http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/tale-two-scions-scion-ia-vs-scion-im/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/tale-two-scions-scion-ia-vs-scion-im/#comments Thu, 17 Dec 2015 16:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1215721 I call Scions “the acronyms from hell” because even I have trouble keeping up with all of them. iQ, iA, iM, tC, xB, xD. Did I forget one? The xA and…wait! I forgot the FR-S, but that’s only because I rarely see those go through the auction block. Everything else, save the two new iA and […]

The post A Tale Of Two Scions: Scion iA vs. Scion iM appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
I call Scions “the acronyms from hell” because even I have trouble keeping up with all of them. iQ, iA, iM, tC, xB, xD. Did I forget one? The xA and…wait! I forgot the FR-S, but that’s only because I rarely see those go through the auction block. Everything else, save the two new iA and […]

The post A Tale Of Two Scions: Scion iA vs. Scion iM appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/tale-two-scions-scion-ia-vs-scion-im/feed/ 50
Mazda USA Isn’t Importing The New 2: Here’s Why http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/mazda-usa-isnt-importing-new-2-heres/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/mazda-usa-isnt-importing-new-2-heres/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 13:51:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1075034   Although the car’s been certified for sale in the United States, Mazda won’t be bringing the new 2 to American consumers. That doesn’t mean the possibility isn’t there for the future, according to Automotive News, nor does it mean the 2 won’t appear in the United States in another form. Despite significant improvements, the […]

The post Mazda USA Isn’t Importing The New 2: Here’s Why appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
  Although the car’s been certified for sale in the United States, Mazda won’t be bringing the new 2 to American consumers. That doesn’t mean the possibility isn’t there for the future, according to Automotive News, nor does it mean the 2 won’t appear in the United States in another form. Despite significant improvements, the […]

The post Mazda USA Isn’t Importing The New 2: Here’s Why appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/mazda-usa-isnt-importing-new-2-heres/feed/ 54
April 2015: Finally A Strong Month For Subcompact Car Sales In America http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/april-2015-finally-strong-month-subcompact-car-sales-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/april-2015-finally-strong-month-subcompact-car-sales-america/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 16:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1066146 In April, for the first time this year, U.S. sales of the core group of nine subcompact cars increased on a year-over-year basis. After January’s 2% decline, February’s 11% decrease, and March’s 12% drop (and the first-quarter’s 9% decline), April sales of the Nissan Versa-led subcompact group grew 9% compared with April 2014. This brings […]

The post April 2015: Finally A Strong Month For Subcompact Car Sales In America appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
In April, for the first time this year, U.S. sales of the core group of nine subcompact cars increased on a year-over-year basis. After January’s 2% decline, February’s 11% decrease, and March’s 12% drop (and the first-quarter’s 9% decline), April sales of the Nissan Versa-led subcompact group grew 9% compared with April 2014. This brings […]

The post April 2015: Finally A Strong Month For Subcompact Car Sales In America appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/april-2015-finally-strong-month-subcompact-car-sales-america/feed/ 33
Chevrolet Sonic’s U.S. Subcompact Market Share Is Plunging – Started Near The Top Now It’s Here http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/chevrolet-sonics-u-s-subcompact-market-share-plunging-started-near-top-now/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/chevrolet-sonics-u-s-subcompact-market-share-plunging-started-near-top-now/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:00:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1053129 GM’s share of America’s subcompact segment fell below 10% in the first-quarter of 2015 as Chevrolet Sonic volume tumbled 53%, year-over-year. As a whole, the subcompact category is in decline in early 2015, but a large part of the category’s 9% drop can be attributed to the Sonic. Sales of the Sonic decreased by nearly […]

The post Chevrolet Sonic’s U.S. Subcompact Market Share Is Plunging – Started Near The Top Now It’s Here appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
GM’s share of America’s subcompact segment fell below 10% in the first-quarter of 2015 as Chevrolet Sonic volume tumbled 53%, year-over-year. As a whole, the subcompact category is in decline in early 2015, but a large part of the category’s 9% drop can be attributed to the Sonic. Sales of the Sonic decreased by nearly […]

The post Chevrolet Sonic’s U.S. Subcompact Market Share Is Plunging – Started Near The Top Now It’s Here appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/chevrolet-sonics-u-s-subcompact-market-share-plunging-started-near-top-now/feed/ 125
November 2014 Was The Dodge Dart’s Best Month Ever http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/november-2014-dodge-darts-best-month-ever/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/november-2014-dodge-darts-best-month-ever/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:36:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=960497 The Chrysler Group reported the Dodge Dart’s best-ever sales month in November 2014 as year-over-year volume jumped 39% to 9012 units. This was the first time Dart volume climbed beyond 9000 units in a single month. The previous top month for this modern incarnation of the Dart was May of this year, when 8644 were […]

The post November 2014 Was The Dodge Dart’s Best Month Ever appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
The Chrysler Group reported the Dodge Dart’s best-ever sales month in November 2014 as year-over-year volume jumped 39% to 9012 units. This was the first time Dart volume climbed beyond 9000 units in a single month. The previous top month for this modern incarnation of the Dart was May of this year, when 8644 were […]

The post November 2014 Was The Dodge Dart’s Best Month Ever appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/november-2014-dodge-darts-best-month-ever/feed/ 108
Analysis: The New Brazilian Consumer Rejects Entry-Level Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/analysis-new-brazilian-consumer-rejects-entry-level-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/analysis-new-brazilian-consumer-rejects-entry-level-cars/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:13:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=928714 In my recent reviews of entry-level cars in Brazil (VW up! and Fiat Uno), I spoke of how these new cars are adding technology to confront newer cars sold in the category immediately above, that of the midlevel compact (Ford Ka). Entry-level car participation in the market is under such pressure, that there are few […]

The post Analysis: The New Brazilian Consumer Rejects Entry-Level Cars appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
In my recent reviews of entry-level cars in Brazil (VW up! and Fiat Uno), I spoke of how these new cars are adding technology to confront newer cars sold in the category immediately above, that of the midlevel compact (Ford Ka). Entry-level car participation in the market is under such pressure, that there are few […]

The post Analysis: The New Brazilian Consumer Rejects Entry-Level Cars appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/analysis-new-brazilian-consumer-rejects-entry-level-cars/feed/ 51
Corolla Getting Set To Retake Small Car Sales Crown http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/corolla-solidifying-small-car-sales-lead/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/corolla-solidifying-small-car-sales-lead/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=882210 During a nine-year stretch between 2003 and 2011, the Toyota Corolla was consistently America’s best-selling small car. For eight of those years, consecutively between 2003 and 2010, the Honda Civic was America’s second-best-selling small car. Designs, architectures, and rivals changed, but the Corolla stayed on top. Yet while sales of the Corolla jumped 21% in […]

The post Corolla Getting Set To Retake Small Car Sales Crown appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
During a nine-year stretch between 2003 and 2011, the Toyota Corolla was consistently America’s best-selling small car. For eight of those years, consecutively between 2003 and 2010, the Honda Civic was America’s second-best-selling small car. Designs, architectures, and rivals changed, but the Corolla stayed on top. Yet while sales of the Corolla jumped 21% in […]

The post Corolla Getting Set To Retake Small Car Sales Crown appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/corolla-solidifying-small-car-sales-lead/feed/ 96
Nissan To Drop Versa Sedan In Canada As Micra Debuts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/nissan-to-drop-versa-sedan-in-canada-as-micra-debuts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/nissan-to-drop-versa-sedan-in-canada-as-micra-debuts/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:45:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=752905 The Canada-only Nissan Micra debuts in April, with Nissan hoping to pick up overall market share in The Great White North. But Automotive News reports that one casualty of the Micra’s introduction will be the Versa Sedan – hardly a surprise when both compete at the absolute low end of the market. While the Versa Note will […]

The post Nissan To Drop Versa Sedan In Canada As Micra Debuts appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
The Canada-only Nissan Micra debuts in April, with Nissan hoping to pick up overall market share in The Great White North. But Automotive News reports that one casualty of the Micra’s introduction will be the Versa Sedan – hardly a surprise when both compete at the absolute low end of the market. While the Versa Note will […]

The post Nissan To Drop Versa Sedan In Canada As Micra Debuts appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/nissan-to-drop-versa-sedan-in-canada-as-micra-debuts/feed/ 7
MINI Seeks Partner For Smaller MINI http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/mini-seeks-partner-for-smaller-mini/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/mini-seeks-partner-for-smaller-mini/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:47:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=670834 Though MINI’s lineup hasn’t (literally) lived up to its name since its reboot by parent BMW, product boss Pat McKenna would like to see the Rocketman — a MINI that truly is mini — appear in showrooms all over the world. For that scenario to play out, though, the Rocketman needs a flight partner. The […]

The post MINI Seeks Partner For Smaller MINI appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Though MINI’s lineup hasn’t (literally) lived up to its name since its reboot by parent BMW, product boss Pat McKenna would like to see the Rocketman — a MINI that truly is mini — appear in showrooms all over the world. For that scenario to play out, though, the Rocketman needs a flight partner. The […]

The post MINI Seeks Partner For Smaller MINI appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/mini-seeks-partner-for-smaller-mini/feed/ 22
Mercedes-Benz Going After MINI http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/mercedes-benz-going-after-mini/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/mercedes-benz-going-after-mini/#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:00:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=485159 Mercedes-Benz is apparently preparing for a new line of models to slot below the A-Class, to better compete with MINI. Reuters quotes the German news magazine Focus in claiming that “The offensive is due to kick off in 2015 with an SUV that is even smaller than the new GLA compact crossover, due to be […]

The post Mercedes-Benz Going After MINI appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Mercedes-Benz is apparently preparing for a new line of models to slot below the A-Class, to better compete with MINI. Reuters quotes the German news magazine Focus in claiming that “The offensive is due to kick off in 2015 with an SUV that is even smaller than the new GLA compact crossover, due to be […]

The post Mercedes-Benz Going After MINI appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/mercedes-benz-going-after-mini/feed/ 15
Mini John Cooper Works GP Absolves The Sins Of Brand Dilution http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/mini-john-cooper-works-gp-absolves-the-sins-of-brand-dilution/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/mini-john-cooper-works-gp-absolves-the-sins-of-brand-dilution/#comments Sun, 13 May 2012 13:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=444158   Has Mini’s over-propagation of vehicles gotten so bad that we’re actually cheering when a new special isn’t a silly two-seater or pseudo-crossover? The Mini John Cooper Works GP may be overpriced, but at least it’s got its heart in the right place. It could do without the gauche aerokit, graphics and pizza-cutter wheels but the “race […]

The post Mini John Cooper Works GP Absolves The Sins Of Brand Dilution appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
  Has Mini’s over-propagation of vehicles gotten so bad that we’re actually cheering when a new special isn’t a silly two-seater or pseudo-crossover? The Mini John Cooper Works GP may be overpriced, but at least it’s got its heart in the right place. It could do without the gauche aerokit, graphics and pizza-cutter wheels but the “race […]

The post Mini John Cooper Works GP Absolves The Sins Of Brand Dilution appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/mini-john-cooper-works-gp-absolves-the-sins-of-brand-dilution/feed/ 24
Editorial: With Fiat Sales Soaring In Canada, Is It Time For More European Small Cars? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/editorial-with-fiat-sales-soaring-in-canada-is-it-time-for-more-european-small-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/editorial-with-fiat-sales-soaring-in-canada-is-it-time-for-more-european-small-cars/#comments Wed, 02 May 2012 16:34:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=442470 What do Buick, Volvo, Infiniti, Mini, Cadillac, Lincoln, Suzuki and Scion have in common? All were outsold by Fiat in Canada last month. Sales analyst Tim Cain uncovered the data during his monthly sales research, and data shows gradual increases this year for the 500 in the United States. In Canada, the gains are even better, […]

The post Editorial: With Fiat Sales Soaring In Canada, Is It Time For More European Small Cars? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
What do Buick, Volvo, Infiniti, Mini, Cadillac, Lincoln, Suzuki and Scion have in common? All were outsold by Fiat in Canada last month. Sales analyst Tim Cain uncovered the data during his monthly sales research, and data shows gradual increases this year for the 500 in the United States. In Canada, the gains are even better, […]

The post Editorial: With Fiat Sales Soaring In Canada, Is It Time For More European Small Cars? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/editorial-with-fiat-sales-soaring-in-canada-is-it-time-for-more-european-small-cars/feed/ 38
Generation Why: They Can Tell You Don’t Get It http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/generation-why-they-can-tell-you-dont-get-it/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/generation-why-they-can-tell-you-dont-get-it/#comments Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:13:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=436160 “We tried to teach dealers how to calibrate conversations,” Mr. Martin said. “Stop trying to be cool and give them the fist pump. They can tell you don’t get it. Journalism profs would admonish us for “burying the lede”, or hiding the most important information way down in the story, rather than putting it at […]

The post Generation Why: They Can Tell You Don’t Get It appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
“We tried to teach dealers how to calibrate conversations,” Mr. Martin said. “Stop trying to be cool and give them the fist pump. They can tell you don’t get it. Journalism profs would admonish us for “burying the lede”, or hiding the most important information way down in the story, rather than putting it at […]

The post Generation Why: They Can Tell You Don’t Get It appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/generation-why-they-can-tell-you-dont-get-it/feed/ 152
Fiat USA May Expand Lineup Beyond 500L http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/fiat-usa-may-expand-lineup-beyond-500l/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/fiat-usa-may-expand-lineup-beyond-500l/#comments Mon, 19 Mar 2012 17:25:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=435496 The Fiat 500L may be joined by another Fiat product, but the brand’s North American head said that it won’t necessarily resemble the 500 vehicles. Speaking to the Detroit Free Press, Fiat’s Tim Kuniskis said “We won’t bring you a commodity car…”Style, for sure, will be No. 1,” Kuniskis said. “Any car we sell has […]

The post Fiat USA May Expand Lineup Beyond 500L appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
The Fiat 500L may be joined by another Fiat product, but the brand’s North American head said that it won’t necessarily resemble the 500 vehicles. Speaking to the Detroit Free Press, Fiat’s Tim Kuniskis said “We won’t bring you a commodity car…”Style, for sure, will be No. 1,” Kuniskis said. “Any car we sell has […]

The post Fiat USA May Expand Lineup Beyond 500L appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/fiat-usa-may-expand-lineup-beyond-500l/feed/ 22
High Gas Prices Mean Happy Days For Honda Civic http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/high-gas-prices-mean-happy-days-for-honda-civic/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/high-gas-prices-mean-happy-days-for-honda-civic/#comments Tue, 13 Mar 2012 21:17:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434873 Pop quiz; what do increased production, lots of cash on the hood and high gas prices mean for Honda dealers? Lots of Civics moving out the door. Civic sales are up 45 percent in the first two months of this year, and the model is outselling former top dogs like the Chevrolet Cruze and last […]

The post High Gas Prices Mean Happy Days For Honda Civic appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Pop quiz; what do increased production, lots of cash on the hood and high gas prices mean for Honda dealers? Lots of Civics moving out the door. Civic sales are up 45 percent in the first two months of this year, and the model is outselling former top dogs like the Chevrolet Cruze and last […]

The post High Gas Prices Mean Happy Days For Honda Civic appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/high-gas-prices-mean-happy-days-for-honda-civic/feed/ 89
Finally, Real Pictures Of The Volvo V40 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/finally-real-pictures-of-the-volvo-v40/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/finally-real-pictures-of-the-volvo-v40/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2012 17:21:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=432925 Today is Wagon Day, a brand-new made up holiday when North Americans are tortured with photos of wagons that will not be available to us despite our endless pleas. First up, the Volvo V40. Reports are stating that a 1.6L 4-cylinder will be present in the V40, but Volvo’s new modular engine family, with its […]

The post Finally, Real Pictures Of The Volvo V40 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Today is Wagon Day, a brand-new made up holiday when North Americans are tortured with photos of wagons that will not be available to us despite our endless pleas. First up, the Volvo V40. Reports are stating that a 1.6L 4-cylinder will be present in the V40, but Volvo’s new modular engine family, with its […]

The post Finally, Real Pictures Of The Volvo V40 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/finally-real-pictures-of-the-volvo-v40/feed/ 21
Kia Procee’ds With New Cee’d. Puns Are Not Our Forte. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/kia-proceeds-with-new-ceed-puns-are-not-our-forte/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/kia-proceeds-with-new-ceed-puns-are-not-our-forte/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2012 22:04:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=431045 The new Kia Cee’d may have a stupid name, but everything else about the car looks pretty attractive. Well, maybe not the grille. They also refrained from releasing any specs at all alongside these photos, so you’ll have to wait until March’s Auto Show to get the scoop. The Forte is a little dated by […]

The post Kia Procee’ds With New Cee’d. Puns Are Not Our Forte. appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
The new Kia Cee’d may have a stupid name, but everything else about the car looks pretty attractive. Well, maybe not the grille. They also refrained from releasing any specs at all alongside these photos, so you’ll have to wait until March’s Auto Show to get the scoop. The Forte is a little dated by […]

The post Kia Procee’ds With New Cee’d. Puns Are Not Our Forte. appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/kia-proceeds-with-new-ceed-puns-are-not-our-forte/feed/ 40
A Prius c By Any Other Name Is A Yaris Hybrid http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/a-prius-c-by-any-other-name-is-a-yaris-hybrid/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/a-prius-c-by-any-other-name-is-a-yaris-hybrid/#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2012 16:49:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=427816 Toyota is launching a hybrid version of the Yaris, and will likely be the European substitute for the Prius c/Aqua that Bertel drove just last week. Previewed in concept form last year, the Yaris Hybrid will be built in France and have the exact same drivetrain as the Prius c. Fuel economy should be about […]

The post A Prius c By Any Other Name Is A Yaris Hybrid appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Toyota is launching a hybrid version of the Yaris, and will likely be the European substitute for the Prius c/Aqua that Bertel drove just last week. Previewed in concept form last year, the Yaris Hybrid will be built in France and have the exact same drivetrain as the Prius c. Fuel economy should be about […]

The post A Prius c By Any Other Name Is A Yaris Hybrid appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/a-prius-c-by-any-other-name-is-a-yaris-hybrid/feed/ 7
Fiat Outsells Mini, Scion In Canada http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/fiat-outsells-mini-scion-in-canada/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/fiat-outsells-mini-scion-in-canada/#comments Thu, 05 Jan 2012 18:09:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=424503 Canadians already bought the Honda Civic in droves, so it would make sense that another unloved car, the Fiat 500, would do well in a country that favors smaller, more European vehicles, right? Sort of. Fiat did outsell both MINI and Scion in Canada this past year, but not by much. Accordingly to analyst Timothy […]

The post Fiat Outsells Mini, Scion In Canada appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Canadians already bought the Honda Civic in droves, so it would make sense that another unloved car, the Fiat 500, would do well in a country that favors smaller, more European vehicles, right? Sort of. Fiat did outsell both MINI and Scion in Canada this past year, but not by much. Accordingly to analyst Timothy […]

The post Fiat Outsells Mini, Scion In Canada appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/fiat-outsells-mini-scion-in-canada/feed/ 50
What’s Wrong With This Picture: A Mini’s Progress Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-a-minis-progress-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-a-minis-progress-edition/#comments Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:05:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=422923 My two weeks in Europe has drawn to a close, and I’m back at my familiar desk, in front of my familiar computer, catching up on all the automotive happenings I missed, contemplating my transition out of TTAC’s day-to-day leadership, and reflecting on all I saw over my whirlwind two weeks. And though you haven’t […]

The post What’s Wrong With This Picture: A Mini’s Progress Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
My two weeks in Europe has drawn to a close, and I’m back at my familiar desk, in front of my familiar computer, catching up on all the automotive happenings I missed, contemplating my transition out of TTAC’s day-to-day leadership, and reflecting on all I saw over my whirlwind two weeks. And though you haven’t […]

The post What’s Wrong With This Picture: A Mini’s Progress Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-a-minis-progress-edition/feed/ 55
Chart Of The Day: Subcompacts In July And Year To Date http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/chart-of-the-day-subcompacts-in-july-and-year-to-date/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/chart-of-the-day-subcompacts-in-july-and-year-to-date/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2011 22:34:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=407332 In contrast to rapid changes in the compact and midsized segments, the subcompact segment is moving along established trendlines. Kia’s Soul has completely overtaken this segment’s previous champ, but that’s been a long time coming. A new Accent is arriving at dealers, and that model’s starting to take off… in fact, if there’s news here, […]

The post Chart Of The Day: Subcompacts In July And Year To Date appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
In contrast to rapid changes in the compact and midsized segments, the subcompact segment is moving along established trendlines. Kia’s Soul has completely overtaken this segment’s previous champ, but that’s been a long time coming. A new Accent is arriving at dealers, and that model’s starting to take off… in fact, if there’s news here, […]

The post Chart Of The Day: Subcompacts In July And Year To Date appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/chart-of-the-day-subcompacts-in-july-and-year-to-date/feed/ 49
Tata Gives Suzuki Headaches http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/tata-gives-suzuki-headaches/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/tata-gives-suzuki-headaches/#comments Tue, 31 Aug 2010 15:05:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=364294 Suzuki has a little bit of a problem keeping up with the demand in the frisky Indian market. If you can’t deliver, you lose market share. Suzuki’s share of the Indian market already slipped below their usual 50 percent. And guess who’s giving Suzuki headaches? Tata. When Suzuki CEO Osamu Suzuki returned to Japan from […]

The post Tata Gives Suzuki Headaches appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Suzuki has a little bit of a problem keeping up with the demand in the frisky Indian market. If you can’t deliver, you lose market share. Suzuki’s share of the Indian market already slipped below their usual 50 percent. And guess who’s giving Suzuki headaches? Tata. When Suzuki CEO Osamu Suzuki returned to Japan from […]

The post Tata Gives Suzuki Headaches appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/tata-gives-suzuki-headaches/feed/ 5
TV Show Investor Rescues Peel, Makers Of The World’s Smallest Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/ultra-conservative-actor-james-caan-rescues-peel-makers-of-the-worlds-smallest-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/ultra-conservative-actor-james-caan-rescues-peel-makers-of-the-worlds-smallest-car/#comments Fri, 20 Aug 2010 16:25:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=363382 Thanks to one of the most popular Top Gear segments ever, the Peel P50 is now well-established in the minds and imaginations of the world’s automotive cognoscenti. After all, how often does Clarkson say that “if [car X] had a reverse gear, I would describe it as the absolute ultimate in personal mobility”? But now […]

The post TV Show Investor Rescues Peel, Makers Of The World’s Smallest Car appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Thanks to one of the most popular Top Gear segments ever, the Peel P50 is now well-established in the minds and imaginations of the world’s automotive cognoscenti. After all, how often does Clarkson say that “if [car X] had a reverse gear, I would describe it as the absolute ultimate in personal mobility”? But now […]

The post TV Show Investor Rescues Peel, Makers Of The World’s Smallest Car appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/ultra-conservative-actor-james-caan-rescues-peel-makers-of-the-worlds-smallest-car/feed/ 20
June Sales: Subcompacts And Small Hatches http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/june-sales-subcompacts-and-small-hatches/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/june-sales-subcompacts-and-small-hatches/#comments Thu, 08 Jul 2010 15:50:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=360538 Kia’s Soul didn’t have the most electrifying launch sales-wise, but with the release of its second buzz-worthy ad, the funky little box is becoming a major player in our A/B/Small Hatch segment. The Nissan Versa is clearly the dominant player here, selling nearly twice as well as the Soul. Meanwhile, there’s a tight pack of […]

The post June Sales: Subcompacts And Small Hatches appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Kia’s Soul didn’t have the most electrifying launch sales-wise, but with the release of its second buzz-worthy ad, the funky little box is becoming a major player in our A/B/Small Hatch segment. The Nissan Versa is clearly the dominant player here, selling nearly twice as well as the Soul. Meanwhile, there’s a tight pack of […]

The post June Sales: Subcompacts And Small Hatches appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/june-sales-subcompacts-and-small-hatches/feed/ 46
Kawaii! Mitsubishi And PSA To Make Babies http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/kawaii-mitsubishi-and-psa-to-make-babies/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/kawaii-mitsubishi-and-psa-to-make-babies/#comments Sun, 06 Jun 2010 07:03:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=358259 After on-again and off-again attempts at an Eurasian marriage (which I would unreservedly endorse,) Mitsubishi and PSA are doing the thing currently en vogue in Europe: Live happily in sin, and produce little ones. Very little ones. Mitsubishi Motors and PSA Peugeot Citroen Group are chatting about small cars produced by Mitsubishi for the unmarried […]

The post Kawaii! Mitsubishi And PSA To Make Babies appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
After on-again and off-again attempts at an Eurasian marriage (which I would unreservedly endorse,) Mitsubishi and PSA are doing the thing currently en vogue in Europe: Live happily in sin, and produce little ones. Very little ones. Mitsubishi Motors and PSA Peugeot Citroen Group are chatting about small cars produced by Mitsubishi for the unmarried […]

The post Kawaii! Mitsubishi And PSA To Make Babies appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/kawaii-mitsubishi-and-psa-to-make-babies/feed/ 7