The Truth About Cars » Technology http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:00:45 +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 » Technology http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Bark’s Bites: What’s the Future of the Car Show? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/barks-bites-whats-future-car-show/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/barks-bites-whats-future-car-show/#comments Fri, 08 Jan 2016 16:15:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1259609 To paraphrase Andy Williams (or Johnny Mathis, depending on your personal preference), it’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Next week, TTAC will be bringing you live coverage from the floor of the North American International Auto Show in glorious downtown Detroit, including the exciting reveal of the … umm … come on, Bark, […]

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To paraphrase Andy Williams (or Johnny Mathis, depending on your personal preference), it’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Next week, TTAC will be bringing you live coverage from the floor of the North American International Auto Show in glorious downtown Detroit, including the exciting reveal of the … umm … come on, Bark, […]

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2016 BMW i8 Review – The ‘Affordable’ Plug-In Supercar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2016-bmw-i8-review-affordable-plug-supercar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2016-bmw-i8-review-affordable-plug-supercar/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1254521 “Looks like sex, goes like stink” is the usual supercar mantra, but BMW’s guru was humming a different tune when penning the i8. You see, the i8 isn’t just a sexy car with “butterfly doors.” It’s also a production prototype of sorts styled after BMW’s 2009 Vision EfficientDynamics concept. Most supercars have exotic engines with high cylinder counts and […]

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“Looks like sex, goes like stink” is the usual supercar mantra, but BMW’s guru was humming a different tune when penning the i8. You see, the i8 isn’t just a sexy car with “butterfly doors.” It’s also a production prototype of sorts styled after BMW’s 2009 Vision EfficientDynamics concept. Most supercars have exotic engines with high cylinder counts and […]

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Report: By 2020, One-third of New Cars Will Have CD Players; Why? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/report-2020-one-third-new-cars-will-cd-players/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/report-2020-one-third-new-cars-will-cd-players/#comments Sat, 02 Jan 2016 17:30:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1255993 According to automotive experts, the in-dash CD player’s days may be numbered in new cars. Also, water is wet, and orange juice made from oranges. The Telegraph reports that roughly one-third of new cars sold in the UK by the end of the decade will have a CD player, with many of those physical media players […]

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According to automotive experts, the in-dash CD player’s days may be numbered in new cars. Also, water is wet, and orange juice made from oranges. The Telegraph reports that roughly one-third of new cars sold in the UK by the end of the decade will have a CD player, with many of those physical media players […]

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Ford, Google Plan Autonomous Driving Venture Together http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/ford-google-plan-autonomous-driving-venture-together/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/ford-google-plan-autonomous-driving-venture-together/#comments Tue, 22 Dec 2015 21:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1248833 The fine, fine reporters at Yahoo Autos have learned that Ford and Google will announce next month a joint project to build self-driving cars. According to the report, Google and Ford would spin off a separate company for the project, and Google would still shop around its technology to other automakers. Both Ford and Google wouldn’t […]

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The fine, fine reporters at Yahoo Autos have learned that Ford and Google will announce next month a joint project to build self-driving cars. According to the report, Google and Ford would spin off a separate company for the project, and Google would still shop around its technology to other automakers. Both Ford and Google wouldn’t […]

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LEAKED: Volkswagen Might Show This Full TFT Display, Infotainment System at CES (Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/volkswagen-might-show-tft-display-infotainment-system-ces/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/volkswagen-might-show-tft-display-infotainment-system-ces/#comments Fri, 11 Dec 2015 18:20:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1240505 Volkswagen announced Friday it would show off “developments in electromobility as well as the next generation of connectivity” at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas. “For instance, Volkswagen will give quite a clear glimpse of the latest developments in in-car infotainment that are on the verge of being launched onto the market. […]

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Volkswagen announced Friday it would show off “developments in electromobility as well as the next generation of connectivity” at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas. “For instance, Volkswagen will give quite a clear glimpse of the latest developments in in-car infotainment that are on the verge of being launched onto the market. […]

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Chipmakers Think In-car Tech Will Be The Next iPhone http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/chipmakers-think-car-tech-will-next-iphone/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/chipmakers-think-car-tech-will-next-iphone/#comments Fri, 04 Dec 2015 20:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1236033 Maxed out of selling you a new phone every 15 minutes, chipmakers such as Nvidia and Intel are looking to break into the automotive business as the next new lucrative frontier for technology, Reuters reported. Established automotive suppliers such as Infineon, Renesas and NXP may be figurative feet in the doors for other tech makers […]

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Maxed out of selling you a new phone every 15 minutes, chipmakers such as Nvidia and Intel are looking to break into the automotive business as the next new lucrative frontier for technology, Reuters reported. Established automotive suppliers such as Infineon, Renesas and NXP may be figurative feet in the doors for other tech makers […]

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Piston Slap: Greenwashing the Fuel of the Devil? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/piston-slap-fuel-devil/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/piston-slap-fuel-devil/#comments Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1193154 BT writes: Why aren’t we seeing diesel/electric hybrid cars and light duty trucks? Wouldn’t the fuel economy be phenomenal? Gas hybrids do well in their own right, as do diesels. So what’s holding up the diesel/electric Passat? Many cities have gone to diesel/electric buses for fuel savings, so we know the technology is real for […]

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BT writes: Why aren’t we seeing diesel/electric hybrid cars and light duty trucks? Wouldn’t the fuel economy be phenomenal? Gas hybrids do well in their own right, as do diesels. So what’s holding up the diesel/electric Passat? Many cities have gone to diesel/electric buses for fuel savings, so we know the technology is real for […]

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Dodge Is Installing a 12.1-inch Touchscreen on Police Cars, but What’s Next? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/dodge-installing-12-1-inch-touchscreen-police-cars-whats-next/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/dodge-installing-12-1-inch-touchscreen-police-cars-whats-next/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 18:30:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1167634 Dodge announced for its Charger Pursuit cars Friday an available 12.1-inch Uconnect touchscreen, which is five times larger than its 5-inch model available in some of its cars. The 12.1-inch screen — which is only available on Charger cars for police for now — is meant to eliminate mounted laptops in the front seats of many […]

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Dodge announced for its Charger Pursuit cars Friday an available 12.1-inch Uconnect touchscreen, which is five times larger than its 5-inch model available in some of its cars. The 12.1-inch screen — which is only available on Charger cars for police for now — is meant to eliminate mounted laptops in the front seats of many […]

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QOTD: Do You Care About The Latest and Greatest Tech? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-do-you-care-about-the-latest-and-greatest-tech/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-do-you-care-about-the-latest-and-greatest-tech/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1153697 I’m the type of guy that reads the instruction manual. Admittedly, I’m in the lower quartile of the 1 percent of humans who actually read the book, and there are even fewer still who admit to reading it — most people don’t, and if they do, it’s only when they need to. But why? Don’t […]

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I’m the type of guy that reads the instruction manual. Admittedly, I’m in the lower quartile of the 1 percent of humans who actually read the book, and there are even fewer still who admit to reading it — most people don’t, and if they do, it’s only when they need to. But why? Don’t […]

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England Studying “Charge As You Drive” Inductive Charging Roads http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/england-studying-charge-as-you-drive-inductive-charging-roads/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/england-studying-charge-as-you-drive-inductive-charging-roads/#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 17:45:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1143369 The British government is continuing on with a study of inductive charging on England’s busy A roads a reality, reports the BBC (via Gizmodo). Feasibility of the technology hasn’t been fully proven as of yet, but England is getting one step closer by tendering bids for off-road trials. If off-road trials are successful, you might […]

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The British government is continuing on with a study of inductive charging on England’s busy A roads a reality, reports the BBC (via Gizmodo). Feasibility of the technology hasn’t been fully proven as of yet, but England is getting one step closer by tendering bids for off-road trials. If off-road trials are successful, you might […]

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FCA Recalls 1.4 Million Cars After Jeep Uconnect Hack http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/jeep-recalls-1-4-million-cars-uconnect-hack/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/jeep-recalls-1-4-million-cars-uconnect-hack/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1124881 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced that it would voluntary recall 1.4 million vehicles to patch a security exploit that could allow hackers to infiltrate a car’s vital systems. The recall would apply to cars fitted with the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen. A story released by Wired magazine this week detailed two hackers’ system that could take over a Jeep Cherokee […]

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced that it would voluntary recall 1.4 million vehicles to patch a security exploit that could allow hackers to infiltrate a car’s vital systems. The recall would apply to cars fitted with the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen. A story released by Wired magazine this week detailed two hackers’ system that could take over a Jeep Cherokee […]

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GM Patents Cloud-based Driver Settings Service http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/gm-patents-cloud-based-driver-settings-service/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/gm-patents-cloud-based-driver-settings-service/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1123969 General Motors may store seat position, radio presets, contacts and Internet browsing history in a cloud-based system to serve to drivers regardless of the car they’re in, a patent discovered by Autoblog shows. The patent, which was filed July 14, said separate drivers would be required to authenticate their identities via RFID chip, text input, voice […]

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General Motors may store seat position, radio presets, contacts and Internet browsing history in a cloud-based system to serve to drivers regardless of the car they’re in, a patent discovered by Autoblog shows. The patent, which was filed July 14, said separate drivers would be required to authenticate their identities via RFID chip, text input, voice […]

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Mazda App Will Start Your Car, Lock Your Doors, Improve Life http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/mazda-app-will-start-car-lock-doors-improve-life/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/mazda-app-will-start-car-lock-doors-improve-life/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 16:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1112049 Mazda announced today a dealer-installed option that’ll let owners start their car, lock their doors and annoy everyone in the neighborhood via panic alarm. The app, which is free for the first year and $65 annually after, will be called Mazda Mobile Start. The suggested retail price is $500 for the option, but allegedly official kits […]

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Mazda announced today a dealer-installed option that’ll let owners start their car, lock their doors and annoy everyone in the neighborhood via panic alarm. The app, which is free for the first year and $65 annually after, will be called Mazda Mobile Start. The suggested retail price is $500 for the option, but allegedly official kits […]

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Italy Falling Out Of Love With Mopeds, Scooters Due To Changing Trends http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/italy-falling-out-of-love-with-mopeds-scooters-due-to-changing-trends/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/italy-falling-out-of-love-with-mopeds-scooters-due-to-changing-trends/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 19:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1076282 Like France falling out of love with diesels, Italy is falling out of love with mopeds and scooters due to changing trends. Data published by the National Association of Motorcycle, Bicycle and Accessories — ANCMA — shows moped sales crashing 97 percent, falling from the peak of 600,000 in 1980, to 26,727 units in 2014, […]

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Like France falling out of love with diesels, Italy is falling out of love with mopeds and scooters due to changing trends. Data published by the National Association of Motorcycle, Bicycle and Accessories — ANCMA — shows moped sales crashing 97 percent, falling from the peak of 600,000 in 1980, to 26,727 units in 2014, […]

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Vellum Venom Vignette: Less Is More with In Car Entertainment http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/vellum-venom-vignette-less-car-entertainment/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/vellum-venom-vignette-less-car-entertainment/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 13:02:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=956338   I’ve been accused of Automotive Hipsterism for bragging about my bare bones Ford truck instead of aspiring to expensive vehicles. It used to be different, back when top-drawer dashboards were more Malevich and less Pollock in design. Because good design embraces Less is More, while poor design over thinks the solution. Speaking of hipster, […]

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  I’ve been accused of Automotive Hipsterism for bragging about my bare bones Ford truck instead of aspiring to expensive vehicles. It used to be different, back when top-drawer dashboards were more Malevich and less Pollock in design. Because good design embraces Less is More, while poor design over thinks the solution. Speaking of hipster, […]

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JD Power Initial Quality Study Shows GM, Hyundai, Porsche Leading The Pack http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/jd-power-initial-quality-study-shows-gm-hyundai-porsche-leading-the-pack/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/jd-power-initial-quality-study-shows-gm-hyundai-porsche-leading-the-pack/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=846905 J.D. Power has released their U.S. Initial Quality Study for 2014, where General Motors, Hyundai and Porsche earned top marks despite consumers still struggling with the gizmology taking over their vehicles. Autoblog reports GM’s Buick, Chevrolet and GMC captured more awards than anyone else in the 2014 IQS, with six vehicles winning in their segments. […]

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J.D. Power has released their U.S. Initial Quality Study for 2014, where General Motors, Hyundai and Porsche earned top marks despite consumers still struggling with the gizmology taking over their vehicles. Autoblog reports GM’s Buick, Chevrolet and GMC captured more awards than anyone else in the 2014 IQS, with six vehicles winning in their segments. […]

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Solar Roadways: A Modest Proposal? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/solar-roadways-a-modest-proposal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/solar-roadways-a-modest-proposal/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 16:07:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=833633 Last week, an amazing video popped up on my Facebook feed. Produced by a small Idaho based startup seeking funding from the public via an IndieGoGo campaign, it offers a glimpse into a possible future where the roads are made out of reinforced glass panels that contain solar cells, microprocessors and LEDs. The company, Solar […]

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Last week, an amazing video popped up on my Facebook feed. Produced by a small Idaho based startup seeking funding from the public via an IndieGoGo campaign, it offers a glimpse into a possible future where the roads are made out of reinforced glass panels that contain solar cells, microprocessors and LEDs. The company, Solar […]

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Mercedes-Benz To Support First Responders With “Rescue Assist” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/mercedes-benz-to-support-first-responders-with-rescue-assist/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/mercedes-benz-to-support-first-responders-with-rescue-assist/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:15:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=793425 With little fanfare Mercedes-Benz recently announced a claimed first-of-its-kind program designed to help firefighters and EMTs at sites of severe accidents involving Mercedes-Benz vehicles.  With Rescue Assist, the company is installing QR code stickers on their cars so First Responders will be able to use a Smartphone to bring up a schematic of the vehicle […]

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With little fanfare Mercedes-Benz recently announced a claimed first-of-its-kind program designed to help firefighters and EMTs at sites of severe accidents involving Mercedes-Benz vehicles.  With Rescue Assist, the company is installing QR code stickers on their cars so First Responders will be able to use a Smartphone to bring up a schematic of the vehicle […]

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Department of Energy Looking At Suppliers For Revamped Fuel-Efficiency Loan Program http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/department-of-energy-looking-at-suppliers-for-revamped-fuel-efficiency-loan-program/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/department-of-energy-looking-at-suppliers-for-revamped-fuel-efficiency-loan-program/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:45:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=786649 Established in the waning days of the Bush Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program lent a total of $8.3 billion (out of the budgeted $25 billion) to Nissan, Tesla, Ford and Fisker, yet has not been able to make new loans for a number of reasons since 2011. That status, […]

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Established in the waning days of the Bush Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program lent a total of $8.3 billion (out of the budgeted $25 billion) to Nissan, Tesla, Ford and Fisker, yet has not been able to make new loans for a number of reasons since 2011. That status, […]

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ZF’s 9-Speed 9HP Transmission Puts Dog Clutches On The Leash http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/zfs-9-speed-9hp-transmission-puts-dog-clutches-on-the-leash/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/zfs-9-speed-9hp-transmission-puts-dog-clutches-on-the-leash/#comments Sun, 09 Feb 2014 03:34:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=727738 In a week we will post our first full review of the all-new and all-controversial 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The new Jeep isn’t just raising eyebrows for the love-it or hate-it styling. Or the resurrection of the Cherokee badge. Or the constant delays in production. Or the transverse mounted engine. Or the lack of solid axles. […]

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In a week we will post our first full review of the all-new and all-controversial 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The new Jeep isn’t just raising eyebrows for the love-it or hate-it styling. Or the resurrection of the Cherokee badge. Or the constant delays in production. Or the transverse mounted engine. Or the lack of solid axles. […]

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Twincharging Is Volvo’s Replacement For Displacement http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/twincharging-is-volvos-replacement-for-displacement/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/twincharging-is-volvos-replacement-for-displacement/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=724490 Engine downsizing is all the rage. Making the engine smaller increases fuel efficiency, reduces emissions and cuts vehicle weight. With ever tightening fuel economy legislation in the United States and CO2 emissions regulation in the European Union, mainline manufacturers are turning to turbochargers like never before. In 2009 just 5% of cars sold in America […]

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Engine downsizing is all the rage. Making the engine smaller increases fuel efficiency, reduces emissions and cuts vehicle weight. With ever tightening fuel economy legislation in the United States and CO2 emissions regulation in the European Union, mainline manufacturers are turning to turbochargers like never before. In 2009 just 5% of cars sold in America […]

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Piston Slap: To What End Unibody Repair? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/piston-slap-to-what-end-unibody-repair/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/piston-slap-to-what-end-unibody-repair/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:12:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=675690 Matt writes: Hi Sajeev, Long-time listener, first-time caller. I have a 2011 Volvo C30 that was recently rear-ended pretty good. As a result of the collision, the car has just had $8k+ of work done in a body shop. Included in the list of work done (among the obvious paint, bumper cover, tailgate, etc) is […]

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Matt writes: Hi Sajeev, Long-time listener, first-time caller. I have a 2011 Volvo C30 that was recently rear-ended pretty good. As a result of the collision, the car has just had $8k+ of work done in a body shop. Included in the list of work done (among the obvious paint, bumper cover, tailgate, etc) is […]

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Hammer Time: Old Tech / New Tech http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/hammer-time-old-tech-new-tech/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/hammer-time-old-tech-new-tech/#comments Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=635777 Ah, the good old days. A time when smartphones were just PDA’s with hormone imbalances. A time of basic cell phones, brick-thick cameras, and camcorders barely big enough to require a hand strap. I remember all this old tech like it was yesterday, and for one simple reason: I still used all of them until […]

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Ah, the good old days. A time when smartphones were just PDA’s with hormone imbalances. A time of basic cell phones, brick-thick cameras, and camcorders barely big enough to require a hand strap. I remember all this old tech like it was yesterday, and for one simple reason: I still used all of them until […]

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Ford CEO Mulally To Head Boeing Or Microsoft Soon? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/ford-ceo-mulally-to-head-boeing-or-microsoft-soon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/ford-ceo-mulally-to-head-boeing-or-microsoft-soon/#comments Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:06:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=627322 The rumor mill has been grinding away as of late regarding the possible return of Ford CEO Alan Mulally to helm either one of two of Seattle’s many economic engines: Microsoft and Boeing. In the face of these rumors, Mulally has opted not to dispel the rampant speculation. Reuters was  among those in attendance at an […]

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The rumor mill has been grinding away as of late regarding the possible return of Ford CEO Alan Mulally to helm either one of two of Seattle’s many economic engines: Microsoft and Boeing. In the face of these rumors, Mulally has opted not to dispel the rampant speculation. Reuters was  among those in attendance at an […]

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On Brittany Howard, LeMons and New Jersey College Virgins http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/on-brittany-howard-lemons-and-new-jersey-college-virgins/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/on-brittany-howard-lemons-and-new-jersey-college-virgins/#comments Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:07:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=499036 You have heard it before, you’ll hear it again. Probably soon, probably better and probably from Louis CK, in which case it will definitely be funnier. But what an age we live in! Literally, a mere 10 years ago my wife sat at home hoping my once a week phone call from Africa would actually […]

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You have heard it before, you’ll hear it again. Probably soon, probably better and probably from Louis CK, in which case it will definitely be funnier. But what an age we live in! Literally, a mere 10 years ago my wife sat at home hoping my once a week phone call from Africa would actually […]

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