The Truth About Cars » testing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 01 May 2016 16:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 ‘Everything’s Fine,’ Says Mitsubishi to the EPA http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/everythings-fine-says-mitsubishi-to-the-epa/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/everythings-fine-says-mitsubishi-to-the-epa/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:15:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1333282 After admitting it fudged fuel economy data for the past 25 years in Japan, Mitsubishi Motors wants the Environmental Protection Agency to know that its U.S. vehicles are A-OK. The automaker claims it conducted an internal audit on vehicles from model year 2013 to present and contrasted that data with figures it had previously submitted […]

The post ‘Everything’s Fine,’ Says Mitsubishi to the EPA appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
After admitting it fudged fuel economy data for the past 25 years in Japan, Mitsubishi Motors wants the Environmental Protection Agency to know that its U.S. vehicles are A-OK. The automaker claims it conducted an internal audit on vehicles from model year 2013 to present and contrasted that data with figures it had previously submitted […]

The post ‘Everything’s Fine,’ Says Mitsubishi to the EPA appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/everythings-fine-says-mitsubishi-to-the-epa/feed/ 8
What Is This Hongqi H7 Doing in Michigan? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/hongqi-h7-michigan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/hongqi-h7-michigan/#comments Sat, 05 Mar 2016 20:30:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1297098 TTAC reader Morpheus (who has an awesome name by any standard) sent in this shot of a Chinese limo driving around Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Hongqi H7 isn’t built by some neo-capitalist Chinese outfit, either, as the brand has been in existence since 1958. It’s also properly presidential. Hongqi (which translates to Red Flag) has built limousines for […]

The post What Is This Hongqi H7 Doing in Michigan? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
TTAC reader Morpheus (who has an awesome name by any standard) sent in this shot of a Chinese limo driving around Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Hongqi H7 isn’t built by some neo-capitalist Chinese outfit, either, as the brand has been in existence since 1958. It’s also properly presidential. Hongqi (which translates to Red Flag) has built limousines for […]

The post What Is This Hongqi H7 Doing in Michigan? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/hongqi-h7-michigan/feed/ 59
US, Canada, Germany to Expand Testing for All Diesel Vehicles, Not Just Volkswagen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/us-canada-germany-to-expand-testing-for-all-diesel-vehicles-not-just-volkswagen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/us-canada-germany-to-expand-testing-for-all-diesel-vehicles-not-just-volkswagen/#comments Sun, 08 Nov 2015 17:24:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1214409 Government agencies from the United States, Canada and Germany will be testing diesel vehicles from automakers other than Volkswagen to check their compliance with emission laws. According to The New York Times, regulators in North America “are significantly expanding their on-the-road emissions tests to cover all makes and models of diesel cars.” The same on-road […]

The post US, Canada, Germany to Expand Testing for All Diesel Vehicles, Not Just Volkswagen appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Government agencies from the United States, Canada and Germany will be testing diesel vehicles from automakers other than Volkswagen to check their compliance with emission laws. According to The New York Times, regulators in North America “are significantly expanding their on-the-road emissions tests to cover all makes and models of diesel cars.” The same on-road […]

The post US, Canada, Germany to Expand Testing for All Diesel Vehicles, Not Just Volkswagen appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/us-canada-germany-to-expand-testing-for-all-diesel-vehicles-not-just-volkswagen/feed/ 70
VIDEO: Ford GT LM GTE Sounds Like A Four-wheeled Warzone http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/video-ford-gt-lm-gte-sounds-like-a-four-wheeled-warzone/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/video-ford-gt-lm-gte-sounds-like-a-four-wheeled-warzone/#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:58:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1156250 Ford is out at Sebring testing their newest toy — the Ford GT LM GTE — in preparation for the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship. Thankfully, someone was on location and captured a few laps on video. I’d like to personally thank this intrepid track video reporter. The car sounds like a four-wheeled warzone, completely with […]

The post VIDEO: Ford GT LM GTE Sounds Like A Four-wheeled Warzone appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Ford is out at Sebring testing their newest toy — the Ford GT LM GTE — in preparation for the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship. Thankfully, someone was on location and captured a few laps on video. I’d like to personally thank this intrepid track video reporter. The car sounds like a four-wheeled warzone, completely with […]

The post VIDEO: Ford GT LM GTE Sounds Like A Four-wheeled Warzone appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/video-ford-gt-lm-gte-sounds-like-a-four-wheeled-warzone/feed/ 17
Urmson: Google Involved In 11 Autonomous-Vehicle Accidents Over Six Years http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/urmson-google-involved-11-autonomous-vehicle-accidents-six-years/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/urmson-google-involved-11-autonomous-vehicle-accidents-six-years/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 16:00:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1066282 Yesterday, Google said it was involved in three recent autonomous-vehicle accidents on California’s roads. The tech giant since admitted to eight more. The 11 total accidents occurred over the six-year period Google has been working on autonomous technology with its fleet of over 20 vehicles, Reuters reports, though project director Chris Urmson adds that none […]

The post Urmson: Google Involved In 11 Autonomous-Vehicle Accidents Over Six Years appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Yesterday, Google said it was involved in three recent autonomous-vehicle accidents on California’s roads. The tech giant since admitted to eight more. The 11 total accidents occurred over the six-year period Google has been working on autonomous technology with its fleet of over 20 vehicles, Reuters reports, though project director Chris Urmson adds that none […]

The post Urmson: Google Involved In 11 Autonomous-Vehicle Accidents Over Six Years appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/urmson-google-involved-11-autonomous-vehicle-accidents-six-years/feed/ 27
Environmentalists Says Euro MPG & Emissions Testing Allows Gaming By Automakers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/environmentalists-says-euro-mpg-emissions-testing-allows-gaming-automakers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/environmentalists-says-euro-mpg-emissions-testing-allows-gaming-automakers/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=960785 The prevailing narrative seems to be that the United States lags behind Europe in addressing issues like fuel economy and emissions. U.S. regulatory standards are seen as not as rigorous as those used in the European Union. Cars sold in the European market get better gas/diesel mileage and put out less supposedly harmful carbon dioxide […]

The post Environmentalists Says Euro MPG & Emissions Testing Allows Gaming By Automakers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
The prevailing narrative seems to be that the United States lags behind Europe in addressing issues like fuel economy and emissions. U.S. regulatory standards are seen as not as rigorous as those used in the European Union. Cars sold in the European market get better gas/diesel mileage and put out less supposedly harmful carbon dioxide […]

The post Environmentalists Says Euro MPG & Emissions Testing Allows Gaming By Automakers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/environmentalists-says-euro-mpg-emissions-testing-allows-gaming-automakers/feed/ 46
Hyundai, Kia Fined $300M By State, Federal Agencies Over Erroneous Fuel Economy Numbers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/hyundai-kia-fined-300m-state-federal-agencies-erroneous-fuel-economy-numbers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/hyundai-kia-fined-300m-state-federal-agencies-erroneous-fuel-economy-numbers/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 11:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=940209 Being an asterisk regarding fuel economy numbers isn’t the only penance Hyundai and Kia must pay: The U.S. Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board dropped a collective $300 million penalty on the South Korean brands for mistating fuel economy numbers on their respective 2011-2013 lineups. Autoblog reports the […]

The post Hyundai, Kia Fined $300M By State, Federal Agencies Over Erroneous Fuel Economy Numbers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Being an asterisk regarding fuel economy numbers isn’t the only penance Hyundai and Kia must pay: The U.S. Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board dropped a collective $300 million penalty on the South Korean brands for mistating fuel economy numbers on their respective 2011-2013 lineups. Autoblog reports the […]

The post Hyundai, Kia Fined $300M By State, Federal Agencies Over Erroneous Fuel Economy Numbers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/hyundai-kia-fined-300m-state-federal-agencies-erroneous-fuel-economy-numbers/feed/ 17
Junkyard Find: 1986 Nissan Maxima, Brake Fluid Overdose Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/junkyard-find-1986-nissan-maxima-brake-fluid-overdose-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/junkyard-find-1986-nissan-maxima-brake-fluid-overdose-edition/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=701706 You see some weird stuff in San Francisco Bay Area wrecking yards, from lunatic-with-a-glue-gun art cars to dipped-in-battery-acid rust to chopped, Italianized Swedes. Last weekend, I stopped by a well-stocked Oakland self-serve yard and found this puzzling brake-fluid test vehicle. I’m thinking that Cartel Products probably didn’t hire some East Bay Maxima driver to use […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1986 Nissan Maxima, Brake Fluid Overdose Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
You see some weird stuff in San Francisco Bay Area wrecking yards, from lunatic-with-a-glue-gun art cars to dipped-in-battery-acid rust to chopped, Italianized Swedes. Last weekend, I stopped by a well-stocked Oakland self-serve yard and found this puzzling brake-fluid test vehicle. I’m thinking that Cartel Products probably didn’t hire some East Bay Maxima driver to use […]

The post Junkyard Find: 1986 Nissan Maxima, Brake Fluid Overdose Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/junkyard-find-1986-nissan-maxima-brake-fluid-overdose-edition/feed/ 62
Toyota Teams With BMW to Deliver Ultimate Hybrid Supercar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/toyota-teams-with-bmw-to-deliver-ultimate-hybrid-supercar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/toyota-teams-with-bmw-to-deliver-ultimate-hybrid-supercar/#comments Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=644570 When Toyota teamed with General Motors, they gave us the Vibe/Matrix twins. With Subaru, a trio of rear-driven sports cars with boxer power up front. So, what will Toyota deliver in its partnership with BMW? How about the ultimate hybrid supercar based off the bones of the Lexus LFA, for starters. In an effort to […]

The post Toyota Teams With BMW to Deliver Ultimate Hybrid Supercar appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
When Toyota teamed with General Motors, they gave us the Vibe/Matrix twins. With Subaru, a trio of rear-driven sports cars with boxer power up front. So, what will Toyota deliver in its partnership with BMW? How about the ultimate hybrid supercar based off the bones of the Lexus LFA, for starters. In an effort to […]

The post Toyota Teams With BMW to Deliver Ultimate Hybrid Supercar appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/toyota-teams-with-bmw-to-deliver-ultimate-hybrid-supercar/feed/ 7
Piston Slap: To Test in 4WD…or Not? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/piston-slap-to-test-in-awd-or-not/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/piston-slap-to-test-in-awd-or-not/#comments Wed, 09 May 2012 10:44:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=443002   Jonathon writes: Hi Sajeev, Long time reader, not a commenter though. I have simple situation, and a simple question. Last Friday my beloved, and owned from birth, 1995 Grand Prix GTP developed a head gasket leak. This is something I can, with father-in law help, tackle in the summer. However living in Northern Ontario, […]

The post Piston Slap: To Test in 4WD…or Not? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
  Jonathon writes: Hi Sajeev, Long time reader, not a commenter though. I have simple situation, and a simple question. Last Friday my beloved, and owned from birth, 1995 Grand Prix GTP developed a head gasket leak. This is something I can, with father-in law help, tackle in the summer. However living in Northern Ontario, […]

The post Piston Slap: To Test in 4WD…or Not? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/piston-slap-to-test-in-awd-or-not/feed/ 59
What’s Wrong With This Picture: I Believe I Asked For A Small Mokka Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-i-believe-i-asked-for-a-small-mokka-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-i-believe-i-asked-for-a-small-mokka-edition/#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:22:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423282 Editor’s Note: The image above is from Autobild (and is posted elsewhere in the German media), and is not labeled as a rendering, a spy shot or an official image. An anonymous tipster who has seen the upcoming Buick “Encore” (which GM has shown to select fans and journos under embargo for years now) says […]

The post What’s Wrong With This Picture: I Believe I Asked For A Small Mokka Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Editor’s Note: The image above is from Autobild (and is posted elsewhere in the German media), and is not labeled as a rendering, a spy shot or an official image. An anonymous tipster who has seen the upcoming Buick “Encore” (which GM has shown to select fans and journos under embargo for years now) says […]

The post What’s Wrong With This Picture: I Believe I Asked For A Small Mokka Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-i-believe-i-asked-for-a-small-mokka-edition/feed/ 18
How Efficient Are Plug-In Cars? Survey Says… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/how-efficient-are-plug-ins/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/how-efficient-are-plug-ins/#comments Wed, 04 May 2011 19:19:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393632 A number of plug-in hopeful firms have been testing their future products in fleets, keeping a close eye on the data coming back as they prepare for their consumer launches or wider availability. One such vehicle, Toyota’s plug-in Prius has been testing for some time now, and while the results of US and European testing […]

The post How Efficient Are Plug-In Cars? Survey Says… appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
A number of plug-in hopeful firms have been testing their future products in fleets, keeping a close eye on the data coming back as they prepare for their consumer launches or wider availability. One such vehicle, Toyota’s plug-in Prius has been testing for some time now, and while the results of US and European testing […]

The post How Efficient Are Plug-In Cars? Survey Says… appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/how-efficient-are-plug-ins/feed/ 10
Volt Birth Watch 172: 3rd Generation Sustainability? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/volt-birth-watch-172-3rd-generation-sustainability/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/volt-birth-watch-172-3rd-generation-sustainability/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2009 16:55:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=336235 “In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation,” goes a famous line in the Great Law of the Iroquois, “even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine.” Though TTAC tests the thickness of GM’s skin on a daily basis, GM is ahead of the seven-generation […]

The post Volt Birth Watch 172: 3rd Generation Sustainability? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
“In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation,” goes a famous line in the Great Law of the Iroquois, “even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine.” Though TTAC tests the thickness of GM’s skin on a daily basis, GM is ahead of the seven-generation […]

The post Volt Birth Watch 172: 3rd Generation Sustainability? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/volt-birth-watch-172-3rd-generation-sustainability/feed/ 30