The Truth About Cars » timothy cain http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:40:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 How To Become An Automotive Journalist (The Right Way) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/how-to-become-an-automotive-journalist-the-right-way/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/how-to-become-an-automotive-journalist-the-right-way/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2016 13:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1313770 [Editor’s note: This article was originally posted with the title “Why Are We Given A New Car To Drive Each Week? And How? GCBC’s Background, Ethics, And Methods Explained” on GoodCarBadCar on March 28, 2016. I asked Tim if we could repost it here because, whether he knows it or not, he’s one of the […]

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[Editor’s note: This article was originally posted with the title “Why Are We Given A New Car To Drive Each Week? And How? GCBC’s Background, Ethics, And Methods Explained” on GoodCarBadCar on March 28, 2016. I asked Tim if we could repost it here because, whether he knows it or not, he’s one of the […]

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U.S. Auto Sales Results: September 2014 YTD http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/u-s-auto-sales-results-september-2014-ytd/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/u-s-auto-sales-results-september-2014-ytd/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:59:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=922825 Automakers reported sales of more than 1.24 million new vehicles in September 2014, a 9.4% increase compared with the same month one year ago. Auto sales rose 5.5% over the course of 2014’s first three quarters, powered by big improvements at Jeep, Ram, Subaru, and Nissan. Aside from Maserati’s massive leap in September – the […]

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Automakers reported sales of more than 1.24 million new vehicles in September 2014, a 9.4% increase compared with the same month one year ago. Auto sales rose 5.5% over the course of 2014’s first three quarters, powered by big improvements at Jeep, Ram, Subaru, and Nissan. Aside from Maserati’s massive leap in September – the […]

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Imagine A Kia Without A Soul http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/imagine-kia-without-soul/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/imagine-kia-without-soul/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:35:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=909178 Last year was a difficult pill to swallow for Kia in America. After claiming record sales in 2012, Kia volume slid 4% even as America’s auto industry grew 8%. There were inventory issues, but there was also concern that the new Sorento, though revamped under the skin, didn’t appear new on the outside. The Forte […]

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Last year was a difficult pill to swallow for Kia in America. After claiming record sales in 2012, Kia volume slid 4% even as America’s auto industry grew 8%. There were inventory issues, but there was also concern that the new Sorento, though revamped under the skin, didn’t appear new on the outside. The Forte […]

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U.S. Auto Sales Results: August 2014 YTD http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/u-s-auto-sales-results-august-2014-ytd/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/u-s-auto-sales-results-august-2014-ytd/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 18:55:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=905753 Against less lofty expectations, the U.S. auto industry generated more than 1.58 million new vehicle sales in August 2014, a 5.4% improvement compared with the same period last year. The biggest gains came from Nissan and FCA/Chrysler Group, which jointly raised their August sales total from 286,050 to 332,767 units. Jeep and Ram were the […]

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Against less lofty expectations, the U.S. auto industry generated more than 1.58 million new vehicle sales in August 2014, a 5.4% improvement compared with the same period last year. The biggest gains came from Nissan and FCA/Chrysler Group, which jointly raised their August sales total from 286,050 to 332,767 units. Jeep and Ram were the […]

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Cain’s Segments: Trucks – July 2014 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/cains-segments-trucks-july-2014/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/cains-segments-trucks-july-2014/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:29:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=880378 These are not normal times for America’s pickup truck market. The best-selling pickup truck line, Ford’s F-Series, is now entering a transition phase many months after potential customers first witnessed its aluminum-intensive replacement. Toyota, long a minor player in the full-size category, refreshed its Tundra and continues to achieve notable sales increases, though with gradually […]

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These are not normal times for America’s pickup truck market. The best-selling pickup truck line, Ford’s F-Series, is now entering a transition phase many months after potential customers first witnessed its aluminum-intensive replacement. Toyota, long a minor player in the full-size category, refreshed its Tundra and continues to achieve notable sales increases, though with gradually […]

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U.S. Auto Sales Results: July 2014 YTD http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/u-s-auto-sales-results-july-2014-ytd/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/u-s-auto-sales-results-july-2014-ytd/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:51:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=878202 Automakers reported the sales of 1.4 million new vehicles in July 2014, representing a 9% increase compared with July of last year. Among  volume brands, the biggest percentage gains were achieved by Jeep, Subaru, GMC, and Ram. Jaguar, Scion, Acura, Volvo, and Volkswagen all reported losses of at least 14%. Cadillac, Honda, and Mini also […]

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Automakers reported the sales of 1.4 million new vehicles in July 2014, representing a 9% increase compared with July of last year. Among  volume brands, the biggest percentage gains were achieved by Jeep, Subaru, GMC, and Ram. Jaguar, Scion, Acura, Volvo, and Volkswagen all reported losses of at least 14%. Cadillac, Honda, and Mini also […]

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Canada Sales Recap: May 2014 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/canada-sales-recap-may-2014/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/canada-sales-recap-may-2014/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:29:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=847121 In May 2014, Canadian auto sales shot up to record monthly levels by soaring beyond 195,000 units, one-eighth the size of the U.S. industry last month. These record sales levels occur as buyers transition from in large numbers from cars to crossovers, particularly smaller crossovers from volume brands. It’s become a long-running theme. Car sales […]

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In May 2014, Canadian auto sales shot up to record monthly levels by soaring beyond 195,000 units, one-eighth the size of the U.S. industry last month. These record sales levels occur as buyers transition from in large numbers from cars to crossovers, particularly smaller crossovers from volume brands. It’s become a long-running theme. Car sales […]

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Cain’s Segments, May 2014: Trucks http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/cains-segments-may-2014-trucks/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/cains-segments-may-2014-trucks/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:04:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=838425 Ford is in a transition phase: readying the new 2015 F-150 while trying to sell the old model as often as possible. This requires knowing just how many F-Series pickups dealers will need in the weeks leading up to the new model’s introduction. Too few is a problem, as is too many. Of course, Ford […]

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Ford is in a transition phase: readying the new 2015 F-150 while trying to sell the old model as often as possible. This requires knowing just how many F-Series pickups dealers will need in the weeks leading up to the new model’s introduction. Too few is a problem, as is too many. Of course, Ford […]

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Cain’s Segments April 2014: Canada Recap http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/cains-segments-april-2014-canada-recap/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/cains-segments-april-2014-canada-recap/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 11:00:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=819842 In a record-setting April for the Canadian auto industry, Ford Canada reclaimed its position atop the sales leaderboard by outselling the Chrysler Group’s various and sundry brands by a handful of units. The Chrysler Group’s five brands continue to lead the way in year-to-date terms thanks to Jeep and Ram success. According to Chrysler Canada, […]

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In a record-setting April for the Canadian auto industry, Ford Canada reclaimed its position atop the sales leaderboard by outselling the Chrysler Group’s various and sundry brands by a handful of units. The Chrysler Group’s five brands continue to lead the way in year-to-date terms thanks to Jeep and Ram success. According to Chrysler Canada, […]

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Cain’s Segments April 2014: Luxury Flagships http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/cains-segments-april-2014-luxury-flagships/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/cains-segments-april-2014-luxury-flagships/#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 13:36:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=818202 The impact of Mercedes-Benz’s W222 S-Class has been keenly felt in America’s luxury car sector. The S-Class’s most direct rivals have been shunned in favour of the venerable Benz over the last seven months. And yet there’s no denying that big luxury SUVs have cast a shadow over these flagship luxury cars, nor is there […]

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The impact of Mercedes-Benz’s W222 S-Class has been keenly felt in America’s luxury car sector. The S-Class’s most direct rivals have been shunned in favour of the venerable Benz over the last seven months. And yet there’s no denying that big luxury SUVs have cast a shadow over these flagship luxury cars, nor is there […]

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Cain’s Segments April 2014: German Luxury SUVs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/cains-segments-april-2014-luxury-suvs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/cains-segments-april-2014-luxury-suvs/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 12:52:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=816041 Auto April 2014 April 2013 % Change 4 mos. 2014 4 mos. 2013 % Change BMW X5 4,393 3,444 +27.6% 14,153 15,335 -7.7% BMW X3 3,544 1,914 +85.2% 13,974 9,125 +53.1% Mercedes-Benz M-Class 3,831 3,280 +16.8% 13,965 12,442 +12.2% Audi Q5 3,293 3,241 +1.6% 12,067 11,437 +5.5% Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class 3,144 2,702 +16.4% 11,415 10,212 +11.8% […]

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Auto April 2014 April 2013 % Change 4 mos. 2014 4 mos. 2013 % Change BMW X5 4,393 3,444 +27.6% 14,153 15,335 -7.7% BMW X3 3,544 1,914 +85.2% 13,974 9,125 +53.1% Mercedes-Benz M-Class 3,831 3,280 +16.8% 13,965 12,442 +12.2% Audi Q5 3,293 3,241 +1.6% 12,067 11,437 +5.5% Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class 3,144 2,702 +16.4% 11,415 10,212 +11.8% […]

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Cain’s Segments: Canada Recap April 2014 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/cains-segments-canada-recap-april-2014/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/cains-segments-canada-recap-april-2014/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:23:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=799090 March 2014’s Canadian auto sales results displayed a further willingness on the part of buyers to gradually forsake cars and turn to smaller crossovers. Despite the increased strength of the Toyota Tundra and Ram Pickup range, pickup truck sales growth has stalled, and indeed reversed. Year-over-year, minivans are getting back into the swing of things, […]

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March 2014’s Canadian auto sales results displayed a further willingness on the part of buyers to gradually forsake cars and turn to smaller crossovers. Despite the increased strength of the Toyota Tundra and Ram Pickup range, pickup truck sales growth has stalled, and indeed reversed. Year-over-year, minivans are getting back into the swing of things, […]

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Cain’s Segments: Muscle Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/cains-segments-muscle-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/cains-segments-muscle-cars/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:43:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=793946 The Ford Mustang is selling more frequently in 2014 than it did in the same period of 2013. Ford is also grabbing greater U.S. market share in the relatively high-volume muscle car sector. This might seem surprising given that Ford is set to replace their fifth-gen pony car with a new edition for 2015 – […]

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The Ford Mustang is selling more frequently in 2014 than it did in the same period of 2013. Ford is also grabbing greater U.S. market share in the relatively high-volume muscle car sector. This might seem surprising given that Ford is set to replace their fifth-gen pony car with a new edition for 2015 – […]

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Cain’s Segments: Q1 2014 Full-Size Truck Sales http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/cains-segments-q1-2014-full-size-truck-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/cains-segments-q1-2014-full-size-truck-sales/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:16:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=787729 Year-over-year comparisons are a completely valid comparison tool, indeed a vital one, when analyzing the sales volume reported by automobile manufacturers. The auto industry is seasonal; cyclical at the best of times. The number of vehicles sold in say, January, bears little resemblance to the number of vehicles sold in May. Studying the market share […]

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Year-over-year comparisons are a completely valid comparison tool, indeed a vital one, when analyzing the sales volume reported by automobile manufacturers. The auto industry is seasonal; cyclical at the best of times. The number of vehicles sold in say, January, bears little resemblance to the number of vehicles sold in May. Studying the market share […]

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Cain’s Segments: Luxury Crossovers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/cains-segments-luxury-crossovers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/cains-segments-luxury-crossovers/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:30:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=770786 A strong start to 2014 has the BMW X3 leading its segment even as it’s challenged more closely in BMW showrooms by the slightly smaller and less expensive X1. X1 sales in February jumped 57% to 2329 units, only 318 units shy of what BMW USA managed in January and February of 2013 combined. More […]

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A strong start to 2014 has the BMW X3 leading its segment even as it’s challenged more closely in BMW showrooms by the slightly smaller and less expensive X1. X1 sales in February jumped 57% to 2329 units, only 318 units shy of what BMW USA managed in January and February of 2013 combined. More […]

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Cain’s Segments: Midsize Sedans http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/cains-segments-midsize-sedans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/cains-segments-midsize-sedans/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 04:01:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=770353 By stealing the Toyota Camry’s best-selling midsize car crown, albeit likely on a temporary basis, the Nissan Altima ended February 2014 as America’s best-selling car overall. The Altima’s lead was also substantial enough last month to make the midsize Nissan America’s leading car year-to-date. It’s early. But the Altima’s trend is a good one. Year-over-year […]

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By stealing the Toyota Camry’s best-selling midsize car crown, albeit likely on a temporary basis, the Nissan Altima ended February 2014 as America’s best-selling car overall. The Altima’s lead was also substantial enough last month to make the midsize Nissan America’s leading car year-to-date. It’s early. But the Altima’s trend is a good one. Year-over-year […]

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GM’s Truck Market Share Slides In January http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/gms-truck-market-share-slides-in-january/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/gms-truck-market-share-slides-in-january/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=739609 U.S. sales of full-size trucks slid 4.5% in January 2014 as the two leading manufacturers of pickups reported falling sales of all their big trucks. Typically the slowest month of the year for new vehicle sales, this past January should be no different, as the U.S. auto industry generated 32,000 fewer sales than it did […]

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U.S. sales of full-size trucks slid 4.5% in January 2014 as the two leading manufacturers of pickups reported falling sales of all their big trucks. Typically the slowest month of the year for new vehicle sales, this past January should be no different, as the U.S. auto industry generated 32,000 fewer sales than it did […]

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Cain’s Segments, January 2014: Subcompacts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/cains-segments-january-2014-subcompacts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/cains-segments-january-2014-subcompacts/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=737209 The Mitsubishi Mirage’s status as the best-selling Mitsubishi passenger car in America in January 2014 wasn’t enough to help the subcompact segment overcome the declines reported by its leaders last month. Up from nothing a year ago, Mirage sales totalled 1170 units in January 2014, the nameplate’s second-best month since its return in September. Excluding […]

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The Mitsubishi Mirage’s status as the best-selling Mitsubishi passenger car in America in January 2014 wasn’t enough to help the subcompact segment overcome the declines reported by its leaders last month. Up from nothing a year ago, Mirage sales totalled 1170 units in January 2014, the nameplate’s second-best month since its return in September. Excluding […]

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Cain’s Segments: Minivans Up! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/cains-segments-minivans-up/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/cains-segments-minivans-up/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=734385 The story basically writes itself. America’s minivan segment, which declined faster than the overall industry before becoming mostly stagnant as the U.S. automobile market regained strength, enjoyed a sales boost in January 2014 even as the overall market decreased in size. Eight minivans combined for a 13% year-over-year sales increase last month as four nameplates […]

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The story basically writes itself. America’s minivan segment, which declined faster than the overall industry before becoming mostly stagnant as the U.S. automobile market regained strength, enjoyed a sales boost in January 2014 even as the overall market decreased in size. Eight minivans combined for a 13% year-over-year sales increase last month as four nameplates […]

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September 2013 Recap: Canada’s Best Selling SUVs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/september-2013-recap-canadas-best-selling-suvs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/september-2013-recap-canadas-best-selling-suvs/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:30:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=624993 September’s record Canadian auto sales were powered by huge gains among many of the country’s most popular nameplates. The record-setting industry performance occurred despite the declining volume reported by the manufacturer which sells the greatest number of vehicles south of the border. Numerous small-scale luxury automakers continue to post vastly improved sales compared with results […]

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September’s record Canadian auto sales were powered by huge gains among many of the country’s most popular nameplates. The record-setting industry performance occurred despite the declining volume reported by the manufacturer which sells the greatest number of vehicles south of the border. Numerous small-scale luxury automakers continue to post vastly improved sales compared with results […]

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Cain’s Segments: September 2013 Large Car Sales http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/cains-segments-september-2013-large-car-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/cains-segments-september-2013-large-car-sales/#comments Thu, 03 Oct 2013 15:39:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=594913 As America’s new vehicle market posted a 4% sales decline in an abbreviated September 2013 and total passenger car sales slid 7%, sales of large cars at mainstream brands rose 5%. Growth was powered in large part by the Dodge Charger, which hasn’t sold this well since 2008. Toyota reported its tenth consecutive significant Avalon […]

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As America’s new vehicle market posted a 4% sales decline in an abbreviated September 2013 and total passenger car sales slid 7%, sales of large cars at mainstream brands rose 5%. Growth was powered in large part by the Dodge Charger, which hasn’t sold this well since 2008. Toyota reported its tenth consecutive significant Avalon […]

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Cain’s Segments: Compacts Lifted By Cruze And Dart http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/cains-segments-compacts-lifted-by-cruze-and-dart/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/cains-segments-compacts-lifted-by-cruze-and-dart/#comments Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:50:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=494627   Compact cars, many of which are now as roomy as older midsize cars, collectively sold at a significantly better rate in the first half of 2013 than in the first half of 2012. It may have proven to be a bit of a disappointment thus far, but 35,764 of the extra 87,149 compact sales […]

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  Compact cars, many of which are now as roomy as older midsize cars, collectively sold at a significantly better rate in the first half of 2013 than in the first half of 2012. It may have proven to be a bit of a disappointment thus far, but 35,764 of the extra 87,149 compact sales […]

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Cain’s Segments: Where Did All The German Roadsters Go? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/cains-segments-where-did-all-the-german-roadsters-go/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/cains-segments-where-did-all-the-german-roadsters-go/#comments Tue, 09 Jul 2013 12:05:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=494393 In the first six months of 2013, the volume achieved by America’s auto industry was 5% smaller than it was in the first six months of 2003. This is an important statistic, one which goes a long way in understanding how America’s appetite for the smallest German roadsters (and hardtops, and hardtop roadsters) has dwindled. […]

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In the first six months of 2013, the volume achieved by America’s auto industry was 5% smaller than it was in the first six months of 2003. This is an important statistic, one which goes a long way in understanding how America’s appetite for the smallest German roadsters (and hardtops, and hardtop roadsters) has dwindled. […]

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Cain’s Segments: Return Of The Big, Bad, BOF SUVs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/cains-segments-return-of-the-big-bad-bof-suvs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/cains-segments-return-of-the-big-bad-bof-suvs/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=494389 June hosted a dramatic decline in the U.S. sales of traditional full-size sport-utility vehicles but also marked the end of a successful first half in which sales of these seven SUVs rose 7.9%. Through the first six months of 2013, the biggest, baddest, “truck-based” SUVs grew at a pace that exceeded the 7.5% growth rate […]

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June hosted a dramatic decline in the U.S. sales of traditional full-size sport-utility vehicles but also marked the end of a successful first half in which sales of these seven SUVs rose 7.9%. Through the first six months of 2013, the biggest, baddest, “truck-based” SUVs grew at a pace that exceeded the 7.5% growth rate […]

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Canada In May 2013: Picking Up The Pace http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/canada-in-may-2013-picking-up-the-pace/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/canada-in-may-2013-picking-up-the-pace/#comments Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:53:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491616 (Editor’s note: Despite being a close neighbor, ally, and NAFTA  member, Canada usually receives short shrift when it comes to the counting of cars. TTAC is a prime offender. We cover sales in Europe, Japan, China, and of course America – but Canada? Our resident car counter Cain will now cover the Canadian market on […]

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(Editor’s note: Despite being a close neighbor, ally, and NAFTA  member, Canada usually receives short shrift when it comes to the counting of cars. TTAC is a prime offender. We cover sales in Europe, Japan, China, and of course America – but Canada? Our resident car counter Cain will now cover the Canadian market on […]

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