The Truth About Cars » united states http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:11:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 No Fixed Abode: Time For Volkswagen To Say Goodbye http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/no-fixed-abode-time-volkswagen-say-goodbye/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/no-fixed-abode-time-volkswagen-say-goodbye/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:15:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1305593 The way my life has been going lately, I’m seriously considering selecting a random TTAC reader to be the executor of my modest estate and then taking a shot at BASE-jumping off the Petronas Towers. If that reader happens to be you, then I need you to do at least this one thing. Have Wal-Mart […]

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The way my life has been going lately, I’m seriously considering selecting a random TTAC reader to be the executor of my modest estate and then taking a shot at BASE-jumping off the Petronas Towers. If that reader happens to be you, then I need you to do at least this one thing. Have Wal-Mart […]

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Donald Trump Still Doesn’t Understand How NAFTA Works http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/donald-trump-still-doesnt-understand-how-nafta-works/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/donald-trump-still-doesnt-understand-how-nafta-works/#comments Sun, 06 Mar 2016 18:35:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1298090 Donald Trump, while on the campaign trail in Michigan, is still promising to apply a 35-percent import tariff on vehicles built by Ford if it continues with plans to expand operations in Mexico, even though Trump wouldn’t have the authority to implement a tariff as president, reports The Detroit Free Press. “We are going to do something that […]

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Donald Trump, while on the campaign trail in Michigan, is still promising to apply a 35-percent import tariff on vehicles built by Ford if it continues with plans to expand operations in Mexico, even though Trump wouldn’t have the authority to implement a tariff as president, reports The Detroit Free Press. “We are going to do something that […]

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Electric Cars Aren’t So Dirty, Coal Power at 35-year Low http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/electric-cars-arent-so-dirty-coal-power-at-35-year-low/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/electric-cars-arent-so-dirty-coal-power-at-35-year-low/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 21:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1277834 Electric vehicles aren’t rollin’ coal anymore — or, at least, not nearly as much as they used to. Reuters reports coal-fired electricity generation is now at a 35-year low in the U.S., and November 2015 was the fifth month in a row more natural gas than coal was used to produce electricity. That’s not all. […]

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Electric vehicles aren’t rollin’ coal anymore — or, at least, not nearly as much as they used to. Reuters reports coal-fired electricity generation is now at a 35-year low in the U.S., and November 2015 was the fifth month in a row more natural gas than coal was used to produce electricity. That’s not all. […]

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Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Sedan is Coming, On Sale This Spring in US http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/mitsubishi-mirage-sedang4attrage-coming-canada/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/mitsubishi-mirage-sedang4attrage-coming-canada/#comments Mon, 25 Jan 2016 19:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1272857 Mitsubishi in Canada on Monday posted a teaser shot of the rear end of the new Mitsubishi Attrage that’ll make its debut in Toronto at the 2016 Canadian International Auto Show next month before it goes on sale in the U.S. and Canada. Mitsubishi’s spokesman John Arnone posted a picture of himself standing next to […]

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Mitsubishi in Canada on Monday posted a teaser shot of the rear end of the new Mitsubishi Attrage that’ll make its debut in Toronto at the 2016 Canadian International Auto Show next month before it goes on sale in the U.S. and Canada. Mitsubishi’s spokesman John Arnone posted a picture of himself standing next to […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Are US Investigators Confiscating Passports of German Volkswagen Engineers? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/is-the-us-confiscating-passports-of-german-volkswagen-engineers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/is-the-us-confiscating-passports-of-german-volkswagen-engineers/#comments Sun, 08 Nov 2015 15:43:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1213977 Volkswagen engineers in Germany are afraid to do business trips to the U.S. because one employee had his passport confiscated by U.S. investigators, reported Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest subscription daily newspaper, on Saturday. The paper goes on to explain Volkswagen believes U.S. authorities want to question certain engineers and are preventing their exit from the country, […]

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Volkswagen engineers in Germany are afraid to do business trips to the U.S. because one employee had his passport confiscated by U.S. investigators, reported Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest subscription daily newspaper, on Saturday. The paper goes on to explain Volkswagen believes U.S. authorities want to question certain engineers and are preventing their exit from the country, […]

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U.S. North to South 2015: Petersburg, Alaska http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/u-s-north-south-2015-petersburg-alaska/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/u-s-north-south-2015-petersburg-alaska/#comments Thu, 29 Oct 2015 13:00:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1207177 After stopping in Juneau, we now take the Alaska Marine Highway — the ferry in simple terms — on a little over five hour sail to reach the next town in our journey: Petersburg, definitely the most picturesque fishing station I got to visit in Alaska. Nicknamed Little Norway and founded in 1897 by Peter Buschmann, […]

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After stopping in Juneau, we now take the Alaska Marine Highway — the ferry in simple terms — on a little over five hour sail to reach the next town in our journey: Petersburg, definitely the most picturesque fishing station I got to visit in Alaska. Nicknamed Little Norway and founded in 1897 by Peter Buschmann, […]

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Volvo Will Accept Liability If Their Autonomous Cars Crash http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/volvo-will-accept-liability-if-their-autonomous-cars-crash/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/volvo-will-accept-liability-if-their-autonomous-cars-crash/#comments Sat, 10 Oct 2015 17:45:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1193002 Volvo Cars President and CEO Håkan Samuelsson announced Thursday in Washington, DC, that the automaker would “accept full liability whenever one if its cars is in autonomous mode,” making Volvo one of the first automakers to solve one of many important legal issues that face autonomous vehicles. Volvo made the announcement just days after launching a project in […]

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Volvo Cars President and CEO Håkan Samuelsson announced Thursday in Washington, DC, that the automaker would “accept full liability whenever one if its cars is in autonomous mode,” making Volvo one of the first automakers to solve one of many important legal issues that face autonomous vehicles. Volvo made the announcement just days after launching a project in […]

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What Does a Chinese Buick Verano GS Mean For North America? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/what-does-a-chinese-buick-verano-gs-mean-for-north-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/what-does-a-chinese-buick-verano-gs-mean-for-north-america/#comments Sat, 10 Oct 2015 16:45:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1192914 As Opel begins its retail roll out of the new Astra across Europe, some enterprising spy shooters have found the Opel’s Chinese-market twin wearing Buick tri-shields and Verano GS badging. And holy shit, this is about to get very, very confusing. According to Autohome, the Verano GS — marketed as Buick Weilang GS in China […]

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As Opel begins its retail roll out of the new Astra across Europe, some enterprising spy shooters have found the Opel’s Chinese-market twin wearing Buick tri-shields and Verano GS badging. And holy shit, this is about to get very, very confusing. According to Autohome, the Verano GS — marketed as Buick Weilang GS in China […]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Reached, Let’s All Buy Subaru Sambars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/trans-pacific-partnership-agreement-reached-lets-buy-subaru-sambars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/trans-pacific-partnership-agreement-reached-lets-buy-subaru-sambars/#comments Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:00:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1187978 Twelve countries, including the United States, reached an agreement Monday on an historic trade agreement that could economically tie together more than 400 million people in Asian Pacific and American countries. The pact would cover trade for wide ranging products, from rice to pharmaceutical drugs to cars. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which negotiators have been working on […]

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Twelve countries, including the United States, reached an agreement Monday on an historic trade agreement that could economically tie together more than 400 million people in Asian Pacific and American countries. The pact would cover trade for wide ranging products, from rice to pharmaceutical drugs to cars. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which negotiators have been working on […]

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Chinese-Built Volvo S60 Sedans to Arrive in U.S. in “About Two Months” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/chinese-built-volvo-s60-sedans-to-arrive-in-u-s-in-about-two-months/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/chinese-built-volvo-s60-sedans-to-arrive-in-u-s-in-about-two-months/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 17:18:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1076298 Proving the first Chinese cars to come to America will be imported by established brands, Volvo has a number of S60 sedans on the boat from China and they’re expected to arrive in about two months. Manufacturing in China is just one part of Volvo’s plan to boost sales to 800,000 units annually before 2020. […]

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Proving the first Chinese cars to come to America will be imported by established brands, Volvo has a number of S60 sedans on the boat from China and they’re expected to arrive in about two months. Manufacturing in China is just one part of Volvo’s plan to boost sales to 800,000 units annually before 2020. […]

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US Shale Oil Production Rising Amid Strengthening Dollar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/us-shale-oil-production-rising-amid-strengthening-dollar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/us-shale-oil-production-rising-amid-strengthening-dollar/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 13:35:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1075874 Despite OPEC’s desire to keep its stranglehold on the market, U.S. shale oil production looks to rise again amid a strengthening dollar. Commerzbank analyst Carsten Fritsch notes the 23-week decline in U.S. drilling activity seemed to have stopped, while the pricing level needed to increase production is being aided by “the significantly appreciating U.S. dollar,” […]

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Despite OPEC’s desire to keep its stranglehold on the market, U.S. shale oil production looks to rise again amid a strengthening dollar. Commerzbank analyst Carsten Fritsch notes the 23-week decline in U.S. drilling activity seemed to have stopped, while the pricing level needed to increase production is being aided by “the significantly appreciating U.S. dollar,” […]

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American Motorists On Pace To Break 2007 Miles-Driven Record http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/american-motorists-on-pace-to-break-2007-miles-driven-record/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/american-motorists-on-pace-to-break-2007-miles-driven-record/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 19:00:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1072290 Thanks to low fuel prices, American motorists drove a record 720.1 billion miles during the first quarter of 2015. The new record, reported by the United States Department of Transportation, moves ahead of the previous milestone in 2006, when 705.7 billion miles were driven over the period, and doubles the Q1 1982 figure of 345.5 […]

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Thanks to low fuel prices, American motorists drove a record 720.1 billion miles during the first quarter of 2015. The new record, reported by the United States Department of Transportation, moves ahead of the previous milestone in 2006, when 705.7 billion miles were driven over the period, and doubles the Q1 1982 figure of 345.5 […]

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Takata Expands US Airbag Recall Nationwide, Covering 34M Units http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/takata-expands-us-airbag-recall-nationwide-covering-34m-units/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/takata-expands-us-airbag-recall-nationwide-covering-34m-units/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 19:06:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1071026 The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday Takata would expand its airbag recall to cover 33.8 million units in the United States. The expanded recall is now one of the largest recalls in U.S. history, USA Today reports. Additionally, the supplier is under a consent order by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to cooperate […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday Takata would expand its airbag recall to cover 33.8 million units in the United States. The expanded recall is now one of the largest recalls in U.S. history, USA Today reports. Additionally, the supplier is under a consent order by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to cooperate […]

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US Uber Users Latest Victims In Hacking, Selling Scheme http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/us-uber-users-latest-victims-hacking-selling-scheme/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/us-uber-users-latest-victims-hacking-selling-scheme/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 20:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1061154 Uber customers in the United States are the latest victims in a hacking scheme where Uber accounts are sold on the dark web for as little as $1. The scheme first affected Uber customers in the United Kingdom earlier this year, Motherboard reports, and is now hitting U.S. customers. One user saw several ride requests […]

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Uber customers in the United States are the latest victims in a hacking scheme where Uber accounts are sold on the dark web for as little as $1. The scheme first affected Uber customers in the United Kingdom earlier this year, Motherboard reports, and is now hitting U.S. customers. One user saw several ride requests […]

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Volkswagen Won’t Cut Prices to Chase Market Share in U.S. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/volkswagen-wont-cut-prices-chase-market-share-us/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/volkswagen-wont-cut-prices-chase-market-share-us/#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 15:37:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1059338 Even with a depressed euro and sales falling 2.7 percent in April, Volkswagen is staying the course. According to Automotive News, Volkswagen has no plans to change its current pricing strategy to chase market share. The brand has seen steady declines in the U.S. even as the market overall has been growing. “We believe it’s […]

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Even with a depressed euro and sales falling 2.7 percent in April, Volkswagen is staying the course. According to Automotive News, Volkswagen has no plans to change its current pricing strategy to chase market share. The brand has seen steady declines in the U.S. even as the market overall has been growing. “We believe it’s […]

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AAA: Millennials Drive Increase In US Fuel Consumption Amid Low Prices http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/aaa-millennials-drive-increase-us-fuel-consumption-amid-low-prices/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/aaa-millennials-drive-increase-us-fuel-consumption-amid-low-prices/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 15:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1058378 With fuller wallets and lower prices at the pump, millennials are leading the charge toward the highest consumption among Americans since 2007. AAA says motorists under 35 are nearly twice as likely to report increased driving than those above 35 because of the drop in gas prices, Chicago Tribune reports. The motoring group noted 13 […]

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With fuller wallets and lower prices at the pump, millennials are leading the charge toward the highest consumption among Americans since 2007. AAA says motorists under 35 are nearly twice as likely to report increased driving than those above 35 because of the drop in gas prices, Chicago Tribune reports. The motoring group noted 13 […]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Fears Hover Over Detroit Three http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/trans-pacific-partnership-fears-hover-detroit-three/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/trans-pacific-partnership-fears-hover-detroit-three/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1055241 The Detroit Three are among those expressing concern over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement, specifically what it would do to the industry. Last week, both houses of Congress approved President Barack Obama’s request for an up-or-down vote to fast-track the free-trade agreement involving 12 nations and affecting 40 percent of the global economy, The Detroit […]

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The Detroit Three are among those expressing concern over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement, specifically what it would do to the industry. Last week, both houses of Congress approved President Barack Obama’s request for an up-or-down vote to fast-track the free-trade agreement involving 12 nations and affecting 40 percent of the global economy, The Detroit […]

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Reithofer: Government Programs Key To BMW i3 Success http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/reithofer-government-programs-key-bmw-i3-success/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/reithofer-government-programs-key-bmw-i3-success/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1028841 BMW’s i3’s success is helped by a number of government incentives in a few of the automaker’s key markets, according to CEO Norbert Reithofer. According to Automotive News Europe, Reithofer said that sales figures for the i3 are connected to political initiatives toward electric mobility, adding that when those initiatives are there, “the registration figures […]

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BMW’s i3’s success is helped by a number of government incentives in a few of the automaker’s key markets, according to CEO Norbert Reithofer. According to Automotive News Europe, Reithofer said that sales figures for the i3 are connected to political initiatives toward electric mobility, adding that when those initiatives are there, “the registration figures […]

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Study: Mercedes Holds Highest Average Labor Costs Among US Manufacturers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/study-mercedes-holds-highest-average-labor-costs-among-us-manufacturers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/study-mercedes-holds-highest-average-labor-costs-among-us-manufacturers/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1028817 Who among all automakers has the highest labor costs in the United States? A study points to Mercedes-Benz. According to Reuters, a study of 2014 labor costs by the Center for Automotive Research found that the automaker’s sole U.S. plant in Vance, Ala. averages $65/hour, while Volkswagen and BMW held the lowest averages overall and […]

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Who among all automakers has the highest labor costs in the United States? A study points to Mercedes-Benz. According to Reuters, a study of 2014 labor costs by the Center for Automotive Research found that the automaker’s sole U.S. plant in Vance, Ala. averages $65/hour, while Volkswagen and BMW held the lowest averages overall and […]

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Takata Recall Sees More Rapid Response In Japan Than US http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/takata-recall-sees-rapid-response-japan-us/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/takata-recall-sees-rapid-response-japan-us/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1027417 While consumers, dealers and automakers in the United States are waiting for replacement airbags from Takata, recalls in Japan are being fulfilled faster. Automotive News reports out of 3.05 million vehicles under recall in the supplier’s home market due to its airbags — linked to five fatalities and several injuries as a result of catastrophic […]

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While consumers, dealers and automakers in the United States are waiting for replacement airbags from Takata, recalls in Japan are being fulfilled faster. Automotive News reports out of 3.05 million vehicles under recall in the supplier’s home market due to its airbags — linked to five fatalities and several injuries as a result of catastrophic […]

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UMTRI: US New-Car Fuel Economy Averaged 25.3 MPG In 2014 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/umtri-us-new-car-fuel-economy-averaged-25-3-mpg-2014/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/umtri-us-new-car-fuel-economy-averaged-25-3-mpg-2014/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1006746 The final numbers are in for new-car fuel economy in the United States for 2014, and they are better than they were in 2008. According to Autoblog, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that the average U.S. fuel economy for a 2014 model landed at 25.3 mpg, 22 percent higher than six years […]

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The final numbers are in for new-car fuel economy in the United States for 2014, and they are better than they were in 2008. According to Autoblog, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that the average U.S. fuel economy for a 2014 model landed at 25.3 mpg, 22 percent higher than six years […]

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Hyundai Bolstering Commercial Business For Go At US Market http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/hyundai-bolstering-commercial-business-go-us-market/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/hyundai-bolstering-commercial-business-go-us-market/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1002794 Hyundai is preparing to enter the U.S. commercial vehicle market through an investment plan to strengthen its current commercial business by 2020. Reuters reports the automaker will invest ₩400 billion ($363.13 million USD) to boost production of its commercial vans, trucks and buses at home by the start of the next decade, with an additional […]

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Hyundai is preparing to enter the U.S. commercial vehicle market through an investment plan to strengthen its current commercial business by 2020. Reuters reports the automaker will invest ₩400 billion ($363.13 million USD) to boost production of its commercial vans, trucks and buses at home by the start of the next decade, with an additional […]

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Middle Eastern, Asian Demand Fuels Booming US Auto Exports http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/middle-eastern-asian-demand-fuels-booming-us-auto-exports/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/middle-eastern-asian-demand-fuels-booming-us-auto-exports/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=995394 Demand from the Middle East and Asia has helped fuel a new record in U.S. auto exports for the third consecutive year. The Wall Street Journal reports 2.1 million vehicles from factories in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States left for export markets in 2014, breaking the 2-million barrier for the first time. The figure […]

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Demand from the Middle East and Asia has helped fuel a new record in U.S. auto exports for the third consecutive year. The Wall Street Journal reports 2.1 million vehicles from factories in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States left for export markets in 2014, breaking the 2-million barrier for the first time. The figure […]

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US Ethanol Exports Reach Near-Record Levels In 2014 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/us-ethanol-exports-reach-near-record-levels-2014/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/us-ethanol-exports-reach-near-record-levels-2014/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 14:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=994874 Of the 14.3 billion gallons of ethanol produced in the United States in 2014, a near-record 836 gallons were exported. Per a report by the Renewable Fuel Association, those exported gallons went to 51 countries around the world, with the top five importers being Canada, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Philippines and India. The amount of […]

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Of the 14.3 billion gallons of ethanol produced in the United States in 2014, a near-record 836 gallons were exported. Per a report by the Renewable Fuel Association, those exported gallons went to 51 countries around the world, with the top five importers being Canada, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Philippines and India. The amount of […]

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