The Truth About Cars » Volume 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 Ford Fueled Record Profits in 2015 With Truck Sales, China Surge http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ford-fueled-record-profits-2015-truck-sales-china-surge/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ford-fueled-record-profits-2015-truck-sales-china-surge/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2016 18:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1274889 Ford announced Thursday that it had earned a record pre-tax profit of $10.8 billion for 2015 — including $2 billion in the fourth quarter — bolstered by pickup sales in the U.S. and strong growth in China. The record-setting year for the automaker wasn’t much of a surprise — second- and third-quarter results set records […]

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Ford announced Thursday that it had earned a record pre-tax profit of $10.8 billion for 2015 — including $2 billion in the fourth quarter — bolstered by pickup sales in the U.S. and strong growth in China. The record-setting year for the automaker wasn’t much of a surprise — second- and third-quarter results set records […]

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Volkswagen Needs a New Lineup to Reach Its Goals http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/volkswagen-needs-a-new-lineup-to-reach-its-goals/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/volkswagen-needs-a-new-lineup-to-reach-its-goals/#comments Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=509857 It’s time to talk about Volkswagen. You know Volkswagen: they make the Jetta, which is possibly today’s most adept compact sedan at churning out lifelong Toyota customers. I bring up Volkswagen because I wrote a column earlier this week about Volvo, and both of those brands share something in common. Is it that they’re the […]

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It’s time to talk about Volkswagen. You know Volkswagen: they make the Jetta, which is possibly today’s most adept compact sedan at churning out lifelong Toyota customers. I bring up Volkswagen because I wrote a column earlier this week about Volvo, and both of those brands share something in common. Is it that they’re the […]

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Dan Ammann Disses Deutschland’s Drive For Volume http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/dan-ammann-disses-volume/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/dan-ammann-disses-volume/#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 13:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=488410 Cadillac may be gunning too hard for Germany’s domain of rear-drive sports sedans, but one area where The Standard of the World won’t be gunning for them is in the volume race. GM CFO Dan Ammann told Automotive News that unlike BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi, “We’re not going to be in every single segment that they’re […]

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Cadillac may be gunning too hard for Germany’s domain of rear-drive sports sedans, but one area where The Standard of the World won’t be gunning for them is in the volume race. GM CFO Dan Ammann told Automotive News that unlike BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi, “We’re not going to be in every single segment that they’re […]

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Automobile Magazine’s Must-Read Essay On The Future Of Lotus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/automobile-magazine-essay-on-lotus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/automobile-magazine-essay-on-lotus/#comments Thu, 01 Nov 2012 17:30:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465611 Ben Oliver’s essay in Automobile Magazine might be the best one I’ve read on Lotus and their existential predicament. While my own pieces are full of vitriol and cursing, Ben’s eloquent prose outlines the brand’s biggest problem; lacking the necessary volumes, they need to take advantage of economies of scale and high margins to survive […]

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Ben Oliver’s essay in Automobile Magazine might be the best one I’ve read on Lotus and their existential predicament. While my own pieces are full of vitriol and cursing, Ben’s eloquent prose outlines the brand’s biggest problem; lacking the necessary volumes, they need to take advantage of economies of scale and high margins to survive […]

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Volt Production Drops Slightly As Export Volume Ramps Up And Dealers Sell Demonstrators http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/volt-production-drops-slightly-as-export-volume-ramps-up-and-dealers-sell-demonstrators/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/volt-production-drops-slightly-as-export-volume-ramps-up-and-dealers-sell-demonstrators/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2011 22:23:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=417051 With all the attention being paid to Volt sales, production and turn time in the wake of recent congressional criticism, I thought I’d update our recent chart of Volt sales versus production to see how GM’s wonder car is doing a month on. As you can see, there’s not much obvious change on the year-to-date chart, with […]

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With all the attention being paid to Volt sales, production and turn time in the wake of recent congressional criticism, I thought I’d update our recent chart of Volt sales versus production to see how GM’s wonder car is doing a month on. As you can see, there’s not much obvious change on the year-to-date chart, with […]

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GM: Volt Second Shift Delayed, 60k Global Units Still Planned For 2012 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/gm-volt-second-shift-delayed-60k-global-units-still-planned-for-2012/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/gm-volt-second-shift-delayed-60k-global-units-still-planned-for-2012/#comments Fri, 07 Oct 2011 20:44:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414054 The Chevrolet Volt may be beating cars like the Jaguar XF and the Lincoln MKT in the sales race, but GM won’t come close to building 120,000 of the plug-ins next year as the Department of Energy was expecting. Today GM confirmed to Automotive News [sub] that it will make 60,000 Volts next year… and […]

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The Chevrolet Volt may be beating cars like the Jaguar XF and the Lincoln MKT in the sales race, but GM won’t come close to building 120,000 of the plug-ins next year as the Department of Energy was expecting. Today GM confirmed to Automotive News [sub] that it will make 60,000 Volts next year… and […]

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Get, Set, Go Forth And Multiply: Porsche Chases Volume http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/get-set-go-forth-and-multiply-porsche-chases-volume/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/get-set-go-forth-and-multiply-porsche-chases-volume/#comments Sun, 24 Jul 2011 09:07:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=404058 Porsche and Volkswagen are the typical German couple: Not married, with children. Formally, the two want to say “Ja” once the pending lawsuits are taken care of. In the meantime, the couple cohabitates happily. CEO Matthias Müller is made from Audi-DNA. He is a confidant of Martin Winterkorn, who is Piech’s man. Müller runs Porsche […]

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Porsche and Volkswagen are the typical German couple: Not married, with children. Formally, the two want to say “Ja” once the pending lawsuits are taken care of. In the meantime, the couple cohabitates happily. CEO Matthias Müller is made from Audi-DNA. He is a confidant of Martin Winterkorn, who is Piech’s man. Müller runs Porsche […]

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Nissan Leaf: The Governments Giveth And The Governments Taketh Away http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/nissan-leaf-the-governments-giveth-and-the-governments-taketh-away/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/nissan-leaf-the-governments-giveth-and-the-governments-taketh-away/#comments Tue, 18 May 2010 18:02:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=356862 Nissan made quite a stir in EV-watcher circles by announcing that its UK-produced Leaf battery packs would cost under $400/kWh, but as we noted at the time, those numbers are being supported by various government incentives. Now, with a new government taking over number 10 Downing Street, Nissan’s UK Leaf production incentive might be on […]

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Nissan made quite a stir in EV-watcher circles by announcing that its UK-produced Leaf battery packs would cost under $400/kWh, but as we noted at the time, those numbers are being supported by various government incentives. Now, with a new government taking over number 10 Downing Street, Nissan’s UK Leaf production incentive might be on […]

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Quote Of The Day: Mo’ Volume, Mo’ Problems Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/quote-of-the-day-mo-volume-mo-problems-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/quote-of-the-day-mo-volume-mo-problems-edition/#comments Wed, 30 Dec 2009 18:15:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=340389 Why should I want to be Toyota? They’re losing billions. Today’s Quote Of The Day comes from the executive of a certain up-and-coming automaker with dreams of becoming a global player. Think you know who it is? Here’s a hint: it’s not Ed Whitacre. Geely CEO Li Shufu is the man responsible for that little […]

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Why should I want to be Toyota? They’re losing billions. Today’s Quote Of The Day comes from the executive of a certain up-and-coming automaker with dreams of becoming a global player. Think you know who it is? Here’s a hint: it’s not Ed Whitacre. Geely CEO Li Shufu is the man responsible for that little […]

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