The Truth About Cars » weight 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 The Penalty for 50,000 Feet of Freedom? About 200 Pounds http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/penalty-50000-feet-freedom-200-pounds/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/penalty-50000-feet-freedom-200-pounds/#comments Mon, 26 Oct 2015 19:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1204433 Jared Gall at Car and Driver has compiled a fantastic list of coupe vs. convertible weights and found that, on average, roughly 200 pounds is needed to give God a direct look into your car. But there’s hardly any consensus among different automakers. Porsche, for example, has no difference in weight between its Cayman and Boxster, […]

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Jared Gall at Car and Driver has compiled a fantastic list of coupe vs. convertible weights and found that, on average, roughly 200 pounds is needed to give God a direct look into your car. But there’s hardly any consensus among different automakers. Porsche, for example, has no difference in weight between its Cayman and Boxster, […]

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Ford Loads The Scales With Apples And Oranges http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/ford-loads-the-scales-with-apples-and-oranges/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/ford-loads-the-scales-with-apples-and-oranges/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:47:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=872970 From Jalopnik‘s Andrew Collins comes the discovery that Ford’s “weight savings” between the 2014 F-150 Lariat and the 2015 Lariat isn’t entirely a fair comparison. As Collins reports, Ford confirmed that the two trucks were not quite the same. The 2014 had a 5.0L V8, while the 2015 had the all-new 2.7L Ecoboost V6. Collins writes […]

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From Jalopnik‘s Andrew Collins comes the discovery that Ford’s “weight savings” between the 2014 F-150 Lariat and the 2015 Lariat isn’t entirely a fair comparison. As Collins reports, Ford confirmed that the two trucks were not quite the same. The 2014 had a 5.0L V8, while the 2015 had the all-new 2.7L Ecoboost V6. Collins writes […]

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C7 Corvette Puts On 90 Pounds http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/c7-corvette-puts-on-90-pounds/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/c7-corvette-puts-on-90-pounds/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 16:16:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=487140   Fans of the C7 Covette may be interested to read this breakdown of the extra 90 lbs that the C7 Corvette has put on. For someone such as myself who is used to the OEMs brushing off weight gain or other uncomfortable facts with eye-roll inducing PR pap, the ‘Vette team deserves credit for […]

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  Fans of the C7 Covette may be interested to read this breakdown of the extra 90 lbs that the C7 Corvette has put on. For someone such as myself who is used to the OEMs brushing off weight gain or other uncomfortable facts with eye-roll inducing PR pap, the ‘Vette team deserves credit for […]

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Piston Slap: Crossing over into Minivan Tow Ratings? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/piston-slap-crossing-over-into-minivan-tow-ratings/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/piston-slap-crossing-over-into-minivan-tow-ratings/#comments Thu, 19 Apr 2012 11:35:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=440618   Mike writes: Dear Sajeev, I have been a fan of TTAC for a while now. I am motivated to write by the recent responses to towing with a 2005 Odyssey. Two years ago I bought a 2008 Toyota Sienna and a 21 foot (actual total length) travel trailer. The trailer has a GVWR of […]

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  Mike writes: Dear Sajeev, I have been a fan of TTAC for a while now. I am motivated to write by the recent responses to towing with a 2005 Odyssey. Two years ago I bought a 2008 Toyota Sienna and a 21 foot (actual total length) travel trailer. The trailer has a GVWR of […]

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MIT Professor: Put Cars On A Diet! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/mit-professor-put-cars-on-a-diet/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/mit-professor-put-cars-on-a-diet/#comments Sat, 07 Jan 2012 16:17:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=424688 The car industry is under pressure to improve fuel efficiency. It is not that they have been sitting on their thumbs. Automakers have achieved large increases in fuel efficiency through better technology in recent decades, says MIT economist Christopher Knittel. The problem is: “Most of that technological progress has gone into compensating for weight and […]

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The car industry is under pressure to improve fuel efficiency. It is not that they have been sitting on their thumbs. Automakers have achieved large increases in fuel efficiency through better technology in recent decades, says MIT economist Christopher Knittel. The problem is: “Most of that technological progress has gone into compensating for weight and […]

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Bob Lutz: “I’ll Take The Blame For GM’s Weight Problem” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/bob-lutz-ill-take-the-blame-for-gms-weight-problem/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/bob-lutz-ill-take-the-blame-for-gms-weight-problem/#comments Thu, 08 Sep 2011 01:03:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=410671 The theme that’s emerged most clearly from my interview with Bob Lutz was, somewhat counterintuitively, compromise. Every vehicle that’s developed and built is the product of nearly countless compromises, on everything from performance to efficiency, and from weight and materials to cost. The question isn’t so much if you compromise when developing a new car, […]

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The theme that’s emerged most clearly from my interview with Bob Lutz was, somewhat counterintuitively, compromise. Every vehicle that’s developed and built is the product of nearly countless compromises, on everything from performance to efficiency, and from weight and materials to cost. The question isn’t so much if you compromise when developing a new car, […]

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Are You Ready For: Plastic Windows? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/are-you-ready-for-plastic-windows/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/are-you-ready-for-plastic-windows/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2011 23:14:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=402387 As automakers face slowly diminishing returns in their attempts to make internal combustion engines more efficient (while facing huge challenges in electric, hydrogen and other alt-fuel drivetrains), they are looking ever more closely at alternative materials to improve efficiency (and, to a lesser extent, driving pleasure) through weight-savings. Perhaps the biggest emerging trend in this area, especially […]

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As automakers face slowly diminishing returns in their attempts to make internal combustion engines more efficient (while facing huge challenges in electric, hydrogen and other alt-fuel drivetrains), they are looking ever more closely at alternative materials to improve efficiency (and, to a lesser extent, driving pleasure) through weight-savings. Perhaps the biggest emerging trend in this area, especially […]

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Mission Creep, Weight Problems, Compromise Haunt GM Alpha Platform http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/mission-creep-weight-problems-compromise-haunt-gm-alpha-platform/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/mission-creep-weight-problems-compromise-haunt-gm-alpha-platform/#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 14:52:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395124 Yesterday we gave GM kudos for addressing its lingering vehicle weight issues by redesigning the head of its popular 3.6 liter V6, and shedding 13 lbs in the process. It was, we noted, the kind of news that showed GM is staying focused on the nitty-gritty of product development, sweating the details. But, according to […]

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Yesterday we gave GM kudos for addressing its lingering vehicle weight issues by redesigning the head of its popular 3.6 liter V6, and shedding 13 lbs in the process. It was, we noted, the kind of news that showed GM is staying focused on the nitty-gritty of product development, sweating the details. But, according to […]

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Head Games: GM Drops 13 Lbs From Its 3.6 V6 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/head-games-gm-drops-13-lbs-from-its-3-6-v6/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/head-games-gm-drops-13-lbs-from-its-3-6-v6/#comments Mon, 16 May 2011 17:35:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395055 One of the most consistent and valid criticisms of GM’s product development, even in the post-Lutz era, is the class-leading weight that so many new GM products carry around with them. To a number of industry observers, the lingering weight problem that so many of GM’s cars struggle with is a sign of corners cut […]

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One of the most consistent and valid criticisms of GM’s product development, even in the post-Lutz era, is the class-leading weight that so many new GM products carry around with them. To a number of industry observers, the lingering weight problem that so many of GM’s cars struggle with is a sign of corners cut […]

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Holy Cow!: Fisker Karma Weighs Over 5,000 Pounds http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/holy-cow-fisker-karma-weighs-over-5000-pounds/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/holy-cow-fisker-karma-weighs-over-5000-pounds/#comments Mon, 15 Nov 2010 15:54:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372796 The Fisker Karma looks as sleek and and sexy as any four-door car on the market, but it’s got a secret: Spanx. Fisker’s powertrain sand battery suppliers tells the New York Times that prototypes of the series-hybrid Karma are weighing in at “over 5,000 lbs.” Says battery supplier A123 System’s Jason Forcier It’s a pretty […]

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The Fisker Karma looks as sleek and and sexy as any four-door car on the market, but it’s got a secret: Spanx. Fisker’s powertrain sand battery suppliers tells the New York Times that prototypes of the series-hybrid Karma are weighing in at “over 5,000 lbs.” Says battery supplier A123 System’s Jason Forcier It’s a pretty […]

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Saab 9-4X: The Heavier Cadillac SRX http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/saab-9-4x-the-heavier-less-efficient-cadillac-srx/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/saab-9-4x-the-heavier-less-efficient-cadillac-srx/#comments Mon, 18 Oct 2010 18:57:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=369263 Built on GM’s “Theta Premium” chassis alongside its Cadillac SRX sister in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, the Saab 9-4X crossover is less than completely Swedish but more than just a rebadged SRX. Specifically, at a base curb weight of 4,431 lbs (with GM’s 3 liter V6 driving the front wheels), it’s over 200 lbs more crossover […]

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Built on GM’s “Theta Premium” chassis alongside its Cadillac SRX sister in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, the Saab 9-4X crossover is less than completely Swedish but more than just a rebadged SRX. Specifically, at a base curb weight of 4,431 lbs (with GM’s 3 liter V6 driving the front wheels), it’s over 200 lbs more crossover […]

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“Small” MINI Countryman Starts At $22,350 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/small-mini-countryman-starts-at-22350/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/small-mini-countryman-starts-at-22350/#comments Thu, 07 Oct 2010 15:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=367802 The Countryman is a game-changer for us. We are going from extra-small to small MINI USA’s Jim McDowell turns brand defiance into “game changer” status, by defining the forthcoming Countryman “SUV” as “small” and the previous MINI models as “extra small” in Automotive News [sub]. But the $22,350 Countryman (Cooper S trim with AWD should […]

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The Countryman is a game-changer for us. We are going from extra-small to small MINI USA’s Jim McDowell turns brand defiance into “game changer” status, by defining the forthcoming Countryman “SUV” as “small” and the previous MINI models as “extra small” in Automotive News [sub]. But the $22,350 Countryman (Cooper S trim with AWD should […]

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Ferrari Fights The Future http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/ferrari-fights-the-future/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/ferrari-fights-the-future/#comments Fri, 07 May 2010 15:46:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=355665 Despite breaking new ground in the field of brand leverage with its Ferrari World Abu Dhabi theme park, Ferrari does seem to have lost the plot a bit in relation to its “other” business building expensive sportscars. Ferrari’s abandonment of the manual transmission might be justified by faster lap times at Fiorano, and the lightning-fast, […]

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Despite breaking new ground in the field of brand leverage with its Ferrari World Abu Dhabi theme park, Ferrari does seem to have lost the plot a bit in relation to its “other” business building expensive sportscars. Ferrari’s abandonment of the manual transmission might be justified by faster lap times at Fiorano, and the lightning-fast, […]

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Let There Be Light. Weight http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/let-there-be-light-weight/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/let-there-be-light-weight/#comments Wed, 28 Apr 2010 07:09:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=354515 When I was a kid copywriter on the Volkswagen account, grumpy but thorough VW engineers drummed one tenet of green into me: You don’t save gas with secret carburetors which the oil companies hide. You save by shedding weight. The less weight to push around, the less energy is needed to do the pushing. From […]

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When I was a kid copywriter on the Volkswagen account, grumpy but thorough VW engineers drummed one tenet of green into me: You don’t save gas with secret carburetors which the oil companies hide. You save by shedding weight. The less weight to push around, the less energy is needed to do the pushing. From […]

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Japanese Mini Car Makers Fight Battle Of The Bulge http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/japanese-mini-car-makers-fight-battle-of-the-bulge/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/japanese-mini-car-makers-fight-battle-of-the-bulge/#comments Wed, 10 Mar 2010 11:24:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=348410 Subminiature, or „kei“ cars ( from kei-jidosha – subcompact cars) have been a Japanese phenomenon. At one time, their combined share was 1/3 of Japan’s market. Unlike anime and Pokemon, the 660 cc vehicles never much made it beyond Japan’s shores. And recently, the sales of the pocket monsters on wheels had been flagging. Last February, […]

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Subminiature, or „kei“ cars ( from kei-jidosha – subcompact cars) have been a Japanese phenomenon. At one time, their combined share was 1/3 of Japan’s market. Unlike anime and Pokemon, the 660 cc vehicles never much made it beyond Japan’s shores. And recently, the sales of the pocket monsters on wheels had been flagging. Last February, […]

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