The Truth About Cars » Whiskey Tango Foxtrot http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:06:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Whiskey Tango Foxtrot http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Just Kidding! Suzuki Decides To Play Late April Fools Joke On North American Employees http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/just-kidding-suzuki-decides-to-play-late-april-fools-joke-on-north-american-employees/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/just-kidding-suzuki-decides-to-play-late-april-fools-joke-on-north-american-employees/#comments Wed, 14 Nov 2012 23:04:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=466931   All 12 North American employees have been officially notified that their jobs are saved. “Look, I get bored! Did you ever have that urge to just fire someone just because it’s a Monday.” said Suzuki founder Maruti Suzuki. “I remembered when Consumer Reports did that nasty little hack job on our Samurai and, well, it’s been […]

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  All 12 North American employees have been officially notified that their jobs are saved. “Look, I get bored! Did you ever have that urge to just fire someone just because it’s a Monday.” said Suzuki founder Maruti Suzuki. “I remembered when Consumer Reports did that nasty little hack job on our Samurai and, well, it’s been […]

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Weekend Weird Crush: “The Small God For The Big Future” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/weekend-weird-crush-the-small-god-for-the-big-future/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/weekend-weird-crush-the-small-god-for-the-big-future/#comments Sun, 08 Jan 2012 19:36:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=424799 Maruti Suzuki’s big news at the Delhi Auto Show was the debut of its production compact MPV, the Ertiga. But it wasn’t all staid family-carriers at the Suzuki stand, as the Japanese-Indian automaker also debuted its XA Alpha concept, described in this dramatically-narrated (to put it mildly) video as “The Small God For The Big […]

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Maruti Suzuki’s big news at the Delhi Auto Show was the debut of its production compact MPV, the Ertiga. But it wasn’t all staid family-carriers at the Suzuki stand, as the Japanese-Indian automaker also debuted its XA Alpha concept, described in this dramatically-narrated (to put it mildly) video as “The Small God For The Big […]

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Tiny (12cc) Hand-Machined V12 Is A Holiday Miracle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/tiny-12cc-hand-machined-v12-is-a-holiday-miracle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/tiny-12cc-hand-machined-v12-is-a-holiday-miracle/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2011 15:25:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423564 Need an engineering project? Got 1,200 hours to kill with nothing to do? Take a tip from this heroically patient Spaniard, and hand-machine your own tiny (12 cc displacement) V12. This would be amazing feat of handwork even if it weren’t fully operational (using compressed air injection), but the fact that it works, runs and […]

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Need an engineering project? Got 1,200 hours to kill with nothing to do? Take a tip from this heroically patient Spaniard, and hand-machine your own tiny (12 cc displacement) V12. This would be amazing feat of handwork even if it weren’t fully operational (using compressed air injection), but the fact that it works, runs and […]

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“I Should Call Aston Martin And Ask Them Not To Put This Button In My Next Car” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/i-should-call-aston-martin-and-ask-them-not-to-put-this-button-in-my-next-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/i-should-call-aston-martin-and-ask-them-not-to-put-this-button-in-my-next-car/#comments Sun, 30 Oct 2011 16:29:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416087 Here’s hoping your weekend motoring has been a little bit safer than surfboard designer Roberto Ricci’s…

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Here’s hoping your weekend motoring has been a little bit safer than surfboard designer Roberto Ricci’s…

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And Now: The 120 MPH Crash Test http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/and-now-the-120-mph-crash-test/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/and-now-the-120-mph-crash-test/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2011 18:28:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=415442 Usually it’s the Germans who we find continually pushing the crash-test envelope, but this time around the UK’s Fifth Gear TV Show that decided to crash a car at 120 MPH. Sure, the Germans already proved how much of a difference can be made by crashing at 50 MPH instead of the traditional 40 MPH, […]

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Usually it’s the Germans who we find continually pushing the crash-test envelope, but this time around the UK’s Fifth Gear TV Show that decided to crash a car at 120 MPH. Sure, the Germans already proved how much of a difference can be made by crashing at 50 MPH instead of the traditional 40 MPH, […]

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The SUV That Might Have Been: The Marmon-Herrington Rhino http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/the-suv-that-might-have-been-the-marmon-herrington-rhino/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/the-suv-that-might-have-been-the-marmon-herrington-rhino/#comments Sun, 16 Oct 2011 18:23:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414953 Axle and transfer case-maker Marmon-Herrington is still around, supplying OEMs and the aftermarket alike with up-rated drivetrain components. But back in the ’40s and ’50s, the firm designed its own vehicles as well, from an air-droppable tank, to a South African armored car, to monocoque electric trolley buses. Its predecessor company, Marmon Motor Car Company, […]

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Axle and transfer case-maker Marmon-Herrington is still around, supplying OEMs and the aftermarket alike with up-rated drivetrain components. But back in the ’40s and ’50s, the firm designed its own vehicles as well, from an air-droppable tank, to a South African armored car, to monocoque electric trolley buses. Its predecessor company, Marmon Motor Car Company, […]

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Erlkönig 101: Germany’s Prototype-Chasing Culture Jumps The Shark http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/erlkonig101/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/erlkonig101/#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2011 19:18:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414748 America has a fine tradition of automotive spy shots, but it pales in comparison to Germany’s “Erlkönig” tradition. So much so, that Germans seem to exhibit a downright Pavlovian response to camouflaged vehicles, chasing anything that looks like it might be a factory prototype. Even if it’s actually a vehicle they probably see every day. […]

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America has a fine tradition of automotive spy shots, but it pales in comparison to Germany’s “Erlkönig” tradition. So much so, that Germans seem to exhibit a downright Pavlovian response to camouflaged vehicles, chasing anything that looks like it might be a factory prototype. Even if it’s actually a vehicle they probably see every day. […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Yacht Tender Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-yacht-tender-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-yacht-tender-edition/#comments Sat, 08 Oct 2011 16:59:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414192 When Aston-Martin was first trying to explain there’s nothing undignified about rebadging a Toyota iQ, the firm’s argument was that the Cygnet would be like a “luxury yacht tender.” If you own a yacht (or a “real Aston”), went the company’s logic, nobody’s going to make fun of you for being seen in a dinghy. […]

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When Aston-Martin was first trying to explain there’s nothing undignified about rebadging a Toyota iQ, the firm’s argument was that the Cygnet would be like a “luxury yacht tender.” If you own a yacht (or a “real Aston”), went the company’s logic, nobody’s going to make fun of you for being seen in a dinghy. […]

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Weekend Weird Crush Update: Kia TAM (EV?) Spotted On The Korean Freeway http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/weekend-weird-crush-update-kia-tam-ev-spotted-on-the-korean-freeway/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/weekend-weird-crush-update-kia-tam-ev-spotted-on-the-korean-freeway/#comments Sat, 08 Oct 2011 16:31:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414186 It’s been… several months since I last indulged my strange obsession with Kia’s forthcoming funky take on first-gen Scion xB values, known as the TAM. And back then, all I had to share were a few crummy photos. Now, thanks to Youtube user daniel78park, we can see the Tam flying down the Korean freeway in […]

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It’s been… several months since I last indulged my strange obsession with Kia’s forthcoming funky take on first-gen Scion xB values, known as the TAM. And back then, all I had to share were a few crummy photos. Now, thanks to Youtube user daniel78park, we can see the Tam flying down the Korean freeway in […]

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Porsche Has Something Expensive To Sell You http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/porsche-has-something-expensive-to-sell-you/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/porsche-has-something-expensive-to-sell-you/#comments Fri, 07 Oct 2011 18:03:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414032 No, it’s not a special-edition 911 with a few extra horsepower and leather-wrapped mirror-adjustment levers. Nor is it a water pipe built to the most exacting standards ever imagined by German engineers. No, Porsche has a freaking palace for sale, Schloss Bullachberg to be precise. Conveniently located in Bavaria’s castle district, near  some of Germany’s […]

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No, it’s not a special-edition 911 with a few extra horsepower and leather-wrapped mirror-adjustment levers. Nor is it a water pipe built to the most exacting standards ever imagined by German engineers. No, Porsche has a freaking palace for sale, Schloss Bullachberg to be precise. Conveniently located in Bavaria’s castle district, near  some of Germany’s […]

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“We Just Like Doing Really Crazy Stuff Like This” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/we-just-like-doing-really-crazy-stuff-like-this/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/we-just-like-doing-really-crazy-stuff-like-this/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2011 14:35:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413440 “We” being Nissan, and “this” being shortening a GT-R powertrain enough to fit a Juke bodyshell over it. It won’t ever make production, and it will probably spin dizzy, short-wheelbase circles every time it even thinks about a corner… but even the haters have to admit that this is a clever way to highlight the […]

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“We” being Nissan, and “this” being shortening a GT-R powertrain enough to fit a Juke bodyshell over it. It won’t ever make production, and it will probably spin dizzy, short-wheelbase circles every time it even thinks about a corner… but even the haters have to admit that this is a clever way to highlight the […]

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Maserati: “We Can Do Anything” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/maserati-we-can-do-anything/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/maserati-we-can-do-anything/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2011 17:12:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=412850 In the annals of poorly-chosen songs, this one is right up there with the State of New Jersey’s almost-decision to make Springsteen’s “Born To Run” the state song. Yes, Maserati, you can do anything, you can be anyone… and you’re choosing to be the brand that pimps upgraded Grand Cherokees by invoking the ghost of […]

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In the annals of poorly-chosen songs, this one is right up there with the State of New Jersey’s almost-decision to make Springsteen’s “Born To Run” the state song. Yes, Maserati, you can do anything, you can be anyone… and you’re choosing to be the brand that pimps upgraded Grand Cherokees by invoking the ghost of […]

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New Chinese Champion Of Derivative Styling Discovered: Yema Motors http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/new-chinese-champion-of-derivative-styling-discovered-yema-motors/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/new-chinese-champion-of-derivative-styling-discovered-yema-motors/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2011 15:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=411889 TTAC wasn’t able to be on-hand for the Chengdu Auto Show, but thanks to Carnewschina.com, we’ve got the latest in “we’re far enough into the interior that foreign firms won’t complain about our blatant ripoffs” styling, from the new heavyweight champion of Chinese ripoffs: Yema Motors. Seriously, calling these things “derivative” is wholly undeserved a […]

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TTAC wasn’t able to be on-hand for the Chengdu Auto Show, but thanks to Carnewschina.com, we’ve got the latest in “we’re far enough into the interior that foreign firms won’t complain about our blatant ripoffs” styling, from the new heavyweight champion of Chinese ripoffs: Yema Motors. Seriously, calling these things “derivative” is wholly undeserved a […]

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The Video Game For Armchair Auto Execs Is Coming http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/the-video-game-for-armchair-auto-execs-is-coming/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/the-video-game-for-armchair-auto-execs-is-coming/#comments Sat, 17 Sep 2011 16:52:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=411516 Not long ago, I considered asking the Best and Brightest if something like this were possible. You see, when I was a younger man, I was a big fan of the game Aerobiz, a tough, take-no-prisoners Super Nintendo simulation of the (Cold War-era) airline business. Since I’ve been immersed in the world of the car […]

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Not long ago, I considered asking the Best and Brightest if something like this were possible. You see, when I was a younger man, I was a big fan of the game Aerobiz, a tough, take-no-prisoners Super Nintendo simulation of the (Cold War-era) airline business. Since I’ve been immersed in the world of the car […]

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Cars Only Bob Lutz Remembers: The Dodge Dakota Convertible http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/cars-only-bob-lutz-remembers-the-dodge-dakota-convertible/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/cars-only-bob-lutz-remembers-the-dodge-dakota-convertible/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2011 18:11:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=410416 Welcome to Bob Lutz week at TTAC! I spent several hours recently with the auto industry’s most notorious executive, and elements of that interview will be the basis for much of my writing this week. We’ll also be capping the whole thing off by voting on the 2010-2011 Lutzie award for most unfortunate quote by […]

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Welcome to Bob Lutz week at TTAC! I spent several hours recently with the auto industry’s most notorious executive, and elements of that interview will be the basis for much of my writing this week. We’ll also be capping the whole thing off by voting on the 2010-2011 Lutzie award for most unfortunate quote by […]

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Courts Uphold Right To Video Police, New Mexico Officer Makes Us Wonder If We Should http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/courts-uphold-right-to-video-police/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/courts-uphold-right-to-video-police/#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2011 19:48:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=409304 Boston.com’s On Liberty blog reports that the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the right of citizens to video police officers, ruling in part that changes in technology and society have made the lines between private citizen and journalist exceedingly difficult to draw. The proliferation of electronic devices with video-recording capability means that many of […]

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Boston.com’s On Liberty blog reports that the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the right of citizens to video police officers, ruling in part that changes in technology and society have made the lines between private citizen and journalist exceedingly difficult to draw. The proliferation of electronic devices with video-recording capability means that many of […]

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The Physics Of Flintstones-Style Braking http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/the-physics-of-flintstones-style-braking/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/the-physics-of-flintstones-style-braking/#comments Sat, 27 Aug 2011 16:45:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=409008 This is the kind of video that might suffice as standalone weekend entertainment. After all, braking a truck with your feet is a pretty demonstrably bad idea. But the lovable nerds at Popular Science just had to take it a step further and work out the physics of trying to halt a truck ala Fred […]

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This is the kind of video that might suffice as standalone weekend entertainment. After all, braking a truck with your feet is a pretty demonstrably bad idea. But the lovable nerds at Popular Science just had to take it a step further and work out the physics of trying to halt a truck ala Fred […]

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The Portrait Of An Early Adopter http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/the-portrait-of-an-early-adopter/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/the-portrait-of-an-early-adopter/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2011 21:58:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=407834 One of the most challenging aspects of running a blog like TTAC is managing diversity. As a global site, TTAC and its readers are exposed to the full range of diverse global perspectives, but our largest market, the United States, is also home to incredibly divergent views and lifestyles. Much is made of our national […]

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One of the most challenging aspects of running a blog like TTAC is managing diversity. As a global site, TTAC and its readers are exposed to the full range of diverse global perspectives, but our largest market, the United States, is also home to incredibly divergent views and lifestyles. Much is made of our national […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: I’m Looking For Something That Says “Dad Likes Leather” Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-im-looking-for-something-that-says-dad-likes-leather-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-im-looking-for-something-that-says-dad-likes-leather-edition/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2011 15:08:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=407747 What’s next for the whale penis leather upholsterers at Russia’s gauchest tuning house, Dartz? How about a wrapping a Ferrari F430 in leather-grain vinyl? Sophisticated! [via GTspirit]

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What’s next for the whale penis leather upholsterers at Russia’s gauchest tuning house, Dartz? How about a wrapping a Ferrari F430 in leather-grain vinyl? Sophisticated! [via GTspirit]

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Quote Of The Day: Who Wants To See Gas Under $2 Per Gallon? Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/quote-of-the-day-who-wants-to-see-gas-under-2-per-gallon-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/quote-of-the-day-who-wants-to-see-gas-under-2-per-gallon-edition/#comments Wed, 17 Aug 2011 21:46:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=407711 Who’s ready for some politics? With the presidential election still over 14 months away, recent Iowa straw poll winner Michelle Bachmann is upping the campaign promise ante by telling a Greenville, SC crowd The day that the president became president gasoline was $1.79 a gallon. Look at what it is today. Under President Bachmann, you […]

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Who’s ready for some politics? With the presidential election still over 14 months away, recent Iowa straw poll winner Michelle Bachmann is upping the campaign promise ante by telling a Greenville, SC crowd The day that the president became president gasoline was $1.79 a gallon. Look at what it is today. Under President Bachmann, you […]

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Are You Ready For: The Thorium-Laser-Steam-Turbine Electric Powertrain? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/are-you-ready-for-the-thorium-laser-steam-turbine-electric-powertrain/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/are-you-ready-for-the-thorium-laser-steam-turbine-electric-powertrain/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2011 17:12:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=406683 Steampunks and Atomic Age nuts rejoice! WardsAuto reports that Connecticut-based Laser Power Systems is “getting closer” to developing a prototype electric car which develops its power using the radioactive heavy metal Thorium. According to LPS’s CEO, when thorium is heated by an external source, it becomes so dense its molecules give off considerable heat. Small blocks of […]

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Steampunks and Atomic Age nuts rejoice! WardsAuto reports that Connecticut-based Laser Power Systems is “getting closer” to developing a prototype electric car which develops its power using the radioactive heavy metal Thorium. According to LPS’s CEO, when thorium is heated by an external source, it becomes so dense its molecules give off considerable heat. Small blocks of […]

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Fun With Front Wheel Drive! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/fun-with-front-wheel-drive/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/fun-with-front-wheel-drive/#comments Sun, 07 Aug 2011 22:20:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=406215 What does one say about a clip like this? Besides, perhaps, that I hope you all are enjoying your weekend as much as this guy. Meanwhile, hit the jump for what I believe to be the inspiration for this “project” (if, in fact, it was inspired by more than a bottle of vodka)… Possibly one […]

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What does one say about a clip like this? Besides, perhaps, that I hope you all are enjoying your weekend as much as this guy. Meanwhile, hit the jump for what I believe to be the inspiration for this “project” (if, in fact, it was inspired by more than a bottle of vodka)… Possibly one […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Two Mules, One Market Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-two-mules-one-market-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-two-mules-one-market-edition/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 23:29:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=404677 As we’ve already seen, BMW is building a record number of variants of its next-generation 3 Series, including “GT” hatchback and X4 “Sport Activity Coupe.” But as this photo shows, there is at least one other Dreier bodystyle that we hadn’t heard about yet: the long wheelbase sedan (top). Given the brand’s post-Bangle swing towards […]

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As we’ve already seen, BMW is building a record number of variants of its next-generation 3 Series, including “GT” hatchback and X4 “Sport Activity Coupe.” But as this photo shows, there is at least one other Dreier bodystyle that we hadn’t heard about yet: the long wheelbase sedan (top). Given the brand’s post-Bangle swing towards […]

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What Happened To Hybrid Kinetic Motors? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/what-happened-to-hybrid-kinetic-motors/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/what-happened-to-hybrid-kinetic-motors/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 20:51:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=404669 Remember Hybrid-Kinetic Motors, the hugely ambitious venture by former Brilliance Chairman Yung Yeung that was supposed to build 300k physics-defying hybrids per year at a brand-new $1.5b Alabama factory (with the modest goal of producing a million vehicles per year by 2018)? H-K Motors was never taken very seriously here at TTAC, and despite appearing […]

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Remember Hybrid-Kinetic Motors, the hugely ambitious venture by former Brilliance Chairman Yung Yeung that was supposed to build 300k physics-defying hybrids per year at a brand-new $1.5b Alabama factory (with the modest goal of producing a million vehicles per year by 2018)? H-K Motors was never taken very seriously here at TTAC, and despite appearing […]

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Stump The Best And Brightest: How Did This Opel Vivaro End Up In Illinois? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/stump-the-best-and-brightest-opel-vivaro-in-illinois/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/stump-the-best-and-brightest-opel-vivaro-in-illinois/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2011 23:49:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=403899 I spotted this Opel Vivaro CDTI on the University of Illinois campus. How did this apparently-European vehicle end up in Illinois?  Opel’s website suggests that they don’t do business in Canada, but this Vivaro has Quebec license plates, and a stuffed animal in the window that suggests it is a personal vehicle. Does anyone have […]

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I spotted this Opel Vivaro CDTI on the University of Illinois campus. How did this apparently-European vehicle end up in Illinois?  Opel’s website suggests that they don’t do business in Canada, but this Vivaro has Quebec license plates, and a stuffed animal in the window that suggests it is a personal vehicle. Does anyone have […]

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