Daily Podcast: BMW Hearts TTAC. For Now. We Think.
Although TTAC remains highly cognizant of the difference between carefully-prepared press vehicles and the cars people buy off dealer lots, we are not against press cars or manufacturer's junkets per se. (Nor have we ever been.) Our policy is simple: we declare any and all manufacturers' contributions to our coverage so you can read our copy with your bullshit detector switched-on to maximum sensitivity. Jonny Lieberman's junket-fed X6 review (from Spartanburg) marks an important turning point– at least from the automakers' point-of-view. Longtime readers will recall that the German automaker banned us from their press fleet for dissing the Subaru Tribeca B9 (go figure). So now we're back in their good books; provided they don't take offense to today's review or read that link and have a "they shouldn't have had a V8!" moment. Anyway, the Texas Toyota rep who offered us whips has stopped answering our calls. And TTAC's still on Subaru, Honda and GM's shit list (amongst others). How reassuring is that?
Fair enough! Thanks for the clarification.
+1 keep the podcasts coming. And the reviews too. As long as there is limited "pork soda" intake and full disclosure, I don't care where the cars come from. The follow up with a real car is a good idea though.
i think it's a great way to do business. It's why I tell people about this site. I also want to add, that if you ever do decide to buy cars from the dealer lots for comparison purposes, I'm attaching my resume for the job of buyer!! I got dibs! Called shotgun!!
The fact that some automakers are afraid to have their products honestly reviewed says all that needs to be said. TTAC = can't be bought. Really brings out the stark differences between this site and most others (not to mention what's happened to the trade rags). Keep up the good work, fellas.