QOTD: The Year's Most Important Stories
As the year comes to a close and we choose our most reviled cars of the year, it’s also worth reflecting on the most compelling narratives of the year.
At TTAC, we pride ourselves on covering stories that other outlets overlook. Whether it’s territorial disputes in China, overcapacity in Europe, a manufacturing boom in Africa or implosion in Australia, we do our best to deliver compelling content to you, the readers, and we’re always amused and intrigued by your comments. But our news judgement and yours don’t always align.
The floor is open to what mattered most to you. We’re cognizant of the fact that not everyone likes low-cost cars or Chinese sub-brands, so let us know what kept you reading this year.
Personally, low-cost cars and the proliferation of modular platform kits are most interesting to me right now.
In no particular order: Cadillac ATS introduction. Continuing stagnant European market, Opel and Peugeot's travails. Low cost cars moving from developing to developed world. The ongoing Volt story. Territorial dispute between China and Japan. VW Group's continued success EPA gas mileage ratings scandals at Hyundai and now Ford The struggle of alternative energy cars and their support industry. Chrysler's profitability and product strength. The adulation of Sergio Marchionne. GM's botched Chevy Malibu launch. Interface issues - My Ford Touch,CUE GM's personnel issues.
Since I live in Argentina, I'm interested about low-cost cars from Brazil, India, China, etc. Also interested on whatever is going on in Europe and the usual weird stuff.
The main reason I (a Romanian) visit this site is to read about the problems the auto industry is facing here in Europe. Funny, no? Maybe being over the ocean gives you guys more objectivity - or maybe there is no accesible, independent auto journalism here in Europe anymore. Second, articles about BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China) Murilee's Junkyard finds are always fascinating. And last but not least, it's interesting to see how others look at Dacia's explosive development.
I like it all! What? So, I'm a gourmand, not a gourmet! I'm struck by the lack of appreciation for the reviews. Don't you bunch like the honesty of all the reviews? The fact that most of the reviewers have been blacklisted by the manufacturers because they won't toe the party line? I think that's pretty admirable and I appreciate it. I also love the fact that TTAC is so int'l. Who else has Marcelo, Bertel and Tycho on staff to give us insights in places and on models most of you haven't a clue about? It's both interesting and informative. The best part? Everyone who submits something is accessible to comments and they respond! Bah! You guys don't realize what you have, but would absolutely scream if it disappeared.