By on January 26, 2018

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(TTAC Hot Takes are video roundup posts which will occur whenever we can get Michael Accardi into hair and makeup. These posts are a mandate of our VerticalScope overlords, who are fascinated with the new video medium of YouTube. Watch our other videos here.)

This week, Michael summarizes all the best news bits from January 17th through the 24th, and we highlight some Premium Selects from the B&B comments section.

A Video

Premium Selects

Though Lexus hopes to draw in younger buyers with LC 500 product placement, Dal20402 had some lengthy thoughts [excerpted here] about SUV product planning over at the swooping L.

“Lexus knows exactly how to pick up new customers, and that’s by offering crossovers, crossovers, crossovers. Longer crossovers. Smaller crossovers. More seats and fewer seats.”

Last year, I Asked Jack whether I should trade the LS460 for a Lincoln MKT EcoBoost to solve these problems. (Reaction was 50/50.) After a test drive of an example that turned up locally after he ran the question, I decided not to. Refinement was the main reason. The MKT is nice enough, but it feels less like the special LS and more like… a pleasant enough rental car.

And this is a huge blown opportunity for Lexus.

It has all the pieces it needs to make a roomy family vehicle that feels just as special as the LS. But it’s never done so. Instead we get the RX, which is engineered to a much cheaper standard, and, well, an extended RX with a marginal third row. If we want to spend more, we get two BOF trucks, which have their charms but can’t be expected to be refined like cars. The RX has sold like gangbusters. I have to think that a more expensive, larger, much more refined RWD-based crossover would too.


Sirwired drove home an important point about those who are less fortunate financially, when it comes to paying speeding tickets.

Now, imagine you have a full-time hourly-wage job with no paid vacation and you are living paycheck-to-paycheck. How on earth do you navigate the process then?

It’s situations like this that often cause poor people to stay poor. This is no more than a minor nuisance to you, escalating to a major nuisance if you got pulled over for Driving on a Suspended.

If you were poor at the beginning of this process? It’d be a life-destroying nightmare.


Chinese automaker GAC is planning to enter the US market, but Ronnie thinks they might need a name rethink first.

The first thing they have to do is change the company name, or at least the acronym GAC. Would you buy a PUK?


Though Peugeot has an aggressive plan for US market entry, deanst isn’t so sure.

I’m sure they will be quite the powerhouse, building on the raging success of Opel derived vehicles like the various saturns and Buick Regal. I expect dozens of sales.


Hirostates12 didn’t believe “Bea Arthur” was in the Canadian Drug Mart advert.

Pretty sure that’s Bob Lutz in a wig.


Lou_BC wants GM to relax a bit, and not do it when it comes to auto show reveals that are just too soon.

I fully agree with Jack. GM was forced to reveal their new truck. They had ZERO specifications on the new diesel engine. Not even a mention of production date.

GM is guilty of premature ejaculation due to over-stimulation from the competition.


Back to Lexus, DenverMike is not as sure as Toyota that there needs to be a successor to the LFA

No. They want the successor to the Supra. Or AllTrac Turbo Celica. Or 1st gen MR2.


The LAPD isn’t driving its BMW i3 vehicles around, despite having already paid for them. Brn knows why.

They lack the impact rating of a patrol vehicle.
They lack the curb rating of a patrol vehicle.
They lack the ballistic protection of a patrol vehicle.
They lack the ability to carry the equipment of a patrol vehicle.
They lack the RANGE of a patrol vehicle, especially when you add all the extra electronics.

They simply can’t be used as a patrol vehicle. As such, they get used for “miscellaneous” duty, which is the primary reason for the low mileage.

I suspect, some politician tried to play the California green game and forced this upon the PD without proper analysis. That same politician is probably going to rake the Chief over the coals for this report.

More Hot Takes coming soon! #video4ever

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18 Comments on “TTAC Hot Takes: In the Wake of NAIAS, There’s No More Tie...”

  • avatar

    That video… where to begin?

    1. The presenter is a doofus.
    2. “Tee Tack”? Really?
    3. This whole thing is unnecessary.
    4. I suspect this doofus has a future-life plan on lock as, “VerticalScope’s Owner Is My Daddy”. I weep for the species.
    5. There’s nothing “hot” about any of this. ALL of the topics he discussed were old news by the time we got this video. Each of these subjects had already been thoroughly covered by “Tee Tack’s” fine editorial staff.

    • 0 avatar

      I love angry men who get triggered by videos on the internet!

      • 0 avatar

        I’m not “triggered”, son. I’m disappointed that one of my favorite outlets has been forced by their corporate masters to put this out. (They admit exactly as much, explicitly, in the introductory paragraph. I’m disappointed that, in this day, one can get oneself posted with such low production values and obvious lack of preparation. That the copy you read from lacks original insight – that might make the video worth watching – is also…disappointing.

        Don’t flatter yourself: my comment was not for you; you are not the intended audience. The Editor-In-Chief was my audience and my hope is that he will find a way to, for the sake of the outlet, disallow future poverty-spec videos. I’m fine with “videos on the internet”. I’m even fine with *you* posting videos *here*. But, for God’s sake, and your own, have some pride in your work.

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    • 0 avatar

      Maybe it’s inside baseball but don’t think I’ve ever heard an editor or staff writer, when speaking, refer to the site as anything other than “T-Tac”. Farago wisely registered as well as It’s faster to type four letters than 17 and faster to pronounce two sylables than five.

  • avatar

    Canadian-based Verticalscope is KILLING the small amount of what’s actually still readable/forgivable about TTAC.

    VS is squeezing the remaining oxygen from TTAC’s lungs in such a steady manner that it has gone from approx 1 in 10-14 decent articles/essays to 1 in 30 in the last year or so (there was once a time when TTAC had multiple worthwhile articles in a single day).

    It’s painful to watch.

    GOOOOOOOD GOD!!!!!!!!

    • 0 avatar

      DEAD is correct.

      His content? I look forward to it.

    • 0 avatar

      +1 on that DW.

    • 0 avatar

      Everyone, please take note of the fact that I placed blame on VerticalScope, and not a (or any) specific individuals.

      If anyone knows of sources of intelligently written, comprehensive, witty and irreverent articles about the auto industry, and really complete reviews of vehicles, please let me know.


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        “If anyone knows of sources of intelligently written, comprehensive, witty and irreverent articles about the auto industry, and really complete reviews of vehicles, please let me know.”

        Shorter version: Dance, monkey, dance.

        • 0 avatar

          Whatever some might have thought about Alex-on-Autos as a presenter, few would deny that his reviews were “comprehensive”. How many folks do separate, companion videos just for the infotainment systems? How many do companion videos just for car seats in crossovers, minivans, and SUVs? “Really complete” indeed.

          I’m glad to read Baruth(s). They are nothing if not “irreverent”. I happen to be among those that think they are also “intelligently written”.

          Ol’ Bertel may have crossed a few too many cultural lines, but his industry knowledge was deep, especially with regard to the Japanese OEMs.

          I know you can never go back and I don’t really want to. I know that the managerial staff of this site has to serve a number of masters and I cannot fathom how tough and stressful that is. There is no perfect site. (I have already given up on Jalopnik because of my perception that too much is phoned in.)

          I’m asking not for perfection, but for best effort, same as my boss asks of me, same as I ask of my kids. That video was not “best effort”, in my opinion. That was Hoovie-level effort. I don’t watch him anymore, either.

          To the editors: Thanks, sincerely, for all you do.
          To Mike Accardi: I suspect you have better in you and I’d like to see it.

  • avatar

    The only way to make this betterererer is if the presenter wore only neon board shorts and sat on Hulk Hogan’s lap.

  • avatar

    I’m a little disappointed that it looks like Mike might have combed his hair a little, but other than that, if you don’t like it, don’t watch!

    Oh, and my kids pronounce it “teh-tac”. (Accent on second syllable.)

  • avatar

    Note to VerticalScope: I’m a longtime reader and commenter. I don’t watch online videos of any kind, and I’m not about to start now. Moreover, in 2018 it’s hard to imagine anything more superfluous than a weekly roundup (video or otherwise).

  • avatar

    WTF did I just watch?

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