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Class Warfare: Ford Appends the Word ‘Elite’ to Its Titanium Edge

Apparently running out of precious metals with which to name their fancy crossovers (and not yet ready to bring the Vignale badge across the pond), Ford has created a Titanium Elite trim for the freshly revised Ford Edge. And they say the world of crossovers isn’t exciting. Show More Summary

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Revamped Range-topper Slinks Into Reality

As part of its sales-stimulating crossover offensive, Hyundai’s upcoming Santa Fe will drop the safe styling act that’s carried the model since its inception. The first official images of the 2019 model are out, revealing a three-row vehicle that mimics Hyundai’s smallest crossover, the Kona. Show More Summary

QOTD: What’s to Be Done With Fiat?

As we told you yesterday, Fiat’s sales are best imagined as a heavy stone — one that drops heavily into a pond after a brief, victorious flight. Two years of consecutive month-over-month sales declines in the United States is a grim situation for any brand, let alone one reintroduced just seven years ago. Show More Summary

Bigland Gets a Break as Fiat Chrysler Shuffles the Executive Deck

There’s going to be a lot less Italian in Reid Bigland’s diet going forward, after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles removed the Alfa Romeo and Maserati portfolios from the high-ranking executive’s oversight, part of a broader raft of management changes announced today. Show More Summary

Mercedes’ Super Bowl Phone Game Sacked Over Technical Difficulties

Automotive advertising and the Super Bowl are intrinsically linked. Car spots populate the commercial breaks, the most valuable player gets a free truck, and there is usually a contest or two sponsored by a major manufacturer. This year,...Show More Summary

Formula One Swaps Out ‘Grid Girls’ for ‘Grid Kids’

Late last month, Formula One announced it would no longer be using the professionally employed models colloquially known as grid girls, starting with the 2018 season. The rationale, according to managing director of commercial operations Sean Bratches, was that times had changed. Show More Summary

The Original Microcar Is Reborn in China

A Chinese car brand with the same name as a defunct American brand is building the spiritual successor to a famous BMW model that wasn’t really a BMW. Eagle, a brand of China’s Suzhou Eagle, has begun production of the EG6330K — a model whose name rolls off the tongue like Thunderbird. Show More Summary

Rare Rides: A Year Later, Ghia’s 1983 Lincoln Quicksilver

Today’s post serves as a couple of milestones at TTAC (for me, anyway); 200 articles written, and a year of Rare Rides. Since I did not plan this in any way or think about it in advance, I thought we might make this post a bit special. Show More Summary

Rare Rides: All New Fiat Models, Apparently

The Downward Spiral wasn’t just a groundbreaking Nine Inch Nails album — it also aptly describes Fiat’s current sales trajectory in North America. (Sorry for the headline, Corey.) With January 2018 figures out of the bag, the state of...Show More Summary

Subaru Turns to Its Friends for Electrification Help

If you’re a modern-day automaker without an electrification strategy, you’re in trouble. Not only will you face the global stigma of being truly evil, you might also miss out on the possibility of future sales. Sure, electric vehicles...Show More Summary

Feds Ready to Hit Fiat Chrysler With Big Fines: Report

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles might need the 2019 Ram 1500’s newly increased payload capability when it comes time to visit the bank. As we’ve told you since the scandal broke a year ago, FCA could find itself on the hook for hefty penalties...Show More Summary

QOTD: What’s the Best Car Movie (or Auto Industry Flick) You’ve Ever Seen?

Today’s an easy one: what, in your opinion, is the best car movie ever made? We’ll even let you choose your own yardstick. Your selection can be a film that’s totally based in the car genre or it could simply have a phenomenal car chase at some point during its running time. Show More Summary

Junkyard Find: 1986 Toyota Celica GT Coupe

After producing rear-wheel-drive Celicas for 15 years, Toyota went to a front-wheel-drive Celica platform for the 1986 model year, while the rear-wheel-drive Supra got bigger, more powerful, and more Camaro-like. These Celicas were quick enough to be fun and made long commutes affordable, but they never attracted much of a devoted following. Show More Summary

2018 Super Bowl LII Car Commercials – Live(-ish) Coverage!

It’s time. The Super Bowl LII automotive commercials are upon us. I’ll be posting them below the jump, in reverse chronological order from their appearance. Keep refreshing your page to see the latest! Well, Mercedes-AMG just ran a short commercial endorsing street racing during the pregame – but it’s not on YouTube yet. Show More Summary

German Automotive Industry Coping With Widespread Strikes

With the UAW currently coping with a high-profile corruption scandal in the United States, news of Germany’s widespread auto strikes has taken a backseat in domestic media. Last Friday, IG Metall concluded its third day of striking against Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Porsche, Audi, VW, and BMW. Show More Summary

Pre-Production Alpine A110 Bursts Into Flames During Top Gear Shoot

Top Gear presenters Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan narrowly evaded injury when a pre-production Alpine A110 caught fire while the duo participated in last week’s Monte Carlo Rally. Apparently the two had been blasting down stage SS17 when the engine warning light came on. Show More Summary

TTAC Hot Takes: February Is Awfully Cold for a Grid Girl

(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...Show More Summary

Once Again, Canada Gets a Mercedes-Benz the Americans Can’t Have

There’s more to living in Canada than just higher taxes, polar bear incursions, and brutally cold weather. For some reason, denizens of the Great White North are allowed to enjoy more choice at the bottom of the Mercedes-Benz model range. Show More Summary

Spied: 2020 Ford Explorer, Possibly in ST Guise

As you hopefully read on TTAC earlier this week (if not, read it here), there’s some significant changes in store for the next-generation Ford Explorer. Expected to debut next year as a 2020 model, the upcoming Explorer ditches its front-drive-biased platform for a rear-wheel-drive setup, our sources say. Show More Summary

Coming to America: Mercedes-Benz Unveils the New A-Class

Mercedes-Benz took the covers off the fourth generation of its A-Class in Amsterdam today. While the smallest vehicle in the luxury manufacturer’s lineup isn’t subject to the same kind of fanfare as a new S-Class, it’s a big deal to us, as it will be the first one sold in North America. Show More Summary

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