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Shanghai 2015: Chinese Domestic Market Ford Taurus Revealed

Bowing at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show, the Ford Taurus’ arrival marks the sedan’s first-ever appearance in the Chinese market. The new Taurus is one of 15 new vehicles Ford intends to bring to China by 2015. It’s set to be assembledShow More Summary

Chart Of The Day: The Chevrolet Volt’s Long And Harsh Decline

The first three months of 2015 marked the lowest-volume quarter of U.S. Chevrolet Volt sales since the summer of 2011, when Volt production was just ramping up. Volt volume in January of this year, more specifically, fell to the lowest level since August 2011. Show More Summary

Capsule Review: 2003 Chevrolet Zafira CD 2.0 8v

The last time I saw this car it lay bare and gutted in front of me. The seats had been pulled out, the dash taken apart and wires dangling. The carpets were in the process of being removed. All of this in an effort to find the source of an infestation that had plagued it. Show More Summary

Automatic Door Locks Simply Shouldn’t Exist

I would like to raise a complaint here with an automotive feature that we have all now had to live with for some time: automatic door locks. Usually, when it comes to cars, the word “automatic” is a good thing. Not the transmission, of course. Show More Summary

Chart Of The Day: The Rise Of Commercial Van Sales In America – 2015 Q1

Commercial van sales are on the rise in the United States. But of greater interest than the improvements – total sales jumped 14% to 356,814 units in 2014 and are up 26% to 87,866 year-to-date – is the constant change in the category. Show More Summary

A Nine Year Quest, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Looking Cool and Love the Van

(If you have some time this weekend, this contribution, from our reader Robert, will be worth that time — JB) “I will NEVER drive a minivan.” Thus ended the first hostile negotiation serious discussion with my wife about our next vehicle purchase. Show More Summary

Long-term Tester Update: Fiesta ST on the Free-Love Freeway

“Whoa, hold on. A car hauler is actively trying to run me off the road.” Yesterday, I was talking to my older brother via Bluetooth while driving home from Louisville when, for the third time in approximately ninety miles of highwayShow More Summary

Question Of The Day: What Car Offends You The Most?

So I recently purchased this Hummer, which is a tremendously offensive automobile in the sense that it looks like the military has invaded our cities and is currently driving around getting the same fuel economy as a tugboat. I figured, with my Hummer, that people would really hate me. Show More Summary

Volkswagen Jetta GLI: Reviewed!

This is not a GTI. This is not a GTI. This is not a GTI. Cross your tees and line your elles, this is not that darling of the #millennial boot-scoot generation: the My First Big Boy Car Volkswagen GTI. It’s not a GTI with a trunk, either, despite everything you might think. The GLI certainly […] The post Volkswagen Jetta GLI: Reviewed! appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

There’s A Reason Why the New Lincoln Continental Concept Looked Familiar to Me

I was at the press conference in Chicago a few years back when Lincoln  announced that they had decided to jettison billions of dollars worth of brand equity and go with alphanumeric model names (well, the announcement didn’t quite go like that, but that’s a pretty close approximation of what it meant). Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton Throws Support Behind Ethanol While In Iowa

During a campaign tour stop in Iowa, Democrat hopeful Hillary Clinton threw her support behind corn ethanol. Autoblog reports Clinton met with a number of Democrats at a private affair in Marshalltown, Iowa Thursday, including America’s Renewable Future co-chair Patty Judge and Iowa Corn Growers board member Bruce Rohwer. Show More Summary

Tesla To Offer $25 Average Hourly Wage To Gigafactory Employees

Tesla is set to offer an average of $25/hour for future employees at its Gigafactory battery-pack production facility in Nevada. Valuewalk reports the figure comes from Economic Development Authority for Western Nevada chief Mike Kazmierski,...Show More Summary

Junkyard Find: 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24

The Chevy Cavalier sold in enormous quantities during its 23-year production run, and so most of them stay in the background for me at wrecking yards, much like Chrysler Sebrings and Ford Tempos. But the Cavalier Z24, on the other hand—...Show More Summary

The Mercedes-Benz GLA’s Arrival Isn’t Slowing Down The Mercedes-Benz CLA: U.S. 2015 Q1 Sales

As Mercedes-Benz USA levels off with slightly less than 2000 GLA SUV/crossover/hatchback/whatever-it-is sales per month, U.S. sales of the GLA’s sedan donor vehicle, the CLA, haven’t slowed at all. In other words, the GLA’s presence in Mercedes-Benz showrooms is not a deterrent to the CLA. Show More Summary

Crapwagon Outtake: Squeeze My Lemon

Apologies to Messrs Johnson and, to a lesser extent, Plant for the title. We continue our journey through the wasteland of the automotive internet with another car that fills my imaginary garage–that fantasy world where there are no orthodontist’s bills. Show More Summary

Hyundai To Build Mexican Factory After Sales Exceed 50K Per Year

Hyundai is planning on building a factory in Mexico, but only after annual domestic sales in the country rise to appropriate levels. Bloomberg reports the automaker is waiting until annual sales exceed 50,000 before breaking ground on a factory for the Hyundai brand, per Hyundai Motor de Mexico managing director Pedro Albarran. Show More Summary

Cheech & Chong’s Great Car Movie Showing On the Big Screen In Denver, This 4/20 (Naturally)

Some might tell you that Cheech & Chong’s 1978 movie, Up In Smoke, was about Malaise Era drug culture, or Los Angeles, or California punk rock, but in fact it is one of the greatest car movies in cinematic history. For this reason, I...Show More Summary

Michigan Diesel Shop Refuses To Serve Openly Gay Customers

What does a diesel shop in Michigan have in common with a Washingtonian florist and a Hoosier pizza hut? An owner who refuses to serve openly gay customers. WOOD-TV reports the owner of Grandville, Mich.-based Dieseltec, Brian Klawiter,...Show More Summary

Virginia Set To Establish Strict Retention Limits On LPR Data

The Commonwealth of Virginia is ready to set strict limits on how long license plate reader data can be retained, said limits being on the order of days. Autoblog reports two bills hit Governor Terry McAuliffe’s desk Wednesday that would balance the citizens’ right to privacy with law enforcement’s need to investigate potential crimes. Show More Summary

Please Visit Your Local Public Off-Road Park

Whenever you buy a performance car, there’s generally an intent to test its limits. There’s a winding country road by your house, but you likely will have to avoid cyclists, motorcyclists, residents mad about the broken speed limits and loud engine noise, as well as police officers ready to write a ticket. Show More Summary

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