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Volkswagen Isn’t Willing to Buy Back Your Stripped Diesel

If you were considering stripping your Volkswagen diesel prior to returning it, hit the brakes on that project immediately. VW’s nonspecific wording in the buyback terms created a gray area of legality that a few emissions scandal-affected owners decided to test, removing unessential portions of their 2.0-liter TDI-equipped models. Show More Summary

Piston Slap: For a Cleaner EcoBoost, Install a Catch Can?

Mark writes: Sajeev, I’ve had my 2015 Focus ST for 15 months and 14,000 trouble-free miles so far, and I’m really enjoying the car. The car is still 100 percent stock, but I’ll likely contact Torrie for a tune before long. As much as...Show More Summary

2016 Models: What Vehicles Tanked, or Reached New Heights?

We already know what vehicles Americans love, and most of them are trucks. It’s expected that annual Ford F-Series sales will be astronomical, but will come in just shy of a million units. It’s as boring as it is patriotic and tellsShow More Summary

QOTD: What Keeps You in a Stick Shift?

Let’s face it — the manual transmission is on life support, and its relatives have flown in from Atlanta and Houston to crowd around the hospital bed. Stick shift aficionados can dream all they like about an 11th hour renaissance of the three-pedal setup, but transmissions aren’t vinyl LPs. Show More Summary

Pushrods, Be Gone: Corvette to Gain a DOHC V8 in 2018

It appears the Chevrolet Corvette is in line to receive a new dual-overhead cam V8. An internal GM document detailing 2018 model year VIN codes was posted to the GM Inside News forum, and down on page five is buried treasure: “Passenger...Show More Summary

Walter P. Chrysler Museum Closes, But Did it Have To?

Museums are among my favorite places in the world, but it was difficult to genuinely enjoy my last visit to the Walter P. Chrysler Museum on the Chrysler campus in Auburn Hills. That’s because it was indeed my last visit. About 15 minutes after I left the museum on December 18th, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles closed […] The post Walter P. Show More Summary

Junkyard Find: 2001 Pontiac Sunfire

The GM J Platform, best known for being the basis of the Chevrolet Cavalier, was built for a full quarter-century before being axed in 2005. The last J-Body Pontiac of them all was the Sunfire, a Cavalier sibling. Here’s an ’01 withShow More Summary

Merry Christmas, Everyone

As we roll into the holidays, TTAC is signing off for a four-day weekend and its writers are enjoying some much needed rest with family and friends. As much as we love to pour our hearts into this little corner of the web, we also need to share those hearts with other loves in our lives. So, because […] The post Merry Christmas, Everyone appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Consumer Reports Dumps Acura Near Fiat in Owner Satisfaction Survey

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey was released today, showcasing exactly how owners feel about the vehicular choices they’ve made this year. While numerous manufacturers managed to keep owners living in automotive tranquility, some lacked the required magic. Show More Summary

Sergio Marchionne Wants Alfa Romeo Back in F1, Provided It Never Outshines Ferrari

FCA and Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne said that he would love to see Alfa Romeo returning to the Formula 1 Championship with its own team, provided that they are never, ever as good as Scuderia Ferrari. Instead of being a genuine F1...Show More Summary

Volkswagen Teases Another Latter-day Hippie Mobile, Hopes You’ll Forget that Diesel Brouhaha

For a solid 15 years — longer than the combined duration of World War I, II, and Korea — Volkswagen has made a habit of teasing consumers with boxy concepts that draw inspiration from the company’s far-out Microbus of yesteryear. ItShow More Summary

Truro Nissan Is Why People Should Love Car Dealers

There are certain inescapable truths in this world: bacon is delicious, man buns should be outlawed, and car dealerships endure a reputation of being a refuge for the ethically bankrupt. I — like many others around here — am no stranger to witnessing the unscrupulous debauchery occurring on some showroom floors. Show More Summary

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Review – Alltrack Is On Track But Can’t Find The Next Track

If only I’d thought ahead. If only a day earlier I had instructed the Department of Transportation to position cameras across the length and breadth of Nova Scotia and installed a few in-car GoPros, I could have sold footage from our...Show More Summary

Leaky Turbos, Unsecured Fuel Tanks Complete Today’s Ford Recalls

Ford Motor Company has issued two safety-related recalls for around 9,400 North American vehicles, with both issues posing a fire risk. The automaker is ordering back over 8,000 2017 Super Duty trucks that lack proper fuel tank strap reinforcements, in addition to roughly 1,300 other vehicles equipped with 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines. Show More Summary

The Cadillac CT6’s Achilles Heel: Collision Repair

Owning a range-topping Cadillac is supposed to be a trouble-free affair, and — barring gremlins — it still can be, so long as your sharp-edged, oddly light CT6 remains unbent and unbroken. Cadillac’s liberal use of high-strength aluminum in the sedan’s body structure won accolades when the CT6 debuted for the 2016 model year. Show More Summary

QOTD: What Car Would You Buy For Your Kid?

I have a few years, certainly, but time seems to move exponentially quicker in relation to the appearance of grey hairs in my beard. So naturally, I’m thinking about my daughters, now 10 and 8, and what they will be driving. It’s a legitimate...Show More Summary

No Fixed Abode: Winning Through Intimidation and the ‘Doc Fee’

A couple of weeks ago, I told the tale of an extremely profitable Soul sale. Some of you criticized me for implying that the “doc fee” was negotiable. I don’t know what kind of mindset you would have to possess in this world to think that a doc fee is not negotiable. Show More Summary

Feds Decide to Cut Automakers Some Slack Over Fuel Economy Penalties

Government regulators have heard the auto industry’s plea for clemency pertaining to the United States’ corporate average fuel economy (CAFE). Responding to a petition from industry groups, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is putting the brakes on a planned increase in penalties for not complying with CAFE standards. Show More Summary

Uber to Meet With California Officials on Wednesday, Possibly Just to Argue

Uber’s and its lawyers are going to meet with California’s Department of Motor Vehicles and the state’s Attorney General on Wednesday afternoon. While none of the parties have comment on the meeting’s purpose, odds are that it will include...Show More Summary

Hyundai Fires Its American CEO for Not Keeping the Good Times Rolling: Report

There’s room at the top at Hyundai Motor America after the sudden firing of CEO David Zuchowski, insider sources claim. According to Automotive News, Zuchowski, who joined the company as sales chief in 2007 before taking the top job two years ago, didn’t achieve internal sales targets. Show More Summary

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