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Did Obama Administration Help Delphi Evade U.S. Taxes?

From Bloomberg’s Zachary Mider comes a new allegation regarding the restructuring of (formerly) American parts maker Delphi: the Treasury Department under Obama helped the company re-incorporate in England as part of a tax avoidance strategy. Show More Summary

No Fixed Abode: The rental reviews will continue until morale improves.

Well, here I am — just a contributor again, and no longer the EIC. It’s freeing. Reminds me of when I was just a fresh-faced twentysomething doing competitive pin-and-plate shooting back in the days of the Clinton Administration. Back...Show More Summary

Quote Of The Day: The Colorado Pricing Paradox

The pricing announcement for GM’s mid-size trucks raised a big question at TTAC – namely, how are they supposed to compete with GM’s full-size trucks when there are such hefty rebates already available? Reader dwford commented “My 2014...Show More Summary

Corolla Getting Set To Retake Small Car Sales Crown

During a nine-year stretch between 2003 and 2011, the Toyota Corolla was consistently America’s best-selling small car. For eight of those years, consecutively between 2003 and 2010, the Honda Civic was America’s second-best-selling small car. Show More Summary

General Motors Prepares To Enter Diesel Car, Light-Duty Pickup Games

General Motors has few diesel-powered wares at the moment, but with the U.S. diesel market expected to hit 10 percent of the overall market by 2020, GM wants as much as it can get. Automotive News reports GM vice president of globalShow More Summary

Capsule Review: 2014 Nissan NV200 SV Cargo Van

For decades buyers made the pickup truck the bestselling vehicle in North America. Despite its utilitarian roots, the pickup truck has morphed from a working man’s appliance into a replacement for big body-on-frame American luxury sedans. Show More Summary

Schuster: North American SAAR To Remain Strong Through 2020

Six years removed from the Great Recession, LMC Automotive senior vice president and economist Jeff Schuster believes North American auto sales will remain strong through 2020 despite the remaining effects of the recession. Automotive...Show More Summary

Piston Slap: The Auto-Erratic Transmission?

Mike writes: Sajeev, I bought a 2014 Impala LT with a 2.5 four cylinder, and a 6 speed auto. I’m a 60 year old guy, that’s driven more cars than I can count. I’m still in awe that the engineers have figured out a way to move a car with the weight and size of the Impala […] The post Piston Slap: The Auto-Erratic Transmission? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Roadside Temptation

Just a little ways ahead is your favorite spot on the whole trip. It’s a place you always look for as you drive by, craning your neck and slowing down to take in the view. You’ve never stopped there, though. Whether it’s a spouse, the kids, or just a nagging commitment, something always gets in […] The post Roadside Temptation appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Szakaly: CAFE Targets Will Curb US Auto Sales Beyond 2018

The federal fuel efficiency mandates now in place to guide automakers toward a fleet average of 54.5 mpg by 2025 may curb United States auto sales after 2018, according to a leading economist speaking during the 2014 Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich. Show More Summary

Tesla Diffusing Demand For Model X Prior To Showroom Debut

Interested in a Model X? Then you may be better off waiting until the EV SUV actually arrives next year before turning up in a Tesla showroom, or you may end up going home in a Model S instead. Autoblog Green reports CEO Elon Musk informed...Show More Summary

Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon Pricing Announced

GM announced pricing for their mid-size trucks, with the Chevrolet Colorado starting at $20,995 and the GMC Canyon starting at $21,880. Those sticker prices are ostensibly for a base, 2WD standard cab with a 6-speed manual transmission. Show More Summary

Question Of The Day: Is SFE The Key To MPG?

When we published the 2015 Ford F-150 order guide, we focused on the trim level changes (the FX4 and STX trims are gone, while the police-oriented SSV package is back) while forgetting three very important letters. SFE. On other Ford...Show More Summary

Used Car Prices Set For A Decline: ALG

The current shortage of used cars, along with record prices for second-hand vehicles, is likely to come to an end, according to ALG. According to ALG, June 2014 marked the lowest level of used vehicle supply, with both Cash for Clunkers...Show More Summary

CAFE Case Study: Lexus NX Gets Different Fascia To Qualify As “Light Truck”

Although we’ve covered CAFE and its effects on the new car market before, the launch of the Lexus NX provides us with an interesting example of just how far auto makers will go to have their offerings classified as “light trucks” under the U.S. Show More Summary

Capsule Review: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

This Duramax-powered 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD possesses an as-tested price that’s precisely triple the as-tested price of the 2014 Mazda 3 hatchback I drove around for a week back in late May. The Mazda had half as many cylinders as the Silverado HD, less than one-third the engine displacement, and no turbocharger. Show More Summary

Autoworkers, Agribusiness, and Algae: Toledo Back in Business, For Now

Toledo, Ohio has just squeaked by a major environmental crisis. A toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie poisoned the city’s water supply, leaving over 400,000 residents high and dry for three days. Restaurants, schools and businesses closed, the National Guard trucked in water, and the governor declared a state of emergency. Show More Summary

Recalled GM Cars See Bigger Price Drop Over Other Used Vehicles

Are your children about to start college? Maybe it’s their senior year in high school? Looking for a cheap vehicle and don’t mind if it’s been recalled to death by its automaker? Then a vehicle caught up in the General Motors recall parade might be the one, as prices have fallen hard as of late. Show More Summary

Junkyard Find: 1966 Volvo Amazon Coupe

The Volvo 122S aka Amazon is not a very common sighting in American self-serve junkyards these days. In this series so far, we’ve seen just this ’62 sedan, and I’ve also written about this flood-damaged ’69 coupe and this ’66 wagon elsewhere. Show More Summary

Local, Federal Officials Begin Work On Connected, Autonomous Vehicle Regulations

Connected and autonomous vehicles are slowly but surely coming into reality, enough time for local and federal authorities to come up with solutions to solve issues of privacy and safety. The Detroit News reports National Highway Traffic...Show More Summary

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