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Old Man Lutz Outlines the ‘End of the Automobile Era’

Although semi-retired from the automotive industry, Bob Lutz still has his fingers in a lot of pies and continues to provide insight into the vehicular world as he sees it through veteran eyes. I never miss an opportunity to read what...Show More Summary

See the USA in a Mahindra? Indian Automaker to Open Detroit-area Plant, Report Says

For the company’s sake, hopefully Mahindra & Mahindra’s second attempt to enter the U.S. market won’t go the same way as the first. The Indian automaker is reportedly planning a 400,000-square-foot assembly plant in the Detroit suburb of Auburn Hills, and has scheduled a press conference with government officials for November 20th. Show More Summary

France Says ‘Au Revoir’ to Some of Its Renault Stake

A couple of years ago, the French government increased its stake in Renault to 19.73 percent, boosting its influence and secure double voting rights for longer-term investors – itself included – in an alleged attempt to block a resolution that could’ve reduced its control over the company. Show More Summary

Ford, BMW, VW, Daimler Prepare European Charging Network

Established German automakers, partnered with Ford Motor Co., are beginning construction on their pan-European fast-charging network this year. The plan is to expand charging points along highways — thus making cross-continent easier for EV owners and, more importantly, future electric-car buyers. Show More Summary

World’s Biggest Rip-off of a Vehicle Gets a Facelift

You’ll never guess what Indian-owned, UK-based model this once looked like. Yes, the Landwind X7, arguably the closest automotive ripoff ever fielded by an automaker, no longer resembles its alleged muse. The Chinese SUV, built as a joint...Show More Summary

Ferrari Thinks F1 Can Shove Those New Engines, Threatens to Quit

Ferrari, the company that has participated in every single Formula One championship since its inaugural season in 1950, is threatening to give up the sport if U.S.-based Liberty Media follows through with its new engine rules. Depending...Show More Summary

Achtung, Baby: BMW Recalls a Million Cars Over Fire Risk

BMW announced Friday it is recalling nearly one million cars and SUVs in North America. The recalls are for two separate issues which may cause the same problem: an under-hood fire. It looks like the mystery surrounding a rash of widely reported blazes is solved, at least for some vehicles involved. Show More Summary

Rare Rides: A 1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati – the Lemon Mix-up

The heart of a K-Car, the styling of a LeBaron, the build quality of an Italian, and the price of a V8 Corvette. Just one car in the history of the world managed to combine all these virtues together into a gelatinous, custard-like vehicle. Show More Summary

Will Robot Cars Make Jaywalking Legal? Maybe, But There’s a Cost

A report released this week suggests that if self-driving cars become our new normal, it may mean you can jaywalk with impunity again. As if New Yorkers, Chicagoans, and residents of other major cities don’t do so already. The National...Show More Summary

Trackday Diaries: All Those (Not So) Stupid Rules, Explained

“Why can’t we have coolant in the car when we’re racing?” It was getting close to midnight and I was still trying to get the undertray off our MX-5 Cup car so I could drain the distilled water and get coolant into the radiator. There...Show More Summary

GM, Ford Cooperating As Federal Investigators Look Into Possible UAW Corruption

A federal investigation that started with corruption charges against a former Fiat Chrysler labor executive and the wife of a deceased United Auto Workers vice president has expanded to include training centers created by both General Motors and Ford. Show More Summary

Tesla’s Feverish Production Drive Sometimes Means Partial Assembly at Stores: Report

Never has the air of breathless futurism surrounding Tesla taken such a hit. Following a revealing earning report and numerous reports of continuing production bottlenecks, this week wasn’t a good one for either Tesla shareholders or Model 3 reservation holders. Show More Summary

Crapwagon Outtake, Viral Sensation Division: 1996 Honda Accord Coupe

It’s a running joke around here, but like the best humor, it comes from a kernel of truth: TTAC should always write about Hondas. Every article — Honda. Readers just can’t seem to get enough of the Big H. California filmmaker Max Lanman knows what’s up. Show More Summary

QOTD: Where You Wanna Put That Pork?

Regardless of whether you like or loathe the Trump Administration, you have to admit it has a different view of what’s “on the table” than its immediate predecessors did. EV credits. NAFTA. Global trade agreements. Tariffs. It is, to...Show More Summary

Piston Slap: Suspension Cop Out or Wishbone Thinking?

Emanuel writes: Hi Sajeev, I’ve noticed that most of the mainstream sedans like the Accord, Mazda 6, Fusion and Sonata have abandoned the upper and lower control arm suspension, or what is normally referred to as double wishbones, in favor of the simpler strut based front end. Show More Summary

Audi Tattles On Itself Over Possible Dieselgate Leftovers

Audi is recalling around 5,000 European A8s after discovering they were releasing excessive nitrogen oxide emissions. The vehicles in question appear to be holdovers from Volkswagen Group’s dieselgate, even though no one has said so officially. Show More Summary

Let’s Go All the Way: Chevrolet Bolt Increases Its Lead Over Faltering Volt

Never mind competing with EVs from other manufacturers. With each passing month, it becomes ever clearer that the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt competes directly with another General Motors stablemate: the Chevrolet Volt. In October 2017,...Show More Summary

Say Goodbye to EV Tax Credits Under New GOP Tax Plan

It’s the last thing Elon Musk wants to hear and it’s likely not something General Motors will be too pleased about. Contained within the tax plan introduced by House Republicans Thursday is the elimination of a huge driver for electric vehicle sales — the $7,500 EV tax credit. Show More Summary

America’s Love for Luxury SUVs Is Screwing With Off-lease Sedan Sales

North America’s love affair with SUVs and crossovers arose so suddenly and with such passion that manufacturers were left scrambling to meet demand. Luxury brands certainly aren’t exempt from this but, unlike mainstream marquis, the sudden shift in product demand has thrown those marques a bit of a curveball. Show More Summary

Picture Time: Infiniti’s Forgotten M30, With a 300ZX Engine

For two years right at the inception of the Infiniti brand, the automaker’s lineup featured an M30 coupe and convertible. Sharing a body with the JDM Nissan Leopard, under the hood lay the VG30 engine from the delightful Nissan 300ZX. Show More Summary

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