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Archived Since:March 2, 2008

Blog Post Archive

TTAC News Round-up: Müller May Be On The Hot Seat, Crossover Racing, and Mazda’s CX-4

Porsche-Piech family is standing behind their man — which totally isn’t the kiss of death, right? That, Toyota’s completely nuts and it’s awesome and Mazda’s CX-4 breaks cover … after the break! Porsche-Piech family says Müller is their...Show More Summary

TTAC News Round-up: Infamous GM Engineer Speaks, You Only Get One With Dinner, and Hydrogen’s Hedged Bet

The man in the middle of GM’s faulty ignition switch has finally spoken, and the word “mistake” came up at least twice. That, does anyone have the number for Google, GM and Honda may join forces, and take a cab … after the break! Former...Show More Summary

Report: Uber Hasn’t Made New York Traffic Worse, But It Could

Over the summer, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Uber drivers were making Manhattan traffic worse and commissioned a $2 million study to prove it. Except it didn’t. According to the Wall Street Journal, findings from the report...Show More Summary

U.S. Transportation Department Seeks $4B For Future Autonomous Cars

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Thursday said his department would seek nearly $4 billion over the next 10 years to standardize rules for self-driving cars and make it easier for carmakers to offer more autonomous vehicles. Show More Summary

Bark’s Bites: Finally, Lexus Actually Flexes

If you’ve never been to a press day at a major auto show but always dreamed of being there for all the big releases and parties and executive speeches, I’m afraid I must burst your bubble: The shows just aren’t all that awesome. This year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit was no exception. Show More Summary

Cheap Car Wars Canada: 2016 Chevrolet Spark Gets $9,995 CAD Price Tag, and Americans Should Be Seriously Pissed Off

Chevrolet might be trying to sell its newest Spark in the United States for $12,660 ($13,535 with freight), but the automaker is bringing its game to other low-priced subcompacts in Canada with a starting price of $9,995 CAD ($11,595 CAD with freight/PDI). Show More Summary

Doug Drives: What the Hell Are Old People Supposed to Buy?

When I was a kid, there was a plentiful selection of automobile choices for old people. There were Buicks. There were Cadillacs. There were Lincolns. There were Oldsmobiles. There were even a few Japanese cars that clearly catered to the elderly. Show More Summary

Report: Ford Building New Auto Plant in Mexico

Ford will announce plans early this year to build a new plant in Mexico, Reuters reported Thursday. The $1.5 billion plant will produce 350,000 cars annually and could eventually produce the new Focus after production of that car leaves Ford’s Wayne, Michigan plant in 2018. Show More Summary

Fiat Chrysler Rebuffs Claims of Falsifying Sales

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Thursday released a statement strongly denying claims made by a Illinois dealer that the automaker was strong-arming its dealers into reporting bogus sales and illegally paying complicit dealers to continue its long-running sales growth. Show More Summary

New or Used?: Should This Mustang Man Get a Minivan?

Hi folks, I have a ’15 Subaru WRX and a ’68 Ford Mustang. I pick my daughter up from daycare everyday. When the weather is nice, I drive the Mustang. My wife and I are thinking of having a second kid, which would render my Mustang unusable...Show More Summary

Crapwagon Outtake: 1983 AMC Eagle

At times, I’ll start a new week with a theme for my Digestible/Crapwagon pieces, such as last week’s “what could I legally import if I had money” saga. Other weeks, I’m lucky to stumble upon any interesting cars at all, so any imagined thread tying them together is absolute happenstance. Show More Summary

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon is Coming to North America

But not the U.S. — at least, not yet. Add the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon to the list of vehicles available in Canada and not the United States. Mercedes-Benz Canada announced Thursday it would begin selling the long-roof version of the C-Class this year. Show More Summary

GM’s Online Sales Program Isn’t Direct-sale, But It Is Pretty Clever

General Motors will sell highly coveted lease returns and company cars online starting next month through a program called the Factory Pre-owned Collection. The program, which we’ve covered briefly, will sell lease returns and company cars through an online portal that makes those cars available nationwide. Show More Summary

Take a Break and Read This Story About GM’s Ignition Switch Lawsuit. Now.

I realize for many of you the lunch hour is probably over by now, but there’s enough time before the end of the afternoon to read, digest and regurgitate repeatedly over Atlanta magazine’s epic telling of one family’s lawsuit against General Motors for their faulty ignition switches. Show More Summary

Ask the Editor: When Will the Civic Become the Accord? Drink Your CAFE and I’ll Explain

TTAC reader Brennan writes: Hey Mark, Long-time reader, first-time e-mailer. This might be a question for the TTAC’s Best & Brightest. This all started when I was looking over the specs for the 2016 Honda Civic after reading your first drive review and really liking what I saw (both the car and your writing). Show More Summary

TTAC News Round-up: Investors Pump the Brakes, Daimler’s Dig, and Chapo’s Crapwagon

Investors aren’t necessarily drinking automakers’ Kool-Aid that 2016 will be full of beer and Skittles. That, the China-made Cadillac CT6 that’ll eventually get here, El Chapo’s cheapo getaway car and General Motors’ questions get down...Show More Summary

Dealer Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Falsifying Sales

An Illinois dealer said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, through its regional sales offices, was intimidating and bribing dealers to report bogus sales at the end of the month to reach inflated sales targets. Show More Summary

I Told You the Viper Wasn’t All Dead. Marchionne Says New Snake “A Possibility”

The reports of the Dodge Viper’s demise may have been greatly exaggerated. If I can borrow a concept from William Goldman, it appears that the Viper is only mostly dead. Back in October, when the labor agreement between the United Auto...Show More Summary

Renault Raided in French Diesel Probe, Could Become Next Volkswagen

Agents from France’s Economy Ministry’s fraud office last week raided the headquarters of automaker Renault, as well as other sites in Guyancourt and Lardy, as part of a probe into heavily polluting diesel vehicles in the European country. Show More Summary

Hammer Time: The Real Cost of Being a Car Guy

Forgive me father, for not only have I sinned (at least for right now), but I’m going to make a sordid confession about my daily work life that will tick off 99 percent of the people here. I find that auto enthusiasts — that’s you — are completely irrational. Show More Summary

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