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Blog Post Archive

Does Honda Already Know The New CR-V Won’t Be America’s Best-Selling Crossover In 2017?

Only once in the last nine years, and not once since the Ford Escape scored a victory in 2011, has the Honda CR-V failed to top America’s SUV/crossover sales leaderboard. At its current pace, 2016 will be the Honda CR-V’s fifth consecutive year as America’s best-selling utility vehicle. Show More Summary

Alfa May Let Other FCA Brands Borrow its RWD Platform

As the season for giving approaches, Alfa Romeo is saying it might gift its rear-drive Giorgio platform to other Fiat Chrysler vehicles. Last week, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Alfa’s Reid Bigland not-so humble bragged to journalists that the platform is so good it would actually be difficult not to share it across brands. Show More Summary

Off-road Motorsport Legend Drew Bowler Dies

Drew Bowler, the founding father of monstrous rally-ready Land Rovers, passed away unexpectedly on November 14th. For over 30 years, Bowler Motorsports has produced a succession of iconic vehicles for winning trials, hill rallies, comp safaris, and raids. Show More Summary

The Struggle is Real: Fiat is Aggressively Reducing Prices for 2017

Fiat’s pain is your gain, assuming you are in the market for something small and quirky. As expected, the company’s revamped pricing structure will drop the sticker on many of next year’s models. That includes a $5,205 reduction on the company’s squirrely little scorpion, the 500 Abarth, if outfitted correctly. Show More Summary

2004 Toyota Camry LE V6: 340,000-Mile Used Car Review

Having endured 12 hard Canadian winters on an island covered in red dirt, this 2004 Toyota Camry is about to enter its thirteenth; its tenth since my father-in-law took ownership. That red dirt is truly key to the story, because its color comes from Prince Edward Island’s high iron oxide content. Show More Summary

Rusty Frames Leave Toyota on the Hook for Billions

Rust, as Neil Young once said, never sleeps, and neither will Toyota — at least, not until it has fulfilled its 12-year promise to inspect and replace (if necessary) hundreds of thousands of corroded truck frames. Toyota has agreed to...Show More Summary

Highway Star Rising, Act 2: Roadblock in the Bluegrass

Over a year has passed since my quest to regain my license began. A lot has happened since then. For starters, I left Seattle for Louisville, with a brief stop in Columbus, Ohio. From there, I moved into a resident art gallery called OPEN Gallery as its writer-in-residence. Show More Summary

Porsche Won’t Go Smaller or Cheaper Than it Already Has

Porsche says it doesn’t anticipate the introduction of any vehicles smaller or cheaper than the Macan and 718 in the current production lineup. That’s bad news for anyone who was holding out for Porsche to build a modern day 914/4 and...Show More Summary

Could Beer Power Your Electric Car?

It sounds like a car guy’s fantasy, using beer to power a car. And it still is fantasy, unfortunately. However, a couple of researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have filed for a patent on a method to use the byproduct of...Show More Summary

Junkyard Find: 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix Daytona 500 Edition

General Motors created quite a few NASCAR-themed special-edition W-bodies during the first decade of our current century, complete with plenty of plastic cladding and racy-looking decals. Ordinary W-bodies clog up every junkyard in the country, and so it takes something special for me to deploy my camera on a W. Show More Summary

You Spoke, We Listened: After Over 300 Comments, This is What We’ll Do For You

Last week, on TTAC’s 15th birthday, I asked you — all of you — for your input on what TTAC should be going forward. I wanted to know what we were missing. Thankfully, TTAC’s leaders have a history of holding open conversations with its readership. Show More Summary

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE First Drive Review – 1LEHEHEHEEE

It’s fall in the Mojave Desert. Morning greets us with a cool and blinding brightness at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada. Several of us mill about like the speed freaks we are, anxiously awaiting our next fix, sipping coffee, smoking cigarettes, pacing in anticipation. Show More Summary

General Motors Will Allot More Product to Oshawa Besides Pickups: Sources

After a long-fought public relations campaign by General Motors Canada and Unifor, and a collective agreement that sees Unifor-GM temporary workers converted to full-time employment, Oshawa Assembly is on the up as pickup truck final assembly will run alongside Cadillac XTS production in the future. Show More Summary

Freaky Friday: Insanely Fast Mustang Impresses Even Cops; Airborne Deer Menace the Eastern U.S.

Being topographically challenged (for the most part), Oklahoma’s highways serve as a great staging ground to find out exactly what your tricked-out Mustang can do. A young man and his police escorts recently discovered this, and even the cops walked away impressed. Show More Summary

Study: U.S. Dealerships Face Leaner Times, But Not Destruction… Probably

With Amazon teaming up with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to sell cars online in Europe and companies like Lynk & Co wanting to destroy the dealer model, it’s had to know exactly what the future of car buying will look like. Retailers are...Show More Summary

Aggressive Human Drivers Will Be Able to Bully Autonomous Cars

Mercedes-Benz CEO Dietmar Exler thinks that the biggest problem autonomous vehicles will have to face is human drivers being dicks to them. We anticipate other unforeseen problems, but Exler’s prediction of automotive bullying seems like a safe bet. Show More Summary

Not So ‘Standard’ Anymore: The Manual Transmission is Almost Dead

We knew it was happening, but the actual extent of three pedal abandonment remained somewhat elusive. It was more of a feeling than a grim statistical representation. Now we have a number, and it’s dismal. The Los Angeles Times reports that an Edmunds study has shown that that less than 3 percent of all cars sold in the U.S. Show More Summary

No Fixed Abode: The Low Spark Of High Performance Compacts

Imagine a world without war. More specifically, imagine a world without the horsepower war that has dominated the automotive landscape over the past fifteen years. It’s easy if you try. The Corvette would still have 350 horsepower; mid-engined Ferraris would have about 400. Show More Summary

Hyundai to Millennials: ‘Can We Interest You in a Subscription?

Millennials, the constantly-stereotyped cohort of young adults who won’t watch a black and white movie but still like cars, are every automaker’s go-to crowd for future sales. Hyundai has announced a plan to tap these would-be car buyers...Show More Summary

What’s The Most Popular Kia In America? Hint: Not The K900

America’s midsize sedan market is fading fast. Sales are down 12 percent this year, and the cars that operate farthest from the top of the leaderboard are the cars that are fading fastest: the Mazda 6, Volkswagen Passat, dying Chrysler 200, and the Kia Optima. Show More Summary

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