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Last Rides Premium Selects: “Naru”

I wonder how many of the Best and Brightest have been watching, waiting for this column to descend once again upon a subject automobile that has had a truly mystical device bestowed upon it by its creator. I’m talking about the equipment...Show More Summary

There’s a (100-Mile) Ford in Your Future, But That’s About It

Ford Motor Company is hitting the brakes in the electric vehicle range war. While competitors like Tesla and General Motors are busy preparing EVs with ranges of 200 miles or more, Ford is staying put at the 100-mile line, Automotive News has reported. Show More Summary

2016 Ten Best/Worst Automobiles Today Nominations Open! Vote Now!

Nearly 10 years ago, Robert Farago and Frank Williams stumbled upon a grand idea: to counter all those other websites, media outlets, and blogs competing to see who could fellate automakers the quickest and fastest, TTAC decided instead...Show More Summary

Should 54.5 MPG Stay or Go? CAFE Crams for Midterms

As regulatory bigwigs gear up for a midterm review of corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) requirements, will the 54.5 mpg target for light-duty vehicles get a haircut, or be deemed too  unambitious? Under a 2012 agreement between the...Show More Summary

Sensible Shoes: Buy the Yukon Denali That Doesn’t Look like a Yukon Denali

Strange as it seems to those of us who clearly remember 16-inch wheels as the sporting option on midsize sedans, 20-inch rims on a 2016 GMC Yukon Denali appear downright tiny. Indeed, the 20-inchers pictured above are the poverty-spec...Show More Summary

Junkyard Find: 1979 International Harvester Scout

Is it fair that I photograph just about every reasonably intact International Harvester Scout that I see in wrecking yards, while ignoring nearly all air-cooled Volkswagen Beetles that I find in the same yards? Probably not, though I’m making an effort to shoot the more interesting Beetles now. Show More Summary

Nevada Insuring Itself Against Faraday Future’s Murky Present

Nevada, home to Tesla’s “Gigafactory,” is taking a different tack with its other soon-to-maybe-be electric vehicle producer, Faraday Future. To make sure its $215 million package of tax incentives and abatements actually creates a factory...Show More Summary

Are Volkswagen Fanboys the Most Anti-Semitic Car Enthusiasts?

Last week, we pondered a semi-subtle Nazi-themed decal applied to the rear window of a Volkswagen CC (that obviously blocked the driver’s rearview of history). After we posted that piece, another reader supplied the image above, which...Show More Summary

The Volkswagen Beetle Will be Missed by People Who Weren’t Planning on Buying One

Will there be a Green Mile edition? The slow-selling Volkswagen Beetle is living on borrowed time, if a tweet by industry insider Autoline can be believed, but aside from nostalgia, why should the world mourn a vehicle that few buyers...Show More Summary

J.D. Power Bought by XIO Group; Deal Appears to Have High Initial Quality

J.D. Power and Associates is planning to put more of your possessions under the microscope, now that they’ve taken on new ownership in a deal worth $1.1 billion. Best known for its vehicle quality ratings, J.D. Power, a unit of McGraw Hill Financial Inc., was snapped up yesterday by London-based XIO Group, according to Reuters […] The post J.D. Show More Summary

EPA Ends Bid to Further Justify Itself

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is dropping proposed policy language that would have done, well, nothing. That’s right, and it would have made a great Seinfeld story line: faceless bumbling government agency seeks to reframe...Show More Summary

Volkswagen Hands North America the Car Keys, Extends its Curfew

More autonomy is coming to North American Volkswagen operations, thanks in part to dealer protests calling for exactly that. Today, Volkswagen established a new North American Region (NAR) encompassing Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, headed by no-longer-interim Volkswagen Group of America president and CEO Hinrich J. Show More Summary

From Russia With Fisticuffs: Bad Merging Leads to Rocky IV Reenactment

If you’re planning a road trip this weekend, take a few pointers from this Russian dashcam video on how not to merge. Everyone knows Russians are unable sustain injury on the roadways (or so it would seem), but this fact wasn’t known until videos started rolling in from the insurance fraud-prone country. Show More Summary

Tesla Model 3 Nears 400,000 Orders; Sergio Disses Musk

Orders of the life changing, marriage-saving Tesla Model 3 are poised to hit 400,000, but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne doesn’t think they’ve got the right stuff. Diarmuid O’Connell, Tesla’s vice-president of business...Show More Summary

Cars and Cocaine are a Helluva Mix at This Audi Dealership

A pissed-off motorist wants the world to know that a service technician working at a dealership that might take rolled-up bills as a downpayment took his car on an alleged powder-fueled joyride. And he has dashcam video of the whole thing. Show More Summary

Bad Decisions: From Auction Lot to Demolition Derby Ring

Note: I’ve mentioned my one-time demo derby experience in the comments on a few occasions, so here’s the full story. This piece originally ran on Autos.ca and was later republished on autoTRADER.ca. It’s republished here with permission. Show More Summary

Decal Douchebags: Führerocious Sticker Adds Ten Very White Horsepower

Volkswagen gets a lot of unflattering press these days, but a faction of the automaker’s fan base seems determined to malign its name even more. A disturbing subculture exists on the fringes of the Volkswagen fanboy community, and it manifests itself in decals and not-so-subtle window stickers that feature Nazi imagery. Show More Summary

2016 Ford Mustang V6 Convertible Rental Review

Ever since I left the city, you, you, you You and me we just don’t get along You make me feel like I did you wrong Going places where you don’t belong —Drake, “Hotline Bling” Biloxi, Mississippi is a place where dreams go to die. Sad...Show More Summary

Want Your Vehicle to Retain its Value? Make Sure it’s Big, or Bigger

If you’re looking to get the most money back when you drop your car onto the used market in five years, better get into something large and utilitarian. Large and midsize trucks and SUVs grab the top five-year resale values in Edmund’s...Show More Summary

Junkyard Find: 1998 BMW Z3

One of the interesting things about frequenting high-inventory-turnover wrecking yards is that you get a sense of when a vehicle’s value has reached a certain “not worth fixing when it breaks” threshold. There will be no examples ofShow More Summary

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