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QOTD: Should Backup Cameras Really Be Mandated?

A few months ago, the federal government of the United States – the same federal government who recently forced us all to use energy efficient lightbulbs – announced that backup cameras will soon be mandatory on all new cars. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that’s right: the era of the backup camera has arrived. Show More Summary

While You Were Sleeping: Jeep GC Pickup Render, Brilliance V3 Debut and Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Or a Lack Thereof)

As trucks ride a heat wave of interest from consumers, I look at this Grand Cherokee render and think, “That’ll do.” Jeep Trailhawk (Theophilus Chin) Self-titled Automotive Manipulator Theophilus Chin has put together a compelling image of a Jeep Grand Cherokee pickup. Show More Summary

GAO: Current Natural Gas Standards Cost Taxpayers Millions

A new report by the Government Accountability Office says the Bureau of Land Management has yet to revise standards over natural gas, costing taxpayers. The report notes the GAO had been urging the BLM — which oversees oil and gas development...Show More Summary

Autoleaks: BMW M2 Specs, Colors Revealed In Forum

Via a forum member’s inside sources, specs and colors for the upcoming BMW M2 have made their way onto the Internet. 2 Addicts member Dackelone posted info on what colors would be available at launch in November, as well as what to expect out of the N55 3.0-liter turbocharged I6 under the bonnet, AutoGuide reports. Show More Summary

Tesla Model 3 Set For Global Debut By Next March

The elusive unicorn known as the Tesla Model 3 is set to hit showrooms in H2 2017, but will make its world debut much sooner. During the automaker’s Q1 2015 earnings call, CEO Elon Musk announced that his company would bring the Model 3 to the global stage next March, AutoGuide reports. Show More Summary

PSA Peugeot-Citroën, Ford Renewing Small Diesel Engine Tie-Up

A tie-up between PSA Peugeot-Citroën and Ford involving small diesel engines will be extended in time for the former’s new diesel family debut. The extension comes ahead of PSA’s new DV-R diesels’ showroom debut, set for 2017 through 2018, Automotive News Europe reports. Show More Summary

The End of Italy

As FCA holds their first annual general shareholders meeting in Amsterdam (after 114 such meetings in Turin), Pirelli has been sold to the Chinese. Pininfarina negotiates its sale to Mahindra. The Italian automotive industry as a whole is in a sad state. Show More Summary

Mockup Of 2016 Honda Civic Spec Sheets Fools Autoblog

Earlier this morning, Autoblog published a leak regarding the pricing of the 2016 Honda Civic. In its rush to be first, however, it forgot to confirm. The specs sheets were originally pulled from a CivicX forum around speculation of the upcoming compact’s pricing and other features. Show More Summary

2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport Review

With CUV sales surpassing those of their sedan counterparts, it should be no surprise every manufacturer is trying to get in on the high ride height action. Land Rover, virtually absent from the hot CUV segment, has finally released the all-new Discovery Sport to replace the dated LR2. Show More Summary

Sayonara S2K, Gutan Tag GTI

Yesterday, I traded the most hysterically fun car I have ever owned, a 2008 Honda S2000, for a new 2015 Volkswagen GTI 6-speed manual. Allow me to explain. I bought my S2000 two years ago while living in San Diego. It was the perfect car at the perfect place and time. I don’t think I ever […] The post Sayonara S2K, Gutan Tag GTI appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Arrival Of Buick Encore Twin Doesn’t Reduce Encore Demand – Encore Growth Continues Alongside Trax

U.S. sales of the Buick Encore have increased, on a year-over-year basis, in each of the last 16 months. That streak includes these last five months, a period in which a more affordable twin of the Encore, the Chevrolet Trax, has also been generating meaningful U.S. Show More Summary

Junkyard Find: 1987 Plymouth Caravelle

The alphabet soup of platforms that Chrysler based on the K-car during the 1980s and 1990s gets a little overwhelming to sort out. The “extended” K-car chassis was known as the E Platform and included the Dodge 600 (we’ve seen one in...Show More Summary

Florida Woman Allegedly Texted “Driving Drunk Woo” Minutes Before Fatal Crash

Nowadays it seems as you’re almost as likely to see or hear a public service announcement about the dangers of texting behind the wheel as you are about drunk driving, but there are still plenty of “drive sober or get pulled over” billboards and PSAs. Show More Summary

While You Were Sleeping: Virginia vs ACLU, Indy 500 Throwback and Helicopter Parents Are Taking Over Cars

Virginia is for lovers of license plate readers. Virginia Man Sues Police Over License Plate Database (Wired) “Harrison Neal, a Fairfax resident, filed the suit after learning that his license plate had been scanned by an automatic license...Show More Summary

Fitch: Marginal Losses Projected For Subprime Auto Loans In 2015

Despite the risks subprime auto loans carry, the market is likely to experience only marginal losses through 2015 according to a recent analyst forecast. Analysts at Fitch Ratings found in Q1 2015 subprime delinquencies of 60 days and above ticked up 3.56 percent, compared to 2.8 percent in 2014, Automotive News reports. Show More Summary

Buick Regal Tops Among Those Traded-In After One Year Of Ownership

In a hurry to trade your new Buick Regal for something else? You’re not alone, as the sedan joins a handful of models traded-in after a year of ownership. Per a report by, 2.7 percent of vehicles bought new end up on the...Show More Summary

BMW Delays Decision On Factory Amid Russia’s Economic Crisis

The ongoing economic crisis suffered by Russia has given pause to a decision by BMW to build an assembly plant in the ailing nation. CEO Norbert Reithofer said Russia is “a challenge” for his company to overcome, Automotive News Europe...Show More Summary

NHTSA: No Decision Yet On Extending General Motors’ Oversight Decree

A year ago, General Motors was placed under government oversight in the wake of its recall crisis. Whether the NHTSA continues babysitting the automaker is yet to be determined. The oversight consent decree signed between GM and theShow More Summary

Freightliner Inspiration First Commercial Truck To Receive Nevada Autonomous Vehicle Plate

Unveiled atop Hoover Dam in Nevada last night, the Freightliner Inspiration is the first commercial truck to receive the state’s autonomous vehicle license plate. The semi-autonomous Inspiration, a result of Daimler AG’s Highway Pilot...Show More Summary

April 2015 Full-Size Truck Sales Rise 3%, Silverado And Sierra Outsell Ford F-Series

Full-size pickup truck sales improved by a modest 3.1% as the U.S. auto industry climbed 4.6% in April 2015. As a whole, the pickup truck category increased its sales at a faster clip than the overall industry, rising 7.8% thanks toShow More Summary

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