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Quick Look: 2015 Honda CR-V

It’s hard to believe that the CR-V has been on sale for nearly two decades when the 1985 Civic Wagonvan 4WD is still fresh in mind. But Honda has steadily grown the CR-V from a mere 66,000 units in 1997 to over 300,000 units last year. As it stands, the CR-V is the 7th best-selling vehicle […] The post Quick Look: 2015 Honda CR-V appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

My Last Free Mercedes-Benz

Yesterday I was working for the greatest automobile company in the world. Today I am working for the greatest automotive blog in the world. Yesterday I was working for the Germans. Today I am working for a 25-year-old Canadian kid who loves rap music. Show More Summary

The First Minivan Becomes The Next Crossover

On October 3rd, 1984, American Motors announced that the Renault Espace would be imported to North America as an AMC product. 30 years later, the Escpace’s minivan heritage will come to an end. The Espace is to Europeans what the Chrysler...Show More Summary

Metaxas: License Plate Recognition Can Improve Originations

Aside from GPS-equipped starter interrupt systems, lenders have another tool to repossess a vehicle, with the added benefit of using the data obtained to acquire better contracts: license plate recognition. According to Auto Remarketing,...Show More Summary

Junkyard Find: 1968 Saab 96

I see plenty of Saab 900s in self-service wrecking yards these days, but Saabs older than that have all but disappeared from the U-Wrench-It ecosystem. I did see a truly ancient Saab 92 at a yard over the summer, but that was in the heart of Saab’s homeland. So, it came as a big surprise […] The post Junkyard Find: 1968 Saab 96 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Piston Slap: To Battle The Moonroof Rattle?

TTAC Commentator Sobro writes: Hi Sajeev and your goateed evil twin Sanjeev! Beige. We all know it, we all love it, especially when it comes in Lexus Pearl White as my wife’s 2003 ES 300 does. This vehicle has had exactly one non-maintenance item replaced since bought new: the A/C compressor relay. Show More Summary

Cadillac Escalade Keeps Its Name, Other SUVs, CUVs Christened XT

Cadillac’s new alpha-numeric scheme has entered the crossover and SUV space, with the brand’s future offerings to be dubbed XT. However, like the Lincoln Navigator to the MKs, the Escalade will keep its name among the CTs and XTs. According...Show More Summary

Next-Gen Ford Super Duty To Receive Aluminum Bodies

The King of Truck Mountain’s royal guard will soon be outfitted in aluminum, thanks to Ford’s vision for the next-gen Super Duty. The Detroit News reports product development boss Raj Nair made the announcement during Ford’s investor day Monday. Show More Summary

Sen. Reid Calls Upon Congress To Raise EV Tax Incentives

For the past three years, President Barack Obama has called upon Congress to raise tax incentives for electric vehicles from $7,500 to $10,000, with those calls going unanswered. This year, the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate is taking the charge. Show More Summary

Question Of The Day: Grandma’s New Car

After nearly 15 years of faithful service from her 2000 Honda Civic, my grandmother is looking for a new car. There’s nothing wrong with her car, other than the fact that the Civic’s relatively low seating position makes the car difficult...Show More Summary

CFPB Brings The Hammer Down On Captives, Dealer Reserve

The hammer has fallen on captive automotive lenders, such as GM Financial, Ford Motor Credit and Toyota Financial Services: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau began officially asserting its authority over them as the feds and the lenders battle over allegations of discrimination in the latter’s loan products. Show More Summary

Jaguar’s New 4-Cylinder Engines Revealed

  Before we get into the details of Jaguar’s new lineup of modular 4-cylinder engines, let us rejoice. There will be a manual transmission available. In addition to an 8-speed automatic, the new 2.0L gasoline and diesel I4 engines will be available with a 6-speed manual gearbox, marking the first stick-shift Jag since the X-Type. Show More Summary

2015 Honda CR-V: Will it Hang On To Compact SUV Sales Crown?

The Honda CR-V has been the compact SUV sales champion for 7 of the past 10 years. But with competition in the segment heating up, Honda is hoping that their mid-cycle refresh will keep the CR-V attractive to buyers in the fastest-growing segment in the new car market. Show More Summary

Junkyard Find: 1986 Peugeot 505 S

There was a time when Peugeots— mostly 504s but the occasional 404 as well— were quite common in American self-service junkyards. Back in the early 1990s, when I owned a free 504, you could count on finding junkyard parts at every good-sized...Show More Summary

BMW, Baidu Team Up For Automated Driving Trials In China

BMW has teamed up with the Google of China, Baidu, to begin work on automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai. According to Reuters, BMW says its group of research vehicles have already covered “thousands of kilometers” up and...Show More Summary

Capsule Review: 2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited

In the very recent past, six-cylinder midsize sedans were often the cars consumers acquired because the basic four-cylinder powerplants were insufficient devices. As fuel efficiency became more of a concern, as economic concerns prompted...Show More Summary

Toyota Recalls 690K Tacomas Over Rear Suspension Issues

Own a 2005 through 2011 Toyota Tacoma? It may be under recall due to rear suspension issues. Toyota informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of its plans to recall 690,000 2005-2011 Tacoma 4×4 and Pre-Runner trucks to fix the leaf springs in the rear suspension. Show More Summary

Maeda: New Mazda RX Must Have Rotary Power

Can you imagine one day visiting a Mazda showroom to buy a new RX-7 and finding anything but a rotary engine under the hood? Neither can global design chief — and RX-8 designer — Ikuo Maeda. Automotive News reports the designer, whose...Show More Summary

Valet Mode Data Recorder In 2015 Corvettes Could Bring Legal Trouble For Some

Not too long ago, General Motors brought comfort to many a new 2015 Corvette Stingray owner with a feature that would do for them what teddy-bear cams did for concerned parents, recording audio, video and vehicle data when the key was given to the valet. Show More Summary

2014 Paris Auto Show Preview

Does anyone remember the days when international auto shows had a three month lead time for appearing in printed buff books? I’m not sure what’s worse: waiting for a few grainy shots and 50 word blurbs, or having everything revealed beforehand in a high-stakes game of PR one-upmanship and slow reveals. Show More Summary

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