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GM Invests $449M Into Next-Gen Volt Production

General Motors announced Tuesday that it would invest $449 million into the two plants responsible for assembling the Chevrolet Volt in preparation for the next generation of the plug-in hybrid’s arrival in 2016. The Detroit News reports $384 million will immediately go into the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant for body shop tooling, equipment and other plant […]

BMW May Build Second NA Plant To Fend Off German Rivals

In its battle against Mercedes-Benz and Audi for record sales, BMW is mulling over the possibility of a second plant in North America. Bloomberg reports the automaker would place its second factory in Mexico, with two sites under consideration. The decision to expand will take a few months according to BMW production chief Harald Krueger, […]

GM Dealers Deal With Part Backlog, CEO Asked To Back Rental Car Bill

Automotive News reports the repairs of some 2.6 million vehicles affected by the 2014 General Motors ignition switch recall will be delayed by one week as the needed part slowly enters into the automaker’s dealership network. Though most dealers thought they would be receiving the part Monday, GM spokesman Kevin Kelly insisted the part was […]

Junkyard Find: 1979 Ford Thunderbird

Sajeev no doubt wept bitter tears when he saw the near-showroom-condition ’76 Continental Junkyard Find last week, and I’m going to keep those Malaise Era Ford tears flowing with another 1970s luxury FoMoCo product from the same California self-serve yard. This one isn’t quite as nice as the Lincoln, but just check out the metallic-green-and-white […]

2014 Ram Power Wagon Looks To Make The Raptor Extinct

  Dodge is set to revive the Power Wagon as a high end heavy-duty truck option for Ram buyers. Based on a Ram 2500, the Power Wagon packs a 6.4L V8 making 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft. Power is put to the ground via a 6-speed automatic. Additional features include  a reworked suspension with an […]

Piston Slap: Crystal Ballin’ With Yo Tranny! (Part II)

Aaron writes: Hey Sajeev, Huge fan of TTAC and the piston slap articles. My problem is that I noticed my car(2007 honda civic)would shudder, under light throttle and low rpms especially when going up a slight slope. This usually happens at 30km/hr or 40km/hr. I took it to the honda dealer(4 months ago) and he […]

Drive Slow, Homie

  A good friend of mine has a bit of wisdom that I try to take follow whenever possible: “Say yes to everything.” It’s easy to misconstrue this as encouragement to engage in promiscuous behavior, ingestion of narcotics and other activities that are indicative of poor future-time orientation. Instead, it’s an exhortation to open oneself […]

Travel Back To 1967 As A Porsche Engineer Tackles The Ring In A Mercedes Sedan

A series of incredible photos have been unearthed, showing what is believed to be a Porsche engineer wringing out a Mercedes sedan on the Nurburgring. Imgur user Rexhardwick writes that the photos are “A set of kodachromes shot by a Porsche engineer as he took a mercedes sedan around the Nurburgring in 1967. Descriptions are […]

Tesla Follows The Money, Launches Financing Arm

After setting up a retail lease program, Tesla is now moving closer towards a full-fledged captive financing arm, by launching a financing unit for corporate leases. According to a statement released by Tesla, The Tesla business lease is available through Tesla Finance, a subsidiary we’ve set up especially to offer this new product to business […]

Cain’s Segments: Large Cars

America’s large car category shed more than 18,000 sales in the first quarter of 2014 as new entities weren’t able to add enough sales to overcome the declines of established players. The Nissan Maxima was the only volume-brand big car to record more sales in the first one-quarter of 2014 than during the first three […]

Analysis: Australia’s Free Trade Deals Are The Final Nail In The Coffin Of Its Auto Industry

In the span of 24 hours, Australia inked two free trade agreements with both Japan and South Korea. Even though Holden, Ford and Toyota had already committed to ending auto manufacturing in Australia, it’s hard not to see the agreements as the last nail in the coffin of Australia’s once strong auto industry. Although North […]

New Or Used? : More Troubles With Old GM

A reader writes:  I have a 2007 Pontiac G6 coupe which, up until last fall, had been a pretty decent car. Then, in October, I had to replace a clutch and a flywheel ($1,700).  While the clutch was being fixed the driver’s side window stopped working and is now propped shut with wooden blocks.  Within […]

Smart Cars Damaged In Stupid Prank

San Francisco’s NBC affiliate is reporting on a new wave of vandalism sweeping the City by the Bay, car tipping. At least four Smart cars were flipped over Sunday night, by what one hooded-sweatshirt wearing witness described as a group of six to eight people wearing hooded sweatshirts. The case has drawn national attention, sparking […]

Lemon Law King Sues Tesla In Wisconsin Circuit Court

Wisconsin lawyer and self-proclaimed “Lemon Law King” Vince Megna has filed a lawsuit in Milwaukee County Circuit Court against Tesla under the state’s lemon law. Green Bay Press Gazette reports the lawsuit, filed on behalf of Robert Montgomery of Franklin, Wisc., takes the automaker to task for failing to refund Montgomery’s $99,515 after his 2013 […]

Congress Looks To Revamp Automotive Safety Legislation

In the wake of the 2014 General Motors recall crisis, Congress has sought to make improvements to current United States automotive safety legislation, though a number of hurdles await any pending bills needed to usher change to the automotive industry. Automotive News reports the pressure for Congress to act quickly is building against the 24-hour […]

Junkyard Find: 1988 Chevrolet Sprint Electric Sport

Now that it’s possible to buy electric cars that actually do what cars are supposed to do, we mustn’t forget the very lengthy era— say 1970 to just a few years ago— during which all manner of optimistic-yet-doomed companies converted various econoboxes into lead-acid-battery-based EVs. Every once in a while, I’ll spot the remains of […]

Henry Ford: An Interpretation. Did He Make the World A Better Place, Or Not?

Just like yesterday night, April 7th, it was raining in Detroit on the night of April 7,1947. There was extensive flooding on the Rouge River and 83 year old Henry Ford had spent part of the day at he beloved Greenfield Village, making sure that it was not damaged. The next day he was planning […]

Marchionne: No Money In Small Diesel Cars

Bucking a trend that has been gathering steam beyond its traditional European stronghold, FCA head Sergio Marchionne said that FCA’s upcoming product plan, due to be revealed in May, would be light on diesel engines for B and C-segment cars. Automotive News reports that Marchionne sees no money in placing a clean diesel powertrain into […]

Michigan Trumpets Award for “Beautiful” License Plate Design That It’s Already Revising Because It’s Illegible

You know those “wait! what?” moments? So I’m perusing a local news site and I see what is surely a press release from Michigan’s Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson, about how the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association (ALPCA, Inc.) has overwhelmingly voted to select Michigan’s new mostly blue and orange license plate depicting the state’s Mackinac […]

NHTSA Asked To Investigate Impala Airbags, GM May Compensate Recall Victims

Bloomberg reports the Center for Auto Safety, citing a government petition from former General Motors researcher Donald Friedman, is asking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to open a defect investigation into 2003 –...Show More Summary

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