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Blog Post Archive

QOTD: What’s the Lamest Special Edition Vehicle?

My previous Question of the Day focused on your favorite special-edition vehicles, where I so kindly jarred your memory of the excellent Mercury Villager Nautica and GMC Jimmy Diamond Edition. Both of those vehicles showcased enoughShow More Summary

Faraday Future Puts Out Sizzle Reel, Possibly to Entice Potential Investors

We’re not going to recap all of Faraday Future’s staffing issues, financial hurdles, or uncouth business practices. If you’ve visited this website within the last year, you already know the company has some serious problems to overcome. Show More Summary

Nissan Rogue Sport Is a Truly Cheap Qashqai In Canada, But Has Six-Speed Thirst

#SaveTheManuals? Nissan USA will not. In changing the name of the pre-facelift Qashqai upon its import from Kyushu, Japan, Nissan has determined a manual transmission does not meet the requirements of the U.S. market. With a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a continuously variable transmission, the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport has a starting price of $22,360. Show More Summary

Ace of Base – 2017 Toyota Yaris 3-Door L

Last week, my Ace of Base selection was met with loud derision from certain corners of the web. My intent was to prove how it’s possible for one to get into a comfortable, well-equipped, diesel-powered Canyon pickup without springing for an SLT or Denali trim. Show More Summary

Elderly Man Wins Court Case After Receiving Three Tickets for Smoking in His Porsche

While places like New York and California might come to mind first, no one bans things quite like the jurisdictions north of the border. Banning, a popular pastime given the cold outside temperatures, are always done in the hazy pursuit of public safety. Show More Summary

Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Head North After Eight-Year Absence

General Motors hasn’t made an official announcement about the new product destined for Ontario’s Oshawa Assembly plant, only saying that pickups would be sent there for final assembly. However, much like with Ford’s returning Bronco and Ranger, it often comes down to union brass to spill the beans about product allocation. Show More Summary

Former UAW President Supports Trump’s NAFTA Overhaul, Less Enthusiastic About the Man

The former president of the United Automobile Workers, Bob King, says he supports President Trump’s plan to reconfigure the North American Free Trade Agreement — so long as it maintains labor’s best interests. Ironically, King’s support...Show More Summary

Here’s What the Average Buyer is Willing to Pay to Avoid Doing All the Driving

While many would argue that piloting your own vehicle is a key part of freedom and enjoyment of life, there are times when we really wish our vehicle could take us home from the bar. Cabs are expensive, Uber is potentially unavailable, and transit, well… it would have to be very good transit. Show More Summary

Subaru Profits Slip Despite Steady Sales; Self-Betterment and Currency to Blame

After several years of record growth, a combination of increasing costs and exchange losses forced Subaru’s operating profit to fall by 27 percent in its recently ended fiscal year. No longer Fuji Heavy Industries, and now focusing primarily...Show More Summary

Ask Jack: You Shall Not Passat?

Long-time readers of this site know that your humble author was once a salesman at an Infiniti dealership. At the time, I’d have much rather been a salesman at a Lexus dealership. Perhaps it’s better that I didn’t get my wish, because...Show More Summary

You Know The Future For Mini MPVs Is Bleak When Even The Europeans Don’t Want Small Vans

America’s mini-MPV market is dead. It was hardly ever alive. Canada’s mini-MPV market is dying. The Chevrolet Orlando couldn’t make a go of it. Kia Rondo and Mazda 5 sales are 80-percent lower than they were a decade ago. And if ever...Show More Summary

Paul Elio Wishes Folks Would Look On the Bright Side

As TTAC reported recently, Elio Motors disclosed in its most recent annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission it needs an additional $64 million to begin series production of its first vehicle at a former General Motors assembly plant in Shreveport, Louisiana. Show More Summary

Regular Passenger Cars Are Tanking As Performance Variants Hold Their Own

There’s a reason we run Midsized Sedan Deathwatch. North American consumers want space for six dogs, and nothing’s going to stop them from forking over big bucks for cargo volume and a third row. Traditional passenger cars be damned....Show More Summary

QOTD: With the 6 Series Coupe Dead, What Model Will BMW Kill Next?

A little piece of resurrected BMW history has again faded to black, leaving the automotive landscape missing yet another traditional two-door coupe. BMW confirmed to Road & Track the 6 Series coupe ended production in February, apparently unbeknownst to everyone, ending a model that harkened back to the glorious 633CSi and 635CSi of the 1980s. Show More Summary

Driver in Fatal Auction Crash Had Licence Suspended Since 2012, Issues Apology

The elderly man who drove the SUV involved in a crash that resulted in three deaths at a Massachusetts auto auction last Wednesday hasn’t held valid driving credentials in several years. Apparently, the 76-year-old man — whose name remains...Show More Summary

Cadillac Boss Says Manhattan Move is Working, Despite Sinking U.S. Sales

Cadillac’s controversial 2015 move from its Detroit birthplace to the glittering spires of Manhattan is already showing signs of working, says the brand’s stern and methodical president. By packing their bags and heading to Soho, Cadillac’s...Show More Summary

Brand New Hummer H1s Still Available to U.S. Army and Chinese Civilians

Bob Lutz And Henrik Fisker’s feisty Michigan-based VLF Automotive is bringing the H1 back to the masses — provided they don’t reside in North America. Lutz has struck a deal with Humvee Export, a small collective of off-road enthusiasts...Show More Summary

Next-Generation Jetta to Launch in December: Volkswagen CEO

Lost amid the automaker’s newfound focus on bringing as many utility vehicles to global customers as possible, Volkswagen’s stalwart Jetta soldiers on without a diesel option, wearing more or less the same duds it donned for 2011. A mild — some would say unnoticeable — refresh came in 2016, but the Jetta’s U.S. Show More Summary

Uber Builds New AI Team North of the Border as It Battles Lawsuit in the U.S.

Uber must be feeling somewhat confident in its legal battle with Waymo over stolen autonomous tech, because it’s assembling a new artificial intelligence team in Canada. The group will serve as part of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group,...Show More Summary

The Kia Niro Is A Hit, Thanks Be Unto TTAC (And The Crossover-Hungry Universe)

It’s a hybrid. It’s attractive. It’s affordable. It’s the Kia Niro. Launched at the beginning of 2017, the Kia Niro is already proving to be a surprisingly successful hit for Kia Motors America. As competitors quickly fade into the background,...Show More Summary

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