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A New VW Van? We’re Trying To Remember The Flop That Was The Volkswagen Routan

TTAC’s managing editor, Derek Kreindler, used an interesting phrase last Friday. “Well, this ought to erase memories of the Routan,” Derek wrote. Memories? Of the Routan? Who has memories of the Volkswagen Routan? Hardly anyone, that’s who. Show More Summary

You’re Not Just Seeing Things: Mitsubishi Breaks U.S. Mirage Sales Record In February 2015

Mitsubishi Motors USA broke its one-month-old, sixth-generation Mirage sales record in February 2015, soaring up to 1863 units, a 67% year-over-year improvement. The Mirage is a penalty box in the classic sense of the automotive term...Show More Summary

March Madness, Bad Car Ads And Grown Men Crying Over Games

I have a hard time being invested in televised sports. I could put it in my own words, but the best explanation comes from this essay, which likened it to being in an abusive relationship. Imagine a girl. Very pretty, a joy to be around, and a nice person that is kind to animals and people alike. Show More Summary

Junkyard Find: 1972 Plymouth Duster

Compared to the stodgy-and-sensible Valiant on which it was based, the Plymouth Duster was pretty sporty and sold well to coupe shoppers who wanted a cheap car that could handle indifferent maintenance and bad road conditions (the Zaporozhets not being available in the United States). Show More Summary

Heritage Cuts Both Ways

An old friend ran the Aragon Ballroom back in the days when it was Chicago’s version of Bill Graham’s Fillmores. He told me that contemporary rock bands that didn’t know any better would insist on being higher on the bill than Sha-Na-Na. Show More Summary

Video: Streetpong is the cure for pedestrian boredom

A group of Germans have come up with an ingenious way to prevent jaywalking and entertain pedestrians at the same time. It's called Streetpong, and the idea is already at work in the real world at one lone intersection. Streetpong adds a small touchscreen to the buttons usually used to trigger traffic lights to change. Show More Summary

Anatomy of Largest Sideshow Cop Chase Caught On Tape

As much as people dog on Oakland, it is certainly exciting, hilarious, and raw– all at the same time. A confluence of events led to the greatest car chase ever caught on tape. The grand jury’s decision in Ferguson caused rioting andShow More Summary

The Gurney Bubble and Gurney’s Bubbly

A while back we ran a post on the Gulf Oil liveried 1968 & 1969 LeMans winning Ford GT40 that was temporarily on loan for display at the Racing in America exhibit of The Henry Ford Museum’s Driving America section. The reason for that...Show More Summary

Los Angeles: Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang is a lean, mean, Z/28-fighting machine [w/video]

If there's one thing you can count on, it's that the renewed rivalry between the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro will never, ever cease. For every version of Ford's pony car, there's an equally potent Chevrolet. And so with the debut...Show More Summary

“The Lightning McQueen Graphics Should Be Worth Fifty Penalty Laps”

It’s a little-known fact that I was the first person to coach famous LeMons Judge Phil, also known as Murilee Martin to TTAC readers, around a racetrack. It’s a semi-known fact that I was his boss for about a year recently. That didn’t...Show More Summary

Report: Korea may bar new Corvette because it's TOO LOUD

South Korean buyers hoping to stomp on the throttle to hear the thundering V8 of the Chevrolet C7 Corvette have reason to be a little depressed, it seems. The South Korean government has no interest in hearing the 'Vettes angry growl. Show More Summary

Video: How does a massive Volvo truck compare to a Koenigsegg on a track?

Volvo Trucks thinks that its latest FH semi truck has a little sports car DNA mixed in with the ability to haul heavy loads thanks to its novel dual-clutch gearbox. And the company's marketing department certainly has an intriguing strategy to get the word out about the big rig's sporty traits. Show More Summary

Study: Most Drivers Addicted To Texting While Driving

Add one more reason for Greg to have missed that stop sign: He was likely addicted to texting while driving, per a study commissioned by AT&T. Edmunds reports the study, conducted by Dr. David Greenfield of the University of Connecticut...Show More Summary

Dispatches Do Brasil: Show Me The Money

The Sao Paulo Auto Salon has just wrapped up, and auto makers had the chance to show off their wares for Brazil, and the broader South American market. While the economy may have slowed in Brazil, OEMs have Audi and Volkswagen Audi is...Show More Summary

Video: Audi wiring cars with cameras to see how ferret-like creatures tear them apart

In this German-language video, we see a batch of Audi engineers wiring up an A3 Cabriolet with a network of small cameras. The goal? To help identify where and how stone martens - small, ferret-like animals - attack cars. The idea is...Show More Summary

Junkyard Find: 1976 Ford Courier

After the ’79 Chevy LUV Junkyard Find we saw yesterday, it seems appropriate to follow up with another Malaise Era Japanese small pickup with Detroit badging. I found this Ford-badged Mazda B1800 just a couple of rows away from the LUV. Show More Summary

Maserati Is Surging In The United States

How does one make it in America? Grow your product portfolio by 50%. Grow your North American dealership network by 29%. Make all-wheel-drive a part of your business’s best practices. Spend $11 million airing a commercial during the Super Bowl while only bothering to display your product at the tail end of the ad. Show More Summary

2016 Chevrolet Volt To Have More Power From Stem To Stern

The Chevrolet Volt came into this world through a combination of engineering, design, and a twee song/interpretive dance number. The second-generation PHEV, due out of Detroit late next year, plans to aim a bit higher than its quirky beginnings. Show More Summary

Ask Jack: Prius Inter Pares

It’s another underwater lease question! Never learned to swim! But I think this one will be even easier to answer. my wife has a 2013 toyota prius persona with the nice 17 inch wheels. she has a 3 year lease. we are 16 months in and she already has over 23,000 miles out of the […] The post Ask Jack: Prius Inter Pares appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Bark’s Bites: Please Stop Ruining Your G8

I have a fond spot in my heart for the Pontiac G8. I was once the proud owner of a White Hot G8 GT. I bought it new in March of 2009 and somewhat regrettably traded it in June of 2012, putting nearly eighty thousand loving miles on it along the way—you can see a […] The post Bark’s Bites: Please Stop Ruining Your G8 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

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