The Truth About Cars

Nice Weekend, Ain’t It? You’re Probably Not Renting From Hertz, Though, Hence the Bankruptcy Filing

The writing was on the wall for the last month, at least. Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after the coronavirus pandemic sent rentals — and revenue —

Housekeeping: Memorial Day, Socially Distanced Edition

Alright, listen up. It’s Memorial Day weekend here in these United States, and pandemic or no, Monday is a day off. Additionally, we’ll be closing it down a bit early today, somewhere around

Hertz Hits a Wall With Creditors

Hertz Global Holdings Inc. has been in discussions with creditors in the hopes of making a deal that addresses its missed debt payments and gives the company further leeway. Rental agencies are

Report: U.S. Ramp-up of GM Pickups Paused As Parts Prove Precious

While General Motors earned the right to resume production in Mexico on Thursday, parts procurement in the gradually reopening North American economy remains a serious roadblock. U.S. plants came

Rare Rides: The 1984 Ferrari 400 GTi – Luxurious Ruching for Four

Today’s Ferrari 400 took a more upscale approach than its contemporaries wearing the prancing horse badge. The engine was at the front instead of the middle, the seats numbered four instead of two,

2020 Hyundai Palisade SEL AWD Review – Silk Road

The Hyundai Palisade/Kia Telluride pairing share many common components. Where the two large crossovers most obviously diverge is stylistically. The Kia is boxy and bold, looking trail-ready, even

GM Gets the Go-ahead for a Mexican Restart, but Production Hinges on Suppliers

General Motors received good news on Thursday, earning approval from the Mexican government to fire up its extensive manufacturing presence in that country after weeks of coronavirus downtime. The

As Nissan’s Recovery Plan Evolves, the Number of Potential Job Cuts Grows

Early last year, Nissan, watching global sales wane and the pressure on its (un)balance sheet increase, hinted at the potential for 10,000 job cuts, per sources. That number then rose to an official

Michigan Auto Dealers Allowed to Resume Operations Under New Guidelines

Michigan auto dealers will be allowed to resume in-person sales on Tuesday, according to the latest in a long list of executive orders signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The state, which harbors the

Ford Briefly Closes Plants After Workers Test Positive for COVID-19

Ford Motor Co. temporarily shut down its Chicago Assembly Plant for a portion of Tuesday after two employees tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The facility had only been open for a single

Recovery Can Be a Rocky Road; Sales Stagnate in U.S.

It could be a blip, a fluke, but it could also become the norm as consumer buying habits struggle to return to something approaching normal. Via data from J.D. Power, we can see that U.S. auto sales

EU Considers $22 Billion Electric Vehicle Stimulus, U.S. Mulls Cash-for-clunkers Redux

The European Commission is reportedly preparing an economic stimulus package aimed at helping the EU bounce back from economic hardships caused by the coronavirus lockdown — saving some room for

Rare Rides: The Grandiose Cadillac Eldorado Seville, From 1960

A light dew suspends itself on finely manicured lawns as you glide past. Lucky Strike in hand, Miles Davis plays on the radio as you adjust the six-way power seat. At the office, the space in front of

Ace of Base: 2020 Nissan Frontier King Cab 4×2 S

This still-an-actual-midsizer from Nissan has been profiled more than once during the Ace of Base series, managing to pull off wins thanks to a fix-it-with-a-hammer powertrain and rock-bottom price

Tulsa Prostrates Itself Before Elon Musk Shrine

Move over, people of Joplin — Tulsa, Oklahoma wants to host Tesla’s proposed second U.S. assembly plant, and it’s prepared to embarrass itself to see it happen. On Wednesday, Tesla aficionados

Pontiac Fiero Collection Swept Away in Michigan Flood

Multiple dam failures brought on by prolonged and intense rain in central Michigan saw a record surge of water sent down the Tittabawassee River last night. Following the breach of the Edenville and

You (Don’t) Know My Name: Say Goodbye to Kia Optima, Hello to K5

A rumor that began spreading last year seems to be borne out. Those whispers, which grew in volume after company executives failed to downplay the suggestion, hinted that Kia’s midsize Optima could

QOTD: Many Happy Returns?

I can’t quite remember what it was that jogged my brain the other night, but whatever it was, it conjured up a wholesome yet frustrating memory. A memory of a person and a car from my childhood. The

Gas War: Senator Asks EPA Watchdog to Investigate New Fuel Efficiency Rules

Every time we think the United States’ fueling fracas had concluded, something new emerges to remind us that we’re utter morons. Despite the Trump administration finally wrapping up the fuel rollback

Volkswagen Apologizes for Ad, Forced to Talk About Its Dark Past Yet Again

Sometimes a commercial runs afoul of government overseers for reasons only an uptight, power-hungry bureaucrat could understand. Recall the UK giving Ford a hard time for suggesting its Mustang could