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U.S. Auto Sales in 2017 – Year’s End Delivers Letdowns As Market Shrinks

Automakers released 2017 year-end numbers today and, despite lower or near flat year-over-year volume for most, the performance beat the expectations of most analysts. Still, American new vehicle

Everyone Leases Electric Vehicles Because the Next Crop Will Always Be Better

The automotive industry frames electric vehicles as the future of motoring, but despite a large number of plug-in options already available, the entire idea of owning an electric car is still rather

No Thanks: Nissan Wants to Input Your Brainwaves on Tomorrow’s Cars

Certain automotive technologies are getting borderline out of hand. But nothing stops the march toward progress. Keen to show off its developmental might, Nissan plans to unveil something called

Audi’s Sick of Making Look-alike Cars; Design Chief Wants an 8 Series Rival

You’re driving down the freeway on a cloudy day when German sheetmetal catches your eye. New Audi, by the looks of it. Well, it could be new. Yeah, that’s a nice A6 up there. Or is it an A4? Hold on a

Chinese Startup Byton Teases Electric ‘SIV’ Ahead of CES Debut

Even though automotive trade shows are becoming more tech-focused, its still a difficult environment for a fledgling carmaker to break into. That’s one reason the Consumer Electronics Show, now just

2018 Toyota Tundra Platinum 4×4 1794 Edition Review – Bloodbath in Ranch Country

Taking stock of my leather- and suede-trimmed surroundings, the first thought to cross my mind after settling into the top-spec 2018 Toyota Tundra tester was, “I can think of an easy way to save

‘Pump My Own Gas?… I Can’t Even’

I’m old enough to remember when self-serve gasoline stations were an innovation. That was some time after filling station attendants stopped washing your windshield and checking your oil, or even

Ford Kiboshes the Fusion’s Redesign: Report

Everyone who’s excited about the next-generation Ford Fusion, take one step forward. Not so fast, guys. A new report lends weight to rumors that Ford Motor Company isn’t all that enthused about

QOTD: Do You Think Ford Will Ruin the New Bronco?

For 2019, Ford will debut a new Ranger (1982-2011), followed the next year by a new Bronco (1966-1996). While there have been some camouflaged Rangers seen running around, Ford is not showing anybody

Ace of Base: 2018 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door

The rebooted Mini brand was launched nearly 20 years ago, an alarming reminder of the relentless march of time and my own rapidly disappearing hairline. Since its introduction, when it competed for

Time’s Up: Tesla Missed the Deadline for Its Nationwide Autonomous Test Drive

While The Truth About Cars has occasionally been accused for having it in for Tesla, the honest-to-god-truth is that we just possess a severe aversion to unbridled hype. Autonomous cars have made a

Put ‘er in Low: Ford’s Crash-diving Transmission Earns Another Investigation

In 2016, Ford Motor Company’s stable of rear-drive vehicles came under scrutiny for six-speed transmissions that couldn’t decide whether to sprint or crawl. Owners reported that their 2011-2012

Maserati Recalling Brand New Sedans Over Fire Risk

Maserati of North America is recalling over 1,000 of its newest luxury sedans to repair fuel lines that pose an engine fire risk. It’s not exactly what you’d want to hear when discussing your fresh,

Rare Rides: The 1993 Jaguar XJS, Which Is Actually an XJR… S

To celebrate the launch of a brand new model, the people at Jaguar massaged one of their longest-lived models into a special edition. It’s the XJR you’ve never heard of. Contrary to what one might

Ask Jack: Walking With a Panther?

Tomorrow will mark the fourth anniversary of the crash in which I totaled my 2009 Lincoln Town Car Signature Limited and severely injured my bride-to-be, the financial artist currently known as Danger

2018 Audi RS3 Review – Wizard of Aahs

It’s nice to be born into good stock. Having the correct last name or access to a hefty trust fund certainly gives one a leg up on their competition. We see this in business, Hollywood … and car

Faraday Future CEO Defies Order to Return to China

Founder of the debt-laden technology firm LeEco has shirked orders from Chinese authorities to return to the country before the end of 2017, saying he needed to stay within the United States to

Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Recalled for Brake Snafu

Many years of competing in demolition derbies taught me many things, such as the value of not looking over my shoulder while reversing into someone at a high rate of speed and the importance of a good

QOTD: Who Will Be First Against the Wall?

So dawns a new year, ripe with promise and expectation. Millions of babies will draw their first breath in 2018, and those babies’ parents, aunts, uncles, or grandparents will drive off in 16 million

The Best Junkyard Finds of 2017

Starting with a 1981 Fox-body Ford Granada and ending with a 1989 Chrysler New Yorker Landau Mark Cross Edition, the eighth year of the Down On the Junkyard series featured 52 discarded cars that I