July 2017

Ford Challenges Lynk & Co for Sounding Too Much Like Lincoln

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Ford Motor Company is finally challenging Geely Holding Group’s trademark application for the Lynk & Co automotive moniker. We’ve been waiting on this one for a while and are a little curious as to why it took Ford so long to realize the Geely-backed brand sounded so similar to Lincoln Motor Company. While Chinese manufacturers enjoy […]

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The Subaru Crosstrek Is More Than Just Big Volume for Subaru, It’s Good Volume

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After the Impreza-based Subaru Outback Sport failed to catch fire with all the ignition of the Legacy-based Subaru Outback, Subaru’s approach differed only slightly when the XV Crosstrek debuted as an upsized rival for vehicles such as the Nissan Juke. Beating the Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax, and Jeep Renegade to the punch, the XV Crosstrek […]

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Used Car Prices Are Falling, but Don’t Worry – Lenders Are Still Raking in the Dough

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Earlier this year, auto lenders assured us that the stagnating car market and an unprecedented number of off-lease vehicles flooding into used vehicle lots would coalesce into the perfect storm of unprofitability. However, despite stoking the flames of terror at the beginning of the year, automotive lenders are doing just fine. We’re sure you’re all very pleased to […]

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GM Testing a Bolt-based Buick Crossover with Focus Groups: Report

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When you think about it, it all adds up. There was no way the powertrain of the Chevrolet Bolt, America’s first reasonably priced long-range electric vehicle, was ever going to remain solely the domain of one vehicle. General Motor’s CEO, Mary Barra, alluded to as much following the Bolt’s introduction. While the 238-mile Bolt is […]

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The Mercedes-Benz B-Class EV Is Dead, so the B-Class Is Dead in America

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Before it ever got the chance to serve a conventional role in Mercedes-Benz USA’s lineup as America’s lone premium mini-MPV, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class is dead. Mind you, the B-Class isn’t dead globally. But the B-Class Electric Drive, the only version of the B-Class ever to make it to U.S. shores, is ending production this fall. The […]

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We Take One Final Drive in the Honda Accord Coupe Before It Dies (One Final Accord V6 Drive, Too)

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At The Truth About Cars, we’ve paid a lot of attention to the demise of the Honda Accord coupe. And for numerous good reasons. In TTAC’s long-term fleet, for instance, there’s Jack Baruth’s own 2014 Accord Coupe V6 6MT. In the TTAC audience’s fleet, there are more Honda Accords than any other car. Furthermore, Honda […]

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Increasingly Desperate Car Designers Aren’t Interested in Bombs, Jets, Rockets, or Pinups Anymore

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Take a mental trip back to the late 1950s. Imagine, if you will, a Detroit Three dealer’s lot. Tailfins lifted themselves towards the heavens, slicing through the air in a bid to capture Sputnik 1. Conical headlight assemblies and bumper guards jutted from the chrome-laden fronts of America’s Interstate cruisers, virilely thrusting through the air […]

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‘Tiny Little Buttons…’: Dealership Holds Seminars to Help Old People Understand Weird and Scary Technology

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Technology is a major component in what makes a modern-day automobile desirable. It’s so important, in fact, that numerous quality and customer satisfaction surveys have cited owner misunderstandings of a vehicle’s electronic interface as the primary reason for specific models losing marks. MyFord Touch was among the worst offenders, thanks to unreliable connectivity features and […]

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Sergio Warms up to Electrification, Even As FCA’s Light-duty Diesels Get the Green Light

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It’s no secret that hybrids and fully electric vehicles are about as appealing to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne as a crisp, button-up shirt. The FCA boss once famously railed against his company’s sole electric offering — the tiny, money-losing Fiat 500e — for losing $10,000 for every unit sold. Placating California doesn’t come cheap. Still, […]

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