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  1. Automakers Didn’t Even Waste a Full Business Day Asking New EPA Head for Relief

    Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma’s former attorney general, was sworn in to his new role as Environmental Protection Agency administrator late Friday following a 52-46 Senate vote earlier in the day. While it isn’t known what Pruitt did over the weekend, it’s safe to say that members of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers spent at least part of […] The post Automakers Didn’t Even Waste a Full Business Day Asking New EPA Head for Relief appeared first on The Truth …
  2. Aston Martin Is Prepared to Deliver the Bespoke Model of Your Dreams/Nightmares

    Aston Martin is allowing customers to ruin tailor any of its current models through its updated Q commission service. These bespoke Astons allow shoppers to choose specialty themes or create a completely unique car from scratch. Some of the early results are reminiscent of Bentley’s more interesting factory customizations of the Continental, but Aston Martin seems […] The post Aston Martin Is Prepared to Deliver the Bespoke Model of Your Dreams/Nightmares appeared first on The …
  3. Land Rover’s Design Boss Is Okay With the Idea of Branching Into Car-like Models

    Call it a case of thinking out loud, or perhaps the spark that could propel a company in a new and potentially disastrous direction. Either way, Land Rover and Range Rover’s design chief, Gerry McGovern, is pretty open-minded about a future where a British automaker famous for making utility vehicles — and only utility vehicles — spawns a […] The post Land Rover’s Design Boss Is Okay With the Idea of Branching Into Car-like Models appeared first on The Truth About Cars…
  4. Rare Rides: A Luxurious Limo Built to Please Putin

    Do you enjoy luxury? Do you like prestige and exclusivity of the highest order? How about leather, wood, and lighted barware? Well, it’s all available to you today, and you don’t even have to visit Trump Tower. Our last Rare Ride was a surprisingly tasteful and discrete Hurst/Oldsmobile Intrigue 442. For this Rare Rides entry, I wanted […] The post Rare Rides: A Luxurious Limo Built to Please Putin appeared first on The Truth About C…
  5. Overall Vehicle Dependability Down Thanks to Newfangled Gizmos, Apparently

    Perhaps we’ve finally hit a point where the old ways actually are the best. Gizmo-centric problems seem more important than ever to J.D. Power and Associates in this year’s dependability ranking, which examined problems experienced over the last 12 months on three-year-old vehicles and highlighted electronic accessories as a major issue. So, a car that has a […] The post Overall Vehicle Dependability Down Thanks to Newfangled Gizmos, Apparently appeared first on The Truth …
  6. Lexus Drops the LC 500’s Hybrid System into the LS 500, Adds an ‘h

    Lexus’ next-generation LS has already thrown design heritage out the window and kicked its traditional V8 to the curb, so why not add more totally new hardware? For 2018, the brand’s redesigned flagship sedan will again offer a hybrid variant, but that last version is yesterday’s news. Lexus didn’t need to look far to find […] The post Lexus Drops the LC 500’s Hybrid System into the LS 500, Adds an ‘h appeared first on The Truth About…
  7. PSA to Opel: We’ll Go Easy on You Guys, Honest!

    Opel autoworkers and executives worried that a French takeover will see their pretzels and bratwurst replaced by baguettes and brie can rest easy, or so the automaker looking to buy their company claims. France’s PSA Group, which could submit a bid to buy Opel and sister division Vauxhall this week, would give the German automaker […] The post PSA to Opel: We’ll Go Easy on You Guys, Honest! appeared first on The Truth About…
  8. Land Rover Spackles the Gap Between the Range Rover Sport and Evoque with the Velar

    Land Rover has confirmed Velar as the name of Range Rover’s new luxury crossover, positioned to rival Porsche’s Macan. While Velar sounds hand-picked to hang in the air and mimic the vowel placement of the Macan, Land Rover has used it before. According to the company, the name is derived from the original Range Rover prototypes […] The post Land Rover Spackles the Gap Between the Range Rover Sport and Evoque with the Velar appeared first on The Truth About …
  9. A Moment of Silence, Please – The Toyota Venza Is Now Well and Truly Dead

    Maybe they should have called it the Toyota Camry SportWagon. Maybe it wouldn’t have made a hint of a difference. The first-generation Toyota Venza lingered for seven model years in the United States, ending its run with MY2015 before managing to collect 593 sales since, including four in January 2017. (They’re not easy to clear […] The post A Moment of Silence, Please – The Toyota Venza Is Now Well and Truly Dead appeared first on The Truth About C…
  10. 2014 Honda Accord V6 Coupe 6MT Long-Term Test: 36 Months and 45,500 Miles

    It’s been about seven months since I ran out of warranty in my 2014 Accord EX-L V6 6MT. We’re now just a touch over 45,500 miles at the third anniversary of purchase, and I’ll confess I’m starting to get a little itchy about the idea of keeping a new car for this long. Only four […] The post 2014 Honda Accord V6 Coupe 6MT Long-Term Test: 36 Months and 45,500 Miles appeared first on The Truth About…
  11. Ace of Base: 2017 Honda Civic LX Coupe

    It wouldn’t have escaped your attention that there have been some bumpy years in #CivicNation. Honda acknowledged this itself, scuttling back to the drawing board for an “emergency refresh” in 2013 after the people with adenoids Consumer Reports pulled its Recommended rating. What caused the problem? A misfire in focus groups? Bean counters? Aliens? Alien bean counters in […] The post Ace of Base: 2017 Honda Civic LX Coupe appeared first on The Truth About Cars…
  12. QOTD: What’s the Most Generic, Forgettable Car On Sale Today?

    It happens every day on the road. Vehicle-shaped appliances pass by in the other lanes, or perhaps cross an intersection in front of you. You don’t take notice, because they’re the same ovoid or trapezoidal shape as the rest of the Frost Beige blobs on your thrilling commute to the cubicle farm. But focus your eyes and clear the fog […] The post QOTD: What’s the Most Generic, Forgettable Car On Sale Today? appeared first on The Truth About Cars…
  13. CUE Something Better: Cadillac Raises the Bar for Its Abysmal User Interface

    Cadillac’s user interface has been one of its consumers’ biggest grievances. Last week, I heard a private chauffeur in an Escalade — a $75,000 car that makes you feel simultaneously wealthy and powerful — refer to the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) as “bullshit.” Even Johan de Nysschen admitted that CUE did not pass muster. Clearly aware of how supremely loathsome […] The post CUE Something Better: Cadillac Raises the Bar for Its Abysmal User Interface appeared…
  14. Henry Ford’s Bizarre Utopian Jungle Town Is a Creepy Vacation Spot

    Welcome to the Paradise of Fordlândia. Three rules: no booze, no Jews, and we want to check your junk now and then. Well, those were the rules (one of them unwritten) when the Brazilian town, hacked out of the jungle in 1928, was at its peak. Abandoned by Ford Motor Company in 1945, the bizarre […] The post Henry Ford’s Bizarre Utopian Jungle Town Is a Creepy Vacation Spot appeared first on The Truth About …
  15. Honda Shuffles the North American Deck as Top Execs Retire

    Captain of industry John Mendel is retiring as the executive vice president of American Honda’s sales division this April, following ten years of service to the company. Mendel is probably best-known for ensuring that Honda and Acura’s marketing and sales focus remained on North America’s retail markets, not fleets. Also retiring this spring is Honda Canada’s current […] The post Honda Shuffles the North American Deck as Top Execs Retire appeared first on The T…
  16. QOTD: Is There Still Appeal in Going Pillarless?

    Those who know me well — the lucky souls who’ve plumbed the deepest depths of my dark psyche and returned alive — know my strange and beautiful lust for 1970s land yachts. It needn’t be seen as a weird kink. I mean, who doesn’t like vast swaths of interior room, pillowed velour, and a narcolepsy-inducing ride? Weirdos, […] The post QOTD: Is There Still Appeal in Going Pillarless? appeared first on The Truth About Cars…