Tag: Product Planning

China’s New Buick Encore: Unusually Strong Visual Appeal, and Not Coming Here

The pint-sized Buick Encore subcompact crossover came to China in 2012, and, judging by the photo directly above, the launch of an updated model in 2016 was a splashy affair, indeed. Back in the days when General Motors was looking to rapidly grow its market share in the world’s largest car market, Chinese and American […]

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Ford: Battery Electric Vehicles, $900 Million Coming to Flat Rock Assembly

<img data-attachment-id="1426601" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2015-Ford-Mustang-Flat-Rock-production.jpg" data-orig-size="1280,870" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="2015 Ford Mustang Flat Rock production" data-image-description=" Image: Ford ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2015-Ford-Mustang-Flat-Rock-production-450×306.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2015-Ford-Mustang-Flat-Rock-production-610×415.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1426601 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2015-Ford-Mustang-Flat-Rock-production-610×415.jpg” alt=”2015 Ford Mustang Flat Rock production” width=”610″ height=”415″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2015-Ford-Mustang-Flat-Rock-production-610×415.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2015-Ford-Mustang-Flat-Rock-production-75×51.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2015-Ford-Mustang-Flat-Rock-production-450×306.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2015-Ford-Mustang-Flat-Rock-production-768×522.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2015-Ford-Mustang-Flat-Rock-production-120×82.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2015-Ford-Mustang-Flat-Rock-production.jpg 1280w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> The home of the Ford Mustang will eventually […]

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Cadillac’s Second Sedan Shoe Drops This Year, and It Has a Name

Not giving up on a segment many Americans have already crossed off their shopping list, Cadillac debuted its strategically placed CT5 sedan this week, sparking no shortage of debate as to its aesthetic attributes. While one man’s opinion holds about as much weight as a feather, this author gives a thumbs-up to the CT5’s Escala-inspired […]

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Eye-wateringly Expensive Luxo-barge Assembly Bound, Not Surprisingly, for America

<img data-attachment-id="1621994" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/mercedes-maybach-vision-ultimate-2.jpg" data-orig-size="916,515" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"8","credit":"Daimler AG – Global Communications Mercedes-Benz Cars","camera":"NIKON D810","caption":"Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, Auto China 2018","created_timestamp":"1433778414","copyright":"press photo, do not use for advertising purposes","focal_length":"35","iso":"64","shutter_speed":"0.011111111111111","title":"Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, Auto China 2018","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, Auto China 2018" data-image-description=" Image: Daimler ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/mercedes-maybach-vision-ultimate-2-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/mercedes-maybach-vision-ultimate-2-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1621994 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/mercedes-maybach-vision-ultimate-2-610×343.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/mercedes-maybach-vision-ultimate-2-610×343.jpg 610w, […]

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Fisker Puts Super Sedan Plans on the Back Burner, Hops on the SUV Bandwagon

Everyone’s favourite Danish designer has put his plans for an electric performance sedan on hold, turning his attention instead to an affordable, mass-market electric SUV. Half a century ago, the foremost automotive trend was ordinary family cars stuffed to the gills with huge, fuel-sucking V8s. Today, if you’re not planning a bland, long-range EV with […]

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Tesla Model 3 Mid Range Fades From View

<img data-attachment-id="1582578" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/tesla-model-3-1.jpg" data-orig-size="2040,1360" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="tesla-model-3" data-image-description=" Tesla Model 3 ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/tesla-model-3-1-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/tesla-model-3-1-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1582578 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/tesla-model-3-1-610×407.jpg” alt=”Tesla Model 3, Image: Tesla” width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/tesla-model-3-1-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/tesla-model-3-1-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/tesla-model-3-1-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/tesla-model-3-1-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/tesla-model-3-1-120×80.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> First, it faded from the automaker’s ordering page — a disappearance noted on Sunday. Introduced […]

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Some Enthusiasts Are Hot Under the Collar for a Chevrolet Blazer SS

Indeed, so jazzed are these enthusiasts, they’ve created a rendering of a hypothetical Blazer SS to compete with the very real Ford Edge ST. If you’re already thinking this vehicle boasts canary yellow paint with wide, black striping, fear not — your assumptions were bang-on. It’s an interesting idea, given that Ford’s Edge blows the […]

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Cadillac Doesn’t Want to Share Its Blackwing V8

<img data-attachment-id="1665970" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Image-4-Cadillac-V8-engine.jpg" data-orig-size="1280,1147" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"Cadillac CT6 V-Sport 4.2L Twin Turbo V-8","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"Cadillac CT6 V-Sport 4.2L Twin Turbo V-8","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="Cadillac blackwing v8 CT6 V-Sport 4.2L Twin Turbo V-8" data-image-description=" GM ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Image-4-Cadillac-V8-engine-391×350.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Image-4-Cadillac-V8-engine-610×547.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1665970″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Image-4-Cadillac-V8-engine-610×547.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”547″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Image-4-Cadillac-V8-engine-610×547.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Image-4-Cadillac-V8-engine-75×67.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Image-4-Cadillac-V8-engine-391×350.jpg 391w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Image-4-Cadillac-V8-engine-768×688.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Image-4-Cadillac-V8-engine-120×108.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Image-4-Cadillac-V8-engine.jpg 1280w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, […]

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Tesla Model Y: Industry Watchers Remain Cynical As Fans Gird Their Loins

Perhaps to give journalists a taste of what it’s like to be a Tesla reservation holder, Tesla’s Model Y launch event, scheduled for 11 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, started late. When it did, CEO Elon Musk launched into a rundown of his company’s well-documented history. There were a few admissions during his speech, including this […]

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People’s Car, Redux? Volkswagen’s EV Plan Doesn’t Forget the Proles

<img data-attachment-id="1626210" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/I.D._concept_car-Large-5489-e1541774437774.jpg" data-orig-size="2760,1840" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"Autodesk VRED Professional 2016 SP1","created_timestamp":"1471014226","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"Autodesk VRED Professional 2016 SP1","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="Volkswagen ID Hatchback" data-image-description=" VW ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/I.D._concept_car-Large-5489-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/I.D._concept_car-Large-5489-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1626210 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/I.D._concept_car-Large-5489-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″> You can’t tell the masses that, if they can’t afford the latest and greatest green vehicle, they should get used to riding a bike or […]

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Mazda Shakes Up Its North American Team Ahead of Crossover Push

Masahiro Moro, president and CEO of Mazda’s crucial North American business, clearly has the full confidence of company boss Akira Marumoto. In an executive shuffle announced Wednesday, Moro (seen above, on the left) retains his chief executive title and adds chairman of Mazda North American Operations to his CV, bringing Canada and Mexico under his purview. […]

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Report: Mid-engine Corvette Prone to Getting Bent Out of Shape

<img data-attachment-id="1602214" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2019-Chevrolet-Corvette-ZR1-009.jpg" data-orig-size="1280,959" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"14","credit":"","camera":"IQ3 60MP","caption":"The fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever \u2013 the 755-horsepower 2019 ZR1.","created_timestamp":"1506565134","copyright":"","focal_length":"28","iso":"100","shutter_speed":"10","title":"The fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever \u2013 the 755-","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="2019 Corvette ZR1" data-image-description=" Image: General Motors ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2019-Chevrolet-Corvette-ZR1-009-450×337.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2019-Chevrolet-Corvette-ZR1-009-610×457.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1602214 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2019-Chevrolet-Corvette-ZR1-009-610×457.jpg” alt=”2019 Corvette ZR1″ width=”610″ height=”457″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2019-Chevrolet-Corvette-ZR1-009-610×457.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2019-Chevrolet-Corvette-ZR1-009-75×56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2019-Chevrolet-Corvette-ZR1-009-450×337.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2019-Chevrolet-Corvette-ZR1-009-768×575.jpg 768w, […]

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Infiniti Calls It Quits in Western Europe, Kills Off the QX30 for Everyone Else

Western Europe doesn’t like Infiniti very much, so the Japanese premium brand has decided to hit the road. The brand’s residency in the competitive region only lasted a decade, and middling consumer interest, coupled with increasingly stringent emissions regulations, is all the reason it needs to take a hike. In doing so, Nissan’s premium division […]

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Volkswagen Doubles Down on Its Lofty EV Promises

If the industry’s Magic 8 Ball worked with 100 percent accuracy, no vehicle would ever land with a disappointing thud. Sales projections would always be on target, and smooth sailing would be assured. Alas, predicting consumer appetite and market forces is never that easy, but Volkswagen feels confident it can beat its already ambitious electric […]

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This Is the Year, Ford CEO Tells Employees

Of all the Big Three domestic automakers, Ford’s direction seems the most ambitious and confusing. Since taking the helm less than two years ago, CEO Jim Hackett has tried to articulate his vision for both the company and the country’s future roads, sometimes with head-scratching results. There’s no doubt that change is afoot. The company […]

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Speaking of Names, Add ‘Macan’ to the List of Dustbin Contenders

After creating ripples throughout the automotive community by announcing an all-electric next-generation Macan small crossover, Porsche might go a step further and ditch the model’s name altogether. Talk about severing links to the past… Speaking to Australia’s Wheels (h/t to Motor Trend), Blume laid out his brand’s electrification strategy — a product plan which must tread carefully, lest […]

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New Three-row Jeep Probably Won’t Carry the Grand Cherokee Name

In its big February plant and product announcement, Fiat Chrysler said its Mack Avenue engine facility will give way to SUV production, describing the first vehicle to emerge from the repurposed plant as a “three-row, full-size Jeep SUV.” Given that the next-generation Grand Cherokee will also call the plant home, and that the two models […]

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Acura’s Comeback Car? New Flagship Sedan Due for Pebble Beach Unveiling

Despite the growing importance of crossover vehicles, Acura is one of the few automakers that has not abandoned its commitment to sedans. It intends to prove that by bringing a production-ready vehicle, based heavily on the 2016 Precision Concept (seen above), to Pebble Beach this summer. The car will also signal Acura’s entry into a new era […]

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