Tag: Editorials

Rare Rides: The 1987 Hyundai Stellar, Korean Midsize and Ford Cousin

The Rare Rides series has featured just two Hyundai offerings in past entries, the affordable Pony that Canadians loved, and a Mitsubishi Precis that was a rebadge of the Excel. Today’s larger Rare Ride was sold alongside those two in places outside the United States. Meet Stellar. When the Stellar was developed, Hyundai was still […]

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Rare Rides Icons: The History of Imperial, More Than Just a Car (Part II)

Rare Rides Icons continues the history of Imperial today, after Part I left us neatly at what would become an unfortunate aerodynamic turning point. Ready for some Airflow? Imperial’s big sweeping fenders lead into wide running boards while driving lamps presented themselves on stalks in front of superbly upright and formal chrome grille work. Bodies […]

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Rare Rides: The 1978 Sbarro Windhound, a Luxury SUV of 6.9 Litres

Today’s Rare Ride is the third car in the series from designer Franco Sbarro. Our premier Sbarro creation was a windsurfing-specific take on the Citroën Berlingo, and the second was a very hot hatchback called the Super Eight – a Ferrari underneath. While both of those creations were one-off styling exercises, today’s Sbarro actually entered very limited […]

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Gas War: California May Ban Gas-Powered Lawn Equipment

<img data-attachment-id="1776640" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2021/10/gas-war-california-may-ban-gas-powered-lawn-equipment/redoldmowerinagreengarden/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/shutterstock_651176278-1.jpg" data-orig-size="3840,2160" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"Shutterstock","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"Copyright (c) 2017 David Schwimbeck\/Shutterstock. No use without permission.","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"Red,Old,Mower,In,A,Green,Garden","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Red,Old,Mower,In,A,Green,Garden" data-image-description=" David Schwimbeck/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/shutterstock_651176278-1-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/shutterstock_651176278-1-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1776640″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/shutterstock_651176278-1-610×343.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/shutterstock_651176278-1-610×343.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/shutterstock_651176278-1-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/shutterstock_651176278-1-450×253.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/shutterstock_651176278-1-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/shutterstock_651176278-1-120×68.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/shutterstock_651176278-1-800×450.jpg 800w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has decided that residential […]

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Rare Rides Icons: The History of Imperial, More Than Just a Car (Part I)

Today Rare Rides Icons features a special Chrysler that was a car, then a brand, then a car again. Throughout its varied history, Imperial always represented the best of what Chrysler offered. First, we travel back to the Twenties. Conceived as a full-size flagship luxury car, the Imperial was the idea of Chrysler founder Walter […]

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Rare Rides: Grand Prix’s V8 Finale, the GXP From 2005

The Pontiac Grand Prix was a long-term staple in Pontiac’s lineup, a Driving Excitement alternative to the Buick and Chevrolet cars with which it shared its various platforms. Though it faded from its initial personal luxury prominence, Grand Prix had one final V8 hurrah at the end of its life. It was a sort of […]

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Abandoned History: The Cadillac Cimarron, a Good Mercedes-Benz Competitor

Sometimes car companies get a bit carried away with a new idea that, for a myriad of reasons, doesn’t translate so well in its execution. Toyota (and other Japanese companies) did exactly this when they invested in the very unsuccessful line of WiLL cars and other consumer products in the early 2000s. Today we look at […]

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Analysis: How Rivian Beat EVERYONE to Market With the First Electric Pickup

Barely a month has passed since Rivian’s CEO first posted pictures of the company’s fully certified, in-production R1T electric pickup rolling down the Normal, Illinois assembly line. The R1T is here, it’s real, and it’s got the blessing of the NHTSA, EPA, and CARB to prove it – but the fact that the R1T made […]

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Rare Rides: The 1987 Chevrolet Cavalier RS Convertible, Last of First

The Rare Rides series is a friend to the General Motors J-body. In 2018 we featured a 2000 Sunbird from ’83, in 2020 there was the ’84 Oldsmobile Firenza Cruiser, and earlier this year a ’91 Cavalier wagon. But we’ve never featured the OG J-body main event, a first-gen Cavalier. Let’s go. Introduced for the 1982 model […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Alternative Japanese Compacts From 1998

Our last two Buy/Drive/Burn entries covered the 1998 and 2008 versions of three mainstream Japanese compact sedans: Civic, Corolla, and Sentra. Today we look at the alternative offerings in 1998 from Mazda, Mitsubishi, and Subaru. Our last comparison focused on the cheapest model of each compact. Here, because the Subaru has all-wheel drive standard and is […]

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Rare Rides Icons: Daimler’s Flagship Cars and the DS420 Limousine, Elder Statesman

Welcome to Rare Rides Icons, a spinoff of Rare Rides where we take a more in-depth look at those particularly interesting cars throughout history. Today’s large and luxurious Icon is the first time we present a Daimler in this series. The DS420 was the flagship of the brand; a car for heads of state. And […]

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Opinion: Journalist Misses Mark With Manual Car Man Editorial

Twitter is amazing sometimes. One of the best parts about it is that occasionally a great piece of journalism — a feature story or investigative report — finds its way into your timeline. Sometimes, though, you get the flip side. Sometimes, you come across an opinion/hot take so bad you feel like you, should you […]

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Rare Rides: The 1980 Sbarro Super Eight, Not Your Standard Hatchback

The Eighties were the decade that saw the dawn of the hot hatchback. Today’s little red hatchback is really very hot, because it’s entirely a Ferrari 308 underneath. Called the Super Eight, the ride you see here was a custom creation of Francisco Sbarro, whose work we featured for the first time the other day in the […]

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Confusing Choices: Chevrolet Silverado EV to Debut at CES 2022

<img data-attachment-id="1775702" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2021/10/confusing-choices-chevrolet-silverado-ev-to-debut-at-ces-2022/the-first-ever-2022-chevrolet-silverado-zr2-5/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2022-Chevrolet-Silverado-ZR2-008.jpg" data-orig-size="1280,853" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"6.3","credit":"Chevrolet","camera":"Canon EOS 5DS","caption":"The First-Ever 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2","created_timestamp":"1625025600","copyright":"","focal_length":"97","iso":"640","shutter_speed":"0.005","title":"The First-Ever 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="The First-Ever 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2" data-image-description=" GM ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2022-Chevrolet-Silverado-ZR2-008-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2022-Chevrolet-Silverado-ZR2-008-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1775702″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2022-Chevrolet-Silverado-ZR2-008-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2022-Chevrolet-Silverado-ZR2-008-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2022-Chevrolet-Silverado-ZR2-008-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2022-Chevrolet-Silverado-ZR2-008-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2022-Chevrolet-Silverado-ZR2-008-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2022-Chevrolet-Silverado-ZR2-008-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2022-Chevrolet-Silverado-ZR2-008.jpg 1280w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> All-electric pickup […]

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Rare Rides: The 1986 Pulse Litestar Autocycle, Michigan’s Finest

Today’s Rare Ride is technically our first ever motorcycle, even though it has four wheels. Called the Pulse, it kind of looks like someone cut the wings off a small plane. Designed in Michigan and with a fiberglass body built in Iowa, the Litestar (later Pulse) was the sole product of the Owosso Motor Car […]

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How Aviation Pioneer Glenn Curtiss’ Set A 136 MPH Land Speed Record With His V8 Powered Motorcycle

There’s something about motorcycles with seemingly impossibly huge engines that captures people’s fancy. Mention “V10 motorcycle” and people will bring up Chrysler’s V10 Tomahawk show vehicle, but Allen Millyard’s custom Viper V10 powered bike is actually a functional motorcycle. Monte Wayne’s Boss Hoss company in Tennessee has sold thousands of Chevy V8-powered motorcycles over the […]

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Rare Rides: The 2003 GMC Yukon 2500 XL, a Quadrasteer Experience

Today’s Rare Ride coverage was prompted when your author saw an unusual pickup truck on the roads of Cincinnati. The truck in question was a black Sierra Denali from the early 2000s, with a telltale feature on its rear fenders: little lights on either side. Let’s talk Quadrasteer. Quadrasteer was developed at Delphi Automotive Systems […]

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Rare Rides: Bertone by Any Other Name, the 1979 Volvo 262C

Today’s Rare Ride is an example of the first time Bertone added heaps of Italian build quality to an ordinary Volvo midsize. We’ve covered Bertone’s second effort (the 780) long ago, so it’s past time we talk 262C. Though Volvo fancies itself upscale today, the company was not a luxury manufacturer in the Seventies. The […]

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Opinion: Tesla’s Full-Self Driving Beta Is a Bad Joke

<img data-attachment-id="1635120" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2018/08/elon-musk-pitches-party-camper-mode-for-tesla-vehicles-as-possible-dog-whistle-to-swingers/tesla-baby-self-driving/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Tesla-Baby-self-driving.jpg" data-orig-size="1060,600" 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 Baby self-driving" data-image-description=" Tesla ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Tesla-Baby-self-driving-450×255.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Tesla-Baby-self-driving-610×345.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1635120″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Tesla-Baby-self-driving-610×345.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”345″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Tesla-Baby-self-driving-610×345.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Tesla-Baby-self-driving-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Tesla-Baby-self-driving-450×255.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Tesla-Baby-self-driving-768×435.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Tesla-Baby-self-driving-120×68.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Tesla-Baby-self-driving.jpg 1060w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Earlier this week, Elon Musk announced that Tesla would begin offering the Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta to […]

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Rare Rides: The 1995 Toyota T100, a Truck of a Different Era

Trucks were simpler when today’s Rare Ride was new. No giant grilles, no Ranch Platinum 1764 Embroidery Edition, and no ridiculous styling (I see you, Tundra.) The T100 was a reliable essence of truck, even if it wasn’t what the American market wanted. Until the T100 came along, Toyota offered exactly one truck in its […]

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Abandoned History: Project Genesis, Toyota Cars for Young People

Toyota was very focused on youthful consumer appeal at the turn of the millennium. Around the same time the WiLL sub-brand launched in the Japanese home market with its multitude of different products, a similar project was just getting underway at Toyota Motor Sales USA. It was called Project Genesis, and like WiLL, it didn’t […]

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Rare Rides: Rad Van Time With the 1998 Citroën Berlingo Calao, by Sbarro

Today’s Rare Ride started off as a standard and rather uninteresting Citroën Berlingo van, and was then thoroughly edited by Sbarro into a windsurfing-oriented beach vehicle. It’s a lot to process, visually speaking. The Berlingo went on sale for the 1997 model year, alongside its twin the Peugeot Partner. Two body styles were available in the […]

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Opinion: The NYC Dirt Bike Ban is Ridiculous

<img data-attachment-id="1774916" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2021/09/opinion-the-nyc-dirt-bike-ban-is-ridiculous/nyc-dirtbike-ban/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NYC-dirtbike-ban-e1632769667876.png" data-orig-size="3614,2151" 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="NYC dirtbike ban" data-image-description=" @NYCMayor via Twitter ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NYC-dirtbike-ban-e1632769667876-450×268.png” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NYC-dirtbike-ban-e1632769667876-610×363.png” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1774916″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NYC-dirtbike-ban-e1632769667876-610×363.png” alt width=”610″ height=”363″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NYC-dirtbike-ban-e1632769667876-610×363.png 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NYC-dirtbike-ban-e1632769667876-75×45.png 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NYC-dirtbike-ban-e1632769667876-450×268.png 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NYC-dirtbike-ban-e1632769667876-768×457.png 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NYC-dirtbike-ban-e1632769667876-120×71.png 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made dirt bikes public enemy number one for traffic enforcement […]

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Rare Rides: A 1971 Maserati Quattroporte Prototype, the King’s Sedan

<img data-attachment-id="1774900" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2021/09/rare-rides-a-1971-maserati-quattroporte-prototype-the-kings-sedan/1971-maserati-quattroporte-3/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/1971-Maserati-Quattroporte-3.png" data-orig-size="1920,1080" 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="1971 Maserati Quattroporte 3" data-image-description=" ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/1971-Maserati-Quattroporte-3-450×253.png” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/1971-Maserati-Quattroporte-3-610×343.png” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1774900 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/1971-Maserati-Quattroporte-3-610×343.png” alt width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/1971-Maserati-Quattroporte-3-610×343.png 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/1971-Maserati-Quattroporte-3-75×42.png 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/1971-Maserati-Quattroporte-3-450×253.png 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/1971-Maserati-Quattroporte-3-768×432.png 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/1971-Maserati-Quattroporte-3-120×68.png 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/1971-Maserati-Quattroporte-3-800×450.png 800w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Today’s Rare Ride was one of just two finished examples of the ill-fated second generation Maserati Quattroporte. Maserati […]

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Abandoned History: The Early 2000s WiLL Project, for The Youths (Part IV)

The WiLL branding project in early 2000s Japan was intended to excite and interest younger consumers with stylish products, all of which were marketed as WiLL. At the pinnacle of unique WiLL offerings were three different small Toyotas: The first two were the unpopular and unsuccessful retro-French themed Vi, and the modern-looking, popular, and unsuccessful VS. […]

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Abandoned History: The Early 2000s WiLL Project, for The Youths (Part III)

Several Japanese companies embarked on the WiLL sub-brand exercise at the dawn of the new millennium. Miscellaneous WiLL-branded products were introduced alongside a funky new car offering from Toyota, the WiLL Vi. The baguette-themed retro sedan was an immediate failure amongst the youthful consumers WiLL was supposed to attract, so Toyota had a very quick […]

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Rare Rides: A Very Luxurious Camry, the 1990 Lexus ES 250

Today’s Rare Ride was the only other car accompanying Lexus’ LS 400 at dealerships in 1990 and 1991. The fanciest Camry offered in the US, it was a badge conversion from a Camry sold in the Japanese market. But consumers saw through the charade, so while the high-effort LS 400 flew off the showroom floor, the minimal […]

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Opinion: These Are the Most Influential EVs of the Moment

It’s become something of a mantra for me, lately, but that doesn’t make it any less true. It goes like this: Electric cars aren’t coming, they’re already here. And, depending on who you ask, they’ve been here – they just haven’t quite made it into the mainstream, yet. With the dawn of the Rivian R1T […]

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