BMW Dropping Diesel in the U.S., With an Asterisk
If, like most American consumers, there’s a diesel-powered BMW on your Christmas wish list, you’d best tell your loved ones to hurry. The German automaker plans to drop that meager sliver of its U.S. product line for 2019, but there’s a chance the wishes of the oil-burning crowd will force the automaker to hang on […] The post BMW Dropping Diesel in the U.S., With an Asterisk appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
One of the benefits touted by early electric car advocates was a reduction in noise pollution stemming from automobiles. Electric motors have the potential to run far quieter than their internal combustion rivals, which could result in softer-sounding roadways. The U.S. Department of Transportation started seriously worrying about the safety implications of silent-running vehicles back in […] The post Silent Running: Ford Sought Exception on Federal Noise Requirements for Hybrid Cars, EVs appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Ford Recalls Green Car Charging Cords Because House Fires Arenít Good For the Environment
Going green shouldn’t lead to the appearance of orange flames, so Ford Motor Company wants you to bring your charging cord back to the dealer. A number of fires associated with the 120-volt factory charging cord provided with C-Max and Fusion plug-in hybrids, as well as the Focus Electric, forced Ford’s hand in the recall. […] The post Ford Recalls Green Car Charging Cords Because House Fires Aren’t Good For the Environment appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Toyota Mulling a Different Kind of Small Hybrid Ė the Fun Kind
We’re a long way from any kind of confirmation, but Toyota’s upcoming Corolla Hatch could become something you’d want to toss around — assuming top brass listen to the brand’s chief engineer. With the Corolla iM hatch giving way later this summer to a vastly improved five-door that ditches the Scion-era “iM” designation, the automaker […] The post Toyota Mulling a Different Kind of Small Hybrid – the Fun Kind appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
2019 Range Rover Offers Up a Shiny British Bauble for Environmentalists
Whenever I see a Range Rover — the true Range Rover — I always assume there’s someone connected to the music industry behind the wheel. Just like Lambos and hockey players, we associate a type of person with a type of vehicle. And, given its origin as a vehicle designed to crush vegetation beneath its wheels while […] The post 2019 Range Rover Offers Up a Shiny British Bauble for Environmentalists appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Infiniti Culls Another Hybrid From Its Lineup
Who isn’t talking about the Infiniti Q70? Okay, maybe more than a few people. The Infiniti brand’s largest passenger car enjoys low but fairly stable sales, returning volume in the high 5,000s in both 2017 and 2016. Alongside the rear-drive, V6- or V8-powered four-door was a hybrid variant, but that green companion dies for 2019 […] The post Infiniti Culls Another Hybrid From Its Lineup appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Land Roverís Least Pricey Model Due for Makeover, Plug-in Variant
The Discovery Sport serves as an entry point to the Land Rover lineup, retailing in the U.S. for $37,795 before delivery and offering a similarly sized, cheaper alternative to its Range Rover Evoque platform mate. Two flavors of four-cylinder power is your only option in this model, but that might not be the case for […] The post Land Rover’s Least Pricey Model Due for Makeover, Plug-in Variant appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Plug-in or Not, Hyundai Doesnít Want to be Seen as the Expensive Choice
Exclusivity is not a word often associated with Hyundai, and with good reason. Like Nissan (but even more so), Hyundai’s reputation is built on a foundation of mass-produced vehicles with inherent value. And, even in the world of green cars, it seems that game plan can’t change. So, it’s no surprise to see Hyundai take […] The post Plug-in or Not, Hyundai Doesn’t Want to be Seen as the Expensive Choice appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Americaís Favorite Sedan to Take a Boat Trip
The Toyota Camry holds the remarkable distinction of being a midsize sedan with U.S. sales that actually increased over the first five months of 2018. Impossible, you say. It can’t be. You’d trade your kids for a crossover, but wouldn’t stoop to pick up a “free sedan” voucher if you passed one on the sidewalk. […] The post America’s Favorite Sedan to Take a Boat Trip appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Night Moves: Ford Unveils 2020 Explorer Under Cover of Darkness
As you learned here, the 2020 Ford Explorer adopts the rear-drive platform found beneath the upcoming Lincoln Aviator, as well as the luxury division’s top-flight engine. A twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 of unspecified power will appear under its hood and mate to a 10-speed automatic, a source tells us, while the 3.3-liter V6 found in the […] The post Night Moves: Ford Unveils 2020 Explorer Under Cover of Darkness appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
2019 Hyundai Tucson Gets Mild Hybrid Power, Remains Just Out of Reach
Those Europeans seem like a scared lot. Always trying to appease their domineering rulers’ demands for greener cars, all thanks to strict mandates handed down from the central powers in Belgium. While we’re hardly that different over here (minus that whole “union of member states” thing), Europe’s push for fuel efficiency generates technological ripples that […] The post 2019 Hyundai Tucson Gets Mild Hybrid Power, Remains Just Out of Reach appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Fiat Chryslerís 5-Year Plan: Back in the Black by June, Bullish on Jeep, Off-road Ram on the Way
The first part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ five-year product plan has emerged at the automaker’s Balocco proving grounds near Turin, Italy, where company brass detailed the near future of four key brands: Jeep, Ram, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati. Yes, no mention of Chrysler, Dodge, or Fiat. They’ll get to that later this morning (is there […] The post Fiat Chrysler’s 5-Year Plan: Back in the Black by June, Bullish on Jeep, Off-road Ram on the Way appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
2019 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in: Heartbreak in Colorado, Rejoicing in Vermont
Specialty green models don’t normally end up in lots across the country, at least not initially, and the upcoming Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid is no different. The resurrected green variant of the wildly popular Crosstrek, which bit the dust following slow sales in 2016, appears late this year as a 2019 model, only this time […] The post 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in: Heartbreak in Colorado, Rejoicing in Vermont appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Volvo Boss Predicts a Plug-in-filled Future, but Americans Donít Seem That Keen on the Brandís Largest Greenie
The second-generation Volvo XC90 announced the brand’s confident and triumphant return to the forefront of automotive discourse. With its parental troubles behind it, the 2015 model year XC90 arrived with dignified, upscale sheetmetal and served as a styling template for future models like the S90 and XC60. It also heralded the brand’s move towards downsized […] The post Volvo Boss Predicts a Plug-in-filled Future, but Americans Don’t Seem That Keen on the Brand’s Largest Greenie appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Kia Ready to Launch Its Mildest Hybrid Yet
It isn’t a model, it’s simply a powertrain. After the recent announcement of the Niro Electric and earlier hybrid and plug-in hybrid applications, Kia’s ready to dial it way back for the masses. The automaker has announced a 48-volt mild hybrid system that shouldn’t confuse unsavvy buyers, providing it never uses the word “hybrid” in […] The post Kia Ready to Launch Its Mildest Hybrid Yet appeared first on The Truth About Cars.