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QOTD: Hybrid Versus Conventional Drivetrains
  Which drivetrain would you prefer: The hybrid two-motor setup that Toyota has paired with their 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder that puts out 245 horsepower or Kia’s conventional V6 that produces 294 HP? These are the drivetrains you’ll find in the new 2021 Toyota Sienna minivan, or the upcoming 2022 Kia Carnival, which won’t be out […] The post QOTD: Hybrid Versus Conventional Drivetrains appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Toyota Trademarks Grand Highlander Nameplate
According to a report by gr86.org, Grand Highlander is the name Toyota has filed a trademark application for in the U.S. and Canada. In the story, it suggests a larger version of the existing Highlander is in the offing, likely to add more third-row passenger room and cargo space, with rear-end design changes to accommodate […] The post Toyota Trademarks Grand Highlander Nameplate appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Land Rover Defender Returns to Dakar in Supporting Role
  Land Rover Defender 110s are taking on the 2021 Dakar Rally, the 13-day, 12-stage, 4,751-mile all-terrain challenge. One of the toughest sporting events in the world, these production-spec models will support an ambitious new Dakar Rally team, Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX) throughout the race. These Defender 110 4x4s will be tasked with negotiating extreme […] The post Land Rover Defender Returns to Dakar in Supporting Role appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Are EV Batteries an Environmental Hot Mess?
Are EV batteries an environmental hazard? The European Commission (EC) is proposing stricter regulations on EV battery sustainability. A 2006 Battery Directive dealt with safe recycling and disposal of Pb-acid and Ni-Cd batteries when Li-ion batteries used in electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids were still in their infancy. These new rules will supposedly improve Li-ion […] The post Are EV Batteries an Environmental Hot Mess? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Millennials Really Do Intend to Buy Cars. Thank the Pandemic.
  Forget all you’ve heard about Millennials (24-39 years old) and their disdain for automobiles. COVID-19 has changed that, as 31 percent of those without a car intend to buy one in the next six months, and 45 percent of them are Millennials. EY, a global leader in assurance, tax, strategy, and consulting services, and […] The post Millennials Really Do Intend to Buy Cars. Thank the Pandemic. appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

ZF to Supply FCA With Glut of Hybrid-ready Transmissions
ZF Friedrichshafen has agreed to supply Fiat Chrysler with its second-largest order to date. While top honors belong to BMW, FCA will be using the same eight-speed automatic transmissions sourced for the Bavarian-based applications. “Optimized for electrification” as per ZF’s press announcement, the gearboxes are designed for longitudinally mounted engines ⁠— including those utilizing hybrid systems.  The updated […] The post ZF to Supply FCA With Glut of Hybrid-ready Transmissions appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

The Internal Combustion-only Dodge Challenger’s Days Are Numbered, Manley Says
Are the 66,716 Americans who helped take the venerable Dodge Challenger to a new sales record in 2018 just Luddites, rebelling against a rising tide of electrification and autonomy? Maybe, but the era of a Challenger line powered solely by gasoline is drawing to a close. Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley addressed the muscle car’s […] The post The Internal Combustion-only Dodge Challenger’s Days Are Numbered, Manley Says appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

2020 Ford Explorer Again Appears in Cop Clothing
After rocking the same design with only minor alterations since 2011, Ford will soon debut an all-new Explorer. Arriving this year as a 2020 model, the model adopts the modular CD6 platform shared with Lincoln’s Aviator, making the new version of the venerable SUV rear-drive biased once again. New powerplants are also on the way. […] The post 2020 Ford Explorer Again Appears in Cop Clothing appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Infiniti QX Inspiration: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
“I thought the sun rose in your eyes, and the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave … to the dark … and the endless skies, my love,” sang Roberta Flack in the heady and decadent early ’70s. Suffice it to say this writer didn’t feel the earth move in his hand upon […] The post Infiniti QX Inspiration: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Chevrolet Volt’s Discontinuation Leaves Battery Plant Employees Out of a Job
The vehicle they provide batteries for has less than three months to live, and this week brought news to 50 workers at General Motors’ Brownstown Battery plant that their positions are even more short-lived. In a filing with the state of Michigan, GM said it will cut 37 hourly and 13 salaried workers at the […] The post Chevrolet Volt’s Discontinuation Leaves Battery Plant Employees Out of a Job appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Toyota Expects a Quarter of Prius Customers to Choose AWD-e, but 25 Percent of Prius Is Not What It Used to Be
As America’s new vehicle market shifts to vehicles with four driven wheels, greater ride height, and dog-friendly tailgates, it seems more than sensible for the Toyota Prius to take part in some community outreach. The Prius, America’s 10th-best-selling car just a decade ago, can keep doing the same thing over and over again while expecting […] The post Toyota Expects a Quarter of Prius Customers to Choose AWD-e, but 25 Percent of Prius Is Not What It Used to Be appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e First Drive – Keeping Green On the White Stuff
While an inarguable success for Toyota, the Prius lost considerable clout through some odd styling decisions, a market trending toward crossovers, and smug owners who put a sour taste in everyone else’s mouth. I was never really a fan of the model, but I appreciated what it offered — outstanding economy, sufficient utility, and rather […] The post 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e First Drive – Keeping Green On the White Stuff appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Why Two Compact Hybrids? Demographics Play a Role, Toyota Claims
For two decades, the name “Prius” was all a committed Toyota buyer needed to know when searching for a compact hybrid vehicle. Soon, there’ll be two options, not counting the plug-in Prius Prime. The automaker’s decision to offer a hybrid version of the still strong-selling Corolla was not made to usher its famed hybrid model […] The post Why Two Compact Hybrids? Demographics Play a Role, Toyota Claims appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

So Long, Synergy? Toyota Wants to Break from Its Hybrid Naming Tradition
Despite long, grinding years of adulthood, the word “synergy” still reminds this author of the character on the excruciatingly 1980s cartoon Jem and the Holograms, which his older sister would commandeer the TV set for on various mornings. To Toyota, the word is the centerpiece of Hybrid Synergy Drive — the name applied to its hybrid […] The post So Long, Synergy? Toyota Wants to Break from Its Hybrid Naming Tradition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Cadillac Loses Its Only Hybrid Model
As one hat joins the wardrobe, another leaves the closet for a trip to the goodwill store. Cadillac’s flagship CT6 appeared at dealers in early 2016 with a range of powerplants in tow, most notably a plug-in hybrid promising 31 miles of gas-free driving. Big, traditional, American luxury sedans needn’t be dinosaurs, Cadillac said of […] The post Cadillac Loses Its Only Hybrid Model appeared first on The Truth About Cars.


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