Truck Sales

Leases grease pickup sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Pickups are beginning to emulate luxury vehicles, with their exclusive-sounding model names, fancy features such as vented seats, and $50,000 price tags. Here's another similarity: More customers are leasing them.... Read More »

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Pickup leasing is lucrative but carries big risks

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Lease rates for pickups are climbing as the workhorses add capabilities and features that rival those of more traditional luxury vehicles.... Read More »

Weak car sales hamper Ford, GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

General Motors and Ford Motor Co. are churning out SUVs and crossovers as fast as they can to keep up with surging demand, but weak sales of their car models could endanger their chances of gaining U.S. market share this year.... Read More »

Mercedes Metris cargo van to enter Ford Transit Connect's turf

11:54 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2015

Ford's segment-leading Transit Connect small cargo van may get its toughest challenge yet from an unlikely competitor in the U.S.: Mercedes-Benz.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: In February snow, buyers want 4x4s

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

So February U.S. auto sales came in lower than the forecasters figured just a week or two ago. Well yeah! Snow days.
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Daimler says it will sell more than 500,000 trucks this year, 700,000 by 2020

6:26 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

Daimler expects truck sales to rise at least 5 percent to more than 500,000 this year and to 700,000 by 2020 due to rising demand in the U.S., helping to offset a slump in markets such as Brazil, trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard said today.... Read More »

Hyundai to enter U.S. commercial vehicle market as part of $1.8 billion offensive

7:38 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Hyundai plans to spend around $1.8 billion by 2020 on a major offensive in commercial vehicles, including entering the race in the United States, to catch up with rivals in a rapidly growing global market.... Read More »

Penske Automotive pushes further into commercial vehicles

1:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015

Penske Automotive Group is putting its attention and investment dollars deeper into the commercial vehicle business. The company announced today its US-based commercial-vehicle dealership business will be called Penske Commercial Vehicles, US.... Read More »

GM's pickup pacesetter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2015

Sheri Hickok is overseeing GM's most important vehicle program, the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. She is already reviewing clay models with designers, discussing the mix of materials that GM will use to make the trucks lighter and less thirsty, and chatting with marketers about potential new features.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Chill it now, but hold the champagne for later

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

Skip the headlines. Ignore the gaudy 14 percent gain. January was a solid auto sales month, not a great one.... Read More »

Toyota thinks TRD to win younger buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015

Since 2007, Toyota has been racing the nation's best-selling car, its Camry sedan, in the nation's most-watched motor sports series: NASCAR. Now, it hopes to finally leverage some of that track cred in the showroom as part of President Akio Toyoda's bid to zest up the brand's stodgy image and win over younger shoppers.... Read More »

VW mulls separate listing of trucks business, report says

Jan. 21, 2015 15:16 CET

Volkswagen may restructure its truck business so that it could be spun off to raise cash, a German magazine reported. VW has hired former Daimler manager Andreas Renschler to integrate the unit, which includes Scania and MAN.... Read More »

Assault on Fortress Detroit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

Tougher specs, more rugged designs and ample new trim levels -- all wrapped in copious red-white-and-blue marketing. Japanese brands are upping the stakes in the pickup wars with products debuting at the Detroit auto show in hopes of making deeper inroads into the one segment in which the country's carmakers still trail their Detroit rivals.... Read More »

VIA Motors delivering hybrid fleet trucks, Lutz says

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015

For former GM product czar Bob Lutz, his latest project is hitting the startup sweet spot, shipping retrofitted hybrid pickups to fleet customers.... Read More »

Toyota Tacoma takes on more off-road swagger, luxury

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015

Toyota is giving its Tacoma more off-road swagger and nodding to young buyers in a bid to keep the compact pickup atop a segment that just got a lot more competitive.... Read More »

More off-lease pickups, SUVs and crossovers in 5 years, KBB says

6:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015

Cars dominated the top segments of vehicles coming off lease in 2014, but the segments with the most projected off-lease growth in 2019, vs. 2014 volumes, will be SUVs, crossovers and pickups, analysts from Kelley Blue Book predicted Sunday.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Pricing: The extra icing on the cake in a great year

4:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

We can all rattle off lots to celebrate: fifth straight year of U.S. sales growth, 13 brands setting records in 2014, volume that is 6 million-plus units higher than 2009 and more growth forecast for 2015. But for me, one feel-good factoid trumps everything. Average transaction prices are still rising.... Read More »

Lexus' record month helps Toyota to 13% gain

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. said sales rose 13 percent to 215,057 units last month, as the automaker's light trucks set a December record, the Lexus division posted its best month ever and demand for the Corolla compact surged 34 percent.... Read More »

Nissan Titan goes big rig

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014

Despite lackluster sales, Nissan is giving the Titan another shot. An all-new version of the full-size pickup is scheduled to be shown in Detroit in January at the North American International Auto Show.... Read More »

GM replacing keys on 2014-15 trucks to prevent ignition shutoff

1:07 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014

GM is replacing ignition keys on its newest trucks because of a design problem that can cause the shift lever to bump the key and shut off the engine. GM said its investigators determined that the issue was not a safety defect because it occurs only when the driver has a foot on the brake and is shifting gears. Rather than a safety recall, GM issued a technical service bulletin to dealers on Nov. 6, instructing them to replace keys for customers who complain of a problem.... Read More »

Chevy Colorado edges Ford F-150 for Motor Trend Truck of the Year honor

7:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014

Motor Trend named the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado pickup its Truck of the Year, edging out Ford's aluminum-bodied F-150.... Read More »

Thanksgiving deals, trucks lift Toyota

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s sales rose 3 percent to 183,346 units in November, fueled by demand for SUVs and crossovers.... Read More »

Honda sets November record on crossover volume; Acura gains 2%

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014

A sustained appetite for big and small crossovers lifted American Honda Motor's sales 5 percent to 121,814 units in November.... Read More »

Hyundai falls 4% as small cars tumble

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014

Hyundai Motor America's November sales fell 4 percent on weak demand for small cars such as the Elantra and Accent.... Read More »

Ford warns of more U.S. declines as F-150 ramp-up begins

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014

Ford lost U.S. market share for a fourth consecutive month in November and warned that its sales would likely continue to decline for at least several months as it ramps up production of the redesigned F-150 pickup.... Read More »

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