Truck Sales

Nissan boosted 15% by multiple nameplates

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Nissan Division reported rising U.S. demand in August across its product portfolio. The division sold 125,224 cars and light trucks last month in the United States, up 15 percent from August 2013. Multiple nameplates made significant gains, including the Versa subcompact, Sentra compact, Altima midsize sedan, Maxima large sedan, Rogue compact crossover and Leaf electric car.... Read More »

 

Accord volume hits record, topping Camry; American Honda remains flat for month

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
The Honda brand posted a 2 percent U.S. sales increase in August, only its third rise of the year and slightly topping its 1 percent downturn in year-to-date sales. But the credit belongs mainly to one standout: the Accord.... Read More »

 

Toyota rides truck wave to 6% gain

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. posted record SUV sales in August, including a 52 percent increase in RAV4 deliveries. The gains helped Toyota achieve a better-than-expected increase of 6 percent and outsell Ford Motor Co. to rank as the nation’s No. 2 automaker for the month.... Read More »

 

Jeep, Ram power Chrysler Group up 20%

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Chrysler Group sales shot up 20 percent in August, powered by Jeep SUVs and Ram pickups. The automaker posted sales of 198,379 last month, its best August since 2002 and its 53rd consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains.... Read More »

 

GM says early orders surge for Colorado pickup

6:25 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Chevrolet dealers requested nearly 30,000 Colorado pickups in the month since General Motors began taking orders for the mid-sized truck -- about five times more than the company had forecast.... Read More »

 

AUGUST U.S. SALES PREVIEW

Chrysler Group's hot streak putting heat on competition

8:55 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
As Jeep benefits from consumers' renewed attraction to SUVs, Chrysler Group also has been aided by strong demand for Ram pickups and Town & Country minivans. That helped propel its U.S. sales up 12 percent last month, the largest increase of any major automaker, according to the average of eight analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

Ram makes a power move in heated rivalry with Ford Super Duty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
The rivalry between Ford's venerable F series and Chrysler's hard-charging Ram truck brand is heating up again. Chrysler today announced that it will offer a 2015 diesel-powered Ram Heavy Duty pickup with 865 pounds-feet of torque.... Read More »

 

Used pickup prices strong, but how long?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
How long will prices of used full-size pickups stay strong?... Read More »

 

Pickup payload U-turn: GM bases rating on curb weight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
In the flap over how General Motors and Ford Motor Co. calculate the maximum payload ratings of their pickups, GM blinked. GM said on Friday that it no longer will omit the weight of some parts to boost the maximum payload ratings of their pickups.... Read More »

 

Why fleet sales soared in July

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
How did total July U.S. light-vehicle sales rise 9 percent?... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Pickup trucks rising, thanks to oil boom

8:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Full-sized pickup sales are rebounding to big volumes -- even without the complete return of new-home construction. Through seven months, sales of full-sized pickups in the United States rose 4 percent in an overall market that increased 5 percent.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Ram exec says first company with a 30 mpg pickup 'wins'

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Ram launched the 1500 EcoDiesel, the first light-duty diesel pickup in the United States in more than a decade, early this year. Sales are strong, and Ram is working to increase the supply of the 3.0-liter Italian-made turbodiesel.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

GM plans to launch more diesel vehicles in U.S.

10:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
General Motors will launch more cars and light trucks with diesel engines in the United States in the coming years. Steve Kiefer, GM's vice president of global powertrain, today said diesels in cars and light trucks could grow to 10 percent of the market in the United States by 2020.... Read More »

 

PAYLOAD 'GAMESMANSHIP'

Ford, GM play with numbers for bragging rights

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Ford and GM delete the weight of some heavy parts, such as spare tires and rear bumpers, in calculating the maximum payload of some profitable pickups. The practice is raising questions of confidence.... Read More »

 

Toyota dreams of green car future, but light-truck gains are driving profits

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Toyota is hitching its future to green cars, investing billions of dollars in gasoline-electric hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles, but for now its record profit performance is being powered largely by a gas-guzzling U.S. market.... Read More »

 

What is pickup payload?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
A pickup's maximum payload is the weight of all of the items that it carries, including passengers and cargo.... Read More »

 

JULY U.S. AUTO SALES

Sales climb 9 percent to 1.4M vehicles as SAAR hits 16.5M

5:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2014
U.S. auto sales, led by Chrysler's 20 percent advance and solid gains of 10 percent or more at Toyota, Nissan, and Ford, rose 9 percent in July to 1.435 million. The results were just below forecasts for a 10 percent increase but signal consumers remain in a buying mood. The seasonally adjusted, annualized sales rate hit 16.5 million in July. Toyota outsold Ford by 4,335 units.... Read More »

 

Toyota Motor advances 12% for best July in 7 years

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2014
Sales at Toyota Motor Sales rose 12 percent in July from a year earlier to 215,802 vehicles, for the automaker's best July sales in seven years as core models posted big gains.... Read More »

 

GM, too, removes parts to weigh pickups, boost payload ratings

7:09 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
GM says it deletes heavy items such as the rear bumper from certain pickups when it weighs them in order to boost the vehicles' maximum payload ratings. GM says it adopted the practice for the 2014 model year in response to competitive pressures as it launched redesigned full-sized pickups.... Read More »

 

GM resumes pickup output at Indiana plant

12:53 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Production resumed today at one of GM's three pickup plants after being idled because of an interruption in sheetmetal supplies, the company said.... Read More »

 

CLASS WARFARE

Ford, Ram quarrel over heavy-duty pickup towing title

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Ford Motor Co. is threatening legal action if Ram keeps claiming that its pickups offer "best-in-class" towing. Ram's response? In so many words, it's telling Ford to go pound sand.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Tell us the true towing rating

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
I don't understand why Ford doesn't rate its new Super Duty pickup using the SAE J2807 standard.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Toe the line on towing

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
On the cusp of the 2015 model year, rival automakers are still making pickup towing capacity claims that don't meet an industry standard they agreed to in 2009. It's a marketing war of words, with some combatants redefining the words to create an advantage. That must stop immediately.... Read More »

 

Ford, Ram escalate towing war

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Ford launched a salvo in the escalating heavy-duty pickup towing rivalry last week. And Ram promptly fired right back.... Read More »

 

Silverado, Sierra, Yukon Denali with V-8 to feature new 8-speed transmission

1:57 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
A new eight-speed automatic transmission will come standard on some 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon Denali/Yukon XL Denali models with a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine, GM said today.... Read More »

 

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