Truck Sales

VW's Scania bid backed by big investor at Swedish truckmaker

April 24, 2014 12:36 CET
Volkswagen moved closer to sealing a 6.7 billion euro ($9.3 billion) deal for the rest of truckmaker Scania after a major shareholder, Swedbank Robur, said it would accept VW's offer for its shares.... Read More »

 

VW faces rising opposition to Scania bid as Alecta rejects offer

April 23, 2014 11:58 CET
VW faces increasing opposition to its 6.7 billion euro bid for the rest of Scania after Alecta, the truckmaker's third-biggest shareholder, rejected the offer.... Read More »

 

Ford F-150 engineer says some ideas were too much to execute

3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
In Ford's five-year effort to strip weight from the 2015 F-150 pickup, some ideas were considered just too big of a stretch, chief engineer Pete Reyes said today. For example, engineers had considered using a front-frame crossmember -- which provides rigidity and lateral strength -- made of magnesium, an expensive metal that is lighter and stronger than either aluminum or steel.... Read More »

 

Re-engineered Ram Power Wagon gets new frame, bigger tires

9:00 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
The re-engineered 2014 Ram Power Wagon will use a new frame, bigger tires and a five-link coil suspension to improve on-road performance and off-road ability.... Read More »

 

March sales were even better than they looked

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Retail sales rose 7 percent to overcome a 1 percent decline in fleet volume. And after starting almost as cold as January and February, March's sales pace accelerated in the final two weeks to finish at a seasonally adjusted annual selling rate of 16.4 million, the second highest monthly SAAR since 2007.... Read More »

 

Q1 TALLY

2014's hot and not-so-hot brands, models, segments

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
By the numbers: A look at some of the hot and not-so-hot models, brands and segments during the first quarter of 2014.... Read More »

 

Mercedes’ Sprinter fights notion that it’s unaffordable

2:04 pm U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
The Mercedes-Benz badge may be too fancy for Sprinter van buyers in the United States. So Mercedes has begun advertising the sticker price on the refreshed 2014 Sprinter van to negate its luxury appeal. The move comes as Mercedes attempts to gain market share from rivals by reaching individual and fleet customers who are not accustomed -- or even averse -- to driving a Mercedes-Benz vehicle.... Read More »

 

Ram pickup outsells Silverado for first time since 1999

4:01 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
It’s no April Fool’s joke, though General Motors may wish it were. The Ram pickup outsold the Chevrolet Silverado in March, the first monthly win by the Ram over Chevrolet’s full-sized pickup in nearly 15 years.... Read More »

 

Chrysler's Ram gains ground on Silverado

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2014
The side-view mirror of a Chevrolet Silverado contains this warning: "Objects may be closer than they appear."... Read More »

 

Scania committee recommends rejection of Volkswagen's bid

March 18, 2014 13:40 CET
A Scania board committee recommended minority owners reject Volkswagen's bid for the rest of the Swedish truckmaker, saying the $9.33 billion offer for the stock VW doesn't own is too low.... Read More »

 

Pickup wars: Jockeying for Jimmy Fallon

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
A new front opened up last week in the pickup wars: the fight for late-night. Ford, Ram and Chevrolet are jockeying to be the provider of Jimmy Fallon's truck.... Read More »

 

In Minnesota, buy a Ford truck, get a voucher … toward a gun

2:54 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
Buy a new or used Ford pickup and get a voucher toward the purchase of a shotgun at Muscatell Burns Ford in Minnesota.... Read More »

 

Dealers bullish on diesel Ram 1500 pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
Almost half of the initial dealer orders for the 2014 Ram 1500 pickup are for the diesel-powered version.... Read More »

 

VW offers 6.7 billion euros to purchase rest of truckmaker Scania

Feb. 21, 2014 23:22 CET
VW Group is bidding 6.7 billion euros for the rest of truckmaker Scania to deepen cooperation with its other commercial-vehicles units after being blocked previously in those efforts by the Swedish company's minority shareholders.... Read More »

 

VW offers $9.2 billion to purchase rest of truckmaker Scania

5:22 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2014
Volkswagen AG is bidding more than $9.2 billion for the rest of truckmaker Scania AB to deepen cooperation with its other commercial-vehicles units after being blocked previously in those efforts by the Swedish company's minority shareholders.... Read More »

 

Ford splits with longtime TV pitchman Mike Rowe

7:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2014
Ford and longtime pitchman Mike Rowe, host of "Dirty Jobs," have made a clean break. Ford spokesman Chris Preuss said the Detroit automaker has parted ways with the TV personality and host of the Discovery Channel's now cancelled show.... Read More »

 

Dealers order more than 8,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500s in 3 days

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2014
Chrysler Group dealers ordered more than 8,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500 pickups in the first weekend that they could do so -- a figure that represents nearly half of the light-duty pickup's normal monthly production.... Read More »

 

Obama sets March 2016 goal for truck fuel efficiency rules

2:04 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2014
President Barack Obama directed his administration to issue the next round of fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by March 2016.... Read More »

 

A GAME OF STRATEGY

A new era of choice has pickup makers maneuvering for advantage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
From Ford's lighter aluminum F-150 to General Motors' stylish smaller pickups to Ram's light-duty diesel engine, the industry's dominant truckmakers have all shown their hands. Now what? This year will usher in a new era in the pickup market, with the Detroit 3 following distinctly different paths for their most profitable products.... Read More »

 

Detroit 3 adopt common standard for tow ratings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
After a two-year delay, the Detroit 3 say they will use a common standard to rate the towing capacities of their light-duty pickups. The standard will allow shoppers to compare accurately the towing capability of pickups. It also should reduce confusing claims from automakers. The marketing confusion won't end, though, because the standard applies only to light-duty pickups.... Read More »

 

Testing trucks in 3 categories

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
The towing standard, called SAE J2807, tests vehicles under load in three categories: climbing, acceleration and launching.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

In Chicago, trucks get their mojo back

1:53 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2014
A new groundswell is taking place for sporty trucks. Of all the vehicles on display this week at the Chicago Auto Show, the pickup segment stands out.... Read More »

 

Toyota kicks up off-road appeal for trucks

10:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2014
Toyota will take three of its best-selling trucks to a new trim level of off-roading features and styling under the banner of TRD Pro Series. Toyota will introduce TRD Pro options on the 4Runner this fall and on the Tundra and Tacoma pickups in the 2015 model year, the company said today at the Chicago Auto Show.... Read More »

 

Renschler's suitors go beyond VW, report says

Feb. 6, 2014 11:49 CET
Former Mercedes production chief Andreas Renschler has more automotive companies interested in hiring him than just VW Group, the executive said.... Read More »

 

GM sales slide 12% on lower fleet, retail volume

4:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
GM posted its largest year-over-year sales decline in 41 months as light-vehicle deliveries fell at least 10 percent for three of its four U.S. brands in January.... Read More »

 

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