Truck Sales

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 »

 

Ford to tout new F-450 towing capacity, hp, torque as best in class

12:29 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
In new spots appearing this fall, Ford will claim that the heavy-duty F-450 is capable of a best-in-class towing capacity of 31,200 pounds, an increase of 6,500 pounds over that of the current model.... Read More »

 

VW denies rumors of planned takeover bid for U.S. truckmaker Paccar

July 3, 2014 11:33 CET
Volkswagen says it is not interested in bidding for U.S. truckmaker Paccar, rejecting comments made by Daimler's commercial vehicle chief Wolfgang Bernhard.... Read More »

 

2014's stars, laggards at halfway mark

5:29 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
If it was a new compact or premium crossover or a large or mid-sized SUV, chances are it lit up the United States sales chart in the first half of the year. If it was a minicar or a mid-sized or large sedan, it probably lost some luster. Light trucks were hot in the first half of 2014, driving up overall new-vehicle sales 4 percent through June. Sales of light trucks increased 9 percent through June, while car deliveries were flat.... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

How smaller states can challenge Texas in the pickup wars

12:09 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
When it comes to selling pickups in the United States, the obvious centerpiece market is Texas. Last year, 322,000 new pickups were registered there -- or 15 percent of all 2.1 million pickups sold nationwide, according to IHS Automotive data.... Read More »

 

GM revises tow ratings on pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
General Motors has become the first Detroit automaker to rate the towing limits of its light-duty pickups under a common standard that all pickup makers agreed to adopt two years ago.... Read More »

 

Dutch plan for self-driving trucks could boost introduction of driverless cars

June 16, 2014 17:40 CET
A plan to allow self-driving trucks to deliver goods in the Netherlands could accelerate the introduction of driverless cars onto public roads.... Read More »

 

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