Truck Sales

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 »

 

Chrysler volume jumps 20% as 11 of 21 models set records

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
Chrysler Group set monthly or all-time records for 11 of its 21 vehicles, pushing its U.S. sales up 20 percent in November, with strong increases from Ram, Chrysler and Jeep.... Read More »

 

GM’s revamped truck lineup fuels 6% advance

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
General Motors rode red-hot truck sales and a big month from its Buick-GMC channel to a 6 percent sales increase in November.... Read More »

 

Nissan slips as older models change over

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
Nissan Division sales dropped slightly in November as phase-outs began for several older models and the brand reduced incentives and fleet sales.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

The good times keep rolling along

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
We’re merrily motoring down the monthly sales expressway, scarcely a pothole in the past 60 reports.... Read More »

 

Chevy Colorado, in ZR2 gear, is ready to hit the rocky trails

7:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Chevrolet's off-road Colorado concept is its boldest effort yet to position the midsize pickup as a versatile truck for active, outdoorsy types. A production version of the Colorado ZR2 would give GM an answer to Ford's F-150 SVT Raptor.... Read More »

 

Sales are up and the mix is rich

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 6 percent in October and the annual selling rate was a solid 16.5 million. But the real story last month - and indeed for most of 2014 - was all the extra cash those unit sales brought in.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Good times are rolling for pickup makers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
What a terrific month October was for sales of pickups. Large pickups rose 10 percent, outperforming a strong overall U.S. market. The 10-month numbers for big pickups look pretty good, too. In fact, everyone has something to smile about.... Read More »

 

Battle of the brands

6:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
How some tight brand races and model matchups are shaping up after 10 months... Read More »

 

OCTOBER U.S. SALES

Chrysler, Nissan set pace as U.S. sales rise 6% on truck demand

6:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
U.S. light-vehicle sales, led by double-digit increases at Chrysler Group and Nissan Motor, rose 6 percent last month to 1.28 million, matching forecasts, with crossovers and light trucks fueling much of the industry's gains. The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate, a broad measure of the industry's health, hit 16.5 million, slightly above projections and up 7 percent from 15.4 million a year earlier. The SAAR has now topped 16 million every month beginning with March.... Read More »

 

Trucks, Camry lift Toyota up 7%

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Booming SUV and crossover deliveries drove Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. to a 7 percent sales gain in October. Toyota and Scion volume rose 8 percent to 157,225, while Lexus sales gained 3 percent to 23,355 last month for combined sales of 180,580 cars and trucks.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Weep not for pickup makers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
October looked like a happy month for big pickups with sales rising 10 percent, outperforming a strong overall U.S. market. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find pickup manufacturers who are really, really, really happy.... Read More »

 

Nissan brand rolls to 13th record month

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Rising Sentra, Versa and Rogue volumes gave Nissan Division its 13th consecutive record sales month in October. The brand sold 94,072 vehicles for the month, an increase of 15 percent over October 2013.... Read More »

 

Ram chief says consumers aren't clamoring for aluminum pickup

5:58 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Bob Hegbloom, chief of the Ram brand, isn't buying the buzz that the lightweight aluminum body of the upcoming 2015 F-150 pickup will give Ford a significant advantage.... Read More »

 

2 Chrysler recalls involve more than 566,000 vehicles

8:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Chrysler Group is recalling an estimated 381,876 Ram trucks equipped with 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engines globally to upgrade wiring harness terminals and replace their fuel-heater housings, if needed. Separately, it is recalling an estimated 184,186 2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokees to update the vehicles' electronic stability control software.... Read More »

 

WHO WANTS HYBRIDS?

Falling gasoline prices make alternative-fuel vehicles a tougher sell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
For a sign of the challenges in selling fuel efficiency as a virtue, Tanner Hulette need only look at the signs near his dealership advertising gasoline for $2.70 a gallon. Hulette, general manager of Mechanicsville Toyota near Richmond, Va., said he's seeing higher demand for pickups and SUVs, and less interest in the Prius hybrid.... Read More »

 

China's policies are pushing out pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
When Beijing implemented its Road Traffic Law in 2003, it granted city governments the liberty to decide whether to permit pickups to drive in their cities. A loophole in the law allowed traffic regulators in most Chinese cities to simply classify pickups as commercial vehicles and bar them from entering their cities. The practice has stifled pickup sales in China.... Read More »

 

2015 Ford F-150 lassos Truck of Texas award

1:49 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Ford's 2015 aluminum-body F-150 pickup has taken home the prestigious Truck of Texas award, handed out annually by the Texas Auto Writers Association Truck Rodeo.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Rural dealers need some heavy-duty help

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Vast rural areas of North America are being transformed by hydraulic fracturing, the controversial energy extraction process better known as fracking. The process is transforming rural auto dealerships as well. The dealers need some help, and automakers serious about selling pickups ought to jump in with both feet to assist.... Read More »

 

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