Truck Sales

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 »

 

Fiat to get Mitsubishi pickup, sources say

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Fiat will team up with Mitsubishi to add a long-promised large pickup to its lineups in Europe and Latin America.... Read More »

 

Hail ravages thousands of vehicles at Nebraska, Iowa dealerships

11:25 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
Woodhouse Auto Family, the owner of Woodhouse Ford in Nebraska, known for its Truck Mountain, said it sustained damage to nearly 4,400 of its vehicles Tuesday night as storms pelted the Midwest with baseball-sized hail. The storms hit Woodhouse stores and other dealerships in Nebraska and western Iowa, leading to slashed prices and immediate damage assessments by insurance adjusters.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM recalls 500 new trucks, SUVs for flawed airbag sensor

12:15 pm U.S. ET | May 23, 2014
General Motors is recalling about 500 new pickups and SUVs to fix a potential flaw in the sensor that controls the airbags. The recall is to fix "a potentially faulty supplier part in the sensing and diagnostic module that controls the vehicle air bags" on 2014 and 2015 Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, Chevy Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL models, GM said in an e-mailed statement.... Read More »

 

Toyota's TRD Pro editions will be ready for off-roading

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2014
Toyota Racing Development, mostly known for racing parts and accessories for street-legal vehicles, will offer factory-installed TRD Pro off-road kits on the Tacoma, Tundra and 4Runner.... Read More »

 

A pretty profit for panned GM pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
General Motors' first redesigned full-sized pickups in seven years have come dangerously close to being labeled flops since their launch last summer.... Read More »

 

Heading to the heart of truck country

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
With its move to Texas, Toyota is not only planting its flag in deep in the heartland but also announcing itself to the epicenter of the pickup market.... Read More »

 

Full-sized pickups outdo U.S. market again in April

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Full-sized pickups again outperformed the U.S. market in April, surging 12 percent to 171,235 units. Through four months, sales are 6 percent higher at 622,189. On a percentage basis, the Toyota Tundra led the segment in April with sales up 24 percent to 10,217.... Read More »

 

Sweden's Investor will tender Scania stake to VW

May 1, 2014 12:33 CET
Swedish holding company Investor AB will tender its stake in Scania to VW Group, which aims to take full control of the truckmaker.... Read More »

 

VW's Scania bid nearing success as buyout offer extended

April 30, 2014 11:04 CET
VW Group is edging closer toward taking full control of its Swedish truck division, Scania, after its buyout offer won broad support from shareholders and fell just short of an acceptance threshold.... Read More »

 

CHINA'S SUV FEVER

Detroit 3 rush to expand SUV lineups in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2014
Roughly a decade after the United States, China is going gaga for SUVs. The mantra is more SUVs ASAP, as those vehicles -- including SUVs and crossovers -- rapidly supplant sedans as the most popular segment. The trend bodes well for Detroit-based automakers.... Read More »

 

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 »

 

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