Truck

JESSE SNYDER

In February snow, buyers want 4x4s

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
So February U.S. auto sales came in lower than the forecasters figured just a week or two ago. Well yeah! Snow days.
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Daimler says it will sell more than 500,000 trucks this year, 700,000 by 2020

6:26 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Daimler expects truck sales to rise at least 5 percent to more than 500,000 this year and to 700,000 by 2020 due to rising demand in the U.S., helping to offset a slump in markets such as Brazil, trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard said today....
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Hyundai to enter U.S. commercial vehicle market as part of $1.8 billion offensive

7:38 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Hyundai plans to spend around $1.8 billion by 2020 on a major offensive in commercial vehicles, including entering the race in the United States, to catch up with rivals in a rapidly growing global market....
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GM's pickup pacesetter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2015
Sheri Hickok is overseeing GM's most important vehicle program, the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. She is already reviewing clay models with designers, discussing the mix of materials that GM will use to make the trucks lighter and less thirsty, and chatting with marketers about potential new features....
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JESSE SNYDER

Chill it now, but hold the champagne for later

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015
Skip the headlines. Ignore the gaudy 14 percent gain. January was a solid auto sales month, not a great one....
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Toyota thinks TRD to win younger buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015
Since 2007, Toyota has been racing the nation's best-selling car, its Camry sedan, in the nation's most-watched motor sports series: NASCAR. Now, it hopes to finally leverage some of that track cred in the showroom as part of President Akio Toyoda's bid to zest up the brand's stodgy image and win over younger shoppers....
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VW mulls separate listing of trucks business, report says

Jan. 21, 2015 15:16 CET
Volkswagen may restructure its truck business so that it could be spun off to raise cash, a German magazine reported. VW has hired former Daimler manager Andreas Renschler to integrate the unit, which includes Scania and MAN....
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VIA Motors delivering hybrid fleet trucks, Lutz says

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
For former GM product czar Bob Lutz, his latest project is hitting the startup sweet spot, shipping retrofitted hybrid pickups to fleet customers....
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Toyota Tacoma takes on more off-road swagger, luxury

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Toyota is giving its Tacoma more off-road swagger and nodding to young buyers in a bid to keep the compact pickup atop a segment that just got a lot more competitive....
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More off-lease pickups, SUVs and crossovers in 5 years, KBB says

6:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015
Cars dominated the top segments of vehicles coming off lease in 2014, but the segments with the most projected off-lease growth in 2019, vs. 2014 volumes, will be SUVs, crossovers and pickups, analysts from Kelley Blue Book predicted Sunday....
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JESSE SNYDER

Pricing: The extra icing on the cake in a great year

4:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
We can all rattle off lots to celebrate: fifth straight year of U.S. sales growth, 13 brands setting records in 2014, volume that is 6 million-plus units higher than 2009 and more growth forecast for 2015. But for me, one feel-good factoid trumps everything. Average transaction prices are still rising....
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Lexus' record month helps Toyota to 13% gain

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. said sales rose 13 percent to 215,057 units last month, as the automaker's light trucks set a December record, the Lexus division posted its best month ever and demand for the Corolla compact surged 34 percent....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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...
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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