Truck

Daimler, Nissan will develop M-B pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Daimler AG and Nissan Motor Corp. will jointly develop a midsize pickup for Mercedes-Benz, the companies said last week. The pickup will target commercial and private buyers and will share some underpinnings with a new Nissan NP300 truck, Daimler and Nissan said in a joint statement....
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How about a Jeep midsize pickup?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

It is a pity that Ram brand boss Bob Hegbloom cannot envision the market for a midsize pickup, in essence giving the segment to General Motors and Toyota....
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Mercedes, Nissan to develop midsize M-B pickup

11:06 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2015

Daimler will expand its cooperation with Nissan to develop a midsize pickup for Mercedes-Benz. The new pickup will target commercial and private clients and will share some of the underpinnings with an all-new Nissan NP300 truck....
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U.S. pickup for Mercedes? Decision by Dec. 31, CEO Cannon says

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Mercedes-Benz USA will decide by year end whether to sell a pickup being developed for other markets. "We said to Stuttgart, 'We are open, and let us assess the market,'" says Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA....
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Midsize Ram pickup? Too costly, brand boss says

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Ram brand boss Bob Hegbloom says he can't make numbers work to fit a midsize pickup into the brand's lineup. The key sticking point? The price of higher fuel economy....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Meet South Korea's newest automaker

11:10 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2015

Cony Motor doesn't have a factory or a single customer. Its vehicles aren't even street-legal yet. But South Korea's youngest would-be automaker just splurged on a stand at the country's premier auto show, right next to Bentley....
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Ghosn says Nissan is not Mercedes' only pickup option

4:15 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says global partner Daimler AG has plenty of options for sourcing the Mercedes-Benz pickup it is planning to introduce by 2020. And they may or may not include a Nissan factory....
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GM pickup, SUV sales strong, but car sales fall

12:21 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Pickup truck and SUV sales shouldered the load again for General Motors in March, while car sales stalled. The carmaker posted a 2.4 percent sales dip in March vs. the year-ago March....
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Mercedes pickup will be built by Nissan, report says

March 31, 2015 06:01 CET

Daimler declined to comment on a report that its first Mercedes pickup will be based on the Nissan Navara and built by the Japanese automaker....
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The buzz about the Benz pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Daimler's surprise announcement that it will launch a Mercedes-Benz pickup by 2020 contained no technical details, but offered one major clue: The midsize truck will be built by the company's commercial vans division....
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Hyundai aims for nearly 5% U.S. sales growth this year

7:16 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

Hyundai Motor Co. aims to boost its U.S. sales by 4.7 percent this year, ahead of the industry's projected growth rate, despite a consumer shift to SUVs and pickups....
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Leases grease pickup sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Pickups are beginning to emulate luxury vehicles, with their exclusive-sounding model names, fancy features such as vented seats, and $50,000 price tags. Here's another similarity: More customers are leasing them....
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Weak car sales hamper Ford, GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

General Motors and Ford Motor Co. are churning out SUVs and crossovers as fast as they can to keep up with surging demand, but weak sales of their car models could endanger their chances of gaining U.S. market share this year....
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Mercedes Metris cargo van to enter Ford Transit Connect's turf

11:54 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2015

Ford's segment-leading Transit Connect small cargo van may get its toughest challenge yet from an unlikely competitor in the U.S.: Mercedes-Benz....
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JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: 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

BLOG: 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

BLOG: 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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