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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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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....
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GMC will take its turn in the spotlight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2014

GMC is planning a broad advertising campaign next year, an effort by General Motors to raise the profile of its successful, under-the-radar truck brand. GMC and Buick Vice President Duncan Aldred said he and ad agency Leo Burnett are working on a "big umbrella campaign" that will showcase GMC as a brand that stands for premium, refined trucks....
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Technology propels fuel economy average to record 24.1 mpg, EPA says

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2014

The average fuel economy of cars and light trucks, driven by wider use of technology, rose to a record 24.1 mpg in the 2013 model year, though the pace of improvement slowed. Fuel economy will average 24.2 mpg across the industry for 2014 models, the EPA estimated, but cautioned the final figure will likely be revised higher....
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Q&A

F-150 chief engineer: Redesign 'sets us up for the next 15 years'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014

With the redesigned F-150 pickup, Ford is out to prove conventional wisdom that only bigger and heavier can deliver more power and capability. Automotive News sat down with Pete Reyes, chief engineer of the 2015 pickup, the first mass market truck with a body made of lightweight aluminum alloys, or what Ford likes to call “military grade.”...
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Chrysler revamps line to boost pickup output

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

With thousands of suggestions from line workers, Chrysler Group modified the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit to build about 100 additional Ram 1500s each production day or 28,500 per year....
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GM midsize pickups carry heavy load

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2014

The Chevrolet Colorado can haul 7,000 pounds. But it also must carry the weight of General Motors' entire truck strategy. GM's three-truck approach is among the biggest wagers Detroit has seen in a long time. The entries make GM the only automaker to offer heavy-duty, light-duty and midsize pickups....
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Is Ford due for ratings boost after GM upgrade?

3:19 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014

Ford's profit topped $7 billion in 2013 just as it did back in 1999 amid surging demand for Explorer SUVs and F-150 pickups. Yet five years into its recovery, Ford's credit ratings remain one level above junk -- six notches lower than they were back in the SUV boom of 1999....
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GM and Isuzu to jointly develop midsize pickup for global markets

7:11 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014

GM and Isuzu Motors agreed to jointly develop a midsize pickup truck for sale in several markets around the world, but not for the United States and Canada....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Automakers battle in annual Texas truck showdown

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014

General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and Toyota are rolling into this weekend's Texas State Fair in Dallas with guns blazing -- at each other. Around 3 million pairs of cowboy boots visit the fair each year, which makes it ground zero in the truck and SUV marketing wars....
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Fiat will source a midsize truck from Mitsubishi

Sept. 19, 2014 08:44 CET

Fiat Chrysler will source a pickup for Europe and Latin America from Mitsubishi starting in 2016. The automakers today signed an interim agreement to develop and manufacture a midsize truck based on the next Mitsubishi L200....
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GM adding 3rd shift to Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon plant in Missouri

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014

GM will add a third production shift at a Missouri assembly plant where its new midsize pickups and commercial vans are made. GM last week started output of the redesigned 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon at the factory after a two-year hiatus for the trucks....
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GM gets dealer buy-in on new midsize pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014

GM says dealers ordered 28,000 Colorados and another 14,000 Canyons during the first 30 days after it began taking orders, more than five times its forecast....
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Ford rejoins rivals on payload ratings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014

Ford Motor Co. says it will stop stripping the weight of some items from its heavy-duty pickups to boost their payload ratings....
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EDITORIAL

Unfinished business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014

Ford Motor Co. has reversed course and agreed to stop removing standard equipment from heavy-duty pickups to inflate the maximum payload capacities it advertises. That is a wise decision....
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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....
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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?...
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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