Truck

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 »

 

Ram pickup outsells Silverado for first time since 1999

4:01 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
It’s no April Fool’s joke, though General Motors may wish it were. The Ram pickup outsold the Chevrolet Silverado in March, the first monthly win by the Ram over Chevrolet’s full-sized pickup in nearly 15 years.... Read More »

 

Scania committee recommends rejection of Volkswagen's bid

March 18, 2014 13:40 CET
A Scania board committee recommended minority owners reject Volkswagen's bid for the rest of the Swedish truckmaker, saying the $9.33 billion offer for the stock VW doesn't own is too low.... Read More »

 

Pickup wars: Jockeying for Jimmy Fallon

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
A new front opened up last week in the pickup wars: the fight for late-night. Ford, Ram and Chevrolet are jockeying to be the provider of Jimmy Fallon's truck.... Read More »

 

Dealers bullish on diesel Ram 1500 pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
Almost half of the initial dealer orders for the 2014 Ram 1500 pickup are for the diesel-powered version.... Read More »

 

VW offers 6.7 billion euros to purchase rest of truckmaker Scania

Feb. 21, 2014 23:22 CET
VW Group is bidding 6.7 billion euros for the rest of truckmaker Scania to deepen cooperation with its other commercial-vehicles units after being blocked previously in those efforts by the Swedish company's minority shareholders.... Read More »

 

VW offers $9.2 billion to purchase rest of truckmaker Scania

5:22 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2014
Volkswagen AG is bidding more than $9.2 billion for the rest of truckmaker Scania AB to deepen cooperation with its other commercial-vehicles units after being blocked previously in those efforts by the Swedish company's minority shareholders.... Read More »

 

Ford splits with longtime TV pitchman Mike Rowe

7:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2014
Ford and longtime pitchman Mike Rowe, host of "Dirty Jobs," have made a clean break. Ford spokesman Chris Preuss said the Detroit automaker has parted ways with the TV personality and host of the Discovery Channel's now cancelled show.... Read More »

 

Obama sets March 2016 goal for truck fuel efficiency rules

2:04 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2014
President Barack Obama directed his administration to issue the next round of fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by March 2016.... Read More »

 

A GAME OF STRATEGY

A new era of choice has pickup makers maneuvering for advantage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
From Ford's lighter aluminum F-150 to General Motors' stylish smaller pickups to Ram's light-duty diesel engine, the industry's dominant truckmakers have all shown their hands. Now what? This year will usher in a new era in the pickup market, with the Detroit 3 following distinctly different paths for their most profitable products.... Read More »

 

Detroit 3 adopt common standard for tow ratings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
After a two-year delay, the Detroit 3 say they will use a common standard to rate the towing capacities of their light-duty pickups. The standard will allow shoppers to compare accurately the towing capability of pickups. It also should reduce confusing claims from automakers. The marketing confusion won't end, though, because the standard applies only to light-duty pickups.... Read More »

 

Testing trucks in 3 categories

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
The towing standard, called SAE J2807, tests vehicles under load in three categories: climbing, acceleration and launching.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

In Chicago, trucks get their mojo back

1:53 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2014
A new groundswell is taking place for sporty trucks. Of all the vehicles on display this week at the Chicago Auto Show, the pickup segment stands out.... Read More »

 

Toyota kicks up off-road appeal for trucks

10:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2014
Toyota will take three of its best-selling trucks to a new trim level of off-roading features and styling under the banner of TRD Pro Series. Toyota will introduce TRD Pro options on the 4Runner this fall and on the Tundra and Tacoma pickups in the 2015 model year, the company said today at the Chicago Auto Show.... Read More »

 

Renschler's suitors go beyond VW, report says

Feb. 6, 2014 11:49 CET
Former Mercedes production chief Andreas Renschler has more automotive companies interested in hiring him than just VW Group, the executive said.... Read More »

 

GM sales slide 12% on lower fleet, retail volume

4:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
GM posted its largest year-over-year sales decline in 41 months as light-vehicle deliveries fell at least 10 percent for three of its four U.S. brands in January.... Read More »

 

VW offers former Mercedes exec Renschler big budget to be trucks chief, report says

Jan. 31, 2014 11:22 CET
Volkswagen is offering former Mercedes production chief Andreas Renschler a substantial budget to bring in more people to push integration among its three commercial vehicles brands, sources said.... Read More »

 

SAAR to rise to 15.9 million in January, analysts predict

1:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
U.S. auto sales are projected to rise slightly this month, and one forecaster says retail deliveries will reach the highest January level in a decade. LMC Automotive today estimated sales would be up 1 percent from January 2013, while Kelley Blue Book predicted a 2 percent gain.... Read More »

 

China sales top 20 million

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
New-vehicle sales in China passed a milestone in 2013: 20 million units.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

GMC Canyon offers big-truck looks in smaller package

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2014
The 2015 GMC Canyon is the bolder, more-chiseled half of GM's dual bid to revive consumer interest in smaller pickups. While the Chevrolet Colorado is sporty and sleek, the Canyon, its corporate sibling, looks a bit like a little brother to the GMC Sierra full-sized pickup. And that's by design.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Heads up, D.C.: Here comes pickup lite

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2014
this week in Detroit, when Washington's dignitaries arrive at Cobo Center, the Detroit 3 should try this: Grab the visitors by the arms and bring them straight to the pickups.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Ford rolls dice with aluminum F-150

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2013
Ford's bold plan to introduce an aluminum F series -- its anticipated and high-stakes redesign of the top-selling pickup in history -- represents a profound reimagining of a cornerstone of U.S. light-vehicle manufacturing since the company began building F-series trucks in the late 1940s.... Read More »

 

Industry rides toward 2014 on a high

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2013
Automakers rode generous Black Friday incentives to blistering November auto volume and the strongest selling rate since February 2007. The U.S. industry chalked up sales of 1.24 million light vehicles, an increase of 9 percent from strong year-earlier results. The seasonally adjusted annualized sales rate was 16.4 million, well above October's 15.2 million.... Read More »

 

2013 L.A. Auto Show

GM considers all-terrain Colorado

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2013
Before the wraps even came off the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show, Chevy dealers were in the factory's ear about a future off-road variant.... Read More »

 

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