Truck

EDITORIAL

Cheap fuel forces industry to make tough choices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Fiat Chrysler's product shift to more trucks and fewer cars rests on the conclusion that low oil prices are permanent. Set aside considerations of why FCA made such a strong commitment. Focus on a larger question: Is it certain that oil prices will stay low?...
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Big-bucks trucks are part of the luxury market, says Autonation CEO

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Extremely pricey pickups should be counted as premium vehicles, says AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson. And German luxury makers shouldn't try to get into that luxury segment, he adds....
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Toyota ramps up its truck production, with caution

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Toyota plans to boost output of light trucks in 2016 to tap the hot market for SUVs and crossovers, but it will do so cautiously with an eye to the flattening market, Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz said....
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Nissan could join off-road battle

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2016

Just days after it began selling the redesigned 2016 Titan XD, Nissan suggested it may enter the small niche of performance off-road pickups with the Titan Warrior Concept. The concept, with massive wheels, a raised suspension, heavy-duty springs and an enhanced engine, would pit Nissan against the performance-tuned Ford F-150 Raptor, Ram Power Wagon and Toyota Tundra TRD Pro....
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Chuck Norris and giggles: What people think of Honda's '17 Ridgeline

2:29 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Honda's newest Ridgeline looks truer to a pickup while retaining platform ties to its Honda siblings, namely the Honda Odyssey minivan and Pilot crossover, and the Acura MDX crossover. Here's what some critics, analysts and others think about the redesigned truck....
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Soon you'll be able to pick up some pickups at the post office

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Later this year, the U.S. Postal Service will issue its third set of stamps honoring classic vehicles. This time, American pickups are the subject....
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2015 U.S. AUTO SALES

In a record year, what was hot (and cold)

10:40 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

Last year's record U.S. light-vehicle sales were powered by booming crossover, pickup and SUV demand while consumers gave a cold shoulder to most cars. Crossovers were 2015's hottest wheels, with overall sales rising 17 percent year-over-year to 4,337,098 vehicles....
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U.S. average new-vehicle fuel economy drops below 25 mpg

11:10 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

While the U.S. auto industry set a sales record in 2015, the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased last year fell below 25 mpg for the first time in nearly two years, a monthly report said....
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'Friends' deals hurt Ford's low-priced vehicles, but boosted overall prices

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

Sales of Ford Motor Co.'s cars and smaller crossovers were hurt by the company's decision to stop offering no-interest financing last month. From now through Jan. 4, Ford said, it will offer most of its vehicles with 0 percent, 60-month loans plus $1,000 cash back after dropping its no-haggle “Friends & Neighbors” promotion a month earlier than planned....
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Honda Ridgeline ditches flying buttress profile

10:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Honda's second-generation Ridgeline truck shed a few more layers of camouflage recently, as spy photographers snapped the upcoming pickup ahead of its Detroit auto show debut in January....
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Titan gives Nissan dealers work-truck cred

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2015

Nissan's U.S. dealers are undergoing training again to sell a big truck as output of the redesigned Nissan Titan begins in Mississippi....
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Daimler to invest $375 million to build diesel engines near Detroit

10:59 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

The head of Daimler's commercial truck operation said the company will invest $375 million at a complex near Detroit to build diesel engines for medium duty trucks, expanding a strategy of building and selling trucks, engines, transmissions and axles as a package....
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Nissan sees Titan filling a niche for pickups

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

Nissan hopes for a small but respectable piece of the full-size truck market as it prepares to launch a long-delayed second generation of its Titan....
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Fiat will launch Fullback into expanding pickup market

Nov. 12, 2015 12:14 CET

Fiat is joining Nissan and Mercedes-Benz in targeting a growing market for utility vehicles with its Fullback midsize pickup, which is based on the Mitsubishi L200....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM's learning curve on lightweighting

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2015

The lightweight body of the new Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan is the most complex ever made by General Motors....
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Ford-UAW deal shifts most car output to outside U.S.

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

UAW leaders approved a tentative labor contract with Ford that could lead to most car production leaving the U.S. by the end of the decade. Production of four U.S.-built cars, the C-Max, Focus, Fusion and Taurus, would last only through current product lifecycles, according to a union summary of the deal released Monday....
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WESLEY WREN

BLOG: Honda's 2017 Ridgeline masquerades as SEMA Baja race truck

8:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2015

Honda dropped more broad hints at the styling of the next Ridgeline pickup truck with the unveiling of a Baja racer at the 2015 SEMA show....
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AutoNation sales rose 14% in October

12:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2015

AutoNation's new-vehicle sales rose 14 percent in October from a year earlier, matching the pace set by the industry as a whole in the U.S. last month....
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Toyota reaps truck boom to record October volume

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

Toyota Motor Sales posted its best October ever, riding a wave of light-truck sales to a 13 percent gain in U.S. volume and marking the first time the company surpassed 200,000 deliveries in October....
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Strong Jeep, Dodge rebound push FCA volume up 15%

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

FCA’s US sales climbed 15 percent in October on strong SUV sales from Jeep and resurgent sales of its minivans as well as the Dodge brand....
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Pickup-based Ram SUV is a 'no-brainer' for FCA chief

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is studying whether to produce a new full-sized SUV based on the Ram pickup. The vehicle is possible because the Ram 1500 is moving to a larger, more modern plant....
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Nissan plans to load up U.S. stores with Titans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Nissan's U.S. dealers are pushing for more new Titans. In response, the automaker is delaying the pickup's Canadian-market launch and diverting those vehicles to the U.S....
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Ford juggles seat shortage, overtime to boost F-150 supplies

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2015

Ford is having “supplier issues” with seats for the redesigned F-150 pickup, in addition to a longstanding shortage of high-strength steel frames that hasn't been fully resolved, a UAW official at the F-150 plant in Missouri said today. The issues could cause some overtime to be canceled in November....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Ford, GM innovate to remove weight

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

Despite cheap gasoline prices in the U.S., the march to remove weight from light vehicles continues....
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GMC preps upscale Canyon Denali, spy photos show

11:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2015

GMC has been testing a Denali version of its Canyon midsize pickup. As with other Denali models, the honeycomb appearance of the camouflaged Canyon replaces the standard GMC face, a three-bar, horizontal layout, spy photos show....
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