Truck Sales

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 »

 

March sales were even better than they looked

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Retail sales rose 7 percent to overcome a 1 percent decline in fleet volume. And after starting almost as cold as January and February, March's sales pace accelerated in the final two weeks to finish at a seasonally adjusted annual selling rate of 16.4 million, the second highest monthly SAAR since 2007.... Read More »

 

Q1 TALLY

2014's hot and not-so-hot brands, models, segments

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
By the numbers: A look at some of the hot and not-so-hot models, brands and segments during the first quarter of 2014.... Read More »

 

Mercedes’ Sprinter fights notion that it’s unaffordable

2:04 pm U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
The Mercedes-Benz badge may be too fancy for Sprinter van buyers in the United States. So Mercedes has begun advertising the sticker price on the refreshed 2014 Sprinter van to negate its luxury appeal. The move comes as Mercedes attempts to gain market share from rivals by reaching individual and fleet customers who are not accustomed -- or even averse -- to driving a Mercedes-Benz vehicle.... Read More »

 

Chrysler's Ram gains ground on Silverado

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2014
The side-view mirror of a Chevrolet Silverado contains this warning: "Objects may be closer than they appear."... Read More »

 

In Minnesota, buy a Ford truck, get a voucher … toward a gun

2:54 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
Buy a new or used Ford pickup and get a voucher toward the purchase of a shotgun at Muscatell Burns Ford in Minnesota.... Read More »

 

Dealers order more than 8,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500s in 3 days

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2014
Chrysler Group dealers ordered more than 8,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500 pickups in the first weekend that they could do so -- a figure that represents nearly half of the light-duty pickup's normal monthly production.... 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 »

 

Chrysler considers third pickup plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Strong demand for Ram pickups has Chrysler Group executives looking at breaking their vows and building an auto plant in North America.... Read More »

 

Small crossover, big pickup segments sizzle

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Small crossovers had a record year in 2013, with U.S. sales surpassing 2 million units for the first time.... Read More »

 

Hyundai-Kia forecast slowest sales growth in 8 years

10:02 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 1, 2014
Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors forecast their weakest sales growth in eight years as competition intensifies and the stronger won hampers exports.... Read More »

 

Honda commits to second generation Ridgeline pickup

12:07 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2013
Despite slow sales, Honda is not giving up on the Ridgeline pickup. Honda said today it will launch an all-new second generation of the Ridgeline within two years.... 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 »

 

MIKE COLIAS

3 reasons Chevy expects a revival in small pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2013
Chevrolet's redesigned Colorado debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week amid plenty of anticipation -- and no small amount of skepticism.... Read More »

 

Chevy pitches V-6 pickups to dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
More than 100 Chevrolet dealership product trainers and field reps are tooling around in 2014 Silverados -- all with the 4.3-liter V-6 engine under the hood.... Read More »

 

Ford defends pickup turf as F-series lead widens over rivals

7:20 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2013
Ford, the pickup leader in the United States for more than three decades, will expand its F-series truck line for the 2014 model year to protect a widening lead over Detroit rivals.... Read More »

 

Ford, aiming for more value shoppers, plans F-150 STX SuperCrew for '14

5:57 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2013
Ford is adding another niche trim level to its lineup of full-sized pickups: the F-150 STX SuperCrew. It is aimed at first-time buyers or value-conscious customers who are returning to the market.... Read More »

 

Big pickups lift 'healthy, stable' industry even higher

4:26 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2013
With large pickups flying out of dealerships, U.S. auto sales jumped 14 percent to 1.3 million light vehicles in July. The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate of 15.7 million dipped from June but still was above any other month since late 2007, signaling continued strength in the recovery.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

What's going on in retail sales?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2013
Small cars are hot. All the talk about fuel economy and high gasoline prices has made them the big winners in the first six months of this year.... Read More »

 

HALFTIME REPORT: U.S. sales through June 2013

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2013
Six straight up years? After June's buoyant auto sales, it seems that 2013 will finish on the plus side, the fourth growth year in a row. And many analysts also expect increases through at least 2015.... Read More »

 

Ford: Tremor signals enthusiasts' return

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2013
Ford is aiming its 2014 F-150 Tremor pickup at a slender niche in the huge pickup market: performance enthusiasts who want a short-wheelbase, regular-cab pickup that accelerates like a rocket. After all, Ford says regular cabs account for only 5 percent of its industry-leading F-150 volume.... Read More »

 

Ram expands powertrain choices

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2013
Ram will offer a new optional 6.4-liter V-8 engine for its 2014 heavy-duty pickup to compete with Ford's 6.2-liter gasoline V-8. The 2014 Ram 1500 will offer a light-duty diesel. The powertrain changes were revealed at a press event here last week.... Read More »

 

TARGET: TEXAS

As the pickup war heats up, GM barnstorms top truck market with redone models in push to regain lost share

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2013
A statewide blitz across Texas -- General Motors calls the five-month swing of more than 60 stops unprecedented -- is just the start of a national Silverado campaign. It highlights how this fast-growing state of 26 million people is shaping up as the key battleground in a pickup war that will grow especially fierce over the next two years.... Read More »

 

'14 GM pickups get strong projected resale values

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2013
The redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra now arriving in showrooms sport sharply stronger resale values than the models they replace. ALG, a research company that monitors and projects vehicle values, assigned a forecasted residual value of 55 percent after 36 months for the crew-cab Silverado, and 56 percent for the Sierra.... Read More »

 

HAULING IT IN

Big pickup transaction prices rise at twice the industry rate

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2013
It feels like the good old days for the Detroit 3, with big pickups flying off dealership lots and plants running full out to fill orders for large, profitable models. Although volumes remain well below the previous peaks, average transaction prices for full-sized pickups have increased at more than double the average rate for the industry since 2005, according to Edmunds.com. And manufacturers are not creating demand artificially with unsustainable discounts.... Read More »

 

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