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GM, US Army Team Up on Fuel-Cell Pickup

Chevrolet Colorado hydrogen truck to be unveiled in October.

by on Aug.30, 2016

GM is partnering with the Army Tank Command on a hydrogen-powered pickup.

The U.S. Army is enlisting some help from General Motors. They’re partnering on a prototype fuel-cell-powered Chevrolet Colorado that could eventually find applications at military bases and perhaps even on the front lines.

The prototype, set to make its formal debut in October, is a joint project of GM and the Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, or TARDEC. It’s the latest in a series of partnerships between the Detroit automaker and the U.S. military, GM earlier this year announcing plans to develop a hydrogen-powered deep sear research mini-sub that will be tested by the Navy.

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”Hydrogen fuel cells as a power source have the potential to bring to the force incredibly valuable capabilities,” TARDEC Director Paul Rogers said in a statement accompanying a teaser image of the hydrogen-powered Colorado.

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Chevy Teams Up with US Army, Rolls Out Hydrogen-Powered Colorado Pickup

Clean-power truck to undergo 12 months of extreme testing.

by on Nov.19, 2015

GM offers a tease of the Army-modified Chevrolet Colorado picked running on hydrogen.

Environmentalists aren’t the only ones interested in alternative power. The U.S. Army is teaming up with General Motors to run a year of extreme tests on a Chevrolet Colorado pickup designed to run on hydrogen, rather than gasoline.

The military has quietly spent several years looking at fuel-cell technology because of its potential advantages over conventional power. Among other things, it’s quiet, provides plenty of low-end torque, can generate electric power in the field, and it has a lower heat signature making it harder for an enemy to spot a hydrogen-powered vehicle using infrared glasses or sensors.

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“The potential capabilities hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can bring to the Warfighter are extraordinary, and our engineers and scientists are excited about the opportunity to exercise the limits of this demonstrator,” said Paul Rogers, the director of the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center, also known as TARDEC. (more…)

Chevy Pulls a Two-Fer, Takes Motor Trend Awards with New Camaro, Colorado Models

Two surprise winners in a crowd full of competitors.

by on Nov.17, 2015

Chevy has scored a string of victories with the Camaro since it was brought back in 2009.

Chevrolet pulled off a double upset, taking both car and truck-of-the-year honors from Motor Trend magazine with its Camaro muscle car and Chevrolet Colorado pickup.

The twin endorsement by the widely quoted magazine means Chevrolet bested such serious competitors as Honda, whose  all-new Civic was seen by many as a Car-of-the-Year shoe-in, while the new Nissan Titan and the refreshed Toyota Tacoma were strong contenders for the Truck-of-the-Year title.

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“I couldn’t be more proud of this team that delivered the Camaro,” said Mark Reuss, the head of global product development for General Motors, as he accepted one of the two awards during the first-ever televised version of the Motor Trend awards.

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Honda Baja Racer Reveals Revived Ridgeline

Baja 1000 meant to prove the mettle underneath the new sheet metal.

by on Nov.04, 2015

Honda's Baja racer is a thinly disguised version of the reborn, 2017 Ridgeline pickup.

Honda’s heading back to Baja, and that’s good news for both racing fans and those who’re simply hoping to get a good look at the reborn Ridgeline pickup.

The Japanese maker turned to the annual SEMA Show to announce it will be competing in the grueling Baja 1000 again, after turning in a series of class victories earlier in the decade. And the truck of choice for Honda Performance Development and the Proctor Racing Group? A modified version of the 2017 Ridgeline.

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While it’s not exactly factory spec, the truck on display at the Las Vegas Convention Center gives us a good sense of what we’ll see when the 2017 Honda Ridgeline rolls into showrooms not that many months from now.

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Ford Goes Wild(track) With Updated Ranger

Could move signal return of the midsize pickup to US?

by on Sep.14, 2015

The Ford Ranger Wildtrack bumps the midsize pickup into a higher level of refinement.

Ford is going wild as it prepares to launch an updated version of its midsize Ranger pickup in Europe. Make that Wildtrack, a new version of the truck making its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week.

The unveiling in Europe further bolsters hopes that the Detroit maker will finally move ahead on long-rumored plans to bring the Ranger back to the American market, filling a yawning gap left wide open when it killed off the old, U.S.-made Ranger a few years back.

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“With the stunning new Wildtrak at the pinnacle of the line-up, the new Ford Ranger provides customers with an unbeatable combination of four-wheel drive capability, stand-out styling and premium features like SYNC 2 connectivity,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. “Ranger is ready for any challenge – offering optimised fuel efficiency, towing and payload capacity, and class-leading wading capability.”

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Ford Recalling Ranger Pickup for Duty in US

Ford expected to respond to growing demand for midsize pickups.

by on Aug.26, 2015

Ford would need to make major changes to the global Ranger for the U.S. market.

Ford may be ready to do an about face and return to the American midsize passenger car market. After repeatedly insisting that buyers were more interested in full-sized trucks like the company’s big F-150, Ford is reportedly preparing a U.S. version of the midsize Ranger model it launched overseas two years ago.

The move appears to be triggered by the unexpectedly strong response to the all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon models General Motors launched last year. Ford abandoned the segment in 2011 when it stopped production of the older version of its Ranger. It has frequently said the new model was not intended for the North American market, but a revised version is apparently under development.

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The move not only could fill a big hole in Ford’s otherwise strong and profitable line-up but also solve a political problem for the carmaker as it races to reach a settlement with the United Auto Workers. The two sides have until September 14th to reach a new four-year contract, and a potential sticking point was Ford’s earlier announcement it would end production in Michigan of two compact models. The same plant now appears likely to handle the new Ranger.

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Toyota Expecting Only Modest Growth for 1st New Tacoma Pickup in Decade

Capacity limits could see loss of share in growing midsize truck market.

by on Aug.06, 2015

Toyota is hoping the next-gen Tacoma will keep the good times rolling sales-wise in the U.S. in 2015.

When the 2016 Toyota Tacoma rolls into U.S. showrooms next month it will mark the first major update of the midsize pickup in a decade, an eternity by today’s automotive standards.

Considering the long somnambulant segment has suddenly roared back to life in recent months, one might expect to see Toyota prepping for a major surge in sales for the 2016 Tacoma. But it’s not. The Japanese maker is looking for modest growth, at best, for the new pickup next year.

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The reason is simple, according to Toyota division General Manager Bill Fay: “We’re very close to maxxed out on our production capabilities right now,” despite adding more capacity at a plant in Baja, Mexico.

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Chevy Trucks Into Chicago with Colorado GearOn Edition

“Adventure without compromise.”

by on Feb.10, 2015

Chevy rolls out a special version of the new Colorado aimed at rugged outdoors types.

For those who want a compact track with the sort of rugged capabilities normally associated with full-size models, Chevrolet plans to roll out the Colorado GearOn Edition at the Chicago Auto Show later this week.

The launch of the Chevrolet Colorado late last year marked the maker’s return to the midsize truck market and has scored at least an initial hit with U.S. buyers looking for something fresh in a segment that hasn’t seen much change in recent decades. Chevy planners have promised they’ll offer a variety of updates over the next few years to target unique niches, starting with the GearOn Edition.

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“Chevrolet Colorado answers the call for customers who have passions of all types and the GearOn accessory system enables them to bring more adventure wherever they go,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “And with Colorado offering segment-leading efficiency and capabilities, it’s a combination that maximizes adventure without compromise.”

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GMC Offers New Canyon: Nightfall Edition

New look caters to buyers looking to personalize truck.

by on Jan.10, 2015

The 2015 GMC Canyon Nightfall Edition featuring a body-color grille, 18-inch aluminum wheels and black body accents.

GMC is looking to expand the appeal of the recently introduced Canyon midsized truck with its new Nightfall Edition. The new truck boasts a blacked-out grille and black assist steps plus other features buyers of the new truck have been adding as options.

It is offered on SLE crew cab models, either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, in Onyx Black and will be available in the second quarter of 2015, according to GMC.

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“The new Canyon Nightfall Edition expands the Canyon lineup and gives style-conscious customers another choice,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. (more…)

Toyota Reveals New Tacoma

Beefier, likely better equipped. But is a V-6 in the offing?

by on Jan.08, 2015

Toyota offers a first official look at the next-gen Tacoma pickup ahead of its Detroit launch next week.

With the North American International Auto Show approaching fast, Toyota has released the first full, official images of the next-generation Tacoma pickup. But the maker is maintaining silence when it comes to specific details about the next-generation midsize truck, despite speculation it will add a new, more powerful V-6 to the powertrain line-up.

That might make sense considering the new competition from General Motors, which is offering both a fuel-efficient four, as well as a V-6, for buyers of its new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon models – with a diesel set to come later this year.

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Long the midsize pickup segment leader, Toyota is facing a potentially serious challenge from GM, while Nissan and Honda are also developing updated models that could chip away at the Tacoma’s long-running lead.

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