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For Mercedes-Benz “X-Class” Marks the Spot

U.S. version of concept pickup “under consideration.”

by on Oct.25, 2016

The underlying platform for the X-Class comes from Nissan, everything else is pure Mercedes.

With a little help from its friends, Mercedes-Benz is about to get into the pickup truck business.

At a news conference in Sweden on Tuesday, the German automaker pulled the wraps off the Concept X-Class, a thinly disguised version of the truck it will put into production late next year. The truck will initially be offered in Europe and Australia, as well as parts of Africa and South America. But the maker dropped hints it may reverse its previous position and eventually bring the X-Class to the U.S., as well.

Pickup News!

“With the Mercedes-Benz pickup, we will close one of the last gaps in our portfolio,” declared Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG and had of its Mercedes-Benz brand, during the Stockholm preview.


Ford Boosting the (Horsepower and Gear) Numbers for 2017 F-150

New 10-speed gearbox developed in joint venture with GM.

by on May.05, 2016

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.

Ford is playing it by the numbers as it gets ready to roll out the updated, 2017 F-150 pickup.

The full-size truck, the most popular version of the comprehensive Ford F-Series line-up, has undergone a number of big changes over the last two years, starting with its switch to a lighter, “aluminum-intensive” body. It’s also gotten an assortment of downsized engines, including a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that was already one of the F-150’s toughest haulers. But the twin-turbo package will get a 30 pound-feet bump for 2017, even as it delivers better fuel economy.

Keep on Truckin'!

A key to the mileage increase is the launch of an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission. That new gearbox was developed as part of an unusual partnership between Ford and erstwhile rival General Motors. Expect to see it roll out on a variety of Ford and GM products over the next several years.


Ford Posts Profit, Operating Margin Records

“Essentially everything has improved,” says CFO Shanks.

by on Apr.28, 2016

Ford CEO Mark Fields has been trying to shift Ford to focus on broader "mobility" opportunities.

Ford handily outperformed expectations as it delivered record net profits and operating income for the first quarter of the year on Thursday.

Net income jumped 113% to $2.45 billion for the January-to-March quarter, or 61 cents a diluted share. A year ago, Ford’s net totaled $1.3 billion, or 29 cents a share. Excluding one-time items, Ford earned 68 cents a share compared to a Wall Street forecast averaging 48 cents.

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“Essentially everything has improved,” said Ford Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks, who also said Ford expects 2016 overall to meet or exceed the company’s strong performance last year.


Feds Investigating 420,000 Ford F-150 Pickups for Brake Problems

Some owners report complete brake failures.

by on Mar.04, 2016

A 2014 Ford F-150.

A slew of complaints has triggered an investigation into possible brake failure problems on Ford Motor Co.’s popular F-150 pickup.

The investigation is targeting about 420,000 of the trucks produced during the 2013 and 2014 model-year. The problem specifically appears to involved F-150 models using the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, according to a new post on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

Safety News!

It is unclear why the investigation is targeting that specific model, as Ford says the same braking system is used on a variety of other F-150 models. The F-150 is the light duty version of the Ford F-Series. That has routinely been ranked both America’s best-selling truck and the best-selling vehicle overall.


Ford F-150 Named Green Truck of the Year

Ram ProMaster City named Commercial Green Car.

by on Nov.23, 2015

Ford scored by adding a CNG and propane option for the 2016 version of the F-150.

The Ford F-150 pickup has been named the Green Truck of the Year, while the Ram ProMaster City has been declared the Commercial Green Car of the Year.

You might find it difficult to use the words, “green,” and “pickup truck” in the same sentence, but manufacturers have been striving to make even the biggest vehicles on the road more environmentally friendly, as reflected in a pair of new awards.

Green News!

“Over the past few decades, new car models have benefitted from design and technology improvements that have brought higher fuel efficiency and greater levels of environmental compatibility,” said Ron Cogan, publisher of Green Car Journal, which hands out the annual awards. “We’re witnessing the pickup and light commercial vehicle field enjoying the same attention.”


Ford Earnings Up 128% But Miss Wall Street Target

Investors wary despite strong numbers.

by on Oct.27, 2015

Ford's F-150 proved the heavy lifter, helping drive a triple-digit jump in Q3 net earnings.

(The story has been updated to revise the increase in pre-tax earnings.)

Ford Motor Co., riding high on North American demand for pickups and SUVs, saw pre-tax third-quarter profits more than double – but the maker nonetheless disappointed Wall Street by falling short of analysts’ expectations for even more.

Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford earned $2.7 billion before taxes, and 128% year-over-year increase. But net earnings were up an even more dramatic 129%, to $1.9 billion, or 48 cents per share compared with 27 cents during the third quarter of 2014.

By the Numbers!

“We’re on a really, really strong track,” declared Bob Shanks, Ford’s Chief Financial Officer. (more…)

Best Cars for Tailgating

For Serious Tailgaters, the Car’s as Important as the Game Itself

by on Oct.23, 2015

The extended Janisse family chowing down at a Michigan State tailgate party.

He may live on the other side of the country these days, but Steve Janisse tries to get to East Lansing, Michigan as often as possible to catch the Michigan State Spartans in action.

It’s a tradition dating back to his days as an MSU student, and while it’s too long to drive in from California, he’s stayed in touch with old college friends who have made a tradition of arriving hours early to park and party. Tailgating is a pastime repeated around the country as football season gets underway, but to do it right takes more than just a ticket for the game and a parking pass. It also takes the right sort of car.

Get in the Game!

“The tailgating is almost as much fun as the game itself,” says Janisse, a one-time auto executive who now works as a consultant in the entertainment industry. “But you want something like an SUV or a pickup that you can open up in back.”


Chevrolet Debuts 2016 Silverado Full-Size Pickup

Best truck battle moves to State Fair of Texas.

by on Sep.24, 2015

Chevrolet is heating up the truck wars again, but this time with a new product: the 2016 Silverado debuted in Texas.

For months now the rivalry between top truck dogs – Ford and Chevy – has been limited to snarky ads about preferences between aluminum and steel. Now there is a new angle: product, as Chevy rolled out its redesigned 2016 Silverado.

The new truck, and its sister pickup, the GMC Sierra, get substantive makeovers for the new model year, and unlike many new model intros, the new vehicles will be available in short order.

Product News!

It marks the first real change since 2013 for the full-size offerings from General Motors. The biggest difference in the new model stares you right in the fact as the maker has redesigned the front end of the truck, giving it a brawnier look and feel: a trend among most of the new trucks these days. (more…)

Ford Motor Co. Sets Records, Beats Earnings Forecasts

Few clouds on the immediate horizon.

by on Jul.28, 2015

Ford hopes to drive revenues even higher with the new Limited version of its F-150 pickup.

Just about any way you look at it, the second quarter was a good one for Ford Motor Co., the second-largest domestic automaker not only handily beating Wall Street analysts’ forecasts but delivering record numbers in North America and Asia/Pacific.

Even Europe came close to breaking even after years of heavy losses, noted Ford President and CEO Mark Fields. All told, the maker delivered net income of $1.9 billion per share, a 44% or $544 million year-over-year rise. On a per-share basis, Ford made 47 cents. That was up seven cents per share compared to the second-quarter of 2014 – and 10 cents more than the Wall Street consensus forecast.

By the Numbers!

“We delivered an outstanding second quarter, a great first half of 2015, and we are confident the second half of the year will be even stronger,” declared Fields in a prepared statement accompanying the earnings report. “The entire Ford team is focused on accelerating our One Ford plan, delivering product excellence and driving innovation in every part of our business.”


Ford Pushes the Limits with New F-150 Limited

2016 model is the most expensive F-150 version ever offered.

by on Jul.21, 2015

A well-equipped version of the 2016 Ford F-150 Limited will push over $60,000.

How high is up? That’s not a rhetorical question, at least not when it comes to pickup trucks, buyers seemingly willing to snap up ever more expensive versions.

So, the sky’s the limit. Make that Limited, the latest, and now most expensive, version of the F-150 that Ford has ever offered, at around $60,000. For the money, Ford will throw just about everything it can think of into the equation, from a unique, satin-chrome grille and tailgate, to 22-inch wheels, laser-engraved VIN plate, even fiddleback eucalyptus wood trim.

Keep on Trucking!

“The F-150 Limited sets a new bar for what discerning customers should expect in a high-end truck,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development, in a statement announcing the new model. “We’re adding segment-exclusive technology, and features that improve productivity, convenience and capability with distinctive style.”