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Chevrolet Bolt Lauded as Motor Trend Car of the Year

Ford Super Duty, Mercedes GLC take Truck, SUV honors.

by on Nov.15, 2016

Pam Fletcher, GM's electric vehicle chief, and North American President Alan Batey hold the Motor Trend Car of the Year trophy.

It hasn’t even reached showrooms yet, but the Chevrolet Bolt has landed a big victory, the new battery-electric vehicle being named the Motor Trend Car of the Year.

The widely followed award could give General Motors’ first mainstream, long-range BEV a leg up on competitors – including Tesla – at a time when plug-based vehicles are only beginning to show signs of momentum in a market largely motivated by cheap gasoline.

What a Winner!

Separately, the enthusiast publication also named the new Mercedes-Benz GLC its SUV of the Year, while the newly redesigned Ford Super Duty picked up a trophy as Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year during a ceremony marking the start of the annual Los Angeles Motor Show.

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Ford Fires New Salvo in Pickup Wars

Detroit maker boosts F-Series towing capacity to 21,000 pounds.

by on Jul.18, 2016

The 2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty boasts up to 27,500 pounds of towing capacity with a fifth wheel.

Pickup sales are hot right now, but competition is heating up even faster, and automakers are putting more emphasis than ever on the durability and capabilities of their trucks in a bid to win over buyers.

In recent months, fuel economy and cargo bed toughness have been spotlighted by various makers. Now, Ford Motor Co. is turning to towing capacity as it reveals specifications for the new, aluminum-bodied version of its big F-450 Super Duty model.

Ford says the heavy-duty version of the more familiar F-150 will be able to tow up to a 21,000-pound trailer, about 1,000 pounds more than competitive models. Add a fifth-wheel package and towing capacity jumps to 27,500 pounds, or more than a ton over the competition, according to Ford.

Keep on Truckin'!

“This is the best heavy-duty truck we’ve ever made,” says Doug Scott, Ford truck marketing manager.

After falling sharply during the Great Recession, pickup sales have posted a strong rebound over the last few years. But competition has also accelerated. Nissan recently launched the second of two new versions of its Titan truck. Toyota has been tinkering with its Tundra model, as well. And Detroit’s Big Three have been steadily trying to one-up each other, as well.

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Spy Shots: Ford Super Duty Goes Aluminum, Too

But wait – there’s more.

by on May.13, 2015

Ford's 2016 F-Series Super Duty in full disguise, although some changes can be seen on this version.

Almost lost in the fanfare surrounding the debut of the all-new, “aluminum-intensive” 2015 Ford F-150 has been the fate of the Super Duty models to follow. While the light-duty F-150 may make up the majority of the sales, the heftier F-250, F-350 and even bigger trucks have a significant following, as well, and appeal to buyers who make some tough demands.

No surprise, then, that Ford is taking a little longer to roll out their replacements. But if anyone is still wondering, they, too, will migrate from steel to aluminum when they make it to market for the 2016 model-year.

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A closer look at these photos of the 2016 F-250 prototypes shows some major (how major can you get in a pickup’s design?) changes are coming in the big boys from Ford. For one, the grille is more detailed in appearance with multiple horizontal bars above and below the centered Blue Oval icon. At the bottom is a redesigned – flattop – bumper and square corner air deflector. (more…)

First drive: GMC Sierra 3500

Great steering is the Sierra's calling card.

by on Oct.22, 2010

The 2011 GMC Sierra can be equipped to tow up to 21,700 pounds with a fifth wheel.

Nobody’s ever going to mistake one of these big rigs for a sports car, but it would be nice if changing lanes in one didn’t make you have visions of driving a semi truck.

People who buy heavy-duty trucks like this GMC Sierra Heavy Duty don’t have any expectations about taking on Mazda Miatas on a race track. But they might appreciate communicative steering that allows for easy handling when the worksite is down a twisty road or when it’s time to quickly change lanes on the freeway.

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There’s no getting around the fact that a 7,387-pound 259-inch-long truck is ponderous. Make it a “dualie” – double rear wheels – and it gets even more difficult. Parking it is always a chore, usually requiring a three-point turn.

But everything is relative. Relative to Ford, the other major player at the top of the heavy duty heap, GM’s trucks seems somewhat easier to maneuver.
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First Look: 2011 Sierra Denali HD

New frames, increased towing capacity.

by on Mar.10, 2010

GMC bolts the Denali badge on a heavy-duty pickup for the first time.

Conventional wisdom has it that big trucks are an endangered species.  If so, don’t tell it to Detroit makers, who’re unleashing an assortment of macho machines designed for those with serious towing and hauling needs.

Coming a month after the Chicago Auto Show debut of the new heavy-duty Chevy Silverado, General Motors’ other truck brand weighs in at the St. Louis Auto Show with the 2011 GMC Sierra Denali HD.  It’s the first time the Denali name has been bolted onto a heavy-duty GMC pickup.

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Along with the 2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD trucks, the Sierra Denali HD weighs in with an all-new frame and upgraded suspenion package.

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Spy Shots: Ford F-250 Super Duty Pickup!

Ford takes the bold Super Chief concept to market.

by on Feb.19, 2009

2011-super-duty Just a week after Chrysler officially revealed its new 2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty pickups at the Chicago auto show, our spies have caught the first covered and camouflaged test trucks of its biggest competitor: Ford’s future F-250 Super Duty scheduled to arrive by 2011.

The 2011 Super Duty is expected to receive a major styling refresh, similar to the extent of the 2008 model year update. The current blue oval heavy-dutys took their exterior inspiration from the mighty Ford F-350 Tonka concept that debuted at the 2002 Detroit auto show. The practice round for the 2011 model appears to be the bold Ford F-250 Super Chief Concept, first shown at the 2006 Detroit auto show.

In the photos we can see two massive chrome bars stretched across the grille with a prominent Ford oval badge resting between them. There’s likely a third bar resting above the strong front bumper. The testers’ grille bars have more space between them than the tight tolerances of the Super Chief’s bars for real-world cooling and airflow needs. The current Super Duty’s hallmark side nostrils appear to have vanished, replaced by distinctive trim pieces on the sides of the grille that (at least for now) end abruptly at the top intake. Other styling updates are likely to be tail lights, which will probably be similar to those on the new 2009 Ford F-150.

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