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First Look: 2019 GMC Sierra: More Than a Silverado Clone

Full-size pickup gets world’s carbon fiber bed, six-way tailgate.

by on Mar.01, 2018

The 2019 GMC Sierra loses as much as 360 pounds compared to the outgoing pickup.

It’s traditionally been easy to dismiss the GMC Sierra as little more than a glorified Chevrolet Silverado, but with today’s unveiling of the 2019 Sierra it seems the GMC truck is going to be due a lot more respect.

True, it shares the same underlying platform and basic dimensions of the more down-market Chevy, but the 2019 truck is no clone, claiming a variety of first-ever innovations that include a carbon fiber bed, a six-way tailgate, a swiveling backup-camera mirror and a large head-up display.

Keep On Trucking!

“GMC ignited the premium truck segment 17 years ago with the original launch of the Sierra Denali,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “The next generation 2019 Sierra Denali establishes a new benchmark in capability and refinement. It exemplifies precision in every detail.”


Ford F-150 Earns Only Pickup Top Safety Rating in IIHS Crash Test

Ram trucks fare worst in small overlap tests.

by on Apr.12, 2016

The 2016 Ford F-150 Super Cab was the only full-size truck to get a "Good" rating.

Ford Motor Co.’s redesigned-for-2016 F-150 was the only full-size pickup to land a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS in the latest round of tests, according to results released today.

Only three out of the seven large pickups tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety received an “Acceptable” or better rating in the small overlap front crash test which is designed to simulate a common – and often deadly – form of crash. The Ram 1500, meanwhile, ranked at the bottom end of the scale, according to the IIHS, two versions of that truck rated “Marginal.”

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“Ford is leading the way among large pickup manufacturers when it comes to protecting people in a range of crashes and offering technology to warn drivers of imminent frontal crashes,” said Raul Arbelaez, vice president of the Institute’s Vehicle Research Center.


Nissan Fills in Blanks About “Standard” Titan Model

Half-ton model will go on sale in summer 2016.

by on Feb.11, 2016

The new Nissan Titan half-ton comes in about a foot shorter than the Titan XD.

In an unusual move, Nissan launched its all-new Titan pickup line with the XD, or medium-duty model, last December. Now it’s ready to go after the heart of the truck market with the half-ton model.

The Japanese maker revealed some of the details of the standard-edition Titan in Chicago, just in time for the Windy City’s annual auto show press preview. Among other things, Nissan plans to lift a page from Detroit’s pickup handbook, offering the new Titan in a wide range of cab, drivetrain and bed configurations.

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Together Titan and Titan XD will cover nearly 85 percent of the total full-size truck market,” said Rich Miller, Nissan’s product planning director for trucks, SUVs and commercial vehicles. The half-ton will target the highest-volume segments, the XD providing a bridge for those who want more capabilities than a standard truck but who can’t afford – or who don’t need – a traditional heavy-duty model.


New 2016 Nissan Titan to Start Just Over $40,000

Fully loaded pickup will top $60,000.

by on Dec.22, 2015

The top-line Titan XD Platinum Series.

The new 2016 Nissan Titan XD will debut at a starting price of $40,290, the maker announced this afternoon, with a fully loaded Platinum Reserve model pushing the sticker price up to $62,710.

Nissan is betting big on the launch of the new Titan XD. It marks the first remake of the Japanese automaker’s full-size pickup in a decade, and brings with it Nissan’s first U.S. diesel powertrain. The XD is the heavier-duty version of the Titan, with a standard ¾-ton truck set to follow next year.

Keep on Truckin'!

“Titan XD represents a unique proposition in the marketplace,” said Fred Diaz, Nissan’s head of sales and marketing in the U.S., “as the truck stands at what we feel is the perfect midpoint in terms of size, price and capability between ½ ton and ¾ ton trucks, thus meeting a previously unmet customer need.”


Nissan to Offer 390-HP Gas V-8 Option for New Titan

Gas engine alternative to big turbodiesel.

by on Dec.16, 2015

The 2016 Nissan Titan will be offered in a variety of configurations - and with two engine options.

Nissan will now offer a pair of powertrain options for its completely redesign Titan and new Titan XD pickups.

Nissan will officially launch the 2016 Titan next week, marking the end of a nearly decade-long run for the original truck. It will initially come to market with a big Cummins turbodiesel. But come spring, the Japanese maker will also make available a new, 390-horsepower V-8 that it will build in-house at an engine plant in Decherd, Tennessee.

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“With this new engine, Nissan Titan XD customers will have the opportunity to make the choice that is best for their towing and hauling needs,” said Rich Miller, the Titan chief product specialist.


Nissan Readying Replacement for Titan Pickup

High-mileage diesel expected to enhance truck’s appeal.

by on Oct.20, 2014

Nissan's Titan replacement will reach market about four years later than originally planned.

Better late than never? Nissan is certainly hoping so – as are those who’ve long been hoping for an update to the maker’s slow-selling full-size pickup.

It’s been a long 11 years since the original Titan made its debut – and four years since the Japanese maker originally planned to offer a replacement. But plans for the update fell apart, forcing Nissan to return to the drawing board.

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What it’s come up with will make a debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January, and several inside sources have confirmed to that the plans call for that preview to put the spotlight on a new diesel developed specifically for the 2016 Nissan Titan.


End of an Era – Ford’s Last Steel-Bodied F-150 Rolls off the Line in Detroit

Ford warning some customers may have to wait for new pickup.

by on Aug.25, 2014

A line worker at the Dearborn Truck Plant polishes paint on the old F-150 pickup.

Ford has crossed the point of no return. But it will be months before it knows if one of the biggest risks in the company’s history will pay off.

Over the weekend, the maker produced the last of its steel-bodied F-150 pickups at its historic Dearborn Truck Plant, crews quickly moving to tear up the line. When they’re done with the costly conversion, the factory will begin producing an all-new aluminum-bodied version of the F-150 that analysts say will either become an industry benchmark or one of the biggest disasters in Ford history.

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The changeover will take about a month, and cost $359 million. Ford is making a similar investment at its truck plant in Kansas City, Missouri, which also will produce the new 2015 F-150. The Kansas City plant will continue producing the old 2014 model through year-end, Ford telling dealers and potential customers it plans to take its time with the changeover to ensure it meets tough quality expectations for the new truck.


Move to Texas Could Help Toyota Tackle Truck Market

Japanese maker struggles to gain ground in full-size pickup segment.

by on Apr.29, 2014

A TRD Pro Tundra goes through its paces.

One of the key motives for Toyota’s decision to move its headquarters and marketing staff from Southern California to Texas undoubtedly involves gearing up for another assault on the lucrative North American truck market, industry experts suggests.

While Toyota has gained ground in SUVs and CUVs, and dominates the small midsize pickup segment, it has failed to gain any real traction in the lucrative full-size pickup segment dominated by its Detroit rivals, despite spending billions on its Tundra line and the plant that produces it.

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Art Wheaton, an automotive industry expert and faculty member at Cornell University, said cost savings are only part of Toyota’s motivation for leaving Southern California. Suggesting the Japanese maker “has been woefully falling behind Ford, Hyundai and others in (its) plain or boring designs,” Wheaton said “The move, for Toyota, may help increase the willingness to be bold and take risks as a large turnover in employees is expected.”


Nissan Crowdsourcing Design of Next Titan Pickup

Building “the ultimate off-road capable truck.”

by on Jan.17, 2014

The next-generation Nissan Titan will be getting a much-needed diesel option.

Long an also-ran in the full-size truck market, Nissan wants to come out swinging when it launches an all-new version of the Titan pickup a few years from now – so it’s asking current owners and potential buyers to help design precisely the truck that they would want.

As part of what the Japanese maker is calling “Project Titan,” it is turning to the social media, using crowdsourcing to “build the ultimate off-road capable truck,” the maker explained during an announcement at the 2014 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas.  The project car will be produced and turned over to a wounded veteran.

Keep on Truckin'!

But what comes out of the crowdsourcing effort, Nissan suggests, will influence what it does with the next Titan model.

“Nissan is invested in designing the most innovative trucks ever,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales and Marketing, Parts and Service in the U.S. “Projects like this allow us to gather input directly from industry leading media members and those companies that embrace an outdoor lifestyle in their work and play, helping us deliver trucks that buyers want to own.”