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Jeep, VW Poised to Launch New Pickups — Maybe in NYC

Could two new concepts debut this week in New York?

by on Mar.26, 2018

The Jeep Sandstorm concept is going to the annual Easter Safari — it's a truck.

Everyone knows pickup trucks are a big deal and a couple of new ones from Jeep and Volkswagen are apparently coming closer to reality.

First off is the Jeep pickup truck built off the new Jeep Wrangler platform. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. officials confirmed that the Jeep pick-up truck was under development a long time ago. In fact, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne predicted Jeep could sell as many as 100,000 annually once production gets rolling.

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But up until now FCA has been a little vague about when it might actually enter the showrooms. (more…)

Automakers Relish Sales Surge in March

Sales rate pushes past 17 million units.

by on Apr.01, 2015

Dodge Dart sales were up 56% in March, helping FCA to a 2% monthly increase in March.

Despite some difficult year-to-year comparisons, automakers continued to post strong sales in March as the estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate exceeded 17.1 million units.

FCA US, the former Chrysler Group, posted a 2% increase compared with sales in March 2014 and the group’s best March sales since 2007 as its long streak of month-over-month sales increases reached 60. But Toyota posted a 4.9% sales increase tightening its grip on second place in U.S. sales just behind General Motors.

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GM, Ford and Nissan posted modest decreases of between 2 and 3%. Ford’s retail sales were the best in nine years but its fleet sales dropped 13%. GM and Nissan also posted healthy truck sales, but were hit by the weakness in passenger car sales. (more…)

Neither Snow nor Hail…the Post Office Needs a New Truck to Get Around

Forget the Pony Express, your mail carrier wants a bigger, more fuel-efficient set of wheels.

by on Mar.11, 2015

For decades, this is how the mail was delivered in the United States. The "vehicle" has changed over time.

The Pony Express is long gone. So are the Ford Pintos. Over the years, the U.S. Post Office has tried a lot of different ways to make its appointed rounds. These days, carriers generally settle for a mix of minivans and aging Grumman trucks. But in its bid to become more efficient – and competitive with package services like UPS and FedEx, the USPS is looking to find its “next-generation delivery vehicle.”

It’s no small task. The post office is eventually expected to need 180,000 new trucks, so the eventual contract is likely to be worth something on the order of $6 billion.

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“Though the existing fleet has served the Postal Service well, it has become expensive to continue to maintain the aging vehicles,” said USPS spokeswoman Sarah Ninivaggi. (more…)

With HR-V, New Ridgeline, Honda Hopes to Close the Truck Gap

by on Mar.02, 2015

Honda's new HR-V is just one of several new truck introductions aimed at bolstering Honda's truck sales.

With fuel prices at levels U.S. consumers haven’t seen in years, light truck sales are booming. That’s good news for most manufacturers since pickups, SUVs and minivans tend to deliver some of the industry’s biggest profit margins.

But the market shift has been frustrating for the folks at Honda, who’ve watched their share of the truck segment slide since reaching a peak during the middle of the previous decade. That’s something the Japanese maker hopes to begin rectifying in the months ahead as Honda rolls out an assortment of new and updated light trucks, such as the all-new HR-V utility vehicle and the completely redesigned Ridgeline pickup.

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“With gas prices likely to remain low, (the truck) segment is likely to continue to grow for some time,” said Jeff Conrad, general manager of the Honda brand, during a media drive of the new HR-V last week. “The challenge, he acknowledged, will be to “get our fair share.” (more…)

Chevy Aims for Middle of Pickup Market with Silverado Custom

Brand looks to provide mix of value and content.

by on Feb.12, 2015

The new 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Custom gives buyers an affordable mix of amenities and value.

The drop in gas prices has helped spur sales of full-size pickup trucks, but Chevy is looking to carve out a niche in the segment – nice, but not too nice – with its new Silverado Custom introduced at the Chicago Auto Show.

“The economic recovery has led to booming sales of high-end pickups like the Silverado High Country,” said Sandor Piszar, marketing director for Chevy Trucks, in a release. “But there are also millions of customers in the heart of the market who want a great looking, well-equipped truck at an affordable price. The Silverado Custom is a truck they can be proud to own and proud to drive.”

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Based on the popular double-cab Silverado LS, the Custom package adds 20-inch aluminum wheels, chrome bumpers, a body-colored top cap above the front bumper, and chrome mirror caps and door handles. It also features four full doors for easier access to the front and rear seats, a 40/20/40 cloth front seat, tilt steering wheel, cruise control, power windows and door locks, and Chevy MyLink with 4G LTE WiFi. (more…)

Automakers Riding Sales Tsunami into 2015

All indicators suggest makers hit 17 million units this year.

by on Jan.05, 2015

BMW recaptured the luxury sales crown from Mercedes-Benz in the U.S. in 2014. Lexus finished a distant third.

If the end of 2014 is any indication, the new year for cars (and trucks) may be best described by The Cars’ 1978 classic song lyric: let the good times roll.

The industry saw sales up in December as an improving economy and low-priced gasoline renewed the country’s love affair with new vehicles – in particular full-size trucks and SUVs – and it’s a trend that’s expected to continue.

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Auto sales are expected to surpass 16.5 million units, which is a 6% increase on a year-over-year basis, when all of the counts are in today. Part of the reason is that all of those “feel good” factors were catalyzed into reasons to buy with heavy advertising and tempting incentives by automakers during the holiday season. (more…)

GM Continues Push Leadership in Midsize Truck Segment

Maker lets buyers “build their own” with online tool.

by on Sep.04, 2014

Buyers anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new Chevrolet Colorado can use the maker's "Build Your Own" online tool to price out a new one.

Potential buyers anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new Chevrolet Colorado, the brand’s new midsize pickup, have a reason to rush to their nearest computer: they can build their own.

The maker is introducing its “Build Your Own” online tool for buyers who want to sift through the various options available on the new truck. The tool will be made available for its sibling, the GMC Canyon, in the coming weeks.

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“Our truck lineup is all about giving truck buyers choice,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “With the Build Your Own site, Colorado customers can equip their truck, request a quote from the dealer and even get a price on their trade-in.” (more…)

TDB Brings You the New York International Auto Show

Speed, power and beauty all converge in NYC.

by on Apr.16, 2014

The New York International Auto Show has called it a wrap for 2014. The show featured dozens of new vehicle introductions as well as the latest in vehicle safety, efficiency and infotainment technologies. The show is a must-attend for the industry’s prominent executives, who lend insight and context to what the vehicles mean to the auto companies and consumers.

The 114th NYIAS is now open to the public as well as the media, and it is still making news. is wringing out every last drop of product information and breaking news from the Big Apple. (more…)

Automakers See Sales Mirror Winter Weather: Cold, Cold and Cold

Fiat Chrysler defies trend with 8% increase.

by on Feb.03, 2014

Nissan enjoyed a sales increase in January as did it's luxury sibling, Infiniti.

High-flying luxury brands, middle-market nameplates and smaller boutique brands all suffered as new car sales slid 2% for January, failing to live up to the optimistic expectations of carmakers and analysts who are predicting total sales of 16 million units this year.

The record cold weather that has swept across much of the U.S. in recent weeks has apparently put car sales in the deep freeze – a situation analysts suggest was worsened by the slide in stock prices that has again raised concerns about the nation’s on-again/off-again economic recovery.

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While a few manufacturers were able to buck the downward trend, key makers including General Motors and Volkswagen saw sales tumble last month. And the industry saw average transaction prices – the amount consumers actually paid for a vehicle after factoring in incentives and options – slide after months of reaching new records. (more…)

Economists Believe Strong Auto Sales to Continue in 2014

Survey shows credit trends will enable buyers to make purchases.

by on Dec.11, 2013

Economists expect buyers will have an easier time getting credit in 2014, and keep sales clicking along.

With 2013 fast coming to a close, new car sales have wildly exceeded even the most optimistic forecasts made at the beginning of the year – and increasingly easy and affordable credit is one of the factors planners and analysts cite for the industry’s resurgence.

However, the burning question heading into next year is: will that trend continue? While some observers worry the market might be ready to cool down, favorable credit trends could keep it going, according to a survey by

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“Interest rates will remain low for the foreseeable future due to the combination of record-low credit losses – with the exception of a single quarter in 2006, charge-offs are at the lowest level since 1995 – and the Federal Reserve’s commitment to retain current policies until more demonstrable economic improvement takes place,” said Odysseas Papadimitriou, WalletHub’s chief executive officer. (more…)