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GM Reveals New 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Pickups

New trucks aim to ride on U.S. economic recovery.

by on Dec.13, 2012

The completely redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado makes its pyrotechnic debut.

Timing is everything, goes the old adage, and General Motors is betting that proves true as it gives the world a first look at its new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups.

Time has been working against the industry giant in recent months, sales sliding precipitously for the outgoing models – the oldest of the domestic full-size trucks.  But with signs of an improving economy further buoyed by the latest housing data, GM officials are confident the new Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra models will hit the street at a perfect time to ride that rebound.

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“There is nothing more core to our business than trucks,” noted Mark Reuss, president of GM’s U.S. operations, during a preview of the two trucks at a movie soundstage in the Detroit suburbs. “And we think we’re timing this very well.”


First Drive: 2013 Ram 1500

Deja vu? Not when you take a closer look.

by on Aug.27, 2012

It may look a lot like the old truck but there've been major changes made to the 2013 Ram 1500.

Looks can be deceptive. The 2013 Ram 1500 pickup truck might appear quite familiar but beneath the sheet metal it’s actually a new truck that delivers a quiet smooth ride as well as full range of truck features – along with markedly better mileage.

The new Dodge Ram has staked out a claim to be the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup truck on the road as well as one featuring a comfortable, car-like interior, which represents another step in the evolution of the pickup truck away from its strictly utilitarian roots.

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The revamped Ram is being offered with two different engines. The relatively new Pentastar V-6 with variable valve timing, which Chrysler says delivers 42% more horsepower, 13% more torque and 20% more fuel economy than the older 3.7-liter V-6 engine.  In addition, the 2013 Ram 1500 also is available with a classic 5.7-Hemi V-8.


First Look: Next-Generation Chevrolet Colorado Show Truck

Thinly-disguised show truck could become only domestic compact in the U.S.

by on Mar.21, 2011

The 2011 Chevrolet Colorado Show Truck makes its debut at the Bangkok Motor Show.

GM takes the covers off the Chevrolet Colorado Show Truck at the Bangkok International Auto Show in Thailand, and the rugged concept previews the next-generation Colorado midsize pickup that officially goes on sale in Thailand later this year — and eventually will arrive in North America, our sources say.

The Colorado Show Truck is an all-wheel drive extended cab that sports sleeker styling than the current 2004-2011 Colorado sold in the U.S., Asia and Australia. The front end shares a strong family resemblance with other recent bowtie-badged vehicles, like the Chevrolet Equinox and the upcoming Orlando. There’s a two-tier grille with wraparound headlights and two small heat extractors on the side of the hood. An aerodynamic “cab collar” ties the cab and bed together. Integrated steps in the cargo box make accessing the business end of the truck easy and for security and improved fuel economy there’s a hard tonneau cover. Twenty-inch aluminum wheels are paired with Cooper 285/50R20 Zeon LTZ all-terrain tires.

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Inside, the Colorado Show Truck features a twin cockpit design that’s more stylish and sculpted than the Colorado’s current, basic cabin. The instrument panel and dash flows into the doors and motorcycle-inspired three-dimensional gauges use ice blue lighting for sporty effect. Dark wood trim with chrome highlights provides an upscale feel with plenty of soft touch surfaces instead of hard plastic.

There’s also plenty of storage space and cubbies inside to keep items secure at night on the street or while bouncing around off-road. High tech features include a 7-inch flat screen displace for audio, navigation, hands-free phone and web access. There’s also a dual-zone climate control system to keep the driver and front passenger comfortable.


First Look: 2011 Ford F-150

Ford’s big truck gets new powertrain line-up, new electronics.

by on Sep.23, 2010

Ford shows off the 2011 F-Series line-up at the Texas State Fair.

The Ford F-150 pickup truck, segment sales leader for 33 consecutive years, will go into 2011 with an array of new front-end designs, a total of four brand-new engines, the industry’s first across-the-board use of a 6-speed automatic transmission, and more electronic content than ever before.

The new powertrain line-up leads the company’s release of 60 new engine and transmission packages around the world by 2013, half of them in North America.

Horsepower to the People! got a first look at the new 2011 F-Series during a trip to the annual Texas State Fair.

Ford said the venerable 4.6-liter SOHC V8 and the 5.4-liter DOHC V8 engines, long familiar to F-Series owners, have been retired, and the aged Cologne 4.0-liter V6 engine will be put out to pasture, as well, when the Ranger goes out of production.


First Look: 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150

4-Wheeler invades annual bike week in Sturgis.

by on Aug.10, 2010

For 2011 Ford gives the Harley-Davidson F-150 a new 6.2-liter V8.

It’s normally supposed to be all about the bikes, this week, in Sturgis, South Dakota.  But there’s a spotlight shining on a big four-wheeler at this week’s event.

Sturgis Bike Week is the biggest and most eagerly-anticipated motorcycle event of the year, drawing countless thousands on everything from little off-roaders to the biggest, baddest choppers ever assembled.  But they’re getting some competition from Ford, which is unveiling the most powerful version ever of its Harley-Davidson-branded F-150 pickup.

The 2011 Harley-Davidson F-150 features a 6.2-liter V-8 churning out 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque.  If that sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the same powertrain spinning the oversized tires on Ford’s over-the-top 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor.

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“The engine has tons of torque and already has been proven in the field,” says the V8 engine’s program manager, Mike Harrison.

There’s enough torque, in fact, to pull a 9,300-pound trailer, according to Ford, a big bump up from what the pickup could tow with the old 310-hp 5.4-liter V8.