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Chevy Goes Rock Crawling With New Colorado ZR2

Chevy pickup first off-roader to use Dynamic Suspension Dampers

by on Nov.16, 2016

Chevy hopes the new ZR2 model will convince truck buyers that its midsize model is a serious off-roader.

In the take-no-prisoners battle for midsize truck buyers, Chevrolet landed a strong punch with the return of the Colorado pickup a couple years back. But it has struggled to convince potential buyers that it has the chops for serious off-roading.

That’s about to change, or see Chevy hopes, with the launch of the Colorado ZR2, the production version of a diesel-powered, 2014 concept truck. Buyers will actually get the choice of gas or diesel, but the real news is that the ZR2 will be the first production off-road vehicle to use Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve, or DSSV damper technology. That translates into a smooth, controlled ride both on-road and off.

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Already found on the Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro models, and even on some Formula 1 race cars, Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The ZR2 applies that same philosophy to off-road performance,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors global product development chief. “You can go rock crawling on Saturday, desert running on Sunday, and comfortably drive to work on Monday. This truck can do it all, and do it all well.” (more…)

Four Classic Pickups Get USPS Stamp of Approval

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by on Mar.07, 2016

The new USPS stamp series honors pickups from the 1930s through the 1960s.

American motorists are buying trucks at a record pace, but now, pickups have won the stamp approval from the U.S. Postal Service.

The USPS plans to issue four new Forever stamps honoring four classic trucks later this year. The collection offers a look at the evolution of the pickup from the ‘30s through the 1960s. The collection is meant to honor “the rugged and reliable work vehicles that Americans have driven for nearly a century,” the post office explains.

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The new series comes as the latest in a long line of stamps meant to honor automobiles. It’s an idea by no means unique to the United States, either, with postal services from Bulgaria to Benin honoring trucks, sports cars, muscle cars and motorcycles over the decades.


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…)

Toyota Teases New 2016 Tacoma

Debut set for Detroit on January 12.

by on Dec.10, 2014

Toyota is expected to make major changes to the 2016 Tacoma in a bid to retain its sales lead.

With the North American International Auto Show approaching fast, Toyota is offering a first teaser glimpse at the next-generation Tacoma pickup it will unveil on January 12th.

The maker isn’t saying much about the replacement for its midsize model, though Toyota division General Manager Bill Fay recently called Tacoma “part of our DNA here in North America.” Early versions of the truck helped win over the Baby Boomers who have become the loyal mainstay of the Toyota brand.

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Expect to see a more modern, feature-rich model with improve towing and cargo capacity, according to industry insiders, while the 2016 Toyota Tacoma will almost certainly deliver improved fuel economy over the fairly poor 17 mpg City/21 mpg Highway achieved by the current model. (more…)

First Drive: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon

Big things in a smaller package.

by on Sep.25, 2014

GM is jumping back into the midsize truck market with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

When General Motors pulled the plug on its old Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon models a few years back, it looked like the midsize truck segment was getting ready to be taken off life support. At one time, back in the 1980s, U.S. buyers bought more small pickups than full-size models, but that flip-flopped in subsequent decades and, with sales sliding, seemingly towards oblivion, General Motors followed Chrysler and Ford towards the exit door.

But the biggest of the Detroit makers wasn’t quite ready to drive off into the sunset – not with archrival Toyota, as well as smaller Japanese maker Nissan, picking up whatever demand was left in the midsize truck market. GM had other plans in mind, revealing it would be back with two all-new trucks for 2015.

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Rather than just rehab its old pickup platform, GM set out to do a complete redesign. What its come up with is something of a hybrid, starting out with the best attributes of the global midsize truck it offers in markets as diverse as Thailand and Brazil and blending them with the rugged, U.S.-centric Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups launched late last year. (more…)

Ford Turns Sales Champ F-150 into a Lightweight

Using aluminum body panels, lightweight steel, maker cuts 700 pounds.

by on Jan.13, 2014

Ford's F-150 rolled out onto the stage today 700 pounds lighter using aluminum body panels and a lightweight steel chassis. Photo credit: Len Katz.

With Joe Louis Arena – the home of the Detroit Red Wings – as the back drop, Ford Motor Co. kicked off the North American International Auto Show by revealing the new – and lighter –  Ford F-150.

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“We know our truck customers,” said Joe Hinrichs, who noted the F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S for 32 consecutive years and the best-selling truck for the past 37 years.

“When you’re the leader you set the standards and then you exceed them,” said Raj Nair, who said the new truck contains more than 11 major technological firsts, including a new frame of lightweight steel and a unique all-aluminum body that reduce the trucks overall weight by 700 pounds, which improves fuel economy and overall performance. (more…)

Ram Reintroduces Mossy Oak Edition 1500

Truck aimed at hunting, fishing and camping aficionados.

by on Jan.12, 2014

Ram is bringing back the Mossy Oak Edition aimed at outdoor enthusiasts.

They might be better served calling it the “Duck Dynasty Edition” but Ram Truck is bringing back its Mossy Oak Edition for the 2014 Ram 1500 by debuting it at the North American International Auto Show this week.

Aimed at hunting, camping and fishing aficionados, it’s laden with camouflage and when outfitted with the optional RamBox, it has a slew of compartments and storage for all the gear needed to be outdoors. The special edition truck was not available last year.

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“Ram Truck is focused on the needs and wants of truck buyers,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand – Chrysler Group LLC. “Our Ram Truck owners are passionate about hunting and fishing. The Ram Mossy Oak Edition gives hunting enthusiasts a way to proudly proclaim their love for the outdoors.” (more…)

Chevy Takes a Load Off With Silverado Cheyenne Concept

Mini mass, maxi performance, suggests Chevy.

by on Nov.04, 2013

Chevy drops some mass with Cheyenne show truck.

They’re big, they’re bad, but do they have to be quite so heavy? That’s a question a lot of folks are asking about full-size pickups, especially in light of the tough new fuel economy standards the auto industry will be facing over the next decade.

Ford is reportedly ready to show what can be done when it reveals the next-generation F-Series early next year, the big truck expected to migrate to an aluminum-intensive platform and body that could reduce mass by as much as 750 pounds or more. And while Chevrolet took a more conventional approach with its new 2014 Silverado, the maker is also looking at ways to put the big truck on a diet.

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Which brings us to the Chevrolet Silverado Cheyenne concept truck that will be making its debut at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas this week.  The prototype makes extensive use of lightweight materials – primarily carbon fiber – to trim 200 pounds off its 4,503-pound production stock mass.


GM Laying Claim to Top Dog Status with New HD Trucks

2014 heavy-duty models have highest payload, towing ratings.

by on Sep.27, 2013

GM introduced its new heavy-duty truck line-up, including the Chevy Silverado 2500, at the Texas State Fair.

The Texas-sized shoot out over what heavy-duty truck is the best continued as General Motors showed off its 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra Denali HD in time for the official opening to the Texas State Fair.

Ford previewed its 2015 King Ranch edition F-450 and a new 6.7-liter V8 Power Stroke turbocharged diesel at the Texas State Fair earlier this week.

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Mark Reuss, president of the GM North America, said GM’s heavy-duty pickup trucks will be the best all round combination of horsepower, fuel efficiency, quality and capability when they go on sale during the first quarter of 2014. (more…)

Silverado Roll Out On Track

GM focuses on phased transition to 2014 model.

by on May.10, 2013

The transition to the 2014 Chevy Silverado is moving rapidly with new models shipping in a few weeks.

General Motors’ big switch is in full swing as it brings out its new family of Chevrolet pickup trucks.

The GM assembly plant in Silao, Mexico, is already building the 2014 Silverado Crew Cab, and should begin shipping them in next few weeks, GM executives said this week.

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“We’re putting them through some extra quality gates to make sure they’re ready,” said Chris Perry, GM vice president of Chevrolet Marketing, adding the Silverado accounted for 24.3% of Chevrolet’s sales in the U.S. last year.