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Volvo Hitting Sweden’s Streets With New EV Truck

New truck will make it possible to meet tougher city emissions rules.

by on Apr.13, 2018

The new Volvo FL Electric truck begins work on the streets of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Move over Tesla, Freightliner, Cummins and, well, add one more new battery-electric truck to the growing field of competitors: Volvo’s new FL Electric.

The company’s new 16-ton truck is designed to function in an urban environment, acting primarily as a delivery truck. This will become more important as the number of cities banning diesel engines from city centers continues to increase, now there will be an option to get goods into urban areas.

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“We’re immensely proud to present the first in a range of fully electrically-powered Volvo trucks ready for regular traffic,” said Claes Nilsson, president, Volvo Trucks. (more…)

GM Plans Month-Long Shutdown at Flint Truck Plant

Plans are two weeks longer than usual.

by on Feb.19, 2018

GM is going to be laying off employees at its plant in Flint, Michigan, for two weeks after the company's traditional two-week shutdown.

General Motors told employees it plans to close down the company’s big truck assembly plant in Flint, Michigan, for the month of July.

The company said in a memo circulated to employees of the truck assembly plant that the plant will be closed for a “mandatory” two-summer vacation shutdown starting in early July. The two-week vacation shutdown will be followed by a two-week layoff for most of the employees at the plant, according to the memo, which was posted to a union website.

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The memo said some employees will be required to work during the temporary shutdown as the plant will be undergoing a series of improvements to the plant, which a key center for production of GM’s Chevrolet and GMC heavy-duty pick-up trucks. (more…)

Can 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Topple Ford’s King-of-the-Hill F-Series?

Chevy’s complete makeover brings eight distinct models, new powertrains, including high-mileage diesel.

by on Jan.14, 2018

Design Director Mike Simcoe reveals how the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado went from design sketch to design masterpiece.

While SUVs have garnered most of the spotlight, pickups have been building momentum at a frantic pace over the last several years and, barring a complete economic meltdown or a surge past $4 a gallon for gas, few expect to see demand for those tough trucks taper off anytime soon.

So, General Motors’ timing could be particularly fortuitous as it prepares to roll out complete makeovers of its full-size pickup line-up. The process begins with the unveiling of the all-new, 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at this week’s North American International Auto Show – and will continue when the Silverado HD and GMC Sierra pickups make their debut later this year.

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“These are arguably the most important products in the Chevrolet portfolio,” said Global Chevrolet chief Alan Batey, as the new Silverado rolled onto the stage in front of a packed crowd at Detroit’s Eastern Market Saturday night. (more…)

First Look: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

Chevy focuses on new steel alloys, rather than aluminum, with new truck.

by on Dec.18, 2017

Chevy is looking to lower the boom on its competition with a redesigned 2019 Silverado.

If there was a state car of Texas it would almost certainly be the pickup truck, a good reason why Chevrolet headed down to Dallas to give the world a first look at the 2019 Silverado.

Chevy is hoping the next-generation pickup will help it close in on the full-size segment’s sales leader, the Ford F-Series. Like its rival, the new Silverado boasts a new stylish exterior and plenty of new safety and infotainment technologies. But in sharp contrast to Ford’s shift to lightweight aluminum, Chevy says it’s sticking with steel.

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The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will turn to “a higher-grade alloy (for) the roll-formed, high-strength-steel bed floor, contributing to a bed that is more functional and lighter weight,” General Motors’ largest division explained. (more…)

Musk Promises to “Blow Your Mind” With Electric Truck

Long-delayed debut scheduled for Thursday evening.

by on Nov.15, 2017

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is telling folks to be ready to have their "mind blown" with the long-awaited introduction of Tesla's semi truck on Thursday.

Prepare to have your mind blown “clear out of your skull,” or so promises Elon Musk, the Tesla CEO confirming the repeatedly delayed debut of his company’s new battery-powered semi-truck will finally take place on Thursday evening.

Big trucks suck down diesel fuel at a tremendous rate and they generate a disproportionate share of transportation-based pollution. In Los Angeles, for example, the semis waiting at the city’s two huge ports are considered one of its primary smog sources. So, there’s growing demand for clean trucks. Musk, for his part, has been broadly hinting that Tesla’s answer is a semi that will share some of the same powertrain technology as its battery-powered Models S, X and 3.

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“This will blow your mind clear out of your skull and into an alternate dimension,” said the never-subtle, South African-born entrepreneur in his latest truck tweet. (more…)

Chevy’s Got a Hit With its Centennial Truck Line-up

New line proving popular with customers.

by on Nov.07, 2017

Chevy's Centennial Edition Silverado and Colorado have enjoyed impressive sales since being introduced.

Trucks are hot now as their sales account for a steadily growing share of vehicles sold in the United States.

But the popularity of trucks also runs very deep and is built on very solid foundation, according to Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Truck marketing and advertising operations.

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Piszar explained during a briefing this week that Chevrolet’s decision to bring out a “Centennial Edition” of its immensely popular pick-up truck has been a runaway success. “We can’t build them fast enough,” he said.  (more…)

Truckin’ Through Tokyo

Tokyo Motor Show isn't all kei cars and electric vehicles.

by on Oct.27, 2017

The Yamaha Cross Hub truck is a study in unique style and functionality.

The Tokyo Motor Show may be known for its small quirky vehicles, but if there is one truth that is self-evident it’s that people love trucks. Fortunately, there were plenty of trucks on display in Tokyo as well.

Perhaps the “least” unique is Yamaha’s Cross Hub concept truck. The compact concept truck is definitely not your average looking pickup with plenty of curves and angles, the truck screams “Look at me!”

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The truck is just large enough to carry two passengers and two motorcycles in the bed. However, it’s flexible design also allows for four passengers as well with a unique diamond-shaped seating pattern design. At 176.7 inches long, the Cross Hub is about the same size as a Honda Civic hatchback. (more…)

More Power, Better Mileage, More Features – Ford Wants to Expand F-Series’ Lead

Add some subtle design tweaks for 2018.

by on Aug.14, 2017

The 2018 Ford F-150 gets a slew up updates under the hood and on the outside.

If you’re a fan of Ford’s F-150 you’ll quickly spot some changes for 2018, starting with the new “C-Clamp” headlights and updated grille and taillamps.

But that’s just where things start for the upcoming model-year, according to the Detroit automaker. The new F-Series line-up will get a big boost in power on two of its five powertrain options, while increasing fuel economy across the board. There are also an array of new and updated features that, Ford is betting, will help keep momentum building as it gains market share at the expense of key competitors Chevrolet and Ram.

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“The 2018 F-Series is even tougher, even smart, even more capable,” boasted Todd Eckert, Ford’s truck marketing manager, during a background media briefing on the updates to what has been, for four decades, the best-selling pickup on the U.S. market. (more…)

GM Recalls 800K Full-Size Pickups Due to Steering Issue

Company will update software to fix problem.

by on Aug.11, 2017

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is being recalled for a potential problem with its electric power steering.

General Motors Co. is recalling 800,000 full size pickups worldwide due to a potential problem with the trucks electric power steering.

The action impacts 690,000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 trucks in the U.S., the automaker noted. The recall impacts 2014 model year vehicles.

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The trucks could suffer a temporary loss of the power steering, particularly during low-speed turns, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Dealers will reflash the software in the truck to resolve the problem. (more…)

Nissan Adds a Royal to the Family: New Titan King Cab

New six-person cab comes with Cummins diesel option.

by on Feb.09, 2017

Nissan's North American chief Fred Diaz shows off the new 2017 Nissan Titan King Cab during the Chicago Auto Show.

This year’s Chicago Auto Show appears to be a series of “look what we did to our truck to make it better than their truck” announcements.

Well, Nissan wasn’t left out, introducing its six-person “King Cab” option available on its new Titan with wide-opening rear doors and available “rear seat delete” option that is ideal for commercial use with its flat floor and secure in-cab storage space.

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“The launch of the new King Cab body is the last step in a journey that began in December 2015 with the debut of the breakthrough Titan XD, which continues to carve out a unique white space between competitors’ heavy-duty and half-ton trucks,” said Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America Inc., in a statement. (more…)