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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…)

FCA Showing New Version of Ram Rebel at NAIAS

Maker unleashing new beast.

by on Jan.05, 2017

Fiat Chrysler plans to show off its new Ram Rebel Black model at the Detroit Auto Show.

Detroit’s long-standing affinity for the pickup truck will be on display at the North American International Auto Show next week as Ram, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.’s light truck brand, is planning to roll out a new version of the Ram 1500 Rebel.

Mike Manley, head of Jeep Brand and Ram Brand, FCA – Global, said Ram will introduce a special edition of the Rebel—the Rebel Black.

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“The Ram Rebel is unique in the full-size truck segment with 33-inch off-road tires, air suspension and custom interior details,” Manley noted. “Adding the Rebel Black package to an already aggressive off-road truck will continue feeding the momentum Rebel is creating for the Ram Truck brand.” (more…)

First Drive: 2017 Ram Rebel

Ready for the road: off or on.

by on Dec.13, 2016

The Ram Rebel incorporates the best of off-road capability with on-road comfort and convenience.

From every perspective, the popularity of the good old pickup truck is larger than life as the vehicles from American brands like Chevrolet, Ford and Ram continue to fetch higher and higher prices.

But then there is plenty of evidence that the pickup truck of today is several evolutionary cycles removed from the old-fashioned work trucks that are an enduring part of the American landscape prior to the 1980s.

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A case in point is the Ram Rebel, a truck that incorporates most of the old fashioned pickup’s rugged practicality and marries it to luxury once found in expensive sedans and additional capabilities for anyone will to take a $57,125 “off road.” (more…)

Ford Super Duty Takes Truck of Texas Title

Nissan, Volvo also nab Lone Star honors.

by on Oct.12, 2016

Ford captured this year's "Truck of Texas" title at the annual Texas Truck Rodeo.

Each fall, truckmakers form a wagon train and trek to the Lone Star State for the annual Texas Truck Rodeo in the hopes of being named “Truck of Texas.”

There may be no truck-focused award that carries more prestige than this one, rooted in the heart of truck country, Texas, which is also known as The Truck State. Makers bring dozens of vehicles to show off, but in the end there is but one winner of the big prize.

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The 2017 Truck of Texas is the 2017 Ford Super Duty, as voted by more than 70 journalists. (more…)

10 Speeds, 11% Mileage Gain for F-150

2017 Ford F-150 with 3.5-liter EcoBoost to get 20 mpg.

by on Oct.06, 2016

Ford's new 10-speed transmission is likely to be very appealing to new truck buyers.

Ford Motor Co.’s costly program to develop the world’s first 10-speed automatic transmission is beginning to pay off, especially for shoppers looking to buy the maker’s 2017 F-150 pickup.

Ford says the gearbox will help it yield an 11% increase in mileage on four-wheel-drive models using Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 turbo engine. The 2017 F-150 package will yield an average 20 miles per gallon in the EPA’s Combined cycle, up from 18 mpg with the 2016 pickup.

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The new 10-speed was jointly developed by Ford and General Motors and the transmission will eventually be added to a wide variety of different products in each of their line-ups. GM’s first application will come with next year’s launch of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. (more…)

Trucks Take Top Tier at Texas State Fair

Ford puts EcoBoost in '17 Raptor, Titan puts out a "Texas" model.

by on Sep.30, 2016

With all of the truck makers on hand, it was Lonzo Anderson and his 2000 Chevy Silverado with 375,000 miles on it that stole the show.

If we’re talking about fall in Texas, the conversation is sure to center on a few things: football and trucks. It’s why automakers flock to the annual Texas State Fair to unveil their latest offerings, and like the state’s well-known high school football teams, the competition is fierce.

The fair has become truck central and this year is no different as the usual suspects all flocked to the Lone Star State to kick up some dirt and brag about which one was best and a few used the annual event to make a couple of big announcements.

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First, Ford announced its 2017 Raptor – equipped with the all-new 3.5-liter twin-turbo high-output EcoBoost engine – with churn out 510 lb.-ft. of torque and 450 horsepower. (more…)

GM Amps Things Up with 2017 Colorado, Canyon Trucks

New V-6 for Chevy, GMC adds two new midsize pickup models.

by on Aug.30, 2016

GM is looking to continue the growth of its midsize truck entries, including new marketing campaigns.

General Motors has made some major inroads into the rebounding midsize truck market with the reborn Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups. Now, it’s looking to build even more momentum with a mix of new variants and improved powertrain options.

That includes an all-new V-6 mated with an eight-speed automatic for mainstream Chevy, while the “professional grade” side of the house adds two new models, the GMC Canyon Denali, and the “off-road-inspired” Canyon All Terrain X.

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Once written off for dead, the midsize market has shown new life during the last two years, in large part due to the return of the Colorado and Canyon models, analysts contend. In turn, the strong demand for the two GM models “has justified our continued investment in midsize pickups,” said Anita Burke, chief engineer for Colorado. (more…)

Proposed Federal Emissions Rules Make Trucks Greener

Transportation companies on-board with new regs.

by on Aug.16, 2016

Newly proposed emissions rules for semi trucks and heavy duty trucks call for significant cuts in emissions.

The push to make passenger vehicles more environmentally friendly spilled over to heavy duty and semi trucks today as federal regulators proposed new emissions standards and goals for those vehicles today.

The new regulations issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationaim for a 10% overall reduction in greenhouse gases.

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“Manufacturers are innovating and developing new technologies at a faster pace than we expected,” said Dan Utech, deputy assistant to President Obama for climate change and energy. (more…)

Nissan Expands Titan, Titan XD Line-Up with New Single Cab Models

Both models deliver added cargo, tow capacity.

by on Jul.26, 2016

Nissan introduced its new single cab versions of the 2017 Titan and Titan XD.

Aiming to do a better job competing with the established Detroit pickups, Nissan is adding an assortment of different versions of its second-generation Titan truck, and the latest to roll out is the Single Cab model.

Make that “models,” as there will be single-row version of both the standard-duty 2017 Nissan Titan and the maker’s medium-duty Titan XD.

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“Once we complete the roll-out of all Titan cab, bed, powertrain and grade level configurations, our all-new TITAN family will cover about 85% of the total light pickup marketplace,” said Rich Miller, Nissan North America’s director of Product Planning for Trucks, SUVs and Commercial Vehicles. (more…)

US Truck Sales Battle Begins Heating Up

GM tagged for higher incentives, Ford called out for towing claims.

by on Jul.21, 2016

GM's competitors are wondering if supply levels are low then why do they need spend more on incentives.

(This story has been updated with additional information.)

Sales of pickup trucks have boomed this year, but so too has the competition for sales, which is heating up across the board.

General Motors, for example, has been called out for raising incentives recently, according to a widely circulated piece from Bloomberg News.

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Incentives averaged $7,962 on the Chevrolet Silverado, up 76% from June levels, and $9,457 on the GMC Sierra, an increase of 147%, according to J.D. Power data obtained by Bloomberg. (more…)