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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…)

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…)