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Is Ford Semi Committed? Maker Reveals EV Concept Truck

Level 4 autonomy and a slew of tech is packed into the concept.

by Michael Strong on Sep.28, 2018

Ford's F-Vision concept debuted at the IAA show in Germany. For now, it's just a concept officials claim.

Does Tesla have another competitor in the battery-electric semi truck arena? Maybe.

Ford Motor Co. took the wraps off an electric semi truck concept called the F-Vision at the IAA Commercial Vehicles expo in Hannover, Germany. The company’s vision is similar in many ways to Tesla’s offering with a high level of autonomy and a sleek exterior design.

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However, it would appear that Elon Musk and the gang in Palo Alto can breathe easier – at least about this anyway – as Ford says the new F-Vision is only a concept. (more…)

Ram Using “Family” Colors on New Farm Trucks

Case Red and New Holland Blue keep truck colors in the family.

by Joseph Szczesny on Sep.11, 2018

Ram has added two new colors for its "farm" trucks: Case Red, above, and New Holland Blue.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. plans to utilize the colors from farming equipment to enhance the appeal of Ram in the nation’s farming communities.

The 2018 Ram Chassis Cab Harvest Edition is specifically designed for farming. The truck is visually distinguished by two limited availability colors: Case IH Red and New Holland Blue.

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Case IH and New Holland farm tractors and other agricultural equipment are manufactured by subsidiaries of CNH Industrial. CNH Industrial N.V. shares a common ancestry with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. CNH, which like Fiat Chrysler N.V., which are controlled by Exor, the holding company owned by the Agnellis, Fiat’s founding family. (more…)

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.4 Million Ram Pickups

Company says tailgates can fly open for no reason.

by Michael Strong on Aug.02, 2018

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 1.4 million Ram pickups due to a tailgate lock problem.

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 1.1 million Ram pickups in the U.S. to repair the locks on their tailgates that could allow the door to fly open while the truck is being driven.

The company issued a recall to fix the power-locking mechanisms in the tailgates of certain trucks. The recall affects certain Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks from the 2015 through 2017 model years with 5-foot 7-inch and 6-foot 4-inch cargo beds.

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Pickups with manual tailgate locks and trucks with 8-foot cargo beds are not affected. The recently redesigned 2019 Ram is also not affected. Engineers installed a different system for that model. The company said it had not identified any injuries or accidents connected to the defect. (more…)

GM Leads Ford in Pickup Sales at Midpoint of 2018

Midsize trucks giving GM the sales lead.

by Michael Strong on Jul.12, 2018

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

America loves a good rivalry and Americans also love pickup trucks.

Domestic automakers have been relying on the latter, pickups, to help drive profits for much of the last two decades, and Ford and General Motors have long found ways to irritate one another when it comes to sell more trucks than the other.

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Now there is a new way: GM has sold more pickups through the first half of 2018 than Ford. GM sold 478,671 pickups, up 12% from last year, according to Kelley Blue Book data. Ford sold 451,138 pickups, a 5% increase. (more…)

Car Thieves Nab Eight Ram 1500s from Michigan Plant

Police have recovered one of the stolen trucks.

by Michael Strong on May.04, 2018

Police recovered one of the eight Ram 1500 pickups stolen from the Warren Truck Plant. (Photo credit: Warren Police Dept.)

It’s not unusual for new truck buyers to want to get their hands on their new purchase as soon as possible, however, it was thieves, not overzealous truck aficionados, that snuck into Fiat Chrysler’s plant in Warren, Michigan, took eight trucks right off the end of the assembly line.

The group stole a 2003 Ram from a home in Warren and rolled into the facility through a hole cut in the fence before dawn, to grab the trucks, roar out of the site crashing through the gate like something straight out of a movie.

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Since the theft, which took place at 3:55 a.m., one of the trucks has been recovered, but the Warren Police Department and surrounding cities, including Detroit, are on the lookout for these full-size pickups. The truck that was recovered was found in Detroit. (more…)

Volvo Hitting Sweden’s Streets With New EV Truck

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

by Michael Strong 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 Joseph Szczesny 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 Paul A. Eisenstein 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 Paul A. Eisenstein 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 Paul A. Eisenstein 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…)