Pickup Trucks

GM Throws Down The Gauntlet, Challenges Ford To 'Truck Of War'
GM Throws Down The Gauntlet, Challenges Ford To 'Truck Of War'

GM's vice chairman, Tom Stephens, appears to be taking a page out of Bob Lutz's playbook. Today he issued a challenge to Ford to pit the PowerStroke diesel-powered 2011 F-Series Super Duty truck against the DuraMax diesel 2011 Chevrolet and GMC Heavy Duty trucks. The new line of 2011 GM Heavy Duty...Read More»

2010 Ford F-150
EcoBoost V-6 Will Have Higher Torque Rating in 2011 Ford F-150

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that’s due late this year in the 2011 Ford F-150 will have more torque than the new engine does in Ford cars. “In the transverse installation in the car, the torque is somewhat limited by transaxle, driveline,” explained Dan Kapp, Ford’s director of powertrain...Read More»

2010 Dodge Ram 1500
Driven: 2010 Dodge 1500 Laramie Crew 4x4

For a very long time in this country, about 20% of all sales came in the form of trucks. Not what the industry calls “trucks” (i.e., SUVs), but actual pickups. That figure always astonished me; we simply don’t have that many contractors, painters and plumbers and there are fewer actual...Read More»

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HUMMER H3, H3T Production To Restart By November?

HUMMER's sale is all but complete--though there are some worrying details left to be handled with the Chinese government--and talk of production resuming in the Shreveport plant where the H3 and H3T are built is already starting to leak out from the company. Dealers will be glad to hear the news...Read More»

2009 Hummer H2
HUMMER Sale To China's Tengzhong Official

The saga of GM's sale of HUMMER has finally come to a close. With the sudden collapse of the Penske-Saturn deal last week, many feared a similar fate would befall HUMMER, but today's announcement of the sale agreement between GM and China's Tengzhong puts those fears to rest, at least for the...Read More»

Toyota's diagram showing how to properly install floor mats
Toyota's Answer To Deadly Floor Mats: Zip Ties!

In a move almost too strange to be fiction, Toyota is apparently advising its Toyota and Lexus brand dealers to zip tie loose floor mats to the seats in the 3.8 million vehicles affected by the recent safety recall. Of course, it's phrased much more eloquently than that. "We have reviewed with the...Read More»

2010 Dodge Ram 2500
Chrysler Officially Announces New Dodge Ram Brand For Trucks

Last week rumors that Chrysler might split the Dodge brand into separate car and truck divisions emerged, but today the company has confirmed: the Dodge Ram Brand will sell pickups and the Dodge Car Brand will sell passenger cars. The decision is part of Chrysler's ongoing restructuring and...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
2010 North American Car Of The Year Short List Revealed

It's that time of year again: time to decide the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACOTY). This time around, our own Executive Editor Marty Padgett is one of the jurors, and we're bringing you the insider's perspective on the process, as well as looking to hear what you have to say on...Read More»

2010 Toyota 4Runner
Toyota Reveals Pricing For 2010 4Runner, Land Cruiser And Venza

With the unveiling of the 2010 Toyota 4Runner still fresh in our minds, Toyota today released pricing for the revised SUV, starting from $27,500 for the four-cylinder SR5 4x2, a drop of $1,140 from the 2009 model's base price. Also revealed today are the prices for the 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser...Read More»

2009 Mazda B-Series
B-Series, B-Seeing You: Mazda Leaves U.S. Pickup Market

Don’t look for a 2010 Mazda B-Series; the nameplate has quietly slipped off Mazda’s U.S. roster this fall. The move leaves only a few compact pickups in the North American market. The 2010 Ford Ranger gets side airbags and electronic stability control, as we’ve reported, but it otherwise...Read More»

2009 Chrysler Town & Country
Chrysler Throws Caution To The Wind, Jumps Back Into Leasing Game

Moving cars out of factories and off dealer lots is the fundamental premise of the industry, whether it's done by sales, leases or fleet deals. But when your company is threatened by inevitable bankruptcy and low resale value makes leasing a costly proposition for the manufacturer, some corners...Read More»

2010 Ford Ranger
2010 Ford Ranger: Almost A Classic, Now With Side Airbags

This week, TheCarConnection.com updated its full review of the Ford Ranger for 2010, and even though we haven't driven the 2010 yet we've driven countless earlier models and can speak from experience. The Ranger is built on a design that’s absolutely ancient—we’ll get to that shortly—but...Read More»

Ford 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel engine, to be fitted to 2011 F-Series Super Duty pickups
Ford Unveils New, Green Power Stroke V8 Turbodiesel, For Big Pickups Only

When we asked Ford executive vice president Mark Fields about diesels last week, he said mildly, "You'll see diesels used in our truck line, especially the larger models." Lo and behold, Ford has released details on its latest, 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel. It's the first one Ford has designed...Read More»

2009 Nissan Titan SE
Splitsville: Nissan, Chrysler End Product-Sharing Deal

The product-sharing deal that would have brought new trucks to Nissan and new small cars to Chrysler has been terminated. The end of the deal made in January 2008 was announced today in a brief release issued by both companies. By the terms of the deal, Chrysler was to supply Nissan with a...Read More»

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Chrysler Dumps Lifetime Powertrain Warranty

Chrysler's lifetime powertrain warranty won't be a part of the new Fiat-owned operation, but there's a new warranty poised to take its place: a 5-year, 100,000-mile offer that sticks with the car. The warranty change is effective with all 2010 model-year cars and trucks. There's a strong argument...Read More»

GM's eBay Motors Deal Goes Live Tomorrow

After a premature post-bankruptcy announcement in July, the real General Motors-eBay Motors deal is going live tomorrow, offering car buyers the chance to purchase a new car fresh off the lot straight from their living room sofa. GM hopes that tapping eBay Motors' 12 million monthly visits through...Read More»

2009 Dodge Ram 1500 ST
2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Light Duty Diesel Canceled

Since the introduction of their all-new Dodge Ram 1500 last summer, Chrysler made it clear that their 2010 Ram 1500 would have a clean and green diesel option. In January, Chrysler said it was delaying the introduction of the diesel light-duty Ram until at least 2011. Frank Klegon, then Chrysler's...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Corvette
What Cars Couldn't You Do Without? Chevrolet Corvette Tops List!

Hagerty Insurance is among the world's leaders in providing coverage for classic cars, so their customer base skews toward the enthusiast side of the vehicle owning public. In an effort to divine potential classic cars of the future, Hagerty asked customers a simple question: “What American Car...Read More»

2012 Ford Ranger spy shots
Spy Shots: 2012 Ford Ranger

The world could really use some smaller pickup trucks. Many who are over 40 will remember the Chevy Luv, the Dodge D-50, the Ford Courier and other compact pickups that were all the rage back in the 1970s. Then something happened ... driveway trucks emerged as THE vehicle, and they began to grow...Read More»

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