Will Ram Expand its Pickup Truck Line?

The Ram brand is in transition, even if it does not seem that way. Ever since the parent Fiat Chrysler merged with Peugeot Citroen to form Stellantis, it was identified as one of the most important and profitable of the 14 brands. But Ram’s identity has been skewed since its … Read more

Smart Concept: Jeep Grand Wagoneer

The Wagoneer line will elevate Jeep’s profile. The long-awaited return of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer is nearly complete. On Thursday, Fiat Chrysler revealed the Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept, a full-size SUV that blends the brand’s off-road credentials with luxury. The Grand Wagoneer represents one part of a Wagoneer sub-brand that … Read more

Raptor Fighter: Ram 1500 TRX!

Ram debuts the 1500 TRX, its answer to the Ford F-150 Raptor. Billed as an “apex predator,” Ram claims the new model is the “quickest, fastest, and most powerful mass-produced truck in the world…” The long-awaited Ram 1500 TRX made its debut on Monday, the brand’s answer to the Ford … Read more

Diesel Delight: Ram 1500 Rebel

We get behind the wheel of a diesel-powered Ram 1500. All-new for 2019, the 2020 and fifth-generation Ram 1500 returns with new or updated trim and options packages. The big news is that the available turbo-diesel engine has more horsepower, torque, and towing capacity that rivals the optional V8 gas … Read more

9 Winners and Losers of 2019

It’s a wrap: 2019 is in the books. And if you’re thinking we’re a bit late sharing this information, hold on: the U.S. auto industry finished reporting its annual sales on Monday, closing out an extended period of news releases hyping the details. We’ll cut to the chase and look … Read more

Dually Prowess: 2019 Ram 3500

2019 Ram 3500

The all-new 2019 Ram 3500 comes with single or dual rear wheels. The Ram brand has been on an upward trajectory ever since it was separated from Dodge beginning in 2009. Ram Trucks represent a variety of utility-type vehicles, but its flagship product has always been its line of full-size … Read more

Midnight Edition: 2018 Nissan Titan

On the road with the Titan of all trucks. Pickup trucks are the meat of the auto industry, supplying the profits manufacturers need to shore up their operations. This fact is much more pertinent to the traditional US truck manufacturers — GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler — than to competitors … Read more

New Pickup Truck Shopping Tips

Find the right truck at the right price. If you are in the market for a new pickup truck, you may be considering a brand you are already familiar with. That’s a sensible approach as pickup truck buyers are typically brand loyal. In particular, they are more likely to stick … Read more

America’s Top 10 Selling Vehicles in 2017

New vehicle sales dip slightly in 2017. US passenger vehicle sales fell by 1.8 percent in 2017, the first year-over-year loss in seven years. However, the drop was modest and certainly wasn’t a surprise. In 2017, 17,230,436 new sales were recorded, down from a record 17,550,394 in 2016. Light trucks, … Read more

Sport Truck: 2017 Ram 1500 Night Edition

2017 Ram 1500 Night Edition

Black embellishments add pop to the Ram 1500. It was four years to the week when a second Ram 1500 entered my press fleet rotation. That’s a long time between drives, especially as multiple copies of competing models from Ford, Nissan, Chevrolet, Toyota, and GMC came and went. I cover … Read more

Bigly Pickup Truck: Nissan Titan Crew Cab

Nissan’s all-new Titan strikes a responsive chord. Of the six major automakers with a presence in the US, Nissan is easily outpacing the other five. General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and Honda looked on in envy last year as Nissan posted double-digit sales gains. Even as the market begins … Read more

Fiat Chrysler: SUVs Trump Small Cars

More Jeeps and pickup trucks. And partners sought to build small cars. Shop for a small Chrysler product in a few years and that Dodge Dart or Chrysler 200 just may be built by one of the automaker’s competitors. Earlier this week Fiat Chrysler announced its revised North American business … Read more

GM Beats Ford in Pickup Truck Sales

The Ford F-Series is the indisputable sales leader by model, but GM has the upper hand in overall pickup sales. Looming changes in the segment, including the dissolution of the “chicken tax” may shake up the market further. Chevrolet Silverado sales are outpacing the market in 2015. It has been … Read more

Fiat Chrysler Product Delays Mount

Product delays will keep several Jeep, Ram, Dodge and Chrysler products from reaching showrooms when originally planned. FCA is pouring its resources into Alfa Romeo, a gambit that might backfire. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been in the news a lot lately, mainly due to chief executive Sergio Marchionne’s efforts … Read more

13 Top Fuel Efficient 2015 Models by Category

The 300h is the hybrid variant for the Lexus NX. With gasoline prices trending somewhere below $2.50 per gallon, the rush to fuel-efficient vehicles has certainly come to a grinding halt. On the other hand, demand for pickup trucks, large utility vehicles and other less-efficient models has soared. Even though … Read more

Luxury Pickup Trucks Outsell European Models

Ford’s F-Series brings in huge profits. Shop for a luxury vehicle and your eyes may feast upon the Mercedes-Benz E350 sedan, BMW’s X5 xDrive35i crossover or the Lexus RCF sports car. Each high-end model sells for more than $50,000, a price point that demonstrates mass-produced luxury at its finest. The … Read more

Big Incentives Await Pickup Truck Shoppers

If youve been holding back on buying a new pickup truck consider this: March 2014 may be the start of something big, as in incentives, and on a wide variety of vehicles. Chevy Truck Month General Motors has thrown the gauntlet down as it intends to make March a Chevy … Read more

GM Pickup Truck Lightweighting to Follow Ford’s Lead

Next generation GMC and Chevrolet pickups will include more aluminum. Fresh off of a new design, the next generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickup trucks wont hit the market for about another five years. When those trucks arrive, theyll likely include vast amounts of aluminum, following a path … Read more

The 5 Flavors of the 2014 Toyota Tundra

I bet you never thought of a pickup truck in terms of flavors, am I right? Then again, with each full-size truck manufacturer offering variants on the big truck theme, it is often the sub-models or special editions that attracts customers to a particular truck. Several of these flavors were … Read more

A Small-Displacement Diesel for the 2014 Ram 1500

It has been more than a decade since light-duty pickup truck buyers have had access to diesel engines. GM, Ford and Chrysler offer diesel engines for their respective heavy-duty lines, but not for the standard full-size pickup trucks that most people buy. But, that is about to change as the … Read more

Light Duty Diesel Pickup Truck for the Ram 1500

Do you like diesels? This writer admits that he does although his experience with and brief ownership of a 1978 Rabbit Diesel does little to uphold his position that diesel technology is the way to go. For fuel savings. For reduced emissions. For less of a dependency on foreign oil. … Read more

Chicago Style: 2014 Toyota Tundra

At the 2013 Chicago Auto Show today, one of the more widely anticipated new vehicles of the season was unveiled, the 2014 Toyota Tundra. The new model, the third generation of Toyotas full-size pickup truck aspirations, offers numerous technological and styling updates over the current model. It also sends a … Read more

Game On: New Toyota Tundra Set for Chicago Debut

When the second generation Toyota Tundra made its debut for the 2007 model year, Toyota served notice to Ford, General Motors and Chrysler that it was serious about the large pickup truck segment. Nissan, too, was in Toyotas crosshairs as it had brought its own Titan truck to this highly … Read more