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Warlock: Ram Conjures Up New Life for an Old Truck

Fiat Chrysler is the master of squeezing every last bit of life out of a vehicle or platform. Witness the Dodge Charger/Challenger and its umpteen permutations that have appeared since it rolled off the ark many moons ago. The automaker performed the same trick with the old Ram 1500, slathering the thing in bright paint […] The post Warlock: Ram Conjures Up New Life for an Old Truck appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Fca, Autos, Trucks, Fiat Chrysler, Warlock, Dodge Charger Challenger, 4x4, News Blog, Ram 1500 Classic


GM Looking to Invest in Electric Pickup Maker Rivian: Report

Rivian Automotive made a big splash at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show with its fully electric R1T pickup and R1S SUV, and General Motors apparently liked what it saw. According to sources who spoke to Reuters and Bloomberg, GM is interested in acquiring a piece of Rivian’s action. The Detroit automaker, which recently expressed […] The post GM Looking to Invest in Electric Pickup Maker Rivian: Report appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Autos, Los Angeles Auto Show, Trucks, Detroit, EVs, Reuters, News Blog, Product Planning, Bloomberg GM, Rivian, Rivian Automotive


Autonomous Truck Company TuSimple Adds $95M to Rev Up Commercial Fleet

TuSimple has pulled in $95 million more in venture funding to advance its development of a commercial autonomous fleet of trucks.The new Series D round of financing announced Wednesday boosts the San Diego-based company’s valuation to land it on the growing list of “unicorns”—the tech-world term coined for companies valued at $1 billion or above.TuSimple, founded in 2015 in San Diego and Beijing, raised its Series C round of $55 million in late 2017. Composite Capital, a Hong Kong-based investm...
Tags: Deals, Hong Kong, Funding, Trends, Vc, Beijing, San Diego, Ai, Trucks, Financing, Self-driving, Autonomous Driving, Sina, San Read, National blog main, National top stories


Test Drive: 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor

Off-roading in Utah, the truck offers impressive performance and comfort During our test drive of the 2019 Ford Raptor, we got airborne in a truck that tips the scales at nearly three tons. Perhaps even more astounding is that when the vehicle’s four wheels touched back to earth, the sensation was akin to landing on a mattress. With confidence soaring, we circled a dirt track …
Tags: Utah, Design, Cars, Automotive, Ford, Driving, Trucks, Pickup Trucks, Test Drives, Auto Design


6 Essential Tips For Extending Your Truck’s Life 2019

If you’re like most people, when you bought your truck, you were looking for a combination of power, reliability, and long life. Whether you mainly rely on your vehicle for transportation, work, or play, it needs the right mix of care and maintenance for you to get the most out of it over the long term. If you don’t think your truck can still be running like it just came off the dealer lot years down the line, think again! Let’s take a look at some of the best tips for ensuring that your truck...
Tags: Ford, Autos, Trucks, Useful News, Other News, American Truck Accessories


Trucks, Trucks, and More Trucks: FCA Boss Has a Midsize on His Mind

Between last month’s Detroit show and the ongoing Chicago vehicle extravaganza, pickups trucks currently occupy about 93.7 percent of the average American’s mind. While your author can easily visualize himself in a 2020 Subaru Legacy, that AWD sedan is certainly not the buzz generator in anyone’s social circle. Mike Manley knows trucks, as his company […] The post Trucks, Trucks, and More Trucks: FCA Boss Has a Midsize on His Mind appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Chicago, Ram, Fca, Autos, Trucks, Detroit, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Mike Manley, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, Midsize Trucks


As Ford Dumps Money on Chicago, the Month-old Ranger Sees Its First Recall

Ahead of production of its all-new 2020 Ford Explorer, Police Interceptor Utility, and Lincoln Aviator at the Chicago Assembly plant, Ford is greasing the wheels with a $1 billion cash injection, adding 500 jobs in the process. The money, destined for both Chicago Assembly and a nearby stamping plant, will ensure three crucial products make […] The post As Ford Dumps Money on Chicago, the Month-old Ranger Sees Its First Recall appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Chicago, Recalls, Ford, Autos, Trucks, SUVs, Ford Ranger, Ford Explorer, News Blog, Chicago Assembly, Lincoln Aviator, Ford Dumps Money


C Is for Chassis: Ram’s Biggest Goes to Work

Dropping its third truck shoe for 2019, Ram unveiled its light- and medium-duty chassis cab options at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday. Built to take on whatever application the buyers chooses, the stripped-down trucks offer up the same updates seen on the 2019 Ram HD, including its newly upgraded Cummins inline-six diesel. Offered in […] The post C Is for Chassis: Ram’s Biggest Goes to Work appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ram, Fca, Autos, Trucks, Chicago Auto Show, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Cummins, News Blog, Ram Chassis Cab, 2019 Ram chassis cab, Chassic Cabs, Ram 4500, Ram 5500


Ace of Base: 2018 Ram 2500 Tradesman Regular Cab 4×2 Longbox

New truck season is, without a doubt, the most wonderful time of the year. However, it must be recognized that not every gearhead feels the need to be on the bleeding edge of product development, choosing instead to hoover up deals on last year’s rigs. With the Detroit Three busy bludgeoning each other in the […] The post Ace of Base: 2018 Ram 2500 Tradesman Regular Cab 4×2 Longbox appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Trucks, Detroit, News Blog, Tradesman, 3/4 Ton, Ram 2500, Ace of Base, 4x2, Longbox


Split Ends: Ram Introduces ‘MultiFunction’ Tailgate

When our grandchildren ask about the Great Pickup Wars of 2019, we will have no shortage of stories with which to regale them. OEMs are assaulting each other on all fronts, from half-ton opulence to heavy-duty torque ratings. Battle is now being waged at the business end of pickups, as well. After watching GMC introduce […] The post Split Ends: Ram Introduces ‘MultiFunction’ Tailgate appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ram, Autos, Trucks, Tailgate, News Blog, Ram 1500, Multifunction Tailgate


First Look: 2020 Ford Super Duty

It doesn't look much different, but Ford's Super Duty (F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550) gets two new engines, a new transmission, and a couple of cosmetic enhancements for 2020. No numbers on those engines yet, but Ford is promising some serious grunt. Find out more in my story over at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Ford, Autos, Trucks, National Post, Jil McIntosh


2020 Ford Super Duty: Power Promises, and Two New V8s

Ford’s next-generation Super Duty line saw the light of day Tuesday, with similar (but not blinding) light shed on the automaker’s new 7.3-liter gasoline V8 — a pushrod mill that replaces the old 6.8-liter V10 in Ford’s engine roster. For 2020, the F-250, F-350, and F-450 don upscale skins, refined faces, and revamped interiors stocked with […] The post 2020 Ford Super Duty: Power Promises, and Two New V8s appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Autos, Trucks, Engines, Ford Super Duty, News Blog, Product Planning, Ford F-350, Ford F-250, 2020 Ford Super Duty, Ford F-450


It’s a New Year: January 2019 Sales Roundup

The long slog that is January provided a mixed bag of sales results for America’s automakers, with some enjoying the fruits of their new products while others stared down the barrel of red ink as they tried to kick their fleet habit. Frightening and frigid weather patterns didn’t help anyone, either. Talking heads are expecting […] The post It’s a New Year: January 2019 Sales Roundup appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Cars, Sales, America, Autos, Trucks, Auto Sales, News Blog, January 2019


Ford Prepares to Throttle Up Ranger Production

Early demand and the promise of more eager customers flooding dealers has Ford ratcheting up production of its new midsize Ranger pickup. Starting in February (probably next week), the company’s Wayne Assembly plant will put the pedal down. Kumar Galhotra, head of Ford’s North American operations, says the automaker anticipates “massive overtime.” Speaking to Bloomberg […] The post Ford Prepares to Throttle Up Ranger Production appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Bloomberg, Production, Ford, Autos, Trucks, Kumar Galhotra, Ford Ranger, News Blog, Midsize Trucks, Wayne Assembly


Interview: Rivian Founder, RJ Scaringe at Aspen’s X Games

Positioning the trucks as adventure vehicles, moving production to Michigan and more We’re nestled indoors in Aspen Village and, while it’s frigid outside, this home—which is serving as a basecamp for the Rivian team—is inviting. The brand recently debuted its R1T electric pickup truck and R1S electric SUV at the LA Auto Show in November, but their presence here in Aspen, Colorado, coinciding with the X …
Tags: Auto, Design, Interviews, Cars, Tech, Electric Vehicles, Michigan, La Auto Show, Trucks, Pickup Trucks, Aspen, X Games, Aspen Colorado, Electric trucks, Rivian, RJ Scaringe


Fresh 2020 Toyota Tacoma Bound for Chicago Auto Show

Despite seeming to be older than the dirt on which it rolls, the Toyota Tacoma is enjoying massive sales growth. In fact, it recently had its best-ever December, quarter, and year since introduction. Seriously. It was up an enormous 24 percent for the year, enjoying thirteen consecutive best-ever months. For 2020, Toyota is massaging the […] The post Fresh 2020 Toyota Tacoma Bound for Chicago Auto Show appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: 2020, Autos, Toyota, Trucks, Tacoma, Chicago Auto Show, Toyota Tacoma, CAS, News Blog, Toyota Tacoma Bound for Chicago Auto Show


You Won’t Have a Hard Time Spotting the 2020 Toyota Tundra – From the Side, Anyway

This May sees Toyota mark the 20th anniversary of the start of Tundra production. When that happy date arrives, there’s be two full generations of full-size truck memories to look back on. Yes, the Tundra is old, with the current generation bowing for the 2007 model year. A significant refresh came in 2014, with minor […] The post You Won’t Have a Hard Time Spotting the 2020 Toyota Tundra – From the Side, Anyway appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Autos, Toyota, Trucks, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Toyota Tundra, Product Planning, 2020 Toyota Tundra


QOTD: Ahead of Its Time?

Being accused of being out of touch is one thing. Ahead of the curve, though? Sometimes that can be equally problematic. Whether loaded with a host of unbaked tech or saddled with styling that wasn’t quite ready for primetime, what’s your pick for a vehicle that was ahead of its time? It doesn’t have to […] The post QOTD: Ahead of Its Time? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Cars, Autos, Trucks, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day, Ahead Of Their Time


This GM Plant Isn’t Unhappy

General Motors’ Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly complex has reason not to worry about the automaker’s current round of cost-cutting and plant mothballing. There’s not a car in sight. On Thursday, the General forked over another $22 million to facilitate production of a thriftier version of its revered 6.2-liter V8 truck engine, which brings total investment […] The post This GM Plant Isn’t Unhappy appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Production, Gm, Autos, Trucks, Engines, News Blog, Spring Hill Assembly, General Motors Spring Hill Tennessee, GM Plant Isn t Unhappy


The Grille Next Door: 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty

Fans of heavy duty trucks with grilles the size of Texas have a lot to celebrate this year. Ram dropped its new HD in Detroit and GM previewed its alarmingly styled Heavy Chevy late last year. All signs point to Ford unfurling a new Super Duty very soon, possibly at the Chicago show next month. […] The post The Grille Next Door: 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Texas, Chicago, Ford, 2020, Gm, Autos, HD, Trucks, Detroit, Sierra, Gmc, Pickup, News Blog, Heavy Duty, GMC Sierra HD, Heavy Chevy


Compact Ford Pickup Is a Go, Farley Says

Following rumors, spy photos, and vague language on the part of Ford brass, the Blue Oval automaker has admitted a new, smaller model is set to join its truck lineup. The vehicle in question will give consumers something else to think about than just Ranger, F-150, and Super Duty. As reported by Automotive News, Ford’s […] The post Compact Ford Pickup Is a Go, Farley Says appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Autos, Trucks, Blue Oval, Automotive News Ford, News Blog, Product Planning, Compact Pickups


GM’s 2.7-liter Pickup Engine Comes Up Short in Real-world MPG Test

You’ve read no shortage of commentary about General Motors’ new truck engine on these digital pages — from the 2.7-liter four-cylinder‘s impressive on-paper power figures (310 hp, 348 lb-ft), to the continuing rivalry between GM and Ford, to the rather slim fuel economy gap separating it from its eight-cylinder stablemates. You’ve also read about GM’s […] The post GM’s 2.7-liter Pickup Engine Comes Up Short in Real-world MPG Test appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Ford, Gm, Autos, Trucks, Engines, Fuel Economy, Chevrolet Silverado, News Blog, MPG, 2.7-liter GM


Ford Will Make All Electric F-150 With More Towing Power to Fight Off Tesla and Rivian

Ford will make electric and hybrid F-150 trucks that will come with more towing and off-road power than traditional gasoline and diesel trucks can offer today. Ford revealed a hybrid 2020 Explorer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Technology, Future, Cars, Tesla, World, Ford, Innovation, Batteries, Trucks, Electric Cars


Driving Daimler’s 40-ton eCascadia big rig isn’t just fun, it’s electrifying

Daimler Trucks brought its all-electric eCascadia semi-truck to the 2019 CES, and invited us to take the wheel. What does it feel like to drive one? Simply electrifying, of course. The post Driving Daimler’s 40-ton eCascadia big rig isn’t just fun, it’s electrifying appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Electric Vehicle, Cars, Trends, Trucks, Daimler, Daimler Trucks


In review: 2019 Ram 1500

Ram says its truck is "all-new," but its engines carry over, and that's a good thing -- they've always been among the best and now they're wrapped in newness. Find out more in my review at the National Post. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Ram, Autos, Trucks, National Post, Jil McIntosh


Our EVs Will Turn a Profit, Ford Says

As it prepares to launch a battery electric crossover, likely named Mach E, in 2020, Ford’s product boss told Blue Oval fans — and nervous investors — that the company isn’t in the habit of losing money with its products. As such, the upcoming Mustang-inspired crossover, like Ford’s other planned EVs, won’t be Fiat 500e-like […] The post Our EVs Will Turn a Profit, Ford Says appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Green, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Fiat, Trucks, EVs, Blue Oval, Vans, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Ford F-150, Product Planning


QOTD: Who’s Brave Enough to Challenge the Torque King?

Monday mornings are probably responsible for more murders than infidelity, but yesterday brought a glorious thing: the official launch of the next-generation Ram Heavy Duty. Be still my pounding heart. Sure, I’d seen the embargoed images and even published alluring spy shots taken after the entire product line “accidentally” paraded itself down a known photog […] The post QOTD: Who’s Brave Enough to Challenge the Torque King? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ram, Autos, Trucks, Diesel, Qotd, News Blog, Ram 2500, Ram 3500, Question of the Day, Ram HS


Ram and Jeep EcoDiesel Owners Stand to Earn a Nice Little Bonus in Fiat Chrysler Settlement: Report

As we told you yesterday, a settlement in Fiat Chrysler’s diesel quandary could come any day. Today, we’re telling you it could come, well, today. According to sources who spoke to the New York Times, FCA plans to settle a 2017 Justice Department lawsuit by making a collection of 104,000 trucks and SUVs greener, while […] The post Ram and Jeep EcoDiesel Owners Stand to Earn a Nice Little Bonus in Fiat Chrysler Settlement: Report appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lawsuit, Government, Green, Ram, Fca, Autos, Trucks, Law And Order, Diesel, Justice Department, Jeep, Fiat Chrysler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, EcoDiesel, New York Times FCA


2019 Chevrolet Silverado Regular Cab Coming This Quarter

With full-sized pickups replacing luxury vehicles for many Americans, fancy crew or double cab trucks have become so popular, General Motors didn’t even bother introducing a standard cab variant of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado at launch. Hopefully, you weren’t one of the poor schmucks who ended up being laughed out of their local Chevy dealership over […] The post 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Regular Cab Coming This Quarter appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Gm, Autos, Chevy, Trucks, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Silverado, Chevy Silverado, Pickups, News Blog, 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, Regular Cab, Standard Cab


Atlis Motor Vehicles Punts Another Electric Pickup Into the Auto Arena

It didn’t seem like it was all that long ago when the idea of an electric pickup was patently ridiculous. Now, they’re emerging from the woodwork like an incestuous family of rats. Workhorse first unveiled the W-15 in 2017, Rivian followed with the R1T less than a year later, and Tesla aims to reveal its own […] The post Atlis Motor Vehicles Punts Another Electric Pickup Into the Auto Arena appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Trucks, EVs, New Cars, Pickup Trucks, News Blog, ZEVs, Electric Pickups, Atlis Motor Vehicles, Atlis Motor Vehicles XT, Atlis XT