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VC investor explains how he finds surprising startups by focusing on the founders' opinions instead of their initial product idea

Reilly Brennan thinks it's a mistake for early-stage tech investors to focus too much on the initial ideas entrepreneurs have for their startups. Brennan is a general partner with Trucks Venture Capital, which invests in seed-stage and pre-seed companies that are working on transportation technologies. Other factors, such as the startup's team or the approach it's taking to the market, tend to be more important to its long-term success than its initial concept, he said. Brennan and Trucks try ...
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This VC investor explains how he finds surprising startups by focusing on the founders' opinions instead of their initial product idea

Reilly Brennan thinks it's a mistake for early-stage tech investors to focus too much on the initial ideas entrepreneurs have for their startups. Brennan is a general partner with Trucks Venture Capital, which invests in seed-stage and pre-seed companies that are working on transportation technologies. Other factors, such as the the startup's team or the approach it's taking to the market, tend to be more important to its longterm success than its initial concept, he said. Brennan and Trucks t...
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Recall Redux: Fiat Chrysler Calls Back 600,000 Vehicles for Problems You’ve Already Heard About

Sudden stalls. Tailgates that open on their own. These issues formed the basis of two Fiat Chrysler recalls in 2018, and, one year later, history is repeating itself. On Friday, the automaker called back roughly 600,000 Chrysler Pacifica minivans and Ram pickups for the same ghost-in-the-machine phenomena that led to the earlier recalls. Included in […] The post Recall Redux: Fiat Chrysler Calls Back 600,000 Vehicles for Problems You’ve Already Heard About appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Quality, Recall, Ram, Fca, Autos, Chrysler, Trucks, Pacifica, Fiat Chrysler, Chrysler Pacifica, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, Ram 1500, Ram 2500, Ram 3500


2020 GMC Sierra 1500: More Diesel, More Speeds

GMC’s new-for-2019 Sierra 1500 took a less controversial styling route than its Chevy Silverado sibling while retaining the numerous upgrades foisted upon the next-generation pickup twins. For 2020, GMC tweaked the light-duty Sierra’s offerings just a bit, hoping to lure more finicky buyers into the model. For starters, GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission has a new […] The post 2020 GMC Sierra 1500: More Diesel, More Speeds appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Gm, Autos, Trucks, Engines, Sierra, Gmc, GMC Sierra, Chevy Silverado, News Blog, Product Planning, Transmissions, 2020 Gmc Sierra


Trump: Electric Truck Maker to Buy GM’s Lordstown Assembly

In a surprising turn of events, President Donald Trump broke a hot bit of news on Wednesday, tweeting that electric truck maker Workhorse Group has closed a deal to buy GM’s mothballed Lordstown Assembly plant, formerly home to the Chevrolet Cruze. The news came by way of GM CEO Mary Barra, Trump said, and the […] The post Trump: Electric Truck Maker to Buy GM’s Lordstown Assembly appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Production, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Autos, Trucks, Donald Trump, EVs, Lordstown, News Blog, Workhorse Group, Workhorse, Lordstown Assembly, Mary Barra Trump, Jobas, Electric Truck Maker


An electric highway is now powering delivery trucks in Germany

Heavy-duty trucks powered by electricity from overhead lines are now motoring along a highway in Germany. The system has already been tested in several countries, but the latest setup covers the longest stretch of road to date. The post An electric highway is now powering delivery trucks in Germany appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Germany, Cars, Trends, Siemens, Trucks, Electric Truck, Ehighway


Thinking Caps On: Before Buyers Get Their Hands on It, Ram’s Midsize Pickup First Needs a Platform

Fiat Chrysler remains adamant that its new Jeep Gladiator won’t be its only midsize pickup truck, but consumers had best hunker down for a wait. While the company announced the development of a conventional midsizer in last year’s five-year product plan, the new offering won’t appear until the end of that window. Between now and […] The post Thinking Caps On: Before Buyers Get Their Hands on It, Ram’s Midsize Pickup First Needs a Platform appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ram, Fca, Autos, Trucks, Platforms, Fiat Chrysler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, Ram midsize


Report: GM Planning Big Investment in Missouri Truck/Van Plant

The news out of Missouri today claims General Motors wants to invest big in its Wentzville assembly plant, a 3.7 million square feet facility located just west of St. Louis. The plant is home to the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups, as well as the aged Chevy Express and GMC Savana commercial vans. […] The post Report: GM Planning Big Investment in Missouri Truck/Van Plant appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Investment, Production, Missouri, Gm, Autos, Trucks, St Louis, GMC Canyon, Chevy Express, Chevrolet Colorado, Wentzville, Vans, News Blog, Wentzville Assembly, GM Planning Big Investment


April 2018 U.S. Auto Sales: Volume Shrinks, but New Crossovers Are a Hit

With an extra selling day compared to the same month one year ago, auto sellers in America had the chance to improve their numbers in April. Subaru, the two Korean brands, and Nissan all managed that feat, while the likes of Fiat Chrysler and Toyota did not. Honda, for one, was roughly flat. It all […] The post April 2018 U.S. Auto Sales: Volume Shrinks, but New Crossovers Are a Hit appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, America, Ram, Autos, Toyota, Honda, Trucks, Nissan, Auto Sales, Fiat Chrysler, News Blog, April 2019 sales


The best off-road vehicles for 2019

The body-on-frame SUV is going extinct, but there are still several options for buyers looking to skip the asphalt. To help you sort the good from the bad, we've rounded up the best off-roaders currently available. The post The best off-road vehicles for 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cars, Trends, Trucks, SUVs, Jeep, Buying Guides, Off-road Vehicles


Fiat Kills Off a Truck That’s Not Really a Fiat

Perhaps to its misfortune, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles does not sell a midsize pickup in the world’s biggest truck market, but buyers in certain overseas markets were able to get into a four-door, body-on-frame midsizer carrying the Fiat badge — the Fullback, more properly described as a rebadged Mitsubishi Triton/L200. Note the word “were.” The Fiat […] The post Fiat Kills Off a Truck That’s Not Really a Fiat appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Sales, Fca, Autos, Fiat, Trucks, Fiat Chrysler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Mitsubishi Triton, News Blog, Badge Engineering, Fiat Fullback


GM CEO Confirms Electric Pickup, Clams Up on Timeline

Mary Barra wants everyone to know that she — and by extension, her company — has no interest in seeing Ford Motor Company parading around an electric pickup with no competition. Confirming rumblings that General Motors has an EV truck in the works, the company’s CEO said in an earnings call Tuesday that the automaker […] The post GM CEO Confirms Electric Pickup, Clams Up on Timeline appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Electric Vehicles, Mary Barra, Gm, Autos, Trucks, EVs, Ford Motor Company, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, Electric Pickups


GM Reports Profit Boost As Sales, Market Share Shrinks

General Motors’ first-quarter earnings report revealed turmoil in international markets and a shrinking presence in North America, but net income rose to $2.1 billion, up from $1.1 billion a year ago, and adjusted earnings per share ($1.41) beat out estimates of $1.11. Still, that wasn’t enough to stop its stock from sliding in pre-market trading, […] The post appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, General Motors, Gm, Autos, Earnings, North America, Profits, Trucks, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Silverado, News Blog


2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Review – Digging in the Dirt

I sheepishly handed the keys over with an apology. Life conspired to keep me from the car wash before the truck was due to go back, and as you’ll see in the photos below, I was not bashful about making this truck properly dirty. “Not a problem. Trucks are supposed to get dirty,” the friendly […] The post 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Review – Digging in the Dirt appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Trucks, Chevrolet, Car Reviews, Car Review, 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Zr2, Diesel Truck, Midsize Truck, Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Review


What Dealers Want: Mitsubishi’s Still Hot for Pickups, but the Waiting Is the Hardest Part

Comfortably secure in its Renault-Nissan Alliance embrace, Mitsubishi’s topmost desire is to see more dealerships in the United States. Ideally, a total of 400 by the end of this year. For dealers that actually sell Mitsubishis, product is top of mind — specifically, a truck. Everyone’s getting into the game, yet Mitsubishi hasn’t fielded a […] The post What Dealers Want: Mitsubishi’s Still Hot for Pickups, but the Waiting Is the Hardest Part appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: United States, Autos, Trucks, Mitsubishi, Platforms, Renault Nissan Alliance, News Blog, Dealers, Product Planning, Future Models, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Shared Platforms


Looking to Get Into a Jeep Gladiator on the Cheap? Keep an Eye on Lease Offers

The Jeep Gladiator, a vehicle seven-slot aficionados spent decades begging for, is now on sale, offering buyers a pickup, sedan, off-roader, and convertible, all wrapped in one unmistakable vehicle. This being a truck, prices naturally range from somewhat reasonable ($35,040 after destination for a base Sport) to exorbitant, but those not looking for a long-term […] The post Looking to Get Into a Jeep Gladiator on the Cheap? Keep an Eye on Lease Offers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Trucks, Jeep, Gladiator, Leasing, News Blog, Jeep Gladiator


Trucks vs. Tree stumps

It's Monday again, and I am here to provide the content you crave. WHO WILL WIN? Best of Trucks vs Stumps. Toughest Dodge, Ford, Chevy Trucks and more pulling out tree stumps. Cool and funny ways to remove tree stumps with trucks. Some win and some fail when trucks take on stumps. If you've only got time for one, 0:55 is pretty good, but this one at 7:34 is best. Previously: Men arrested for stealing shed by trying to drag it down the road behind a truck
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Volkswagen of America Boss Envisions Getting People Out of SUVs and Into a Pickup

A Volkswagen concept that’s not really a concept appeared in New York City this week, aimed at gauging the American public’s level of interest in a unibody pickup that leans heavily in the direction of “crossover with a bed.” While South American customers will soon be able to purchase a VW Tarok, the automaker says […] The post Volkswagen of America Boss Envisions Getting People Out of SUVs and Into a Pickup appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: New York City, America, Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, Trucks, News Blog, NYIAS, Product Planning, Future Models, Volkswagen Tarok


Big, Old, and Cheap Helps Move Metal, Ram Dealers Claim

Fiat Chrysler doesn’t break down its Ram pickup sales figures for us wordy-typey slobs, so it isn’t easy to figure out just how much the held-over 1500 Classic has helped the brand’s soaring sales. FCA decided, last year, that the old-generation half-ton should remain in production, and not just to smooth things over while the […] The post Big, Old, and Cheap Helps Move Metal, Ram Dealers Claim appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Ram, Fca, Autos, Trucks, Fiat Chrysler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, Ram 1500, Ram 1500 Classic


Volkswagen Tarok: Harbinger of What, Exactly?

You’ve seen this vehicle on these digital pages before, but Volkswagen now plans to bring its Brazil-bound Tarok unibody pickup to the United States … if only for an appearance at the New York Auto Show. Yes, the Tarok’s role this week and next is to give U.S. consumers a come-hither look and whisper, “See […] The post Volkswagen Tarok: Harbinger of What, Exactly? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: United States, Vw, Brazil, Autos, Volkswagen, Trucks, New York Auto Show, Pickups, News Blog, NYIAS, Product Planning, Future Models, Compact Pickups, Volkswagen Tarok, Tarok


Thailand working to ensure trucks can run on B20 when mandate rolls out

In Thailand, the Bangkok Post newspaper reports that the government is working with truck manufacturers to ensure that when the B20 mandate is implemented there won’t be issues with warranties. Toyota has confirmed that its Hilux and Fortuner models are already compliant with the fuel, and the costs to run the top of the line Hilux models will drop using B20. Isuzu trucks are also likely compatible but need to make sure filters are checked and oil is changed before switching over to B20 that wil...
Tags: Thailand, Toyota, Trucks, Producer News, B20, Bangkok Post


London Charges Citizens For Driving Older, Polluting Cars

Thanks to a new initiative called the Ultra Low Emissions Zone, London drivers who operate gas-fueled car from before 2006 will now have to pay a substantial fee every time they enter the aforementioned zone (set at just under $32) which comprises of a congestion- and pollution-deterrent charge. The zone encompasses almost all of Central London, a section of the city where cars are least …
Tags: Design, London, Environment, Cars, Tech, Traffic, Public Health, Pollution, Carbon Emissions, Buses, Trucks, Central London, Linkaboutit, Ultra Low Emissions Zone London


Report: Toyota Tundra, Tacoma to Share a Platform

What is it with all of this pickup news today? Where are all the new sedans? Oh right. Anyway, in a burst of efficiency-minded thinking, Toyota is reportedly developing a single truck platform to replace those found beneath the midsize Tacoma and ancient, full-size Tundra. Sources at the automaker say it’s close to completion, and […] The post appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Trucks, Tacoma, Platforms, Toyota Tacoma, News Blog, Toyota Tundra, Product Planning, Tundra, Toyota Tundra Tacoma


On the Horizon Appears … a New Frontier

“Change is the only constant in life,” said the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, who probably didn’t envision the remarkable lifespan of the second-generation Nissan Frontier. Debuting in 2004 as a 2005 model, the second-gen Frontier soldiers on as a rugged and more affordable option in the growing midsize field. But it’s this growing field that belatedly […] The post On the Horizon Appears … a New Frontier appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Trucks, Nissan, Frontier, Nissan Frontier, New Frontier, Heraclitus, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, Midsize Pickups, Nissan Frontier Debuting


Were It Not for the Ford Ranger, Pickup Sales Would Have Sank Last Quarter

As both Ford and General Motors have moved to annoying quarterly sales reporting, we’re getting into this whole “quarter” thing. Against our will, mind you, but that’s enough bitching for now. We told you earlier how Ford’s looking smug as GM and Fiat Chrysler duke it out for second place in the full-size pickup segment […] The post Were It Not for the Ford Ranger, Pickup Sales Would Have Sank Last Quarter appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, General Motors, Ford, Gm, Autos, Trucks, Fiat Chrysler, Ford Ranger, News Blog, Midsize Trucks


Domestic Truck Wars: No One Wants to Finish Last in Detroit

There’s a chill in the auto industry that wasn’t present a year ago. Sales are down compared to this time last year, with only a select few automakers posting year-to-date gains. Among members of the Detroit Three, volume loss is the order of the day. Over the first three months of 2019, Ford sales sank […] The post Domestic Truck Wars: No One Wants to Finish Last in Detroit appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Ford, Ram, Fca, Gm, Autos, Trucks, Detroit, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Detroit Three, Silverado, News Blog, Ford F-150


In Review: 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

Hey, if you're going to go off-road, you need to look the part as well as drive it, and my Tacoma TRD Pro certainly fit that bill. Find out more in my review at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Trucks, Jil McIntosh


QOTD: Priced Out of Pickups?

Twitter — or as I like to call it, the unintellectual dark web — regularly tosses out scorching takes like “too many people drive pickups” and other gold-plated nuggets for the online punditry to seize upon. Maybe there’s some truth to them. But until government apparatchiks start barring dealership doors, saying, “Hey! You there — […] The post QOTD: Priced Out of Pickups? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Trucks, Qotd, Pickups, News Blog, Question of the Day


2020 Jeep Gladiator First Drive – Getting What You Asked For

Jeep engineers and PR folks wasted no time in telling media, assembled in Sacramento to drive the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator mid-size pickup, that this truck is more than just a Wrangler with a pickup bed slapped on the back. Technically speaking, it’s true — there are key mechanical and structural differences. So no one […] The post 2020 Jeep Gladiator First Drive – Getting What You Asked For appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sacramento, Autos, Trucks, Car Reviews, New Cars, Jeep, First Drives, Gladiator, First Drive, Jeep Gladiator, 2020 Jeep Gladiator


Trailer towing: How truck companies are making it easier

Cars and SUVs have all kinds of active safety features. Trucks do too, and increasingly, automakers are tweaking them so they'll help out when you've got a trailer hooked to the back. Find out what they are and how they help in my "How It Works" column at the National Post (Driving.ca.) [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Technology, Safety, Autos, Trucks, Jil McIntosh