Archive for the ‘Pickups’ Category

Ford Q1 Sales Fall 1.6% Due to Passenger Car Freefall

Trucks and SUVs stem 23% drop in car sales.

by on Apr.04, 2019

Ford has already upped the production run of the new Ranger due to its popularity. It made a difference in sales during the first quarter.

Ford Motor Co saw sales decline by 1.6% in the first quarter.

But the drop was not as large as those experienced by rivals General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and was concentrated in the passenger car segment, which are continuing to fade in consumer interest.

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“As we transition out of passenger cars we expect to see some volatility,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president of sales, service and marketing. “I’m optimistic the year will strengthen.” (more…)

Trump Won’t Close Border But Threatens to Scuttle NAFTA Replacement, Impose New Auto Tariffs

President gives southern neighbor “1-year warning” on illegal immigration and drugs.

by on Apr.04, 2019

President Donald Trump rescinded his threat to close the border between Mexico and the U.S.

Insisting “I don’t play games,” President Donald Trump has backed down on a threat made just a week ago to shut the U.S.-Mexican border, the former businessman now giving the ally a “1-year warning” to either stop illegal immigration and drug shipments or face the prospect of new automotive tariffs.

The original threat, which could have led to a major hit to the U.S. economy and a virtual shutdown of American automotive manufacturing, generated an intense pushback, even normally supportive Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanding the president find an alternative solution.

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“If the drugs don’t stop or largely stop, we’re gonna put tariffs on Mexico and products, in particular cars,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday. “The whole ballgame is cars. If they don’t do it, we’re gonna tax the cars. And if that doesn’t work, we’re gonna close the borders.” (more…)

U.S. Auto Sales Hit the Skids in March

Highest interest rates in a decade chase away buyers.

by on Apr.02, 2019

Reid Bigland, FCA head of U.S. Sales, said the industry suffered through a tough first quarter this year.

General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Nissan all felt the bite from slowdown in sales in the first quarter, while Honda saw sales increase and Toyota held its own as sales of trucks and SUVs remained brisk.

“The industry had a tough first quarter but with spring finally starting to show its face and continued strong economic indicators, such as a boost in housing sales, lower lending rates and a strong labor market, we are confident that new vehicle sales demand will strengthen going forward,” FCA head of U.S. Sales Reid Bigland said.

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“Meanwhile, our Ram brand sales and average transaction prices continue to be strong and our much anticipated, game-changing Jeep Gladiator pickup is on track for its in-market debut this month,” Bigland acknowledged. (more…)

First Drive: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

Far more than just a Wrangler with a bed.

by on Apr.01, 2019

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon has 11" ground clearance and can handle 30" of water.

“Sunny California” hasn’t been nearly as bright blue as normal during the last few months, with record rainfall across the state and even some snow down in the Los Angeles hills.

Up here in Healdsburg, in the center of Napa Valley wine country, farm fields are waterlogged, dirt roads turning to gooey mud. While not everyone might be pleased, these are the perfect conditions for testing out the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

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There was a time when pickups were a regular option in the Jeep line-up, starting with a version of the classic, post-World War II CJ model. From 1945 to 1968, in fact, trucks made up about 40% of the CJ’s production run, about 200,000 in all. (more…)

Jeep Plans One Day Sale of Gladiator Launch Edition – and Will Give One Buyer a Year’s Pay to Play

“Go anywhere and live out your dreams,” says brand’s marketing chief.

by on Apr.01, 2019

Jeep hopes to sell 4,190 Gladiator Launch Editions.

With its first pickup in 27 years getting ready to roll into showrooms, Jeep said it will offer a special Launch Edition of the new Gladiator, but only for 24 hours, starting at 12:01 AM on April 4th – what is also known as “4x4 Day.”

The Launch Edition will be a fully loaded version of the off-road Jeep Gladiator Rubicon model and it will carry a steep price tag of $60,815. But to ease the bite – at least for one lucky customer – Jeep will give them “a year’s salary to go anywhere and live out their dreams,” said Scott Tallon, the brand’s marketing manager.

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All told, Jeep will offer a maximum 4,190 of the Gladiator Launch Edition models – a reference to the 419 area code for Toledo, Ohio, where all of the pickups will be assembled.

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Ford Ready to Run With New Ranger Appearance Package

Automaker's new Black Appearance Package coming this summer.

by on Mar.27, 2019

Ranger Black Appearance Package features an aggressive look with a black grille, running boards, accented wheels and more. It's available this summer.

Sales of the new Ford Ranger are off to a fast start and the company’s marketing whizzes are preparing to make the most of it by launching special editions that will increase the Ranger’s appeal.

The company already added overtime shifts at the plant in suburban Detroit that produces the new midsize truck offering. Now it’s offering owners new ways to differentiate their truck from the thousands of others that will be hitting the roadways soon.

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The first of what could well be an entire string of special editions is introducing a new “Black Appearance Package,” to hand buyers a way further customize their Ranger. (more…)

Analysts Predict New Vehicle Sales to Slide 2.1% in March

J.D. Power, LMC Automotive say bad weather, lower refunds are culprits.

by on Mar.26, 2019

U.S. new vehicle sales are expected to fall 2.1% in March compared with the year-ago period.

U.S. auto sales were predicted to fall this year, and due to bad weather, lower-than-expected tax refunds and some mixed economic inputs, March auto sales are expected to help ensure that prophesy comes true.

New vehicle sales will drop 2.1% this month compared with year-ago results, according to industry consultants J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. The pair are forecasting total U.S. vehicle sales of about 1.56 million units in March.

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Retail sales are expected to hit 1,195,000 units, which is a 3.4% decline. First quarter sales this year will be at their lowest levels since 2013 at about 2.94 million vehicles, and a drop of 4.9% compared with the same period a year ago. (more…)

Used Car Sales Tracking at Record Pace as New Car Sales Fade

Higher prices on new vehicles, large number of off-lease cars spur move.

by on Mar.22, 2019

Used vehicle sales are on the rise and appear likely to set a new record again in 2019.

New car sales are on a very slow decline in the U.S., part of that decline is the appeal of used vehicles which are expected to hit a record of more than 41 million units in 2019, after setting a new record last year of 40.2 million.

What’s driving trend? Increased prices on new cars is making them less appealing, the interest rate hikes are pushing folks out of the new car market. However, they can certainly afford a used vehicle that comes with a much lower price tag that offsets the higher interest rates charged for used over new cars.

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On top of all that, according to Edmunds.com analysts, the industry is expecting a record number of lease returns this year will give shoppers more options than ever in the used market. (more…)

One of Nine Pickups Earns Top Rating in IIHS Crash Tests

Nearly half of the trucks rated marginal or poor.

by on Mar.21, 2019

Ford's F-150 was one of the best performers in the latest IIHS pickup crash tests.

Pickup buyers concerned about safety might be surprised by the results of the latest IIHS crash results that found over half of the nine models scored poorly in at least one of the key tests,  four earning marginal or poor ratings overall.

Of the trucks the IIHS examined, only two earned good ratings, the Ford F-150 and Nissan Titan. And just one 2019 model, the Honda Ridgeline, earned the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick award – but only when equipped with optional headlights and forward collision prevention technology.

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“As a group,” said David Zuby, the chief research officer for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “the pickup class still has a lot of work to do.”

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First Drive: 2019 GMC Sierra

Luxury and technology mated to power and performance.

by on Mar.12, 2019

The GMC Sierra continues the brand's legacy a near-luxury vehicle, especially tough for a full-size pickup.

As a brand, GMC has come a long way from the days when it was a “work truck” often sold on dusty lots deep in parts of the city zoned for industrial use.

It has undergone a transformation in recent years that has made its utility vehicles a rival of luxury brands and the changes have also altered the GMC brand’s bread-and-butter vehicle, the pickup truck, which is more than evident in the GMC Sierra, which has been completely redesigned for the 2019 model year.

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The fact is when you’re riding in the cab of a 2019 GMC Sierra, if you close your eyes for a moment at a stop light, you might think you’re riding in a big, luxury sedan because the h, comfortable interior and the surprisingly smooth ride and refined, overall performance out on the road or on the highway. (more…)