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Nissan Ready to Storm Full-Size Truck Set with New Titan

Maker's next-gen Titan coming late 2016.

by on Dec.03, 2015

Nissan's next-generation Titan full-size pickup will hit dealer show rooms late in 2016.

The hot-selling full-size pickup truck segment is getting another new player: Nissan confirmed that the newly redesigned version of its full-size Titan pickup will make its debut towards the end of 2016.

The replacement for the Titan, which was first introduced in 2003 as a 2004 model, has been a long time coming. It will mark a new assault on the U.S. pickup truck market by Nissan.

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However, truck owners can get an idea of what the next-gen Titan will be like with the debut of the new Titan XD, which will be sold with an optional diesel engine built by Cummins. (more…)

Nissan Launching Teaser Blitz for New Titan Pickup

Maker launches 12-episode "Truckumentary."

by on Dec.01, 2014

Nissan offers a first look at a thinly disguised version of its 2016 Titan pickup.

With the official unveiling of the next-generation Nissan Titan pickup just six weeks away, the Japanese maker is launching a teaser blitz to drum up interest.  That’s probably a good idea considering the Titan has been, at best, an afterthought in a full-size truck segment overwhelming dominated by Detroit.

Nissan originally had big hopes of carving out its own niche, but after 11 years with no major makeover of the outgoing Titan, the maker clearly needs to start all over with a fresh design, improved powertrain options and a raft of new features.

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The first hint of what Nissan will deliver with the 2016 Titan debuts today, notes Chief Product Specialist Rich Miller, who says “The ‘Truckumentary’ is not meant to be the all-encompassing last word on Titan. Rather it’s the continuing story of the vehicle’s evolution, accompanied by a close look at the American-based team that is bringing this all-new truck to market.”


GM Gets a Big Lift from its Big SUVs

Sales running well ahead of expectation for new Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban and GMC Yukon models.

by on May.07, 2014

GM introduced its full-size SUV lineup for 2015 in a bi-coastal event led by President Dan Ammann.

General Motors needed some good news and it’s getting some from one of its traditional strongholds.

Sales of the maker’s recently redesigned full-size sport-utility vehicles, the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and the GMC Yukon, Yukon Denali, Yukon XL and Yukon XL Denali, are exceeding expectations, according to Rick Scheidt, GM vice president of truck strategy.

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Scheidt said GM’s sales of the big utility vehicles alone bring in enough revenue to make them a Fortune 400 company.

Meanwhile, GMC’s total sales in April were the brand’s best for the month in seven years, with 17% retail and 13% overall year-over-year increases, noted Roger McCormick, director of marketing for GMC and Buick.


Nissan Crowdsourcing Design of Next Titan Pickup

Building “the ultimate off-road capable truck.”

by on Jan.17, 2014

The next-generation Nissan Titan will be getting a much-needed diesel option.

Long an also-ran in the full-size truck market, Nissan wants to come out swinging when it launches an all-new version of the Titan pickup a few years from now – so it’s asking current owners and potential buyers to help design precisely the truck that they would want.

As part of what the Japanese maker is calling “Project Titan,” it is turning to the social media, using crowdsourcing to “build the ultimate off-road capable truck,” the maker explained during an announcement at the 2014 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas.  The project car will be produced and turned over to a wounded veteran.

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But what comes out of the crowdsourcing effort, Nissan suggests, will influence what it does with the next Titan model.

“Nissan is invested in designing the most innovative trucks ever,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales and Marketing, Parts and Service in the U.S. “Projects like this allow us to gather input directly from industry leading media members and those companies that embrace an outdoor lifestyle in their work and play, helping us deliver trucks that buyers want to own.”


Ram Reintroduces Mossy Oak Edition 1500

Truck aimed at hunting, fishing and camping aficionados.

by on Jan.12, 2014

Ram is bringing back the Mossy Oak Edition aimed at outdoor enthusiasts.

They might be better served calling it the “Duck Dynasty Edition” but Ram Truck is bringing back its Mossy Oak Edition for the 2014 Ram 1500 by debuting it at the North American International Auto Show this week.

Aimed at hunting, camping and fishing aficionados, it’s laden with camouflage and when outfitted with the optional RamBox, it has a slew of compartments and storage for all the gear needed to be outdoors. The special edition truck was not available last year.

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“Ram Truck is focused on the needs and wants of truck buyers,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand – Chrysler Group LLC. “Our Ram Truck owners are passionate about hunting and fishing. The Ram Mossy Oak Edition gives hunting enthusiasts a way to proudly proclaim their love for the outdoors.” (more…)

Ram Reveals Rumble Bee

Concept truck could spawn challenger to Ford Tremor.

by on Aug.19, 2013

Ram debuted its Rumble Bee Concept at this year's Woodward Dream Cruise.

The Ram Rumble Bee carries quite a sting – and not necessarily from its 395-horsepower Hemi V-8.

The shift knob of the new concept truck, it turns out, contains a bumblebee encased in amber – a warning, perhaps, for Ford which recently launched its new performance pickup, the Tremor?

For now, Chrysler’s truck division isn’t ready to say whether it will produce the new concept vehicle but the Ram Rumble Bee clearly set up some buzz when it was unveiled during the weekend’s Woodward Dream Cruise, an homage to the days of the muscle car.

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The first concept vehicle ever to be launched during the annual Dream Cruise, the Rumble Bee could suggest Ram is ready to revive the performance truck it offered as part of a limited run in 2003 – the original Rumble Bee itself paying tribute to the classic Dodge Super Bee muscle car Chrysler produced from 1968 to 1971.


Ram 1500 Lands Consumer Reports’ Top Rating

Endorsement could help counter Chrysler’s recall concerns.

by on Jul.16, 2013

The Ram 1500 wins a coveted endorsement, a "Recommended" rating from Consumer Reports.

After a series of recalls that have called into question Chrysler’s efforts to rebuild the company’s reputation for quality and reliability, the automaker has finally gotten a much-needed endorsement.

Following a month in which more than 2 million different Chrysler products were recalled, the maker’s new full-size truck, the Ram 1500, was named number-one in Consumer Reports magazine’s latest pickup round-up, and given a coveted “Recommended” rating.

“The Ram 1500 is surprisingly luxurious and refined—but still fully capable of doing hard work when needed,” said Jake Fisher, director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Connecticut. “Continued interior and powertrain improvements make the Ram a particularly well-rounded choice,” he said.

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The news couldn’t have come at a better time for Chrysler which last month reluctantly agreed to recall 1.2 million Jeeps that federal safety regulators alleged could catch fire in rear-end collisions.  That was followed by a collection of five additional recalls impacting about 840,000 sedans, coupes, crossovers, SUVs and minivans.


First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

More than first meets the eye.

by on May.20, 2013

The exterior changes to the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado have largely been aimed at improving aerodynamics.

According to some prognosticators, millions of Americans were supposed to be trading in on hybrids, plug-ins and battery cars this year.  The V-8 engine and the full-size pickup were both supposed to be relegated to the automotive scrap heap.

It hasn’t worked out quite as expected.  Battery car sales have barely registered, and though demand for V-8s has certainly fallen, pickups have been rapidly regaining momentum. We’re expecting sales will grow even more substantially in the months ahead as buyers get a look at the new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

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While Chevy’s full-size truck is far from perfect, it is arguably the best pickup General Motors has ever built. The 2014 Silverado does everything you’d expect a truck to do such as pull a trailer, carry a load or traverse rugged trails. But it’s more than just a solid work truck.  The new Chevy Silverado’s cabin is both unexpectedly quiet nicely furnished, while the pickup delivers a firm, poised ride more similar to that of a large, expensive sedan than the classic, rough-riding truck.


Silverado Roll Out On Track

GM focuses on phased transition to 2014 model.

by on May.10, 2013

The transition to the 2014 Chevy Silverado is moving rapidly with new models shipping in a few weeks.

General Motors’ big switch is in full swing as it brings out its new family of Chevrolet pickup trucks.

The GM assembly plant in Silao, Mexico, is already building the 2014 Silverado Crew Cab, and should begin shipping them in next few weeks, GM executives said this week.

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“We’re putting them through some extra quality gates to make sure they’re ready,” said Chris Perry, GM vice president of Chevrolet Marketing, adding the Silverado accounted for 24.3% of Chevrolet’s sales in the U.S. last year.


Truck Wars: Detroit Makers Battle Out in Industry’s Most Profitable Market Segment

Asians largely sitting on the sidelines.

by on Jan.22, 2013

Ford teases its next-generation F-Series pickup with the big Atlas Concept truck.

American motorists will have to wait a couple more years before they can get their hands on the next-generation Ford F-Series pickup.  But that didn’t matter much to Wall Street, investors driving up the maker’s stock following the unexpected unveiling of the maker’s Atlas Concept truck at the North American International Auto Show.

And for good reason.  The F-Series has dominated the huge pickup segment for 36 years running. But it’s got a tough fight ahead if Ford hopes to maintain that lead. General Motors used the Detroit Auto Show to reveal its next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size trucks. And during the show’s opening ceremonies, the new 2013 Ram 1500 was named North American Truck of the Year by a panel of 50 U.S. and Canadian journalists.

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Meanwhile, though they’ve repeatedly failed to crack the last key market segment dominated by Detroit, Japanese makers haven’t abandoned their own aspirations, Toyota and Nissan expected to make significant updates to their own trucks in the next few years.

“There is nothing more core to our business than trucks and we think we’re timing this very well,” Mark Reuss, GM’s president of North American operations, said during a media sneak peek at the Silverado and Sierra models last month.