Who was hot in Europe? and Jeep’s good year

January 18, 2019 David Zatz 0

The car market in Europe is very, very different from the United States and Canada. Most people know that Europeans tend to buy smaller cars, and many are aware of their predilections for diesel engines (given very high gasoline prices). However, the dominance of the top three players is probably […]

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One last look back

January 10, 2019 David Zatz 0

Since we’re right here in the United States, we’re going to look at the “Detroit” automakers first. FCA was arguably the best performing company last year, with strong year-end finishes from Ram, Dodge, and Jeep. One factor in FCA’s results is that it is close to becoming a pure-play light […]

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Who won the van/minivan sales races?

January 7, 2019 David Zatz 0

For many years, van sales in the United States were fairly dull; Ford and Chevrolet took nearly the entire market with ancient, inefficient designs, and Mercedes/Freightliner/Dodge took the rest with the Sprinter, a modern, efficient, and unreliable design. Today, the competition is red-hot, mostly because companies realized that to get […]

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Tomorrow’s Chevy Silverados and GMC Sierra 2500, today

December 17, 2018 David Zatz 1

Real Fast Fotography caught two Chevy 2020 Silverado 2500s and one GMC Sierra 2500 running around the Detroit area. The entry-level LT shows the basic pickup, while the High Country it a bit higher up; and the Sierra Denali is essentially the Cadillac of pickups (in that it shares a […]

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Why don’t people get their recalls done?

December 14, 2018 David Zatz 0

A few years ago, the NHTSA hit Fiat Chrysler with a huge fine because so few people have had their cars fixed after they were recalled. The company isn’t being punished because some people are lazy, or for political reasons. Chrysler has tended to be slow in providing service parts, even as assembly […]

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They’re still selling cars

December 5, 2018 David Zatz 0

Reports that cars are dead have been grossly exaggerated. The market for sedans and coupes is falling fast, but there are still hundreds of thousands of buyers in the United States. The #1 best selling car in America, the Toyota Camry, may be down by 9% from last year (year-to-date), […]

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Meet the next Ram 2500

November 9, 2018 David Zatz 0

It’s the only heavy duty pickup with an independent rear suspension, giving it the best ride and handling in its class. It has an optional Cummins turbodiesel that many pickup buyers would get no matter what body is wrapped around it. And it’s trying hard to burst out of its […]

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A surprising October for the USA

November 2, 2018 David Zatz 0

USA car sales in October surprised some pundits and analysts, though the trends of crossovers and trucks beating out sedans and coupes continued unabated. It was a very good month for FCA US, which logged 177,391 sales — up 16% from last October, with every brand but Fiat gaining. Sure, […]