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Meet the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty pickup trucks

March 3, 2019 David Zatz 0

The 2019 Ram heavy duty pickup series will start at $35,090, including a hefty (and mandatory) destination fee. The starting price is for a Ram 2500 Tradesman, with a regular cab and rear wheel drive. Going up to the biggest and plushest pickup, the Ram 3500 Limited Mega Cab 4×4 […]

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Oops: Fords randomly jerking into first gear

February 13, 2019 David Zatz 0

GM and Ford worked together on a ten-speed automatic transmission which has, so far, proven to be reliable and likable. Not so much Ford’s home-grown six-speed automatic, a conventional and conservative transmission. Around 1.5 million Ford pickups with that slushbox are being recalled because they can, without warning, suddenly slam […]

US sales are a mildly worrisome mixed bag

February 3, 2019 David Zatz 0

Sales in the United States carry a bit of worry in the details, even if the bottom line is okay—especially given the frigid weather in much of the country during the end of January. It‘s hard to tell how General Motors is doing, because they’re only reporting sales quarterly now […]

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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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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Serious emissions tests killing EU diesels

October 12, 2018 David Zatz 0

The European Union has clarified its almost insanely vague rules surrounding diesel emissions, and started new tests which are tougher and, more important, not chock full of loopholes. The new rules came into effect on September 1, and diesel sales have already been plummeting. One immediate result appears to have […]