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Coming to America: this Chinese SUV

January 18, 2018 David Zatz 1

GAC — Guangzhou Automobile Group — has been making cars with Fiat Chrysler for some time. Now, they want to make cars just for you, with the GS7 SUV appearing on American shores in 2019. Chinese companies have been selling directly in Europe for some time, with limited success. There […]

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GM, Ram may have diesel launches at the same time

January 16, 2018 David Zatz 0

Just this week, GM announced that it would build a new six-cylinder diesel for its Silverado 1500. The next day, Ram launched the new 1500 — with no mention of the V6 diesel option. Recent events have clarified the situation. Ram’s chief said that the diesel would appear later in […]

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The second shoe drops: 2019 Ram vs Silverado

January 15, 2018 David Zatz 0

Yesterday, Chevrolet dropped the first shoe — the 2019 Silverado — and today, Ram dropped the second — the 2019 Ram 1500. What’s surprising is how much they have in common. Both extended their length by four inches, used more high-strength steel in their frames, and cut weight — though […]

Honda, Volvo, Lincoln win NACTOY

January 15, 2018 Chris Van Der Doelen 0

The Honda Accord, Volvo XC60 and Lincoln Navigator have won top honors as the North American car, truck and utility vehicles of the year in Detroit. The NACTOY awards, which fashion themselves as the Oscars of the automotive industry, are decided by ballot by 61 media jurors in the U.S. […]

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Silverado sets high bar for tomorrow’s Ram launch

January 14, 2018 David Zatz 1

It’s unusual, but two brand new pickup trucks are being unveiled within just 24 hours of each other — the 2019 Silverado/Sierra 1500, currently the #2 best selling pickup in North America, and the 2019 Ram 1500, the #3 best seller. We’re still waiting to see what the Ram holds, […]

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Ford latest for diesel-cheat suit

January 10, 2018 David Zatz 1

Ford is the latest Bosch customer to be named in a lawsuit for falsifying diesel emissions tests. The class action suit, aimed at Ford, Robert Bosch GMBH (the German headquarters), and Robert Bosch LLC (the American subsidiary), was filed yesterday in the Federal court for the Eastern District of Michigan by […]

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Bosch sale boosts Chinese auto industry

January 10, 2018 David Zatz 0

The Chinese auto industry took another step forward as Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group (ZMJ) purchased Bosch’s starter and motor generator division — a group which is bound to rise in importance as belt-starter-generator “mild-hybrid” systems become more popular. Chinese groups have already purchased other suppliers as well as Volvo’s […]

Chevy returning to medium-duty trucks

January 8, 2018 David Zatz 0

Chevrolet is returning to medium-duty trucks with new class 4 and 5 pickups, to debut at the Work Truck Show in early March. Generally, this type of truck is sold with extensive aftermarket customization, to commercial customers. While Ford dominates this segment, Ram has done well since launching new chassis […]

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Can new Chevy topple Ford pickups?

December 18, 2017 David Zatz 0

The 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500, shown at a centennial event, is billed as a complete re-design, with more customer research than any past GM pickup — feedback came from over 7,000 people. Like the aluminum F-150, it apparently shed a good deal of weight compared to past pickups; but it did […]