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Here’s the 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty!

June 7, 2018 David Zatz 0

General Motors has been on a roll since Mary Barra took over, racking up wins in customer satisfaction, quality, and profitability. Now, the company’s most important product is being prepared to do battle with the dominant Ford F-series pickups. For the Silverado/Sierra 1500, buyers will see two V8 options, a […]

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Big Three clobbering each others’ profits?

June 5, 2018 David Zatz 0

The American Big Three — General Motors, Ford, and, yes, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) — have already fled from sedans and coupes into pickup trucks to gain sales. There are a few reasons for that, including an apparent Japanese ineptitude at creating credible full-size pickups and odd American fuel-economy rules that […]

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FCAftermath: where Chrysler and Dodge end up

June 2, 2018 David Zatz 0

In the aftermath of FCA’s big investor presentation, we find ourselves going down a familiar road. First, let’s get Fiat out of the way. One of the two FCA namesake brands, Fiat is being downsized to the 500 and Panda, except in Latin America, which also gets the Tipo/Neon.  Sergio […]

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Jeep’s new “hawks” for desert and city

June 1, 2018 David Zatz 0

According to a presentation to be made later today, Jeep is adding a new “Desert Hawk” version of the 2019 Cherokee, and a city-type “Hawk” will follow. There are already TrailHawks (with added off-road capability) and TrackHawks (replacing SRT for Jeep). The move is part of a longer-term plan, started […]

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Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat seem to have cloudy futures

May 31, 2018 David Zatz 0

Automotive News reporter Larry Vellequette discovered an agenda for tomorrow’s Fiat Chrysler Automobiles presentation that leaves out Fiat and Chrysler. The list of presentations shows Jeep and Ram on the American side, along with Alfa Romeo and Maserati on the Italian side — but Chrysler and Fiat will probably be locked […]

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FCA to phase out both Fiat and Chrysler?

May 30, 2018 David Zatz 1

FCA is set to announce its next five-year plan (or four-year plan, depending on the source) tomorrow — but Bloomberg’s Tommaso Ebhardt has been talking about what’s in it today, over the radio and in print. In essence, the plan is mainly more of the same — Chrysler being restricted to […]

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Yes, Fiat Chrysler is really one company

May 29, 2018 David Zatz 1

When Daimler bought Chrysler, for the price of a name change, the joke instantly because “DaimlerChrysler is pronounced ‘Daimler’ — the ‘chrysler’ is silent.” While there were engineers who respected their Chrysler counterparts, who often did more (or the same) with much less, leadership was quickly and clearly concentrated in […]

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Torque, towing, t’ree rows: Dodge Durango SRT

May 25, 2018 David Zatz 0

The Dodge Durango SRT has tons of torque and towing capacity, with three rows of seats to set it apart from the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (née SRT). With all wheel drive putting power to the ground, the big SUV allows for instant acceleration on wet concrete — from zero, from […]

Behind Apple’s odd VW hookup

May 24, 2018 David Zatz 0

Apple recently announced that it was outfitting Volkswagen vans with autonomous driving gear, to shuttle employees around their campus, in what seems to be a timid first test of Apple self-driving gear. There are two big questions here… Why Volkswagen? Why such a small test? To start with the second […]