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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. […]

Ford shows new Mustang Bullitt, Ranger

January 14, 2018 Chris Van Der Doelen 0

The Ford Motor Company rolled out a new version of the famous Mustang Bullitt today in Detroit for the 50th anniversary of the car made famous by the movie of the same name. After brief appearances by Executive Chairman Bill Ford and other company luminaries, the suits got out of […]

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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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Why GM car keys went in with the teeth down

January 8, 2018 Richard Henley 2

In the grand old days before we, and probably our fathers, were born, Chrysler locks were built by Yale and Ford locks were built by Hurd. These were the common design called “pin tumbler” locks; they were pretty much identical to the locks on houses. These locks work best with […]

1910 Brush roadster car test drive

January 6, 2018 Terry Parkhurst 1

The new standard for pickup automatics is having eight to ten speeds in their automatic transmissions; but one of the foremost engineering innovators for fledging General Motors beat Toyota by about one hundred years. While he was at it, he also introduced some suspension ideas that would become commonplace. Alanson […]