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Chevy’s diesel being tested; 2019 Ram’s still MIA

August 17, 2018 David Zatz 0

Ram had the first modern Class 1 pickup with a diesel — a VM engine originally created partly for General Motors. Ford and Chevy were caught flat-footed. Then came an emissions scandal, thanks, it seems, to placing too much trust in suppliers. Eventually, Ram got their engine certified for 2018 trucks, […]

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Tesla’s tough future (and Musk’s likely response)

August 14, 2018 David Zatz 0

Elon Musk rose from riches to more riches by being one of the creators of an online payment system. It was not a “save-the-world” project, but an opportunistic one. Since then, his main legacy has been the Tesla electric car company, which has made a profit in just two quarters […]

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Pickup sales figures are a bit misleading

August 8, 2018 David Zatz 0

Ford sold 522,087 F-series trucks in the USA from January to July 2018. If that figure doesn’t stun you, consider that full-line sales of Subaru and Volkswagen were just 382,286 and365,799 in the same period. Hyundai-Kia’s full line sales were 733,474 — less than Ford F-series plus Ram pickup/chassis cab sales. In […]

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Genesis falls, while 300C stays strong

August 6, 2018 David Zatz 0

Remember Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury-challenger brand that was going to wipe the floor with all the other large cars, especially that old Chrysler 300C? Without a crossover in the lineup, Genesis has been plummeting in US sales. This July, for example, they sold just 615 Genesis car, down 63% from last […]

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Words for Mike Manley, now in charge of Fiat Chrysler

August 1, 2018 David Zatz 2

Congratulations, Mr. Manley — or is it Mike? — on taking over Fiat Chrysler. I admit I don’t know you well, since we met just once (you didn’t seem impressed; I guess my digital recorder exploding didn’t help). It’s clear you’re driven by both customers and business issues, and that […]

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The future of big rigs is open; what’s coming?

July 31, 2018 David Zatz 0

It’s always interesting to see how writing about cars focuses most on the vehicles that matter least. A car like the Corvette or Maserati GranTurismo will attract acres of verbiage, while the cars that people buy by the hundred-thousand, like the Corolla and Cruze get little attention at all. This […]

Marchionne passes after suffering stroke

July 24, 2018 Bill Cawthon 1

Sergio Marchionne is gone. The larger-than-life architect of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles died today at the age of 66. In a statement released this morning, John Elkann, FCA’s chairman and the chairman and CEO of Exor, the Agnelli family holding company, said: “Unfortunately, what we feared has come to pass. Sergio […]