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US sales look good so far

July 4, 2018 David Zatz 0

Car and truck sales in the United States were quite good last month, with new models and heavy discounting bringing an industry-wide 5.2% gain in volume — bringing the year’s gains, over six months, to 2%. One of the big winners was Fiat Chrysler, with an 8% overall gain and […]

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Do truckers really get $80,000 per year?

July 3, 2018 Richard Henley 0

Last time, our small but highly qualified panel of truckers looked into the alleged shortage of drivers. This week, they look at the Washington Post headline implying that drivers routinely get $80,000 per year.  Richard: The $80,000 per year in a recent Washington Post headline isn’t common. I looked up […]

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Chevy, Ram hit truck conundrum in rather different ways

July 2, 2018 David Zatz 0

Chevrolet, America’s #2 pickup brand, and Ram, the #3 brand, are attacking the same problem in different ways — how to get more cash from luxury-truck buyers without giving up on cash-strapped entry-level buyers. At GM, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will cost the same as the 2018, and will likely […]

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Long-haul trucking as a career: Our panel’s views

July 1, 2018 Richard Henley 0

Long-time driver Richard Henley brought a small group of skilled, experienced drivers together to talk about their side of a Washington Post story on the current state of trucking. Before we jump into the questions, let’s review the credentials of everyone on the panel. Richard Henley returned to full-time trucking when he […]

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Wrapping and pricing Pacificas

June 29, 2018 David Zatz 0

Our test car, through the last three articles, was a 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited. The base Pacifica Hybrid Touring Plus costs $41,340. That includes the 8.4 inch screen, CarPlay and Android support, satellite radio, 7-inch trip computer, SafetyTec, and power sliding side doors. The Touring L adds $2,000 and […]

Lost in the Redeye glare: 2019 Challenger updates

June 29, 2018 David Zatz 0

Yesterday, Dodge launched the 2019 Challenger Hellcat Redeye, boasting the most powerful production V8 engine — 797 horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque — and the quickest muscle-car speed, with 0-60 in 3.4 seconds and a 203 mph top speed. But you know that already; what of the other Challengers? […]