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February 9, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan Adds Extended King Cab for Titan Pickups

The 2017 Nissan Titan King Cab offers available 6-person seating, wide-opening rear doors and a “rear seat delete” option for commercial use with its flat floor and secure in-cab storage space. Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan will offer King Cab versions of its 2017 Titan and Titan XD pickups, which allows Nissan to offer three cab options to buyers, along with the previously announced Single Cab and Crew Cab Titan models.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan Titan, Nissan Titan XD, Pickup Trucks, Large Pickups, Chicago Auto Show

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

FCA's Jeep Expansion Includes Pickup Truck

Photo courtesy of FCA.

Fiat-Chrysler will invest $1 billion in a Jeep expansion initiative that will lead to the production of three new vehicles, including a pickup truck and two larger SUVs, FCA announced ahead of the Detroit auto show.

Tags: Jeep, FCA, Assembly Plants, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Jeep Wagoneer, Large SUVs, Pickup Trucks, Detroit Auto Show

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

XL Hybrids to Offer Plug-In Hybrid Half-Ton Pickup

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids

XL Hybrids will offer a plug-in hybrid electric half-ton pickup truck that's expected to increase range by 50% and offer a significant reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions, the vehicle modifier announced.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, XL Hybrids, Hybrid Electric Powertrain, Light-Duty Trucks, Hybrid-Electric Truck

July 26, 2016 - Product News

2017 Ford Super Duty Pickups to Use F-150 Aluminum Cabs

Like all new SuperDuty pickups, this F-450 SuperCrew has an aluminum cab, front fenders, hood and cargo bed. Photos by Tom Berg.

The change to high-volume F-150 cabins cuts costs and weight, and adds interior room for SuperCab and SuperCrew buyers.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Ford, Lightweighting, Large Pickups, Ford Super Duty, Aluminum, 2017-MY

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Ram 1500 Trucks Recalled for Power Steering

Photo of Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles).

The recall, tied to contamination on the electric power steering control circuit board, affects 442 pickup trucks in the 2015 and 2016 model years.

Tags: Recalls, Ram Truck, Ram 1500, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, FCA, Pickup Trucks, Steering

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

Nissan to Offer Gasoline-Powered V-8 for Titan XD

Nissan's advanced 5.6-liter Endurance gasoline V-8 is being built in southern Tennessee.

Nissan's new engine features four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing and direct fuel injection, and is rated at 390 hp at 5,800 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Nissan Titan, Engines, V-8 Engine, Large Pickups, 2016-MY

December 8, 2015 - Industry News

Nissan Executive Changes Aim for More Truck Sales

Nissan says it will use its new Titan XD pickup and other products to seek more commercial truck business. Photo by Tom Berg.

Nissan has consolidated its commercial vehicle sales efforts under Fred Diaz as it prepares to launch the Titan XD and other truck products to target "key opportunity areas," the company has announced.

Tags: Light-Duty Vehicles, Nissan Titan, Pickup Trucks, Nissan, People, Automotive Executives, Fleet Sales

December 2, 2015 - Industry News

Titan XD Pickup’s a New Weight Segment, Nissan Says

Ride quality on- and off-road is better than ¾-ton pickups because the XD’s spring and shock rates can be softer. Much development was done at Nissan’s Arizona proving grounds.

The XD is what amounts to a 5/8-ton truck that retains the maneuverability and ride of a half-tonner yet adds cargo hauling capacity without the bulk and expense of a three-quarter-tonner, Nissan people said.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Nissan, Nissan Titan XD, Cummins ISV5.0

September 23, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Unveils New Super Duty With Aluminum Body

Ford's 2017 Super Duty Photo: Ford

Ford introduced the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty with a number of enhancements including a lighter weight aluminum-alloy body.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Chassis Cab, Ford, Ford Super Duty

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Upgrading Crashworthiness of 2016 F-150

Photos of crash-testing of the crew cab (left) and extended cab models of the 2015 F-150 courtesy of IIHS.

The 2016 Ford F-150 will offer increased driver crash protection from the 2015 model, after the extended-cab model didn't earn the top safety rating in an insurance industry crash test, a spokesman told Automotive Fleet.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Pickup Trucks, 2016-MY, IIHS, Crash Tests

September 19, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler's Ram Gamble Pays Off

Photo of 2015 Ram 1500 courtesy of Chrysler.

Chrysler's gamble to spin off its pickup truck division at the tail end of the recession has paid off, as the company has increased its market share of the pickup market by 10 percent since creating the Ram Truck division, reports the New York Times.

Tags: Ram Truck, Chrysler, Automotive Executives, Pickup Trucks

August 21, 2014 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Truck Manufacturing Value Up More Than 50%

The total value of shipments in the heavy-duty truck manufacturing business have increased the most of three vehicle classes over the past five-years, according to new 2012 Economic Census statistics released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Tags: SUV, Vans, Economy, Pickup Trucks, OEM, Light-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Vehicle Manufacturing, Manufacturing

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

Aluminum Parts Save 707 Pounds in F-150 Weigh-In

Ford executives showed two trucks on scales to demonstrate the light-weighting of the new truck when compared to the 2014 model-year version.

A 2015 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 with a 2.7L V-6 EcoBoost engine scaled at 4,942 pounds, while a comparable 2014 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 with a 5.0L V-8 weighed 5,674 pounds.

Tags: Ford F-150, Pickup Trucks, Ford, Lightweighting

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Diesel Pickups Show Power, Comfort at Ford Drive Event

GCW of this truck and trailer was 39,000 pounds, but the V-8 diesel pulled it well.

Ford feels it has bragging rights and showed why at a ride-and-drive event for trade-press reporters this week in West Virginia. A first-person report from Senior Editor Tom Berg.

Tags: Ford Super Duty, Power Stroke diesel, Ford, Test Drive, Pickup Trucks

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

GM Claims Highest Power Ratings for Midsize Colorado/Canyon

Horsepower and torque ratings announced by General Motors will make its 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups the most powerful in the midsized truck segment, the company claims.

Tags: Chevrolet, Pickup Trucks, Colorado, General Motors, GMC, Mid-Size Pickups, Canyon, Light-Duty Trucks, Engines

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Consumers Buying 'Clean Diesels' for Fuel Economy, Long Range, Diesel Forum Says

Pickups still account for the majority of diesel vehicles, but cars and other passenger vehicles are increasingly powered by the compression-ignition engines.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Diesel Technology Forum, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Clean Diesel Vehicles

February 7, 2014 - Industry News

‘Concept’ 2.8L Turbo Diesel Unveiled at Chicago Auto Show

A Cummins-Nissan project is testing the ‘viability’ of light diesel pickups for North America, and gauging customer interest in the idea.

Tags: Cummins, Pickup Trucks, Nissan, Diesel Engines

February 6, 2014 - Industry News

Chevy Unveils City Express Van, Expands Silverado HD Bi-Fuel Offerings

Chevy City Express will compete against Nissan’s NV200, on which the new small Chevy van is based, and against Ford’s Transit Connect.

CNG-gasoline capability will be available in all cab and pickup bed sizes in 2500 and 3500 HD series, while compact van offers economy and cargo-carrying capability, GM says.

Tags: Bi-Fuel, General Motors, GMC, Compact Vans, Chevrolet, Pickup Trucks, CNG, Chevrolet City Express, Chevrolet Silverado

February 10, 2013 - Industry News

Nissan to Build All-New Version of Titan Full-Size Pickup Truck

Nissan is planning to build an all-new version of its Titan full-size pickup truck, though the automaker hasn't yet announced a timeline for this new vehicle. The automaker said it wants this new vehicle to appeal to fleet and skilled-trade customers in addition to retail buyers.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan NV200, Nissan Titan, Pickup Trucks, Large Pickups

February 8, 2013 - Industry News

Toyota Unveils 2014 Redesigned Tundra Full-Size Pickup Truck

The 2014 Tundra is offered in three cab styles, two-door Regular Cab, four-door Double Cab and four-door CrewMax, all available in 4x2 and 4x4.

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. unveiled the redesigned 2014 Tundra full-size pickup truck at a press conference at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. The 2014 Tundra will be redesigned, inside and out, representing the first major change since the launch of the current generation for the 2007 model year.

Tags: Toyota, Pickup Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks

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