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Tow capacity released for 2015 Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500
Since GM has accepted the Society of Automotive Engineers towing Standard (SAE J2807), a lot of people have been wondering what impact the re-evaluation will have on capacity, but it appears that truck buyers will be very satisfied with the results of adopting the new recommended practices for evaluation.... Read more
Buffalo, bears and batteries — Oh My!
I have never used a vehicle makers headline before, but this one was just to good to not steal. I also apologize for the exclamation point but it also seemed like a perfect match.   I will forego the sub-title because it even made me cringe, but here is... Read more
Will Nissan’s 2015 Navara be the reflection of the new Frontier
With new Nissan trucks — a new Titan in January and a new Frontier coming later as a 2016 or early 2017 model — in the works, could the new Navara, just introduced in Asia, be the doppelganger for the North American Frontier? I suspect so, since it has... Read more
Toyota brings TRD Pro trucks to outdoor professionals
Outdoor writers are a tough audience. They drive their trucks and SUVs into places that sportsmen want to read about and experience.  It is their stock in trade.  No wonder Toyota brought the 2015 TRD Pro Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner to the national outdoor writers conference in McAllen, TX... Read more
2015 Ford F-150 gets the torture treatment and lives (well) to tell the tale
Every day, I am asked questions about the new F-150 truck and most of them are about toughness, durability and whether the new 2015 model will be wimpier than its predecessors. Rest assured that the team at Ford Truck wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize their position as the top... Read more
Important recall: 1.39 million Ford vehicles
I thought I had gotten away with a new recall-less week, but no luck. This time the the recalls affect more than 900,000 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs for a potential problem with the torque sensor in the steering column in 2008 to 2011 vehicles.  Also on the... Read more
Another week of huge GM recalls: is your vehicle listed here?
There has to be a better way…or maybe not.   General Motors continues to parcel out recall notices with a new bunch (2.42-million vehicles) today and 2.7-million late last week.  I suspect there is a strategy here since GM has its new first-ever tsar for global quality, a new... Read more
Your other wheels: Iconic Beetle offers new thrills
First off, let me say that I have never considered myself a VW Beetle person. Never owned one, never wanted one. Until now, that is. After a week in the 2014 Beetle diesel convertible, I could be a convert. It may be the refined look of the exterior. Or,... Read more