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2014 Active Lifestyle Vehicle winners named
The automotive/truck community has its awards season just like they do for Hollywood movies or recognition-worthy music. It’s exciting, exhausting and loaded with joy and disappointment.  The difference is that nobody gets to walk the red carpet. Last month, I had the opportunity to be a judge for the... Read more
A Toyota love-fest in Plano
There was no official announcement, but it would not have surprised me if they had renamed Plano and called it Toyota Town this week.  Toyota executives, state and local dignitaries (including Governor Rick Perry) and thousands of locals celebrated the company’s move from Southern California to the city north... Read more
2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon beat the competition for fuel economy
As the release date nears for General Motors’ new midsize trucks, it appears that they have won a major fuel efficiency battle.  That should be no surprise since the segment-leading Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier are both overdue for updating. ( Nissan has signaled strongly that a Frontier... Read more
First drive: 2015 Ford Super Duty trucks
When a manufacturer like Ford brings out a substantially new group of heavy duty pickup trucks, you can be sure in advance that they will be put through their paces and compared with the competition in a virtual roundup of driving activities.  Earlier this week in a rugged part... Read more
Pricing announced for 2015 GMC Canyon
General Motors is clearly breathing new life into the mid-size truck segment with the announcement of its entry-level pricing for the 2015 GMC Canyon pickup truck which will be in dealerships this fall.  The Chevrolet Colorado will be market available later in the cycle so no new details have... Read more
Ford F-150 gets closer to launch with release of horsepower, torque, tow and haul numbers
Ford has been absolutely masterful in both feeding the media pipeline with broad information and maintaining suspense about the  the 2015 F-150 pickup.  Now, as the launch date — still officially unannounced — gets closer, real data is being released.  As promised, the engineers and designers have reduced weight... Read more
IMPORTANT: Recall list grows for GM, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Graco
Recalls have become a way of life. One reporter has noted that because they are happening so frequently consumers are ignoring them. Not smart. Don’t ignore a recall notice if your vehicle or child seat is on this list.  If you have purchased your vehicle used, it is particularly... Read more
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