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Detroit Auto Show: Hyundai teases with small truck concept
     It’s only a twinkle in the eyes of designers and engineers at this point, but that is where everything starts.  This year’s truck twinkle is the Hyundai Santa Cruz — a vehicle with a split personality.  Described as a crossover truck concept, the Santa Cruz is sporty with... Read more
The Recall Rumba: has a recalled vehicle has been fixed and August recalls
For months this column has been clogged with recall information.  I suspect that this pattern will not change anytime soon.  Frequently, as a result, I am asked whether this means that today’s cars and trucks are built more carelessly, have more defects, or are just plain worse than their... Read more
Let me begin this by saying: there is no such thing as a bad new truck in 2013. Whether you are committed to Ram, Silverado, GMC, Ford or Tundra, you will find the latest offerings are loaded with performance, aesthetic, electronic or any of a hundred different features. You... Read more
*If there ever was any doubt about the manufacturers giving Texas its due as the truck capital of the U.S, all you need to do is reaffirm it at this year’s State Fair of Texas.  The new and improved Big Tex shares space with new product from Chevy, Ford,... Read more
I hate recall stories!  I suspect they bore you, too, unless you (or someone you know) owns one of the vehicles in question; in which case, they are exceptionally important.  So: here they are: 239,000 Chevrolet Cruze cars (2011, 2012) with 1.4L turbocharged gasoline engines and 6T-40 automatic transmissions. ... Read more
Wait.  Before you say,  “she has got to be kidding”, let me introduce you to the latest crossover vehicle with off-road and towing capability.  Readers, meet the new, longer Santa Fe with all-wheel drive, three-row seating and increased tow capacity.  No, it will not replace your heavy duty, or... Read more
Don’t get excited quite yet, but if there is a 2010 – 2013 Kia or Hundai vehicle in your garage or that of a friend or relative they could be in line for some moolah in the form of a gas card that keeps on giving for the length... Read more
It’s that time again.  Next week, more than 50 automotive journalists who specialize in trucks and SUVs will be getting together with 17 manufacturers at the Knibbe century ranch near San Antonio to evaluate the vehicles that manufacturers consider their most competitive.  There, they will  name the Truck of... Read more