First Response Team and RAM Truck aid in active flood relief
When a flood-damaged house is opened for the first time, it is the smell that hits you. There is no simple way to describe the combination of earthiness, sewage and debris that has seeped through the seams and pores after a 40-foot wall of water has assaulted and departed... Read more
Ram ups the ante with new Laramie Limited Edition
Just when it would seem that no one could create a more luxurious pickup than the ones already in the market, someone does. This time it’s the Ram Brand, which is introducing a new Laramie Limited Edition at this week’s Chicago Auto Show. Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO of... Read more
At the Detroit Auto Show: 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel is about attitude and capabilities
It was only yesterday that Ford announced that it was bringing out a 2017 F-150 Raptor, an updated version of its off-road full-size pickup truck.  Today, Ram is announcing its entry into that rarefied space — the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel, which will reach the market a full year... Read more
Nissan debuts 2016 Titan XD at Detroit Auto Show
The Nissan Titan has been stagnant for a decade, but the company is making a dynamic new push to lift its fortunes with the introduction of the 2016 Titan and Titan XD full-size pickups at the Detroit Auto Show this morning.  It will also be shown at the SHOT... Read more
Urgent: large recalls hit Ram, Jeep, Dodge and Ford
The bogey man is back for Halloween with new recalls; and, for a change, these are not linked to either faulty ignitions or airbags. Together they affect more than 750,000 Chrysler trucks and SUVs and Ford SUVs, so take note. The Chrysler recalls involve 2010 – 2014 Ram 2500... Read more
Ford rules as F-150 is named 2015 Truck of Texas
Ford’s bet on a completely redesigned F-150 paid off handsomely this weekend as the Texas Auto Writers Association rewarded the all-new vehicle with the highly coveted 2015 Truck of Texas commendation.  The company’s full line also regained its spot as the Truck Line of Texas, as almost 70 journalists... 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
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