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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
Urgent recall for airbags covers almost 5-million vehicles
A huge recall for defective airbags is again in the news and I still do not understand why the U.S.government has not taken a strong stand against the manufacturer, Takata Corporation.  I generally like the regulators to stay out of much of the automotive industry, but this is a... Read more
GMC ups the sport truck ante for 2015 with Sierra Elevation Edition
I promise not to start this out with a line about GMC raising the bar with the new 2015 Sierra Elevation Edition, but I must admit that it’s tempting. On sale later this year, this is a definite step by GMC to become a bigger player in the sport... Read more
How likely are you to hit a deer?  More likely than last year
If you are a hunter, it is likely that you are salivating over than headline. Put away the ammo, just for now though, since I am talking about hitting that buck (or doe) with your vehicle. According to statistics provided by State Farm, Texas drivers are 3.4% more likely... 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
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
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