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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
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
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
2014Toyota Texas Bass Classic combines world-record bass haul with truckmaker’s corporate committment
Lake Fork has a reputation that other inland lakes envy.  Bass are plentiful and can be HUGE. The setting is extraordinary and locals live to fish.   It is no wonder that the 2014 Toyota Texas Bass Classic returned there this year to the joy of the 50 professional... Read more