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Urgent: More than 200,000 vehicles in Ford recall today
It’s a new month and the first of November’s recalls are by Ford. They include some 2014 and 2015 model year, as well as older vehicles. It seems that Ford, like its competitors, is using a quick recall strategy, and that will keep the number of recalled vehicles down,... 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
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
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
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