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
First Drive: 2015 Ford F-150
Last week, I drove the the new Ford F-150 pickup at the media launch, and I’ve got to say that this half-ton which will step into the #1 vehicle spot in the nation is more than just a worthy successor. It is a real game changer. For starters, let’s... 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
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
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