If America had a Poster Boy Truck Guy it’d be Fred Diaz. I think ARB models their bumpers on his jawline. He’s also knowledgeable on the subject and Nissan putting him in charge of trucks and light commercial vehicles means they’re getting serious about selling some pickups.
Until the Duramax-powered Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon show up (supposedly 2016) the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is the smallest diesel pickup you can buy in America, and it's also the most fuel-efficient. Ram is convinced this is What The People Want, and they're about to start building a whole bunch more of them.
Ford takes every opportunity it can to remind us their F-Series trucks have been the best-selling vehicles in America for more than thirty years, but there's a little more to the story. Between the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra lineups, GM has outsold Ford on full-size trucks in eight of the last 16 years.
Ford dealers are still expected to be stocked with 2015 F-150s by the end of this year, but a leaked letter from the company's brass reportedly states they won't be able to accommodate "build-your-own" special orders or fleet sales until a few months later.
Ford finally owns its own logo again. Why was it gone, and what did it take to get it back?
General Motors has repeatedly claimed a sales target for 2011 of 10,000 units for the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt sedan. But, nine months into the year, they've only shipped 3,895 off the lot. In fact, in September sales numbers, released an hour ago, GM sold only 723 Volts. Will GM fail to meet its own sales…
I thought there were a couple of interesting items worth pointing out in the nitty-gritty of today's stellar 16% sales increase from Ford. Here they are in no particular order:
Volkswagen appoints Matthias Müller, its top car-model strategist, as CEO of Porsche. First move? Changing "911" model name to "Mk.911." [TeamSpeed]
Once Queen-of-all-marketing Susan Docherty shipped overseas by the General. [GM]
Eat your heart out George Orwell, England has begun testing satellite-based speed cameras capable of recording average speeds and reading license plates from space. Don't get any big ideas about English weather either, it works in cloudy conditions.