It’s time we went through what’s going on in the truck industry lately. Here’s what’s happening with trucks.
The big news from Nissan just this morning was its hint via Instagram of its new pickup, which it says will be revealed June 11.
Toyota dropped some big news about its American operations last month: It’s moving lots of jobs to Plano, Texas. Toyota already makes its Tundra pickup near San Antonio, but now its headquarters will be in the state too.
- After getting beat by Ram in March, Chevrolet retook the No. 2 spot in truck sales in April.
- Automotive News says GMC has found success by setting itself apart from Chevrolet as a high-end brand.
- There are some rumors about the next Duramax engine for HD pickups.
- GM is working on a bunch of upgrades for its 2015 model year pickups.
Chevrolet is now offering this Silverado SSV to police departments.
GMC announced a new All Terrain package for HD Sierra pickups:
Ram and Jeep
Fiat Chrysler’s new five-year plan came out last month. The plan is ambitious and shakes up several brands in the company.
The Ram 1500 will get a refresh in 2015, and a complete redesign for the 2017 model year.
Jeep, though, has some big plans. There will be a new Wrangler and Grand Cherokee in 2017, and the Grand Wagoneer will return in 2018 as a large luxurious SUV. It also is introducing some smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles that it expects to be very big sellers.
Also, remember that Power Wagon Ram revealed earlier this year? Some complained that it got a big gas engine instead of a Cummins diesel. Here’s why Ram took the gasser route.
The Blue Oval sold its 500,000 F-150 with an EcoBoost engine in May. Starting this fall, Ford will offer two different EcoBoost V6 engines in its aluminum-bodied F-150, and it will be interesting to see how those engines perform.
Ford is releasing more information about its new F-150 and they are doing everything they can to show customers how strong and durable their aluminum-bodied trucks can be. For example, they announced last week that they had sent a few prototype aluminum-bedded trucks to a few customers for some undercover testing back in 2011. And here’s a collection of torture-test videos with the F-150.
Also, Ford just released this video about the assembly process going into its new pickups:
- According to The Atlantic magazine, trucks are saving the auto industry and the American economy.
- Never in the history of the American auto industry have V6 engines been more popular for pickup trucks.