Fiat Chrysler doesn’t offer a hydraulic lift for its pickup beds, but having the tailgate swing down while the truck’s bouncing along at 75 mph might prove just as effective for rapidly unloading one’s cargo. After an investigation turned up 5,000 instances of Ram pickups unexpectedly dropping their tailgates, Fiat Chrysler has another seven-figure recall on its hands. This one covers the 2015-2017 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500. Some 1.1 million of the pickups were sold in the U.S., though there’s also more than 260,000 in Canada and another 19,000-plus in Mexico that’ll require a trip to the dealer. The problem lies in the tailgate’s power-locking mechanism. A part can break in the latch mechanism, leading another part to exert enough force on the unlocking arms to spring the gate open. Recalled Rams will see the latch mechanism modified to keep that back gate shut. While the number of Rams involved in the recall seems staggering, it’s not the full … [Read more...] about Loosen Your Load: Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Rams For Doing Just That
The thought of the U.S. imposing an import tax on Canadian vehicles and auto parts was once unthinkable, but the possibility now exists. Unable to ignore it any longer, Canada now says it will impose tariffs on American-built vehicles should the U.S. act first. Canada’s contribution to the continent’s automotive landscape isn’t what it once was, but it’s still formidable when viewed in isolation. The Great White North, which continued building Studebakers for two models years after South Bend went dark, houses assembly plants operated by the Detroit Three, Honda, and Toyota. With the glaring exception of pickup trucks, Canada would find itself with a (limited) crop of remarkably practical tariff-free vehicles if the taxes went into effect. “Should this investigation ultimately result in the application of tariffs on autos, Canada will once again be forced to respond in a proportional manner,” said Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s deputy … [Read more...] about Battle on the Border: We’ll Fire Back If You Pull the Trigger, Canada Tells U.S.
Find Reviews by Make: By The Wise Guide on July 17, 2018 (We hope your employer gave you Amazon Prime Day off, as this is a special time one should spend surrounded by loved ones. If the automotive version of this once-annual promotion ground your gears, you won’t like this one. But you never know. I’m told this is the last one, with our regular programming to follow. – Ed) If you live for online shopping, you live for this day. Some call it Black Friday/Cyber Monday in July (it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as “Christmas in July” does it?). All we know is you’re about to save a bundle on so many things you need. And a lot of stuff you just want. So go ahead, treat yourself; get shopping. But first, you’re going to want an Amazon Prime membership. Home Electronics Home Office Brother HL-L6200DW Monochrome Laser Printer, WAS $249.99 PRIME DAY DEAL $169.99 Brother MFC-J985DW Inkjet All-in-One Color Printer, … [Read more...] about The Very Best Amazon Prime Day Deals
After forming last year, GM Defense LLC, the resurrected military arm of General Motors, is well on its way to outfitting operational personnel in the U.S. Armed Forces. The most promising product to emerge from the potentially lucrative division is the Colorado ZH2, a hydrogen fuel cell-powered variant of the automaker’s ZR2 off-road midsize pickup. GM debuted the vehicle a year before the creation of GM Defence, then handed it over to the military. Apparently, the Army thinks quite highly of it, having field-tested the quiet truck during battalion-sized war games. But that’s just the start of GM’s plan to dominate land, sea, and maybe air. GM offloaded its previous defense unit, created in 1950, to General Dynamics in 2003 for the sum of $1.1 billion. Fast-forward a decade and a half, and GM Defence now has three vehicles in development, two land-based, the under an undersea vehicle. “Like any start-up, we are not waiting to begin developing solutions with our … [Read more...] about War Draws Nearer to General Motors
Unlike Ford, which wants everyone to know that small cars aren’t something it’s very interested in building, General Motors is keeping its product cards much closer to its chest. Still, loose-lipped sources were abuzz this spring, informing various outlets that GM might be going the same route, albeit in a slower, less public fashion. The Chevrolet Sonic was listed as one of the nameplates bound for the graveyard. Now, a California Air Resources Board engine certification document offers new evidence that the subcompact sedan and hatch will not stage a reappearance for 2019. Uncovered by Bozi Tatarevic, document sleuth extraordinaire and possible private investigator, the CARB doc covers vehicles powered by the lesser of the two GM 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinders. That engine, making 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque, powers The General’s subcompact class (the Chevy Cruze get a direct injected 1.4). While the CARB certificate for the 2018 model year lists … [Read more...] about Chevrolet Sonic Pulls CARB Vanishing Act for 2019