Compact pickup trucks, lawsuits over tiny fish, unexpected dangers on the road and more await you in The Morning Shift for Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. 1st Gear: Ford’s Got Plans, Maybe A new compact Ford unibody pickup truck is in the works with plans to bring it to the U.S. market in 2022—at least, according to sources familiar with the matter. Those sources spoke to Automobile recently, saying that the truck would be built on the next-generation Focus platform. With Ford throwing most of its cars out the window here in the North American market because everybody wants trucks, SUVs and crossovers, it makes sense to build yet another size variation of a truck. Sources told Automobile the reported new smaller truck would slot in below the new Ford Ranger, which has gotten pretty large itself. From Automobile: Ford is preparing a compact pickup truck that would fill the space left open when its Brazilian-built, Fiesta-based subcompact Courier pickup was replaced with the … [Read more...] about Is Ford Bringing an Actual Small Truck Back to the U.S.?
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(BPT) - The idea of a new car or truck is exciting. What’s even more exciting is making that new vehicle your own.There are countless ways to personalize a vehicle, but one of the easiest ways to spruce up a vehicle is by adding a new set of wheels. In fact, wheels are typically the first thing vehicle owners upgrade on a car or truck after purchasing it from the dealership.According to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in its 2017 Market Research Report, wheels are among the most purchased items by consumers in the $42 billion aftermarket industry. Because there are many wheel options, SEMA recommends researching the various wheel types available for your specific vehicle and learning about the different wheel finish options, each of which has its advantages and disadvantages.Here are basics about wheel finishes to keep in mind:Painted: Opting for painted wheels will give you an endless amount of options when it comes to colors and effects, allowing you to … [Read more...] about Personalize your ride with a new set of wheels
Tesla electric cars at Supercharger fast-charging site, TK [photo: Jay Lucas]Enlarge PhotoToday we find out why one reader traded his brand new Chevy Bolt for a used Tesla Model S, why trucks aren't the problem for fuel economy requirements that automakers have claimed they are, how enthusiastic Canadians were to buy electric cars this year, and the latest trends and concerns in electric cars from a business perspective, based on the latest report from McKinsey & Co. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The all-electric Chevrolet Bolt may be a great car, but when it comes to long trips the charging network to support it, is no match for Tesla's Superchargers, at least on the East Coast. The Trump Administration announced it will roll back emissions standards – and thus fuel economy – citing automakers concerns about meeting them amid soaring sales of pickups and crossover SUVs. According to a report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, trucks … [Read more...] about Trucks can meet CAFE, Volt vs Prius Prime, 200 miles enough, Bolt EV traded for Tesla: Today’s Car News
The transfer today for stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California took me from Morro Bay to Santa Clarita, California, and I’ve now driven a 2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid for a week. I’ve covered 775 miles and averaged 55.9 mpg, nearly two miles per gallon more than plug-in hybrid’s rating. The route from Morro Bay was a coastal trek on Highway 1 and then a diversion to Highway 101 south for about two hours. The route then turned inland on 154 through small hamlets before rejoining 101. The final short stretch into Santa Clarita was a switch to smaller inland roads on state route 126. The drive covered 184 miles. With two brief stops to stretch and for coffee it took 3 hours and 9 minutes. Road construction also stopped traffic for about 10 minutes before I led a procession of maybe 30 vehicles following work truck escort. 2017 Toyota Prius Prius plug-in hybrid: 55.9 mpg average in 775 miles in the first week of the Amgen Tour of California. All images © … [Read more...] about 2017 Toyota Prius Prime has short shift, not short shrift
DRB-Hicom Commercial Vehicles (DHCV), the authorised importer and distributor of Tata commercial vehicles in Malaysia, has announced the introduction of three new models for 2018 and a CKD local-assembly programme in the mid-term. Since the brand’s relaunch here in 2015, DHCV has sold 654 units of Tata commercial vehicles, consisting of pick-up trucks, light trucks and prime movers. That puts Tata in tenth place amongst a total of 28 competing brands in the commercial vehicle (CV) category, which includes pick-up trucks, trucks, prime movers, panel vans and buses. “We are ready to move up and be a bigger player in the commercial vehicle category and in selected segments. The last three years have been a learning curve for us. Come 2018, we are confident we have the right products in terms of technology, affordability and durability to be truly competitive in the commercial vehicle category,” said Datuk Abdul Harith Abdullah, COO, automotive, distribution, … [Read more...] about Three new Tata models, CKD programme for Malaysia