America Is Running Out of Trucks!
Jerry Bill is worried the novel coronavirus could hurt business at the Des Moines auto dealership he runs, but not because of a shortage of buyers for the big Ram pickups on his lot.
“Our biggest issue will be if we don’t get more inventory,” said Bill, general sales manager of Stew Hansen Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, which sells around 2,700 new vehicles a year in Urbandale, a suburb of Iowa’s capital Des Moines.
The U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter at its sharpest pace since the Great Recession of 2007-2009 because of lockdown measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Economists warn the second quarter will be much worse. Overall U.S. sales of cars and light trucks crashed to the weakest pace in 50 years last month. But sales of big Detroit brand pickups, particularly in southern and western states less affected by the outbreak, significantly outperformed the market, industry executives and analysts said.
Pickup trucks are one of the most profitable automotive segments in the world. They account for a huge portion of the Detroit automakers’ profits and formed a huge lure for Peugeot, which expects to merge with FCA by early 2021. The pressure is now on to boost pickup truck production and send vehicles to dealers in parts of the country with dwindling supplies.
That is particularly true for GM, which is running short of certain truck models after losing 40 days of production to a strike last fall. Read More Here!
Would you buy this $80,000 Chevy Silverado?
The truck comes equipped with over $30,000 worth of accessories right from the dealership. The RST trim with the 5.3-liter mill is priced at $47,990 before the $6,000 rebate. With all these add-ons, the truck’s price comes up to $78,339. However, the dealership is offering a discount of $8,000, which brings down the price to $70,339. Good deal? Read More Here!
Check Out This All Digital Interior on the Next Ford F-150 Lariat!
At this point, I’m convinced these “leaks” are intentional. The timing of all the Bronco teasers we’ve seen over the last few months felt like a tactical decision on the automaker’s part. Today I got an email from F150gen14.com’s administrators saying we were welcome to share these pictures with attribution and links… Read More Here!
10 Pickup Trucks You Can Still Get under $35,000
Somehow, despite vehicle sales screeching to a halt, there is a pickup truck shortage. That’s right: Consumers are hoarding pickup trucks. But how else will you get that eight-pack of 20-gallon drums of laundry detergent and a 48-pack of paper towels home from Costco? A Mitsubishi Mirage isn’t going to do it. Luckily, this is America, and there are plenty of choices out there when it comes to new pickups. And if you’re a fan of the “working for the railroad” aesthetic, there are quite a few to choose from. Read More Here!
Boost the power in your Ford Ranger with this Power Upgrade Kit for only $825!
Ford says the kit boosts horsepower by up to 45 hp at 4,500 rpm and torque by 60 lb-ft at 2,500 rpm, which you’re gonna notice. But it’s not quite as simple as adding the boosted output to the stock figures. Again, in stock form, the Ranger produces 270 hp at 5,500 rpm and 310 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm. With the kit installed, Ford says those numbers are boosted to as much as 320 hp and 355 lb-ft, so peak power seems to be up by as much as 50 horses. Read More Here!
These 2020 Nissan Frontier specs are impressive!!
In 2019, the base price on a new Frontier was $20,385. That was for a King Cab rear-wheel-drive four-cylinder with a five-speed manual transmission. For 2020, a King Cab with rear-wheel drive (base truck) starts at $27,885 with the $1,095 destination charge included. The price of progress.
The comparison is hardly a fair one, though. A 2019 King Cab SV with the old V6, rear-wheel drive and five-speed automatic was $27,105. The 2020 in the same configuration costs $28,765. That amounts to a $1,660 increase in price for the new V6, new transmission and a few extra standard features — not a terrible price to pay for the modern powertrain. Read More Here!
Chevy Colorado Leveling kit now available! But not yet for Canyons
In various bits of news this year concerning the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups, we kept hearing about a front leveling kit. GM Authority found a few details in early order guides in January. In February, the kit came up in relation to the Canyon’s AT4 Off-Road Performance Package, and again with AEV’s upgraded Colorado Bison. After three months of waiting, GMA has more info. The kit eliminates the trucks’ raked stance by raising the front by one inch, using an electro-coated upper spacer and a polyurethane lower spacer in order to maintain the proper suspension geometry. Installation is a bolt-on job with low-profile nuts, but the task will require a spring compressor.
Fitted properly, the kit doesn’t void GM’s new vehicle warranty on the Colorado. Why do we only mention the Colorado? Because for some reason, the kit isn’t available for the Canyon yet as a standalone component; Read More Here!
Restarting Ram 1500 Production: Is it too soon?
It is a new world for the Ram employees, returning to build 2020 Ram 1500s. The plants are back open but the employees have new work rules as they try to build the vehicles and stay safe from COVID-19 at the same time. The truck plants in Warren and Sterling Heights, Michigan reopened for one shift daily, this week. Other shifts may be added, in a couple of weeks, if the employees are able to keep the Coronavirus at bay, but is it too soon?