NEWS ABOUT: pickup trucks

Dodge May Have Its Own Deadly Ignition Problem

One child killed in alleged incident

(Newser) - It looks like GM has some company in the faulty ignition switch club. Regulators are investigating complaints that certain older model Dodge Ram pickup trucks may have a defect that allows them to turn on even if no one his holding down the clutch, Bloomberg reports. The National Highway Traffic... More »

Tesla Considering Electric Pickup Truck

Elon Musk hints at next vehicle Tesla may tackle

(Newser) - Elon Musk, billionaire entrepreneur and founder of Tesla Motors, hinted at some very exciting news for his electric car company at a recent Business Insider conference. The CEO revealed that Tesla's next electric vehicle may be a full-size pickup truck. Why pickups? Probably because 3 of the top 5... More »

Man Gets Ticket After Running Himself Over

Brakes on his pickup failed

(Newser) - In the and-you-thought-you-had-a-bad-day department: A driver in Salem, Massachusetts, managed to run himself over when the brakes on his pickup truck failed, reports the Boston Globe . Brian Reynolds tried to slow his truck by sticking out his foot and driving up a hill, the result being that he fell out... More »

Police: 5 Terrorized Jewish Camp in Pennsylvania

Adults face felony charges

(Newser) - Police nabbed three adults, ages 18 to 21, and two juveniles accused of terrorizing a Jewish camp in Pennsylvania. The assailants allegedly tore through the camp in a pickup truck, "narrowly missing several campers and staff," while damaging fences, fields, and buildings, reports CNN . They also fired paintball... More »

Coming From Ford: Aluminum Pickup Trucks

Lighter metal will help F-150 meet fuel economy standards

(Newser) - The next incarnation of Ford's F-150 will be as tough as … aluminum? By 2014 the company will be building most of the body of its signature truck out of that lightweight metal in a bid to boost its fuel economy, in what the Wall Street Journal calls "... More »

Ford Recalling 1.2M Pickups

Fuel tank flaw presents fire danger

(Newser) - Ford is recalling 1.2 million older pickup trucks—some of them for the third time. The company says the models affected, including 1997 to 2003 Ford F-150s, were sold in cold-weather states where road salt can corrode the metal straps holding up the gas tanks, potentially causing the tanks... More »

Dog Runs Over Owner With Truck

Man not seriously injured

(Newser) - A Florida man was taken to the hospital yesterday after his dog ran him over with the man's own pickup truck. Christopher Bishop, 43, made the mistake of putting his Ford F-150 in neutral as he got out to check for oil leaks, the St. Petersburg Times reports. As he... More »

Mass. Residents Want a Truck Like Scott Brown's

Dealers report rise in inquiries regarding GMC Canyon

(Newser) - Scott Brown not only dismantled the common perception of Massachusetts as a blue state, but he may also have singlehandedly turned the populace on to the Truck. The Truck, if you missed it, is the senator-elect’s 2005 GMC Canyon pickup, featured prominently in campaign ads and now poised to... More »

Most Replaced Clunker With ... Another Guzzler Like This

Most common trade was old pickup (15-17 mpg) for new (1-3 better)

(Newser) - Think most who traded in a clunker under the government’s fuel-efficiency incentive program are now driving a hybrid? Guess again: The most common swap was an old, gas-guzzling pickup for a new, just-slightly-less-gas-guzzling pickup, AP analysis finds. Ford’s F150 is a prime example—it gets 1-3 mpg more... More »

As Rivals Flail, Ford Ramps Up Production

(Newser) - Hoping to profit from its rivals' pain, Ford will ramp up this year's third-quarter production 10% over last year's, in a bid to grab market share from GM and Chrysler as they recover from bankruptcy, the Wall Street Journal reports. It’ll be Ford’s first production bump in nearly... More »

SUV, Pickup Sales Rebound as Price of Gas Drops

But big trucks are becoming scarce as automakers retool for fuel efficient models

(Newser) - Gas prices are down and the sales of SUVs and pickup trucks are accelerating, albeit only into second gear, reports the Wall Street Journal. As gas edges closer to $2, buyers are picking up bargains on the big gas guzzlers dealers couldn’t give away couple of months ago. And... More »

Why Dodge Drivers Totally Suck

Rams are the new Harleys, thanks to low sales

(Newser) - Of all the rules of the road, there is one cardinal, hands-down, no-exceptions tenet: “The guy who ignores the stop sign, who blasts past me in a no-passing zone, who plays chicken on a potholed strip of county two-lane, drives a Ram,” Benjamin Percy writes in Esquire. Dodge... More »

Plunging Truck Sales Drive Ford Deeper Into the Red

Shift away from large vehicles means a rocky road ahead for Detroit's Big 3

(Newser) - Ford's recovery plans have been sent careening off the road by the continuing drop in truck and SUV sales, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company, which now expects this year's losses to top 2007's $2.7 billion, has given up hope of being back in the black by 2009.... More »

SUVs Plunge in Value as Drivers Turn to Smaller Cars

Downsizing is in as pump prices start to pinch drivers

(Newser) - SUVs are falling out of fashion fast as gas prices go through the roof, CNN reports. As drivers downsize to more fuel-efficient vehicles, gas-guzzlers are filling up used-car lots—but there aren't many buyers. The biggest SUVs—like the Cadillac Escalade, Ford Expedition, and Chevy Suburban—are dropping in value... More »

Pickup Sales Plummet to 10-Year Low

Trucks can't pull their weight as gas prices rev up, housing stalls

(Newser) - US pickup truck sales tumbled in March, hitting their lowest level in nearly a decade. The Big Three all reported double-digit percentage drops in sales this month—the Dodge Ram was down 26%—and large pickups represented barely more than 10% of the auto market. High gas prices added fuel... More »

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