DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Thursday it will shift production of Ram Heavy Duty pickup trucks from Mexico to Michigan in 2020, a move that lowers the risk to the automaker's profit should President Donald Trump pull the United States out of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Fiat Chrysler said it would create 2,500 jobs at a factory in Warren, Michigan, near Detroit, where the Ram 1500 is currently built, and FCA will invest $1 billion in the facility. The Mexican plant will be "repurposed to produce future commercial vehicles" for sale global markets. Mexico has free trade agreements with numerous countries.Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne a year ago raised the possibility that the automaker would move production of its heavy-duty pickups to the United States, saying U.S. tax and trade policy would influence the decision.If the United States exits NAFTA, it could mean that automakers would pay a 25 percent duty on pickup trucks assembled in … [Read more...] about FCA shifts Ram Heavy Duty trucks from Mexico to U.S., creating 2,500 jobs
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In the words of thread author thesavagepony, “you knew this was coming, so let’s get the ball rolling!” Now that the Detroit 3’s big brutes are out, let’s take a peek at the bare bone basic diesel specs, shall we. 2011 Ford Super Duty Chevrolet Silverado HD 2010 Dodge Ram HD So what’s your pick? … [Read more...] about Thread of the Day: Which Heavy Duty Truck Would You Choose?
In our 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD and 2015 GMC Sierra HD pickups First Look, we noted that more than 25 percent of all full-size trucks in the U.S. are heavy duty models and about two-thirds of all heavy-duty trucks are diesel-powered. Like the Ford F Series Super Duty and Ram Heavy Duty, GM’s HD trucks come with a standard gas V-8 engine and are available with a torque-rich turbodiesel engine. With the extra torque from a Turbodiesels provide extra torque but come at a price premium compared to the gas-engined variants. With news today about the updated Chevrolet, GMC, and Ford heavy-duty trucks, we’re asking: Would you ever buy a heavy-duty truck without a diesel engine? The Silverado HD/Sierra HD twins’ base 6.0-liter V-8 makes 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque compared to the available 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V-8 with 397 hp and 765 lb-ft of torque. Ford’s 6.2-liter V-8 makes 316-385 hp and 397-405 lb-ft in the 2014 F Series Super Duty trucks, while the … [Read more...] about TOTD: Would You Buy a Heavy Duty Truck Without a Diesel Engine?
Big ‘Uns No arguing there’s a very, excuse the pun, “heavy” presence of the big truck enthusiasts-they’ve got clubs, shows, newsletters, and whatnot dedicated to pretty much every kind of truck ever built with eight or more lugs per wheel. You see them at regular events like Goodguys, NSRA, and local Heinz 57 venues, even monthly cruise nights. They’re a determined crowd, and have persisted throughout the years with little mainstream media coverage. Again, where does CLASSIC TRUCKS fit in the picture? That’s a tough one on my part. In the last few months, we’ve thrown a couple of larger (the truck, not the owner) readers’ rides in Classic Cruisers; we’ve even slipped a couple into various show coverage articles. What’s that done? Well, for one it’s created a pretty good response from readers wanting to see more, More, MORE! While the recent amount of coverage we’ve dedicated to the heavy haulers didn’t … [Read more...] about Heavy Duty Trucks – Driver’s Seat
Another day, another prototype on fire. Being a development engineer sounds like a fun job, but clearly it’s not without its hazards. Our contributing spy photographers saw this 2016 Ford Super Duty on test in a desert with ambient temperatures of about 50 degrees Celsius. Seemed like just another day making sure Ford’s next generation heavy-duty pickup truck will be up to mark in hot weather. Suddenly, a fire started somewhere in the front wheel well on the driver’s side – three minutes later, the whole front end was engulfed in flames, and by the time 20 minutes had passed, the whole truck was destroyed. You can see blobs of melted aluminium on the side of the road, which means the Super Duty will use lots of aluminium in its body just like the relatively smaller Ford F150. Brings new meaning to the term “burning yourself out.” … [Read more...] about SPYSHOTS: Ford Super Duty truck on fire in the desert
Truck marketing is so out of ideas. Despite a few hesitant signs that the old “bigger, stronger, butcher” paradigm might be giving way to less primitive appeals to consumers, GM’s Tom Stephens has dragged truck marketing back to the stone age, issueing the following challenge to Ford [via Pickuptrucks.com]. You’re going to love our new diesel Duramax engine in the new Heavy Duty. You know what I want to do to prove it? I want to take our truck and Ford’s [new Super Duty] and chain them together back -to-back. Then I want to have them pull against each other. I know our truck will beat theirs.Pickuptrucks.com has passed the memo on to Ford, in hopes of spawning a “V-Series Challenge”-type media stunt. Too bad it will never happen. When the trucks are evenly-matched, these contests tend to come down to driver skill, timing and luck. And what would that prove? Note to GM: if you want to market your trucks in wholly unoriginal ways, leave reality … [Read more...] about GM Challenges Ford To Heavy-Duty Truck Pissing Match
In the shadows of the current horsepower war, Ford, GM, and Ram heavy-duty pickups have been battling over the torque-championship belt for the better part of a decade. Why? Because to tow you need, among other traits, loads of twist, and in the truck world, tow ratings count for a lot. To get big torque figures, all three rely on diesels with iron blocks, Frisbee-sized turbos, and tried-and-true pushrods operating four valves at each cylinder. But each beats the 750-pound-foot mark very differently. Ram, with its Cummins inline-six, is the only brand that outsources its diesels. And it has a good partner in Cummins, which has been working on compression ignition for nearly 100 years. The fundamental design has not varied much since the 1980s, but the Cummins got a bit larger in 2007 when the inline-six grew from 5.9 liters to 6.7 (the same size as the current Ford diesel). The engine’s turbocharger, also from Cummins, features a sliding nozzle that varies … [Read more...] about Twist and Clout: Inside the Heavy-Duty-Truck Torque War
We’ve got a new Nissan NV in the Car and Driver office right now, and close scrutiny of the vehicle supports our expectation that the company wouldn’t launch a commercial-vehicle branch with just one big van. NV Paves the Way for a Heavy Duty Titan or Chassis CabNissan describes the NV’s chassis as all-new; without the opportunity to dismember one with a plasma cutter, our only counter to that is skepticism that this isn’t just an evolution of what’s in the Titan. While the pickup already starts with a fully boxed frame—as opposed to a C-shaped rail—the cross section has been enlarged for the NV, making it stronger. But if Nissan’s claim is accurate about the NV’s chassis being unique, it makes even less sense for the van to go solo: Why would the company spend hundreds of millions of dollars to develop the chassis for a single van that will be sold only in the U.S. and Canada, ostensibly in modest volumes ?Although the … [Read more...] about Nissan’s NV Van Points Way to Future Heavy-Duty Titan and Compact Van
America loves its trucks, perhaps to an unhealthy degree.Domestic automakers aren’t complaining, as pickups are among the most profitable vehicles the companies can produce. Compared to cars, trucks are typically easier to manufacture, but fetch a higher price. Tack on costly options and the expensive trim levels the market seems to adore, and you’ve practically printing your own money.Still, you might be surprised by the percentage of buyers springing for top-end variants of vehicles once loved only by construction companies, public works departments and landscapers.Ford claims that 71 percent of buyers decided to purchase higher-end variants of its Super Duty pickup last month. General Motors and Fiat Chrysler also admit to growing consumer interest in their ultra-premium trucks.Thanks to lower gas prices and a drastically improved economy, well-appointed trucks are becoming more popular than ever before. Ford told The Detroit Free Press that the majority of … [Read more...] about Buyers Can’t Get Enough Ultra-lux Heavy Duty Trucks
Say you’re on the Ram website, perusing a new 2500 heavy-duty pickup. On the specifications page, you scroll down to the fuel efficiency table to see how many Andrew Jacksons you’ll be forking over at the pumps. The verdict? The Ram 2500 has a 32-gallon fuel tank. Thank you for visiting.Unlike passenger cars and light duty trucks, heavy-duty trucks with a gross vehicle weight above 8,500 pounds aren’t required to flash fuel economy data on a window sticker. Searching the fueleconomy.gov database turns up nothing in the way of information. Now, Consumers Union wants Congress to change that. The consumer advocacy group is calling on the federal government to place fuel economy information on window stickers for the benefit of large truck buyers.As it awaits a response, the group’s Consumer Reports publication went ahead and tested some heavy-duty pickups.“Even though the Environmental Protection Agency collects data from automakers on heavy-duty pickup truck … [Read more...] about Consumers Union Wants Heavy-duty Truck Buyers to Know Their Vehicle’s Fuel Economy