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First Drive: 2019 Ram 1500 Closes the Gap
2019 Ram 1500 First Drive

At the launch of the 2019 Ram 1500, FCA brass christened the new truck with a mission: overtake the Chevrolet Silverado. If RAM were ever to close the roughly 85,000-unit sales gap, the time may be now or never. In terms of product execution itself, however, the new Ram 1500 has already zeroed in on its target. The showdown descends…

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2019 Chevrolet Blazer Revealed

After its bizarre teaser issued earlier today, Chevrolet has taken the covers off the 2019 Blazer. The iconic nameplate is returning on the side of a new midsize crossover SUV that's based on the GMC Acadia.  “Chevrolet has been at the forefront of each of the major automotive industry trends by anticipating consumer demand and delivering innovative products like Bolt…

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Chevrolet Blazer Return Creatively Confirmed

Automakers love to issue teaser shots of their upcoming products. Generally these shots are some dark, shadowy photo depicting a small detail of the design. Chevrolet has decided to take a more creative approach with their teaser of the upcoming Blazer.  In a Facebook post on the company's official page, Chevrolet dropped three photos of a male model wearing a…

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Volvo Expands Global Footprint With U.S. Factory

Volvo will formally expand its manufacturing footprint with the opening of the company's new U.S. assembly plant. The plant represents a $1.1 billion investment on Volvo's part.  The new plant is located near Charleston, South Carolina and will commence operations in autumn of this year by beginning production of the S60 sedan. S60's that roll off the U.S. assembly line…

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Next-Gen Lincoln MKC Changing Name to Corsair

Ford Motor Company's Lincoln brand has informed its dealerships it will rename its MKC crossover during its next redesign. According to dealerships, the MKC will switch names to Corsair in 2020.  Ford showed the Corsair and several other future Ford products to dealerships at a meeting in Orlando last month. During the meeting the Lincoln brand referred to the redesigned…

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2019 BMW 8 Series Bows in Production Guise

In celebration of this weekend's 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans race, BMW is finally revealing the revived 8 Series Coupe in production trim. As expected, this convergence of sport and luxury looks a lot like the recent 8 Series Concept - which is most definitely a good thing.  It's been decades since BMW has offered an 8 Series, but the…

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Renault-Nissan Alliance may be Reworked by 2022

The Renault-Nissan Alliance may be on the verge of evolving. Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn says evolving the will be required to avoid future problems as the industry landscape changes.  Ghosn thought process is that the alliance was formed based on a specific set of circumstances and today those circumstances have changed. Ghosn discussed his thoughts on the alliance during a…

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Volvo Announces 'Polestar Engineered' Trim Level

Volvo has announced plans to rollout new performance trim levels on some of its models. The new trim level will be engineered by the company's Polestar performance brand and focus on enhancing performance of Volvo's existing plugin hybrid models.  The S60 will be the first Volvo product to gain the Polestar Engineered trim, followed by the V60 and XC60. In all…

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2019 Ram 1500 Faces Delays

Two key iterations of the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 are facing delayed approvals from the EPA. The delays are beginning to cost the new truck sales, putting it at risk of not achieving its goal of overtaking the Chevrolet Silverado in sales this year.  Right now there are only two versions of the 2019 Ram 1500 on the market. Trucks…

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