Pickup trucks are back with a vengeance this year. There are new products, more and better features, and a fresh sense of competition. We examine the competitive landscape and look ahead as 2015 shapes up to be The Year Of The Truck.
Although there were hints and allegations that the Volkswagen Group might have taken the global sales crown for 2014, the final tally puts Toyota at the top for the third year in a row with 10.23 million sales in 2014. Volkswagen Group came second with 10.14 million units sold, General Motors came third with 9.92 million units sold. In 2015, however, the top two positions are expected to swap.
The government in Tokyo, Japan, is embarking on an aggressive plan to put 6,000 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and have 35 hydrogen refueling station in the city in time for the Olympic games there in 2020. It's working with Toyota and Honda to hopefully make the goal a reality.
Toyota is teasing its new RND Concept with this shadowy image. However, the wait for more information shouldn't be long, as the company is revealing the vehicle on January 26 in the UK. While technically a concept, Toyota claims that pricing, supply and manufacturing are already prepared to put the vehicle on sale. It's all very mysterious.
Mercedes-Benz and Toyota begin the rollout of their 2015 Super Bowl commercial campaigns. Mercedes has ex-wide receiver Jerry Rice trying to debate an eight-year-old about the relative speeds of tortoises and hares, while Toyota has some other ex-pros showing off their dad skills.
With gas prices down, that means green car sales are likely to decline as well. TrueCar's TrueSavings report has the evidence to support that idea, with one electric car and two hybrids among the top five in January for the biggest transaction price savings compared to MSRP.
The Second Annual One Show Automobile Advertising of the Year Awards celebrated the best commercials and print spots of the year during the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The winners came from all over the world and a variety of brands, and we collected them all right here. Check out the best of 2014 and see if you agree.
We've seen the 2016 Toyota Tacoma exterior, but now we have more detail. There will be a new, more powerful Atkinson-cycle V6 engine, push-button start, Qi wireless charging, a locking tailgate that can lower itself slowly, an available tri-fold hard tonneau, blind-spot detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a stiffer frame and bodyshell and a lot more.