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Truck sales are fueling these new terms

Cars and trucks are more expensive than ever before. In order to boost sales and help consumers afford new vehicles, automakers are offering long and long terms for auto loans. This past week, Bloomberg reports FCA's Ram Trucks division current offers the longest loans. Some currently stretch to 73 months. Jeep, Fiat and Chevy aren't far behind. Even more noteworthy is that we're likely soon see lenders moving from 73-month to 84-month loans. That's seven years worth of interest.

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ICYMI, the week that was, in pony car land

To conclude a long week of news pegged to the 54th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, we pass along a special salutation, the video above. And in case you missed it, here's a rundown of this week's Mustang items (and a couple from the days before). It was a busy birthday week.

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It will be the 15th Corvette to do so

The Indianapolis 500 is getting back-to-back Corvette pace cars. After a Corvette Grand Sport led the pack last year, a Corvette ZR1 will lead this year. The ZR1's participation means that it will be the 15th Corvette to pace the Indy 500. It will also be the 29th Chevy to do so.

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The partnership with Shell runs on GM's new Marketplace app

Chevrolet will introduce a new technology feature that will allow drivers to pay for gas at the pump from inside their vehicles without having to swipe a credit card or use their smartphone.

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The Camaro gets a new face while Ford shifts its Focus

One of these things is not like the others. And we don't mean that one is a Chevy while the rest are all from Ford. No, what we're looking at here are a bunch of performance cars, with one lone economy car thrown in for good measure.

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We've also got a new Ford Mustang GT in the office

On this week's Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Associate Editors Reese Counts and Joel Stocksdale. We discuss the redesigned 2019 Chevy Camaro and the new turbocharged four-cylinder 1LE. We talk about the manual Mustang GT in the office and the all-new 2019 Ford Focus. Plus we'll spend a reader's money and talk about what the new Jetta is like.

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The truck could have been previewed last fall at SEMA

The Chevy Colorado ZR2 is a favorite here at Autoblog. It was a finalist for our most recent Technology of the Year award thanks to some trick spool-valve suspension. It's supremely capable off road without giving up anything on the streets. It looks like Chevy may have something bigger planned for the ZR2. AutoGuide reports that GM recently filed a trademark for the name "ZR2 Bison." In fact, we may have already seen a preview of the truck last fall with the Colorado ZR2 AEV concept at SEMA.

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Full debut promised for 2019

Another piece of the fullsize Chevy truck puzzle is slowly being revealed. The Bowtie brand plans to officially unveil the 2020 Chevy Silverado HD sometime next year, and though that's all very vague, pickup fans do at least have one teaser to obsess over. Chevy hints at "bolder, larger proportions" for the 2020 Silverado HD, and from the looks of the teaser, that may be an understatement.

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The V8 SS is much different from V6 and I4 models

Now that the sixth-generation Chevy Camaro is entering its third year on sale, Chevy felt it was time to give it an update. Like most midcycle refreshes, there aren't many major mechanical changes, though there is the addition of a new model. Unlike most midcycle refreshes, the exterior has been given a pretty drastic overhaul.

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Chevy adds the 1LE package to the 2.0-liter turbo Camaro

In addition to a model-wide refresh, Chevy is introducing yet another 1LE variant of the Camaro. Chevy's already amplified the ultimate ZL1 Camaro, so now it's addressing the least powerful Camaro equipped with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. And on paper, it gets nearly identical equipment to the V6 1LE.

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Mild changes all around

Chevrolet has a lot of changes in store for 2019. None of them are especially major, but they're coming to three of Chevrolet's passenger car models, the Malibu, Cruze and Spark. They all get mildly revised front and rear fascias, updated color schemes, and new options and packages. The amount of change varies from car to car, so we'll start with what's arguably the most significantly updated, the Malibu.

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The latest in a depressing dirge for cars amid SUV and trucks craze

These are grim times for car sales in the United States as crossovers, SUVs and pickups command the attention of buyers, and now a report from the Wall Street Journal suggests that General Motors and Ford are both planning to axe slow-selling nameplates from their lineups.

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A hollow bowtie borrowed from the Camaro ZL1 to improve air flow

When the mighty new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD and 6500HD trucks were revealed last month at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, they featured an overlooked design feature borrowed from the Camaro of all vehicles: the "Flowtie."

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There's a big crossover-shaped surprise lurking in third place

As usual, the Ford F-Series pickup truck was the best-selling vehicle in America in March 2018. The Chevy Silverado followed, but there's a big surprise in third place.

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It plans to report quarterly, as other retail sectors do

General Motors said on Tuesday it will stop reporting monthly U.S. vehicle sales, saying the 30-day snapshot does not accurately reflect the market, and will instead issue quarterly sales.

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That coat of black paint will cost an extra $1,000

The Chevrolet Tahoe is the latest arrow in the Bowtie brand's quiver to be unsheathed in Midnight trim. As with all of Chevy's Midnight models, this Tahoe is fully blacked out. And, since it's based on the Custom trim, which comes without a third row of seats, the Tahoe Midnight is a five-seater. Cargo space behind the second row is listed at 54 cubic feet, with a maximum of 112 cubes with all the seats folded flat.

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Ford SmartLink may be a tall ask for niceties customers simply expect

When it was first introduced in 2007, there was nothing like the original Ford Sync system, since it allowed car owners to connect and use a portable device better than anything that came before it. It took competitors awhile to catch up. But now Ford is the one playing catchup.