Love is blind – why else would I drive a 45 year-old pickup across America? The emotions that evoke love are born in the chemicals of the brain; yet paradoxically love has no brains. Instead, we feel the effects in our hearts. The ache invades our chests and tears may soon follow; happy or sad. The cause? Take your pick – sappy songs, happy memories, sad lost opportunities, beautiful sights, or evocative smells. It’s this last one that caused a lump to leap into my throat as I first sat in the 1971 Chevy Cheyenne pickup I’d just bought....Read More
GM’s newest diesel isn’t a heavy truck engine – it’s not a ground pounder and its target market is very different from what most consumers think of as the diesel-powered niche in this country – pickup trucks. Called the Whisper Diesel, this new 4-cyl turbo-diesel comes from Europe and displaces just 1.6L. It was introduced by Mike Siegrist, GM regional chief engineer, at a media briefing in Toronto with the overall theme of “GM’s diesel future”. This new engine is being put to work right away with it currently being offered in the new 2018 Chevy Equinox. And,...Read More
In North America 1 in 5 new trucks are sold in Texas. In a good year that’s as many as 400,000 pickups being bought in the Lone Star State; so is it any wonder that the annual State Fair of Texas, in Dallas, has become ground zero for new truck releases by all the manufacturers. Each year at the end of September the builders compete with new trucks reveals or at least dropping special editions – each brand trying to trump the other. Well, this year Chevy has it hands down. For Chevrolet’s 100th anniversary of trucks there really...Read More
Springtime in Central Ontario has two seasonal promises: mud & bugs. We couldn’t wait to get out and shoot the follow up to our Ridge Grappler Winter test and, as you’ll see in the video, we definitely found the mud and got eaten alive by the bugs. But it was worth it to properly run these Ridge Grapplers through some rough terrain at our testing site. Getting the Dirt For our test we ran the tires on some light trails, dirt roads, pavement, rocks and a nice mud pit. We’ve also had these tires on our Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman since December of 2016, so these tires aren’t brand new at this point. They have approximately 10,000 kms on them now, most of which has been commuting to work on city streets. This is worth noting because we haven’t notice a change in performance from new until now, including no visible tread depth change, performance, or acoustic variations. On the pavement these tires still impress us. Quiet and smooth. Over the miles we’ve come up with an average of 0.7L/100km more fuel consumption compared to the stock Goodyear Wrangler tires that came with our RAM 1500. Dirt, Gravel, and unpaved roads? No problem. The Ridge Grapplers hook up with the loose top surfaces nearly the same as dry pavement. A feeling of confidence and not white knuckling when you transfer from...Read More
Ford has revealed the 2018 F-150 a day before the start of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show and a 3.0-liter diesel under the hood is the big news with this refresh. Power output hasn’t been revealed yet for the new diesel, but we can assume that Ford will try to outgun the Ram 1500’s 420 lb-ft of torque. Similarly, pricing and packaging options for the diesel are still unknown, although Ford did confirm that it will be linked to its new 10-speed automatic transmission. While the diesel is a newcomer, the rest of the F-150’s engines also receive revisions,...Read More
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