Pickup Plants to Maximize Production Through Summer

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Many pickup truck and full-size SUV assembly plants will forego the usual two-week summer shutdown due to strong demand for select models. Most other plants making cars and smaller crossovers will take the traditional vacation hiatus.

According to the Detroit Free Press, U.S. plants producing the GM half-ton twins (the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500) and the Ford F-Series pickup will take minimal time off in the July 4 week. Ram's Warren, Mich., truck plant will take the regular two weeks off, but the Saltillo, Mexico, plant will not take a break.

Most truckmakers predict a strong summer for sales as fuel prices remain low and incentive spending remains attractive.

Although May 2016 pickup sales were slow for Chevy, Toyota and Ram, the F-Series was a bright spot for Ford. It is likely to continue to be strong as Ford sells down remaining 2016 Super Duty stock to make way for the redesigned 2017 models due this fall.

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That good news for GovMotors and Ford... Sorry Fiat fans they can get by on just Mexican trucks for a few weeks.

Its a shame these company's small car plants don't experience the same demand issues... but then again they don't invest in being the best in that market.

People I know at one plant are working their vacations, double time and a half, kaching

***CONFIRMED***
Ford will expose the "Chevy shake" phenomena on national TV during an embarrassing series of 1 minute spots.

Just kidding... Ford does not need to take desperate measures to sell the best truck the world will ever know.

Its a shame these company's small car plants don't experience the same demand issues... but then again they don't invest in being the best in that market.

Posted by: Clint | Jun 20, 2016 7:11:26 AM

Full and mid size cars in general are becoming a thing of the past. The big three need to invest in more smaller sized SUV's. That's where the market is shifting to. I do however believe that demand for small cars will continue for some time. The imports will always rule the small car segment.

If gas prices are thought to remain low, and EPA minds their own business(very unlikely) we can expect the resurrection of land yachts.

Btw, I recently rode in an older Mercury Grand Marquis, while floating down the road I realize that no modern car of any sort can match the smoothness or even quietness. No replacement for excess mass.

Tom, I live in Switzerland and I have absolutely the same idea about the land yachts, love them.Genuine American cars. Absolutely the best to drive with today's traffic , no replacement for this sort of cars.lincoln town car, Mercury grand marquise, fors crown Victoria and Chevy caprice ,I miss you

Statistically car sales are shrinking and small and mid-sized SUV sales are on a marked increase.

@papajim : Big picture, think big picture. History often repeats, the key is to learn from previous experiences. ( ie: mistakes) If the big 3 don't begin building more offerings of downsized SUV's and crossovers mixed with a better small car offering, it will be 2008 all over again. When it comes to American auto manufacturers, who ever thought the one time largest company in the world would go bankrupt?

Think Papa Jim is just upset cuz he's not selling enough used cars here lately

I guess the people buying the F-150's don't read the PUTC Comments section and not well informed.

Oh they are informed alright. Just look at the sales numbers.

papa jim is in a time warp of 50 years ago. Fuel prices will rise again and then they will go down and repeat the cycle. Compact cars will always have a market although less of a market as the compact crossover has become a popular alternative to the sedan. The full size sedan has become less and less popular and might eventually disappear. The midsize sedans will survive but they like their smaller brethren compete with midsize crossovers. As for hybrids they will actually become more common as various manufacturers use some form of hybrid system to meet stricter fuel efficiency standards and as batteries become smaller, more efficient, and less expensive. A hybrid is not just a Prius but it can be a RAV4 or a larger vehicle.

The challenge will be to maintain interior room while increasing efficiency and the overall size of vehicles (pickups to maintain bed size as well). Smaller engines will decrease the size of the engine areas and that is where the manufacturers will get a reduction in exterior dimensions. Most people will not miss taking a foot off the front of a vehicle as long as the interior is the same and the vehicle's engine performs well without a loss of power. Lighter vehicles don't need as big an engine as their predecessors.

Here we go again with the Mark W Ford plugs again, including pic

Poor truck workers. I understand that the demand is high and all, but they still deserve a break to rest their bodies and minds.

@Jeff S

You don't realize that all of the fun in engine efficiency has already been had. That's over.

The next big thing is a complete change from ICE to some other alternative. It's at least 20 years off. We'll be dead by then.

The next big thing will be in the form of individual choice, not public transport or hybrid. Motorcycles, 2 passenger vehicles.

Trucks? Not so much. but that is years away.

I suppose reason why PUTC chose photos from a Ford plant was their photographers were unable to cross the border to get pics of GOVT motors or Fiat truck plants...LOL;

http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/research-guides/american-cars-that-really-arent-american/ss-BBtnTW7?ocid=spartandhp#image=14

@papa jim--Agree, but in the meantime the manufacturers will go to lighter vehicles and small engines. We might see a few more changes to transportation but probably by then we might not be driving or at least not driving that much. We are a long ways from being primarily dependent from oil based energy source and probably by the time we do get there we will not have run out of oil. We will see more hybrid power but that is just a stop gap till the next source of energy comes. Some of these alternatives can be done now but it will take years before the price is competitive and more affordable.

I suppose reason why PUTC chose photos from a Ford plant was their photographers were unable to cross the border to get pics of GOVT motors or Fiat truck plants...LOL;

http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/research-guides/american-cars-that-really-arent-american/ss-BBtnTW7?ocid=spartandhp#image=14
Posted by: Lionel | Jun 20, 2016 7:29:50 PM

What little product GM had in Mexico is moving back to the US.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/general-motors/2016/05/26/gm-move-truck-production-flint-mexico/84979274/

Mo-ron

You don't realize that all of the fun in engine efficiency has already been had. That's over.

Posted by: papa jim | Jun 20, 2016 6:55:22 PM

I wouldn't make claims like that just yet. There is still more engine efficiency to be had. One technology that hasn't been adopted just yet is electrically or pneumatically actuated valves in the cylinder heads. It would allow engines to behave as though there was a very mild cam for smooth idle and low end torque to a wild high HP drag strip cam as engine RPM increased. This technology would allow for even smaller more fuel efficient engines. Just say'in.

If you want know the true about truck news go check auto news ,,

@Gmsrgreat

valve stems have to reverse direction thousands of times per minute in modern engines.

Regardless of how you achieve higher rpm in the in the internal combustion design there is a practical limit, and we are there. Engines in passenger cars revving past eight thousand rpm is not practical even if it can be achieved in racing engines for short bursts.

My statement stands. There is no new technology that is going to achieve vast improvements in the internal combustion engine running on gasoline or diesel.

Various alcohol fuels (methanol, ethanol) can provide some efficiency on the cost side, but in terms of pure upticks in engine performance it ain't happening. You are wrong.

@Jeff S,

If Papa Jim had his way he we would still be using kerosene lamps instead of electricity.

@Ken

I'll dignify your comment, to Jeff, with a sensible reply. I'm not opposed to any useful technology.

It's the modern Green movement that so tech averse. Jeff happens to live in a state that has enough coal to power America's energy needs for centuries, but the greens have all but killed the coal industry, and people in Kentucky are paying a steep price for it.

You have it exactly backwards, but based on most of your history of comments on this site, I'm not much surprised by that. Try eating more fish.


Full and mid size cars in general are becoming a thing of the past. The big three need to invest in more smaller sized SUV's. That's where the market is shifting to. I do however believe that demand for small cars will continue for some time. The imports will always rule the small car segment.

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Jun 20, 2016 8:37:32 AM

DUH! Chrysler has a big market share in JEEP.

The 2013 Jeep Wrangler has been considered an American icon for a long time, earning it a spot on the list of best small SUVs. With its unparalleled off-road capabilities, this is the one more outdoor and adventure enthusiasts turn to over the rest. It is available in two and four-door varieties and it can even be a convertible. Its strong 285 horsepower V6 engine offers fast acceleration and impressive towing capabilities

They say a Jeep just rolled back and killed that Star Trek actor cause he thought it was in park and it wasn't. Fiat is investigating. Its those crazy shifters. Poor Fiat!

The pickups that are exciting and flying under the radar that nobody is talking about are the Nissan Titan XD, Chevy and GM Colorado, Canyon with the 2.8 diesel and the Silverado with the 4.3 V6.
#1 If you would test drive both the Silverado with the 5.3 V8 and the 4.3 V6 you wouldn't tell the difference in power and performance.
#2 The Colorado-Canyon with the 2.8 Diesel 4 cyl has 375 lbs torque with 190 HP and it would pull and tow as good or better than any full size V8
#3 The Nissan Titan XD is a super duty 1/2 truck no other 1/2 ton truck could match

If a friend would own any of these trucks he would get my attention and my respect knowing he's well informed, intelligent and a smart truck buyer.


I suppose reason why PUTC chose photos from a Ford plant was their photographers were unable to cross the border to get pics of GOVT motors or Fiat truck plants...LOL;

http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/research-guides/american-cars-that-really-arent-american/ss-BBtnTW7?ocid=spartandhp#image=14

Posted by: Lionel | Jun 20, 2016 7:29:50 PM

Hey where is all them American Fords? I thought they where so American made HAHAHA!!!!

https://www.cars.com/articles/the-2015-american-made-index-1420680649381/

http://www.cheatsheet.com/automobiles/15-most-american-made-cars-on-the-road-in-2015.html/?a=viewall
https://www.cars.com/articles/the-2015-american-made-index-1420680649381/

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/07/24/detroit-automakers-truth-about-american-made-vehi.aspx

http://fortune.com/2015/06/29/cars-made-in-america/

http://money.cnn.com/gallery/autos/2015/07/01/most-american-cars/

You can keep you're import slave labor mostly unamerican built Fords! El cheapo fordo dumb custmero get rip off o! Mark Fieldo make more moenyo off you fool o's!

GM really is hot dogs and apple pies. They sure do embarrass Ford when it comes to being USA built!

http://www.american.edu/kogod/autoindex/2015.cfm

HEMI V8

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin "Chekov".
The Cherokee's are dangerous and unsafe cause the gear selector have drivers confused.

did he die cause he was stupid or did he die cause Jeep made the gear selector too complicated?

That is still under investigation. For all anyone knows someone could of been with him and use his jeep to kill him.

http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM11/160629984/fiat-chrysler-to-investigate-crash-that-killed-star-trek-actor-anton

valve stems have to reverse direction thousands of times per minute in modern engines.

Regardless of how you achieve higher rpm in the in the internal combustion design there is a practical limit....

Posted by: papa jim | Jun 21, 2016 12:19:35 AM

You clearly are not understanding the technology. Most engines have a camshaft/s that is a compromise of good idle quality, low to midrange torque and is most desirable for everyday passenger cars. Higher lift camshafts allow more air into the cylinder at any RPM, however the camshaft lobe and timing events are hard set when the cam is manufactured, therefore it will have an optimum operation RPM. So if the cam was designed with high HP in mind, the engine will not idle or perform well in the lower RPM ranges. The electrically or pneumatically actuated valving can be infinitely adjustable. An engine with this technology can be made to operate at maximum efficiency thorough its entire RPM range. It doesn't mean the engine will operate at any higher RPM than current engines.

http://jalopnik.com/what-its-like-to-ride-in-a-car-with-the-camless-engine-1529865968

. So if the cam was designed with high HP in mind, the engine will not idle or perform well in the lower RPM ranges. The electrically or pneumatically actuated valving can be infinitely adjustable. An engine with this technology can be made to operate at maximum efficiency thorough its entire RPM range. It doesn't mean the engine will operate at any higher RPM than current engines.

http://jalopnik.com/what-its-like-to-ride-in-a-car-with-the-camless-engine-1529865968


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Jun 21, 2016 7:34:25 AM

There is a small documentary on you tube about a company that is using a camless engine. It is really need to see. They are doing some durability testing but so far it is doing good. However the issue will remain long term durability. When it comes to fruition, it will have to be mass produced and durable. I can see it happening. When it comes to internal combustion engines I do wonder at what point can you longer make it better. I could be wrong but I have not seen anything being done with exhaust heat yet. There is so much energy being wasted what can be done to harness it. I believe Freightliner is working on capturing heat loss for energy use, why could not the engineers at Ford or GM come up with something.

johnny doe

this is what I hate about the new technology with the new vehicles
it was stupid shifter design on the Jeep
they require the person to multi-task to even know what gear they are in, someone next to you can be talking to you taking your mind off of your concentration involved of safety operation of your vehicle.
I have an auto floor shifter on my truck and I can tell what gear I am in just by feeling the location of my shifter with my hand without looking at it.
But with that return to center spring loaded shifter it's always in the same location no matter what gear you are in.
I say again: It's a STUPID design!
The man made a mistake we all could make and he paid for it with his life!

@LMAO and gmsrgreat

read about the Chrysler turbine experiment and the A831 engine.

It says everything you need to know about exotic engines as a replacement for today's unleaded regular gasoline ICE engines in the current generation of automobiles.

Don't confuse government regulation and market manipulation for consumer demand. Look at the 1950's: little to no regulations and people bought large sedans as well as midsize and even micro cars like the Isetta. Today manufacturers are forced to comply with an insane amount of laws and rules and regulations and can barely build anything that consumers actually want, who are pretty much relegated to pick from a lineup of what manufacturers can sell and not so much what they really want.

So what do families drive today? Many buy crew cab trucks because they are big and comfortable and powerful like the large sedans of yesteryear, in fact they are even constructed similarly. The demand is still there and consumers are picking what they can still choose despite government interference within the market. The only reason they are available is because they were less restricted and not legislated to death. Not yet anyway.

@BD well said!

LMAO and gmsrgreat

read about the Chrysler turbine experiment and the A831 engine.

It says everything you need to know about exotic engines as a replacement for today's unleaded regular gasoline ICE engines in the current generation of automobiles.

Posted by: papa jim | Jun 21, 2016 9:59:36 AM

Your moving away from your comments concerning improvements to current ICE having been exhausted. Did you not read up on the link I posted. 50 percent fuel improvement and 30 percent more power available in current engines if only the valves were electrically or pneumatically operated. That is hugh. I'm pretty sure some manufacturer will bring this technology to market before we all go electric. Formula 1 race cars have been using pnematic valve actuation technology for well over a decade.

@Gmsrgreat I moved away from nothing. Please go back to my first comment to you and I used the word "practical"

Talking about F-1 engines says it all. Racing engines today have almost NO practical application for ordinary passenger cars. The word practical is key.

Any application of racing tech has to have a practical translation to taxicabs, passenger cars and pickups.

You evidently did not look at the story about Chrysler's turbine engine program. After spending about a half billion (todays dollars) in the program, they melted down the cars and put a few in museums and that was it.

Three turbine STP racers dominated the Indy 500 a few times in the late 60s but the technology did not translate to passenger cars at all.

Impractical.

To all those who think the Jeep killed the actor:

No matter what you say, there is absolutely no way anyone could tell that is what happened. Also, it is 100% operator error, nothing wrong with the Jeep. People cant seem to understand this. If you don't have one then don't comment, its that simple!

Also for this article: Good for Fiat. Giving those guys at Warren a couple of weeks off rests the soul and in time for the 4th of July. However, the unions had a say in this. Lastly, the plant in Mexico is in MEXICO! Why would they care about the 4th of July? And to have readers on this site post about how crappy Fiat treats them vs Warren. Really guys?!?!

Nothing wrong?

Anton Yelchin's Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo never got the fix that very likely could have saved his life ... TMZ has learned.

According to NHTSA docs, obtained by TMZ, the recall on Yelchin's SUV had not been addressed -- meaning he was susceptible to the PARK problem with the shifter.

The recall notice went out on May 14, 2016 ... and says, "Drivers may inadvertently fail to achieve the PARK position before exiting."

As we've reported, the problem is a driver might think the car is safely parked, when it's actually in neutral.

Any application of racing tech has to have a practical translation to taxicabs, passenger cars and pickups.

Posted by: papa jim | Jun 21, 2016 12:05:41 PM

Haven't you heard the expression, race / win on Sunday sell on Monday. Racing helped develop and test most of the engine advances we enjoy today. My point that i'm attempting to convey to you is that ICE advancement isn't over. There is so much more in the development stages. The individual control of the engines valves will be a hugh step forward in ICE technology. It is already developed, next generation of engines will probably employ it.

@Gmsrgreat

I have read enough of your comments to know that you're not in my league on this question. Good luck.

Formula 1 engine tech is not headed for mainstreet. No more than Formula 1 trannies.

The dual clutch transmissions that everybody was so high on in F1 racing fifteen years ago have shown themselves to be great on the track and a total bear in the parking lot.

ditto for ultra high rpm gas engines.

One of my friends has an exotic BMW motorcycle that can turn crazy RPMs and his motor was toast in less than 15k miles. Not practical on the street, but it would do zero-60 in record time.

The Cherokee crushed him between it and his brick mailbox when it rolled down the driveway when it was suppose to be in park. If there is nothing wrong with them then why are they under a recall?? If you make something and it causes this much trouble then there's the problem. I personally don't own one but last time I looked this was still a half way free country and if I want to comment on it then I will.

driver error

I rented one of these a couple of times.
The shifter is kind of funky.
I rented another one more recently and noticed the shifter was a more conventional style and shape. They fixed the shifter in the 2015 MY.

I rented last year a Charger & GC & experienced the same issues & resorted to careful reminders & double checking each time I shut down.

I already brought it up on this site a few times & of course all the RAM turds blamed the driver which I suppose ultimately it is. But then if the GC was recalled for exactly this issue, then it proves again they were wrong & Fiat was on another cover up scheme.

It's sad someone has to die especially a known personality to make the media & all concerned pay attention...

What do yah know, 2016 results come to day Lionel. Looks like more and more Fords are just becoming imports. So much for Ford being so American HAHA! Now we know why they make a little more then GM. Ford built with slave labor!

2016 http://kogodbusiness.com/reports/auto-index/

http://www.autonews.com/article/20160621/OEM01/160629963/gm-crossovers-ford-f-150-ranked-highest-for-american-content

2015 http://www.american.edu/kogod/autoindex/2015.cfm

2014 http://www.american.edu/kogod/autoindex/2014.cfm

GM really is hot dogs and apple pies. They sure do embarrass Ford when it comes to being USA built!

http://www.american.edu/kogod/autoindex/2015.cfm
Posted by: johnny doe | Jun 21, 2016 4:00:50 AM

Wrong again johnny doepy - Fords is more hot dogs & apple pies than GM & RAM put combined;

http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/research-guides/american-cars-that-really-arent-american/ss-BBtnTW7?ocid=spartandhp#image=14

Nope GM is the #1 USA content vehicle manufacturer, it's all above better get you're mom to read it for you.

2016 http://kogodbusiness.com/reports/auto-index/

http://www.autonews.com/article/20160621/OEM01/160629963/gm-crossovers-ford-f-150-ranked-highest-for-american-content

2015 http://www.american.edu/kogod/autoindex/2015.cfm

2014 http://www.american.edu/kogod/autoindex/2014.cfm



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