Ford profits fell, revenue rose

The first quarter was a real winner for General Motors, but the story was mixed for Ford, which had higher revenue but a 24% drop in profits, largely due to its commercial vehicle unit. Total adjusted earnings before interest and taxes was $2.8 billion. The EV unit, which is still in a capital-expenses, development-costs mode … Read more

Videos, slides: Guided tour to the rest of the 2024 New York Auto Show

Plymouth Gran Fury

This is a guided tour, albeit not in perfect order, of the upper and lower levels of the 2024 New York Auto Show. The upper level was the traditional car companies showing cars, with some interactive experiences; the lower level was the EV test track, miscellaneous exhibitors (including Lucid, which really belongs upstairs), and a large number of tuner cars and otherwise-modded cars (e.g. with paint, decals, and lighting).

Chevy Blazer EV police car, RS quick test drive

all kinds of cop equipment hanging around (Chevrolet Blazer Pursuit EV)

For a long time, Dodge dominated police car acceleration, especially if you discount the turbocharged V6 Ford Explorers. Dodge is still planning police-edition Chargers which should leave those Explorers in the dust, but many departments are moving away from sedans and into crossovers and SUVs. Chevrolet’s new Blazer EV, shown at the 2024 New York Auto Show, may be stiff competition in that arena—both because of its acceleration and because of its readiness for police work.

Camp Jeep vs Ford Off-Roadeo (updated)

Camp Jeep 2024 slanty NYC

For the first time, the New York Auto Show has dueling off-road courses outside, standing side by side. In the more visible place, where you can rise up well above street level, is the Camp Jeep setup. When it’s not raining, the massive hill provides a good view of the surrounding city—not as good as … Read more

Honda had a bad recall week; Mopar had none

2022 Chevrolet Silverado

Honda is going to be having a rough time replacing airbags, as a wide variety of Acuras and Hondas are being recalled because the airbag may deploy unintentionally during a class. The recall covers 2020-22 cars including the Acura MDX, RDX, and TLX; and the Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V, Fit, HR-V, Insight, Odyssey, Passport, Pilot, … Read more

Two Mopar marques fare well in JD Power Dependability (Toyota, GM on top)

2024 J.D. Power dependability study

The good news: Two Mopar marques were rated as above average in the J.D. Power 2024 Dependability Study, which looks at problems per vehicle after three years of ownership. It is a better test of quality than the initial quality study, which only looks at around 90 days and is more heavily influenced by dealer and factory preparation.

The bad news: Chrysler was the absolute worst brand on the list, coming in even below Land Rover and Tesla; though the study covers the first year of the Pacifica PHEV, which had a rough launch. Ram came in below average, but still beat fellow truck sellers GMC and Ford.

GM profits rose, beat 2023 expectations

General Motors GM Flint Metal Center

General Motors (GM) made more money than they expected to in 2023, despite a larger loss at their Cruise self-driving subsidiary. While pundits and some Stellantis releases have claimed that the UAW deal made it impossible to (for example) attend auto shows, today’s revelations by GM show it may  not have a dramatic impact going … Read more

Who was #1 in 2023? Trucks, vans, and minivans in the USA

2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger Tradesman

In the all-important pickup category, Ram lost some ground to Ford and GM. Ford sold 750,789 F-series pickups and chassis cabs, across all size and weight classes; GM sold 555,148 Silverados and 295,737 Sierras. As happens so often, GM handily out-sold Ford in full-size pickups, but the F-series wins the title since GM split their sales across the Chevrolet and GMC brands…

Ford strike is over, production is restarting

2023 Ford display with Tremor, Transit

Ford’s attack on the Jeep Wrangler will resume in earnest as the Bronco plant returns to full production, with a UAW strike now in the rear view mirror (assuming workers vote their approval of the deal). While Ford leaders had said the company would be bankrupted by anything beyond their prior offers, the company quickly … Read more

GM keeps the same dividend

2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 engine

For all the crisis talk around the UAW strike, particularly from leaders of Ford, one might think that American automakers and Stellantis were in danger of bankruptcy. GM’s leaders don’t seem to agree; they announced no change in their dividend, set at 9¢ per share for the last five quarters (since 8/30/2022). Stockholders as of … Read more