Posts from ‘Commercial Vehicles’

May
29
Cars of Hogan's Heroes

Set in a prisoner-of-war camp, Hogan’s Heroes would seem an unlikely program in which to find interesting vehicles, but there were several cars and trucks featured on the hit sitcom that merit consideration.

Hogan’s Heroes, the zany WWII-themed sitcom that ran on CBS from 1965 to 1971, isn’t in the same league as shows like Batman, The Munsters, or The Beverly Hillbillies when it comes to memorable “star cars.” However, while chronicling the havoc wreaked on the Nazi war machine by the fictional U.S. Colonel Hogan (Bob Crane) and his Allied crew in a German prisoner-of-war camp, Hogan’s Heroes nevertheless paraded some interesting vehicles. Check out the cars of Hogan’s Heroes.

Apr
17
1948 GMC ACR 723 Tractor

1948 GMC ACR 723 Tractor

Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2008 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

By Don Sikora

GMC spent much of the early Forties concentrating on military truck production for American and Allied efforts in World War II. By the time hostilities ended, the division had produced more than 580,000 6×6 trucks and amphibious “Ducks.”

Feb
06
2020 Jeep Mojave

2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave

As shown at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, Jeep is going after the desert-driving crowd with the new Desert Rated Gladiator Mojave.

While most think of “off road” as consisting of rocks, hills, and mud, it can also include sand. And for those who follow that path, Jeep has built a special vehicle.

Jan
28
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Custom Crew in Silver Ice Metallic

2015 Audi Q52020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 4WD Custom Crew

Class: Large Pickup

Miles driven: 216

Fuel used: 19.5 gallons

Dec
09
2011 Dodge Dakota

2011 Dodge Dakota

Marketing executives use the term “white space” to refer to an area of a given market segment (say, pickup trucks) in which no product yet exists. If you think about 3M’s 1977 rollout of the Post-it Note, you’ll get the idea.

Nov
29
1953 Dodge B-4-B-116

1953 Dodge B-4-B-116

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2011 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

By Don Sikora II

Back in 1953, trucks were nearly always used for work. Dodge recognized this and attempted to tailor its truck offerings to every possible need.

Sep
16
2020 Jeep Gladiator, 2020 Jeep News

2020 Jeep Gladiator

While FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) isn’t setting many sales records with its cars, its trucks are on fire. Jeep is maintaining its traditionally strong sales numbers, and Ram pickups have recently outsold Chevrolet’s (!!!) to become the nation’s #2-selling trucks behind the Ford F-Series. That’s huge.

Sep
06
2019 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn

2019 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab in Walnut Brown Metallic

2015 Audi Q52019 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4X4 Long Box

Class: Large Pickup Truck

Miles driven: 288

Fuel used: 26.9 gallons

Sep
03
1929 Chevrolet LQ Dump Truck

1929 Chevrolet LQ Dump Truck

Note: The following story was excerpted from the June 2010 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

By Don Sikora II

As America worked its way deeper into the Twenties, Chevrolet was roaring up the sales charts—just as Ford’s legendary Model T was running out of gas. When the last Model T rolled off the assembly line on May 26, 1927, it was nearly a given that for the first time Chevrolet would win the yearly new-car sales race. Ford’s Model TT trucks remained in production a bit longer, but Chevrolet claimed the 1927 truck sales crown as well.

Aug
26
2020 GMC H-D

2020 GMC Sierra Denali Heavy Duty

Consumer Guide Automotive

There’s a lot new in the redesigned 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty pickups, but five things stand out:

  1. Maximum towing capacity of the 1-ton 3500 has been raised an astounding 52 percent to an equally astounding 35,500 lbs.
  2. For those who tow – and GMC says 93% of heavy-duty pickup buyers do – the Sierra offers up to 15 different camera views, including remote cameras that can “see” inside of and behind the trailer.
  3. Buyers opting for the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine – which most do – will find it’s now mated to an Allison 10-speed automatic transmission.
  4. All models are available with GMC’s exclusive MultiPro tailgate.
  5. Newly available is a large, multi-color head-up display, along with a rearview camera that can project its image into the rearview mirror (which keeps things like rear-seat passengers or tall cargo in the bed from blocking your view straight back).

Okay, maybe that’s six things. And yet there’s still more.