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Replying to Chrysler News: Chrysler CEO Comfirms New Dakota, More Diesels


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Posted 11 May 2014 - 02:19 PM

GM is not going to screw the pooch on the next gen of midwize trucks. They are on a roll, thankfully!

Posted 11 May 2014 - 03:34 AM

Well, if I were back on the farm working, perhaps I wouldn't have gotten rid of my 2010 Colorado so soon, just use the big Fords for work, and the Chevy for running around.  The Frontier is a good truck, no doubt, but it is hard not to be very anticipatory of these new GM midsizers.

 

Fuel efficiency in a large pickup is one thing, as long as it doesn't compromise capability, but there are plenty of folks who just prefer something more maneuverable, for real, for a list of reasons.  The U.S. Ranger was too old to bolster for safety rules, and the Dakota was too big and thirsty.  Those customers were just as diehard loyal as their fullsize brothers, hence a reason why Nissan saw more of a gain in sales than Toyota with the loss of American compact trucks... a lot of Americans are anti-Toyota, proudly, and see Nissan as a less arrogant company.

 

I hope the new GM trucks sell like hotcakes, forcing action from the other two U.S. makers.


Posted 10 May 2014 - 05:56 PM

If it were only Datsun and Toyopet, I would buy another Datsun way sooner.  I just wish the Frontier weren't such a gas hog.

None of the entries in the segment have been particulary fuel stingy...  I think the Colorado/Canyon had the most advanced engines in the class sadly.


Posted 10 May 2014 - 05:30 PM

Unionist is fine for a mid size or small pickup. A Grand Cherokee is unibody and can go off road and tow 7500 lbs, you can get the needed capabilities from unibody. Ride comfort and gas mileage are bigger factors that max tow capacity for a small truck, I don't think.I ever saw a Tacoma, Frontier or Ranger towing something.

Posted 10 May 2014 - 05:11 PM

Again, had Chrysler decided to build something like a diesel Dakota, that would have solved a lot of problems.

Posted 10 May 2014 - 03:59 PM

If it were only Datsun and Toyopet, I would buy another Datsun way sooner.  I just wish the Frontier weren't such a gas hog.


Posted 10 May 2014 - 02:13 PM

well, it still feels superior to the Taco


The Taco for what it is does feel cheap.

Posted 10 May 2014 - 01:59 PM

well, it still feels superior to the Taco


Posted 10 May 2014 - 01:56 PM

One nice thing about the frontier is that with such a long production run, they really have all of the kinks ironed out of this thing.

Posted 10 May 2014 - 01:08 PM

I've recently rented a Nissan Frontier.... if I were buying today (note, before the GM twins arrived) this would be my pick.  When Suzuki announced they were closing, I was actually looking at Equators (a Frontier badge job) to pick up cheap and run into the ground... but they went super quick with very little discounting.


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