GMC thinks small(er) with the 2015 Canyon

Well, hey, what’s this, then?  It’s a pickup truck, sure, and it’s big and burly because they all are these days, but this new GMC appears to be, upon closer inspection, somewhat less big and burly than all those other trucks.

That’s not a “hefty” vs. “wimpy” observation, not by a long shot.  The Canyon is a new entry in what was thought to be a nearly extinct breed of trucks–the compact pickup.  Of course, it’s not all that compact, and the Canyon towers over an old Ford Ranger, which was probably the last of the truly compact pickup trucks here in the U.S.  But, as a truck that’s substantially smaller than the Ford F-150 or its own stablemate the GMC Sierra, the Canyon is breaking new ground.  I’m all for it–I’ve owned three Rangers and loved every one of them. Continue reading


Dreamfleet: 1972 Mercury Colony Park wagon

1972_mercurywagonYou will notice some recurring trends in my dreamfleet:  1970s cars, Mercury products, and station wagons.   The hat-trick  combination of all three happens pretty regularly, too.  I make no excuses for this.  Survivorship rates on both seem to be fairly low, so when I happen across a good one (like this ’72 Colony Park that popped up on Hemmings a while back) it’s got to be spirited off to the imaginary warehouse. This one has lost its faux-wood trim, but retains the massive covered-headlight face (shared with the Marquis) that set it apart from lesser near-luxury wagons back in the day.  This was never a rare car–Ford built almost eight million cars on this platform between 1969 and 1978–but attrition due to rust, neglect and countless demolition derbies mean that this particular car’s not a common sight any more.


Ford Begins Building All-New F-150

2015 Ford F-150: Aluminum and Platinum

Yeah, yeah, it’s made of aluminum. The truck guys have been moaning about it ever since Ford announced the lightening efforts taken during the development of the all-new Ford F-150. “Real trucks aren’t made from beer cans!” they say. Pardon me while I roll my eyes. You know what else is made of aluminum? Most of the big Jaguars and Audis. Know what else? The Rolls-Royce Phantom. Know what else? Most passenger aircraft, if I’m not mistaken. An aluminum-intensive pickup truck is unlikely to feel cheap or give up much strength compared to its steel competitors. Continue reading