Mercedes is going to build a mid-size pickup but in its initial announcement said the X-Class would not be offered here in the U.S. But now, according to Automotive News, the company is studying whether there is a business case for offering the Nissan based truck here. One official was quoted as saying the three pointed star would likely have to build a new factory here if it decides to enter the market. That could be a deciding factor. The truck would be an upscale offering in a growing mid-sized market now occupied by the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado and its GMC twin, as well as the Honda Ridgeline. Ford promises a return of the Ranger in a year or two.
Geico has some recommendations regarding the tires on your car or truck. It says many believe “all cars come with spare tires.” But one in three do not. It recommends you look at the label on the door, not the tire itself for proper inflation pressures. You should check tire pressure every 30 days and remember that some Pressure Monitoring Systems only signal when tires lose 25 percent of their air. Tire rotation should be performed every 5,000 to 8,000 miles and never continue to drive if you experience a flat. You may think this is silly, but I have seen lots of people doing it, trying I guess, to make it to a service station.
The Car of the Year in the UK is the Mercedes E-Class sedan, known as a Saloon in that country. It was selected by a panel of auto writers. I favor our definition of Saloon.
The Toyota plant in Alabama has now produced 5 million engines that power six Toyota models. If the engines were lined up side by side they would stretch from Huntsville to Los Angeles.