Month: August 2016

Cars influence truck innovations

By DAVID THOME Special to ADAMM Cars influence truck innovations Leather seats and sunroofs, features formerly reserved for cars, have made their way onto pickups — but technology developed for sedans also is being adapted to improve fuel efficiency on some of today’s pickups and give them even greater utility. A trunk? The Honda Ridgeline has that. An eight-speed transmission crafted for a sports car? That’s on GMC Sierra 1500 Denali. An engine that uses a 19th-century concept to boost the EPA ratings of gas/electric hybrids? That’s under the hood of the Toyota Tacoma. Experts from WILDE Honda, BOUCHER Cadillac Buick GMC of Waukesha and DON JACOBS Toyota of Milwaukee agree that these innovations illustrate how pickups can borrow from cars without losing their beefy appeal. • Honda Ridgeline lockable in-bed trunk The trunk has been a feature since the Ridgeline made its debut a decade ago, but several reviewers seem to have just discovered it when Honda introduced the radically updated 2017 model. “The best thing about the Ridgeline is the generous underfloor trunk,” Andy Mikonis writes for Tribune Newspapers. “It’s well-sealed, well-lit, washable, lockable and hidden under the bed floor.” Malcolm Gunn of Wheelbasebasemedia.com says the trunk is perfect for “stowing bulky valuables such as tools and groceries, and can function as an ice chest.” Mike Cornfield, Wilde’s new car manager, said the hubbub is surprising but,...

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