Refit and Refined: 49 percent of newer pickups are modified with specialty parts, says SEMA report

California, United States – New research from the Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA) suggests that nearly half of all late-model pickup owners have modified their pickups, with these drivers considering even more modifications in the future. “The pickup truck market is the largest segment of the specialty-automotive aftermarket and a key opportunity for businesses,” said […]

Hanging Off the Ridge: Honda recalls 112,000 Ridgeline pickups for frame corrosion

Toronto, Ontario — More than 112,0-0 Honda Ridgelines have been recalled this week over fire safety hazard concerns due to rear-frame corrosion issues. The rear frame of these vehicles could become corroded and detach alongside exposure to road salt, which in turn causes fires and other significant damage, said Honda. The Honda Ridgelines affected by […]

Spill on Aisle 401: Spinach truck collision blocks off highway

Toronto, Ontario — Earlier this week on Jan. 31 a truck rolled over on the 401, spilling a delivery of spinach, vegetables and frozen chicken. Officers from the OPP Highway Safety Division were on-site, offloading the vehicle’s cargo into another truck while recovery vehicles tried to get the flipped truck moving again. “Driver claims that […]

Blowing off the Lid: Ford to reveal all-electric F-150 at livestreamed event next week

Dearborn, Michigan — The all-new, all-electric F-150 Lightning will be revealed on May 19 at Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan and the event will live-streamed for millions to watch. The F-150 Lightning brings new innovation, technology and capabilities to the F-Series, North America’s best-selling vehicle. While maintaining the same power, payload and towing capabilities, says […]

Canada: cooling on cars, picking up on pickups

While car shares are the lowest total in over fifty years, sales of light-trucks are record-breaking.

By CRM staff Richmond Hill, Ontario — January 10, 2018 — While sales of cars slipped in Canada last year, it was a record-breaking year for vehicle sales overall, thanks to the number of light trucks bought by Canadians, according to a report released by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. With Canadians buying more than two million […]

Valspar-painted truck takes ‘Outstanding Paint’ at Autorama Detroit

Vescio’s Customizing and Restorations took the award with this 1947 Ford Truck painted with Valspar.

Minneapolis, Minnesota — March 11, 2016 — Valspar Automotive has announced that Vescio’s Customizing and Restorations in Rogers, Minnesota, has won “Outstanding Paint” at Autorama Detroit 2016 with its 1947 Ford pickup truck. The vehicle is finished exclusively with Valspar Refinish products. The big farm truck with a wood box was in a state of […]

Heavy truck collision repair in the Saskatchewan oil patch offers special challenges

A painter coats the inside of a trailer at Three Star Trucking. The company recently started offering its heavy repair services to other operators.

By Jeff Sanford Alida, Saskatchewan — September 17, 2015 — Trucking company Three Star Trucking built a collision repair facility to do its own repairs, but the company recently began offering collision repair services to third-party operators as the tough conditions of the area create all kinds of demand for repair services. It seems trucking […]