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Jason Lancaster is the editor and founder of He has nearly a decade of experience on the retail side of the auto industry, and another decade of experience of the part and accessory side of the industry.

Consumer Reports Annual Car Survey – What It Looks Like

As a Consumer Reports subscriber, I received an email asking for my input on vehicles. Here’s what Consumer Reports asked and how this particular survey might come up short.

DIY 2014 Tundra Now Available – Build Your Own New Truck

The DIY craze has finally hit the auto industry. For the first time in 100 years you can build your own brand new truck: all you need is some paper, scissors, and glue.

The best part? This new truck doesn’t burn any gas, won’t ever need any maintenance, and can go wherever you want it to go.

2014 Tundra Paper Model

Build your own 2014 Toyota Tundra with nothing more than paper, scissors, and glue. Click for a larger view.

OK – you caught me. It’s a Tundra made from paper. However, you CAN build one yourself – the template is free. Download it below.

Search terms people used to find this page:

  • Paper Toyota tundra

Ram Owners Manuals Being Translated Into Italian

As you all know, Fiat is working to obtain 100% ownership of Chrysler-Jeep-Ram this year. As negotiations continue, Fiat is beginning to prepare for 100% ownership in a few ways:

  1. They’re continuing to restructure their holdings in Europe in an effort to balance world-wide manufacturing capacity
  2. They’re holding “Lavoratore Indottrinamento” management meetings at all key facilities, with the aim of breaking down cultural barriers between American and Italian executives, engineers, and plant managers
  3. Most incredibly, they’re working furiously to translate all Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram vehicle owners manuals into Italian, so that manuals can be printed in both languages by the end of the year.

Why, you ask, must owner’s manuals be in both English and Italian? There’s a little-known Italian law that mandates all Italian corporations must produce consumer materials in Italian, even if the materials aren’t for Italian consumers.

Press Fleet Ram Catches Fire – Worker Sabotage To Blame?

Dallas Morning News contributor Terry Box had a pretty exciting vehicle review recently. He was driving a brand new Longhorn Edition Ram 1500, when other motorists started to waive and gesture at him frantically. The problem? His brand new press fleet Ram was burning.

By the time he got pulled over and out of the truck, the vehicle was quickly engulfed. See the story here.

Ram worker sabotage fire

Brand new Ram burns to the ground – sabotage at play? Image from Dallas Morning News

The question is, was this “a one-in-a-billion situation” as described by Ram CEO Fred Diaz, or is this problem a result of reported worker sabotage at Ram’s Warren Truck Assembly Plant?

The Right Way To Unload A Flatbed

Sure, you could unload this the “traditional” way, but this method is so much easier.

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