Tow Rating Standoff to Continue: Report

Tow Rating Standoff to Continue: Report

Ford, Chrysler and General Motors make big business out of light-duty pickup trucks, but they ignore agreed-upon test procedures to measure and standardize towing capacities.

The procedures were negotiated and decided in collaboration with SAE International and so far Toyota is the only maker to conform. The Detroit 3 reaffirmed last week that they intend to continue ignoring those standards. The reason?

Those ratings will downrate the respective trucks tow ratings, and nobody wants to risk losing sales by taking the plunge first. Or at least that’s how it seems. GM and Chrysler say so, but Automotive News reports that Ford says it understood the standard would apply to only to new or redesigned models starting in 2013.

[Source: Automotive News]