Filson + AEV

Some of America's finest specialty manufacturers kit out a special edition Jeep

The revitalization of US manufacturing in recent years has led to a boom in high quality, proudly American-made products. Heritage brands like Seattle-based Filson have been making handmade products since 1897, meanwhile relative newcomers like Detroit’s watch, bicycle and leather goods outfit Shinola represent the next generation of quality in this country. Partnering with both Shinola and Montana-based American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) producer and designer …

GMC Trailering Academy

Learning to tow an iconic trailer in GMC's powerful pickup truck

Earlier this summer GMC invited us out to Santa Barbara, CA for a unique adventure. We arrived at an airfield housing Cary Grant’s old plane and were met by a gleaming fleet of Airstream trailers. The goal for the day was to latch an Airstream onto the 2014 GMC Sierra and navigate a labyrinthine series of twists, turns and pedal-to-the-floor drag strips to build our …

Interview: Ford Atlas Designers Gordon Platto and Aileen Barraza

The ideations behind the next generation of pick-up trucks

We’ve admired the 2013 Ford Atlas Concept truck since its debut at Detroit’s 2013 North American International Auto Show earlier this year. The Atlas makes a big statement about design, capability, fuel efficiency and technology that’s certain to influence the next generation or two of Ford trucks. On a recent trip to the Motor City we met with chief designer for Ford pickups, Gordon Platto, …