If there's one segment of the auto industry where you don't want to be perceived as weak, it's full-size trucks. Capability is one of the top selling points for these vehicles, so naturally, manufacturers want to be perceived as the most capable in their class. That hyper-competitive environment is what caused the Detroit Three to figuratively sit around the table and wait for the other guy to blink in regard to implementation of the SAE J2807 towing standards. The stalemate has now finally been broken, Automotive News reports.
The expectation was that Ford would adopt the standards in 2013. But when Dearborn decided to hold back on official compliance and reporting according to the J2807 protocol, the other manufacturers likewise held back. The only manufacturer that has reported according to J2807 standards on its full-size models is Toyota since 2011. The J2807 standard was originally created in 2009 by a consortium of representatives from the different manufacturers.
Starting with the 2015 model year, Ford, Ram, Chevrolet and GMC 1/2-ton trucks will comply and report according to the J2807 standard. Nissan said, when its new Titan debuts in 2015, it will comply with the standards as well. However, adoption of the standards has only been agreed to on 1/2-ton models. Heavy-duty model towing figures will still be reported based on manufacturers' proprietary formulas for the time being.
Source: Automotive News