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Ford might include an electric F-150 on its master plan

And so it goes, Ford is not at all closing its doors to an all-electric F-150 pickup. The American manufacturer initially laid out its plans for an F-150 hybrid earlier this year and promises to come out with a vehicle with outstanding payload and towing capacity.

Although a hybrid makes better sense, Ford CTO Raj Nair said he isn’t ruling out the possibility of an electric version of the F150. Also during his recent interview with Yahoo, Nair further stated how much they consider electrification as a “bonus”. Therefore, it is an advantage since it doubles as a “power generating source” on a hybrid, he said.

Earlier reports claim that Ford is looking to introduce a hybridized F-150 pickup by 2020. If so, this hybrid pickup would still largely depend on gasoline since it doesn’t come with a plugin powertrain to start with. Certainly, it would be a game changer if Ford pushes for a pure battery powered version of the F-150. As we already know, this eco-friendly technology provides great benefit for trucks due to the massive amount of torque coming from electric powertrains.

Read the entire article Ford might include an electric F-150 on its master plan

Ford F250 MegaRaptor conversion comes with 46-inch tires for some serious off-roading

Step aside Chevy Colorado ZR2, off-roading has now been taken to the next level with the unveiling of converted heavy-duty off roaders named the “MegaRaptor” and “SuperRaptor”. We think it’s awesome that it sounds like a character from a Japanese science fiction movie or Transformers.

We’ve seen the 2017 Ford-150 Raptor, and some of us would consider that model a monster truck, with its 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged V6 and 450 horsepower. However, for some, that still isn’t enough of a monster - which is why the Mega- and SuperRaptors are here.

Jeremy Dixon of F250R, based in Tucson, Arizona is the man who thought of this insane but enviable plan. He says that the custom bodywork can be done on any 2005 - 2016 F-250s pickup trucks. His team gave 46 inch tires to the MegaRaptor and 40 inch tires for the SuperRaptor. According to Drive, that’s the primary difference between the two models.

Read the entire article Ford F250 MegaRaptor conversion comes with 46-inch tires for some serious off-roading

Nissan Nismo plans to expand globally, will include performance pickup

Last week, Nissan performance brand, Nismo, disclosed to the public its incoming road car expansion strategy that will be done to replicate the success that was met by the BMW M long ago. The Japanese automaker will embark on a plan that will be able to duplicate the number of units that will bear the Nismo performance badge, says Takao Katagiri, CEO of Nissan Motorsports International Co- the Nissan subsidiary overseeing Nismo.

The Nismo line-up has already sold 15,000 vehicles under its belt, and the Japanese automaker is hoping to increase their releases in the coming years. The planned expansion would involve fresh body types aside from their current roundabout of sports cars and SUVs, along with trucks like the Nissan Titan, crossovers and not forgetting the minivans. It will also involve the chain of Nismo dealership and driving academies found in different U.S. cities.

So far, the Japanese automaker has only released 4 vehicles under the Nismo brand in the US, including the loveable GT-R, 370Z, Juke and the newly rolled out Sentra, as well as the other units that include the Patrol SUV and Note hatchbacks that are made available outside the U.S. territory. Nissan is aiming to boost Nismo sales by about 100,000 units by the early 2020s, which is when we’re expected to welcome the line-up of new Nismo releases including the Maxima Nismo, Rogue Nismo and Titan Nismo (if the circulating reports are true).

Read the entire article Nissan Nismo plans to expand globally, will include performance pickup

Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirms plans to release new semi and pickup trucks

Tesla Motors is still shocking the world with its electric vehicles built with performances are at par or even better than their conventionally powered rivals. However, it turned out that Tesla is planning to go beyond electric sedans and SUVs. As Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk announced it would soon unveil the carmaker’s first semi-truck and pickup truck.

Through a post in Twitter, Musk revealed that the carmaker is unveiling the new Tesla Semi truck in September this year. He added that Tesla’s development team did an amazing job in creating this new semi truck, which he described as on a “seriously next level.” As far as we know, Musk isn’t joking. Of course, “seriously next level” could mean that it could be entirely different from the semi-trucks we know, thereby possible changing the game according to Tesla’s own definition.

To note, Musk tweeted in 2016 that Tesla’s Jerome Guillen was already test-driving the carmaker’s new semi truck. He also noted that Guillen was responsible for leading Daimler’s most successful semi-truck program. In addition, Musk said during the unveiling of Master Plan Part Deux last summer that Tesla is already in the early stages of development of its new heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport. By then, he announced that these units would be ready to be unfurled this year. Now, Musk is staying true to his words and confirmed that Tesla is indeed unveiling a new semi-truck this September.

Read the entire article Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirms plans to release new semi and pickup trucks

If the RAM 1500 Sport and 1500 Rebel are not enough to grab anyone’s attention, then surely, its new colors will get everyone to drop everything and just stare.

Yes, you read it right. There are two new eye-catching color options to choose from for all you Ram truck shoppers out there. Named “Sublime Sport” and “Rebel Blue Streak”, these new packages for the Ram 1500 Sport and 1500 Rebel scream “Eyes here!” These color schemes will grace the 2017 New York International Auto Show, one of the most perfect venues for its debut.

According to Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand, FCA-Global, the Ram 1500 Sublime Sport and Rebel Blue Streak will expand the market for factory-custom trucks and will offer a more extensive color palette for customers who prefer a unique “taste” for added punch.

Read the entire article 2017 New York Auto Show: Ram gets two new Sublime Sport and Rebel Blue Streak appearance packages

Move over Hot wheels! Toyota and Tonka have worked together in creating a full-sized toy truck for grownups. At the very least, the Hilux Tonka Concept is a dream come true for those who grew up playing the rock climber in their own backyards.

The concept was created in celebration of Toyota’s 80th anniversary as well as Tonka’s 70th year in the market. Only last year, the Toyota HiLux has been touted as Australia’s best-selling vehicle. Given there are about 920,000 examples sold since its initial launch gives them another reason to celebrate. In any case, Toyota has reached over 16 million sales around the world with this pickup alone. This breakthrough has nonetheless brought Toyota Australia to do the majority of concept design, assembly and testing for the Tonka Hilux.

In a recent press release, Nicolas Hogios the chief for product design mentions how the HiLux Tonka concept can do more than what the SR5 double-cab pickup truck has been capable of all these years. To that end, the American toy producer and the Japanese brand combined each of their reputable characteristics to build such an amazing concept design.

Read the entire article Toyota Hilux Tonka Concept is the realization of every grownup’s toy truck dream

A new body configuration will be added to Nissan’s Titan and Titan XD large pickup trucks starting in the 2017 model year. The Japanese carmaker announced at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show that its Crew Cab and Single Cab body configurations for the Titan and Titan XD are now joined by the new King Cab body.

With the announcement, Nissan’s Titan and Titan XD lineup is now available in three cabs and three bed length configurations. Both the Titan King Cab and Titan XD King Cab are available in either 4x4 and 4x2 drive. Three grade levels -- S, SV and PRO-4X – are also offered.

The King Cab configuration is basically a cross between the Crew Cab and Single Cab. Its cabin is smaller than on the Crew Cab but is still larger than the Single Cab. Moreover, the King Cab still offers seating for rear passengers, just like the Crew Cab. According to Nissan, the King Cab version of the half-ton Titan and the three-quarter ton Titan XD will be able to accommodate up to six occupants – three in the somewhat cramp rear cabin and another three on the front row. The front row usually seats two – the driver and a passenger.

Read the entire article Nissan adds King Cab body style to its 2017 Titan and Titan XD large pickup truck lineup

A cross between the new Durango SRT and a Dakota pickup is clearly not a bad idea. But Chrysler has stopped producing the Dodge Dakota a long time ago. In fact, we haven’t seen the company participate in the mid-size pickup category for more than 6 years.

If only Chrysler comes out with a new replacement for the famous utility wagon, it would be awesome if it ends up with the same styling cues like the one on the new SUV. We bet this is what X-Tomi Design had in mind when it drew a speculative rendering of the supposed Dodge Durango SRT hauler truck.

It’s plain to see that the artist had placed a pickup bed on the latest SUV’s body. But the Durango is actually based on the Dodge Dakota pickup right from the very start. While nowadays it is bigger and seems to be bearing some kind of a “crossover styling cues”, most of the idea is still taken from the original cargo truck. Let’s put it this way, if Chrysler had done the exact same thing, this is how the Durango is going to look like if it comes with an open bed.

Read the entire article X-Tomi renders a 2018 Dodge Durango SRT pickup truck

The Ram 1500 pickup truck and its heavy duty siblings Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 are all hardworking mobile machines. However, this doesn’t mean they can’t be dressed up for the prom. In fact, Ram is now showing the stylish sides of these hardworking pickup trucks at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

First up is the 2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport Limited Edition. This limited edition is wrapped in Copper Pearl paint finish, a deep-orange color that is very visually enticing. A double stripe (in black) adorns the center of the hood of the 2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport limited edition, running from the nose to the border of the windshield. Likewise, the badges on the 2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport limited edition are also specified in black. Depending on the wheel drive system employed, the Copper Sport limited edition rides on either 20-inch or 22-inch polished aluminum wheels.

Meanwhile, the interior of the 2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport limited edition complements the color scheme on the exterior.

Read the entire article Ram shows off stylish versions of its 1500 pickup and 2500, 3500 Heavy Duty trucks

As it is, the new Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X pickup truck is already a mean machine ready to take on anything on the road or even off it. But of course, a customer could always make the Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X pickup truck much meaner and more full of character – by availing of Nissan Genuine Parts and Accessories as well as aftermarket components.

To show how customers could spice up the meaningful character of the Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X, the Japanese carmaker – through its Nissan Motorsports division -- is bringing the pickup truck to the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. However, this pickup truck – a 2017 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Crew Cab in Super Black finish -- has been configured and modified with Nissan Genuine Parts and Accessories and available aftermarket parts. Dubbed as the new Motorsports Titan XD, this modified Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X is also outfitted with a prototype suspension kit and exhaust system.

Dubbed as the new Motorsports Titan XD, this tweaked pickup truck will be fully shown to the public at Chicago's McCormick Place from February 11 to 20, 2017.

Read the entire article Nissan Motorsports creates extreme Titan XD Pro-4X pickup truck

Have you seen a shooting brake (wagon) that could be transformed into a pickup, and vice-versa? Well, if you have been to Australia or to New Zealand, it is high likely that you have seen the so-called “ute,” which is basically a passenger car with an integrated cargo bed. In other words, an ute is a low-lying two-door coupe pickup.

Now, exterior designer Valentin Fuchs and visualization designer Pierre Joveneaux – both design interns at Volkswagen – have posted their own take of the ute – the VW Varok. Designed for the Australian market, the VW Varok is an innovative ute concept that could be used either as a three-passenger high-utility low-lying pickup or as a five-passenger shooting brake with ample space for some cargo. With this capability, the VW Varok concept should be a no-compromise ute boasting of everyday utility.

Fuchs and Joveneaux posted their work on Behance, an online platform that allows creative professionals across different industries and companies to showcase as well as discover creative work. Fuchs remarked that the goal of the Varok project was to imagine how the German carmaker could enter in the Australian market with an ute vehicle.

Read the entire article Design interns create revolutionary VW Varok coupe-pickup concept

Mercedes-Benz Vans has yet to officially unveil the production version of its X-Class luxury pickup truck, but quite a number of interested customers are asking the German carmaker whether it would be possible to place an order. But if you are living in the United Kingdom, you could now reserve a new X-Class pickup premium truck from Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz Vans UK has now opened the reservations book for the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class, thanks to the “phenomenally early demand” for the premium pickup truck. This means that potential UK customers would just need to shell out some cash to have their names listed on the reservation list for the UK-spec Mercedes X-Class. Mercedes Vans UK has pegged the reservation fee at around £1,000 (more or less $1,248 or €1,162). When Mercedes finally and officially launches the sale of the X-Class, those who have their names on the list will be first to order the premium pickup truck.

However, since this is just a reservation list for the X-Class, UK customers who think that the premium pickup truck isn’t worth their money could back out from the roll. Of course, they wouldn’t have to worry about their reservation money since Mercedes Vans UK is prepared to refund the entire amount should they decide to withdraw from owning the UK-spec plush pickup truck.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz Vans UK now accepting reservations for the new X-Class premium pickup truck

Many people prefer pickup trucks for a variety of reasons, even though they are more of a fuel guzzler than cars. These reasons include practicality, power, off-road capability and solidity. However, if there is something that you would find on cars but might not on trucks, it is the possibility of open-top driving.

But what if you could have convertible version of a pickup truck? That would be very nice. If you’re one of those raring to drive a convertible pickup truck, you belong to a market niche that remains untapped until now. However, a specialized company – named Newport Convertible Engineering (NCE) – has been trying to cater to customized convertible since 1983. Just recently, NCE unveiled its latest convertible transformation project – a Ford F-150 Convertible.

No, NCE’s Ford F-150 Convertible is not a visual rendering. Nowadays, a number of skillful visual artists have managed to create renderings of possible yet non-existent versions of different vehicles. But what has been created remains on the software or on the paper and no actual vehicle is made. But in case of NCE, it has actually created a real-world Ford F-150 Convertible.

Read the entire article Newport Convertible Engineering creates soft-top version of Ford F-150

As you probably have noticed, the Ram 1500 Rebel is the meaner and more aggressive version of the Ram 1500. But there is a version of the Ram 1500 Rebel that could make the standard Ram 1500 look angelic – the Black Edition. Of course, the Ram 1500 Rebel Black Edition isn’t available yet at your nearest dealership as it is was just unveiled formally at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (also known to many as Detroit Auto Show).

Basically, the Ram 1500 Rebel Black Edition is a more intense version of the mean-looking Ram 1500. There are no improvements or enhancements made on the power levels of this badass pickup truck. It is just that its looks more aggressive both on the exterior and the interior. Just like any Ram 1500 Rebel, the Black Edition comes with a new front grille design – distinctly differently from a typical Ram 1500 – with a prominent billet silver “RAM” letter badge.

Its rear end comes with the “RAM” stamped tailgate, a rear bumper with flared cutouts around the dual chrome-tipped tailpipes, and taillights with black bezels. The off-road capability of the Ram 1500 Rebel Black Edition is highlighted by its 33-inch all-terrain tires, factory lift, skid plates, tow hooks and Bilstein shocks. It also features an exclusive air suspension that allows it to boast of a higher ride.

Read the entire article 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Black Edition unveiled

We are now several days into 2017, and with 2016 just ended, figures for total vehicle sales are now out. Now, one question remains. Who’s the king of sales among all vehicles in the United States in 2016?

No, it’s not the Toyota Camry. While the Camry remains as the best-selling car in the US despite suffering a 9.5-percent drop in annual sales, it doesn’t dominate the overall US vehicle sales. In fact, sales of the Camry are not even half of the overall volume for the Ford F-Series in 2016.

Yes, the Ford F-Series is still selling the most vehicles in the USsomething it has been doing for 35 years in a row. In addition, the Ford F-Series is the #1 truck in terms of sales in the US for a consecutive 40 years. For the record, the sales figures for the Ford F-Series include the F-150 family (like the F-150 Raptor) and the F-Series Super Duty family (including the F-250, F-350 and F-450). However, Ford’s F-650 and the F-750 aren’t counted because they are considered heavy trucks.

Read the entire article Ford F Series successfully defends crown as best-selling vehicle in the US in 2016

More capable, smarter, and tougher, these are the three words that best describe the all-new 2018 Ford F-150 Pickup from Ford. This latest offering will become a member of the F-Series truck family, long considered as the best-selling vehicle for a total of 35 years and the best-selling truck in the U.S. for 40 years straight.

It was three years ago when the company revealed the first generation of this model. It had fully utilized the military-grade high-strength aluminum alloy for the body. Now the new model is fitted with better engines and sports a new style for both the front and the rear. It even has a number of innovative technologies equipped like the Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.

Aside from capability, the 2018 F-150 makes good on the Built Ford Tough commitment through a good use of different advanced materials that not only prevent corrosion but also make it more durable. The use of high-strength steel for the boxed ladder frame and the same aluminum alloy of the first generation ensure that the F-150 is lightweight and truly capable.

Read the entire article NAIAS: Ford sets new standards with all-new 2018 F-150, new diesel engine introduced

Less than three months remain before Opel and Vauxhall unveil the new Insignia Grand Sport – the second generation of the Insignia – to the global public at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March 2017. The new Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport will have other versions as the Buick Regal (North America) and the Holden Commodore (Australia).

In the Land Down Under, the Holden Commodore has a utility (ute) version, which is basically a Commodore transformed into a coupe-like pickup. However, Holden has decided to stop production of the Commodore in Australia. Instead, Holden will import the Opel Insignia Grand Sport and rebadge it as the Commodore. Because of this, Holden practically killed off the ute version of the Commodore. This means, that for the next generation of the Commodore, the ute will no longer be available.

Perhaps knowing that the new generation of the Holden Commodore won’t have an ute anymore, a certain rendering artist named Theophilus Chin created his own – albeit through visual graphics. Chin’s eagerness to see an ute version of the Commodore and the frustration that it won’t be available anymore could be why he made an effort to imagine and render an ute version for the Australian auto market.

Read the entire article This is how a 2018 Holden Commodore Ute would have looked like

After we caught a glimpse of the revamped Amarok, VW Australia once again wants to give its ute a sinister look inspired by the Mad Max movie franchise. The “Korama” as they call it is a special edition SUV made entirely to promote the new Amarok.

Decked in military camouflage, the concept vehicle was designed by the same guy behind the cars featured in the sci-fi fantasy film. Its Mad Max: Fury Road-inspired get-up is built to encourage Aussie customers to buy the new model.

The extraordinary Amarok concept seems to be wearing a complete battle gear with its new body. The folks at Volkswagen Australia made sure that it gets all the attention after the extreme facelift that lasted for only five weeks. They assigned professional drivers to man the vehicle and take it to different places, which eventually piqued the interests of the onlookers.

Read the entire article VW reveals Mad Max Korama costume for its new Amarok

Nissan has announced the pricing for its new commercial pickup line. So for those who have been waiting for Nissan’s official price list (plus a little more info), read on…

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the Titan S Single Cab is as low as $29,580 while the Titan XD Gas single cab 4x2 is at $31,090. The Single Cab configuration is available in both the Titan XD (S/SV grade levels) as well as in the Titan half-ton models.

The single cab normally makes ten percent of sales in the full size truck category. In fact, this is the first time for Nissan Titan to join the commercial pickup segment. Nevertheless, the new Single Cab will finally become part of the new market usually intended for crew cab configuration models.

Read the entire article 2017 Nissan Titan Single Cab pricing starts at $29,580

Sorry folks, the AMG-fied Mercedes-Benz X-Class will remain in the fantasy world. According to some news, the AMG big boss has finally spoken up about why an AMG X-Class is not going to happen. So those who have been wishing to get more out of the 3L turbo diesel V6 engine need to wake up from this delusion.

Okay, so the recently unveiled Mercedes-Benz X-Class Concept will not have the AMG treatment. But, there must be a good reason behind this. Mercedes –AMG’s Tobias Moers clarified that the production-ready pickup truck will not be equipped with high-performance upgrades for three main reasons.

The obvious and most important one of all is the market. Slated to go on sale next year, the new pickup has yet to establish its own footprint. But since the X-Class will be marketed in Australia, maybe then we can see how it goes from there? Still, Moers believes that the demand for an AMG upgrade should come from other places as well. And as far as they can tell, it’s not going to happen.

Read the entire article Confirmed: There will be no AMG-fied Mercedes-Benz X-Class
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