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BMW executive describes the Mercedes-Benz X-Class as a disappointment

That there’s bad blood between Mercedes-Benz and BMW doesn’t surprise anyone. The fierce competition between the two brands may have stemmed from the fact that they both have German roots, and have been in the automotive industry for a very long time. Nevertheless, it’s quite unusual for either automaker to bash the other in public.

During the Frankfurt Motor Show, Motoring witnessed Hendrik von Kunheim, BMW Senior Vice President for Asia and South Africa, criticize Mercedes’ new X-Class pickup calling it “appalling”, while being interviewed by the Australian media.

Furthermore, von Kunheim said that he was very disappointed when he saw the pickup at Geneva a couple of months ago, adding that “they can do better”. Though he did say that Mercedes-Benz builds fantastic cars, he said that this particular one was a “disappointment.”

Read the entire article BMW executive describes the Mercedes-Benz X-Class as a disappointment

Next generation Nissan Frontier will hit the production line in Mississippi

The Nissan Frontier will officially hit the production line, according to the Japanese automaker. They also confirmed that the mid-size pickup truck will be assembled at the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Mississippi. Despite this confirmation, the automaker did not say when the production will begin, but this is a sign that change is on its way.

Vice President of Manufacturing at the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant, Steve Marsh, said that their employees in Canton are excited to build the next generation Frontier, considering it to be one of the best pickup trucks in America.

We have not received many details from Nissan with regards to the pickup’s new design. But if we remember correctly, back in 2014, the Frontier Diesel Runner Concept was introduced and it indicates the possibility of a diesel engine in the lineup. If that pushes through, the Frontier will probably be equipped with a Cummins-sourced 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that can give out as much as 200 horsepower (149 kilowatts) and more than 350 pound-feet (474 Newton-metres) of torque.

Read the entire article Next generation Nissan Frontier will hit the production line in Mississippi

VW set to unleash the Amarok Dark Label and Aventura Exclusive Concept at IAA

The upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show will be setting the stage for two of Volkswagen’s most exciting show cars of the year. By next week, VW Amarok will be posing as the Aventura Exclusive Concept perhaps side by side with its special edition double cab, the Amarok Dark Label.

Notably, all variants of Dark Label conform to the Euro 6 emission standards and are fitted with BlueMotion Technology that offers low rolling resistance tires, brake energy recuperation and start stop system for better fuel savings.

Read the entire article VW set to unleash the Amarok Dark Label and Aventura Exclusive Concept at IAA

Ford will be unveiling a limited-run Ranger Black Edition at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Ford Ranger is currently Ford’s best-selling pickup in Europe, delivering over 23,000 units since the start of 2017, that is a 12.1 percent increase compared to last year, and marks the best year for the Ranger since it launched. Having said that, the blue oval isn’t ready to come up with its successor just yet even if people have been talking about a next generation Ford Ranger. So instead of doing so, the automaker will reveal a special version they call the “Black Edition” instead. Expect to see this wow audiences at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show this month.

The Black Edition will solely be based on the Limited trim, and it will be featuring an Absolute Black paint, de-chromed, and a blacked-out grille, alloy wheels, bed bars and exterior details to match the look.

Some of the features this limited edition version includes would be a set of gadgets like the satellite navigation and SYNC 3 multimedia system, featuring an eight-inch touchscreen display, front parking sensors and rear view camera and dual-zone electric climate control. The power folding door mirrors are now heated, while it gets a set of seats with leather trim.

Read the entire article Ford will be unveiling a limited-run Ranger Black Edition at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

For those who are into pickup trucks, there’s good news as the new Renault Alaskan can now be yours as they expand to more countries in Europe. It had entered the South American market last year followed by its Colombian debut. The French automaker developed this model as an alternative to the Nissan Navara and the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, and it will be offering the one-ton pickup in Europe.

Under the hood of the Alaskan pickup is a 2.3-liter dCi diesel engine. Customers could either go for the base model with 160 horsepower (119 kilowatts) or the 190 horsepower (141 kilowatts) option. Both engines can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic. It has a towing capacity of 2,205 pounds (1,000 kilograms) and can haul up to 1,630 pounds (739 kilograms). The pickup is available in three driving modes including a two-wheel drive, a 4LO, or a 4H full AWD.

The functionality and performance of the Renault Alaskan are at par with competitors like the Ford Ranges and the Toyota Hilux, which are both currently out in the European market. Believe it or not, this truck can hit the 0 to 60 mile-per-hour (96 kilometers per hour) speed in only 12 seconds, before it reaches its top speed of 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers per hour).

Read the entire article Renault Alaskan enters the European market

Amid the excitement related to the solar eclipse, Nissan revealed two of its pickups, both in a special edition livery. Instead of waiting for auto shows, Nissan chose to debut its new models in the United States on this auspicious day. The Japanese manufacturer has not introduced new models. Instead, it unveiled a Midnight Edition for the following models: Titan, Titan XD, and the Frontier.

For the Midnight Edition, expect to see a blacked out version of the cars. To be more specific, the Titan model will now get a black front grille, headlight surrounds, foglight trim. And for the Titan XD, it gets additional blacked out fender louvers too. Smaller details like the mirror caps, door handles, badges and step rails also get a darker shadow like shade too. Other than that, they will now have a set of black painted 20-inch wheels to complete the midnight look. If you are not a big fan of all-black cars and would rather see some contrast, you can order the car in a different finish such as Gun Metallic gray and Pearl White.

The Midnight Edition package is not just limited to the car’s exterior. In the cabin, you will find Charcoal black accents together with black floor mats.

Read the entire article Nissan introduces Frontier and Titan Midnight Edition models just in time for solar eclipse

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 made its competition debut at Best in the Desert’s “Vegas to Reno” challenge on weekend. Hall Racing competes in the 550-mile racing on board the Colorado ZR2 in what was dubbed as the longest off-road competition in the US. The race started Friday, August 18th and was expected to be attended by as many as 350 participants.

However, out of the 336 competing teams, only 204 of them managed to complete the grueling course with Hall Racing finishing in first class 7300. Riding at an average speed of 28.6 mph, Chevrolet impresses with the 550-mile off-road course which took Hall Racing team’s Chad Hall and Frank DeAngelo 18:50:16 to run up to the finish line.

The ZR2 comes armed with a number of performance upgrades developed by Chevrolet’s Performance Engineering team and Hall Racing. While Hall’s team took to compete under the stock production class for mid-size trucks and SUVs, the ZR2 has been equipped with a roll cage for safety aside from its racing seats and safety harnesses. Other fitments include off-road lights, a 44-gal. fuel tank, a two-way radio and a GPS.

Read the entire article Hall Racing’s Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 goes to Nevada to the 550-mile Vegas to Reno race

During the North American International Auto Show at Detroit in 2015, Hyundai introduced a concept pickup truck they named the Santa Cruz. This model took home the Concept Truck of the Year recognition later that year from the North American Concept Vehicle Awards. It had grabbed the attention of a lot of people who simply loved it. Though Hyundai was planning to bring it to the production line, they seemed hesitant launching it in the United States.

The Santa Cruz concept was targeted at a younger market with more active lifestyles. These comprise the so called “urban adventurers” who don’t need or want the compromises that come with large trucks.

Two years later, it seems that Hyundai has warmed up to the United States according to Reuters. Having said that, it looks like the company is going to launch a pickup in the US, this statement was confirmed by Michael J. O'Brien, the company's Vice President of Corporate and Product Planning in the US. Though the truck may not exactly be the production model of the Santa Cruz, it will be a very similar to the model. It is not definite when the company will launch the pickup truck as they have not said anything about it yet. However, we do know that updated versions of the Santa Fe SUV will come out within the next two years. The SUV will then be followed by a 2020 model year for the Tucson.

Read the entire article Hyundai will soon add Tucson-based pickup truck to U.S. lineup

Here are some things that potential buyers of the Ford F-150 and Ford Expedition could look forward to for the 2018 model year. The 2018 models of the F-150 pickup truck and the Expedition sports utility vehicle are now available with new engines that don’t only offer greater performance, but also provide better efficiency than the mills they are replacing.

Ford notes that the 75 percent of 2017 F-150 trucks sold were powered by V6 engines. Thus, the carmaker is now introducing new engines, including a new V6 mill. The 2018 F-150 could be powered by a new 3.3-liter V6 engine that provides more power output and torque – as well as more efficient -- than the larger 3.5-liter V6 it replaced. Ford was able to squeeze greater levels of performance and efficiency into this smaller V6 engine by adding dual port and direct-injection technology.

Compared to 3.5-liter V6 engine in the 2017 F-150, the new 3.3-liter V6 mill in the 2018 F-150 produces 8 hp more max output (290 hp at 6,500 rpm) and 12 lb.-ft. more peak torque (265 lb.-ft. at 4,000 rpm).

Read the entire article Ford brings out new powerful yet efficient engines for 2018 F-150 and Expedition

Hey hottie, care for a ride? Well, unfortunately (or fortunately for you) this low slung pickup truck is just a product of a person’s creative imagination. WinningDesigns, an artist based in Brisbane, Queensland Australia had thought about dressing up the Mercedes-Benz X-Class with a new outfit. Out of all the many choices, instead, he chose a “low-rider look” and so goes the self-styled “Slammed Mercedes-Benz X-Class”.

Let’s see…Is there a new bumper in place? Check. How about a new grille? Check. Side skirts? Check. Bigger wheels? Check. Roof bars? Nah.

The thing is, a low-riding pickup with the star emblem doesn’t appeal to everyone. Despite it being technically a Nissan Navarra bearing the Mercedes symbol. Any vehicle class with the classy Mercedes logo in our opinion should be better off left in its stock form. But we’d allow a few exceptions among the AMG-wearing coupes and cabriolets. But as they say, to each his own, so there it is, a Slammed Mercedes-Benz X-Class. What a rare sight to behold indeed.

Read the entire article Hot or Not: Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup is rendered much lower, customized

For many people, the idea of a vehicle that can deliver exceptional off-road capabilities is typically seen as mutually exclusive with a comfortable interior. All of that is expected to change with the reveal of the customized Ford Ranger.

Created by Carlex Design in partnership with MS-RT Road Technology, this Ford Ranger can take on any terrain while making sure that occupants get to experience total comfort. Though this combination may come as a surprise to many, what is more surprising is how the team calls this customized version. The two companies have dubbed this off-roader as the VR/46. It’s quite surprising that the name is inspired by motorcycle racing champion Valentino Rossi, a racer known mainly for winning races on the track instead of on the dirt roads.

In terms of actual contribution, Carlex was in-charge of refurbishing the interior. Looking into the cabin therefore, one is likely to see Nappa leather upholstery with both the console and the center of the seats revealing stitched patterns. Meanwhile the seatbacks and the headrests are embroidered with the VR/46 letters. The design of the steering wheel shows the middle having a striped pattern with a number of sections decorated with leather. According to Carlex, these changes ensure that comfort and overall grip are both improved. When it comes to the color, majority of the interior shows different shades of black though the gearshift has a yellow strip which gives the inside that needed flash of color.

Read the entire article Carlex and MS-RT create Ford Ranger with off-road capability and stylish interior

The Honda Ridgeline pickup turned out to be a success when it first came out in the market. In the first half of 2017, the company has already delivered over 18,000 units. So to keep customers interested in the model, Honda gave the 2018 model year some upgrades.

Instead of the twelve trims that Honda offered for the Ridgeline before, they have reduced this to just nine variants for the 2018 model year. The company took out the base RT with the all-wheel-drive setup, as well as the RTS with AWD too. So now, the new entry level model has become the Ridgeline Sport with the all-wheel-drive setup that has a starting price of $35,070 - that already is a $3,695 increase from the lowest-priced model you could get of the previous generation.

If you fancy a front-wheel-drive, then you can go for the cheaper $29,630 model. For the sake of comparison, it is $155 more expensive than the 2017 model. The most expensive trim one could get is the Black Edition AWD that has a $43,120 price tag.

Read the entire article 2018 Honda Ridgeline comes with fewer variants this time, price starts at $35,070

Did you know that Spectre, the 24th movie instalment based on Ian Fleming’s novel, had ten Land Rover Defenders to use back in 2015? Well, that is because the producers asked Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations to build ten heavily customized crew cab 110s especially for James Bond’s villains.

All ten vehicles were then taken to Bowler, Land Rover’s British racing partner for a wide range of upgrades including an uprated 180hp over the standard 120hp engine output. Included in the upgrades as well were Recaro racing bucket seats, harnesses, a full- roll cage, a new set of 37-inch tyres plus a warn winch with rope at the front. For complete control during an action-packed sequence, Bowler had also equipped the entire fleet with Bilstein rally shock absorbers.

But since some of the vehicles got ruined while filming the movie, only a few have remained intact to this day. One of them is the Land Rover Defender SVX Concept that was sold to a private client immediately after the minor footages have been completed. This particular vehicle had only been used for drive-by scenes and it was unscathed throughout the movie. The owner has now consigned the massive off-roader to RM Sotheby’s for the annual London event this coming September 6. The auction house will offer the vehicle to registered bidders. The bidding will run for approximately four to five hours.

Read the entire article Prepare to bid for Land Rover Defender SVX Concept from 007 movie at RM Sotheby’s auction

Even cops get excited when they’re assigned to drive the best cars in the market. In Austria, police officers drive around in a Porsche 911 Carrera while in Milan, authorities run after bad guys in a Ferrari 458 Spider.

In the United States, one of the biggest automakers that provide vehicles in the law enforcement would be Ford. Manager of commercial and government fleet sales of Ford, Michele Bartlett, said that in 2016, the company has sold 43,000 police vehicles alone, that is about 60 percent of the market. Now, Ford had just revealed the 2018 F-150 Police Responder, and they are hoping to further expand their presence in the country.

The 2018 F-150 Police Responder is the first pursuit-rated pickup truck and is based on the FX4 off-road package. This package gives the Police Responder a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that enables it to put out 375 horsepower and 470 pound feet of torque, paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission. This will enable the truck to reach a top speed of 100 miles per hour in no time. The package is only sold as a SuperCrew with a 5.5-foot bed.

Read the entire article Ford F-150 Police Responder, a tougher pursuit truck, will report for duty in early 2018

This year, Ford will put up for auction another one of its special vehicles to benefit the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) youth aviation programs.

The auction will take place at the annual EAA Gathering of Eagles on July 27. This time, the special vehicle that will be put on auction is none other than the F-150 Raptor, which is quite a departure for Ford as they often choose the Mustang to be sold off. Melvin Betancourt, Ford design manager, took inspiration from the famous Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet when he designed the high-performance truck. At the same time, he highlighted the F-150 Raptor's unique style, capabilities, and design.

Not only does this F-150 Raptor look aggressively unique, it also has been given several tweaks on the inside. The truck's performance has been maximized, enabling the 3.5 liter twin-turbo, Whipple inter-cooled V6 engine to produce a total of 545 horsepower, that's 95 hp more than the standard model. Credit goes to the Ford Performance Team for all the work they have put into the Raptor from upgrading the suspension and the brakes, adding a roof mounted light bar to changing the wheels.

Read the entire article Unique F-22 Raptor-inspired 2017 Ford F-150 will be auctioned off to benefit EAA youth programs

Nowadays, it is rather inevitable that luxury pickups have been quickly making rounds, and they have served as a significant asset for Ram ever since the brand separated itself from Dodge. Ram presently has various luxury trims including the Long Horn, Laramie and Limited produced among the 1500, 2500 and 3500 models and now it looks like they will introduce another vehicle to their line-up. According to the Fiat-Chrysler owned truck manufacturer, these trucks will be given a new range topping trim labelled the Limited Tungsten Edition.

2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition will be added to the already stellar line-up of Ram. The ultra swanky truck will be offered on the 1500, 2500 and 3500 in the 3rd quarter of this year and it will fetch around $55,120 for the high-end trim on the 1500. The newest edition offers more awesome luxurious novelties onto the recent range-topping Limited trim. We can recognize these premium units by the outer shell that will don a dark chrome grille with RAM engraving. For the trim and badges, there are metallic accents to match them.

The bumpers, door handles, mirror caps and running boards reflect the body color while its headlights flaunt the black surrounds from the Sport unit. Adding a final touch to the exterior enhancements are the satin-finish variants of the Limited wheels. Buyers can choose to have the Tungsten Edition in Bright White, Bright Silver Metallic, Delmonico Red Pearl, Brilliant Black Crystal, Granite Crystal Metallic, True Blue Pearl or Pearl White. However, the Maximum Steel Metallic will only be offered on the 1500. The Tungsten Edition's interior is where the magic begins.

Read the entire article 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition is the most luxurious pickup ever

The primary suggestion of a 4x4 ute from French company Peugeot was first revealed in 2016. Fifteen months later, the production version is launched. Now, Peugeot is not shying away from keeping it simple with its newest member of the family, a pickup truck called simply and appropriately the "Pick Up".

The French marque added a brand new pickup to their line-up after a 3-year break following the axing of the 207-based Hoggar. The coupe utility was produced for South American market, but the brand new "Pick Up" will be produced exclusively for the African Market and will basically be the French company's variant of the Zhengzhou Nissan Auto (ZNA) Rich New.

The new model is the Dongfeng-produced pickup truck closely based on a 1st-gen Frontier/Navara (D22) previously unveiled in the year 1997. The latest Pick-Up's origin is easily spotted, as the modifications are restricted to the altered grille and slightly enhanced graphics of both the headlights and the taillights.

Read the entire article Peugeot re-enters pickup market with an all-new

For the previous years, East Coast Defender has been dishing out irresistible Land Rover Defender set-ups. It does seem like the company has been stocking up on ideas since the SUV was introduced to the automotive world in 1948. ECD has gifted us with beauties like the Corvette-powered Project XIII and the Beast. Only recently, it has conceived a Defender so potent that the company made a whole new division only for it. The Project Viper provides the common V8 upgrade and up to date tech, but is also geared to swallow obstacles with a single bite while slithering its way in and out of distant roads.

With a cool name like Project Viper, one is probably imagining a low and sinister build paired with a snake badge and a robust V10 engine. But we hate to burst your bubble as we are not talking about the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, instead we will set our sights on a macho build as ECD combined a Chevrolet LS3 V8 with a revolutionary off-roader that’s highly based its design and inspiration from the Land Rover Defender.

The vehicle in question is dubbed the "Project Viper", and is the brainchild of Ultimate Vehicle Concept division of East Coast Defenders, a niche builder located in Kissimmee, Florida that creates custom-built Land Rover Defenders. In this case, the American company built from the ground up the potent sports-utility vehicle that is not hindered by creative blocks or finance.

Read the entire article Project Viper by East Coast Defenders turns your dream Land Rover Defender into reality

The automotive community is now anticipating what BMW will do next after it unveiled the Concept 8 Series a few days ago at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Lake Como in Italy as a preview of the 8 Series production model anticipated to arrive in 2018.

The resurrection of the notable badge, which is slated for next year, will have the 2-door coupe variant heading up the lineup. Nevertheless, more body styles will later join the range in the future. According to different sources, a Convertible and a Gran Coupe will see the daylight soon. But will a shooting brake be included?

It was an ecstatic few days when the German automaker unveiled the adorable 8 Series concept and afterwards someone skilled with Photoshop removed its roof to showcase an imagined convertible, one that might actually occur in real life. The person in question is now delving into the idea of other hypothetical derivatives for the sophisticated coupe by envisioning a Gran Coupe model that is made with an unexpected shooting brake and an unanticipated pickup truck. After the 8 Series concept was revealed, renderers just couldn’t resist the urge to come up with their various examples of the said concept.

Read the entire article X-Tomi Design renders BMW 8 Series as Gran Coupe, shooting brake, pickup truck

The wait for the Mustang’s GT-based Super Snake concept to be released is finally over. Shelby had recently collaborated with Ford Performance and Borla to come up with something that will definitely interest truck enthusiasts. The F-150 gets a Super Snake treatment that makes it even more hardcore than the already intimidating Raptor. And what makes it even more special is that the company is only building 150 examples.

Let’s begin with performance. The F-150 Super Snake will be equipped with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that can carry out a whopping 750 horsepower (600 kilowatts). This engine will be paired with a two-wheel or a four-wheel drive configuration depending on the customer’s preference.

In terms of design, the Super Snake comes with a more aggressive body from the redesigned hood to the new bumpers. The tonneau cover and the extra spoilers are all custom-made. To make it even more distinct than a regular F-150, the special edition gets a set of 22-inch chrome wheels, and racing stripes that stretch from the hood, the roof, all the way to the rear of the truck, contrasting its blue exterior paint job – in typical Shelby fashion. The easiest way to spot one of these examples would be through the Super Snake badging that you’ll find on the front grille, and also in the interior.

Read the entire article 2018 Shelby F-150 Super Snake arrives with impressive design and power
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