• Oct 25th 2010 at 4:01PM
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2011 Ford F-150
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2011 Ford F-150 – click either image for high-res gallery

, Jeep and Ram have new feathers to stick in their caps. The Texas Auto Writers Association has voted Ford the official Truck Line of Texas, while the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee has landed the title of SUV of Texas. Despite FoMoCo's line of top-notch trucks, the 2011 Ram Laramie Longhorn was awarded the much-coveted Truck of Texas honor. We expect to see each respective manufacturer tout their new titles in ads any day now.

The Texas Auto Writers Association holds an annual Texas Truck Rodeo every year, giving journalists from the state are given the opportunity to drive nearly every truck on the market over a two-day period. At the end of the event, votes are tallied for each award category and the winners announced. In addition to the categories just mentioned, there were other awards handed out, including Full-Size Pickup Truck: 2011 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4, Mid-Size Pickup Truck: 2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab 4x2 Texas Edition, Luxury Pickup Truck: 2011 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn, Heavy Duty Pickup Truck: 2011 Ram Power Wagon Crew Cab 4x4, and Outstanding Feature: Ford/ MyFord Touch.

This year's big winners make plenty of sense to us, as Ford has crammed the F-150 with a slew of excellent drivetrain options and the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a massive step in the right direction for Chrysler. Likewise, the Ram Laramie Longhorn offers one of the best interiors of any pickup available right now, and its supple rear suspension strikes us as just the thing for traversing the Lone Star state.

Photos by Zach Bowman and Jeremy Korzeniewski / Copyright ©2010 AOL.

[Sources: Chrysler, Ford, Pickuptrucks.com]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      That annual auto press bash known as the Texas Truck Rodeo is really a glorified wine and cheese party. Generally, which ever manufacturer puts out the best buffet spread and liquid refreshment garners an award for something or another. Notice how neatly they divide the awards for the trucks up between Ford and Dodge this year. Nice going Dodge, you probably had some mouth watering brisket and Shiners beer. GM must have had merely some pork rinds and Keystone Light beer on a trailer for the automobile writers because they really came up on the short end of the stick this year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chevy sells an outrageous quantity os suv's in Texas (Tahoes, Suburbans, etc) always have and always will, so this article is full of it as far as I'm concerned. I live in Louisiana, when you hit the Texas state line, nothing but Chevys and Fords, and as far as suv's more Chevys............who paid to write about the creep I mean Jeep top suv ??????? bull----
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree that this is hardly the real judge of 'SUV of Texas'. Judge Carter famously already noted the Chevy Suburban as the official vehicle of the state, but progressives (journalists) don't like that one bit.

      Personally, I'm not a fan of the Suburban, but it is the SUV of Texas, no doubt. The Grand Cherokee is a great vehicle considering that it's quite capable despite being made by the world's worst automaker, but it's not particularly Texan.

      The F-150 is probably the state's favorite truck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Coupefan: I might be wrong but don't think the point was to make laugh of Fiat 500.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems they have great taste in Texas. Couldent agree more with the choices.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kudos to Dodge/Jeep for making kick arse products amid bankruptcy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The F-150 sure is looking old these days
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll note this in case I move to Texas. Or then again, I might just take the bullet that would necessarily be pointed at my brain.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just think how many Dodge trucks they would sell if they drooped a fuel efficient v6 or V8 in them, dealers probably would not be able to keep them in stock.

      We are going to buy the new GC as soon as it comes with the 6-speed as our 2001 GC with 230,000 miles might be starting to wear out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good going,Chrysler.
      • 4 Years Ago
      woo! go Chrysler.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will it drive sales of Grandee down?

      When the first Texan I ever met introduced herself to our group of international visitors at the headquarters of one of the largest US companies, she added... I'm from Texas. I'm sorry. Every single Texan I met, under all of the last 4 US administrations, added some kind of apology after geotagging themselves. But then, I mostly met government officials and corporate execs so it's likely they didn't drive a truck...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dustin F : "New plants are started here all the time"

        Unless "all the time" means the one Toyota truck plant, I would appreciate a list of the plants built there in the last 10 years.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ The Other Bob:

        Texas leads the nation in exports, so I'd say it does quite a bit of manufacturing. Not specifically auto manufacturing, but the manufacturing jobs everyone says are going offshore nonetheless. Unlike other states, we don't penalize manufacturing companies or make them jump through hoops to open up shop.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is really, really strange. You must travel in an incredibly intolerant group of people, if Texans feel the need to apologize for where they are from.

        I suspect you're lying, but perhaps there was some sneering from you guys?

        Not surprised you met lots of businessmen from Texas, since any business leader in blue state with any intelligence has strongly considered coming to Texas. This has led to deep resentment in many parts of the country, which is manifested through bizarre and unrealistic statements of generalization and intolerance such as yours.

        At any rate, we actually build cars here. New plants are started here all the time, as they are shut down in California and Michigan. We're the future, and I'm sure you'll get even nastier about it as time goes along.
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