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    Official: Ford celebrating 80 years of Aussie utes as it prepares to shutter Oz manufacturing
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    Ford is ending Australian production after 90 years in 2016, and with it may go perhaps the most iconic vehicles in its auto market – the ute. Car-based pickup trucks like the Ford Ranchero and Chevrolet El Camino were always more of a curiosity than a true market force here, but in ...

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    Review: 2014 Toyota Tundra Platinum 4x4
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    The Toyota Tundra is the automotive version of off-brand Cheerios: it doesn't dominate the market, and it's not the first model people think of when they hear the term "pickup truck." Ford, General Motors and Ram dominate the segment with vehicles that offer ridiculous levels of towing and ...

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    Report: GM tells NHTSA pickup truck electronic glitch is 'inconsequential'
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    General Motors has been enduring some serious problems with recalls recently, and it is hoping to avoid launching another major safety campaign. 200,921 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups are under the microscope due to a rare problem with their instruments, an issue GM calls calls ...

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    Recalls: Nissan recalling 2012-14 Frontier pickups over fire risk
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    Nissan is recalling its Frontier pickup over fire concerns, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration bulletin. A total of 13,535 vehicles are being recalled, all from the 2012 to 2014 model years, built between November 28, 2012 and December 27, 2013. The NHTSA report states ...

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    Report: VW makes $9.2B offer for rest of truckmaker Scania
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    Volkswagen owns or has controlling interests in three commercial truck operations: besides its own, VW began buying shares in Sweden's Scania in 2000 and now controls 89.2 percent of its shares and 62.6 percent of its capital, then bought into Germany's Man in 2006 - in order to prevent Man from ...

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    Official: Chrysler flooded with over 8,000 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel orders in 3 days
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    The diesel, half-ton pickup has long been a Holy Grail to many truck fans, largely because of its potential to achieve both high payload and great fuel economy. Strange, then, that auto companies have seemingly been slow to react. However, Chrysler is finally wading into the pool for the 2014 ...

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    Report: GM readying aluminum-body fullsize pickups
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    Ford's extensive use of aluminum in its 2015 F-150 is a big deal. A really big deal. Big enough, in fact, that General Motors is reportedly changing its fullsize pickup strategy. According to The Wall Street Journal, The General has locked in partnerships with Alcoa Inc. and Novelis Inc. – ...

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    Official: Gibbs to build Humdinga amphibious truck in Asia to help with tsunami relief [w/video]
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    While the flying car (at least as we dream of it) is likely never going happen, the floating car is a problem that has been solved for decades. In fact, Gibbs Amphibians may have taken the concept farther than anyone else in history with its line amphibious cars, trucks and quads. However, its ...

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    Video: Take a ride with new Icon Chevy Thriftmaster truck
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    We were big fans of the Icon Chevrolet Thriftmaster when it debuted at the 2013 SEMA Show (okay, we're kind of big fans of whatever Icon does). Its retro looks and beautiful craftsmanship combined with a brawny 5.3-liter V8 make it seem like a prime vehicle for summer's night cruise. Now, Roads ...

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    Report: Detroit 3 to implement delayed unified towing standards for 2015
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    Car buyers have a responsibility to be well-informed consumers. That's not always a very simple task, but some guidelines are self-evident. If you live in a very snowy climate, you generally know a Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro might not be as viable a vehicle choice as an all-wheel drive ...

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    Report: Next Land Rover Defender will 'have to wash its face' to gain broader appeal
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    Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern said in an interview with English newspaper the Shropshire Star that the next-generation Defender will need to achieve a five-fold sales increase in order to support its business case. Getting from 20,000 annual sales to 100,000 means "we have to broaden ...

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    Chicago: 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD CNG wants to save the working man's money
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    Always a venue for the debut of new trucks, configurations and technologies, Chevrolet has chosen the Chicago Auto Show as the place to roll out its 2015 Silverado 2500 HD CNG work truck. That "CNG" of course stands for "Compressed Natural Gas," the second fuel, in addition to gasoline, that the ...

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    Chicago: Lingenfelter Chevy Reaper is ready to make Ford's Raptor go extinct [w/video]
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    Lingenfelter and Southern Comfort Automotive piqued our interest late last month with the digital unveiling of the Chevrolet Reaper, a customized Silverado designed to tackle some seriously rough terrain. While that vehicle made its original debut at the North American Dealers Association show, ...

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    Chicago: Toyota demos its TRD Pro Series line [w/video]
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    With a rich history of creating off-road worthy trucks and SUVs and a somewhat bland impression of its brand overall, Toyota has wisely created a line of TRD Pro Series vehicles to spice up its showrooms and newly engage customers. Debuting at this year's Chicago Auto Show before rolling into ...

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    Chicago: Toyota ready to get dirty with new TRD Pro Series
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    To the general public, Toyota is often thought of as a maker of bland but dependable cars, crossovers and SUVs that get their owners and a whole herd of whatever from Point A to Point B. Generally speaking, they're fuel efficient, comfortable and affordable. What the general public may not ...

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    Chicago: Nissan's Cummins tie-up bears first fruit with Frontier Diesel Runner concept
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    The 2014 Chicago Auto Show is proving to be a surprisingly big show for alternative fuels. The Chevrolet Silverado HD pickups are getting a compressed natural gas option and the refreshed BMW X3 is receiving a diesel engine, as is the German automaker's 7 Series. You can add one more oil burner ...

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    Official: 2015 Chevy Silverado HD gets CNG option
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    Using compressed natural gas as vehicle fuel has a number of inherent advantages – it's cleaner and more affordable, meaning that for people with fleets of vehicles to manage (companies, municipalities and the like), the alternative fuel can mean big savings and a clearer conscience. To ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
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    In excess of 475,000 heavy duty pickups were sold in the United States last year – the capable workhorses represented more than 25 percent of the year's full-size pickup volume. But unlike the passenger-car segment, where dozens of makes and models are constantly competing for supremacy, ...

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    Report: NHTSA closes Ford F-Series Super Duty steering probe without recall
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's investigation into 2008 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickups, which was originally opened last year, has now ended without a recall. NHTSA was looking into steering failures on some 336,000 trucks. The issue rested with the steering gear - ...

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    Report: Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 is somewhere on American soil right now
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    Hey, Mercedes-Benz. I love you guys. Seriously. I recently had a blast driving your hot little CLA45 AMG for a week, but now I'm looking for something... bigger. Something a little more, shall we say, robust. Something I can use to really explore the urban Detroit landscape. And lo, according to ...

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