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    Official: 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel nets car-like 28-mpg rating
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    Not long ago, 28 miles per gallon would have been a perfectly fantastic highway fuel economy rating on the window sticker of a midsize sedan, and here we are just a few years later, with a fullsize pickup laying claim to the very same number. According to Chrysler, the EPA has certified its 2014 ...

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    ETC: The coolest official vehicle of the Sochi Winter Olympics comes from VW
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    Volkswagen Group is taking its role as the official vehicle partner of the 2014 Winter Olympic in Sochi, Russia, very seriously. It is supplying over 3,000 Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and commercial vehicles to the games, but the Polar Expedition Amarok, which it built a year ago to promote the event ...

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    Followup: How many Toyotas are potentially affected by seat fabric problem?
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    When we reported yesterday on Toyota's stop-sale order of certain 2013 and 2014 models due to an issue with the fabrics on models with heated seats not conforming to flammability regulations, one of our many questions was how many vehicles were affected? More importantly, how many of those cars ...

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    Official: Ford increasing Super Duty production by 15 percent
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    Ford has announced a hefty $80 million investment in its Kentucky Truck Plant, which is responsible for building the F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 versions of the Super Duty pickup. The influx of cash will add 350 jobs to the factory. The investment is also good for a 15-percent increase in ...

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    Report: Toyota issues stop sale on 6 key models over seat fabrics; recall possible? [UPDATE]
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    Toyota has issued a stop-sale order on six of its core models due to concerns about the flammability of certain seat fabrics. The issue rests not with the cloth and leather covers themselves, but with a piece of seat heater beneath them that fails to meet US Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards ...

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    Report: 2015 F-150 launch to curb Ford profits?
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    Ford is making a big bet on aluminum with its new 2015 F-150, and it's possible that the decision will hurt the company financially, at least in the short term. After earning a record $8.6 billion in 2013, the Blue Oval does not expect to set another record in 2014. According to Automotive News, ...

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    Video: Chevy shines light on bull breeding in Silverado HD Super Bowl spot
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    Chevrolet has made a big push with its latest batch of Silverado trucks to emphasize its link to the country. It did it this past summer when it launched the Silverado ad, Her Horse. So you'd be forgiven for thinking that this latest spot, featuring the new heavy-duty variant of Chevy's pickup, ...

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    Video: National Geographic Channel balances Ford F-150 on four coffee mugs
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    Proving that there is still something to be learned on television these days, National Geographic Channel recently introduced a new series called Duck Quacks Don't Echo. On the first episode of this science/comedy show, host Michael Ian Black proposes the idea that a truck can be supported with a ...

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    Video: Revisit the charms of the 1978 Subaru Brat
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    The Subaru Brat is the automotive equivalent of a teenager with a mullet: weird, a little reckless but brimming with enough self-confidence to make it cool. The Brat came from Subaru's desire to compete in the burgeoning light pickup market of the late-1970s. To get around the so-called Chicken ...

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    Report: Ford dealers offered discounts on tools to fix aluminum
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    With the introduction of the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 (and the likely use of aluminum in future Ford products), Ford is looking to help its dealerships reduce costs related to repairing this more labor-intensive material. Automotive News is reporting that Ford dealers with body shops will ...

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    Official: Lingenfelter announces Raptor-fighting Chevy Reaper
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    For the past several years, if you wanted a vehicle capable of rocketing across the desert at freeway speeds, the process was fairly simple - drive to the local Ford dealership and plop down $44,000 for an F-150 SVT Raptor. What if the Ford isn't enough for you, though? Or maybe you're so ...

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    Report: Nissan settles with FTC over misleading dune buggy ad [w/videos]
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    A couple years ago, Nissan created a series of commercials for its compact Frontier pickup showing the truck performing outlandish stunts such as snowboarding, saving a passenger airplane from a crash landing and climbing a steep sand dune to help a stranded dune buggy. As crazy as the first two ...

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    Official: Ford F-150 RaptorTrax is Ken Block's ultimate snowmobile
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    Even when Ken Block isn't starring in the latest Gymkhana video or tearing up Global RallyCross courses, he's finding new ways to redefine "awesome" as it applies to motorsports. For evidence of this, look no further than Block's latest Monster-badged creation, the Ford F-150 RaptorTrax. Billed ...

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    Report: How Ford plans to handle insurance and repair questions surrounding new aluminum-bodied F-150
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    Building a car out of aluminum has a number of benefits - the lighter weight allows the vehicle to be more agile, more fuel efficient, make better use of its power and be more resistant to dings and dents. The downside to the advanced construction, though, is that repairs are both challenging and ...

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    Video: If you think your commute stinks, this overloaded bus says it could be worse
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    Havana, Cuba is well known for its collection of vintage American cars. But even with a classic Chevrolet or Ford on every corner, personal vehicle ownership on the communist island nation is still out of reach for most citizens. Like many cities where owning vehicles is either impractical or ...

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    Motorsports: Red Bull Frozen Rush puts off-road trucks on ski slopes [w/videos]
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    From the deserts of Baja to the hills of Pikes Peak to stadiums across the country, there's any number of places you can go to watch off-road racing trucks do their thing. But with Frozen Rush, Red Bull has skipped past all of them and headed to the ski hill. The energy-drink company is no ...

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    Video: A closer look at the 2015 Ford F-150
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    Despite having to share Ford's Detroit Auto Show stand with the hot new 2015 Mustang, the brand-new F-150 was arguably an even more important debut. Why? Ford moved some 700,000 examples of its F-Series truck in 2012, making it not only the best-selling pickup truck, but the top-selling vehicle ...

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    Report: F-150 just the start of Ford's aluminum plans
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    Not only have we been told that the 2015 Ford F-150 is tougher, more durable and up to 700 pounds lighter than the current truck, Ford COO Mark Fields said it's also "CAFE-positive." That means, for the first time in the history of corporate average fuel economy standards, the F-150 would be a ...

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    Detroit: Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition ready to start Truck Dynasty in the Motor City
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    Throughout the last half of the 20th Century and extending into the 21st, our country has had an on-again, off-again love affair with redneck culture. Urban Cowboy begot The Dukes of Hazzard which bled into the Ernest movies, which, in turn, paved the way for the long locks of Joe Dirt and Kid ...

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    Detroit: 2015 Ford F-150 brings big aluminum to the Rust Belt [w/video]
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    Just when you thought you'd figured the fullsize truck market out, Ford goes and throws us a massive curve ball with the 2015 F-150. The big headline news aren't tow or payload ratings, though we're sure those figures will be fully competitive if not class leading, they haven't yet been ...

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