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37GM also sheds parts from its pickups to boost payload ratings [UPDATE]

The row between Ford and Ram over who boasts the best-in-class tow rating for heavy duty pickups has revealed a number of things. Chief among them is a report that Ford removes items like the spare tire, jack, radio and center console from its trucks in a bid to lower its base curb weight, and therefore its maximum payload rating.

1Freightliner shows off new medium-duty hybrid concept

Hybrid technology would have a bigger impact on fuel supplies if it was applied to commercial medium-duty vehicles, especially those with a lot of stop-and-go delivery duties. Considering the low fuel economy for these vehicles and high mileage they log, even a 5-10 percent improvement would make a noticable difference in operating costs and fuel used.

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