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Whoops, Mercedes-Benz lets details slip about its upcoming pickup truck.

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Spy shots from a dealer meeting reveal a modern pickup truck.

Out with the old and in with the new?

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Factory union official hints at large loss for automaker in third quarter.

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One of the trucks has a 750-horsepower, supercharged V8.

These are just four out of the roughly 50 vehicles Ford plans to bring to SEMA.

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And, of course, it has more power.

It may not be as torquey as the engine found in Ford's Super Duty line, but Chevy's new Duramax engine is still impressive.

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Yes, the Frontier shares the same platform. No, it won't come to the US.

We're not even getting a new Frontier soon, let alone a resurrected SUV from the same platform.

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Changes to begin later this year.

Sorry, but the Viper is still dead.

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More power, more gears. What's not to love?

Plus the revised V6 gets some hand-me-down tech from Cadillac.

2016 will be a big year for pickup trucks in the US. Some consumers will always need a truck for their job or lifestyle, and others just like driving them.

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A Chicago area German shepherd was saved from certain death in a hot car by an unlikely good Samaritan–a smash and grab thief.

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Mercedes-Benz has until the end of the year to decide whether to offer its upcoming midsize pickup in the US. However, the version here would likely take on a more luxurious image than in the rest of the world.

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Mercedes could partner with Nissan to develop the German brand's midsize pickup. However, there's no decision yet, according to Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.

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FCA has been spied performing cold-weather tests on a midsize pickup. Despite a lot of camouflage, the model is believed to be a future competitor to global trucks like the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger.

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It seems like auto buyers throughout the whole world outside of the United States and Canada have a plethora of small pickups to choose from to fit their needs. In fact, there's one just south of the border that might be perfect for many American consumers – the 2015 Ram 700.

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Create a law, and people try to find some way to get around it. That's basically a fact of life whether you're in the US or the People's Republic of China. For example, recently in the PRC, a man attempted to convert his pickup into a sedan to avoid road tolls, and photos of the vehicle became a story in Chinese media. The whole incident shined a light on the government's antagonism towards trucks (like the Great Wall Wingle 5 pictured above).

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If you live in Texas and own a pickup, you might want to guard your truck's tailgate from thieves. A recently released study from the National Insurance Crime Bureau looking at tailgate thefts found that from January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2013, the Lone Star State led the country in this crime. Also, the problem may have gotten worse because the numbers jumped 31 percent from 2012 to 2013.

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Diesel and hybrids both selling well in Texas, California

As we've already learned, 2013 was a pretty big year for diesel and hybrid sales. According to registration data, there are now 7 million diesel passenger vehicles and 2.8 million hybrids on the roads in the US. Diesel registrations grew by 410,040 last year, and hybrids increased by 531,385. From 2010 to 2013, diesel registrations increased by 30 percent, and hybrid sales grew by 64.5 percent. When compared to an overall market growth of just 3.7 percent, those numbers are remarkable. Diesel Te

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Some, but not all, sea planes come with wheels in their floats so that they can work on the water or land. But have you ever thought about how a plane without wheels, water or runway would take off? The answer is incredibly cool to watch.

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Recently released automotive March sales figures point to a major shakeup in the pickup world. Last month, Ram's trucks overtook the Chevrolet Silverado to become the second-best selling vehicle in the segment for the first time ever.

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Bob Lutz is staying very busy. The ex-vice chairman of General Motors, and champion of the Chevrolet Volt, has been named chairman of the board at Via Motors. Lutz will need to squeeze that in between his role as senior advisor at vehicle interior designer Katzkin, being an owner at VL Automotive and perhaps as an advisor to Wanxiang and Fisker Automotive.

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