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    Official: 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty is class-leading once again
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    Time for everyone to feign surprise – Ford has just announced that it has the increased horsepower and torque levels of its 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 engine for 2015. As you'd expect, the Blue Oval is claiming class-leading figures of 440 hp (up from 400) and 860 pound-feet (up ...

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    Video: Suzuki Jimny displays Samurai spirit in Japanese snowstorm
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    Say what you will about its smallest SUVs, but you have to hand it to Suzuki: the likes of the Samurai, Sidekick and Vitara were doing the little-sport-ute-that-could thing long before most of the rest of the industry caught on. And the formula remains relevant enough that Suzuki is still selling ...

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    Video: Tel Aviv woman's car painted into handicap spot and then towed
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    As a general rule, we try to follow a few simple principles throughout the day, and one of the most important is, "don't anger the road workers." Why? The guys and girls responsible for taking care of our nation's roadways wield the seldom-seen power to seriously put a kink your day. If you need ...

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    Official: 2013 Ram Heavy Duty seeks to obliterate rivals with claimed 30,000-pound max tow rating
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    No one can accuse Ram of backing away from the full-size truck arms race. Chrysler has officially dropped the payload details on its 2013 Ram Heavy Duty, and the 3500 now packs a maximum trailer weight of 30,000 pounds. Chew on that number for a moment. That's 15 tons, or the equivalent of a ...

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    Video: Van, boat and RV combine to make water sports more awesome
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    When one needs to transport a large powerboat great distances, it presents a rather wasteful problem. See, you have plenty of livable space on the boat, but said boat is up on a trailer, thus one must either tow one's craft with a large RV or stay in hotels. The owner of this... thing evidently ...

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    Official: Toyota Tundra can (and will) pull a Space Shuttle
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    The battle amongst full-size pickup trucks from Ford, Chevy and Ram is as close to a bloodsport as the auto industry has, but now it might be Toyota that gets the last laugh in the tonnage towing race. In what should prove to be the mother of all publicity stunts, a showroom-stock 2012 Toyota ...

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    Report: Would you be upset if Chicago moved your car without asking? [w/poll]
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    Chicago Kafkaesque system for moving vehicles to clear space for municipal work or TV/movie production is not working as advertised. In theory, it's straightforward: the city tows someone's car to an out-of-the-way parking space to make room and enters the new location into a database within 20 ...

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    Video: Boat passes car on highway in - where else - Russia
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    We've had some close calls while towing, though we've been fortunate enought to never have to deal with a calamity like the one you see above. From what we can tell, the driver of the truck in the video below was calmly driving along when his boat and trailer decided to blaze their own trail. We ...

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    Report: GM, Ford continue to squabble over pickup towing standards
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    We've seen this sort of thing before – a group agrees to adhere to a common standard at some determined date, then when the date arrives, one or more parties in the group figures out how to 'adhere' in a completely new way. When the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) laid out its J2807 ...

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    Video: Mazda driver fights crazy claw tow truck
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    There's the right way to protest your vehicle being towed, and there's a wrong way. The individual in the video after the jump is a clear believer in the latter method. We aren't entirely sure where this took place or what sort of circumstances led to this particular Mazda3 to find itself doing ...

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    Video: Watch this R/C tank tow a real Toyota SUV
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    It's no Ford F-150, but this toy tank earns our respect for its towing prowess nonetheless. That second-generation Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Model 90 weighs over two tons, but the not-so-little remote control tank seems to have no problem pulling it through a parking lot to the amusement of quite ...

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    Video: Top Gear Australia tries towing a 600-ton truck
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    Everyone knows the danger of exceeding your vehicle's tow rating. Perils aplenty await those foolhardy enough to brush off manufacturer recommendations, including nuked transmissions, en fuego brakes and popped head gaskets, to name just a few. But what happens when you put a standard-duty ...

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    Video: How not to rescue your truck from a frozen lake
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    How not to rescue your truck from a frozen lake - Click above to watch video after the jump
    There's a reason tow truck drivers charge so much money for their talents. Extricating a vehicle from a sticky situation is an art that requires more skill than simply knowing where to hook the cables ...

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    Ford Super Duty pickups to regain maximum towing title
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    The never-ending battle of heavy-duty pickup truck one-upmanship continues with Ford's announcement that it will increase the maximum trailer tow rating on its 2011.5 F-350 and F-450 Super Duty models to 17,500 pounds. Not coincidentally, General Motors nabbed the maximum conventional trailer ...

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    Video: How not to tow your modified Subaru
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    A lesson in how NOT to tow – Click above to watch video after the jump
    Sometimes you have to tow a car. It's generally not a big deal and most of us have been a tower or towee at some point. One rule of thumb when manning the car being towed – leave the keys in the ignition so you ...

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    Video: Creative carpentry - tree branch used as spare tire
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    A greener kind of spare tire – Click above to watch video after the jump
    Man's indomitable spirit and ingenuity are wonderful things – they allow for man to persevere in the most trying of situations. Aron Ralston hacked off his own arm and survived after a boulder trapped him in Blue ...

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    The Retriever lets you tow 5,000 pounds... with a Honda Goldwing
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    The Retriever – Click above for high-res image gallery
    We don't know why you'd want to haul a car with a Honda Goldwing, but a Swedish company called Coming Through hasn't constrained themselves to our tiny imaginations. That's why they've created The Retriever, a stowable towing unit you ...

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    Toyota lowers tow-rating of Tundra, but it's a good thing
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    Automakers have been on the honor system when stating the tow ratings of their pickups, and that has led to lofty numbers that could only be achieved under a very particular set of ideal conditions. Claiming the biggest number for any truck spec is a big deal, but maximum towing capacity is the ...

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    First Drive: 2011 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Heavy Duty trucks set new HD standard
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    2011 GM HD Trucks - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Usually whenever we head out to a new vehicle press launch, we have to sit through exhaustive technical and marketing presentations before we get a chance to climb behind the wheel. However, General Motors put us straight into a dual-rear ...

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    GM announces best-in-class towing, payload figures for heavy-duty Silverado, Sierra
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    2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD – Click above for high-res image gallery
    General Motors has just announced the hauling capacities for the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickups. The new trucks can now pull up to 21,700 pounds in fifth-wheel configuration and lug around 6,635 ...

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