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95Texas plumber shocked his old Ford F-250 is now in terrorists' hands

Plumber's truck went from Texas to Syria with name and number still printed on side

Mark Oberholtzer of Mark-1 Plumbing in Texas City, Texas, has no need to imagine, but it's probably his worst nightmare. That's because an image of his old Ford F-250 is now on Twitter as a gun platform in the Syrian Civil War.

1Raminator sets world record for fastest monster truck [w/video]

Monster trucks are made for a lot of things: crushing jalopies, jumping over jalopies, wowing spectators while crushing and jumping over jalopies, and so on. But powerful as they tend to be, monster trucks are not built for outright speed. Still, one has to be faster than another, and as it turns out, Raminator is the fastest of them all.

35Here's the story with the Chicken Tax

Quiz America's auto enthusiasts about the vehicles they most want to see in the US market, and for every one that doesn't respond with a French hot hatchback or some diesel-powered offering, there'd be at least three that ask for some small, imported pickup truck. That won't happen, though, and we have the Chicken Tax to thank.

11Behind the scenes of Lotus' spectacular truck-over-F1 jump

A Lotus F1 car and the truck in which it's transported may both be powered by Renault and share a common JPS livery, but as far as size and performance are concerned, they're at opposite ends of the spectrum. So if you had to jump one over the other, you'd think it'd be a no-brainer to skip the single-seater over the tractor-trailer. Right? Well that may be the more logical conclusion, but it's not the way the Lotus team and its technology partner EMC decided to go for this latest promo. Instead

3How to turn a Dodge airport tug into a trail slayer

Sometimes, having a ton of fun requires takes a ton of work. Just nine days before the so-called Ultimate Adventure 2014, the folks behind 4-Wheel & Off-Road had 40 tasks to complete in order to turn the ratty truck pictured above into a machine that could excel on treacherous off-road trails while still being able to handle highway jaunts. Much of process behind the build was chronicled on the latest episode of Dirt Every Day.

137Ram 700 by Fiat may be the small truck we've been waiting for

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.

62Do red states buy more trucks?

Predict the winning party in this year's elections based purely on what the best selling car in their state is.

Tuesday marks mid-term elections here in the United States, which is kind of a big deal if you've gotten tired of constant campaign advertising. But as Election Day approaches, the constant voices attempting to forecast the results are only set to increase. The latest member of that growing fray is True Car, which has teamed with RealClearPolitics.com to attempt to predict the winning party in this year's elections based purely on what the best selling car in their state is.

25How China is at war with its pickup trucks

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).

11GM, Isuzu shacking up on global midsize pickup development

General Motors and Isuzu might not be financial partners anymore, but it would seem that all those years working together still leaves a strong bond between them to work on new vehicles. Their latest collaboration is co-developing a next-generation midsize pickup to launch at a still-unannounced point in the future. Potential buyers of the upcoming Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon have no reason to fear their purchase becoming obsolete, though, because there are no plans to sell these jointly c

AddTexas Researchers Improving Guardrails To Protect Embassies

Texas A&M smash trucks for science and safety

Researchers at Texas A&M Transportation Institute are building a better barrier by crashing a lot of big trucks.

47Behold the coolest yet most terrifying crash test video ever

Whatever you may have to say about US foreign policy, the bottom line is that there are American embassies and consulates in places around the world that aren't necessarily friendly towards America. That's how we end up with State Department facilities in far-flung locations getting attacked. Some of those attacks can be thwarted through good intelligence, effective security and maybe an eagle-eyed sniper or two on the roof, but it takes something a bit more concrete to stop a speeding truck pac

AddNo Sign Distracted Truck Driver Tried To Avoid Fatal Crash

Tractor-trailer collided with a bus and killed four members of a Texas community college women's softball team

A tractor-trailer that collided with a bus and killed four members of a Texas community college women's softball team drove straight through an interstate median without any signs of braking or trying to avoid the collision, federal investigators said Sunday.

13Mercedes Future Truck 2025 envisions self-driving big rigs [w/video]

Want to see what a long-haul truck will look like ten years from now? Well Mercedes-Benz wants to show it to you, and to that end has unveiled the concept truck you see here.

94BMW X5 driver repeatedly fails to understand big rig braking distances

Nobody should be shocked that a big, heavy vehicle like a semi truck takes a longer distance to stop than the average passenger car; it's just basic physics. However, this BMW X5 driver seemingly has a major problem grasping the concept, and it results in some serious damage to the back of his SUV.

19Tailgate thefts up 31% last year, Texas leads the nation

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.

39Ram pickups to keep it steel through 2020

One of the hottest topics in the industry these days is automakers' expanding use of aluminum, especially for vehicle bodies and platforms. While the lightweight metal has historically been the preserve of premium brands and sports cars, Ford shocked the industry when it announced that its 2015 F-150 would go aluminum-intensive for its new generation. As it turns out, the material change doesn't even mean a big jump in the prices for most of its trims. Possibly in reaction to the big change, Gen

14Public in favor of higher truck fuel efficiency standards

But 26 Percent Say They're Against Cleaner Trucks

Yes, the most recent poll results from the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) were about as predictable as asking Americans whether they wanted more sunlight or to lose a few pounds. Indeed, when one asks John Q. Public whether he's in favor of better fuel economy for semi trucks, well, the result's likely to be affirmative. To us, it's the 26 percent who were not in favor of more fuel-efficient trucks that have some explaining to do.

10One in seven trucks will be alt-fuel by 2035

More natural gas. Less diesel. That's a quick synopsis of a study by Navigant Research on future fueling trends for trucks.

9Today's semi trucks are a lot cleaner than they used to be

When it comes to diesel trucks, the good old days weren't so good. Go back a quarter-century, for instance. Back then, a single diesel-powered truck was throwing off about 60 times the emissions a typical "clean diesel" truck does today. Cough.

490Man Tears Hole In Truck To Save Kitten

Animal lover happy to have saved a life

A Florida man is a big hero to a little stowaway kitten after he cut open his own truck to rescue her.

16SuperTruck program claws out huge fuel efficiency gains for semi trucks

10.7 MPG doesn't sound like a lot, but 5.8 MPG used to be standard

Think 10 miles per gallon, and your mind may harken back to muscle cars along the line of the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard. Apply that figure to a semi-truck, though, and we're talking actual fuel-efficiency gains. That's what the four-year-old SuperTruck program shot for, and two of its four teams have already hit that goal.

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