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It follows a fire last week at a factory that supplies instrument panels

Ford Motor Co. says it will halt production of its top-selling F-150 and Super Duty pickup trucks at several of its U.S. plants where they are built following a fire at a plant in Michigan that produces instrument panels.

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Video shows grueling abuse in the lab, Arizona, Australia Outback

Watch Ford torture its pickups. Testing starts in the lab then progresses to the proving grounds and finally goes through intense real-world challenges. At Ford's Michigan proving grounds, Ranger hits Silver Creek Track. The impacts are so severe that robotic drivers are used so humans don't get injured.

Quick Spin

Do you like trucks?

The 2018 Ford F-150 is the latest love in America's long affair with full-size trucks. For decades, the F-150 has ruled the roost. Ford sold nearly 900,000 F-series pickups, a great deal of them F-150s, in 2017 and is on pace to eclipse that for 2018. Ford is going so in on trucks and SUVs that it's dropping all but two cars from its North American lineup. Money talks, so give the people what they want.

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We also talk toy car nostalgia, and help spend a listener's money

On this week's Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Green Editor John Beltz Snyder and Associate Editor Joel Stocksdale. We talk about driving the 2018 Ford F-150 and 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman we have at the office this week. We discuss Ford discontinuing most of its cars, salute the Jeep Grand Commander, and reminisce about our favorite car toys. As usual, we'll also spend a listener's money on a car.

Spy Shots

Small changes like rear exhaust help the premium appearance

It seems there's always room at the top. Each year, automakers add more and more luxurious trims for their trucks. That's how we get near-luxury vehicles like the 2019 Ram 1500 Limited and 2019 Chevy Silverado High Country. In order to separate higher trims from lower brethren, most get a few unique styling touches and a whole sea of chrome. Just look at these photos of the slightly updated 2019 Ford F-150 Limited.

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As expected, that's the current class leader

It's been more than a year since the refreshed 2018 Ford F-150 debuted at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. While we've driven the gasoline-powered variants, news on the upcoming diesel model has been scarce. We know the truck's 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 will make 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, but the all-important fuel economy figures weren't revealed until today. The new engine will net the big truck 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city with a combined rating of 25 mpg.

And the name is 10/10

Humdinga is an amphibious truck that transitions from land to water or back again in only 5 seconds. Biggs Amphibians created Humdinga to respond quickly to emergency situations or for recreational use. Humdinga isn't the only amphibious vehicle at out there, but it's sure one cool looking vehicle to ride. Learn more at gibbsamphibians.com Transcript: Own the land and the sea with this truck. Humdinga is an amphibious truck that can transition from land to water or back again in only 5 seconds.

Buying Guide

Autoblog answers all your questions about the 2018 Ford F-150

Autoblog answers all your questions about the 2018 Ford F-150

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The vehicles could roll when put into park

Ford is issuing two separate safety recalls to fix mechanical issues affecting control of the transmissions on certain 2017 and 2018 models. The automaker says it's aware of one reported accident with an injury related to the the first and largest recall.

First Drive

More power, more wheels, and more outrageousness

Between the rampant exotics and the lurking classics, it takes some seriously special sheetmetal to stand out in car-clogged Malibu. But this triumphantly conspicuous ride is John Hennessey's stab at the already imposing Ford F-150 Raptor, a wicked transmogrification of the offroad-effective 4x4 into an over-the-top six-wheeled, three-axle'd behemoth. And here I am, trying to keep this hulking steed centered in its lane on the gently winding Kanan Dume Road, when a carload of teenagers fills my

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Electric cars are latest arena for the heavyweight vs. lightweight

The switch by Elon Musk's Tesla to heavier-but-cheaper steel highlights how steel is fighting back against aluminum, which had widely been expected to be the bigger beneficiary of the electric vehicle revolution.

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Eight Ford Performance vehicles on one track.

You even get to watch an F-150 Raptor tackle a corner.

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Other automakers

Aluminum prices have risen 20 percent in the last year and nearly 11 percent since Dec. 11.

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There’s a diesel engine we think could show up on a future Ranger variant.

The 2.3-liter EcoBoost should be pretty good. But what else might Ford throw under the hood?

Ford’s iconic pickup, the F-150, is getting a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel engine. The engine will give the F-150 a power output of 250 horsepower with 440 pound-feet of torque. The truck will get an expected 30 miles per-gallon. For more coverage of the NAIAS 2018 head over to https://www.autoblog.com/detroit-auto-show/

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We take a quick look at the numbers on these two torquey trucks.

They're remarkably close.

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A frugal and torquey Ford.

According to Ford, the diesel F-150 will have a payload capacity of 2,020 pounds and a tow rating of 11,400 pounds.