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Weekly Recap for 8.12.16 | Autoblog Minute

A recap of the week in automotive news, including a look at a two-door Maybach coupe, FCA's Ram heavy-duty truck recall, and spy shots of POTUS' new car.

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2016 Ford F-150 Special Service Vehicle is ready for patrol

The 2016 Ford F-150 Special Service Vehicle further adds to the Blue Oval's police vehicle lineup by offering the authorities a pickup for their hard work. Any fleet customers can also order the truck and customize to their needs.

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2015 F-150 launch to curb Ford profits?

Ford is making a big bet on aluminum with its new 2015 F-150, and it's possible that the decision will hurt the company financially, at least in the short term. After earning a record $8.6 billion in 2013, the Blue Oval does not expect to set another record in 2014. According to Chris Bruce

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Via Motors plugs into Recargo's Plugshare charging app

Recargo, Inc., and Via Motors have made an agreement to simplify the charging process for drivers of plug-in hybrid electric trucks and vans. At the Detroit Auto Show this week, the two companies announced an agreement to add Recargo's Plugshare charging station finder in Via's in-dash EV application.

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Pickup prices rising at 2x industry average

We've said it before, but bears repeating: Pickup trucks are the financial engines of America's automakers. Good thing, then, that the segment is in rude health – in fact, Automotive NewsChris Paukert

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Who sold the most small/midsize pickups in 2012? PickupTrucks.com investigates that, too

PickupTrucks.com has taken another look at the sales of its favorite vehicle bodystyle as part of an ongoing series. According to registration data from R.L. Polk, the Toyota Tacoma easily took the crown as America's best-selling mid-sized pickup, with 133,477 units rolling into new homes in 2012. For comparison, the second

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Autoblog Podcast #313

Infiniti model names, new GM trucks, Ford work vans, Hyundai ratted out on economy, Ward's 10 Best Engines

Overheating batteries put Chrysler plug-in hybrid testing on hold

Chrysler hasn't exactly been in a leadership role when it comes to, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Disbanding the ENVI group in 2009 sure didn't help. Plug-in vehicle development continued, though, but the company's PHEV's are now facing another obstacle: overheating. Fortunately, this hasn't meant Jon LeSage

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GMC dissects the names of its own pickups

Ever wondered how the GMC Sierra 1500 got is name? Or why a 1/2-ton pickup can carry almost a 2,000 pound payload? General Motors sets the record straight.

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Automakers scramble to strip weight from trucks

2011 Ford F-150 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Is Hyundai really considering full-size pickup truck?

Is Hyundai about to repeat the mistakes of Toyota and Nissan? PickupTrucks.com reports that Hyundai has been showing off a modified Dodge Ram pickup at some consumer clinics to

Chicago 2010: Hybrid chassis shows differences between old and new Silverado HD

Old and new Chevrolet Silverado HD chassis combined - Click above for high-res image gallery

PickupTrucks.com calls out decade's 10 most significant trucks

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor – Click above for high-res image gallery

REPORT: GM kills plans for unibody pickup truck

GMC Denali XT concept - click above for high-res image gallery

Dodge increases towing capacity of 2010 Ram on paper with no hardware changes

To paraphrase – Dodge: "Gosh, the Ram is even better than we thought." That's essentially the explanation given as to why the Ram's maximum towing capacity has been bumped from 9,100 pounds to 10,450 without any apparent hardware changes. Now fully coil-sprung, Chrysler initially said this new setup (as opposed to leaf springs) offers significantly better ride quality, and since research indicated that 80 percent of owners tow just 6,000 pounds or less, joining the fracas of half ton truck

First Drive: HUMMER H3T

Click above for hi-res gallery of the HUMMER H3T

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