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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

LA Auto ShowLOS ANGELES–Chevrolet is taking its midsize pickup truck off the pavement for 2017. Targeted at serious off-road enthusiasts, the Colorado ZR2 model features a number of equipment upgrades designed to improve the pickup’s climbing and rock-crawling ability.

2016 Chevrolet Silverado with eAssist

2016 Chevrolet Silverado with eAssist

Fact: Chevrolet has produced three generations of hybrid pickup trucks.

Fact: The most recent Silverado Hybrid is, by far, the most compelling example.

Bummer: Unless you live in California, you can’t buy a new hybrid Silverado.

2016 Nissan Titan PRO-4X
2016 Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X 4WD Crew Cab with Gas V-8 in Cayenne Red

2016 Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X 4WD Crew Cab with Gas V-8    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Large Pickup Truck

Miles Driven: 210

Fuel Used: 16.5 gallons

1980 Ford Ranchero

1980 Ford Durango

The folks in Hollywood know a good thing when they see it; that’s why there’s a sequel or follow-up to virtually every blockbuster movie or TV show. Like so many things in life however, not all spin-offs meet with success.

2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class
2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class concept rendering

Mercedes-Benz revealed concept illustrations today of its X-Class midsize pickup, which is scheduled to go on sale in select markets next year.

2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

While car sales haven’t exactly set the world on fire under the Fiat-Chrysler partnership, truck (and Jeep) sales have been going great guns. So it’s not particularly surprising that Ram has made only minor changes for 2017, which perhaps is for the best. Notable, however, is a new 2500 that wears graphics that recall those from one of its earlier – and rather famous — Dodge siblings.

1948 Ford F-1

1948 Ford F-1

Collectible Automobile publisher Frank Peiler has been working around automotive publications since the early Seventies, but his love of cars goes back much further than that.

1961 International pickup ad

1961 International Ad

America’s attitude toward pickup trucks has changed a little in the past few decades. At one point, owning a pickup was a point of pride and humility–a sort of “If it was good enough for my daddy, it’s good enough for me” kind of thing.

2017 Nissan Titan

Nissan’s new half-ton version of the “heavy half-ton” Titan XD leaves off the “XD” suffix to become, simply, the Titan. Initially offered only as a crew cab with either rear- or 4-wheel drive, it’s due to get regular-cab versions later in the year. Current prices start at just under $36,000.

Scion iMBig pickups have long accounted for big sales numbers, but little of that volume can be credited to Nissan.

Based on the company’s early and substantial success with compact pickups, it probably only seemed logical that a bigger one would fare the same. So it was that for 2004 Nissan brought out the full-size Titan, which was built at a new factory in Canton, Mississippi. You know, right here in the good ol’ U.S of A.

1982 Dodge Pickup Ad

1972 Dodge Pickup Ad

The best evidence that many modern-day pickup-truck buyers don’t use their trucks as “real” trucks is bed length. For example, Crew Cab versions of the Chevrolet Silverado can be had with a 5.5-foot cargo box—a bed far too small to accommodate the traditional 4 X 8 sheet of plywood, much less a couch. This is telling, because Crew Cab models are far and away the best-selling Silverados.

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