Posts from ‘Pickup Trucks’
Jeep debuted the long-rumored pickup version of its Wrangler SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show, bestowing it a name from the company’s storied past.
Rivian, a start-up electric-vehicle manufacturer, showed not one but two concept vehicles at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Both full-size vehicles are built on the same platform — what Rivian refers to as the “skateboard” — one being the R1T crew-cab pickup, the other the R1S 7-passenger SUV. Both are battery-powered fully electric vehicles that come with 4-wheel drive, each wheel being driven by its own electric motor.
Between 2007 and 2009, commercial-truck manufacturer Sterling sold a rebadged Dodge Ram chassis cab as the Bullet.
That, in a nutshell, answers the question: What was the Sterling Bullet? But the story gets so much more interesting from there…
Class: Large Pickup Truck
Miles driven: 165
Fuel used: 10.2 gallons
Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2014 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
As James Longoni’s sparklingly restored Dodge ½-ton pickup seen here clearly demonstrates, by 1960, the outlines of the modern pickup truck had been drawn. Stylishness and a rising level of creature comforts would increasingly be expected. America’s hardy workhorse was being turned into a polished thoroughbred.
In a quest for better fuel economy in traditionally thirsty trucks, Ram takes a page from the automotive playbook and banks on … a hybrid.
Well, a mild hybrid, actually, and while unique in today’s marketplace, it’s not the first.
GMC has long used the tagline, “Professional Grade,” promoting the brand as being a cut above others in the same class. That has been best demonstrated in the top-line Denali trim level — recently offered on nearly all GMC models — which has been elevated to essentially a “luxury” sub-brand. It’s been particularly noteworthy in the case of the company’s Sierra full-size pickups, as the rest of the lineup didn’t really offer much over its very similar Chevrolet Silverado cousin. But that’s changing.
Recent history has shown that one byproduct of war is technical advancement. And rarely has that held more true than in the current battle for pickup-truck supremacy.
Class: Large Pickup
Miles driven: 347
Fuel used: 20.4 gallons