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  A pickup truck is a light truck with an open-top rear cargo area. Many pickups have short rigid sides and an opening rear gate, while others have a flat tray back.

Another edition to Toyota ’s trio of off-road trucks is the 2015 Tacoma TRD Pro. It’s based off the same concept as the 4Runner TRD Pro and features much of the same equipment. However, the Tacoma TRD Pro package isn’t completely new for the Tacoma. Astute Toyota fans will remember the TX Baja package Toyota offered on the Tacoma starting in 2012. The TRD Pro’s remote reservoir Bilstein shocks, blacked-out beadlock-style wheels, and off-road tires were all seen on the Baja package. But that doesn’t make it any less cool.

Starting up front, the Tacoma receives a two-inch suspension lift up front to help level out the truck. Those Bilstein shocks are specially tuned with a decreased spring rate to help tackle the rough stuff off the beaten path. Like the Baja package, the TRD Pro truck gets 16-inch beadlock-style wheels finished in black, all wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires sized in LT265/75R16.

Helping the Tacoma’s 4.0-liter V-6 breath is a TRD exhaust package while a nicely polished exhaust tip helps add some flair to the truck’s rear fender. TRD pro badges help accent the exterior of the truck along with a unique front grille that spells out TOYOTA much like that of the classic FJ40 and more recent FJ Cruiser.

Interior additions include TRD Pro floor mats and shift knob, along with red stitching on the front and rear seats, and the center console. Not much else changes for the truck’s interior.

The 2015 Tacoma TRD Pro package, along with the Tundra and 4Runner TRD Pro editions, will become available this fall, though Toyota has yet to announce pricing for any of the three trucks.

Click past the jump for more info on the Toyota Tacoma

Thanks to a few new players in the market, the midsized truck battle looks be reviving. News about GM’s new mid-size trucks getting diesels have also stirred up a frenzy, starting with Nissan .

What you see here is the Frontier Diesel Runner, a “concept” truck built to gauge consumer interest in diesel-powered, midsized trucks. The truck itself is barely changed from the production line, but features a 2.8-liter, I-4 turbodiesel built by renowned engine builder Cummins. The Cummins/Nissan partnership isn’t new, however, as the pair have plans to power the next-generation Nissan Titan with a 5.0-liter V-8 turbodiesel in 2015.

The Frontier ’s diesel engine is expected to produce around 200 horsepower and more than 350 pound-feet of torque — all while increasing fuel efficiency by 35 percent over the standard 4.0-liter, gasoline V-6 engine. It’s backed by a ZF-sourced 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission. The new engine-transmission combo is expected to tow and haul roughly the same as the conventional gasoline Frontier.

Nissan and Cummins did have to modify the truck slightly to get the powertrain nestled within the engine bay and transmission tunnel. Saving room and further development, this frontier lacks the optional four-wheel-drive and added complexities the system brings to a driveline.

It’s very unlikely the Frontier will be sold with a diesel option in its current generation. Nissan is hard at work developing the second-generation Titan pickup, and will likely turn its attention it the Frontier once development is competed there. We expect a new Frontier won’t be far behind the new 2015 Titan. If Nissan chooses to include a diesel as a powertrain option, it’s likely to happen then.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner Powered by Cummins.

For the second time in its run, the Volkswagen Amarok is getting the Canyon special-edition treatment.

This time around, the Amarok Canyon makes its way to the UK market, where it will be sold in very limited quantities.

It’s based on the Amarok’s Trendline trim, which means that the pickup will carry a host of new amenities. After all, you can’t be called a "special edition" without these exclusive digs, can you?

In this particular instance, some of the most noticeable upgrades given to the Amarok Canyon include a choice of three different body colors — Deep Black, Reflex Silver and Copper Orange — as well as an exterior that now has a matte-black roll cover, a load area protective coating and a set of 19-inch Cantera alloy wheels.

Moving inside, the Amarok Canyon’s cabin is a picture of high-class amenities, a surprising move considering that the pickup is more well-suited to get down and grimy. But there it is, a cabin that not only has heated leather seats, but those seats have also been dressed in fine Nappa and Vienna leather. Likewise, the steering wheel also gets the fine-leather treatment with orange stitching, while the rest of the cabin boasts of a 6-inch color touchscreen display, Bluetooth, front and rear parking sensors, and even privacy glass.

The Volkswagen Amarok Canyon takes its power from a 2.0-liter BiTDI engine that produces 180 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Those aren’t staggering numbers by any means, but enough to tow up to 7,054 pounds when the situation calls for it.

Only 350 units of the Amarok Canyon will be made available with 300 units earmarked with automatic transmission and a smaller set of 50 units for the manual transmission models. Expect to see a price tag of £30,720, which is about $51,000 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Volkswagen Amarok

You know chicks dig sports cars , right? We’ve seen it happen time and time again, and yet it never occurred to us that there might be another kind of vehicle that will get the ladies’ attention.

That’s what Chevrolet wants us to believe with this new Super Bowl ad for the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD . It’s a cute concept that features a young cowboy driving a newly bought bull in a trailer. It gets a kinda sentimental for a few seconds before the punchline comes into focus.

Apparently, the cow is quite the bachelor because he arrived in a farm full of heifers and heiferettes — young female cows, for all you non-farmers — in a Silverado HD and all the "ladies," definitely took notice... of the cow, not the driver.

The commercial went in a number of directions that, quite frankly, made it a little hard to keep up with. But in the end, the message was clear, at least in our eyes. The Silverado HD, for all of its hulking and intimidating presence, also has an edgy side to it, the likes of which the ladies can’t get enough of.

Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado

We’ll be honest; we expected a little more from the Chevrolet Silverado Reaper.

When it was teased last week, it promised so much yet when it was introduced it delivered, well, not so much. Granted, the performance boost is impressive, but anytime you mention the word "reaper", we expect something sinister.

Instead, we get this. It’s...red.

To be fair, the work put in by Southern Comfort Automotive and Lingenfelter shouldn’t be shortchanged. We just expected it to be a little darker than what was actually presented. That being said, the aero kit is pretty comprehensive, thanks to a Southern Comfort and a Supercharged Reaper Package.

The former is what’s responsible for the restyled look of the Silverado . Yes, it looks pretty different from the standard Silverado, something that we can attribute to the front clip restyling grille that it makes it look like the hood extends a little further than usual into the trapezoidal grille. Notice that’s different, too, compared to the rectangular grille of the standard Silverado.

A new light system was also installed on the Silverado, which in this case is an integrated Rigid Industries Flood light system and daytime LED running lights. That’s short way of saying the Reaper has more intimidating lights. Speaking of intimidating, the kit also includes a rock guard and side steps, an auxiliary switch panel, a Reaper gauge package, custom stitched headrest covers, Reaper custom graphics and serialized Reaper badging.

Taken all together, the program is really intense, but somehow, Southern Comfort Automotive forgot that black, maybe even matte black, is a far more imposing look on the Silverado than red is.

As far as Lingenfelter’s involvement is concerned, the tuning firm famous for its Corvette programs produced two sets of upgrades for the Reaper Silverado. The less powerful of the two is for the 5.3-liter V-8 EcoTec 3 engine that now pumps out pumps out tidy 475 horsepower, compared to the 355 ponies of the standard unit. The bigger version of the two involves the range-topping 6.2-liter V-8 EcoTec 3 engine. From the standard 420-horsepower output of the Silverado, Lingenfelter’s TVS1900 Magnuson Supercharger managed to increase the output to an impressive 550 horsepower.

Lastly, suspension work to improve the pickup ’s overall sturdiness was done courtesy of Fox Racing while the nee exhaust comes by way of Corsa.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Silverado Reaper by Southern Comfort Automotive and Lingenfelter

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So far, this year has brought freezing temperatures and snow in places where it these are rarely seen, so it’s a good idea to start upgrading your car to for snow-driving capabilities. Ken Block, for example, transformed this Ford F-150 SVT Raptor into a sick-looking F-150 RaptorTrax, which looks like the ultimate snowmobile.

The F-150 Raptor was updated with snowboard racks, a roof basket, a rear-mounted winch, interior storage for snacks and drinks, Recaro seating, an exterior stereo setup for blasting music and four burly Mattracks. The RaptorTrax offer the usual Ken Block paint scheme, combined with exterior-mounted Rigid Industries lighting to help guide the way.

Although Ken Block didn’t announce any specifications figures just yet, the RaptorTRAX features the same Whipple-supercharged, 6.2-liter, V-8 engine as the base SVT Raptor — possibly with a slight output increase from its standard 411 horsepower — and a full roll cage for added protection.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford F-150 Raptor.

Now that Ford has announced that it will discontinue the SVT Raptor variant for the 2015 Ford F-150 , we’re left with the kind of sadness normally reserved to seeing one of our favorite TV shows get cancelled.

The SVT Raptor trim for the F-150 was a personal favorite of ours and now that it’s going to be discontinued, we’re beginning to appreciate more and more when an aftermarket company has an impressive tuning program at its hands.

That’s precisely what Roush Performance has and it’s definitely worthy of our attention. Roush fitted its Phase 2 performance upgrade onto this F-150 SVT Raptor so, off the bat, you know that this isn’t some purely aesthetic upgrade.

Nope, this one has it all in spades, including the aforementioned aesthetic upgrades. That comes in the form of a predominantly red body finish with matching custom graphics on the sides and back, finished off by some camo detailing on the rear.

But that’s not what’s tickling our fancy for this particular Roush program on the SVT Raptor. It’s the Phase 2 performance upgrade that adds a slew of new mechanical components on the pickup ’s powertrain. A huge intercooler was dropped into place, as were high-flow fuel injectors and a dual-tip, performance-tuned, cat-back exhaust system that bumps the output of the F-150 SVT Raptor to a staggering 590 horsepower, a sizable increase from the standard 411-horsepower output from the pickup’s standard 6.2-liter, V-8 engine.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford F-150

The 2013 North American Car and Truck of the Year have been named and for the first time in history, General Motors swept both awards with the distinctions going to the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the Silverado 1500 .

The road for both GM vehicles towards the title were by no means easy, as each category featured a number of other worthy models to the title. In the end, though, the 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who had a hand in naming the two winners voted a pair of worthy vehicles, each putting a stamp on its segment through respective high marks in innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for money.

Both the Corvette and the Silverado are more than just one-time winners, with the former being named Car of the Year in 1998 and the latter receiving the Truck of the Year distinction in 2007.

“It is a distinct honor for the entire Chevrolet team to have both the Corvette and Silverado recognized with the prestigious North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards,” Alan Batey, General Motors senior vice president, Global Chevrolet, said.

No truer words have been spoken by Mr. Batey, especially when you take into consideration the significance of beating out the likes of the BMW 4 Series , the Cadillac CTS , the Jaguar F-Type , the GMC Sierra and the Toyota Tundra .

Congratulations to the Corvette Stingray and the Silverado 1500. Well deserved wins for two deserving models.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette Silverado and the Silverado 1500

Ford F-150

By now, all the currently available information has been disseminated regarding Ford ’s latest and greatest F-150 . The news of its new aluminum skin, stronger frame and a new engines are leading headlines; along with its host of whiz-bang gadgetry designed to make the F-150 knock out the competition.

We’ve already covered the nitty-gritty details in our review of the 2015 F-150 , but now we present the top-10 things you need to know about the 2015 truck. Call it the “Reader’s Digest” version. We cover the exterior design and interior details; explore the handy new features found in the bed; touch on the truck’s development; and speculate about horsepower, torque, and how much the whole thing will cost.

Click past the jump for an overview of the 2015 Ford F-150

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Ford F-150

Ford Motor Co. ended the year with record sales of the F-Series truck. The F-Series has been the segment leader for more than three decades now and continues to be the truck of choice for most Americans.

In 2013, the Ford F-Series registered huge growth in sales compared to the same period last year. The F-Series remained No.1 in terms of sheer sales numbers; America’s best selling vehicle by a huge margin.

For the 37th year running, the Ford F-Series has remained the country’s best-selling truck. The Detroit based car maker sold 763,402 units of the F-Series during the year 2013. The Chevrolet Silverado took second place with 480,414 units. Compared with the sales in 2012, Ford sold an additional 18,086 units in the last year.

To put this in perspective, the Toyota Camry was the best-selling Toyota product during the previous year. The Japanese car maker delivered 408,000 units of the Camry, which is half the number of F-Series trucks sold.

Click past the jump to read about one of the newest additions to the F-150 lineup, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

Source: Motortrend

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