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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.

Mazda has unveiled the new BT-50 pick-up at the Australian International Auto Show in Sydney. The new pick-up gets refined and expressive styling; a comfortable, high quality interior; a smooth ride with the feel of a passenger car; sporty and responsive driving dynamics that reflect Mazda’s DNA; and outstanding environmental and safety performance.

The BT-50 is characterized by Mazda’s family face with the five-point grille, headlights with bold boomerang shape, stretched taillights. The interior features a dashboard with an asymmetric design, four bold metallic panel strips, and a metallic outline that highlights the two cylindrical meters and connects them via a center strip.

"With the All-New BT-50, we aimed to express this emotion through the design, and we drew a lot of inspiration from various “movements” in the world around us. For example, we had a photograph of a lion. He looked like a magnificent predator with his muscles all bunching up as though he was about to pounce on his prey. His sinews were stretched taut ready to strike, and his mane framed a sharp, masculine countenance that seemed to say, ‘I am the proud king of the beasts!’ In profile, that lion appeared to be both intelligent and powerful."

Press release after the jump.

With the economy coming out of the crapper, Ford dug down deep to produce a pick-up truck that could do battle with the negativity being thrown at it. That pick-up is the new generation Ford Ranger that is said to be more tough and more capable that ever before. It will include three body styles: 4x2 and 4x4 configurations, high- and low-ride models, and a broad series array. It will be sold in 180 markets on five continents.

This new model features a longer wheelbase and wider track than the previous models, and carries a short overhang with a tri-plane plan view. There are new larger headlamps, bigger mirrors, stamped-in wheel lips, a slight rear spoiler, and increased side mirrors.

The tough look of the exterior is carried in to the interior with borrowed elements from ergonomically-designed power tools like DEWALT 1. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Ranger is said to offer comfort levels found in passenger cars.with its contemporary look and feel. The pick-up’s interior design is easily adapted to any of the interior trims available with the cluster, heating and air conditioning controls, sound system, console, and door panels switching to match the trim levels.

Press release after the jump.

The SEMA Show fever started a long time ago, and will pretty much go on spiking until November when it takes place in the "entertainment capital of the world", Las Vegas. One of its feverish symptoms isn’t the Camaro or the new Mustang as originally expected. Instead, pick-ups like theFord F-150 are quickly becoming vehicles of interest.

And after we saw this photo by Custom Shop featuring a 2011 F-150 FX2, we can absolutely see why this is the case. Custom Shop is planning on displaying the Ford pick-up with shaved door handles, a lightweight ARE tonneau cover, lightweight COR rims wearing Continental low-rolling-resistance tires, a Corsa free flow cat-back exhaust system, a larger cold air intake system, and Amsoil synthetic motor oil for the twin-turbo, direct injection gas engine. Speaking of the engine, it has been tuned to deliver 365 HP and 420 lbs-ft of torque.

The pick-up will be painted in a custom Pearl Black, white, silver, and copper paint job with a dual pinstripe border. The interior will get Katzkin seat covers, a custom Sony sound system, and LCD screens throughout the cabin.

Keep checking back with us to see what else the SEMA Auto Show has in store!

It seems that Lincoln has just received another chance. In the next four years the company will get seven all-new or significantly revised vehicles, including a pick-up truck model. If this rumor proves to be true, the Lincoln pick-up truck will be the the most luxurious and expensive pickup in Ford’s truck lineup.

If you remember the Ford F-250 Super Chief concept truck unveiled at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show, then you have a clue on what the future model will look like. And while the exterior will be defined by sheet metal, the interior will be highlighted by a stretched cab similar to the Ram 3500 Mega Cab configuration. Expect not only lots of leather and aluminum insertions, but also LCD televisions for the second row seats.

The Ford F-250 Super Chief concept was the world’s first vehicle with Tri-Flex fueling, enabling the supercharged V-10 to run for 500 miles between fill-ups on hydrogen, E85 ethanol or gasoline.

Source: PickupTrucks

Out of the spotlight of the upcoming Paris Motor Show , another vehicle expo happened in Hanover, and one of the featured vehicles making an appearance was the MBtech Reporter pick-up concept. We can’t say that we haven’t imagined futuristic pick-ups taking a departure from their current aesthetic set-up, but this one definitely takes it to an entirely different level. As far as we can tell, it looks like a fish.

The Reporter – kind of sounds more like a wrestler’s alias, doesn’t it? – is powered by an independent 1.2-liter 4-cylinder natural gas combustion engine that also includes a 70kW electric motor that powers the concept pick-ups rear axle with a gas turbocharger powering the front wheels. The Reporter’s powerplant serves the role of being a range and performance extender that allows the pick-up to produce a top speed of 80 mph.

The Reporter also features a “Solar Top” that generates enough energy – 266 Watts – to power a few of the electrical components of the vehicle, the Reporter pick-up concept is being classified as a combination of a plug-in and full-hybrid vehicle – thanks in large part to the DualX E-Drive drive solution - that also comes with an all-wheel drive system. MBtech likewise installed three driving modes in the pick-up – eco, 4range, and 4dynamic – to allow the driver to choose the most suitable setting for whatever driving condition he finds himself in.

Check out the attached video to see how the MBtech Reporter evolved from an idea into a full-fledged concept vehicle.

Source: MbTech

Ford will enter the world-famous Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 with an F-150 EcoBoost. The Baja 1000 race is part of an extensive torture test program by Ford for customers to see for themselves the extreme durability testing and development of the class-leading EcoBoost truck engine.

The Ford F-150 EcoBoost is powered by 3.5-liter engine with twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection and an output of 365 HP at 5,000 rpm and 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm, all this on regular fuel.

"The desert racing environment has been a tremendous laboratory for Ford over the years," said Eric Kuehn, chief engineer of the 2011 F-150. "We’re eager to watch the 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine prove its durability, reliability, performance and fuel economy in this tough setting. In addition to durability, reliability and top performance, we expect the EcoBoost to get outstanding fuel mileage to the point of saving one or two fuel stops during the race."

Press release after the jump.

There’s no better place to reveal a special edition Ram than good ol’ Truck Country, especially considering the new edition is called the Ram Laramie Longhorn. The special edition will be offered in ST, SLT, Outdoorsman, Sport (1500 only) Laramie and Power Wagon (2500 only) trim levels and will go on sale in the first quarter of 2011.

The car’s exterior will be distinguished by distinctive Western-style exterior badges, a chrome metal Laramie Longhorn edition badge with painted accents, and Laramie Longhorn edition on the doors. It will be available in five exterior colors, including an exclusive Sagebrush with White Gold exterior paint treatment unavailable on other Ram models. Matching White Gold lower-body two-tone, wheel flares, painted front and rear bumpers, and Mopar running boards compliment a bright chrome grille and painted tow hooks.

The interior gets leather, engraved details and burled walnut woodgrain. The Laramie Longhorn is available with a choice of dark slate gray and russet or bark brown and light pebble beige interior colors. The interior features 100 percent leather seat coverings with laser-etched bolsters (bark brown only). The leather-wrapped steering wheel receives special stitching while the door trim front and rear is also wrapped in leather and features special stitching, wood grain, and LED door-handle and map-pocket lighting.

Press release after the jump.

Does this look a little too familiar to any of you? Ford has come out with a new teaser image of a soon-to-be-unveiled vehicle. Where have we seen that before?

Oh, wait. They did that so many times with the 2011 Ford Explorer it eventually became a little too tiring. Now, the Blue Oval is back to their old tricks after releasing a teaser photo of the 2012 Ford Ranger .

From what we know, the new Ranger appears to be a little bigger than its predecessor and could potentially be configured as a four-door crew cab. True to form, Ford didn’t give away a whole lot about the new pick-up, although they did say that the new pick-up will be more powerful than previous models while also boasting of having excellent fuel economy. We also need to pass along some distressing news to people who are big fans of the Ranger. The next-generation pick-up won’t be making it’s way to the US because, according to Ford, the new Ranger is too close in size with the Ford F-150 and Americans would rather spend their hard-earned money for a larger pick-up at a price tag that isn’t too far from the Ranger.

But as for the rest of the world? Rejoice! The Ranger is still coming in your shores.

We can’t expect anything more than what Ford has given, but as soon as new developments about the new Ford Ranger come out, we’ll be sure to pass them along.

Source: Ford

Does anyone remember the Jeep Comanche? Yeah, we didn’t either. The Comanche was a Jeep pickup that was produced from 1986 to 1992, but ended up being phased out after the Chrysler buyout because of the lack of an extended cab body style and its high price. There was also the Scrambler and the JT Concept, but those didn’t work out either. Needless to say, Jeep hasn’t necessarily had a good run with its pickup trucks, but the brand is going to try it out one more time by building a production model for theGladiator pick-up concept that was brought out in 2005.

We don’t know if someone at Jeep was just rummaging through their filing cabinets or if this was a project that was just left on the backburner for five years, but the idea is being reconsidered and dealers have already looked at and approved the design. Jeep CEO, Mike Manley, already created a bit of excitement earlier this week at a dealer meeting in Orlando. As he walked off the stage, he said something like "You never know what may show up in your showroom one day." A few seconds later, the wraps were taken off a Jeep pickup. Subtle.

A production version is expected to be unveiled in the next three years. That is, of course, if Chrysler has the money to build it.

On October 15th, Mazda will be trooping down to the Land Down Under for the Australian International Motor Show, and they’re bringing with them a new pick-up truck concept: the BT-50 pick-up.

Described as an “active lifestyle vehicle”, the BT-50 is being pegged as a new kind of pick-up truck that, according to Mazda, will redefine the way people look at pick-up trucks of today.

We’re not quite sure what Mazda means by redefining an entire market segment of vehicles, but we’ll take their words are worth for what they’re worth. After all, judging from the teaser sketch they released of the pick-up concept, it looks to be right in line with the new styling direction – the Kodo Soul of Motion – the company is taking with their future vehicles. One thing we do know is that if this BT-50 concept is anything like the other Kodo-inspired concepts we’ve seen, then we’re more than curious to see how this pick-up turns out to be up close and personal.

Press Release after the jump.

Source: Mazda

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