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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.

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

Toyota has unveiled today details on the 2011 Tundra pick-up, a model that gets a more powerful base engine and new trailer sway control standard for all models. The 2011 Tundra is offered in two grades (Tundra and Tundra Limited) and three cab styles (Regular, Double Cab and Crew Max).

The base version, 4,0 liter V6 gets a performance boost for 2011 with the adoption of Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). This results in a power increase to 270 HP and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. The 310-hp 4.6-liter and 381-hp 5.7-liter V8’s continue across the Tundra line.

For 2011, Tundra offers the SR5 upgrade package that adds popular options at a value price. A Tundra Work Truck Package, also offered at a special value, is aimed at commercial truck buyers or customers who need a tough, no-frills truck with exceptional cargo and towing capacity. The package features vinyl seating and rubber flooring and is available in Regular and Double Cab configurations with any of the Tundra’s three engine choices.

Press release after the jump.

Ford has revealed today the 2011 F-150 SVT Raptor pick-up, a model that comes with a new standard 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 411 HP and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, new technologies and a newly available SuperCrew option. Customers can already place their orders for the new model.

For 2011, the SVT Raptor gets a new exterior color, Ingot Silver Metallic – that will be available with the standard black interior, a new optional hood graphic, matte black accent graphics – including the F-150 SVT Raptor logo and "F-150" and "SVT" written in dark gray.

The list of new technologies will include: a standard 4.2-inch LCD (liquid crystal display) productivity screen, Hill Descent Control™, electronic locking differential settings and AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™). Also new for 2011 is a new Plus Package that offers rear view camera and trailer brake controller.

Press release after the jump.

For 2011, the Nissan Titan will receive just a few refinements to the optional equipment package content. The pick-up will be offered in four trim levels: S, SV, PRO-4X and SL, in King Cab and Crew Cab body styles with a choice of 4x4 and 4x2 drive configurations. Prices will start at $26,820 for the King Cab models and at $29,370 for the Crew Cab models.

The 2011 Titan is powered by a 5.6-liter DOHC Endurance V8 engine rated at 317 HP and 385 lb-ft torque mated to standard 5-speed automatic transmission. The pick-up will be offered with a PRO-4X/SL Technology Package (Crew Cab) that includes moonroof, navigation, flip-down 8-inch LCD display and DVD player with remote, auxiliary input and wireless headsets.

The model will be offered with Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately), Nissan Navigation system, Rockford Fosgate® audio system, heated front seats, leather-appointed seating and DVD entertainment center.

Press release after the jump.

After unveiling the 2011 Harley-Davidson F-150 , Ford also announced details on the standard F-150 pick-up. And the 2011 model year only comes with good news. There will be four new truck engines powering the hefty pickup: a 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter and 6.2-liter V8s, a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost 3.5-liter, and a new twin-turbo EcoBoost engine with Ti-VCT that has been specifically tuned, calibrated, and tested for durability and reliability.

The four engines deliver an output ranging from 300 to 411 HP, and the latest one delivers a fuel economy improved by 20%. Top of the line will still be a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbocharged diesel, which delivers best-in-class torque, horsepower, and fuel economy.

"Our new engine lineup allows greater flexibility for customers to select the powertrain choice that best suits their needs," said Barb Samardzich, vice president of Powertrain Engineering. "We are in the midst of a powertrain revolution, with 30 new powertrains over the next two years, and our loyal F-150 customers are the next ones to benefit."

Press release after the jump.

Toyota has unveiled the official details on the 2011 Tacoma, a model that adds new accessory packages for 2011 based on the Tacoma TX Package Concept unveiled at the 2009 SEMA Show.

The new T|X and T|X Pro Packages can be applied to Tacoma V6 Access Cab or V6 Double Cab on both 4x2 PreRunner and 4x4 models. The T|X package adds TRD 16-inch black alloy bead-lock wheels, black tube side steps, a stainless steel exhaust tip, and unique exterior graphics. It is priced at $1,699.

The T|X Pro Package includes a TRD cat-back performance exhaust system, TRD 16-inch black alloy bead-lock wheels and 265/70R16 BF Goodrich Rugged Trail tires, and unique graphics. This package is also priced at $1,699.

Next to these two packages, customers can also choose a TRD Off-Road Package that includes an electronic locking rear differential, progressive-rate front springs, specially tuned Bilstein shock absorbers, a 28-mm front stabilizer bar, and B.F. Goodrich Rugged Trail tires.

Press release after the jump.

Before Orange County Choppers, there was Harley Davidson, and while Paul Sr. and Paul Jr. duke it out as to who is the fairest of them all, Harley Davidson is and will always remain the American motorcycle manufacturer. That being said, Ford has chosen to dress up an F-150 in full HD design.

The 2011 Harley-Davidson F-150 will get a new standard 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 411 HP and 434 lb.-ft. of torque. It provides an improved maximum trailer towing capacity of 9,300 pounds. "This engine has tons of torque and already has been proven in the field with both the F-150 SVT Raptor and Super Duty," said Mike Harrison, V8 engine program manager. "The exhaust for the Ford Harley-Davidson edition has been specially tuned to feature a throaty V8 rumble customers will love." The engine can be equipped with a SelectShift Automatic transmission.

The exterior of the 2011 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 will look a lot brighter with its six-bar-shaped billet-style satin chrome grille and "Harley-Davidson" satin chrome badging. It will also come with 22-inch forge wheels in black or silver and will sit lower thanks to the standard, fully integrated deployable running board.

The interior of the F-150 will see plenty of technological upgrades, including a voice-activated Navigation System, a 4.2-inch productivity screen, power moonroof, and Remote Start System. The interior trim panels will be dressed in Tuxedo Black paint while all of the interior chrome components will have a premium stain finish. The Premium leather-trimmed seats and console lid come with handmade cloisonné badges that are manufactured by the same company that makes badges for Harley-Davidson.

The 2011 Harley-Davidson F-150 is the perfect truck for any true HD fan, but, be careful, this truck is going to cost you. Last year’s model was almost double the price of the standard F-150.

Press release after the jump.

Honda unveiled today details on the 2011 Ridgeline pick-up. For 2011 it will be offered in three trim levels: RT, RTL and RTS, all available with standard anti-lock brakes; VSA; brake assist; advanced multiple-threshold driver’s and front passenger’s SRS airbags; front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System(OPDS); two-row side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor; front seat active head restraints; a tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights.

For 2011 Ridgeline will be powered by a 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 engine that delivers a total of 250 HP at 5,700 rpm and 247 lb-ft. of torque at 4,300 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission and delivers a fuel economy of 15/20/17.

The Ridgeline integrates an independent suspension with MacPherson struts in the front and a multi-link with trailing arm design in the rear. The VSA system with active yaw control monitors lateral (cornering) stability and can integrate traction control, four-wheel drive, anti-lock braking, throttle control and stability control functions by modulating brake power at each wheel and controlling throttle input.

Press release after the jump.

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The Nissan pickup has never sold all that well here in the United States, but with tough competition from Ford and Chevrolet , it’s easy to see why that is. Nissan has an all-new Titan ready for 2014, but they might have a few changes in store for next year.

The 2011 Titan and Frontier get all-new trim level names, including S, SV, and SL. There will also be 4x4 badging on the truck if the buyer gets the four-wheel drive version. In the comfort department, captain’s chairs will be fitted as standard on the top-level SL trim. The 5.6-liter 317-horsepower V8 will remain.

The trim-level name swap will be on the Frontier as well, but the PRO-4X model will carry over on both trucks. The smaller pickup loses its six-speed manual on the long wheelbase SL King Cab and SV Crew Cab.

Luckily, there is still a six-speed manual available on the lower S trim level and the PRO-4X short wheelbases. The SV adds the Luxury Package and you can even get LATCH child safety seats.

The new Titan for 2011 goes on sale in August and the new six-cylinder Frontier will follow it in September, while four-cylinder Frontiers will go on sale in October.

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