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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.

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Mopar unveiled today the first details on the new Muscle Monster Truck, which is loosely based on the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty truck. The model is the result of a recent collaboration between Ram and Hall Brothers Racing, and it will see use in numerous Monster Jam competitions, starting with the one on January 11th in Detroit.

The new Mopar Muscle Monster Truck is the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) monster truck to be introduced in the Monster Jam series in more than a decade. The model is based on a highly modified Ram Heavy Duty truck that is 10-feet high and weighs 10,300 pounds.

Under the hood the new monster truck gets a 565-cubic-inch, supercharged version of the iconic Gen II 426 HEMI engine that delivers a total of 2,000 horsepower — an increase of almost 1,600 horsepower over the most powerful Ram Heavy Duty version.

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The Mossy Oak package will return to Ram lineup, and the truck builder will display it at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show with the special edition 1500 Mossy Oak. After being originally introduced in 2011, the new
Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition will go on sale in early 2014 at a base price of $39,985, plus $1,195 destination charge. The model will be displayed next week at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

This Mossy Oak model is available exclusively on the Ram 1500 4x4 Crew Cab model, and for the first time ever, it will be offered with the RamBox cargo management system.

The Mossy Oak model is available in either Black, Black Gold Pearl or Prairie Pearl monotone exterior colors combined with camouflage on the bedcaps and tailgate, and Mossy Oak logos prominently displayed on the rear quarter panels. Buyers can also opt for camouflage decals on the lower cladding too. This combination of paint and camouflage will make it idea for hunting, fishing, camping or any other outside activity that truck owners partake in.

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The 2015 GMC Canyon is expected to be unveiled on January 12th at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, and GMC has just released the first teaser image of the upcoming midsize pickup. As expected, the image reveals nearly nothing, but we do expect the new Canyon to be highly influenced by the 2015 Colorado we saw at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show .

Earlier this year, GM president Mark Reuss said "GMC will be more about conquest. The Chevy will be about value," which leads us to believe that there will be some significant differences between the Colorado and Canyon, unlike the nearly identical duo we saw in the last generation.

When it comes to the Canyon’s design language, it should borrow some design cues from the 2014 GMC Sierra . Under its hood, it will offer the same engines we saw in the Colorado, including a 2.5-liter in-line four and a 3.6-liter V-6. A 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine could also arrive in 2016.

Updated 01/13/2014: The 2015 GMC Canyon made its world debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, so we’ve added all the official details, images and specs.

Updated 04/29/2014: GMC unveiled a new video in which it explains how the rear can be adjusted to accommodate a child’s car seat.

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The folks over at TruckTrend, MotorTrend’s sister publication, have announced their pick for the 2014 Truck of the Year; and the honors go to the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.

The Ram 1500 had a thick field of competitors, ranging from the Chevrolet/GMC 1500 twins and Toyota Tundra to Ram’s own ProMaster transport van and Heavy-Duty truck lineup. Although the competition was fierce, each vehicle was judged against six key criteria: Advancement in design, safety, value, efficiency, engineering excellence, and performance of intended function.

Not only does Ram take home the prized golden calipers trophy, it does so for the second consecutive year – a first for the Truck of the Year award. It’s important to note the competition is only open to new or significantly updated vehicles. TruckTrend editors had to decided if a new powertrain option counted as a “significant” update to the otherwise unchanged Ram 1500 Ram 1500 . Their decision to allow the Ram 1500 to re-compete happened only after careful deliberation and consideration that a diesel powerplant in the half-ton class could be a game-changer.

As described in the video above, the EcoDiesel certainly has put the truck industry on notice. TruckTrend’s own testing revealed staggeringly impressive fuel economy numbers from the clean-diesel powerplaint – 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway/22 mpg combined in a crew cab 4X2 with a 3.55 rear axle. That, combined with an attractive interior, useful exterior, and 7,300-pound towing capacity makes the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel TruckTrend’s Truck of the Year for 2014.

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We’ve known for quite some time now that 2014 will be the final year for the current-generation Honda Ridgeline , but an official confirmation came today when Honda released the first teaser image of the next-generation pickup and announced that it is set to arrive "within two years."

According to Honda officials, the "next-generation Ridgeline will build on Honda’s role in creating new value with a new take on advancing form and function in the truck segment." Also, it looks like the next Ridgeline will play an important role in Honda’s future "product portfolio and strengthen an already class-leading lineup of light trucks."

The current Ridgeline enjoyed relatively decent success in a market that’s starving for midsize pickups. In fact, sales in 2013 grew by 29 percent, thanks in part to the addition of the new top-of-the-line Special Edition model for 2014, with sales totaling 16,160 units. This jump in sales can also be credited to a relative lack of competition in the midsize truck realm.That said, the Ridgeline will have an all-new, midsize Chevy Colorado to contend with when it does return in a few years.

Honda failed to reveal any information on what will power the new Ridgeline, but we suspect the same V-6 powertrain, but with output closer to the 300-horsepower mark. A four-cylinder setup is a possibility, given the Colorado has a four-pot offering, so keep an eye out for that too.

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Land Rover Defender

WhatCar? reports that Land Rover could launch a pickup version based on the next-generation Defender. The news broke after Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern explained that the pickup can only be launched when more conventional models of the Defender hit the market.

Now, Land Rover is planning to introduce the new Defender in the year 2016, this according to reports, which will be available in five- and seven-seat configurations, and permanent all-wheel drive. The WhatCar? report goes on to say that the upcoming Defender pickup would be a premium offering with all-wheel drive as standard. It is touted to rival the Volkswagen Amarok

The pickup version will only come in a five-seat, crew-cab configuration with permanent all-wheel drive. Traditionally, the Land Rover Defender has been available in various body styles, including hard top, soft top, wagon, utility wagon, chassis cab, double cab, etc. The rugged Defender platform has proven to be versatile, which can be tailored for specific applications.

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Today, Honda announced a special-edition Ridgeline that completes the 2014 Ridgeline lineup that hit the market back in September. The model is priced from $37,505 and includes leather trimming and navigation as standard features.

The new Ridgeline Special Edition is offered with exclusive 18-inch, aluminum alloy wheels with black-trimmed spokes and it is distinguished by a black exterior trim package that includes black headlight and taillight housings, black tailgate and black honeycomb grille with black surround. It also gets "Special Edition" badges on the tailgate to let folks know that this is any regular old Ridgeline.

As standard, the new Ridgeline Special Edition comes with Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition and Zagat Survey restaurant information. It also includes XM Radio, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and a multi-information display.

Buyers can order the 2014 Ridgeline Special Edition in three exterior colors — Taffeta White, Crystal Black and Alabaster Silver — and they all come with black leather interior.

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Unlike Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, Brad Paisley doesn’t race cars for a living. But like Gordon and Stewart, Paisley did have a signature model present at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show .

The American singer-songwriter and musician has collaborated with Chevrolet designers to introduce an edgy program for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado . Seems appropriate, too, since Paisley is mostly known as a country star and the Silverado is built for the country.

But we digress...

The Brad Paisley Signature Silverado combines elements from Paisley’s background with a sophisticated list of components that not only brings new life to the Silverado, but also gives it much more attitude.

The custom-blended paint scheme of the customized Silverado is as all-American as it can get, and it even incorporates Paisley’s logo on the front doors as their own unique styling elements. A host of aero components were also installed, including a performance-oriented hood extractor vent, black tubular assist steps, and a tailgate aero lip. A set of 22-inch, custom-painted, matte-black wheels, chrome tow hooks, and a spray-in bedliner with an integrated Chevrolet bowtie logo were also added to the program courtesy of Chevrolet Accessories.

Moving to the interior, the Paisley Signature Silverado was equipped with a sophisticated color and trim, featuring blue suede inserts on the black leather seats, which, in turn, have been accented with blue stitching. The cabin is all sorts of blue, which plays in nicely with the exterior.

Performance enhancements are also part of the program, including a suspension system that lowered the pickup by two inches. A Borla performance exhaust system and red brake calipers round out the comprehensive features list of the Paisley Signature Silverado.

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If Jeff Gordon can have his own Chevrolet SS signature model at SEMA , there’s no reason for Chevrolet to tap another famous NASCAR driver to have his own model too, right?

That, apparently, was the prevailing thought at the Bowtie headquarters and to answer that question, the company enlisted Tony Stewart’s help to develop a custom Chevrolet Silverado .

It seems appropriate that the man known as "Smoke" can have his imprint on a pickup truck with the torque-twisting power of the Silverado. It certainly takes a pickup the stature of the Silverado to live up to Stewart’s brash and go get-’em driving style on the track and the marriage couldn’t have been made any better.

The concept itself is based on the 2014 Silverado LTZ Z71, and it was designed with an exterior that comes with a Dark Tarnished Silver color, tinted headlights and taillights, and plenty of unique graphics that point back to the man who has won three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles.

A handful of Chevrolet Accessories components, a lot of which are available through Chevy dealers, were also used on the concept, including a tonneau cover, four-inch chrome assist steps and a set of 22-inch wheels with a custom finish.

The interior modifications are limited to just Stewart’s signature embroidered on the headrests, but make no mistake, this concept Silverado has the likeness of Smoke all the way through.

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When it comes to programs for pickup trucks, like the F-150 , aesthetics often take a back seat to performance and functionality upgrades.

The old adage holds true with The Sportsman Channel’s custom modification for the Ford pickup, which you will be able to see at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show .

Living up to its name as an all-around weekend adventure seeker, the since F-150 Adventure Edition was born out of requests from fans of The Sportsman Channel to see what kind of items they’d want to see in a pickup, so they could enjoy their hunting, fishing, hiking and camping excursions.

The end result is a pickup that is loaded with a bevy of custom modifications, including custom bumpers, fender flares, a six-inch lift kit, an 11,000-pound winch and a set of 20-inch all-terrain wheels from Dick Cepek Tires wrapped in Fun Country tires.

Inside, the upgrades continue with a ridiculous Maxxsonics custom audio system to go with a locked storage from TruckVault and nylon bags from Battle Lake Outdoors.

For all of your weekend outdoor exploits, the F-150 Outdoor Adventure has all your needs wrapped up in an impressive package.

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