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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.

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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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.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mopar Muscle Monster Truck.

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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.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition.

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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.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 GMC Canyon.

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.

Click past the jump for more info on the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

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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.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Honda Ridgeline.

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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.

Click past the jump to read more about the Defender pickup

Source: WhatCar?

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