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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.

It appears Toyota is readying a new iteration of its famed Hilux midsize pickup truck . Our spy photographers grabbed these images along a mountain road in southern Europe as the Japanese automaker put this test mule through its paces.

Absent from the pictures but present on-site was a Volkswagen Amarok , a direct competitor for the Hilux. While the two trucks aim at the same market, the VW is regarded as more spacious and comfortable than past Hilux trucks. Since Toyota brought it along, perhaps we can expect a more civilized and roomy Hilux.

We can expect the upcoming Hilux to include a bevy of gasoline and diesel engine options, along with both manual and automatic transmissions and two- and four-wheel-drive. At this point, no details exist about its powertrain options.

Considering the new offerings coming to the U.S. by way of the Chevrolet Colorado , GMC Canyon , Nissan Navara , and a rumored Honda Ridgeline , Toyota may elect to bring the new Hilux to the States as the Tacoma . If this possibility becomes a reality, then we could see a new Tacoma by 2017, if not sooner.

Then again, Toyota could stick with its current U.S.-spec Tacoma, opting for a heavy refresh with new looks, new underpinnings, and generously updated powertrain options. Only time will tell, but rest assured TopSpeed will cover it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Toyota Hilux.

Hennessey Performance and the nation-wide automotive dealer AutoNation have recently announced their alliance in bringing Hennessey Hennessey Performance parts to the masses through AutoNation’s extensive dealer network. That means you can walk into your local AutoNation Chevrolet dealer and order a Hennessey upgrade to your vehicle, so long as Hennessey makes a kit for it.

Kicking off this new partnership, Hennessey outfitted a Chevy Silverado crew cab with its HPE550 Supercharger kit and hooked a flatbed trailer to its hitch. Riding along is a Corvette Stingray convertible with Hennessey’s HPE650 Supercharger . As the supercharger names suggest, the Silverado now makes 550 horsepower and the Vette puts out an impressive 650.

What we see in the video above is the pair getting their modifications in preparation for their nationwide tour. Yep, starting this month, Hennessey will be touring the country, going from one AutoNation dealer to the next, showcasing the performance advantages of its engine upgrades. Demonstration rides will be given and burnouts will likely happen.

Chevy buyers will be able to outfit not only the Corvette and Silverado with Hennessey’s wares, but also the SS , Camaro , Tahoe , and Suburban .

Once this Chevrolet tour is over in approximately 12 months, Hennessey will begin the same process with AutoNation Ford dealerships; showcasing Hennessey’s soon-to-be finished upgrades for the new 2015 Ford lineup. That includes the new Mustang and F-150 .

It appears Ford is taking extra measures to ensure its new 2015 F-150 will withstand the test of time and unfavorable weather conditions, including harsh sunlight. The automaker has announced its practices for testing both interior and exterior parts, and it’s rather interesting.

A majority of testing took place at Ford’s own Central Lab, where individual parts were subjected to a Thermatron. Like a scene from an old Sci-Fi film, the Thermatron blasts the parts with UV rays over an extended timeframe, simulating five years of sun exposure in a fraction of the time.

Ford is paying a lot of attention to the F-150’s interior in terms of its anti-glare properties. Washed out gauges, infotainment screen, and reflective materials on the dash have all been eliminated – preventing the driver from getting shot in the eye with a beam of sun reflecting off a chrome trim piece.

Special attention is also being paid to the exterior badges. A quick look at any mid- to late-2000s F-Series truck will reveal Ford had serious issues with its badges fading. Ford says it tested all its exterior badges under some 3,000 hours of sun-like conditions, along with temperatures as cold as -40 degrees Celsius followed by a steam bath of 100 degrees Celsius. That’s serious stuff.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford F-150.

University of Texas fans can now get their jollies with this UT-branded edition Chevrolet Silverado . The truck is decked out in Sunset Orange Metallic paint and features prominent Texas Longhorn logos above the rear tires and on the tailgate. Onlookers and fans of other teams will have no doubt which college football team this Chevy’s owner is for.

The special edition truck will be sold nationwide for an extra $795 on select Silverado trim levels, but the real story is that Chevrolet is its second year of a multi-year contract with the University of Texas as a sponsor for the school’s athletic program. “There is no more appropriate place to showcase the stronger, smarter, more capable Chevrolet Silverado than in the heart of truck country,” says Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet director of Truck Marketing.

Chevy is also the official truck of Bevo, the Texas Longhorns’ mascot. A Silverado HD gets the honors of hauling Bevo’s trailer around from game to game, all over the country.

As for the University of Texas edition Silverado, the package can only be ordered on two- or four-wheel-drive Double Cab trucks with the LT or LTZ trim package; or the larger Crew Cab version in LTZ trim. The truck also must be ordered with the Texas Edition Package.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado University of Texas Edition.

The Tundra is an obscure model in the Toyota lineup. In the world that is dominated by the "Detroit Three," Toyota continually strives to create a pickup that is worthy of the masses, even if the sales are far from stellar. The current-generation truck is getting quite old — it debuted in 2007 — so Toyota has given it a full visual overhaul inside and out for 2014. TopSpeed went to the first press drive and came away quite impressed, but how would the truck fair in the real world?

I took possession of a top-level trim 1794 Edition Tundra for a week to put it through its paces. The GM twins are all-new this year, the new Ford F-150 comes out next year, and the Ram should be getting refreshed soon. In this world of fast evolving pickups does the new Tundra have what it takes to stay relevant?

I spent more than 800 miles beating on this beast to see if it had what it takes to be a real truck that sees real work.

Read on to find out what I though of it.

Toyota’s commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Land Cruiser 70 by doing something it’s never done before. The Japanese automaker is reintroducing the model, except that it’s going to be limited to its local market. I don’t know if I speak for everybody here, but I’m completely jealous that Japan’s getting exclusive dibs on the re-released Toyota Land Cruiser 70 . All 200 planned models, to be exact. It doesn’t seem fair, does it?

To make things interesting, Toyota’s also producing a double-cab pickup version of the Land Cruiser 70, which will also be limited to the Japanese market.

Granted, I’m not that excited about the pickup version as I am about the traditional enclosed body classic. The latter model speaks to a level of nostalgia you don’t see in today’s models anymore. I’m counting those retro-inspired ones, too.

If I knew that Toyota was considering re-releasing the model due to widespread requests in Japan, I’d be screaming for the model to go Stateside. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that Toyota will do that, leaving me with no other choice than to just drool over these photos. Such a shame.

Click past the jump to read more about the Toyota Land Cruiser

Chevrolet has launched its online configurator for the all-new 2015 Colorado. General Motor’s newest truck, along with its GMC twin, head up the long-awaited return of midsize trucks to the U.S. market. Fans and potential buyers can now spend time building their Colorado of choice just they way they like it, including two cab sizes, two bed lengths, two engine options, four trim packages, and either two- or four-wheel-drive.

While the GMC Canyon’s online configurator is noticeably absent as of 9/4/2014, the Colorado’s configurator makes easy work of building the right truck . For example, if frequent towing is part of the plan, then choosing the 3.6-liter V-6, locking rear differential, and Z82 trailering package would be a good choice. For those looking to save on gas, the extended cab Colorado can also be had with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and six-speed manual transmission.

Pricing for the Colorado starts at $20,995 and can rise past $40,000 for a crew cab, long bed Z71 with four-wheel-drive and nearly every available option tacked on. Those options include everything from cargo bed accessories, side steps, and tonneau covers to navigation, leather seating, and even a first aid kit.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado’s configurator.

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The Ram Heavy Duty has been around since 1981 when Dodge introduced the three-quarter and one-ton trucks. The Ram was available with an innovative, 5.9-liter, Cummins turbo-diesel, something GM and Ford trucks couldn’t boast. The old Cummins turbo-diesel saw Ram Heavy Duty sales grow, thanks to its direct-injection fuel system, turbocharger, and greater power outputs than the competition.

Four generations of trucks later, the Ram Heavy Duty is still powering ahead of the competition with its Cummins turbo-diesel power, unmatched payload and towing stats, and its rugged, big-rig-like looks.

The 2015 model year sees some fairly significant changes for the Ram truck, mostly dealing with its updated, 6.7-liter, Cummins powerplant and the trucks certification with the Society of Automotive Engineers’ J2807 towing standards. Though the Cummins is the headlining engine, Ram (no longer Dodge since 2010) also offers a 6.4-lite, HEMI V-8 and the venerable 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8.

With three cab configurations, three bed lengths, two engines, and two- or four-wheel-drive offered, the Ram 2500 and 3500 can be built to suit whatever job needs doing. Heck, Ram even offers a chassis cab version of the 3500 prepped and ready for aftermarket bed applications.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Models

The U.S. auto industry have given us some of the most incredible automobiles over the last 100 hundred years. Starting with the Ford Model T , the first vehicle mass-produced on moving assembly lines, and ending with the aluminum-bodied, 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck, America has made a name for itself as one of the world’s biggest automobile manufacturers. Before the Great Depression, the U.S. produced over 90 percent of the vehicles sold globally, and after World War II it was responsible for 75 percent of the world’s production. That’s no longer the case in 2014, when China manufactures nearly 20 million vehicle a year, more than both the U.S. and Japan.

Sure, these numbers don’t mean U.S. manufacturers have lost their touch. Just look at the new Mustang and Corvette Z06 , and you’ll notice the brilliant engineering and the passion are still there. However, it’s common knowledge that global production works on different standards which restrict the availability of certain models in certain markets. It works both ways. Europe, for instance, can’t have many of the vehicles sold in the U.S., while Americans can’t buy cars made by a variety of European brands. Ironically, North American manufacturers have launched a bevy of nameplates that can’t be had in the U.S. And while most of them wouldn’t stir any interest on these shores, some vehicles have caused great frustration to the American enthusiast.

I’m going to talk about the latter. The cool cars we can’t buy and drive over various production or import issues, or even the manufacturer’s lack of interest in the U.S. market. Take a look at my choices below and tell me what you guys think. I narrowed the list down to 10 vehicles, so feel free to let me know which ones you think I should have included in the comments box.

Click past the jump to read more about the cool cars we can’t buy in the U.S.

Having the right tool for going off-road is just like having the right tool for the track; purpose-built vehicles work best for their intended purpose. And just like we at TopSpeed often compare track toys that go fast, we also like to compare the dirtier side of the automotive spectrum.

Below the jump is our pick of the top-five best off-road vehicles currently on the market. They hail from five brands, three continents, and two vehicle types. These trucks and SUVs represent the best in modern innovation tied in with proven technology wrapped in attractive packages.

Just like at the track, it’s all about getting power to the ground when heading off the beaten path. Locking differentials, axle articulation, and proper tires make all the difference. With pricing in the comparison ranging from $31,000 to in excess of $50,000, the group varies wildly from spartan to outright luxurious. But no matter what the interior looks like, the greasy bits underneath are what count the most.

Click past the jump for TopSpeed’s Top Five Off-Roaders


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