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  A truck is a motor vehicle for transporting goods. The word "truck" comes from the Greek "trochos", meaning "wheel". In America, the big wheels of wagons were called trucks. When the petrol engine driven trucks came into fashion, these were called "motortrucks". Slowly the word motor in front of truck disappeared.

In the rough and tumble world of pick-up trucks, the constant development for the baddest, meanest, and most powerful off-roader is a constant race for automakers determined to build the most imposing of them all and find the one that can be called the kingpin of all-utility vehicles. At the International Motor Show in Buenos Aires, Chevrolet introduced their latest offering to the fold, the Colorado Rally Concept. Next the concept will be making its way to Franfurt for its European premiere.

Based on the Colorado line of pick-ups that are considered one of the most popular in the world, the Colorado Rally Concept is the latest iteration concept that shows the new direction Chevrolet is undertaking for their next-generation off-roaders, particularly those that have rally racing in their future.

"Chevrolet has built trucks right from the start and they are an essential part of our brand. Through its purposeful design, refinement and uncompromising capability, the Colorado Rally Concept creatively reinterprets our proud heritage," said Wayne Brannon, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet Europe.

More details on the Chevrolet Colorado Rally Concept after the jump.

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Top Gear USA To Premiere November 21st

The boys from Top Gear USA were back this week and they are starting to pick up a little bit of speed in terms of entertainment value. The discussions still tend to be a little too rehearsed, but we didn’t want to turn off the television as soon as they started talking. Well, except for when Adam opened his mouth, but we’re used to that.

The main focus this week was trying to figure out which truck was the best in America. After spending the entire first episode trying to convince us all that pick-up trucks could be convinced by two-door models, this was a welcome change. Other segments included battling it out between the Local Motors’ Rally Fighter and an airboat, and a trip around the Top Gear test track with actor/comedian Bill Engvall.

Hit the jump to check out the full details on Top Gear USA: Season 2 Episode 3.

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Top Gear USA To Premiere November 21st

Top Gear USA is back for its second season and, after watching the first two episodes of The Car Show , we were hoping it would start off with a bang. Unfortunately, it was more like a muffled beep.

The only segment in the first episode of the season was a series of challenges trying to convince viewers that pick-up trucks could be replaced by two-door models. The guys ended up choosing a Ford Maverick, a BMW BMW 335E, and a Mazda Mazda Miata as their specimens. The challenges were a bit eventful and a little humorous, but overall a bit disappointing.

Maybe Top Gear USA was trying to move away from the mirror image segments from the original Top Gear , but this path was not the right one. We just hope that the next episode adds a bit more oomph because, for the first episode of the season, we thought more could have been done to convince viewers that this was the car show to watch.

Hit the jump for all the details on Top Gear USA Season 2 Episode 1

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Ford has announced that they will be looking to recall over 26,715 models due to faulty components in the brake and tail lights. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), "The multi-function switch was shipped with a sub-component (slider) that may experience deformation. A multi-function switch with a deformed slider may malfunction causing the turn signal, tail lights, hazard warning signal flashers and/or brake lights not to activate."

This is not the first time Ford pickups have undergone a serious recall. In 2010, 23,688 4-cylinder models were recalled due to a potential fire hazard. That recall centered on potential chafing of fuel lines. The Ranger was also subject to a recall in 2010 when over 2,300 manual transmission vehicles were recalled due to a faulty parking brake hydraulic actuator causing "..unintended movement which may cause a crash."

Past history aside, Ford’s newest recall is affecting a variety of vehicle including the 2002-2005 Excursion, the 2002-2007 F-250-F-550 , and the 2011 Ford Ranger .

If you just so happen to own one of the vehicles on the list, head on over to your local Ford dealer where the part will be replaced with a more robust unit. The recall is expected to begin on August 15th, 2011.

Source: NHTSA
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The monster truck phenomenon began sometime in the 70s when modified pickup trucks were becoming the rage and rampant testosterone was causing men to fight the "Who’s bigger" battle. It wasn’t until about 1981 that these same trucks were used to crush the smaller, weaker vehicles, and the culture took off from there. Now, monster truck events are everywhere and the battle for the bigger, badder truck still rages on.

In order to reign supreme in an event that has about as much drama as a pro-wrestling smackdown, owners of these massive modified trucks have to pay to play. A full monster truck build can run up to $250,000 with about $150,000 per year for spare parts. Since these 12,000lb trucks make a name for themselves by smashing the competition, an additional $250,000 is needed per year for repairs and maintenance.

Cost isn’t the only issue either. A full eight man crew spends 18-20 hours spanned out in three days constructing the track for the trucks to race on. Then the weaker vehicles, such as cars, vans, buses, ambulances, and even airplanes, are hunted down to serve as prey for the massive trucks. About 3,000 vehicles per year are found in local junkyards and returned after each event.

With such painstaking lengths taken to ensure a successful and entertaining experience, it’s no wonder that Monster Truck Jams run rampant in so parts of the country.

Check out the rest of the infographic to get a more detailed breakdown of a Monster truck’s numbers and remember to check back with us for the next installment in our Car Infographics series.

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Hennessey isn’t just about creating uber-sexy vehicles like the Venom GT . In fact, a lot of their projects entail tuning up existing models and then slapping on an HPE title coupled with the appropriate horsepower number. The latest vehicle to be blessed with the alphanumeric title is the 2009-2011 Dodge Ram and its new HPE500 designation.

The Ram HPE500 is powered by a 5.7L Hemi that has been geeked up with a TVS2300 Supercharger System and an HPE Air Induction System to help cool the beast down. This setup can produce 505 HP at 5,400rpm when fueled with 93 Octane. Broken down, it gives the driver 422 HP at the rear wheels with a 20% boost providing the 505 HP at the engine. For comparison’s sake, the Ram SRT SRT 10 powered by the Viper’s V10 engine gets 410 HP at the rear wheels and 505 HP at the engine. The deep rumble of the truck’s new inner workings can be heard flowing out of the new stainless steel cat-back exhaust system.

If the engine upgrade isn’t enough to convince anyone of Hennessey’s involvement then the company’s badges found on the exterior of the car, as well as the floormats and the embroidered headrests will give onlookers the confirmation they need that this monster was tuned by the killer team at Hennessey.

Pricing for the installed kit is $12,950, but for those do-it-yourselfers out there, you can get the kit mailed to you for $10,950. A less involved HPE425 kit is also available for $6,950 (installed) and $4,950 (mailed kit).

Hit the jump for the full list of specifications for the Ram HPE500 and HPE 425 by Hennessey.

Source: Hennessey

The truck business isn’t exactly a glamorous segment for aftermarket companies. Not because there’s a shortage of companies willing to fine-tune a monster of a truck, but more so because the appeal these days can be found in other automotive segments.

That being said, let’s not sleep on these heavy-duty bad boys just yet, especially when you have a tuning company like Callaway in the mix. Noted for their work on sports cars and muscle cars, the aftermarket tuning specialists went the way of trucks for their latest program: a modification kit for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 .

Available for both the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter versions of the Silverado, Callaway’s “C19” engine kit allows the hulking Chevy SUV to produce as much as 540 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 522 lb/ft of torque at 3,800 rpm for the 6.2-liter version of the Silverado. Meanwhile, the 5.3-liter version gets 450 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 450 lb/ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. Another important detail to consider is that even if you don’t have a Silverado 1500, Callaway’s engine kit can also be used on other GM trucks that share the same engine with the Silverado, from the Tahoe all the way up to the Suburban .

Other items that are a part of the package include a liquid-to-air intercooler, carbon fiber injection covers, a low-restriction exhaust, and a three-year, 36,000-mile Callaway powertrain warranty with an extra option to upgrade to five years and 100,000 miles if you so choose. And just in case we forget who made the project in the first place, the Silverado has been plastered with plenty of Callaway badging to go around.

The price of the whole upgrade hits $15,995. It might be a pretty hefty sum for a performance tune-up, but given the need for beastly trucks like these to have as much power as it can get, it’s probably an investment worth making.

Away from the bright lights of the Geneva Motor Show comes the introduction of the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado at the Bangkok International Auto Show. Bet you didn’t know that, did you?

Weird as it looks to have an American mid-size pick-up have its debut at an unheralded Asian auto show, it’s worth noting that Thailand just happens to be the world’s largest market for mid-size pick-up trucks. Bet you didn’t know that either.

Featuring Chevrolet ’s new design language, the new Colorado certainly looks the part of a heavy-hitter in a mid-size pick-up’s body. But the bigger question surrounding this pick-up doesn’t have anything to do with its aesthetic or performance specs, but rather on the possibility of the Colorado being sold in the US. Chevrolet has given no indication on that matter yet, but since the Silverado is the only pick-up on Chevrolet’s roster, it might make sense for the US market to be given a choice on which Chevy pick-up they might prefer.

Details on the Chevrolet Colorado after the jump.

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Mercedes has a model for everyone and every niche – small cars, big cars, SUVs, vans, buses, supercars and the Unimog. The Unimog truly defies a complete explanation. No single consumer can comprehend the myriad of capabilities that these machines possess.

The standard U500 Unimog would have been the ultimate vehicle in the movie Dante’s Peak. If you’ve never seen it, the Unimog would have been racing up a mountainside road covered in volcanic ash, saving the family from lava rushing to destroy their house, fording a river on the way back down while using its winch to save a puny National Guard Hummvee – all in a day’s work.

So why would Brabus want to create a version of this car? Brabus has been making the fastest and most prestigious Mercedes vehicles for years and if they are willing to take the Smart car and give it a makeover then the Unimog should also have its moment of glory.

Hit the jump for more details on the Brabus Unimog.

Source: Brabus

The second special edition to be revealed by Jeep at the Los Angeles Auto Show is the Liberty Jet. The new Jet package adds a price of $1,495 to the Liberty Sport models and $995 on Liberty Limited models. It is available in four exterior colors: Bright Silver, Dark Charcoal, Brilliant Black and Blackberry.

On the exterior the new Jeep Liberty Jet will be distinguished by 20-inch polished aluminum wheels fitted with P245/50R20 all-season tires, a chrome lower fascia opening, body side moldings, license plate brow, roof rails and mirror caps, blacked-out headlamps, and unique Jet badges.

For the interior, the package adds a 9-speaker premium audio system, a standard security system that includes supplemental side-curtain air bags, and Park Sense rear park assist. Dark Slate Gray leather seating with accent stitching is available, as is heated front seats, available with six-way power function for the driver and two-way for the passenger. The final touch on the interior is the leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.

Press release after the jump.


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