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.

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We are all well aware of situation down in Haiti, and while celebrities are holding telethons and individuals are pledging their last dollar to the relief effort, the American automaker General Motors is taking action at the request of the U.N. by sending a fleet of GMC Sierra pick up trucks to the distressed island nation as a joint effort between the GM Foundation and the William J. Clinton Foundation.

According to the former U.S. president, "I’m pleased the GM Foundation has made a generous donation of trucks to our relief efforts in Haiti, which will be instrumental in mobilizing food and lifesaving supplies,...The American auto industry has made great strides to increase aid and assistance to Haiti, and GM’s leadership demonstrates what corporate citizens can do to help the people of Haiti rebuild and recover from the massive earthquake” said Clinton. With the GMC Sierra being one of the hardest working trucks in America, we are sure that they will be right at home being put to work in Haiti.

Press release after the jump.

It’s a bad time to be a Toyota owner these days. After news broke out last week that Toyota was being forced to recall over 1 million cars globally due to those sticky accelerator pedals, the Japanese-based auto giant has gone into full scale damage control, giving Toyota owners a chance to return their Toyota vehicles to a Toyota dealership where they’d undergo free repairs to fix the faulty pedals.

Mikel Valviva decided to return his recalled Toyota Tundra in one of the local dealerships in his area, but after being told that he would have to wait to get his Tundra fixed, Valvina took matters into his own hands. Instead of patiently waiting for his turn, Valvina “somehow” accelerated his Tundra straight into the dealership.

While it seems ridiculous to accuse someone of deliberately crashing his vehicle into a dealership because he felt disrespected, this whole situation involving Toyota and all these faulty accelerator pedals have left everybody in a constant state of confusion.

As far as Valvina’s supposed accidental torpedoing of the Toyota dealership, local authorities have indicated that the whole incident could very well have been unintentional. Or maybe the accelerator pedal just got stuck.

The great thing about SEMA that other auto shows can’t boast of is that you can find vehicles that are so out of the ordinary it begs for more than a few double takes. Take this truck from Dunkel Industries for example.

In as many words: it’s huge!

We don’t know whether this one’s for the books, but we do know that at 32 ft long, almost 9 ft wide, and 12 ft tall, it ranks right up there among the short list of enormous trucks that have made an appearance at SEMA. Dunkel Industries calls it the Luxury 4x4 (duh!) and if you take a closer look, you’ll notice that it’s a hybrid of a pick-up truck and an RV that has been fused together. By using a Ford F-650/F-750 chassis on the Luxury 4x4, Dunkel Industries was able to make a truck so big it really has no need for a trailer anymore.

After jumpstarting a billion-dollar enthusiast segment, the Bigfoot truck - one of the most iconic trucks in history - returned to SEMA to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

Adorned in the traditional no. 1 and those gargantuan 66-inch terra tires, Bob Chandler’s Bigfoot Truck returned to the very same auto show it first attended back in 1977. To celebrate the occasion, the original No.1 was joinged by a modern tube-framed Bigfoot truck that was dressed in a commemorative no. 1 body.

As you probably know by now, Monster Trucks became a cultural icon over the years, having appeared in a number of movies, spawning it’s very own competition, and has also made 25,000 appearances in over 20 countries since it was created in 1974.

Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month wouldn’t be complete without paying some respect to a group of people that have done their own tribute for BCAM.

Meet the ‘Guardians of the Pink Ribbon’ and their unique rides, pink fire trucks. Now, before you say “hey, what’s so exotic about pink fire trucks?” consider first the circumstances. This group of police officers and firefighters travel across the country for the sole purpose of raising awareness for breast cancer, which is what we’re trying to do, except on a much, much more miniscule scale.

Pink Power 5: The Pink Ribbon Tour

The group is led by Dave Graybill, a firefighter from Arizona, and what they do is they tour the country to collect signatures on their pink fire truck from breast cancer survivors and their supporters.

This year, they’ve christened their tour as the “Pink Heals Tour ‘09”, which officially kicked off last September 12 in Las Vegas and will go on until their final stop on Halloween night back in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The whole project was started by Graybill to honor and pay respect to all those women afflicted with breast cancer. In his own words: “We, who have not been affected, let’s put on our t-shirts, strap our belts, pull up our pants, and let’s go rally and start supporting our women. I’m asking all men to wear pink to honor women in their fight against cancer. I’m asking police chiefs, fire chiefs, politicians, as leaders in the country, show your women you love them.”

We may not be any of the above, but we hear your message loud and clear, Mr. Graybill. Thank you for what you’re doing.

Ford releases details about the new 6.7 Liter Power Stroke Turbocharged Diesel V8

Ford has just revealed earlier today their new 6.7 Liter Power Stroke V8 Turbocharged Diesel Engine that will replace the current heavy duty diesel engine supplied by Navistar. The new engine will make its debut in the next-generation F-Series Super Duty trucks.

The capability and reliability found in the new 6.7 Liter diesel engine starts with the engine block. The new Power Stroke’s block is made from compacted graphite iron (CGI), which is about twice as strong as regular gray cast iron. While this is the first use of a CGI block in North America in this class of vehicle, Ford has successfully used the material in engine blocks in other products around the world.

Perhaps the diesel mills extended range due to its alternatively fueled nature would make it the perfect candidate to power the next Ford SVT Raptor to another strong finish at Baja. However due to the U.S. market’s dislike for the less refined crude product it would be hard to imagine this engine in anything other than a dedicated work truck.

Press release after the jump.

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The Mercedees Benz G Wagon celebrated it’s 30 anniversiry this year, and Hamann is celebrating by giving the Austrian military’s favorite fast attack vehicle a birthday present in the form of a complete makeover, both inside and out of this G55 AMG as well as under the hood. Owners can choose from either a mild 35 HP upgrade, or go all out with the HM 600 performance kit that beefs up the 5.4 Liter engine with a blower to produce 600 HP and 576 lb-ft of torque, and like we said before, can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 162 MPH. Pretty impressive for an all-terrain machine.

Hamann tunes the Mercedes Benz G55 AMG

From the outside, Hamann has upgraded the Typhoon with an oversized grill, carbon fiber for the mirrors, door handles and fender vents. There is a new front spoiler that lowers the front end of the vehicle giving it a more sporty appearance, just like the rear wing. The most impressive features of the Typhoon are the rims, measuring in at 24 inches in diameter, not only are they huge, but the black offsets the cream exterior perfectly.

The interior has been recovered in plush red fabric on the door panels, headliner, armrests and seat inserts. The interior is further dressed up with a few carbon fiber trim pieces as well as a couple more red accents. Aside from the wild materials, for the most part, the Typhoon’s interior is exactly like it left the factory, the perfect compliment for any tuner. So if you feel like celebrating along with the boys at Hamann, give them a ring and see what they can do with your G wagon.

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It is nice to see that Ford has a few good women working on their high performance products. The automobile industry is one where you would expect to find a group of men sitting around a drafting board talking about wheelbases and horsepower, but thanks to SVT NVH engineer Hether Fedullo, the blue oval’s latest high performance off road machine is everything that it can be. Ms. Fedullo’s love for cars started early on when she would watch Formula 1 races on Sunday mornings with her father or “The Dukes of Hazzard” on her own time. She went on to get a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Technical University and interning with the Ford Motor Company simultaneously.

Once Hether graduated from college she went to work full time with the Dearborn based automotive conglomerate as a power train engineer before being moved into Ford’s Specialty Vehicle Team where she specializes in controlling the noise, vibration and harshness that comes with a high performance ride like the Ford Raptor . “NVH orchestrates the vehicle,” Fedullo said. “You could compare us to the conductors of the symphony. Like the conductor orchestrating the symphony, we figure out what the customer should and shouldn’t hear, and help the engineering team implement that plan.”

Her role was key to dampening all of the unwanted noises found in the Ford Raptor ; “For instance, when developing Raptor the team worked to gain an intimate understanding of the customer and what they wanted. We made sure to assign attributes to meet those needs… we tuned the truck for great off-road performance without comprising the on-road experience.” So we say thank you to Ms. Fedullo for being part of the development of a great product and the Ford Motor Company for giving women the ability to thrive in the automotive world.

Press release after the jump.

Optimus Prime is fast becoming the world’s most famous robot celebrity. If the Autobot’s starring role in Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen didn’t get him enough attention, his guest appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman certainly did.

The leader of the intergalactic robots is slowly becoming a household name and enthusiasts are starting to come out of the woodwork. Take this 1997 Peterbilt 379 truck that is being sold on Ebay by a man who we can only imagine is a Transformers fanatic. The truck comes complete with the exact same design elements Optimus Prime has in the movie. Painted in the same red and blue color scheme, the truck also has the same alternating red and blue flames painted on its body.

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Source: Ebay

The sad demise of Pontiac is a true American tragedy, not just because the brand is associated with everything that is American, but because it could’ve been salvaged if it’s parent company, General Motors, was in a strong financial position.

Unfortunately, the economic crisis laid waste to the auto industry and obviously, there were some casualties, with Pontiac Pontiac being one of them. It’s a pity because the brand was on the verge of coming out with a number of vehicles that could’ve easily been successful if there was just enough support given to them. One of the vehicles that Pontiac launched amid much fanfare was the G8 Sports Truck , which was unveiled at the 2008 New York Auto Show.

Pontiac had stirred up excitement with a marketing program that asked consumers to name the future the Americanized version of the popular Holden Ute from GM Australia. The doomed automaker had a few fun offerings in the works, but just couldn’t get them into showrooms fast enough. What could have been had General Motors had more time and financial resources?

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