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The 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Won't Look Like the 2015 Santa Cruz Concept After All

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Won’t Look Like the 2015 Santa Cruz Concept After All

The concept was a stunner, so there’s a lot of pressure to live up to it

Four years after dropping jaws on the floor of the North American International Auto Show, we learn the Hyundai Santa Cruz Concept could finally come to our lives in the next few years. Just don’t expect the production version to look anything like the concept that caused a ruckus in Detroit back in 2015. Time is the biggest culprit behind this shift. It’s been four years since Hyundai unveiled the Santa Cruz, and a lot has changed within Hyundai during that time. The company’s new decision-makers are taking a different approach from the regime that championed the concept’s production back then. It remains to be seen how the different stylistic approach affects the production model’s appeal, but that’s also just one of many questions that Hyundai needs to answer before the production pickup arrives.

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This Fastback Ford F-150 by Aero-X is as Ridiculous as it is Awesome

This Fastback Ford F-150 by Aero-X is as Ridiculous as it is Awesome

We never knew the world neededfastback-bodied pick-ups but Michigan Vehicle Solutions thinks it does!

Did you ever look at the existing pickup bed caps and bemoan the fact that they don’t make trucks more aerodynamic? Michigan Vehicle Solutions thought it’s time for something new on the market of bed caps, so they’ve looked at the louvered rear windows of ’60s and ’70s Mustangs and came up with the Aero X fiberglass cap that makes the Ford F-150 attract more eyes than ever before.

Your first reaction may be, ’Why?’, followed by a typical, ’Who are these people?’ Well, this company, based in Southgate, Michigan, "works and performs testing & services in conjunction with the OEMs in the testing & custom vehicle build arena," according to its own website. You’ll get why they thought sticking a sloping 260-pound cap in the back of Ford’s F-150 is a good idea when you’ll see the crazy renders of a Dodge Charger Daytona-esque body kit for the Dodge Challenger on the About Us page. This, then, looks mundane in comparison.

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2019 GMC Sierra MultiPro Tailgate V.S. 2019 Ram Multifunction Tailgate

2019 GMC Sierra MultiPro Tailgate V.S. 2019 Ram Multifunction Tailgate

Two truck innovations square off to decide which one has the better overall offering

It’s the dawn of a new age for pickup trucks these days as the RAM 1500 and the GMC Sierra square of in a battle of wits involving their respective…tailgates. Unlike in the past where pickups are usually compared by the amount of power they produce or the amount of weight they can carry or tow, we’re entering a new frontier where the term “trick tailgate” is about to become one of the most important elements of a pickup, if it isn’t there already. GMC was the first to showcase its six-function MultiPro tailgate in 2018 on the Sierra truck. It took some time, but RAM has responded with its own trick tailgate, known as the MultiFunction tailgate, at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. So, now that we’ve seen both tailgates and tinkered with them on separate occasions, which of these two is better? For that, we look at the Tale of the Trick Tailgates.

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The New 7.3-Liter V-8 Gasser In the 2020 Ford Super Duty Is a Combination of Old School and New School

The New 7.3-Liter V-8 Gasser In the 2020 Ford Super Duty Is a Combination of Old School and New School

This powerplant is big and bad, but it’s smart too

Boosted, small-displacement engines are all the rage these days, but Ford is breaking the mold by offering up a brand-new, naturally aspirated, 7.3-liter V-8 with the 2020 Super Duty. Built from the ground up and revealed for the first time at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, the 7.3-liter gasser was designed specifically to meet the demands of Super Duty customers, rather than as an evolution of a pre-existing platform. A lot of it is old-school in its approach, with huge displacement, pushrods, and an iron block, but interestingly, Ford managed to massage in a number of forward-looking details as well. Read on for the lowdown on the latest gasser from the Blue Oval.

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SUVs, Crossovers, and Trucks Reign Supreme in Chicago, Sports Cars Are An Afterthought

SUVs, Crossovers, and Trucks Reign Supreme in Chicago, Sports Cars Are An Afterthought

This is the state of the industry

Welp, the 2019 Chicago Auto Show is now coming to a close, and as the final sheet pulls are done, and the journalists make way for the auto-eager public, it’s a good time to take stock of what went down. Out of all the debuts that dropped in The Windy City, the tall and torquey seem to be the order of the day, while the quick corner-carvers are pushed to the side.

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How Ford Crashed Chevy's Heavy Duty Truck Party in Chicago

How Ford Crashed Chevy’s Heavy Duty Truck Party in Chicago

The truck wars are hotter than ever!

Following a preview in December 2018, Chevrolet introduced the all-new Silverado HD truck at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show,bragging about its new gasoline engine, 10-speed transmission for the diesel mill, and segment-leading towing capability. But Ford joined in with a revised version of the F-Series Super Duty and crashed GM’s party.

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The Mopar-modified 2019 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Has Everything That You Can Ask For In A Truck

The Mopar-modified 2019 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Has Everything That You Can Ask For In A Truck

The accessories will cost a bomb, but you can have the truck of your dreams with the available options

Mopar has laid its hands on the 2019 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty and has given prospective buyers one more reason to buy this truck as soon as it launches. Actually 170 reasons. Mopar debuted the modified 2019 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty truck at the Chicago Auto Show and results are nothing but phenomenal. Mopar offers 170 aftermarket parts for the truck, ranging from lights, to trailer cameras. You name it, and Mopar has it.

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2020 Ram Chassis Cab Brings a New Generation of Work Trucks to Chicago

2020 Ram Chassis Cab Brings a New Generation of Work Trucks to Chicago

Open chassis and class-leading towing

Ram’s latest generation of Heavy Duty truck is already a familiar site and needless to say, it has what it takes to compete with the newer Ford F-Series Super Duty and Chevrolet Silverado HD. At the Chicago Auto Show, the lineup grew bigger with the addition of the Chassis Cab model, which enables you to rebody the truck for many purposes.

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2020 Toyota Tacoma Arrives At Chicago With New Features And Mild Visual Updates

2020 Toyota Tacoma Arrives At Chicago With New Features And Mild Visual Updates

The best-selling mid-size pickup truck receives teeny-tiny updates on all the trims

Although the Sequoia made the news for being roped in by the TRD Pro division, let’s not sideline the best-selling mid-size pickup truck in the States. Toyota refreshed the Tacoma for the 2020 model and has brought it to Chicago. Although the visual changes may not be visible to a layman, there are a few cues that help differentiate the 2020 Tacoma from the 2019 model. The drivetrain, however, still remains the same. Should Toyota have bumped up the power figures a little bit?

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Jeep Gladiator Goes Fancy with Katzkin Leather in Chicago

Jeep Gladiator Goes Fancy with Katzkin Leather in Chicago

You can also own an all-new Katzkin interior on Instagram

The iconic Jeep Gladiator made a comeback after several decades and it’s already a popular topic among truck enthusiasts. A true work horse in base trim, the Gladiator can also be order with premium features and loads of accessories through Mopar. Now, you can also add Katzkin leather via a package that Jeep just showcased at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.

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The New Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson is a Fat Boy on Four Wheels

The New Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson is a Fat Boy on Four Wheels

The new Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition drops at the Chicago Auto Show

The Ford F-150 is once again on the receiving end of a Harley-Davidson makeover. The 2019 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition is the latest creation in a long line of collaborations between what is arguably America’s most popular car brand and its Wisconsin-based motorcycle counterpart. In keeping with the theme of past F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition models, the 2019 model packs plenty of aesthetic touches, a lot of which are there to celebrate the long-standing partnership between the two American icons. It’s not just about the visuals, either. Form meets function in this creation; the F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition builds on the F-150’s all-world, go-anywhere capability with new equipment that lives up to the tradition of past F-150 Harley-Davidson Editions. The special edition pickup is on the clock to make its debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Pricing starts at $97,415 and goes all the way up to $98,433 depending on the exterior paint color of the pickup.

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Toyota Teases a New TRD Pro Off-Road "Beast" for the 2019 Chicago Auto Show - is it the 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro?

Toyota Teases a New TRD Pro Off-Road "Beast" for the 2019 Chicago Auto Show - is it the 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro?

The plan to put a TRD badge on every Toyota out there continues unabated

Toyota dropped a teaser video for its next TRD Pro truck that will be unveiled on February 7th at the Chicago Auto Show.You don’t see much in the video, but we’re guessing Toyota is either previewing an updated version of the Tundra TRD Pro or a new model altogether.

We’ve talked about Toyota’s plans to add a TRD version to every Toyota there is in the past, and this means we’re on the cusp of getting more TRD Sport and TRD Pro models. This time around, Toyota is preparing us for a rugged new TRD Pro truck that’s seen disrupting the peace in a 15-second clip posted by the Japanese automaker on social media.

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The 2019 RAM 1500 Fires Back at GMC's Multipro Tailgate With Something Simple And Useful

The 2019 RAM 1500 Fires Back at GMC’s Multipro Tailgate With Something Simple And Useful

Is this the new flashpoint in the pickup truck wars?

The more utility you can add to a pickup, the better it becomes. That’s a given, but how do you improve on the formula? It seems as though GMC found a way with its Multipro Tailgate and 2019 Sierra, which offers multiple configurations for improved access to the box, extended holding capacity, and a second-tier loading height. Now Ram is getting in on the action with its own take on the configurable tailgate concept, offering up something it’s calling the Multifunction Tailgate on all seven trim levels of the 2019 Ram 1500. Granted, GMC was the first in this space, but we think Ram might have the better tailgate this time around.

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2020 Chevy Silverado HD Debuts with New Engine, Massive Towing Rating

2020 Chevy Silverado HD Debuts with New Engine, Massive Towing Rating

It features a new 10-speed transmission as well

Two months since it unveiled the new-generation Chevrolet Silverado HD through a bunch of photos and limited information, GM finally released the full data on its strongest and most capable heavy-duty truck yet. Needless to say, it’s pretty impressive.

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2020 F-Series Super Duty Promises to Offer Highest Towing and Payload Ratings

2020 F-Series Super Duty Promises to Offer Highest Towing and Payload Ratings

The Blue Oval’s workhorse gets updated with improved powertrain specs and technology features

Ever since the late ‘90s, Ford’s line of F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks have been designed to meet the demands of customers who use their vehicles to get the job done. Now, the Super Duty is gearing up for a major refresh heading into the 2020 model year, with a debut slated for the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.

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Is RAM About to One-Up GMC's MultiPro Tailgate With Something Even Better at the Chicago Auto Show?

Is RAM About to One-Up GMC’s MultiPro Tailgate With Something Even Better at the Chicago Auto Show?

RAM better have a good one up it’s sleeve if it wants to upstage GMC’s new trick tailgate

RAM and GMC have been engaged in friendly bantering over the Twittersphere in the last couple of days, in part due to the latter’s new six-function MultiPro tailgate that’s available on the GMC Sierra. Well, as with Twitter beef goes, RAM is preparing its response to the MultiPro tailgate with the promise of a big reveal on February 7, 2019. What’s so special about that day? It’s the first media day of the 2019 Chicago Auto Show where RAM is expected to unveil its own state-of-the-art, too-clever-for-your-own-good tailgate technology. The full details of RAM’s “new” tailgate are still unclear, but the automaker is confident that it can upstage GMC’s new trick tailgate in front of the entire automotive world. Battle lines are drawn as we wait for RAM’s salvo in two days.

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Here's How Ford Performance 3D-Printed the Intake Manifold for Ken Block's Hoonitruck

Here’s How Ford Performance 3D-Printed the Intake Manifold for Ken Block’s Hoonitruck

Custom goodness for the Hoon Master General’s latest and greatest

Just one glance will confirm - Ken Block’s Hoonitruck is a combination of creativity, performance engineering, and unbridled insanity. In fact, it’s a bit like Mr. Block himself in that respect. We love picking apart all the cool little bits and pieces Ford added to this one-off smoke machine, and now we’re getting an inside look at the Hoonitruck’s unique 3D-printed intake manifold.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Turns On The Waterworks With New - And Emotional - Super Bowl LIII Ads

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Turns On The Waterworks With New - And Emotional - Super Bowl LIII Ads

These ads, or at least two of them, are dripping in the feels

A few days after rolling out its first batch of Super Bowl LIII-bound commercials, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is doubling down on the ad campaign with three new commercials for its Jeep and RAM brands. There are two commercials for RAM, one of which looks like it has a tie in with the Los Angeles-based football team that’s playing in the game that also shares the “Ram” name with the FCA-owned automaker. The other two commercials, one for Jeep and the other for RAM, carry a much more serious and emotional tone, highlighting both this great country and the important roles we play in shaping our children to be better than all of us. FCA hasn’t announced at which point in the game these three ads will be shown. Rest assured, though, you’re going to want to see all of them.

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This $5,000 Chinese Mini-Pickup - The 2019 Kaiyun Pickman - To Hit U.S. Shores This Year

This $5,000 Chinese Mini-Pickup - The 2019 Kaiyun Pickman - To Hit U.S. Shores This Year

They have all approvals required and are waiting to start imports

Kaiyun Motors was started in 2014 with the goal of taking on the American pickup market with its tiny all-electric model called the Pickman. Now, some five years later, the Chinese startup is set to start shipping these battery powered ponies into the States where their arrival will undoubtedly cause a bit of a stir.

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What Does the Future Hold For GM Trucks? Will the Company Be Able to Compete With Tesla and Rivian?

What Does the Future Hold For GM Trucks? Will the Company Be Able to Compete With Tesla and Rivian?

Hazy statements from Mary Barra affect the credibility of the whole company

We are a little befuddled listening to what Mary Barra had to say about GM producing an all-electric truck. Who’s Mary Barra? Well, she is the CEO of General Motors and. when asked about doing an electric pickup truck to compete with Tesla’s upcoming pickup, she did not have any answer and just commented, ‘stay tuned.’ Stay tuned to watch GM go down?

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