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PostHeaderIcon Pops’ Rants: The X-Class Sucks Because You’re a Snotty Elitist

Another day, another carrot. Oh wait, scratch that, the folks over at Warner Brothers may not like it. Just like I don’t like the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class. But hey, unlike Warner Brothers, I can’t sue the Germans for launching the most boring pickup truck ever. But you should know that already, because I posted a big rant on the matter yesterday. I simply hate the design. I think it’s uninspired and lacks everything a Mercedes should have, minus the subdued — and incredibly booooring — styling. Both inside and out. And the worst part is that the truck it is based on, the Nissan Navara, looks way better.

But leaving the X-Class’ design aside for a bit, there’s one more thing that’s been bugging me. It doesn’t have to do as much with the X-Class as with the Navara and with people complaining that Mercedes used a Nissan-Renault Alliance platform for its first pickup truck. I keep seeing this as an argument as to why the X-Class is a big disappointment and I find it ridiculous. And I’m gonna explain why.

(add link to this article in the first paragraph: https://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/here-s-why-the-mercedes-x-class-design-sucks-.html (

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PostHeaderIcon Here’s Why the Mercedes X-Class’ Design Sucks

So Mercedes finally unveiled the X-Class somewhere in Africa and everyone is excited about the German brand finally offering a pickup truck. Okay, okay, I’m exaggerating. I’ve noticed a ton of negative comments about this vehicle. How it’s not a true Mercedes-Benz, how it’s design is boring, and how it’s just a Nissan Navara. Well, I hate to break it to you folks, but the X-Class is a freakin’ pickup truck, of course it’s not a true Mercedes. It’s a brand-new body style for an automaker that didn’t make pickups before, of course you’re hating. But you’ll get over it, just give it a couple of months.

I also don’t agree with all the “it’s not a real Merc, it’s a Nissan underneath” commotion. So it’s based on the Nissan Navara, what’s wrong with that? Is there a problem with the Navara? It’s ugly, unreliable, it can’t haul stuff on a trailer? Of course not! But hey, I get it, you wanted Mercedes to come up with its very own truck. Well, tough luck, it’s 2017 and all carmakers are looking to reduce costs by sharing platform. And as long as you yuppies keep buying Mercs for the badge, they will keep borrowing platforms for new cars and bigger profits. Wanna do something about? Buy a Hyundai! But hey, I agree with you on the boring part…

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PostHeaderIcon Jeep Brand Worth More Than FCA, Report Suggests

There’s no question the Jeep Brand is doing extremely well. But, according to Adam Jonas, a Wall Street analyst with Morgan Stanley, Jeep is more valuable than the rest of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Jonas conducted a sum-of-the-parts analysis that concluded Jeep’s value is 120 percent of FCA’s $23.6-billion market capitalization. That’s a huge deal for a sub-brand of a global automaker. What’s more, Jonas estimates Jeep could account for nearly half of FCA’s total vehicle sales by 2018.

Of course, Jeep’s upcoming 2018 Wrangler JL and the Wrangler Pickup likely contribute to Jonas’ optimistic estimates, but even currently, Jeep has seen tremendous growth since 2009 when Fiat took control of Chrysler. CNBC reports Jeep sold 1.4 million vehicles worldwide in 2016, which is four times its sales volume in 2009. New models like the Renegade and Cherokee are undoubtedly contributing thanks to the boom in popularity for the crossover segment. However, Jeep’s success could mean big bucks for FCA and its shareholders if the brand is sold or spun off. FCA has already done this with Ferrari with great success. FCA’s market cap was listed between $15 and $16 billion before the Ferrari spin-off in late 2015, according to CNBC. Since then, FCA and Ferrari now have a combined market cap over $31 billion. When Jonas asked FCA boss Sergio Marchionne if he would consider spinning of the Jeep brand, Marchionne reportedly said, “yes.” However, no plans have been made public by FCA or its executives. What does this mean for Jeep? Keep reading for more.

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PostHeaderIcon Did Mercedes Go Too Far With The X-Class?

I know the whole spiel about innovation being one of the foundations of the auto industry. I get it. I also get the part about automakers having to go out of their comfort zones with their model offerings. It worked massively when these companies decided to build high-riding versions of their cars and call them sports utility vehicles. It also worked to some extent with the adaptation and use of alternative power sources, giving birth to hybrids, FCVs, and electric cars. You can argue that Mercedes has been at the cutting-edge of these advancements, reaping the rewards in the process. Now, the German automaker is tackling on its latest challenge and it’s set its sights on the pickup market. Yes, the pickup market.

Mind you, this is the same company that has gifted the automotive world with classics like the 300S Gullwing and performance exotics like the AMG SLS. Now it’s fully entrenched itself in the rough and rugged world of pickups with the launch of the X-Class. It certainly has the front end of one, but the bigger question is did Mercedes really have to do this? It’s one thing to roll out SUVs because of the popularity of the segment. Pickups, on the other hand, aren’t as popular and there’s certainly an argument to be made that Mercedes may have taken it too far by going into a market that it probably didn’t need to. Only time will tell if the brand’s decision to do pickups will pay off, but whether you’re for it or against it, there’s no doubt that arguing for the merits and demerits of a Mercedes pickup is going to make for a lively discussion.

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PostHeaderIcon A Look Back at the Mercedes Utility Vehicles that Preceded the X-Class Truck

Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the X-Class, its first mass-produced pickup truck, and while it may seem weird for a premium company to build a car like this, the German brand is actually a big producer of utility vehicles. And it all started more than 100 years ago!

Long before his company developed into a luxury car manufacturer in the 1930s, Karl Benz actually built buses. He unveiled the world’s first motorized bus back in 1895 and actually competed against Gottlieb Daimler, soon to become his partner, in this field, with both exporting vehicles to England and Wales. Daimler and Benz merged into one company in 1926 and the success story of Mercedes-Benz began.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz X-Class

Mercedes debuted its all-new X-Class pickup truck July 18, 2017 in South Africa in celebration of it being Mercedes’ first international market. The correlation with the X-Class being Mercedes’ first pickup wasn’t breezed over during the short presentation. Corporate self-appreciation aside, the X-Class resides in a completely new segment for the German automaker, and one that’s teaming with established competitors. Mercedes’ sales pitch centers on the X-Class offering three trim levels catering to distinct customer groups, with four available engines, two transmissions, and three RWD/4WD mechanicals.

Of course, Mercedes isn’t venturing into the mid-size, metric-tonne pickup market alone. Renault-Nissan co-developed the X-Class by contributing the Navara NP300, one of the X-Class’ rivals. The Mercedes uses Nissan’s chassis and body structure under the skin, along with a few familiar Nissan buttons and knobs. While the cost-cutting is apparent inside, the proven Navara chassis – including the fully boxed ladder frame – ensures the X-Class starts on the right foot. The X-Class will arrive in European showrooms beginning in November of 2017 with a price of 37,000 euros, roughly $49,500 at current exchange rates. Sales will expand to South Africa and Australia in early 2018, followed by Argentina and Brazil in the beginning of 2019. Sadly, Mercedes has no plans to launch the X-Class in the U.S. However, that could change once the X-Class has proven itself and Ford reestablishes the mid-size Ranger pickup in the U.S. for 2019.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz X-Class Debuts In Cape Town, South Africa

Mercedes-Benz just revealed the X-Class, its very first pickup truck model, with the aim of mixing traditional off-road capability and utility with high-end German engineering and refinement. The debut took place during a live stream event in Cape Town, South Africa, and lacked the flair and excitement we expected from such a high-profile reveal, although we did get to see Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz and mustache enthusiast, in a cowboy hat, so not all was lost. We’ve been following Mercedes’ trail of breadcrumbs pretty closely in anticipation of the launch, but now we have solid details on everything from the interior tech, trim levels, powertrain, its on-sale date, and pricing.

Let’s tackle the oily bits first, shall we? Merc revealed a slew of engine options for the new X-Class, with both four-cylinder and six-cylinders on the table. The X-Class is rated at 1.1 tonne (2,425 pounds) for the payload and 3.5 tonne (7,716 pounds) for towing, and will come with either RWD or 4WD for traction. Both a six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic are available for the transmission options. Pricing will start at 37,000 euros ($49,455 at current exchange rates, 07/18/2017) with sales commencing in November in European markets. South Africa and Australia will get the X-Class in early 2018, while Argentina and Brazil must wait until the beginning of 2019. Want more? Read on for engine specs, trim level info, and interior tech details.

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PostHeaderIcon Watch Live as Mercedes Launches the X-Class Pickup Today

The wait is finally over as Mercedes-Benz prepares to debut its all-new X-Class today at 1:14 P.M. Easter time. The X-Class is Mercedes’ first foray into the pickup truck market – a segment dominated by industry stalwarts like the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, and Volkswagen Amarok. Mercedes definitely has plenty to prove, but we should have a clear understanding this afternoon of how serious Mercedes is with dominating the segment. We’ve included the link to watch the live debut on YouTube, so stick around for that. In the mean time, let’s look at what we know about the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class.

The mid-size, consumer pickup segment is completely new for Mercedes, however, the German automaker isn’t alone in its endeavor. Mercedes partnered with Renault-Nissan in developing the X-Class, aided by Nissan’s long history with building metric-tonne pickups. In fact, the X-Class is based on the Nissan Navara NP300. But don’t expect warmed-up Navara leftovers with a three-pointed star tacked on. Mercedes says the X-Class has been groomed specifically for its luxury-minded clients. Changes include Mercedes-built powertrains, upgraded suspension components, unique bodywork, and a wholly Mercedes cabin inside. It’s doubtful even the simplest switches and buttons are borrowed from Nissan. Nevertheless, the X-Class benefits from the Navara’s fully boxed ladder frame, body structure, and five-link rear suspension – all of which are proven. Combine that with a high-end interior (hopefully with E-Class styling), and the X-Class should be a huge success. Sadly, Mercedes is not bringing the X-Class to North America – at least right now. Corporate bigwigs are still unsure about tackling the ultra-competitive American pickup market. Hopefully, that changes with Ford’s launch of the U.S.-spec Ranger in 2019.

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PostHeaderIcon Rendering VS Reality: Mercedes’ X-Class Pickup

Mercedes is debuting its X-Class pickup truck tomorrow (July 18), and we couldn’t be more excited. And while this marks Mercedes’ first foray into building pickups, the X-Class is expected to lead in luxury and refinement, while still offering competitive capabilities inherent to a mid-size pickup. Rumors of this pickup date back more than a year, with speculation and spy shots providing hints at Mercedes’ plans. We compiled that information into a rendering back in 2016, aided by current design themes seen throughout the Mercedes lineup. Now with the X-Class teaser video online, we’re comparing how our rendering measures up with reality.

At first blush, the X-Class is already familiar thanks to use of Mercedes design themes and elements. The front end especially looks like the GLE-Class SUV, and that’s exactly where we borrowed inspiration for our rendering. However, the X-Class’ bones don’t hail from Germany, but rather Japan. Remember, Mercedes has partnered with Renault-Nissan to co-develop its pickup with the Navara NP300. The trucks will share the same body-on-frame construction and basic suspension components, but that’s about it. Mercedes has said its X-Class will be groomed to impress its discerning customers, with a more refined ride, Mercedes powertrains, and wholly Mercedes designs inside and out. So, let’s get a closer look at our rendering verses the X-Class in Mercedes’ teaser video.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Gears Up For X-Class Debut

If you love pickups, but lust after high-end German luxury and engineering, then Mercedes has a solution with the upcoming X-Class. Anticipation for the full reveal of Merc’s first foray into the segment has been building, with an official debut slated for early next week. To add fuel to the fire, we’ve included the most recent spy footage, courtesy of our friends from Motor 1. Hit play, and watch as a pair of camo-clad X-Class’ undergo a little last-minute testing in Spain.

We’ll have to wait a few more days for the official numbers, but for now, the speculation is pretty straightforward. Inside, expect lots of fanciness, with high-end infotainment and extra-plush materials throughout, while the rear will get a decent amount of space for hauling things. Exterior dimensions will be compact, with the bones based on the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan. The engine options will include a variety of four-bangers, diesels, and a top-trim 3.0-liter V-6. The drivetrain will be RWD with 4Matic AWD as an available option. Unfortunately, stateside buyers won’t have a shot at ownership, which isn’t all that surprising considering the huge variety of pickups already on offer over here (although Merc has left the door open for future iterations for the U.S. market). Rather, the X-Class will splashdown in Europe, South America, and Asia, with first deliveries going to Europe before the end of 2017. Look for the full reveal on July 18 with a livestream event kicking off at 1:10 PM ET.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Ranger Raptor

It’s well known Ford is developing a midsize pickup for the North American market based on the current T6 platform used on the global Ranger truck. In fact, Ford has officially announced the Ranger will return to America in 2019, along with the iconic Bronco name fitted to a Ranger-based, body-on-frame SUV. Yet hidden deep in the Outback of Australia roams a suspicious Ranger test mule with taller ground clearance, wider fenders, a stubby front bumper, and beefy tires. Could Ford be preparing a Raptor version of the Ranger? We certainly believe so.

The Australia-based CarAdvice managed to snag spy shots of this Ranger Raptor testing in full camouflage and with the steering wheel on the left-hand side – something not found on Australian vehicles. The photos are just the latest morsel of information. Adding to the argument was Ford’s trademarking of the Ranger Raptor and Ranger FX4 names with the Australian government back in 2015. The Ranger FX4 is already in production, leaving the Ranger Raptor name ready for its limelight. Sadly, U.S. consumers have some waiting to do. Ford is launching the Ranger for the 2019 model year, but the Raptor version might not debut at the same time. After all, Ford didn’t release the second-generation F-150 Raptor until two years after the completely redesigned, 2015 F-150 hit showrooms. Then again, Ford would be smart to launch the Ranger Raptor alongside the standard Ranger, giving the pickup a definitive halo model. But timelines aside, let’s look at what we believe to be the upcoming 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Ranger Raptor

It’s well known Ford is developing a midsize pickup for the North American market based on the current T6 platform used on the global Ranger truck. In fact, Ford has officially announced the Ranger will return to America in 2019, along with the iconic Bronco name fitted to a Ranger-based, body-on-frame SUV. Yet hidden deep in the Outback of Australia roams a suspicious Ranger test mule with taller ground clearance, wider fenders, a stubby front bumper, and beefy tires. Could Ford be preparing a Raptor version of the Ranger? We certainly believe so.

The Australia-based CarAdvice managed to snag spy shots of this Ranger Raptor testing in full camouflage and with the steering wheel on the left-hand side – something not found on Australian vehicles. The photos are just the latest morsel of information. Adding to the argument was Ford’s trademarking of the Ranger Raptor and Ranger FX4 names with the Australian government back in 2015. The Ranger FX4 is already in production, leaving the Ranger Raptor name ready for its limelight. Sadly, U.S. consumers have some waiting to do. Ford is launching the Ranger for the 2019 model year, but the Raptor version might not debut at the same time. After all, Ford didn’t release the second-generation F-150 Raptor until two years after the completely redesigned, 2015 F-150 hit showrooms. Then again, Ford would be smart to launch the Ranger Raptor alongside the standard Ranger, giving the pickup a definitive halo model. But timelines aside, let’s look at what we believe to be the upcoming 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes Set to Debut X-Class Pickup on July 18

Mercedes-Benz has released a teaser video for is upcoming X-Class pickup, along with announcing the mid-size truck’s official debut on July 18, 2017. This will be the first time anyone outside Mercedes has seen the new pickup in production form, and will hopefully be accompanied by official details. So far, Mercedes has only shown concept vehicles of the X-Class and laid the general theme of the truck. Sadly, Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche confirmed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show the X-Class will not initially be sold in the U.S., though he said that could change in the future.

The teaser video certainly lives up to its name, giving only darkened hints at the pickup’s styling. However, the front fascia is clearly seen in a few frames. The styling is more reserved that that of the two X-Class Concepts from 2016. Chrome trim resides on the traditional-looking bumper and grille, as well as the roof rails, side window trim, running boards, rear bumper, and bed-mounted sports bar. LED headlights, daytime running lights, and taillights are also a certainty. Beyond that, all that’s known is what Mercedes has previously announced. Here’s the highlights: the X-Class is based on the Nissan Navara pickup, but will have Mercedes-spec powertrains and have Mercedes-only bodywork and interior designs. The truck will be built by Renault in Argentina and by Nissan in Spain and caters to the premium market. We’ll bring you a full run-down of the X-Class come July 18.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Builds F-22 Raptor-Themed F-150 Raptor for Charity Auction

Ford has built a one-off, 2017 F-150 Raptor with an aeronautical theme for a charity auction for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual Gathering of Eagles fundraiser. The truck is dubbed the “F-22 Raptor” in an obvious hat-tip to the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth tactical fighter jet. The F-150 sports several modifications, including a grille with the F22’s silhouette, off-road lights, a custom graphics package, a larger wheel and tire setup, and modifications to the EcoBoost engine giving it 545 horsepower.

Ford design manager, Melvin Betancourt, headed the build with backing from the Ford Performance Team, meaning this isn’t some aftermarket hack job. “This F-150 Raptor is a new look at Ford’s tradition of building unique vehicles in support of EAA’s youth aviation programs,” Betancourt says. “We know this truck will create an unmatched buzz around this year’s Gathering of Eagles auction.” Last year, Ford built a Shelby GT350 Mustang called Ole Yeller to pay homage to the P-51D Mustang fighter from WWII. That car raised $295,000. This year’s F-150 F-22 Raptor goes under the gavel on Thursday, July 27 at the EAA’s AirVenture aircraft show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. All proceeds will help inspire and educate youth about flying.

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PostHeaderIcon Next-Generation Ram 1500 Gets Mega Cab Option, Spy Photos Show

Spy photos of the 2019 Ram 1500 give a clear indication the Mega Cab option is returning to the half-ton pickup – a feature not seen since its single-year run in 2008. But as pickups become evermore luxurious, Ram is undoubtedly pushing the envelope. As such, we can expect the next-generation truck to offer outstanding levels of luxury – and rear-seat legroom. The crop of spy photos also give a glimpse at the Ram’s all-new dashboard and front grille.

The photos, courtesy of Truck Trend, show the 2019 Ram 1500 in heavy camouflage. However, hints of the grille can be seen. It appears only horizontal bars are present, suggesting the iconic crosshair grille may be gone. It’s also possible Ram is using different grille designs to denote trim levels, just as currently does. Inside, the Ram wears a new dashboard. The design isn’t groundbreaking, but is more modern than the current dash. The Uconnect screen does appear larger than the current 8.4-inch unit. Thankfully, volume and tuning knobs return. Also visible is a conventional, three-knob HVAC controller, a bank of auxiliary switches, and a trailer brake controller. The rotary shift knob returns, too, as does a large TFT screen between analog dials in the gauge cluster. A smaller-diameter, leather-wrapped steering wheel caps off the new cabin.

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PostHeaderIcon Next-Generation Ram 1500 Gets Mega Cab Option, Spy Photos Show

Spy photos of the 2019 Ram 1500 give a clear indication the Mega Cab option is returning to the half-ton pickup – a feature not seen since its single-year run in 2008. But as pickups become evermore luxurious, Ram is undoubtedly pushing the envelope. As such, we can expect the next-generation truck to offer outstanding levels of luxury – and rear-seat legroom. The crop of spy photos also give a glimpse at the Ram’s all-new dashboard and front grille.

The photos, courtesy of Truck Trend, show the 2019 Ram 1500 in heavy camouflage. However, hints of the grille can be seen. It appears only horizontal bars are present, suggesting the iconic crosshair grille may be gone. It’s also possible Ram is using different grille designs to denote trim levels, just as currently does. Inside, the Ram wears a new dashboard. The design isn’t groundbreaking, but is more modern than the current dash. The Uconnect screen does appear larger than the current 8.4-inch unit. Thankfully, volume and tuning knobs return. Also visible is a conventional, three-knob HVAC controller, a bank of auxiliary switches, and a trailer brake controller. The rotary shift knob returns, too, as does a large TFT screen between analog dials in the gauge cluster. A smaller-diameter, leather-wrapped steering wheel caps off the new cabin.

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PostHeaderIcon Ram Limited Tungsten Edition

Ram is jumping aboard the metal trim train with Ford and Nissan. But rather than platinum, Ram is going tungsten with the Limited Tungsten Edition. Offered on the 2018 Ram 1500 and HD pickups, this new trim marks the highest available on a Ram. The new Tungsten Edition includes all the luxuries found in the Limited trim, but includes “Natura Plus” leather seats colored in Frost and Indigo, unique exterior trim, and the first-ever suede headliner in a pickup.

Ram’s target customer is an even more affluent truck buyer, one with a discerning taste, yet who still needs the utility offered by a pickup. Ram boss, Mike Manley, says, “The new Tungsten Edition is an example of how Ram directly responds to customer input by offering the industry’s most luxurious pickup. Premium truck buyers will recognize the attention to detail, surrounded by quality materials.” And Ram sure knows how to sell premium pickups. More than 40 percent of Ram 3500s are optioned in one of the three premium trims, which include Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited. The Limited Tungsten Edition is available on the Ram 1500 Crew Cab and both Crew Cab and Mega Cab on HD trucks. The HDs are also offered with short- and long-beds, 2WD and 4WD, single- and dual-rear wheels, and gas and turbodiesel engines, making the Tungsten Edition widely applicable to various needs. Pricing for the 2018 Ram 1500 Limited Tungsten Edition starts at $55,120, which is roughly $2,200 more than the standard Limited trim.

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota Quietly Kills Regular Cab Tundra for 2018

Amid Toyota’s February 2017 debut of the slightly updated 2018 Tundra pickup, the brand buried its plot to end production of the Tundra regular cab. The once-popular cab style has faded from glory as customers choose pickups versions with more interior room. As it turns out, the regular cab Tundra only mustered an abysmally low 0.4 percent rake-rate in the first five months of 2017. The larger Double Cab accounted for 34.1 percent of Tundra sales during the same period, while the Crew Max represented 65.5 percent of the 43,809 Tundras sold between January and May. Do the math, and Toyota only sold 175 regular cab Tundras in five months.

This isn’t a new trend, of course, with regular cab trucks from every automaker losing out to more spacious cab configurations. It’s also worth noting Toyota trails in half-ton pickup truck sales, followed only by the new Nissan Titan and Titan XD pickups, whose production is still being ramped up following their recent introductions. In contrast, Ford sold 351,965 F-Series pickups between January and May, while Chevrolet sold 212,425. The domestic brands also control the vast majority of the fleet and work-truck segments, which still skew towards low-cost trims and cab configurations. That presents this question: Why isn’t Toyota marketing to these segments? Other automakers do very well selling high-quantity, low-content pickups, Ford especially. Let’s explore this more below.

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PostHeaderIcon This 2,400-Horse Freightliner is Probably the Strangest Pikes Peak Contender

Apparently, Mike Ryan isn’t the average guy. For the last two years, he’s races his 2008 Freightliner big-rig in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado. The famed event is the second-oldest race in the country, but has remained a top-tier test for cutting-edge machines like electric vehicles and other complex vehicles. But perhaps the oddest is Ryan’s 10,300-pound Freightliner semi-truck.

Ryan raced the Freightliner in 2015 and 2016, posting a respectable time of 05:16.286 in 2015 on the lower section run to Glen Cove. Sadly, a DNF in 2016 sidelined Ryan and his team. Nevertheless, the sight of a massive truck running Pikes Peak is something to behold. In an interview with The Fast lane Truck, Ryan showcased his hand-build rig and all its secrets.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Jeep Wrangler JT Pickup Rendered Using Inside Information

Jeep’s upcoming Wrangler-based pickup is attracting plenty of attention. It combines the go-anywhere capability of the Wrangler with the utility of a mid-size pickup truck. It’s shaping up to be a favorite among Jeep’s loyal following. That’s clearly evident by JLWrangler Forum’s latest rendering of the pickup, codenamed JT. And like the renderings of the upcoming Wrangler JL, these latest artist impressions are based on insider information, spy shots, and even a leaked image from Jeep of the final product.

JLWrangler Forum created two versions of the Wrangler pickup – both a four-door JTU and two-door JT. While both versions look amazing, we have not seen a two-door version being tested in the wild or heard news regarding its availability. Modern two-door pickups are generally relegated to fleets, with only a tiny percentage finding homes with typical consumers. As such, it’s hard to imagine Jeep building a two-door JT. Still, anything is possible at this stage. Jeep is expected to launch the next-generation Wrangler JL in the coming months, before it goes on sale for 2018. The JT pickup is expected a year after that, hitting dealerships for 2019.

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End Date: Tuesday Aug-1-2017 9:23:13 PDT
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End Date: Friday Aug-4-2017 6:54:26 PDT
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End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 14:45:00 PDT
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End Date: Tuesday Aug-1-2017 13:30:39 PDT
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End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 17:30:00 PDT
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$45,500.00 (12 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jul-28-2017 15:14:00 PDT
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$40,750.00 (27 Bids)
End Date: Monday Jul-31-2017 15:52:18 PDT
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2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Coupe 2-Door 2012 FORD MUSTANG BOSS 302 5.0 6-SPD RECARO 19'S 21K MI #223992 Texas Direct
$7,400.00 (24 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Aug-2-2017 14:38:37 PDT
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2007 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door 2007 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Premium Package w/ Many Extras 2-Door 4.6L - Eleanor
$2,175.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 16:06:33 PDT
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2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe 2-Door 2015 CHEVY CAMARO 2SS RS HTD LEATHER NAV HUD 20'S 23K #216402 Texas Direct Auto
$7,600.00 (8 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Aug-1-2017 13:57:17 PDT
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 Convertible 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CORVETTE STINGRAY Z51 CONVERTIBLE 2LT HUD 5K #107667 Texas Direct
$43,100.00 (35 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jul-28-2017 18:35:18 PDT
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$53,980.00
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End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 12:49:27 PDT
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1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 1968 Corvette C3 Convertible #'s Match 427 Big Block, Muncie 4-Speed
$12,100.00 (12 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Aug-6-2017 19:00:00 PDT
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1986 Chevrolet Corvette Base Hatchback 2-Door 86 Chevy Corvette Red Greenwood Ground Effects Automatic Nitto ZR Tires
$3,000.00 (17 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 17:01:01 PDT
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1967 Ford Mustang GT FASTBACK 1967 Mustang Fastback GT equipment Springtime Yellow New paint redlines Awesome!
$26,700.00 (15 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Aug-6-2017 16:57:25 PDT
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2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe 2-Door 2013 CHEVY CAMARO ZL1 S/C AUTO SUNROOF NAV HUD 20'S 51K #805724 Texas Direct
$33,980.00
End Date: Wednesday Aug-2-2017 14:33:09 PDT
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End Date: Wednesday Aug-2-2017 16:07:36 PDT
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$14,800.00
End Date: Friday Aug-4-2017 7:17:40 PDT
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$15,000.00
End Date: Sunday Jul-30-2017 4:27:20 PDT
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2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe 2-Door 2013 CHEVY CORVETTE ZR1 3ZR S/C 6-SPEED NAV HUD BOSE 8K #800250 Texas Direct
$66,480.00
End Date: Thursday Aug-3-2017 16:15:00 PDT
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$36,980.00
End Date: Wednesday Aug-2-2017 14:43:35 PDT
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1966 Ford Mustang 2 door 1966 FORD MUSTANG for sale!
$3,050.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Aug-1-2017 7:51:31 PDT
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2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible 2-Door 2015 FORD MUSTANG GT PREMIUM CONVERTIBLE 5.0L NAV 8K MI #435401 Texas Direct
$32,480.00
End Date: Wednesday Aug-2-2017 18:15:00 PDT
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2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Coupe 2-Door 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
$57,500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Aug-4-2017 13:33:24 PDT
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