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Tesla Pickup Truck Teased, Looks Like A Giant Toy Car 17
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in concepts, Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Concepts, Trucks on 11 17th, 2017


Tesla showed a first teaser image of an electric pickup truck during the unveiling event of the new Semi and Roadster models.

The company’s plans for a pickup truck are well known for some time but information remains limited at this point, with the teaser suggesting it will look like a smaller pickup truck version of the Semi.

According to Elon Musk, the upcoming Tesla utility model will be “a pickup truck that can carry a pickup truck”, something that was portrayed in these early sketches. Tesla wants their pickup truck to share as much of the Semi’s technology as possible but allow everyone with a normal driving license to be able to drive it.

“You’ll actually be able to legally drive that with a driver’s license” Musk jokingly said at the presentation. “It’s kind of wrong, but I like it.”

So it appears that the Tesla pickup truck will be a rather large vehicle that will feature a bed big enough to host something like a smaller one-tonne truck, which gives us a good idea of how ridiculously big it will be.

The concept is still in a very early stage of development so Tesla isn’t expected to reveal a fully working prototype for the next few years. After all, it appears that they have their hands pretty full at the moment.

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China Has Made Another Ford F-150 Clone, This Time Of The Raptor 17
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in china, Ford, Ford F-150, new cars, Replica, Trucks on 11 17th, 2017


The Chinese are back at it, creating a pickup truck that takes obvious design inspiration from the Ford F-150 Raptor.

Reports from China say that the vehicle comes from a company dubbed Projen and while sales of the pickup have yet to commence, we wouldn’t be surprised if the carmaker has some difficulties actually bringing it to the market.

Back in 2012, JAC Motors unveiled a direct copy of the Ford F-150 to its dealers in China. However, Ford managed to prevent the company from building the pickup, revealing to the press that it had gone to the trouble of securing design patents in China. Given the popularity of the F-150 Raptor, we’d be surprised if Ford didn’t also have patents for the hardcore pickup in China as well.

Either way, the design of the Projen is hilariously similar to the real thing. For starters, the blacked-out front grille is essentially identical to the Raptor, as are the headlights. Additionally, the Projen includes a silver skid plate, beefy wheels, tires, and tailgate and taillight designs similar to the Raptor.

If the Projen does somehow reach the production line before Ford steps in, it will allegedly carry a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine.

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Toyota Hilux Goes To Thailand For A Rugged Facelift 17
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Thailand, TOYOTA, Toyota Hilux, Trucks on 11 17th, 2017


Introduced just a couple of years ago, the current Toyota Hilux won’t be due for replacement anytime soon. But it is receiving a bit of a facelift – in one country that is, anyway.

Looking a bit more like the Tacoma we get in the States (particularly up front), the refreshed Hilux is being rolled out first in Thailand, which may seem a somewhat random location until you realize how many pickups we’ve seen produced and introduced there in the past few years alone (including other versions of the Hilux).

Revised front-end styling aside, the particular version of the latest Hilux that’s caught our eye in the Rocco, a sporty-looking version offered with the big double cab in either two- or four-wheel drive with black trim (inside and out), graphics, sports bar, 18-inch alloys, and knobby off-road tires.

While may look ready to take on Ford’s Raptor, the Rocco is purely a cosmetic package. The powertrain remains limited to a 2.4-liter diesel good for as much as 150 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, a 2.8-liter diesel at 177 hp and 332 lb-ft, or a 2.7-liter gasoline engine rated at 166 hp and 181 lb-ft.

Those predisposed towards a more elegant look, however, may prefer the Hilux Revo, with its chrome front grille and gloss black trim.

No word yet on whether any of these changes will spread to other markets where the Hilux is sold. But with the Tacoma and Tundra playing the part in America, don’t expect to see this Hilux or any other making it Stateside.

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Tesla Semi Has A 500-Mile Range And Hits 60MPH In 5 Seconds 17
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, featured, Tesla, Tesla Semi, Top 5, Trucks on 11 17th, 2017


Tesla has officially unveiled its long-awaited Semi, and as expected, company chief executive Elon Musk is touting it as the future of trucking.

First, the most important number of them all. 500 miles. According to Tesla, that is the official range of the Tesla Semi under highway conditions when it is towing its full 80,000 lbs load. When fully loaded, the semi will reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in 20 seconds, far quicker than any diesel semi-truck on the market. Remove the trailer and it’ll reach the same mark in five seconds.

Making the Tesla Semi so brisk off the line are the four independent electric motors, driving the four wheels at the rear.

Another interesting thing about the Tesla Semi is that Musk says it will be impossible for the vehicle to jackknife. In order to avoid this, the Semi will use its independent rear wheels to dynamically adjust torque to ensure a jackknife never occurs.

Unsurprisingly, every Tesla Semi sold will come with Enhanced Autopilot as standard. Consequently, the Semi will include automatic lane keep assist and autonomous braking.

Despite being the brand’s first attempt at a truck, the Tesla Semi will allegedly be incredibly reliable. In fact, the automaker will guarantee that it will not break down in the first million miles. Owners will also benefit from the brand’s new Megachargers, powerful chargers which can add up to 400 miles of range in just 30 minutes.

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This Is The All-Electric Tesla Semi 17
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, new cars, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Videos, Trucks, video on 11 17th, 2017


After being delayed from its original October 26 debut, Tesla is just minutes away from finally introducing its all-electric Semi, aimed at revolutionizing the trucking industry.

As we await specific details of the Tesla Semi to be announced in the live stream embedded below, it’s worth briefly recapping what reports state we can expect to see.

Most significantly, the Tesla Semi is expected to feature a large lithium-ion battery pack that offers a range of between 200 and 300 miles.

Although specifics about the powertrain remain up in the air, the exterior design of the Tesla Semi is already believed to be out in the open, following shots that captured a prototype without any camoflage. As with Tesla’s current vehicles, the Semi’s design will be minimalist and lack traditional truck design elements, including a front grille.

More details as they come…



Could The Tesla Semi Have Up To 450 Miles Of Range? 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Reports, Tesla, Trucks on 11 16th, 2017


Tesla’s long-awaited all-electric semi-truck will be unveiled in less than 24 hours and according to two analysts, could have a range of up to 450 miles (724 km).

Last month, Elon Musk took to Twitter to assert that the semi’s specs are more impressive than what recent reports have suggested, most of which have indicated a range between 200 and 300 miles, potentially giving the Tesla semi roughly the same range as Daimler’s recent concept.

Inside EVs says that according to Berstein analysts Toni Sacconaghi and David Vernon, the semi’s range may actually sit between 300-450 miles and be offered to customers from mid-2019.

Interestingly, the analysts don’t believe that even with a range of up to 450 miles, the semi will be a success for the company.

“On net, despite a potentially compelling value proposition, we do not see the Tesla Semi opportunity as a thesis changing initiative for the company, at least initially. It is somewhat unclear why the company needs another major initiative (beyond Model 3, forthcoming Model Y, battery production, solar roofs, and energy storage) on its already full plate,” they said.

Stay tuned for more details about the truck in the coming hours.

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Musk Says Tesla Semi Will “Blow Your Mind Clear Out Of Your Skull” 14
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Tesla, Trucks on 11 14th, 2017


Ahead of the Tesla semi-truck premiering on November 16, Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to talk up his latest creation.

Discussing the truck, Musk said “This will blow your mind clear out of your skull and into an alternate dimension.” Fortunately, we’ve already seen the Tesla semi in full and can confidently say that our minds weren’t blown in any significant way.

The debut of the Tesla semi will come at a difficult time for the electric carmaker, currently in “production hell” trying to fulfil its promises about the entry-level Model 3.

Our intel suggests that the semi will have an all-electric range of between 200 and 300 miles, roughly the same as Daimler’s E-Fuso Vision One, ironically unveiled on October 25, the day before the Tesla semi was originally going to be introduced to the world.

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Renault Subtil Study Is A Transformable Pickup And SUV From The Far Future 12
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, concepts, Electric Vehicles, renault, Renault Concepts, Renderings, Trucks on 11 12th, 2017


The Renault Subtil was drawn to bridge the gap between SUVs and pickup trucks in the world of tomorrow.

Unfortunately, Renault isn’t planning on building this thing anytime soon. What you’re looking at is a rendering by artist Wojciech Jurkowski. In his own words, the Subtil is meant to give city folk the chance to “look for peaceful, quiet places among mountains and rivers,” and spend time “sightseeing or doing sports in the fresh air.”

If you look at the blueprints, you’ll see that the Subtil automatically converts from an SUV to a pickup, with various configurations available. It was designed to be transformed from a 4 seater with a standard luggage compartment, to a two-seater with a large luggage compartment and a two-seater with space for sports equipment (like a bike or a snowmobile). You can also put the car in autopilot mode and convert the interior into a bedroom.

The designer says you can setup the cabin in any way you want, while thanks to the car’s 360 camera system, you can use VR 3D glasses to check out the surrounding scenery.

As for what’s powering this concept, it’s 4 independent electric motors located inside the wheels, which makes sense for this type of vehicle.

All together, the Renault Subtil sounds like a very efficient and advanced means of transportation. However, we don’t see it going off-road – it basically has no ground clearance, no thanks to those massive wheel covers.

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Isuzu Kits Out D-MAX For Hunters And Their Guns, Dogs 11
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Isuzu, Isuzu D-Max, Trucks, UK on 11 11th, 2017


Isuzu has announced the arrival of a new generation Huntsman Accessory Pack for its D-MAX Utah Double Cab variants, priced from £5,995.

Powered by a 1.9-liter turbo diesel, the Huntsman comes with lockable, out of sight storage for firearms, as well as plenty of bed space for dog boxes and other equipment.

On the outside, D-MAX Huntsman pickup is meant to both catch the eye as well as to blend into the background when necessary. Meanwhile, its high-mounted tow bar is said to allow for excellent ground clearance.

Spending £5,995 over the price of a regular D-Max, will get you the entry-level Huntsman Pack, featuring the following:

  • Aluminium Drawer System and Flap
  • Aeroklas Commercial Canopy with Roof Rails and Roof Vent
  • Under-Rail Bed Liner
  • Aluminium Under guards & Rear Diff Protector
  • Black Roof Rails Set
  • Black Side Bars & Steps
  • De-Chrome Pack (incl. U-Pol Raptor to Door Handles, Mirrors, Front Grille etc.)
  • 5 x 18″ Black Alloy Wheels with Pirelli All Terrain Tyres
  • 3.5T Tow Bar & 13 Pin Electrics
  • Tailgate Damper
  • Premium Protective Mat Set

If you spend an additional £1,000, you can upgrade to the Huntsman Plus Pack, which adds the Pedders Suspension kit. Other optional extras include a bespoke Huntsman leather interior and various dog boxes.

The new Huntsman accessory pack will be available on both manual as well as automatic versions of the D-MAX Utah Double Cab, while color options include Tundra Green, Cosmic Black and Obsidian Grey.

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Ford Creating Self-Driving System For Its Off-Roaders 10
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Ford, Reports, Tech, Trucks on 11 10th, 2017


Self-driving systems promise to revolutionize the way we use transportation to commute, but for those who enjoy off-roading, will the technology have such a significant impact?

It remains to be seen, but Ford is aware of the potential benefits and has just been granted a patent that will allow its off-road-focused vehicles to pilot themselves on a stretch of terrain, Off Road reports.

Ford’s system consists of a computer processor with stored instructions that can evaluate a section of terrain, and if it’s safe, traverse any obstacle, thanks in part to the active suspension system.

The patent shows that sensors in the vehicle will recognize an object and make a snap decision if the car can successfully navigate any challenges. If it determines that the obstacle can be overcome, it will decide whether or not it is safe for occupants to remain in the vehicle, alerting them if they can remain comfortable in their seats or should instead exit the vehicle.

Another interesting feature of the system is that it includes a hand-held remote control, potentially a device which will allow the owner to override the computer if it looks like something’s going to go wrong, like a rollover.

While other utility vehicles have downhill-descent control, Ford’s system is much more advanced, with the computers actually making decisions without driver input.

Is this the future? We sure hope so.

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Hennessey’s New VelociRaptor Shows The Earth Who’s Boss 9
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford F-150, Ford Videos, Hennessey, Trucks, tuning, video on 11 9th, 2017


While Hennessey’s new six-wheeled VelociRaptor has stolen the headlines in recent weeks, the tuning company’s ‘regular’ four-wheel VelociRaptor 600 Twin Turbo is still a potent bit of kit.

In order to show off the performance capabilities of the modified Ford F-150 Raptor, Hennessey has dropped a clip of the car ripping up the dirt near its facilities in Texas.

Admittedly, the ‘off-roading’ depicted in the video isn’t much more than some bumpy grass, so we don’t get a chance to see what the truck is really capable of.

Nevertheless, it does perfectly capture growl emitted from the twin-turbo V6 engine, overhauled to produce 600 hp at 6,000 rpm and 622 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.

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2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport Edition Puts Gets A Racy French Kiss 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in RAM, Trucks on 11 9th, 2017


Big and bold as it is, it’d be hard to miss a Ram truck. But those looking to stand out even more – and forgo the chrome for a sportier look – may be intrigued by this latest special edition.

The 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport is pretty much what its name says. It’s a Ram 1500 pickup in a special shade of blue and a sporty appearance.

The Hydro Blue follows the Sublime green and Copper editions launched earlier this year, and the Ignition Orange from late last year – and will be the last one released before 2017 draws to a close.

Apart from the vibrant blue paintjob, the Hydro edition features black hood graphics, Sport grille with black billet inserts and lettering. The vibrant, almost French Racing Blue paintjob is offset by black accents throughout: the hood graphics, billet grille and lettering, badges, headlamp bezels… they’re all done up in black. But the front fascia, rear bumper, side mirrors, and door handles are all color-keyed.

The wheels are chromed (20 inches on 4x4s and 22s on 4x2s) or available in black, while the interior is all done up to match the outside with blue accents. The special edition is based on the Ram 1500 Sport with the crew cab, short bed, and 5.7-liter Hemi V8. Only 2,000 examples will be offered, with an MSRP of $46,060 (plus $1,395 destination).

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2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport Edition Puts Gets A Racy French Kiss 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in RAM, Trucks on 11 9th, 2017


Big and bold as it is, it’d be hard to miss a Ram truck. But those looking to stand out even more – and forgo the chrome for a sportier look – may be intrigued by this latest special edition.

The 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport is pretty much what its name says. It’s a Ram 1500 pickup in a special shade of blue and a sporty appearance.

The Hydro Blue follows the Sublime green and Copper editions launched earlier this year, and the Ignition Orange from late last year – and will be the last one released before 2017 draws to a close.

Apart from the vibrant blue paintjob, the Hydro edition features black hood graphics, Sport grille with black billet inserts and lettering. The vibrant, almost French Racing Blue paintjob is offset by black accents throughout: the hood graphics, billet grille and lettering, badges, headlamp bezels… they’re all done up in black. But the front fascia, rear bumper, side mirrors, and door handles are all color-keyed.

The wheels are chromed (20 inches on 4x4s and 22s on 4x2s) or available in black, while the interior is all done up to match the outside with blue accents. The special edition is based on the Ram 1500 Sport with the crew cab, short bed, and 5.7-liter Hemi V8. Only 2,000 examples will be offered, with an MSRP of $46,060 (plus $1,395 destination).

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2018 Nissan Titan XD Gears Up For Winter With Snowplow Pack 7
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in nissan, Nissan Titan, Reports, Trucks on 11 7th, 2017


Nissan announced the new Snow Plow Prep package for the Titan full-size pickup truck, which makes it compatible with a range of commercial and personal snow plows.

The new package replaces the front springs with heavier duty ones which increase the front gross axle weight rating capacity by 575 pounds (from 4,325lbs to 4,900lbs), enabling the fitment of snow plows up to 786lbs (in the case of the Titan XD Gas Crew Cab S model).

The Snow Plow Prep pack is available with all three body configurations, meaning single-, King- and Crew Cab and in XD and XD Gas versions.

Power comes from the 5.6-liter Endurance V8 which is rated at 390hp and 394lb-ft of torque and is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Customers can also opt for a 5.0-liter Cummings diesel V8.

“When the roads are covered with snow and ice and you’re out clearing a parking lot in the dead of night, you better have confidence in the truck behind the plow,” said Billy Hayes, division vice president, LCV and Trucks of Nissan North America. “We’re proud to say that the TITAN XD is built as tough as the hard-working people taking on the job of keeping Mother Nature at bay.”

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Tesla Publishes Revealing Teaser Of All-Electric Semi 6
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Trucks on 11 6th, 2017


Tesla has dropped another teaser image of its all-electric semi, set to premiere on November 16 at the brand’s design center in Hawthorne, California.

Like the first teaser, this image is quite revealing and showcases many of the semi’s key design details, including its LED headlights, wheel covers, and wrap-around windscreen. Additionally, we can see a thin row of lights directly above the windscreen.

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initially planned to reveal the semi on October 26 but early last month, announced the vehicle’s debut had been pushed back to November 16, largely due to the carmaker’s ongoing issues with Model 3 production.

Few details about the Tesla semi have been confirmed thus far, except for the fact that its range will sit between 200 and 300 miles (321-482 km).

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