2016 VW Amarok: Powertrains, Equipment, Price

2016 VW Amarok

Another product from automobile giant Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is VW Amarok, the entry pickup model for this brand. It was introduced in 2010 and depending on the market it is available in single cab and double cab configurations. Like all VW’s vehicles, the Amarok features good build quality but also slightly higher prices than some rival models. The model offers two diesel engine options and while it lags behind some rivals on capacity it wins in terms of power and fuel economy. It comes in rear wheels drive configuration but it also offers selectable or permanent four-wheel drive models which are more suitable for those who want this model as working truck or need enhanced off-road ability.

Some Amarok models are available with Bluemotion technology which promises improved fuel efficiency. On the other hand, this pickup truck is one of the largest vehicles in its class and offers one off the widest cargo beds. Where this model is also in the top end among the rivals is ride quality where its handling and comfort can be compared with more passenger oriented vehicles. The model also offers wide range of models which covers everything from base work truck versions to well-equipped dual cabs. The 2016 VW Amarok is faced with rivals like Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi L200 and others.

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Fiat Fullback: Engines, Design, Price

Fiat Fullback

Things are changing fast in auto industry and it seems that pickup truck demand has become viral. There is no doubt that this vehicles has been very popular in US but it is easy to detect its growing popularity in other countries outside the US. The automakers has recognized new opportunity and we can more often here that new brands will give try in this lucrative class. Even Mercedes has announced its pickup truck model and new potential producers are also Renault and Peugeot/Citroen. The other already known models have been revised or redesigned for the last two model years and there belong models like Nissan Navara, Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, and VW Amarok. They will however be the main rivals for the pickup truck which will come under the Fiat’s name called Fiat Fullback.

It will actually be based on the Mitsubishi’s Triton model and it will be obvious after the first look on its exterior. However the model will also feature some distinctive characteristics but anyway it won’t be large departure from Mitsubishi’s model. Fiat will offer this vehicle in EMEA region which covers Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Fiat is expecting descant sales considering the current markets demand of mid-size trucks in this region. The model will be offered in three cab styles and several bed lengths. It will also include 2WD and 4WD versions with different engine options and power outputs.

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2016 GMC Sierra 1500: Performance, Trims, Price

2016 GMC Sierra 1500

The GMC Sierra trucks are just cleverly designed to deliver the most of what the pickup truck buyers demand.  They still don’t go with aluminum or with turbo or diesel engines but they successfully stay competitive with hauling and towing ratings, and also in terms of fuel economy and driving performance. As for GMC Sierra 1500 model, it is classified as a full-size pickup truck and its mechanical structure is nearly identical to the Chevy’s Silverado 1500. As main rivals for this truck are considered mentioned Silverado 1500, Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra, Ram 1500 and of course top-selling Ford F-150.

The model has been redesigned for 2014 model year and charges included new engines and drivetrains, refreshed styling, upgraded interiors, and improvements related to modern infotainment and safety features. The next 2015 model hasn’t brought many changes and they mostly were turned to upgrading of electronics and new trim was added as well. Coming to the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 and this model year, the changes are limited on the refreshed front side, some equipment upgrades, new Denali Ultimate trim while mechanical aspect remains based on the last redesign. The model is available in three cub styles and in total of seven trims.

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2016 Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian, Specs, Interior

2016 Mitsubishi L200

Mitsubishi has proven that it doesn’t only know to design good SUVs and crossovers yet it offers practical and dependable pickup trucks which becomes better and better as time goes. The Mitsubishi L200 actually reached notable popularity with its third generation in 2003 when selling went over 12,000 units just in UK market. However, the fourth generation has experienced some sales devaluation despite the same recipe had been used as on more successful Series 3 models. But L200 has entered in the fifth generation and changes are obviously on better but however they are not a complete revolution.

The model continues on the same platform but chassis has been improved with injection of more high strength steel and new bracing while suspension has been improved as well. The mechanical aspect has also received more sophist aced diesel engine unit which is more efficient as well. The models also looks tough and design is attractive while interior side has also been upgraded. It is also strong on the safety ground and offer several advanced safety systems which are not present at some key rivals’ models. 2016 Mitsubishi L200 is only available in double cab style and equipment is divided in four trim levels.

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2016 Holden Colorado: Review

2016 Holden Colorado

Pickup trucks are not only big hit in US yet its growing popularity is also notable in Australia and Asia but new models are to be born in Europe as well. Holden is General motors’ division situated in Port Melbourne Australia and Holden Colorado is pickup truck produced by this company. It is faced with…

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor: Review

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

American car manufacturer Ford has rich and successful history with trucks and its Ford F-150 has been best-selling truck for decades not only in US but in Canada as well. Thirteen generation of this machine have proven its value but Ford likes to push boundaries and it made big waves in automobile industry when it introduced high-performance off-road version called Raptor. This brave and risky project have proven itself in Baja desert race but also on the market. This model doesn’t wins on charm despite it looks macho yet it likes showing muscles.

The first version was equipped with 5.2 liter V-8 engine and after it transferred on the larger 6.2 liter V-8 engine. However, new Raptor will follow downsizing trend and smaller displacement will found way in the new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. The power isn’t proportional with size in case of this engine but however Ford has done more work on mechanics to back up this raw power and new model will bring upgraded suspension, stronger chassis, lighter body, new transmission, and new terrain management system. This will however be the second generation model and there is no doubt that Raptor will enter in new age with style.

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2016 Toyota Hilux: Review

2016 Toyota Hilux

Toyota Hilux is well-known name in automobile industry and it has gained its reputation since 1968 when this model was introduced. This vehicle is being sold in around 180 countries over the world and all buyers will be able to own the new generation model of this brand 2016 Toyota Hilux. It has been said that Toyota has invested a lot of time, effort and money to design this all-new the eighth generation model and according to many opinions they have succeed in their work.

The 2016 Hilux comes new from bumper to bumper which means that almost all aspects of this vehicle have been revised or re-engineered. This truck has already proven reputation as very dependable and almost unbreakable machine but Toyota has gone even further and new model comes on new reinforced frame and platform and promises better towing capability and performance. It also boasts new exterior style, improved interior, revised suspension, and improved electronics and safety systems. Engine lineup has also been improved and new turbo diesel engine is available together with new transmissions. So, new Hilux could easily become the most important for the brand and number of so far over the 16 million sold units will certainly rise dramatically with the arrival of a new Hilux model.

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2016 Mitsubishi Triton: Review

2016 Mitsubishi Triton

A one good thing of serious competition is fact that if you want to stay in race you must constantly be in upgrading process. The same have to is reflected in automobile industry including increasingly popular pickup truck segment. There, a new and never better 2016 Mitsubishi Triton has been promoted. It comes in place of aging workhorse which however has proven itself as reliable and trusty machine. But if you want to stay even close to VW Amarok who placed benchmark for other similar vehicles you have to take radical changes. So is with new Triton who comes with improvements in almost all aspects.

It continues on same platform but there is array of other improvements including new diesel power plant, improved driving dynamics, a lot of new technology features and convenience, modernized styling and refined interior. If you make decision to own new Triton you will be in front of hard situation to pick between many available variants. This model will be available in three body styles and three trim grades including GLX, GLS, and top Exceed level. Another decision is related to two transmission options and two drive configurations.

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