Suzuki Recalls SX4, Grand Vitara and Equator for Navigation Fire Risk

A recall has been issued on approximately 20,692 Suzuki brand vehicles (including 2009-2010 Equator pickups, Grand Vitara and SX4 models) for defective navigation systems. The vehicles, which were originally equipped with Garmin Nuvi 750; 760 and 765 systems are being recalled for batteries in the nav system that could overheat and potentially start interior fires.

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2011 Ford F-150 To Feature Electric Power Steering

Besides new powertrains, including a 3.5-liter twin-turbo Ecoboost V6 and 5.0-liter V8; the 2011 Ford F-150 will also receive another update in the shape of electrically assisted steering. Truck manufacturers have already been experimenting with electric power steering systems as they seek to reduce parasitic loss and improve fuel economy.

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2011 Toyota Tundra Gets More Powerful Base Engine

We know that it’s adjusted the towing capacity on the 2011 model, partly due to a revised rating procedure, but Toyota isn’t not giving up on the Tundra and has elected to install a more powerful base engine.

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Mahindra Import Agreement On the Rocks?

What’s next? Well, in the ongoing saga of Mahindra’s supposedly U.S. bound pickup, who knows? The latest is an apparent termination of the agreement between the Indian vehicle maker and Global Vehicles Inc., the company it had tasked with importing its HR series two and four-door pickups to the US.  According to an official press release on Mahindra’s US website “the agreement dated 26th September 2006, between Mahindra and GV” has been “terminated.”

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Nissan Hopes to Right Wrongs With Next Generation Titan

It’s one of the longest running pickups in the full-size half ton market, but Nissan‘s Titan has proved to be an overall disappointment  and the next generation truck will address many of those shortcomings according to recent comments from the company.

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SVT Raptor SuperCrew Added to Ford F-150 Lineup; 6.2-Liter V8 Now Standard

For the 2011 model year Ford will now offer its highly-acclaimed F-150 SVT Raptor pickup as a SuperCrew model. With a wheelbase that’s 12-inches longer than the standard truck’s there’s now a fully functional rear seat area should you want to take your buddies along for some Baja joyriding.

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Callaway Developing High Performance Chevy Silverado

And you thought the days of high performance with a bed out back were gone. Well, according to several sources; Callaway Cars (of super fast, modified Corvette fame), is working on a hot Chevy Silverado, though the project is still very much in the design stage.

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Volkswagen Reconfirms Amarok Not Planned for North America

Despite reports to the contrary, Volkswagen continues to insist that the Amarok pickup truck will not see duty in the U.S. In a recent interview with Gilberto dos Santos, VW Brasil’s PR boss, InsideLine states that there is no plan to bring the German pickup to North America.

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Mahindra Granted EPA Certification for Pickup; U.S. Sales Expected to Follow

In what seems to be a never ending saga, it appears there might finally be some significant developments as it relates to Mahindra’s U.S. bound small pickup. According to some sources; the Environmental Protection Agency has finally given Mahindra the emissions certification required to sell its diesel engined TR series pickup Stateside for the 2011 model year.

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Toyota Lowers Tundra Tow Ratings to Deliver More Realistic Numbers

In what perhaps marks a breath of fresh air, especially amid the almost constant one-upmanship in full-size pickup tow ratings, Toyota has actually reduced them on the 2011 Tundra.

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2011 Harley Davidson F-150 Gets New 6.2L Engine

Ford and famed motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson have a long and successful history collaborating on special edition pickups. Recently, Ford announced that it will offer another H-D edition of it’s best selling F-150 for 2011, with a number of significant features.

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Volkswagen Amarok Reportedly Headed to North America

Volkswagen will launch its Amarok pickup truck in North America as the brand searches out new ways to expand its product offering on this side of the Atlantic. According to a report by Car & Driver the Amarok will eventually wind-up on our shores, although it’s not expected to make the jump any time soon.

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Report: Large SUV Sales Growing Faster Than Small Cars

Hybrids and alternative fuel might appear to be all the rage these days, but a report in USA Today claims that the hottest selling segment in the car market is, surprise surprise, full-size SUVs.

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Next-Gen Toyota Tundra Set for 2014; Sequoia Future Uncertain

When it arrived on the scene, the genuinely full-sized, second generation Toyota Tundra appeared to have the goods to take on the likes of Ford, GM and Dodge. With it’s brawny styling, 381 horsepower iForce 5.7-liter V8 and 10,800 towing capacity, along with Toyota’s reputation for quality, ads declared  “the truck that’s changing it all.” However, after getting off to a healthy start, the Tundra hasn’t enjoyed anywhere near the success its maker originally hoped.

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2011 Toyota Tundra Updates Include Upgraded V6, Trailer Sway Control

Toyota has announced that the 2011 version of it’s full-size 1/2-ton pickup, the Tundra will receive a number of minor updates for the model year. Chief among them, is the adoption of dual cam Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i) on the 4.0-liter V6, for improved throttle response and slightly better fuel economy. Another feature is the adoption of brake override and trailer sway control programing as standard equipment.

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