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Is a BMW Truck on the Way?

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BMW’s Australian Marketing Manager Marc Werner disclosed that the company is seriously thinking about a ute, or truck as we call them on our shores, for the BMW lineup. We haven’t had many sedan or coupe adaptations into cars for quite some time. Subaru came out with their Outback Baha a while back, and before that the only other memorable vehicle was the El Camino. There really hasn’t been a strong market for these cars in North America as true trucks or SUVs dominate the market. However, as Werner says, “Never say never. We’re watching the space closely.”

With Mercedes introducing a truck into the European and Asian market, BMW is definitely keeping a close eye on what the market demands and will react accordingly. Although the company has historically built performance oriented vehicles, trucks just don’t fully fit into that equation. But hopeful enthusiasts don’t get your hopes up just yet. Werner was quick to manage expectations and stated that their competition could produce trucks much easier than BMW since they already have a division dedicated to commercial fleet.


Mercedes GLT Truck Spied

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Mercedes’ GLT truck has been spied doing some testing and getting closer to it’s official debut in 2017. The vehicle was able to be brought to market thanks to a sharing of development costs and parts with Nissan. The GLT is built on the underpinnings of a Nissan Navara truck which greatly helped Mercedes with development and production costs.

Much of the exterior is different from Nissan’s version, and it’s highly expected that the interior will be designed up to the luxury standards of Mercedes. Similar to the G Wagon, the GLT will be a workhorse vehicle without the sacrifice of the finer luxuries of life. Currently Mercedes targets the GLT for Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America. There is word that they might consider selling the truck in the US, but nothing official has been stated as of yet.


Volkswagen Truck Not Destined for Canada

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Volkswagen has been in the game of making trucks for quite some time, but ever since they stopped production of their mk1 golf trucks back in the 80’s, there hasn’t been another Volkswagen truck on Canadian soil. Seeing as how there is just a high of demand for trucks as there is for SUVs in Canada, Volkswagen should really consider taking a bite out of that pie.

Volkswagen’s Amarok is a modern day four door pick up truck that’s built for utility. The newest model is coming with more power, a refreshed look to bring it up to modern day Volkswagen design. The front of the truck borrows a lot of design elements from the Tiguan which makes this version slightly softer around the edges in comparison to the outgoing model it replaces. Headlight technology has been enhanced with the use of bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights.

If this truck made its way to Canada, it would surely be a good seller, but alas, it most likely won’t ever be available to us.


Mercedes Truck Won’t Come to Canada

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Many of the trucks you find from our friendly German automakers like Volkswagen or Mercedes-Benz usually don’t end up in Canada. Take this Mercedes truck as an example. It is a mid sized pickup built for duty and a heavy load hauler. SUVs seem to be the car of choice lately but they just don’t cut it as a utility vehicle.

Trucks in Canada definitely has its fair part of the market share, so it’s strange to see that the number of mid-sized trucks available to our European brothers doesn’t make its way here. Mercedes’ truck has been spied wearing its camouflage gear running around their test track. The silver arrow company hopes to launch their pickup by 2020. Unofficial word is that this truck is targeted for Latin America, South Africa, Europe, and Australia.


2017 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon

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The all new Dodge Ram made a spectacular entrance today at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. For a truck where you can’t use the word “tame” to describe it, Dodge chose to debut the vehicle by demonstrating all of its rugged capabilities in grandeur. The stage was setup with obstacles which allowed the 2017 Ram to show off its extremely capable suspension movement and angles. The truck literally climbed all over the stage before stopping for its beauty pose.

The new Ram is based on the 2500 Heavy Duty 4×4 Crew Cab. Dodge has selected a 6.4L V8 Hemi powerplant to power the new Ram which packs 410hp and 429lb/ft of torque. The front of the truck features a new grill prominently displaying the “RAM” name while the black trim is used through the exterior to further the rugged look of the truck. The headlights feature projector lamps with LED lights in a blacked out housing. The rear bumpers are also powder coated black and features a tow hook for days when owners want to lug around a boat, another car, whatever they want really with a towing capacity of up to 10,030 lbs.

The Power Wagon Ram’s debut surely showed off the trucks capabilities. This is one vehicle that certainly looks it’s part.


Titan Warrior Concept. Ready to fight some Raptors!

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Last year, I wrote about the new Titan XD that was unveiled here at the Detroit Autoshow. For this years show, Nissan showed off its off-road concept called the Titan Warrior. It’s pretty clear that this is aimed directly at the very successful Ford F150 Raptor.

It’s a mini monster truck. Lifted 3 inches and running 37s. Its 6 inches wider and uses a long travel suspension. Everything has been tweaked to make the Warrior look super aggressive. The color is called “Thunder” and the orange highlights, “Magma.”

A diesel engine powers the Warrior and is mated to the same 6-speed Aisin transmission in the normal Titan XD. No word on power specs.

Enjoy our live pics straight from Detroit.

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Hoon With Friends In The New 2017 Ford Raptor SuperCrew

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It was last year at this same show that Ford surprised everyone with the second generation Raptor. Since then, we’ve all been waiting for Ford to add the SuperCrew option to the Raptor and now they’ve done just that. The wheelbase on the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew is a full 12″ longer (now 145″) than the regular cab providing plenty of room to bring a few friends and in all likelihood improving the balance compared to the regular Raptor. Under the hood is the same 3.5L EcoBoost (Raptor exclusive) that Ford continually reminds us puts out more power than the outgoing Raptor’s 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque while using less fuel. It is mated to a 10-speed (yeah!) automatic transmission that sends power to all four corners.

In addition to being quiet about the specs, Ford hasn’t released pricing yet either however if you wanted a bad-ass truck, the only reason you weren’t lining up to order a Raptor was because you were waiting for the two extra doors anyway. We’ve got more pictures of the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew in our gallery.

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Truck Buyers The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Is The Truck You Need

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No, this truck probably isn’t the truck you want to buy but it really is the truck you need. Looks wise, its about as safe and conservative as you can get on a truck. Sure, its gone through a major redesign and looks nothing like the previous Ridgeline but it now looks like a generic truck–not a bad thing though. While it looks much more like a truck, the 2017 Ridgeline is still built on a unibody platform to help save weight. Many truck enthusiasts will argue this is why the Ridgeline is not a real truck but if you’re just taking this to the home depot or best buy this is all you really need.

A couple popular features from the last generation Ridgeline have also made it into the newer model, namely the dual-action tailgate and hidden compartment (In Bed Trunk) to store your beverages for tailgating. Speaking of tailgating, Honda demonstrated the impressive 540W 6-speaker sound system built into the bed of the truck. They cranked it up during the unveiling and let me tell you, it was LOUD! The in-bed sound system is standard on the range-topping black edition but is available as an option on the lower trims. As with all new Honda models, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support is included.

The 2017 Ridgeline will be available with a 3.5L V6 (probably a retuned unit from the Pilot) in your choice of FWD or AWD with torque vectoring.

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Driving Impressions. Michelin Defender LTX M/S

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Michelin invited beyond.ca to the beautiful New England State of Vermont. We were hosted by the awesome team from Michelin Canada and Michelin USA. They brought their tire engineers, product managers, regional managers and public relations folks to introduce us to Michelin’s newest truck tire offering, the Michelin Defender LTX M/S.

In a previous article, I explained the rationale behind the new Michelin Defender LTX M/S. It’s now time to talk about what it is like to drive with these fine tires from Michelin.

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Michelin Introduces the Defender LTX M/S

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Albertans love to haul stuff, whether it’s dirt, furniture or people. 80% of all vehicles sold in Alberta during 2012 were trucks, SUVs and minivans. This just so happens to be the target market for the latest truck tire offering from Michelin. The new tire is called the Defender LTX M/S. It’s an evolution of the LTX M/S2 that has enjoyed immense success for Michelin. The LTX M/S2 is the best selling truck tire they offer and it doesn’t even appear on any vehicles straight from the factory. The LTX M/S2 has sold on reputation alone. It comes with a 115,000 km warranty and many owners far exceed that distance, but that wasn’t good enough for Michelin or its consumers. The Defender LTX M/S has the same warranty and is expected to outlast the long lasting LTX M/S2.

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