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The all new 2016 Toyota Tacoma


Like the Nissan Titan, the Toyota Tacoma is on a 10 year refresh cycle. Toyota unveiled the Access Cab configuration today in Detroit. High-strength steel is the buzz word for all new trucks these days. The Tacoma is no exception. The new ladder frame uses it and new ultra-high strength steel is used for body panels to reduce weight.

The new Tacoma is motivated with a pair of engines. Looks like the 2.7L 4 cylinder carries over to the new model paired to a new 6-speed automatic. A new 3.5L Atkinson cycle V6 with D-4S tech will be the bigger and likely more popular option. The V6 is mated to the same 6-speed auto or an option 6-speed manual. That’s right, the manual isn’t dead yet.

On the outside, all I have to say is that the truck better have a good personality. It likes the Toyota designers watched too much Chugginton with their kids. Maybe they made a deal with Mazda to steal the smile from the last Mazda3 and gave it their own twist. It’s a face that only a mother could love.

Inside, you get:

-Qi wireless charging
-Smart key with push-button start
-Leather-trimmed seats
-Power moonroof
-Dual-zone automatic climate control
-Enhanced touchscreen audio
-Blind-spot monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
-And much more

Now for the fun of model selections. Regular cab, Access cab, Quad cab. 4X4 and 4X2. Work-ready SR, Iconic SR5, Athletic TRD Sport, Tough-as-nails TRD Off-Road, and Top of the line Limited. That’s 30 different models. I doubt that all will be available in Canada, but selection will be high. The TRD models have a bit of cross marketing going on. Each Tacoma will come with a GoPro® mount up by the rear-view mirror.

The Tacoma is not leaving it’s off-road roots behind even though on road feel and performance is improved. The TRD models have a Multi-Terrain Select system that allows for better control whether on loose rock, mud or sand.

Additional off-road technology includes Automatic Limited Slip and Locking Rear Differential, Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Clutch Start Cancel (manual transmission only), Active Traction Control, and Crawl Control. Engaging Crawl Control allows the driver to select a speed of 1-5 mph. The Crawl Control system takes over the acceleration and braking, allowing the driver to focus solely on steering.

The interior is not bad. Materials are nice and soft. It will be interesting to see how “luxurious” the Limited model is going to be.

After selling over 7 million units world wide over the last 50 years, Toyota knows the mid-size truck segment and will likely continue to dominate it.

Please enjoy our live photos from the NAIAS in Detroit happening right now.

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Nissan Titan Finally Gets Updated For 2016


So Nissan decided that walking the sidelines of the full-size truck market was no longer an option. Nissan has finally, after 10 long years, come out with an all new Titan. Designed and built in the USA, this is an American truck for America.

First up will be the Titan XD. Nissan says that it is a cross between a heavy duty and light duty pick up and you get best of both worlds. 12,000 lbs of towing and 2,000 lbs of payload with the ride of a light duty truck (when properly equipped).

The design of the truck is interesting. Apparently, the engine was designed first. It’s a Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo diesel pumping out 310 hp and 555lb-ft of twist. The latter number is quite compelling. Based on the size of the engine, the rest of the truck was designed around it. Nissan says that the new Titan follows current Nissan design language and I would have to agree. It is ugly like the rest of the line up. My opinion of course. I also think it is weird to see the Cummins “C” on the side of a truck that isn’t a Ram.

Nissan really focused on making this a “Tow” truck. They use a larger full length, fully boxed, high strength steel ladder frame for toughness that improves in all aspects of bending and rigidity. Massive 14 inch brakes for stopping. A new axle from American Axle Manufacturing that comes from their commercial trucks. It also has a integrated gooseneck hitch right in the bed!

To make sure you know this is a towing vehicle, Nissan has added a bunch of available features that make it easy for one person to hook up and drive away.

Designed as a “powerful precision tool,” the new TITAN features available cutting-edge towing, utility features and convenience aids – including RearView Monitor with Trailer Guides, Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD) and a Trailer Light Check system that allows one-person hook-up operation – including checking turn signals, brake lights and running/clearance lights from outside the vehicle. Also available are Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and a Front and Rear Sonar System.

The truck isn’t totally ugly. It is functional and has a very strong presence. From an aerodynamic perspective, Nissan added spoiler to the roof and the bed that they say improved fuel economy by 10%. They say that LED headlights and tail-lights are available but didn’t say weather the LED headlight was the main beam (like the F-150) or DRL.

The interior is a big improvement. What is interesting is that they purposely put the shift lever on the column on the 5 seat model with the center console. The new Titan features Zero Gravity seats to keep you feeling fresh on those long drives. Materials seem better than what I remember of the old Titan.

The bed features LED cargo lighting and a new bed rail system. Standard is a spray in bedliner. I honestly don’t know why it is an option or aftermarket with other brands. The Utili-track® cargo system is an interesting proposition. What happens when the tracks get full of dirty, or worse, rocks or concrete? How do you chip out concrete from aluminium rails?

The Titan XD is expected to be release in the 3rd quarter of 2015 with the regular Titans following after that. Expect regular, King and extended cab version in both 4×2 and 4×4 versions. A V8 and V6 are expected.

Enjoy our live photos from the NAIAS happening in Detroit right now.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon


Out on the show floor, we spotted the 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.  They are both good looking trucks and I would say that if I was in the market for a mid-size truck, I would definitely add them to the list of trucks to check out.

It was easy to make a quick comparison of the Colorado to its full size sibling as they were right next to each other.  I really don’t understand this market.  These trucks aren’t really half size or mid-size.  They are 4/5 size.  The Colorado is 5.7 inches narrower and 17.4 inches shorter (Crew cab short box) compared to the  Silverado.  It the same height in 4×4 spec at 74 inches give or take.

Inside, you really feel that lack of width as you sit much closer to the passenger.  You have to be skinny if you want to sit in the middle of the back bench.  The extended cab version has all but useless rear seats.  The interior materials are acceptable in the Colorado, but nothing to write home about.  Many options will be available including dual screens for rear passengers (for those with kids).  They had no upscale models on the floor, so I can’t say if the 1% will like the leather and if the dash materials are upgraded.

There are 3 engines that are available, but the one most people are curious about, the diesel, still has no ratings at all.  The 2.5-litre 4 cylinder has 193 hp and 184 lb-ft.  The 3.6 V6 has 302hp and 270 lb-ft.

At a hair over 4000 lbs, the Colorado is 1200 lbs lighter than the Silverado.  It’s surprising as the Colorado looks as heavy as the Silverado.  I guess you could say that the Colorado is a Silverado that went on a diet and ended up with a smaller waist.

No towing specs yet.  Expected release is this fall.

More of the Colorado and Canyon after the jump.

2015 Ram Power Wagon NYIAS

At the New York International Autoshow, Ram displayed their latest off-road offering.  The new Ram Power Wagon is a complete package that rides on the 2500 Heavy Duty platform.  The Power Wagon name has a long history with Dodge where the nameplate was used from 1945 to 1980.  Dodge asserts that ram trucks have always been the best available off-road vehicles on market.  The new Ram Power Wagon does that statement justice.

A huge list of upgrades start with a factory lift kit, 33 inch Goodyear Duratrac tires, a 12,000 pound factory installed recovery winch integrated in the front bumper, locking front and rear axles, a newly engineered suspension and a 6.4 litre HEMI with 410 hp.

The HEMI is similar to the latest units in the SRT line, but has been tuned and modified for durability.  The engine boast a 5 year, 160,000 km warranty.  It has cylinder deactivation for highway efficiency as well modified throttle response when the transfer case is in 4-low.

Robust/high­volume oil cooler

Oil jets for piston cooling

Aircraft grade, stainless steel gaskets and fasteners for improved durability at high temperatures

The front and rear axles are upgraded and built by American Axle Manufacturing. Final drive has been moved to a more efficient 4.10 ratio.  Towing is rated at nearly 11,000 lbs.

The truck is offered in 3 trim packages that fall in line with the regular Ram 2500.

I can’t say that I am a big fan of the decal package.  Too “look at me” for my taste.

Gallery after the jump.

2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Debut in Detroit

If you pay any attention to then you likely already know that the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are due for some major updates and have been keen to see what they are. Well I can tell you first-hand that they’re numerous and significant. Last year Ram came out with a new 1500 and Ford is due to bring a new F-150 concept here to Detroit, but right now it’s GM’s turn to unveil the latest weapon in the ongoing war of trucks in North America. The focus with this generation seems to be the driving experience, with massive improvements to comfort, style and driveability while maintaining the working capabilities that these trucks are designed for.

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