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Truck of the Year: 2012 Contenders

The Truck of the Year Award is being contested by four amazing trucks that are commonly seen on the streets this year. Starting off with Ford F-150, which comes with a line of many trim levels, bed variants and cab options.  One of the weaknesses of the previous Ford F-150s was its engine line up which has been felt behind many times. In 2010, one engine was still being backed by a 4-speed automatic. Well, that thing has already changed as Ford has already come with 4 new engines to boast. These engines now come with more powerful abilities and are more economical in terms of fuel consumption compared to the engines, which they have replaced. The engine that has garnered the most buzz is known as the Eco Boost 3.5 L V6. On the other hand, all of the four engines come with a standard 6-speed automatic. 
The next contender is the Nissan NV. This is the first foray of Nissan to the van market in the United States, a category that has ripened for development and improvement. The Nissan NV has the original plan to be based at the Titan platform but when the company’s engineering team is through, only a little portion was given to the Titan. Because of this, the engineering team has again created a new platform that is heavy duty. We have tried the cargo van because the passenger van is not yet into production during the test.
The Ram Laramie Longhorn is another contender for the Motor Trend’s 2012 title. This is an all-new model, which has a direct completion among other vehicles like GMC’s Sierra Denali and the Ford King Ranch edition. Ram comes with really something new and this is the Cummins Turbo Diesel with 150 pound foot ore torque, which also brings the grand total of 800. This truck also entered with a package known as Max Tow.
Toyota Tacoma Towing is the one, which completes the roster of the magic four vying for the Motor Trend’s 2012 Truck of the Year Award. This is considered as the top selling and most popular type of a compact and midsized truck even before Ranger failed to continue. The Toyota Tacoma comes with a newly redesigned front end along with its highly upgraded interior.
What will be 2012’s Truck of the Year winner? Pick your choice for your guess is as good as mine.

Cadillac Escalade EXT Pickup Truck

Cadillac Escalade EXT pickup truck wins the most valuable digits

Luxury and strength defines the real attitude of the 2012 model of the Cadillac Escalade EXT. Since 2002, this high-class vehicle is remarkably a pricey item in the market. The brand is proudly presented by the American auto company with a luxurious wrap of aerodynamic features. 

Celebrating its 10-year loyalty variation from the simplest form, the Cadillac is well known as a private SUV vehicle competing with other pick up models such as Chevrolet Silverado, Toyota Tundra, Ford and GMC big vehicles. The V8 6.0-liter engine began to crawl in 2004; then two years later, the manufacturer decided to equip it with a towing capability. While the premium quality continued to escalate both in the interior rim of the vehicle as well as the exterior styling, in 2008, the placement of an enclosable pickup bed outsized another perspective view of the handsome truck toy. A new generation steps out when the latest design showcased in the recent Geneva Motor Show 2012.

The truck industry striving to complete trends with similar margins of sports car specs but not literally the whole mechanical design. The goal of innovation has to overcome a multitude of dynamic tests if other aspects of using hybrid engines, lighter materials and supreme handling and suspensions would fail several trials. Fortunately, with the manufacturer’s comprehensive research and vast approach to technology, all big vehicles can be modified to a high-end blend. Thus, it made the Escalade EXT as the leading pick up vehicle with the most valuable digits this year. 

Technically speaking, the prime goals of Cadillac Escalade EXT imposed the use of standard transmission using 6-speed automatic with overdrive and tow mode power train, 6.2-liter V8 engine and utilizing fuel economy emissions. It is also run by a 403 horsepower at 5,700-rpm engine with specifics on fuel economy city at 13 mileages per hour. The towing provision comprises of a 7200-lb total vehicular weight not to mention those 22″ chrome alloy wheels chanting with glamour.

The foundation of the interior specs is better than the previous edition. Aside from the typical luxury throne of incorporating wood and leather steering wheel and leather seats, high-tech gadgets seem to inculcate a touch to the future navigation system. Dashboards of the Cadillac feature the inclusive of USB port device, Tablet console that connects through a Bluetooth device, Surround sound systems and other radio data system.

Lightings are essential to enlighten the exterior styling of the pickup vehicle. Two of the common headlights set up are the Intellibeam Adaptive Intensity headlights and Halogen Fog lights. Off course, it is every truck’s rule to attach the rear step up and front body with bumpers.

Trucks Manifesting Strong Sales This Year

Dodge Ram

GMC Sierra

American trucks continue to manifest its strong presence topping sales charts for the longest time. Chrysler’s Ram trucks maintain its hold in the market boasting 23,282 units last month alone.  The Chevy Silverado made considerable headway with 32,297 units sold but it was dwarfed by the strapping sales of the Ford F-series at 47,273 units, which was a 25% improvement on the units that it got sold on the very same period last year. Although its fabrication has already been ceased, the Ford Ranger had a considerable great February selling almost five thousand units.  As a whole, the American trucks did amazingly well in both marketing and sales and some of the best performers include the Ford F-series, Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, the full sized Silverado, the GMC Sierra, the aging Avalanche, and the Escalade EXT.
Ram is keeping Chrysler in the playing field showing a 40% increase on its sales compared to its showing same time last year. Even though the Japanese are currently going through a painful recovery from earthquake and tsunami, Toyota fared considerably well with its flagship truck the Tacoma. The other Toyota trucks also did admirably including the Tundra selling more than 6000 units. Nissan continued its successful 2011 with another strong showing this year with its Frontier selling more than four thousand units. The Nissan Titan also improved in sales this January distributing almost two thousand units selling more than the units the same model sold in January last year.  Honda, which just recently joined the truck bandwagon, has its Ridgeline unibody pickup manifesting comparably great sales new as it is showing an increase of almost 50% over its last year’s sales performance. Suzuki capped the month with its Equator selling 151 units last month.
On the SUV battle, the Honda CR-V retained its hold on the top spot for the second month in a row, a commendable feat in the American market. Close by on second is Ford Escape selling almost 19,000 units last month. Another car company placed third. The Chevy Equinox sold 17,800 units and it continues to grow steadily. Sandwiching the two American trucks is the Nissan Rogue standing firm in fourth place. This year only, there have already been more than 23,000 Nissan Rogues sold. Toyota’s RAV4 has been consistently on the top five managing to sell almost 13,000 units last month alone.
However, the old-school design Wrangler is making a comeback, which is keeping the other SUV manufacturers on their toes.