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VW Amarok Gets New Accessories

Pickup truck users usually like to customize and enhance their vehicles with extra bits and equipments. And the best way to do so is using the company’s official accessories package. Just like this one introduced by Volkswagen for the Amaork.

The package includes different options for you to choose from, such as iPod adaptors and Bluetooth kits, to hard tops, tonneau covers and towbars, will be available for the new Volkswagen Amarok pick-up when it goes on sale in the UK on 1 May.The exterior styling kit includes décor sets, side steps, plus stainless steel side rails and styling bars for the loadspace plus 19-inch wheels.

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There is a choice of accessories to offer greater security for the loadspace.  These start with a lockable toolbox designed to fit between the wheelarches, across the load bay.  Alternatively, to cover the entire loadspace there is a choice of tonneau covers, or a complete body-coloured hardtop.  Tonneau covers range from a soft waterproof cover which can be rolled out the way, or a choice of aluminium or body-coloured hard plastic covers which are lockable and hinge open for access.

For the interior you get stuff like seat covers and rubber or carpet floor mats for the cab, parking sensors, mud flaps, an aluminium liner for the loadspace. More off-road protection equipments are also available to order but the pricing has not been revealed yet.

Jeep Wrangler JK-8 Independence

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Finally a proper pickup truck version of the Wrangler!  Not sure if they will put it into production or not, but the car has received a very warm welcome form the fans already.

Taking cues from the popular Jeep Scrambler CJ-8 from the 1980’s, Mopar has designed a kit for do-it-yourselfers that converts a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a pickup truck.

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The bed length is 50 inches and the width between wheel wells is 44 inches. The team created body panels to cover the second-row entrance and removed all of the interior parts behind the front seats—transforming the vehicle into a two-seater with just enough room for gear inside, and a pickup style bed to be used for outside cargo.

The JK-8 drivetrain is fitted with a Mopar/Dynatrac ProRock 44 front axle and stock Dana 44 rear axle, both spun with 4.88 gears. Linking the axles to the frame is a 4.5-inch long-arm suspension kit and 37-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain KM2 tires make the connection to the ground. A fresh coat of yellow paint and Mopar’s off-road bumpers for the front and rear were utilized along with a new fuel door and slush mats. The JK-8 kit includes bed floor, inner/outer body panels, half hard top (works with Freedom Top panels), and a new bulkhead.

Ram 1500 Express Unveiled

As you may know Ram Truck Brand is now separated from Dodge to make up its own identity.

And they seem to have a new idea for business as well because they have made a special pickup truck that they say will appeal to the younger generation. Last time we checked the younger generation were more into hot hatchbacks and sportscars than trucks! But the simple fact of the matter is, the 2011 Ram 1500 Express Unveiled is a great pickup offering good value for money and plenty of personalization possibles.

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The truck is powered by the standard 20-mpg developing 390 horsepower and 407 lb.-ft. of torque. Ram 1500 Express comes as a regular cab, short-bed model, with a choice of 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrain. When equipped with an optional Class IV hitch, the new Ram 1500 Express will tow a maximum trailer weight of 10,450 lbs.

There is loads and loads of standard and optional features for this pickup which we have listed below for you. Just so you know, sales of this model begins in the second quarter of 2011 starting at just $23,830.

Factory-installed exterior options include Mopar chrome tubular side steps, Mopar chrome steel bed rails, folding and heated trailer-tow power mirrors with supplemental signals and courtesy lamps, spray-in bedliner and under-rail bedliner.

Inside, buyers can choose a cloth 40/20/40 split-bench seat, Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth, rear-view auto-dim mirror, remote USB port, sliding rear window, cruise control, instrument cluster with vehicle information center display screen, tire pressure monitoring display, power one-touch windows, remote keyless entry, Sirius Satellite Radio and either carpet or rubber floor mats.

There’s also choice of two optional rear-axle ratios (3.21, 3.92), anti-spin differential, engine block heater and trailer brake controller.

Standard features also include a 160-amp alternator, 26-gallon fuel tank, 3.55 rear axle ratio, 700-amp maintenance-free battery, four and seven-pin trailer wiring harness, heavy-duty front and rear shock absorbers, front and rear stabilizer bars, power rack-and-pinion steering, halogen headlamps, heavy-duty engine and transmission cooling and a full-size spare tire.

Inside, the 1500 Express will get a heavy-duty vinyl 40/20/40 split-bench seat, and buyers will have a choice of vinyl or carpeted floor covering. Other features include air conditioning, an instrument cluster with tachometer and 120-mph speedometer, 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, four-spoke tilt steering wheel, six-speaker media center with CD and MP3 player, as well as audio jack input for mobile devices, automatic headlamps, behind-the-seat storage bins, driver and passenger assist handles, power accessory delay, rear dome lamp, rear-view day/night mirror, tinted glass windows, tip start and variable intermittent windshield wipers.

Safety features include advanced multistage front air bags, supplemental front curtain and side air bags, anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, electronic stability control, height-adjust shoulder belts, sentry key theft deterrent system and tire pressure monitoring warning lamp.

Ram 1500 Express is available in Bright Silver Metallic, Bright White, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl; Deep Water Blue Pearl; Flame Red, Hunter Green Pearl and Mineral Gray Metallic.

2011 Isuzu Rodeo

The new line of Rodeo trucks by Japanese pick-up manufacturer, Isuzu are thoroughly upgraded in every way to offer a no-compromise package for those looking for a tough commercial vehicle.

To be unveiled t 2011 Commercial Vehicle Show, between 12 and 14 April at Birmingham’s NEC, the new range include the single-cab 2.5-litre Denver, double-cab 2.5-litre Denver and 3.0-litre LE. There will also be a winter-spec Rodeo, fitted with a grit-salt spreader and a fully loaded model boasting a plethora.

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The whole range of Isuzu Rodeo benefit from a class-leading towing capacity of 3,000kg, switchable four-wheel drive and competitive fuel economy.  Owners will also appreciate the 12,000-mile / 24-month service intervals and Isuzu’s three-year / 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper mechanical warranty.

The best thing about it however is the pricing. They start at £12,699 (CVOTR) for the entry level 136bhp 2.5 Rodeo Single Cab 4X2, and rise to £22,549 (CVOTR) for the top-of-the-range 163bhp 3.0 Denver Max LE Auto. That makes it one of the greatest value for money choices in this segment.

BMW M3 Pickup Truck

Yes, that is exactly correct. BMW has made a pickup truck and it’s based on the M3 sportscar!

Only it is an April fool’s joke. BMW has developed this M3 pickup apparently for fun and games, but they have tested and evaluated it like a normal produciton model. It even went through miles and miles of Nurburgring tests. They are going to register the car as a road-going model but they have no plans to put it into production.

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With a high-revving V8 engine at the front, a generously sized load area behind and a removable Targa roof above, driver and passengers in the BMW M3 Pickup will relish an unprecedented take on the familiar M feeling. Yet this spectacular new development is unmistakably recognisable as a member of the BMW M3 model family. Corroborating this kinship are not just the inimitable power of the engine, but also fine-tuned aerodynamics and a tailored suspension set-up. Measurements in the wind tunnel at the BMW Group’s Aerodynamic Test Centre showed a Cd factor on a par with that of the BMW M3 Coupé.

The practical features of the BMW M3 Pickup are no less impressive. Maximum load capacity has been raised to 450 kilograms.

Too bad they won’t make it though, I’m sure there will be a good market for a car as weird as this!