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    • Ford truck options garner greater opportunities for off-road enthusiasts

      Getting the best in the off-roading experience requires that drivers get the best in terms of truck technology and different engine options for what they want to accomplish in their excursions. The greatest resources for driving along rough terrain are those that allow for the best in maneuverability, off-road options and general handling that permits for the ultimate in personal enjoyment. Ford is offering enthusiasts a world of options that can help boost the level of satisfaction all drivers can hope to achieve, thereby making for an ultimate experience that's hard for any other vehicle to emulate.

      Creating new cars
      The biggest thing on the Ford truck and SUV scene these days are the evolving concept cars that are quickly turning into the everyday options that all drivers want to experience. As AutoBlog stated, there's a whole new idea on the horizon for Ford Everest truck mods and other options that are on the rise among vehicle manufacturers, distributors and better resources for people that want to get the greatest experience from their truck mods and other resources.

      The source stated that the Everest concept recently went on display at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, exhibiting the greatest options available in this premier Ford truck option. There's a lot of mystique surrounding the Everest right now in terms of engine capacity, driving mods and other truck options that this sport utility vehicles has to offer. By keeping so much under wraps, the manufacturer may be hoping to pique interest and generate buzz before the SUV hits the market next year.

      AutoBlog added that the Everest is expected to make a significant impact on the Europe and Asian markets for Ford truck mods. This model also will be premiering throughout the U.S. when it hits the nation's shores next year. Its seven-seat design and middleweight frame allows it to easily navigate city streets and rough off-road terrain, making it a perfect option for weekend enthusiasts and people seeking mixed environment driving.

      Making new models
      The Everest is a promising departure from Ford truck mod traditions, as Auto Car stated. The source noted that the Everest is meant to be a take on Ford's classic truck design, the Ranger, which is a traditional and well-received pickup truck that's already popular among off-roading and truck modification hobbyists.

      "A vehicle like the Ford Everest concept would be a great addition to our growing stable of SUVs," said John Lawler of Ford's Chinese branch. He noted in Auto Car that it's likely that the design and refinement of the Everest's modeling make it ideal for enthusiasts seeking a more intense and durable version of the Ranger.

      Expecting the most
      Ford truck mod experts and other enthusiasts expect the most from their base models, making vehicles like the Everest meet with tough expectations and demands from consumer audiences. With the rise of more off-roading events and people trying to balance return on investment with overall performance, it's necessary for buyers to understand that the Ford truck mods they're acquiring offer the greatest options for their off-roading adventures.

      Another article from AutoBlog stated that Ford off-road enthusiasts should expect a whole new level of performance and durability from the great line of trucks and SUVs these vehicles can always work at optimal levels. The greatest option for Ford truck owners may be the Everest this year, but Ford is always working on new options like enhanced F-150 designs and superior mileage options so that buyers will always get the greatest off-roading experiences from these vehicles.

    • 2015 F-150 will offer snow plow package

      Using pickup trucks for heavy-duty tasks is nothing new. While HD and Super-Duty vehicles are generally used in these situations, they could have to make some room on the road, as a new announcement from Ford has many wintertime drivers eyeing the possibility of employing the standard F-150 for all their snow-removal needs. 

      Ford recently announced that its upcoming introduction, the 2015 F-150, would be available with a special snow-plow package. This option would make the F-150 the only half-ton pickup in the U.S. with the ability to have a snow plow attached. 

      Snow is no obstacle
      Installing a snow plow on a Ford truck is a familiar practice, thanks in large part to the capabilities offered by the brand's pickups. While off-road driving may still be the No. 1 activity in one of these half-ton trucks, clearing snow may soon be a popular choice, especially since the F-150 will be better suited to plow the powder than any of its predecessors. 

      "The new 2015 F-150 is the toughest F-150 ever, and by using more high-strength steel in its frame and advanced materials in the body, we've made the new truck up to 700 pounds lighter. This leads to more capability and better handling, which is exactly what you'd want for plowing," said Eric Peterson, the marketing manager for the F-150. "Adding a snow plow prep kit to our lineup helps ensure our customers have even more tools at their disposal to get the job done."

      Catering to a driver's every need 
      Although adding a snow plow to the front of a vehicle may be low on the list of your desired truck modifications, it is just the tip of the iceberg for the 2015 F-150. With Ford officials touting the new and improved frame of the automobile, as well as the diverse array of alterations available to drivers who want to customize their rides, future buyers of the pickup could find that their options are endless. 

      The snow-plow package will be available in three different trims, giving drivers some flexibility in their purchase. All of these options come with the right equipment to install the gear on the front of the truck. Winter may be coming to an end, but with this new F-150 not expected out for several months, purchases could be made right as drivers are beginning to turn their attention to the next cold season. 

    • New Nissan Frontier concept shows off diesel power

      The Chicago Auto Show is in full swing, but Nissan may have already stole the spotlight for good. Nissan debuted an all-new concept at the event, showing off a diesel-powered vehicle that came across as a result of a partnership between the automaker and Cummins. Together, the companies created the concept for the Frontier Diesel Runner, which could be just the product needed to get Nissan back in the off-roading game in a big way. 

      About the Nissan-Cummins partnership
      At the heart of the new concept is a 2.8-liter, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. This alternative power source could upgrade the capabilities of the Frontier and make it better suited for off-road driving, not to mention giving it an environmentally friendly advantage. 

      "We've been building pickup trucks in the U.S. for more than 30 years and selling them here for even longer than that, even offering four-cylinder diesel in our U.S. pickup truck in the 1980s," said Pierre Loing, a vice president of product planning at Nissan. "With this Frontier Diesel Runner project truck, we can reflect on our extensive heritage while also looking to the future and the changing demands of midsize pickup buyers.  

      The concept doesn't feature many truck modifications, and the ones included have been carefully selected to show off the engine. For example, the hood has a transparent insert, and the rest of the exterior is painted with glossy red and matte silver to match the motor. Even the interior features the same color scheme, tying the whole appearance together nicely. 

      Advancing the midsize segment
      While other trucks have used Cummins and diesel engines in the past, Nissan is one of the first brands to incorporate the capability in the midsize segment. This concept was intended to test the waters of the market and see if there is enough interest in midsize pickups to warrant an alternative diesel option. 

      "Nissan has always valued the midsize pickup segment, and with the technical study project, we are looking to explore what is possible for the next-generation Frontier. We are always looking for ways to engage our customers, innovate and take the segment in an evolutionary direction," said Fred Diaz, a senior vice president at Nissan North America. 

      Any mass production of the vehicle is still several years away, but with the Frontier due for a makeover anyway, any alterations made to accommodate the new engine would be welcome, AutoBlog reported.

    • See the latest creations at the annual Work Truck Show

      There are many reasons why pickup trucks have been at the top of the heap when it comes to U.S. sales, and chief among them is their use as a heavy-duty work vehicle. Whether these trucks are being used for farming, construction or any other type of intense tasks, they often prove their mettle with superior towing, high cargo limits and off-road driving capabilities. 

      Each driver may have their own purpose in mind when purchasing these vehicles, but many of these owners come together each year for The Work Truck Show. This year's event is being held March. 5-7 in Indianapolis, Ind., and several highly anticipated new products are going to be introduced to the masses during the gathering. 

      "The work truck industry is evolving rapidly, and we are seeing significant increase in new product and technology introductions this year," said Steve Carey, the executive director of the National Truck Equipment Association. "The abundance of new products reflects positively on the work truck industry as our exhibitors and attendees look to the future." 

      So what can you expect from this year's event? There are dozens of hot items spread out over 500,000 square feet of space, all of which is dedicated to showing off cool trucks and equipment. Everything from LED lights and stabilization systems to interior technologies and towing accessories will be on display for attendees to see, providing a glimpse as to the future of the industry. 

      Those drivers who want to continue to think outside the box when it comes to their future investments and truck modifications can take advantage of the events going on in conjunction with the standard show. The Green Truck Summit is taking place March 4-5, while more than 60 educational sessions will be ongoing from March 4-6. 

    • Ford F-150 RaptorTrax is ready for snow

      Driving on snow can be tough enough when you're sticking to paved roads and highways. With poor visibility, slushy surfaces and plenty of hidden dangers, any type of driving taking place in the cold-weather months can be hazardous, but even those obstacles don't stop avid off-road drivers from heading out into the wilderness. Before they can truly have a fun experience behind the wheel of an off-road vehicle, however, these drivers have to make sure their rides are equipped to handle whatever comes their way. 

      A number of truck modifications may help accomplish this, but there are also a few concept trucks that could meet all of your winter off-roading needs. The latest to join the fray is the Ford F-150 RaptorTrax. Already billed as the "world's fastest snowcat," according to AutoBlog, this upgraded truck could be just what you need to handle off-road driving in any kind of conditions. 

      The inspiration
      This custom truck is the brainchild of Ken Block, an experienced driver who has honed his skills as part of Global RallyCross events and as a part of the Hoonigan Racing family. He wanted a vehicle that could satisfy his love of racing as well as his desire to spend time in the great outdoors, particularly to participate in a few winter sports. 

      "This project is something I've had in my head for awhile now," said Block. "I absolutely love my daily driver Ford Raptor, especially since I live out here in the mountains of Park City, so to build out this mountain assault vehicle with a Raptor as the base platform made sense to me." 

      Ready for snow
      To handle the snow, the base Ford F-150 was outfitted with several truck mods to adapt it to winter weather. It's powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged engine and features a full roll cage, rear-mounted winch and more. Extra exterior lighting was included to help the vehicle see through the wilderness, even in the short days of winter. 

      One of the biggest helps in the snow will be the tires. Instead of traditional off-road wheels, this Ford boasts four Mattracks, which are sure to come in handy when crossing through deep snow drifts or climbing up slippery mountains. That change obviously isn't an easy one to make for everyday drivers, but then again, not everyone will need to battle the excessive snow that Block expects in Utah. 

      Block had snowboarding on the brain when he gave input regarding some of the alterations. Snowboard racks were added, as well as a roof basket for additional storage. Interior compartments have been primed to hold snacks and drinks, while an exterior stereo system is perfectly capable of blasting tunes across a mountain. 

      The next step
      Fans of off-road driving who are curious about the Ford F-150 RaptorTrax will be able to get a glimpse of the design and capabilities in a video, which unfortunately isn't due out until after the start of next winter. However, the concept truck will be on hand at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., which are set to take place in the coming weeks. 

      Of course, Block will also need some time to test out the vehicle and make sure it meets the needs of sportsmen and women everywhere. 

      "It's an absolute beast of a machine, and I'm stoked with how it's turned out," Block said. "Next up is for me to take it deep into the backcountry ASAP to help me and some friends slay some powder on our snowboards for a video project due out later this year." 

    • 2015 GMC Canyon makes its debut

      Although Ford may have dominated the headlines at the North American International Auto Show, GMC was on hand with a new creation that is ready to make a splash. As part of the growing midsize truck market, the GMC Canyon offers a prime blend of capability and bulk. With factors such as fuel efficiency and maintenance costs acting as a major factor in the car-buying process, the midsize segment could become more prominent, and the GMC Canyon will certainly be a large part of that. 

      Latest reveal
      To debut the Canyon, GMC drove the pickup onto the grounds of the Detroit Auto Show, and many viewers may have thought they were seeing double. The manufacturer showed off the Chevrolet Colorado - the sister truck of this Canyon - at the L.A. Auto Show in November, and the two trucks are quite similar. This new Canyon is also close to the GMC Sierra, and many fans of off-road driving will likely be hoping that the latest pickup brings together all of the top features from the family. 

      "The all-new 2015 GMC Canyon completes GMC's three-truck family, which started with the redesigned 2014 Sierra 1500 and 2015 Sierra HD," said Tony DiSalle, vice president of GMC marketing. "It rounds out a lineup that offers the broadest range of capabilities in the industry, giving truck customers more choices to find the vehicle that meets their professional, personal and lifestyle needs." 

      The all-new GMC Canyon
      As the newest introduction to the midsize segment, the GMC Canyon offers an impressive array of features that can serve in many different situations. Those motorists who prioritize comfort and everyday driving will benefit from touches like the sculpted door panels, expanded storage spaces, 8-inch touch-screen panel and 4G LTE service. 

      Of course, many of the sought-after qualities of the Canyon deal with the truck's off-roading abilities. It is equipped with four-wheel drive, a lift-and-lower locking tailgate, two-tier loading, multiple tie-down locations, an already installed bed liner, and bed rail. It also has an aluminum hood, which not only provides some added front strength but also keeps the weight of the vehicle down while evening out the mass of the truck. 

      "Not everyone needs full-size capability, but they still deserve strength and true-truck attributes that comes in larger models," DiSalle said. "The Canyon will offer all the capability with confidence - and GMC's signature refinement that complements active lifestyles. It also delivers the technology customers want with more standard features." 

      Driver options
      While the standard version of the 2015 GMC Canyon is quite impressive, drivers will be able to customize parts of the truck to meet their needs. These efforts only scratch the surface of truck modifications, but they could be enough to get new owners started on the right foot. 

      The Canyon comes in two body styles: extended cab and crew cab. Crew cabs have another option of a 5-foot or 6-foot bed, while the extended cab only has the 6-foot cargo bed. Owners can then choose their trim level, which is available in base, SLE and SLT. The base offers only the bare minimum but can keep costs down. On the other side of the spectrum is the SLE and SLT, with the SLT package being the best choice for off-roading. That option boasts 17-inch all-terrain tires and a finely tuned truck suspension. 

      There are also multiple engines to choose from, including a 2.5-liter option with 193 horsepower and 184 foot-pounds of torque and a 3.6-liter motor with a maximum of 302 horsepower and 270 foot-pounds of torque. Each type should be able to tow up to 6,700 pounds.  

    • Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition brings some flair to the trails

      The upcoming Detroit Auto Show promises to be an exciting one, thanks in large part to a lineup of huge reveals that will draw attention from drivers and news sources alike. While the debut of some much-hyped new trucks will likely dominate the headlines, fans of off-roading shouldn't overlook the introduction of a few special edition pickups.

      One unveiling that is already garnering attention is that of the 2014 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition. Building off of the award-winning structure of the standard Ram 1500, this limited edition truck looks to provide those motorists who love the outdoors with a vehicle that can meet all of their needs and more. 

      Partnering with Mossy Oak
      This exciting new model came about as a result of the partnership Ram has with Mossy Oak, a lifestyle brand that places an emphasis on enjoying the great outdoors. Fans of Mossy Oak are usually fans of certain recreational activities as well. The company creates camouflage apparel and gear for hunting, fishing and similar pastimes, and many of the individuals use pickup trucks to fully enjoy these hobbies. 

      "The Ram Truck brand has been a great partner to Mossy Oak," said Ronnie Strickland, the executive vice president of Mossy Oak. "The people there love trucks, but they're also into hunting and fishing and understand that their customers are, too. To have Ram take that relationship to the next level by offering a special Mossy Oak Edition speaks volumes about their commitment to hunters and outdoorsmen and women, and we are extremely proud to partner with them." 

      There have been similar editions in years past, but after a brief hiatus, the Ram Mossy Oak has returned. 

      About the model
      Off-road driving is made easy with the many features of the 2014 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak. The partnership is on full display across the bedcaps and tailgate of the truck, as they are covered in a Mossy Oak camouflage pattern. Its logo is also included on the rear quarter panels. 

      Drivers will also appreciate the sleek appearance and design of the interior. Camouflage covers the instrument panel, as well as the door panel inserts. That complements the leather seats, which can be customized with a natural color scheme. Similarly, the exterior color of the truck can be carefully selected, with buyers having an option of choosing from black, black gold pearl and prairie pearl. 

      This model will come with the RamBox cargo management system, which makes storing equipment and gear easy. Drivers can choose from beds measuring in at 6 foot 4 inches or 5 foot 7 inches in length, providing ample space for hunting, fishing or camping gear, as well as tool kits or emergency equipment needed for an off-road vehicle. 

      Dedicated to evolution
      Producing unique, special edition vehicles is nothing new, but this Mossy Oak version underscores how in tune Ram is with its customers. 

      "Ram Truck is focused on the needs and wants of truck buyers," said Reid Bigland, president and CEO of the brand. "Our Ram Truck owners are passionate about hunting and fishing. The Ram Mossy Oak Edition gives hunting enthusiasts a way to proudly proclaim their love for the outdoors."

      When you have a brand that wins big-name awards and sells so many models, it can be tough to find ways to improve. However, Ram has managed to do just that by looking to customized trucks like the 2014 Mossy Oak Edition. Fans of both of these brands, as well as recreational savants who love the great outdoors, are all likely to be thrilled by the steps made with this model. 

    • How to keep up with vehicle maintenance this winter

      Frequent off-roading in the spring, summer and fall likely results in you spending lots of time in the garage, taking care of any damage done to your vehicle and working to prevent any breakdowns from happening in the future. Despite the fact that you'll probably be doing less recreational driving in the winter, this is the ideal season to make some changes and upgrades to your vehicle. 

      Here are three things you should keep in mind as you consider what to do with your off-road vehicle this winter: 

      Upgrade headlights
      The colder months are a prime time to make truck mods regarding the automobile's lighting. After all, with inclement weather on the forecast and the hours of daylight shrinking, increasing visibility becomes incredibly important. That is where details like LED light bars or round halogen lights can come into play. By increasing the wattage of your automobile's lights, you can more accurately see what lies in front of you, which makes driving safer for you and others on the road. 

      Clean and wax the surface
      If you're searching for some way to keep busy during the winter, take the time to clean and wax your vehicle. The main reason this is a good idea is because it can have several benefits for the winter. A solid waxing coat can deflect snow and ice, making it easier for you to clear off a vehicle. It also adds a layer of protection from road salt, which can be incredibly harmful to the exterior of a car if left untouched. 

      Similarly, cleaning your windows can make life easier for you in the long run. When you wash the glass sections of your car, use a water repellent. This can prevent water - whether in rain or snow form - from sticking to the surface and freezing over. You'll thank yourself when you don't have to waste precious time scraping ice off a vehicle. 

      Last-minute enhancements
      Your winter modifications may consist of alterations that will be immediately helpful. For example, off-road or winter tires may make a big difference on the snow and ice that coats many roads. With improved grip, you'll be able to take advantage of safer practices while also making your vehicle better suited for the off-road driving you'll be doing throughout the season. Other possibilities include armor, which can act as a shield from road obstacles that are hidden by snow. 

      Keep safety a priority
      No matter what types of truck modifications you make this winter, remember to prioritize safety above all else. When working in a garage, be sure the ventilation system is working properly. If you are exposing yourself to fumes or have to run the car periodically, you could be putting your health at risk. Always open a window or the garage door when completing these tasks - no matter what the weather outside is - to ensure you are getting your fill of fresh air. 

      The safe practices should continue long after an enhancement has been made or installed. Any change should be tested in a safe area before being used on the busy, snowy roads or in the wilderness. For example, if you use the season to make changes to a truck suspension, test it out in a quiet area before heading out to more populated spaces. Breaking down in a secluded area or when surrounded by wintry conditions is the worst-case scenario, so taking steps to make sure your modifications are working properly is incredibly important. 

    • Examining 2 new Ford F-150 editions

      Many drivers consider the Ford F-150 to be a worthy off-road vehicle in its own right. As the best-selling pickup truck on the market, the model frequently earns rave reviews for its style, capabilities and extra features. Despite the overwhelming approval for the F-Series, there are still plenty of ways the automaker can improve to cater to the needs of drivers everywhere, and one of the most interesting is by producing special editions. 

      Here is a closer look at two of the latest editions released by Ford: 

      The Ford F-150 Limited
      The first thing drivers will likely notice about the Ford F-150 Limited is its attractive exterior. Built from a 2014 F-150, the Limited offers many of the appealing features of the traditional F-Series, but with a twist. It's not as large as fellow Ford models like the Tremor or Raptor, but it is certainly large enough to handle off-road driving. Powered by an EcoBoost Turbocharged engine and capable of reaching 365 horsepower, the truck is ready to handle all kinds of driving. You can even select from a number of modes, including two- and four-wheel drive, which allows you to use the vehicle for both street driving and off-roading. 

      Another element of note is the interior, which is available with a new Marina Blue specialty leather. The rest of the cabin is loaded with all of the comfortable features drivers have come to expect from Ford, including easy-to-read displays, a revere sensing system and a rear-view camera. With additional amenities like trailer sway control, roll stability control and more, you can also be sure you're always putting safety first, even when engaging in intense off-road driving practices. 

      Impressive towing capabilities are also a noteworthy feature on this Ford F-150 Limited. Chrome accents, high-intensity headlights, 22-inch all-season tires and tons of cargo space round out the notable extras on this model. 

      The Ford King Ranch
      A western-trim package highlights the Ford F-150 King Ranch. Although it's similar in many ways to the standard Ford F-150, it also boasts a few add-ons that stand out from the crowd. Named after its place of production, the King Ranch comes equipped with a distinct outlaw style. The interior is loaded with Chaparral leather on the seats and steering wheel, which provides a Western flair. All of the seats can be heated and cooled individually, and the spacious layout leaves plenty of room for storage.

      There's even an optional off-roading package, and drivers can easily pair those extras with features like a tailgate step, stowable bed extender, box side steps, skid plates, front tow hooks and multiple bed liners. Additionally ,the display and gauge layout has been revamped to be more intuitive, all while including touches of leather and metal throughout. This combination of extreme function and high-quality comfort places the King Ranch near the top of Ford's models, and it is certainly not one that drivers will want to skip over as they search for a worthy investment. 

      Embracing luxury
      While some drivers may be hesitant about looking at a vehicle that is labeled "luxury," these Fords may be a good place to start. They provide exceptional interiors and attractive exteriors, all the while offering a truck suspension that can be easily used in off-road locations. Both models have an impressive list of amenities that can be adapted for off-road use, but even those who primarily use the trucks for street driving will be thrilled with the comfortable interiors and helpful features that round out these pickups. 

    • Chevy Colorado preps for the beach

      The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado was only recently revealed, but that hasn't stopped the automaker from producing some interesting concept designs with the vehicle. While many of these special editions are catered to off-road driving, this latest creation from Chevy shows off a few other uses that are better catered to various recreational activities. 

      One of the unique designs, which was also revealed at the L.A. Auto Show, is dubbed the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Lifeguard. Like the name implies, this pickup truck is ready to patrol the beaches along the Pacific Ocean - or any other sandy course you may encounter. The off-road vehicle is primed for driving on sand, and it is fast enough to satisfy the needs of any lifeguard or rescue worker. 

      "Designed with adventure in mind, the Colorado is easily equipped for the mountains or the beach," the manufacturer said in a statement. "Inspired by the West Coast, this show truck demonstrates one of the many ways the new Colorado can be accessorized." 

      It also has a variety of extra features that are capable of storing all of the gear lifeguards need to do their duty. Extra racks have been installed in the bed to hold equipment, and a bright yellow exterior, emblazoned with the words "Lifeguard Beach Patrol," ensures that the truck will draw attention when it's on the beach. 

      While the Lifeguard version was showcased with an extended cab, a crew cab option will also be available. 

      The midsize pickup is scheduled to go on sale in 2014, so off-roading enthusiasts won't have to wait too long to start making truck mods. While the civilian version of the Colorado will likely come in more subdued colors, there is also an all-black edition that has side steps, a bike rack, and a few other enhancements. 

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