Review + Videos – 2016 Nissan TITAN XD 5.0L Cummins TDV8 – The CRUSHER is HD Truck of the Year!

As you may have noticed, there is usually lead time for these full reviews after the cars leave the CRD speed fleet.  Time to process and refine the review content is usually really helpful, despite that seeming counterintuitive. Not in this case.  Titan XD jumps the line, and is firmly top-of-mind a day after its departure. The Titan XD blew us away so thoroughly with its unique skills and capabilities that we’re tempted to name it HD Truck of the Year.  Not just tempted, it’s done. This is our HD TOTY for 2016. Diving in deep yesterday for the drive videos helped crack the Titan XD’s code — and make sense of Nissan’s strategy to become a trucking hero with the Titan’s complete relaunch. Is the Titan XD perfect?  No, it is not. But does it perfectly solve a long-running pickup truck mystery?  With innovative, high-tech solutions that break the half-ton 1500  vs one-ton 2500 ‘rules’ the truck business? …

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2016 Mercedes-Benz ZETROS – Next-Gen Heavy Hauler Combines 6×6 Grip, 110-Ton Max GVWR

We love the Special Trucks section of the Mercedes Commercial Vehicle website. Just the name is a bit exciting!  It speaks to their obscene engineering and armageddon-proof construction strength, as well as their purposes for buyers. Few two are exactly alike thanks to MB’s Custom Tailored Truck group — that is able to upfit the three truck bases into virtually anything. Luxury motorhome, fire-fighter, crane/loader, locomotive…. pick your purpose! Unimog, Zetros and Econic are the Special Trucks crew, and each is exceptionally special indeed. We all love the new Unimog — or any ‘mog, actually — with its sleek new styling for the top U4023 and U5023 models adding some modern looks to the stunning off-road icon. Unimogs are famous for their versatility — handling everything from mining and construction, to oil field services and mountain rescues.  Like a tractor-killer for farmers, the Unimog can do it all. Or can …

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1961 Dodge POWER WAGON WM300 Pickup – An American Hero: As-New, In Box

What makes this Power Wagon special?  Few in person will need concrete reasons to love it: the pre-war curves to the roof, fenders and hood all speak to the design charm of extreme utility. The truck is an icon worldwide as one of the US Army’s main troop transports and 3/4-ton haulers. Back at home, few Power Wagons stood the test of time after less than half returned from foreign theaters of WWII. Sold off as army/navy surplus and widely adopted for farm and mining use, the Power Wagon legacy literally went to dusty rust with the introduction of salted roads and the interstate highway system. Long before galvanized steel or unibody construction helped preserve cars and trucks beyond their first decade… finding an original Power Wagon is a tough job. This Colorado original promises just that.  Rust-free, body and frame-off restorations, original powertrain and even factory-spec off-road tires?  This is the real …

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Best of NAIAS – 2016 Nissan TITAN Warrior Concept – Nightclub Cool + Baja-Tough Mods for Raptor-Killer

Update: We’re slightly confused now about the Titan Warrior Concept.  All the below still applies… but the Warrior is so different from the production truck. Much more-so than the Raptor is than the standard F-150.  So perhaps the Warrior is more of a dream-truck than a realistic Raptor hunter/killer.  It is still cool as fahk regardless., though. =] The Ford F-150 Raptor is so hot that no other brand can resist trying to beat its baja chicness on showroom floors. A solid basis for a real Raptor-killer from Nissan?  The 2016 TITAN XD — a full-size pickup so strong that it makes Nissan a player in the segment for the first time in years. Extending the excitement around a half-ton Cummins diesel engine from Nissan is this new Titan Warrior Concept. Wearing all the sexiest design trends like black chrome and superflux LED DRLs, the Titan Warrior makes big upgrades to the …

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DAKAR 2016 – Prologue and First Stage Gallery – Red Bull PEUGEOT-TOTAL DKR16

Dakar got off to a fairly rough start this year: a big crash canceled the timed events of the Trucks class, while a smaller incident saw the four-time defending champion MINI Countryman careen off the course and injure multiple spectators. Reuters and AP report a father and son were seriously hurt and are in serious condition. The MINI driver was the first female driver from China, and she also sustained injuries.  Initial reports are of a hard jump landing and subsequent loss of control of the vehicle. This was always a very, very dangerous race. And at least these traumatic events are related to the racing action, versus an old hazard: taking fire from small arms as they crossed Senegal on (one of the) the original African routes. By comparison, Argentina and Bolivia are a day at the beach. Still, the accidents are a worthwhile and timely reminder for all participants …

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HD Road Test Review – 2016 Land Rover LR4 HSE Black Pack

  Wheel time in the 2016 LR4 with its sexy new Black Package has turned my frown upside down.  We really thought the car was outflanked in 2016 by the exploding market for seven seat crossovers, let alone the new three-row varieties of Range Rover Sport and Discovery Sport also in the American lineup. The LR4’s familiar silhouette hides an all-new — and SUPERB — standard powertrain, all-new LEDs all around and even the dripping-wet hotness of dark 20s and a full blackout of every exterior detail.  All this is either new since 2015 or fresh for the new model year, and the changes extend to the new flash-memory infotainment setup as well. And this is all static surprise/delight up close with the truck we thought we knew so well.  On the roads, this Fuji White charmer even starts to feel a little frisky in its youthful drive manners and …

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1961 Chevrolet Corphibian – One and Only Original GM Prototype Heading to Mecum Kissimmee 2016

    “Rare” does not do this Corphibian justice. Never will anyone you encounter on water or land know what they are seeing, nor are they likely to see it again! The Corphibian was the single prototype comissioned by General Motors, based on the Corvair 95 Rampside Pickup truck production model. Along with the Corvair Greenbriar van, these two rounded out a now very expansive family of rear-engined, air-cooled models from GM. These were designed largely in response to the booming success of the very-cheap VW Beetle, introduced to the US officially in the mid 1950s but well-known in engineering circles from WWII and before. The Corphibian also responded to the competitive threat from the Amphicar, launched in 1960 as a land/sea hybrid vehicle right out of Popular Science future preview issues. The Corphibian for sale here is the original specimen, with a shockingly low 157 total land miles since …

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2016 G-Class Adds New Colors, Black Packs and Designo Cabin + We Rename The Colors V Offensively

After the G-Class Crazy Colors Edition, Mercedes is pulling back a bit and going more tasteful for its latest factory-customized SUV flagships. EVEN among this color-mad photochopper… the G63 Crazy Colors are OTT.  We would need much deeper tints for the windows to venture out in Raspberry Beret Purple or Psychotic Break Green. And it appears buyers are suddenly shy and demure too. Those deep-thinking G-Class fans apparently want to class it up a bit for 2016.  Suggested names for these new colors?  Casket bronze, Arabian Racing Pyrite, Rivercorpse Blue and Dirty Diaper Brown. Just snarking…  The new shades are lovely; very premium and timeless. Upgraded options and trims outside include a half-dozen new colors, black-painted alloys in various styles, and even a full Night pack to black out most of the exterior. Mercedes will now style those hideous body-side moldings of the G-Class in carbon-fiber — but we wish …

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South African RED BULL Concept Truck is Defender 130 APC

  Stealthy? Not to our eyes!  This futuristic armored personnel carrier is a really sleek bit of design, even if its radar signature is huge. The truck is a bit mysterious at the moment. It appeared online about a week ago in a few obscure spots, but has since been removed from at least one official Red Bull channel… RedBull.co.za in South Africa.  Nada from LR or RB press people about it, nor even a name beyond “Armored Event Vehicle.” The only thing we know is the chassis underneath: a Land Rover Defender 130 donated its LWB rails to this new creation. Is it really armored? Perhaps!  Looks like a pretty light sheel, without a V-formed underplate for IED resistence. But then again… “Armored Event Vehicle” is the name. Maybe this is the replacement for the purple Suzuki X90 that passes out free cans of energy drink at sporting events. …

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