Mercedes-Benz is planning to introduce a pickup by 2020, according to Automotive News. It will be the first for the company, if we discount a number of Unimog and G-class models, with Stuttgart planning to offer it in Europe, Australia, Latin America and South Africa. But a decision has not been made about the U.S., Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, told the Wall Street Journal.
"The Mercedes-Benz pickup will contribute nicely to our global growth targets," Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche also said in a statement. "We will enter this segment with our distinctive brand identity and all of the vehicle attributes that are typical of the brand with regard to safety, comfort, powertrains and value."
Ram is celebrating the legendary Texas Ranger lawmen with its newest concept pickup. The brand unveiled the themed truck on March 25 to promote its partnership with the agency and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum.
The pickup was introduced by Ram Truck president and CEO Bob Hegbloom at the 2015 Dallas Auto Show.
“The Ram team developed this commemorative concept truck in order to further highlight our relationship with the Texas Rangers and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum,” said Hegbloom. “Although Rangers are well-known horsemen, today Texans drive more pickups than drivers in any other state in the country.”
The Ram Texas Ranger edition gets special badges, designed to represent the Mexican five-peso coins that the badges were originally created from. The five-pointed emblems are mounted to the both side fenders and on the truck’s tailgate. The 20-inch wheels also get a milled Ranger center cap.
The Texas Ranger concept -- just a concept for now --
Here at Autoweek, we like to keep our long-term fleet stocked with cutting-edge sheetmetal. So when it came time to find a new subcompact, we landed on the futuristic-looking 2015 Honda Fit. It’s all intakes and triangles, sharp angles and deep creases. The headlights are six-sided, but those aren’t hexagons, my friend—those are asymmetrical robot eyes.
That said, the high-tech feel doesn’t completely extend into our new long-termer’s interior. You always have to make compromises on the option sheet. With theFit, it was a choice of satellite radio with navigation, the latest and greatest HondaLink system and a CVT … or a six-speed manual transmission. Of course, we took the manual. Besides, we all have cellphones to access maps/directions, and a USB port comes standard. This did mean our alabaster-silver Fit EX rang in at a low-low price of $18,225. So there’s that.
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