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FRESH TRACKS GM says the trucks have been completely redesigned from hood to hitch, with higher-strength body and frame as well as several customer-focused upgrades. Three new EcoTec3 engines, including a new 4.3L V6, 5.3L V8 and 6.2L V8 are designed for more power and improved efficiency. However, there is a noticeable absence of any turbo- or transmission technology-based high-efficiency or hard-core off-road models to take on Ford and Ram’s niche market gems. Does it compete with its fellow offerings from Detroit; are specialized versions coming? We’ll be sure to tell you all the details as we get our dirty little mitts on them.

GM and Isuzu to Work Together Once Again AEV Brute Coming in New Flavour

If you haven’t already noticed, we’re big fans of the AEV Brute conversion for the Jeep Wrangler. Well, if there is anything better than two doors, it’s four, and AEV has just what we were wishing for. American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) has released its latest 2013 offering, a kit that stretches the chassis of a four-door JK Wrangler by 584 mm and extends the rear frame to accommodate its custom composite honeycomb pickup bed. Overall vehicle length grows by 762 mm, to bring it to 5,486 mm overall. AEV says it drew inspiration from the Land Rover Defender 130 double cab pickup that has been the workhorse of European first responders and works crews. However, as cool as this vehicle is, such things don’t come cheaply; in this case, the cost is $39,999 USD. The good side is, we’re well aware of the high-quality products that come out of the AEV factory, and the new double-cab conversion is said to be that and more.

Say Hello to the New Sierra/Silverado

We’ve been waiting for this one for a while; what with Ford and Ram already getting new updates in the last four years, we’ve still been looking at the same old Silverado and Sierra for some time now. Well, GM’s latest take on the full-size pickup has now been realized.

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The partnership between GM and Isuzu has been a strong one that has seen several GM products utilize Isuzu’s efficient diesel engines as well as full cab-over medium duty trucks. The two companies are joining forces with the reintroduction of a mid-sized GM pickup that will likely become the next Canyon/Colorado. However, according to Automotive News and a brief statement released by Isuzu, both automakers have decided to work together again to develop and produce another hard-working pickup product. Exactly what product that may be is not known, but there is a rather noticeable hole in GM’s product line the size of a Class 4 and 5 commercial vehicle.

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