Trucks Take Over Detroit Auto Show

The Rebel uses a similar formula to the Power Wagon but in a light duty package. Slightly raised suspension, bigger tires, skid plates, and other off-road gear make this the truck you want to be in when travelling the road less taken.

If you go to the Detroit Auto Show this week and only look at the trucks, you might be mistaken for thinking it’s SEMA in Las Vegas instead. With the number of factory custom trucks with serious off-road capabilities and street-savvy style, Detroit has turned into the North American International Truck Show.

The all-new Ford F-150 Raptor certainly stole the show for vehicles with a bed in the back. But the new Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra, and Ram 1500 Rebel certainly put in a good effort. And then there was Hyundai, giving us one of the biggest surprises at the show in any category with the Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept. Ooooo, I want it so bad.

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Mark Stevenson

Mark Stevenson

Mark Stevenson is a former IT professional turned freelance automotive writer and news editor. He's a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada and former member of the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA).
  • casey377

    I’ve driven full sized pickups for the past 30 years, nearly all Ford and GMC.
    It never made any sense when they went to the jacked up platforms. If you’re using them for work, it’s an extra lift to throw anything in and to jump down from.
    They have a larger profile and burn more gas at the same time they all market their fuel economy.

    Why doesn’t one of the big 3 put out a regular sized pickup, like the GMC of ’99 era?

    Better fuel economy and more user friendly aren’t bad things.