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[[File:Nissan_pick-up_truck_in_UK_IMG_0393.jpg|thumb|A UK Nissan pick-up]]
 
[[File:Nissan_pick-up_truck_in_UK_IMG_0393.jpg|thumb|A UK Nissan pick-up]]
A '''pickup truck''' (or '''pick-up truck''' or simply '''pickup''') is a light [[motor vehicle]] with an open-top rear cargo area (bed) which is often separated from the cab to allow for chassis flex when carrying or pulling heavy loads on the heavier vehicles, as opposed to the lighter [[car]] derived models.
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A '''pickup truck''' (or '''pick-up truck''' or simply '''pickup''') is a light [[motor vehicle]] with an open-top rear cargo area (bed) which is often separated from the cab to allow for chassis flex when carrying or pulling heavy loads on the heavier vehicles, as opposed to the lighter [[car]] derived models.{{Citation needed|date=October 2009}}
   
Several North American vehicles, the [[Chevrolet El Camino]], [[Ford Ranchero]], and [[Honda Ridgeline]] and [[Subaru Baja]] have beds, but are not technically trucks . Although the El Camino and the Ranchero were built with body-on-frame architectures, they were based on existing [[station wagon]] platforms, while the Ridgeline uses a spot welded sheet steel monocoque ([[unibody]]) chassis in the same style as modern passenger cars. Trucks typically have either a tubular or channel rail chassis with a fully floating cab and separate cargo section to allow for chassis flex and prevent warping of the sheetmetal. The sheet steel in both of these sections is not a stressed member. A combination of the two styles, monocoque cab and engine bay welded to a 'c' section chassis rear is offered in Australia. It is known as the 'one tonner' because it is rated to carry some {{convert|250|kg|lb|0|abbr=on}} more than the all monocoque style.
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Several North American vehicles, the [[Chevrolet El Camino]], [[Ford Ranchero]], and [[Honda Ridgeline]] and [[Subaru Baja]] have beds, but are not technically trucks {{Citation needed|date=February 2010}}. Although the El Camino and the Ranchero were built with body-on-frame architectures, they were based on existing [[station wagon]] platforms, while the Ridgeline uses a spot welded sheet steel monocoque ([[unibody]]) chassis in the same style as modern passenger cars. Trucks typically have either a tubular or channel rail chassis with a fully floating cab and separate cargo section to allow for chassis flex and prevent warping of the sheetmetal. The sheet steel in both of these sections is not a stressed member. A combination of the two styles, monocoque cab and engine bay welded to a 'c' section chassis rear is offered in Australia. It is known as the 'one tonner' because it is rated to carry some {{convert|250|kg|lb|0|abbr=on}} more than the all monocoque style.
   
Vehicles like the [[Holden]] Ute and FPV Pursuit, colloquially called a [[Car body style#Ute|'''ute''' or '''utility''']] (from "[[Coupe utility]]") in Australia and New Zealand, are known as a '''bakkie''' (pronounced "bucky") in South Africa, in Romania as "slipper", in Egypt as "half truck", and in Israel as a '''tender'''. [[Panel van]]s, popular in Australia during the 1970s, were based on ute chassis; known in Egypt as "box". Coupé utilities and panel vans usually have an integral cargo bed behind the cabin with [[unibody]] or [[monocoque]] construction like automobiles.
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Vehicles like the [[Holden]] Ute and FPV Pursuit, colloquially called a [[Car body style#Ute|'''ute''' or '''utility''']] (from "[[Coupe utility]]") in [[Australia]] and [[New Zealand]], are known as a '''bakkie''' (pronounced "bucky") in [[South Africa]], in Romania as "slipper", in Egypt as "half truck", and in [[Israel]] as a '''tender'''. [[Panel van]]s, popular in Australia during the 1970s, were based on ute chassis; known in Egypt as "box". Coupé utilities and panel vans usually have an integral cargo bed behind the cabin with [[unibody]] or [[monocoque]] construction like automobiles.
   
 
The design details of such vehicles vary significantly, and different nationalities seem to specialize in different styles and sizes of vehicles. For instance, North American pickups come in ''[[Full-size car|full-size]]'' (large, heavy vehicles often with [[V8]] or six-cylinder engines), ''mid-size'', and ''[[Compact car|compact]]'' (smaller trucks generally equipped with [[Straight-4|inline 4]] engines).
 
The design details of such vehicles vary significantly, and different nationalities seem to specialize in different styles and sizes of vehicles. For instance, North American pickups come in ''[[Full-size car|full-size]]'' (large, heavy vehicles often with [[V8]] or six-cylinder engines), ''mid-size'', and ''[[Compact car|compact]]'' (smaller trucks generally equipped with [[Straight-4|inline 4]] engines).
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The first factory-assembled pickup was based on the [[Ford Model T]] car, with a modified rear body. It debuted in 1925 and sold for $281. Henry Ford billed it as the "Ford Model T Runabout with Pickup Body." The 34,000 built that first year featured a cargo box, adjustable [[tailgate]], four stake pockets and heavy-duty rear springs.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.pickuptrucks.com/html/history/ford_segment1.html |title=The History of Ford Pickups: The Model T Years 1925-1927 |publisher=PickupTrucks.com |date= |accessdate=2009-06-04}}</ref>
 
The first factory-assembled pickup was based on the [[Ford Model T]] car, with a modified rear body. It debuted in 1925 and sold for $281. Henry Ford billed it as the "Ford Model T Runabout with Pickup Body." The 34,000 built that first year featured a cargo box, adjustable [[tailgate]], four stake pockets and heavy-duty rear springs.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.pickuptrucks.com/html/history/ford_segment1.html |title=The History of Ford Pickups: The Model T Years 1925-1927 |publisher=PickupTrucks.com |date= |accessdate=2009-06-04}}</ref>
   
In 1928, the [[Ford Model A (1927-1931)|Model A]] replaced the Model T, introducing the first closed-cab pickup. It sported innovations like a safety glass windshield, roll-up side windows and three-speed transmission. It was powered by a four-cylinder L-head engine capable of {{convert|40|hp}}.
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In 1928, the [[Ford Model A (1927-1931)|Model A]] replaced the Model T, introducing the first closed-cab pickup. It sported innovations like a safety glass windshield, roll-up side windows and three-speed transmission. It was powered by a four-cylinder L-head engine capable of {{convert|40|hp}}.{{Citation needed|date=April 2007}}
   
1918 was the first year for a factory-built Chevrolet pickup, known as the "Independence Series".
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1918 was the first year for a factory-built Chevrolet pickup, known as the "Independence Series".{{Citation needed|date=April 2007}}
   
In 1932, the {{convert|65|hp}} Ford flathead V8 engine was offered as an option in the truck. By 1936, Ford had already produced 3 million trucks and led the industry in sales.
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In 1932, the {{convert|65|hp}} Ford flathead V8 engine was offered as an option in the truck. By 1936, Ford had already produced 3 million trucks and led the industry in sales. {{Citation needed|date=April 2007}}
   
 
In 1934, a vehicle debuted in [[Australia]] known as the utility or "[[Coupe Utility|ute]]".<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/australia_innovates/?behaviour=view_article&Section_id=1080&article_id=10085 |title=The Ute - Australia Innovates |publisher=Powerhouse Museum |date= |accessdate=2009-04-25}}</ref> It was designed by Lewis Bandt from [[Ford Australia]].
 
In 1934, a vehicle debuted in [[Australia]] known as the utility or "[[Coupe Utility|ute]]".<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/australia_innovates/?behaviour=view_article&Section_id=1080&article_id=10085 |title=The Ute - Australia Innovates |publisher=Powerhouse Museum |date= |accessdate=2009-04-25}}</ref> It was designed by Lewis Bandt from [[Ford Australia]].
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===Full-size pickups===
 
===Full-size pickups===
[[Image:Gmc.jpg|thumb|A 1982 GMC C1500 Half-ton two-wheel-drive pickup truck with aftermarket box cap.]]
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[[Image:Gmc.jpg|thumb|A 1982 GMC C1500 Half-ton two-wheel-drive pickup truck with [[Aftermarket (automotive)|aftermarket]] box cap.]]
A '''full-size pickup''' is a large pickup truck suitable for hauling heavy loads and performing other functions. Most full-size trucks can carry at least 1,000&nbsp;lb (450&nbsp;kg) in the rear bed, with some capable of over six times that much. The bed is usually constructed so as to accommodate a {{convert|4|ft|m|abbr=on}} x {{convert|8|ft|m|abbr=on}} sheet of plywood. Most are [[FR layout|front-engine]] and [[rear-wheel drive]] with [[four-wheel drive]] optional, and most use a [[live axle]] with [[leaf spring]]s in the rear. They are commonly found with an I6, V6, V8 or V10 engine with Diesel often as an option. The largest full-size pickups feature doubled rear tires (two on each side on one axle). These are colloquially referred to as "duallies" (DOOL-eez), or dual-wheeled pickup trucks, and are often equipped with a [[fifth wheel]] for towing heavy trailers.
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A '''full-size pickup''' is a large pickup truck suitable for hauling heavy loads and performing other functions. Most full-size trucks can carry at least 1,000&nbsp;lb (450&nbsp;kg) in the rear bed, with some capable of over six times that much. The bed is usually constructed so as to accommodate a {{convert|4|ft|m|abbr=on}} x {{convert|8|ft|m|abbr=on}} sheet of plywood. Most are [[FR layout|front-engine]] and [[rear-wheel drive]] with [[four-wheel drive]] optional, and most use a [[live axle]] with [[leaf spring]]s in the rear. They are commonly found with an I6, V6, V8 or V10 engine with Diesel often as an option. The largest full-size pickups feature doubled rear tires (two on each side on one axle). These are colloquially referred to as "duallies" (DOOL-eez), or dual-wheeled pickup trucks, and are often equipped with a [[fifth wheel]] for towing heavy trailers. {{Citation needed|date=February 2010}}
   
 
Full-size pickups in North America are sold in four size ranges - ½ Ton, ¾ Ton, 1&nbsp;Ton, and now 1 1/2&nbsp;ton. These size ranges originally indicated the maximum payload of the vehicle, however modern pickups can typically carry far more than that. For example, the 2006 model Ford F-150 (a "½ Ton" pickup) has a payload of between {{convert|1400|lb|abbr=on}} and {{convert|3060|lb|abbr=on}}, depending on configuration. Likewise, the 2006 model F-350 (a "1&nbsp;Ton" pickup) has a payload of between {{convert|4000|lb|abbr=on}} and {{convert|5800|lb|abbr=on}} depending on configuration.
 
Full-size pickups in North America are sold in four size ranges - ½ Ton, ¾ Ton, 1&nbsp;Ton, and now 1 1/2&nbsp;ton. These size ranges originally indicated the maximum payload of the vehicle, however modern pickups can typically carry far more than that. For example, the 2006 model Ford F-150 (a "½ Ton" pickup) has a payload of between {{convert|1400|lb|abbr=on}} and {{convert|3060|lb|abbr=on}}, depending on configuration. Likewise, the 2006 model F-350 (a "1&nbsp;Ton" pickup) has a payload of between {{convert|4000|lb|abbr=on}} and {{convert|5800|lb|abbr=on}} depending on configuration.
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===Mid-size pickups===
 
===Mid-size pickups===
The first mid-size pickup was the [[Dodge Dakota]], introduced in 1987 with [[V6 engine]] availability to distinguish it from the smaller compact trucks which generally offered only four cylinder engines. Its hallmark was the ability to carry a 4&nbsp;ft × 8&nbsp;ft sheet of [[plywood]] flat in the cargo bed, something which compact pickups could only carry at an angle. While the Frontier, the Tacoma, and the Ridgeline are only available with 4- or 6-cylinder engines, since 1989 the Dakota has been available with a 4-, 6-, or 8-cylinder engine. The [[Mitsubishi Raider]], new for 2006, was a rebadged Dakota with the same engine options.
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The first mid-size pickup was the [[Dodge Dakota]], introduced in 1987 with [[V6 engine]] availability to distinguish it from the smaller compact trucks which generally offered only four cylinder engines. Its hallmark was the ability to carry a 4&nbsp;ft × 8&nbsp;ft sheet of [[plywood]] flat in the cargo bed, something which compact pickups could only carry at an angle. While the Frontier, the Tacoma, and the Ridgeline are only available with 4- or 6-cylinder engines, since 1989 the Dakota has been available with a 4-, 6-, or 8-cylinder engine. The [[Mitsubishi Raider]], new for 2006, was a rebadged Dakota with the same engine options.{{Citation needed|date=February 2010}}
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For 2009, mid-size and large pickups dominate the US market. Mid-size models include:
 
For 2009, mid-size and large pickups dominate the US market. Mid-size models include:
 
*[[Chevrolet Colorado|Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon]]
 
*[[Chevrolet Colorado|Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon]]
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===Sport utility trucks (SUT)===
 
===Sport utility trucks (SUT)===
 
{{Main|Sport utility truck}}
 
{{Main|Sport utility truck}}
Sport utility truck (SUT) is a marketing term for a vehicle deriving from an [[SUV]] or [[Crossover (automobile)|Crossover]] with the distinction of four doors and an open bed similar to that of a pickup truck — suitable for light to heavy-duty capability, depending on the vehicle. Examples include the [[Honda Ridgeline]], [[Hummer H2|Hummer H2 SUT]], [[Chevrolet Avalanche]], [[Ford Explorer Sport Trac]], and the [[Cadillac Escalade#Escalade EXT|Cadillac Escalade EXT]], [[SsangYong Musso]] and [[SsangYong Actyon]].
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Sport utility truck (SUT) is a marketing term for a vehicle deriving from an [[SUV]] or [[Crossover (automobile)|Crossover]] with the distinction of four doors and an open bed similar to that of a pickup truck — suitable for light to heavy-duty capability, depending on the vehicle. Examples include the [[Honda Ridgeline]], [[Hummer H2|Hummer H2 SUT]], [[Chevrolet Avalanche]], [[Ford Explorer Sport Trac]], and the [[Cadillac Escalade#Escalade EXT|Cadillac Escalade EXT]], [[SsangYong Musso]] and [[SsangYong Actyon]].{{Citation needed|date=February 2010}}
   
 
==Pickup cab styles==
 
==Pickup cab styles==
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===Extended cab===
 
===Extended cab===
'''Extended''' or '''super cab''' pickups add an extra space behind the main seat. This is normally accessed by reclining the front bench back, but recent extended cab pickups have featured [[suicide doors]] on one or both sides for access. The original extended cab trucks used simple side-facing "jump seats" that could fold into the walls, but modern super cab trucks usually have a full bench in the back. Toyota offered a version of the [[Toyota Stout#First generation|Stout]] with two doors (one each side) and two full width bench seats to hold 6 people in 1954. Dodge introduced the ''Club Cab'' in 1973. Ford followed with the SuperCab concept on their 1974 F-100. In 1977 [[Datsun]] introduced the first minitruck with extended cab, their '''[[Datsun 620|King Cab]]'''. GM, oddly enough, did not offer one on their full-size pickups until 1988. The S-Series(Chevrolet S-10/GMC S-15) pickups has extended cab models in 1983.
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'''Extended''' or '''super cab''' pickups add an extra space behind the main seat. This is normally accessed by reclining the front bench back, but recent extended cab pickups have featured [[suicide doors]] on one or both sides for access. The original extended cab trucks used simple side-facing "jump seats" that could fold into the walls, but modern super cab trucks usually have a full bench in the back. Toyota offered a version of the [[Toyota Stout#First generation|Stout]] with two doors (one each side) and two full width bench seats to hold 6 people in 1954. Dodge introduced the ''Club Cab'' in 1973. Ford followed with the SuperCab concept on their 1974 F-100. In 1977 [[Datsun]] introduced the first minitruck with extended cab, their '''[[Datsun 620|King Cab]]'''. GM, oddly enough, did not offer one on their full-size pickups until 1988. The S-Series(Chevrolet S-10/GMC S-15) pickups has extended cab models in 1983.{{Citation needed|date=February 2010}}
   
 
===Crew cab===
 
===Crew cab===
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The coupé utility body style is especially popular in Australia. The ute had its origins in Australia from the open top passenger car models of the mid 1920s. The ute body type was first available in Australian [[Chevrolet]] then [[Dodge]] models, the bodies of which were made by [[Holden]] under contract. Australia has developed a culture around utes, particularly in rural areas with events known as [[Ute muster]]s.
 
The coupé utility body style is especially popular in Australia. The ute had its origins in Australia from the open top passenger car models of the mid 1920s. The ute body type was first available in Australian [[Chevrolet]] then [[Dodge]] models, the bodies of which were made by [[Holden]] under contract. Australia has developed a culture around utes, particularly in rural areas with events known as [[Ute muster]]s.
   
Many young drivers customise their utes and are not willing to scratch the paintwork doing anything utilitarian. Other drivers customize their utes in the Bachelor and Spinster Balls style with bullbar, spotlights, oversized mudflaps, exhaust pipe flaps and UHF aerials. The ute culture has been romanticised by country singers such as Lee Kernaghan, who has written odes to the ute such as ''She's My Ute'', ''Scrubbabashin'', ''Baptise The Ute'' and ''Love Shack''.
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Many young drivers customise their utes and are not willing to scratch the paintwork doing anything utilitarian{{Citation needed|date=April 2008}}. Other drivers{{Who|date=April 2008}} customise their utes in the [[Bachelor and Spinster Balls|B&S]] style{{Citation needed|date=April 2008}} {{Vague|date=April 2008}} with [[bullbar|roobars]], spotlights, oversized [[mudflap]]s, exhaust pipe flaps and [[Ultra high frequency|UHF]] aerials. The ute culture has been romanticised by country singers such as [[Lee Kernaghan]], who has written odes to the ute such as ''She's My Ute'', ''Scrubbabashin'', ''Baptise The Ute'' and ''Love Shack''.
   
 
The two current Australian-built utilities — [[Holden Ute]] and the [[Ford Falcon (Australia)|Ford Falcon ute]] — derive from currently marketed passenger cars.
 
The two current Australian-built utilities — [[Holden Ute]] and the [[Ford Falcon (Australia)|Ford Falcon ute]] — derive from currently marketed passenger cars.
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==Cultural significance==
 
==Cultural significance==
 
===North America===
 
===North America===
[[File:Old Ford pickup, Found in Field Dead.jpg|thumb|Old [[Ford]] pickup, used as a feed trough in southern Ontario.]]
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[[File:Old Ford pickup, Found in Field Dead.jpg|thumb|Old [[Ford]] pickup, used as a feed trough in southern [[Ontario]].]]
Some North Americans, from Canada to the United States to Mexico, have a special fondness for the pickup truck, and it has developed a mythos that is similar to that of the horse in the American Old West. In parts of the [[United States]], pickups tend to be portrayed as symbols of male virility. They figure prominently in "tough guy" and neo-Western motion pictures, such as ''Hud'', ''Urban Cowboy'', ''The Fall Guy'' and ''Every Which Way But Loose''. They are also a fixture in American politics, as in the famous campaign speech by Fred Thompson, who explained his opponent's shortcomings by saying "He hasn't spent enough time in a pickup truck." In 2004, Democratic Senate candidate Ken Salazar campaigned with his green pickup truck; Salazar later won the election.<ref>http://www.salazarforcolorado.com/about_ken/kens_green_truck.html</ref> Even President George W. Bush was seen cruising around his Crawford, Texas ranch in a white [[Ford F-250]] while vacationing, sometimes with foreign heads of state riding shotgun, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Some North Americans, from Canada to the United States to Mexico, have a special fondness for the pickup truck, and it has developed a mythos that is similar to that of the [[horse]] in the [[American Old West]]. In parts of the [[United States]], pickups tend to be portrayed as symbols of male virility. They figure prominently in "[[tough guy]]" and neo-Western motion pictures, such as ''[[Hud (film)|Hud]]'', ''[[Urban Cowboy]]'', ''[[The Fall Guy]]'' and ''[[Every Which Way But Loose]]''. They are also a fixture in American politics, as in the famous campaign speech by [[Fred Thompson]], who explained his opponent's shortcomings by saying "He hasn't spent enough time in a pickup truck." In 2004, [[Democratic Party (United States)|Democratic]] [[United States Senate|Senate]] candidate [[Ken Salazar]] campaigned with his green pickup truck; Salazar later won the election.<ref>http://www.salazarforcolorado.com/about_ken/kens_green_truck.html</ref> Even President [[George W. Bush]] was seen cruising around his [[Crawford, Texas|Crawford]], [[Texas]] ranch in a white [[Ford F-250]] while vacationing, sometimes with foreign heads of state [[riding shotgun]], such as Russian President [[Vladimir Putin]].
   
 
The term "Texas Cadillac" is a euphemism referring to the pickup truck of a cowboy or someone into the cowboy/country music culture, especially if the truck is large and has been customized rather opulently. Texas is sometimes called the "land of pickup trucks," even charging lower taxes on pickup truck registration than on other types of vehicle registration.<ref>{{cite web | title =Schedule Of Texas Registration Fees | publisher =State of Texas | date =2007-01-01 | url =ftp://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/vtr/fees/2007fees.pdf | format =PDF | accessdate =2007-04-20}}</ref>` Indeed, Texans have 14% of the pickups in the U.S.<ref>{{cite web | title =Toyota Tundra sales outgrowing Ford, GM in Texas truck market |publisher =bloggingstocks |date =2008-01-16 |url =http://www.bloggingstocks.com/2008/01/16/toyota-tundra-sales-outgrowing-ford-gm-in-texas-truck-market/ | accessdate =2008-10-31}}</ref>, and automakers sometimes offer special editions of their pickup trucks, with names like "TEXAS EDITION" and "LONE STAR EDITION".
 
The term "Texas Cadillac" is a euphemism referring to the pickup truck of a cowboy or someone into the cowboy/country music culture, especially if the truck is large and has been customized rather opulently. Texas is sometimes called the "land of pickup trucks," even charging lower taxes on pickup truck registration than on other types of vehicle registration.<ref>{{cite web | title =Schedule Of Texas Registration Fees | publisher =State of Texas | date =2007-01-01 | url =ftp://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/vtr/fees/2007fees.pdf | format =PDF | accessdate =2007-04-20}}</ref>` Indeed, Texans have 14% of the pickups in the U.S.<ref>{{cite web | title =Toyota Tundra sales outgrowing Ford, GM in Texas truck market |publisher =bloggingstocks |date =2008-01-16 |url =http://www.bloggingstocks.com/2008/01/16/toyota-tundra-sales-outgrowing-ford-gm-in-texas-truck-market/ | accessdate =2008-10-31}}</ref>, and automakers sometimes offer special editions of their pickup trucks, with names like "TEXAS EDITION" and "LONE STAR EDITION".
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===Europe===
 
===Europe===
   
The largest pickup market in Europe is [[Portugal]], where crew cab [[4WD]] pickups have somewhat replaced SUVs as offroad vehicles, after a change in taxation removed light commercial vehicle status from SUVs. The introduction of more powerful engines in pickups, benefiting from variable vane [[turbocharger]]s and [[common rail]] [[fuel injection#Direct injection|direct injection]] technology, have made these cars interesting prospects in the eyes of the public, and mid size trucks, like [[Nissan Navara]], [[Mitsubishi L200]] and [[Toyota Hilux]] are the top sellers in the pick-up scene.
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The largest pickup market in Europe is [[Portugal]], where crew cab [[4WD]] pickups have somewhat replaced SUVs as offroad vehicles, after a change in taxation removed light commercial vehicle status from SUVs. The introduction of more powerful engines in pickups, benefiting from variable vane [[turbocharger]]s and [[common rail]] [[fuel injection#Direct injection|direct injection]] technology, have made these cars interesting prospects in the eyes of the public, and mid size trucks, like [[Nissan Navara]], [[Mitsubishi L200]] and [[Toyota Hilux]] are the top sellers in the pick-up scene.{{Citation needed|date=January 2010}}
   
In the United Kingdom pickups are gaining popularity fast on a low level. Through 2006 pick up sales have increased by 14&nbsp;percent to reach a total topping 36,000, where overall new car sales are down by 4.2&nbsp;percent. The biggest sellers in the UK are mid size trucks like the [[Nissan Navara]] and the [[Mitsubishi L200]]. These are often seen as a lifestyle statement associated with surfing or other extreme sports.
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In the United Kingdom pickups are gaining popularity fast on a low level. Through 2006 pick up sales have increased by 14&nbsp;percent to reach a total topping 36,000, where overall new car sales are down by 4.2&nbsp;percent. The biggest sellers in the UK are mid size trucks like the [[Nissan Navara]] and the [[Mitsubishi L200]]. These are often seen as a lifestyle statement associated with surfing or other extreme sports.{{Citation needed|date=January 2010}}
   
 
In other parts of Europe pickups are only used for light commercial use. These cars are cab forward types based upon Vans as the [[Volkswagen Bus]]. Additionally, a few manufacturers had made pickups based upon rather small cars like the [[Volkswagen Caddy]], which is derived from the [[Volkswagen Golf I]]. The only example of this kind left today is the [[Dacia Logan#Logan Pick-Up|Dacia Logan Pickup]]. Additionally there are very very few imported US-style-pickups, none of these are sold regularly in countries like Germany, France or Spain.
 
In other parts of Europe pickups are only used for light commercial use. These cars are cab forward types based upon Vans as the [[Volkswagen Bus]]. Additionally, a few manufacturers had made pickups based upon rather small cars like the [[Volkswagen Caddy]], which is derived from the [[Volkswagen Golf I]]. The only example of this kind left today is the [[Dacia Logan#Logan Pick-Up|Dacia Logan Pickup]]. Additionally there are very very few imported US-style-pickups, none of these are sold regularly in countries like Germany, France or Spain.
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The [[Volkswagen Caddy]], Datsun/Nissan 1400 Champ (discontinued from 2009 due to emissions control problems, with 275000 sold) are also popular models, while Toyota, Mazda, Opel have good selling ranges. [[Tata Motors|Tata]] and [[Mahindra]] have recently entered the market.
 
The [[Volkswagen Caddy]], Datsun/Nissan 1400 Champ (discontinued from 2009 due to emissions control problems, with 275000 sold) are also popular models, while Toyota, Mazda, Opel have good selling ranges. [[Tata Motors|Tata]] and [[Mahindra]] have recently entered the market.
Visitors to South Africa will often hear pickups referred to as ''bakkies'' (''bakkie'': singular). This is derived from the diminutive [[Afrikaans]] term ''bak'' - literally a baking bin, such as those used for baking loaves of bread. Early pickups dating from the 1940s were [[coupé utility|sedans with a cargo carrier bin]], added almost as an afterthought - which gave rise to the term, and its widespread use. Another popular assumption is that the word "bakkie" was drived from the old English "buggy" (a two-wheeled horse drawn cart used for light duty farmwork). For the last few decades the word "bakkie" has been used by all language groups as a generic term for all light duty commercial vehicles (up to appr. 1000&nbsp;kg payload and often derived from saloon car designs) in South Africa. The Toyota Hilux is currently the top selling vehicle in this country.
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Visitors to South Africa will often hear pickups referred to as ''bakkies'' (''bakkie'': singular). This is derived from the diminutive [[Afrikaans]] term ''bak'' - literally a baking bin, such as those used for baking loaves of bread. Early pickups dating from the 1940s were [[coupé utility|sedans with a cargo carrier bin]], added almost as an afterthought - which gave rise to the term, and its widespread use.{{Citation needed|date=October 2008}} Another popular assumption is that the word "bakkie" was drived from the old English "buggy" (a two-wheeled horse drawn cart used for light duty farmwork). For the last few decades the word "bakkie" has been used by all language groups as a generic term for all light duty commercial vehicles (up to appr. 1000&nbsp;kg payload and often derived from saloon car designs) in South Africa. The Toyota Hilux is currently the top selling vehicle in this country.
   
 
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