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Top 9 Most Fuel-Efficient Trucks for 2014



For the past several years, the best-selling vehicle in the nation has been a pickup. It's not difficult to understand why Americans love trucks. Pickups offer the kind of unassailable utility that makes them a natural fit for anyone who frequently hauls outsize cargo.

Certain trucks offer another benefit: outstanding fuel efficiency. The nine models shown offer the best gas mileage in the segment. Our list is shorter than the usual 10 due to a shrinking talent pool. GM's hybrid trucks made appearances on last year's list, but for 2014, GM has dropped these hybrids from its…
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Understanding the distracted brain

Why driving while talking on cell phones is risky behavior

Many people know texting while driving increases crash risk. But cell phone conversation while driving is also risky. Talking on hands-free or handheld cell phones requires the brain to multitask ? a process it cannot do safely while driving.

To explain what happens to the human brain when talking on cell phones while driving, NSC has a white paper, ?Understanding the distracted brain: Why driving while talking on hands-free phones is risky behavior:?

Below is the article "Understanding the distraced brain: Why Driving while talking on hands-free phones is risky behavor…
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Put down the phone and promise to drive distraction free

In 2012, nearly 3,400 people (3,328, actually) died in distraction-affected crashes, according to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT). An estimated 421,000 people were injured in crashes that involved a distracted driver. Approximately 660,000 drivers use a cell phone for talking or texting at ANY GIVEN MOMENT in time across the country.

That?s 660,000 people that could be causing a crash ? right now.

That?s why companies are hard at work getting the message out about distracted driving. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and it is an awareness that every driver…
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Refreshed 2015 Dodge Challenger, Charger Coming to New York

Dodge has announced it will bring the 2015 Challenger and 2015 Charger to the New York auto show next week. As we previously reported, both models are due for a refresh this year, and it will come just in time for the Dodge brand's 100th anniversary this summer.

UPDATE: Chrysler Group has released another teaser image ahead of New York, this time showing the front end of the 2015 Dodge Charger (above). The sedan's mug looks to have been pretty extensively redone, with the headlights appearing a bit more rounded and with less of an angry slant to…
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2014 Ram Power Wagon is bigger and badder than ever!

More, more, more. That's the philosophy behind the latest Ram Power Wagon. The extra-brawny, Ram 2500-based pickup is back for 2014, and naturally, it's even more extreme than its predecessor.

Like the rest of the Ram 2500 range, for 2014, the Power Wagon adopts the tweaked version of the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 found in SRT's eight-cylinder offerings. A healthy 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque best the old 5.7-liter Hemi's 383 hp and 400 lb-ft, while standard cylinder deactivation should help fuel economy. A six-speed automatic is the standard and sole transmission.

Those…
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Ram ProMaster named Best Fleet Value

Vincentric has named the Ram ProMaster Diesel 1500 standard roof van with the 118-inch wheelbase its ?Best Fleet Value? in the Full-Size 1/2-Ton Cargo Van category.

?Starting off its first model year with a bang, the Ram ProMaster 1500 wins its first Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America award in the full-size -ton cargo van segment. The ProMaster used low fuel and maintenance costs as the key components of its success, while unseating the Chevrolet Express Cargo G1500, which also performed well as the 2014 runner-up.?

Vincentric, LLC, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2014, provides insight to the…
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Ram named an All-Star for second consecutive year

Every year, the editorial staff of Automobile magazine selects its ten favorite passenger vehicles and names them All-Stars. For the second year in a row, the Ram 1500 pickup is one of their selections. It?s also the only truck on the list.

This makes four times time the Ram has been named an All-Star in the past five years.

According to the editors, ??The Ram 1500 defies the limitations of a pickup truck, continuing a spirit of innovation that began in the mid-1990s, when Chrysler introduced the big-rig grille and reinvented the way pickup trucks look. Now the Ram…

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The All-New 2015 Chrysler 200

This is the All-New 2015 Chrysler 200. The next-generation midsize sedan is designed, engineered and built to compete with the very best vehicles in the industry.

The advanced engineering of the 2015 Chrysler 200 results in highly efficient, refined performance. The fuel economy ratings speak for themselves.

The 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir II four-cylinder engine provides up to 36 highway mpg, while the available 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine delivers up to 31 highway mpg with 295 horsepower.

The 200 also delivers exceptional power. You can choose the 184-horsepower 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir II four-cylinder engine which delivers 173 lb-ft…
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Dodge Scat Packs to be released starting this month with more in July

The Scat Pack is back! Dodge is rolling out Scat Pack performance stage kits from Mopar, which can help boost the performance of the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 up to an additional 58 horsepower and 47 lb.-ft. of torque.

With the Scat Packs, Dodge enthusiasts can get the maximum performance from their Challenger or Charger and not void the factory powertrain warranty ? it's an industry first from an Original Equipment Manufacturer. Any 2014 Dodge Challenger or Dodge Charger R/T modified with the Scat Pack 1, Scat Pack 2 or Scat Pack 3 performance stage kits by an…
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Back in Black: Ram Extends Black Package to HD Pickups

Throw the devil horns skyward, because Ram is letting Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 models get in on the factory-prepped blacked-out look for 2014. Available as the Black Express on Ram 1500 trucks since mid-year 2013, the package proved so successful Ram figured it would extend the treatment in even a more imposing form to its heavy-haulers. Officially called the Ram Black appearance group, it?s making its debut at the Atlanta auto show this week.

The descent into darkness starts with a black truck outfitted with body-color front and rear bumpers, adds a set of 20-inch black aluminum wheels…
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