In the past big, huge, giant pickup trucks have been the trend, with each major manufacturer attempting to out horse-power the others. More profitable big trucks and SUV's took the place of compact trucks. The pickup truck giants either stopped making their version of the compact truck altogether (i.e. the Ford Ranger) or they remained the exact same through the years with no new updates or features.
So what will future pickup trucks look like? Will the compact pickup make a comeback? This depends on the new technology that becomes available and the change in fossil fuel prices. Competition will continue to ensue for more power and towing capacity. But a new major contender has been added to the mix: fuel economy. Ford's F150 standard full-size pickup with its Ecoboost V-6 engine that gets 25 mpg on average is a prime example of the powerful and fuel efficient power trains for new truck generations. The Chevy Colorado represents a reemergence of more purpose-built compact pickup trucks. Overall, sensible pickups that are the right size for the job will be favored over heavy-duty pickup trucks with V-8 turbo diesel gas guzzlers.
As long as there are pickup trucks, big or small, there will be service bodies to fit them. Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies makes Load'N'Go and Durashell models for both heavy-duty and compact pickup trucks. Check out the interactive Fit Guide to find the service body best suited for your pickup truck and go to www.Fleetwest.net to get a quote or call your Fleetwest representative toll free at 866-497-7200.
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