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A 2016 Guide to Buying Trucks

Trucks purchases tend to depend on a number of issues. The trucks in the light and medium market segments tend to sell faster than the heavy duty segment. This is due to the fact that nearly 3 in every 5 truck buyers buys it for personal towing purposes. 

Truck Features                                                                                                                             

Cab designs for trucks come in three different types, regular cab, extended cab and crew cab which have four full-size doors. The popular light duty truck ranges from $20,000-50,000. Most company trucks offer 4 and 6-cylinder engines while most full-size trucks rely on V8 engines. A lot of trucks have incorporated basic safety features including airbags, stability and cruise control and they have published crash score tests.

Interior décor, towing capacity, operational costs and versatility are also big issues to consider. Based on all these factors there are a number of trucks that make the cut for review in 2016. The trucks fall into three major categories compact, light duty and heavy duty. Heavy duty trucks require dot reflective tape on their trailers.

Latest Compact/Light/Heavy Trucks                                                               

  Under compact category, 2016 Chevrolet Colorado stands at 5.2-6.2 ft. bed length and 100,000 mileage. It is smaller, more manoeuvrable and fuel-efficient with a government test crash rating of 4 out of 5.  Still under the compact truck segment, the 2016 GMC Canyon has a total seating capacity of 5 people and it’s available in RWD and 4WD. Though it costs much more it has the options of a 2.5ltr 4-cylinder engine, 3.6 litre V6 gasoline and the 2016 Toyota Tacoma.

In the light-duty category, you have the 2016 Ram 1500, the 2016 Ford F-150, the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and the 2016 GMC Sierra. The heavy duty category has 2016 Ram 2500 / 3500, 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD 2500 / 3500, the 2016 Ford F-250 / F-350 / F-450 and 2016 GMC Sierra 2500 / 3500.

List of Top Truck Manufacturers.                                                                         

The German manufacturers Daimler remains the top truck manufacturer in the world after churning out over 377,000 truck orders. Their main brands are Mercedes-Benz, Sterling Trucks, Unimog, Freightliner Trucks and Mitsubishi Fuso and Western Star

Volvo global    Trucks in Sweden comes in a distant second with 158, 000 truck orders. Their main brands are Mack Trucks, Renault Trucks and UD Trucks. German dominates the top five categories with the Munich-based MAN churching out 91, 000 truck orders at number 3.

The fourth spot goes to another German truck manufacturer, the Scania. This Koblenz based firm churned out 57, 000 trucks. Navistar in the United States comes in at fifth with 28, 000 orders.  The other top truck manufacturers include Dongfeng, Tata group, Volkswagen, Ford and Paccar.

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