DETROIT -- With their increasing popularity, it was no surprise that pickup trucks were among the biggest draws at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
Chrysler LLC’s GMC 1500 took home 2013 North American Truck of The Year honors at the event, officially known as the 2013 North American International Auto Show.
Pickup trucks making their debuts at the show ranged from the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 to Via Motor’s Via XTRUX.
Ford (NYSE:F), the market leader with its popular line of F150 pickups, unveiled its Atlas concept truck at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show as well.
The Silverado was completely redesigned, according to Chevrolet. The new model, billed as stronger than its predecessors, will become available in three engine types: 4.3-liter V-6, 5.3-liter V-8 and a bigger V-8 that holds 6.2 liters of fuel. The new pickup is expected to go on sale in the summer, with pricing still to be determined.
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The XTRUX combines the hauling capacity of a pickup with the fuel efficiency of an electric vehicle. Via is taking pre-orders for the truck on its website and said the vehicle will get up to 800 horsepower and electric torque on par with a “monster truck,” according to company CEO and auto industry veteran Bob Lutz.
Ford had a slew of F150 models on display at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, but it was the Ford Atlas, a concept pickup, that turned heads.
The Dearborn, Mich., automaker unveiled the Atlas on Tuesday. Ford said the Atlas improves fuel economy through turbocharging and features a 360-degree point-of-view camera that allows drivers to see obstacles in a busy job site or a parking lot.
Ford also had a number of its popular F150 models at its booth at the auto show as well as the bigger Ford F250.
Chrysler’s Ram line of pickups at the show (the trucks used to be sold under the Dodge Ram brand before Chrysler spun off the line from Dodge in 2009) was among the highlights, including the 2013 Ram 1500, which was also voted Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year for 2013.
The 1500 gets 25 mpg highway, the best in its class.
GMC, General Motors’ (NYSE:GM) truck division, had a line of its Sierra trucks on display, including the Denali luxury models.
The 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 starts at $23,590 for the work truck and has a 15 mpg highway/21 mpg city. The SLE version, which includes a heavy-duty handling and trailer suspension package, has a starting price of $29,410.
Click through the slideshow to view the pickup trucks featured at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.