Ford Wins Two 2023 Edmunds Top Rated Awards

 Edmunds, a trusted guide in car shopping for more than 50 years, has named the Ford F-150 as its Top Rated Truck for the third consecutive year and the F-150 Lightning as its Top Rated Electric Truck for 2023.

Edmunds’ test team recognized Ford’s generations of internal combustion engine vehicle innovation on the F-150, which has helped the company set an industry standard in trucks. The experts celebrated the vehicle’s trucking abilities and usability for consumers.

“For decades, the Ford F-150 has been America’s workhorse, and it’s never been in better shape,” said Edmunds Editor-in-Chief Alistair Weaver. “It’s more innovative, more appealing to drive, and more versatile than ever before.”

Weaver said in addition to the feature advancements and true trucking abilities, Edmunds recognized the creation and early success of the electric F-150 Lightning truck and how important it is to the current EV revolution and the auto industry’s future.

“It’s hard to overestimate the importance of the Ford F-150 Lightning,” Weaver said. “Electrifying the most popular vehicle in the U.S. [F-Series] was a project fraught with risk, but Ford nailed the brief, brilliantly. The result is a better kind of truck and one that will stand at the vanguard of the electric revolution for years to come.”

Ram Brand Confirms Name of First Electric Pickup: Ram 1500 REV

 Ram Truck has confirmed that its first battery-electric pickup truck will be known as the Ram 1500 REV. The announcement marks the latest step in Ram’s electrification journey to bring the industry’s best electrified options to market.

“At Ram, we started a revolution last year as we invited consumers along on the beginning of our electrification journey, gathering their feedback on exactly what they are looking for in an electric pickup truck,” said Mike Koval Jr., Ram brand CEO, Stellantis. “We look forward to delivering our first EV pickup—the all-new Ram 1500 REV—to those consumers next year. We are confident the Ram 1500 REV will push past the competition, offering what will be the leading combination of attributes customers care about the most: range, payload, towing, and charge time.”

Production of the all-new Ram 1500 REV will begin next year.

Hennessey and Sherco Partner for Ultimate Off-Road Adventure Package

 Hennessey, the Texas-based hypercar manufacturer and high-performance vehicle creator, has created the ultimate pairing for thrill-seeking individuals who enjoy pushing two- and four-wheeled vehicles to the limit. The Hennessey VelociRaptor 600 “Sherco Edition” combines the off-road power and prowess of a 558 bhp 4×4 VelociRaptor 600 pickup with the agility and exploration capabilities of high-performance Sherco enduro motorcycles.

Both the truck and motorcycles have been uniquely configured for the pairing. The VelociRaptor 600 is enhanced with a distinctive Sherco racing livery, 6-piston Brembo brakes, a bed rack from Risk Racing for securely transporting two bikes, a 5-gallon fuel jug and mount, plus a bed extender that doubles as a bike loading ramp.

The Sherco bikes (customers may opt for two-stroke 300 SE or four-stroke 300 SEF) feature single-cylinder liquid-cooled engines. As part of the Hennessey package, the SE has an upgraded compression head, while the SEF employs a Race Tech race head. In addition, both bikes feature upgraded radiator and rear rotor guards from BulletProof Designs, skid plate with linkage protection from AXP Racing, enduro grips, and S3 perch clamps, alongside several other enhancements.