If there's any doubt about the popularity of pickup trucks in the United States, just look at how many you see on the road. Just think about it: when you're sitting in traffic, it often seems that every second or third vehicle is a pickup, doesn't it?
And it's not just in the United States. Pickups have seen a massive explosion in worldwide popularity in recent decades as well. No longer a tough working vehicle, even office workers are opting for a pickup over a more traditional sedan or SUV.
It's easy to see why as well. Modern pickup trucks have all the bells and whistles and are fairly luxurious to boot. They really are not only modern motoring marvels, but just a pretty awesome mode of transport all around.
But just how much do you really know about pickup trucks? And we're not just talking makes and models here. We have found a range of interesting questions based on facts about these useful machines. For example, could you identify the 1960s pickup that was so rubbish, it sold only 851 units in three years before it was pulled?
Seem easy enough? Let's see how you fare in our pickup trivia quiz?
What was the name of the first pickup truck, marketed in the mid 1920s?
In 1925, Ford introduced the Runabout. Essentially, this was a Model T with a steel bed on the back as well as an adjustable tailgate. To compensate for a heavier load, Ford used heavy duty springs on the rear of the car.
In what year did Chevrolet start producing their first factory-built pickup trucks?
Chevrolet saw the success that Ford was having with their Model T Runabout, but it still took them until 1931 to build their own purpose built pickup. They had built trucks before, but bigger models and for industry, not regular drivers.
True or false? The Ford F-150 is a very popular pickup, so much so that it is the best selling vehicle in America since 1982.
Yes, that is indeed true. For the past 36, the Ford F-150 has been America's top selling vehicle across ALL ranges! If you're not buying a pickup, you're not getting the most popular vehicle in the United States.
From the options below, choose a pickup version of a 1960s sedan that only sold 851 units in three years?
Introduced in 1961, this smaller pickup didn't catch the imagination of the American public. In fact, by 1964 only 851 were sold. It was discontinued that year.
We know the Ford F-150 is popular, but how much of the total market share did it take in new sales in 2016?
Almost of a fifth of the market share in the United States in 2016 was taken by the Ford F-150. It's not difficult to see why either. Modern trucks are as spacious inside as a sedan, have all the features of a sedan and have a pickup bed on the back. What's not to love about that?
What was Chevy's answer to Ford's F150 in the 1950s?
Along with the F-150, the Task Force was the quintessential pickup in the 1950s. With its incredible lines, this body shape is still in demand to this day. Power plant options include a 3.9-liter straight six as well as a 4.6-liter V8.
In Australia, a pickup goes by another name. Do you know what it is called Down Under?
Australians sure like to mix things up. Pickup trucks were introduced in that country just a few years after they made their debut in the United States. And yes, Down Under they are known as Utes, which comes from utility vehicle.
Of the options below, which vehicle is a Russian made pickup introduced in 2000?
The VAZ-2329 is a four-wheel-drive pickup truck is made by the Russian auto manufacturer, AutoVAZ. It was first introduced in 2000 and can carry up to 350 kilograms, which if you think about it, is not that impressive.
What was the first Japanese pickup available in America?
The Stout, a light truck, was part of the Toyota fleet from 1961 till 1989. The first models were only powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline engine, but by the third generation, produced between 1979 and 1989, the largest engine available was now a 2.2-liter gasoline power plant.
What percentage amount of cars sales are pickups in Europe?
While 18% of all new vehicle sales in the United States are pickups, this amount is far less in Europe. In fact, it is only a measly 1%. It seems that pickups just have not caught on over the Atlantic as of yet.
Which of these was a long wheel-base pickup marketed from 2001 to 2013 that could seat up to six people depending on the body chosen?
The Avalanche was a long-wheelbase full-sized pickup that formed part of the Chevrolet model range from 2001 to 2013, with two generations produced. The Avalanche could carry either four or six passengers, depending on the body type . The second generation offered four different powerplant options, all V8's. Around 625,000 Avalanche's were sold during its production run.
A pickup truck in America is not cheap. What was the average cost of these vehicles in 2016?
They certainly are popular, but they are not cheap. Can you believe that the average pickup in America costs $40,696? That's astounding but still, their popularity rises.
Fancy some camping? This popular American pickup included a sleeper section for two people. Can you name it?
A pickup truck with a camping space on the back, the Chevrolet Blazer Chalet combined some off-roading with camping. The chalet section, which slept two people, was made by Chinook and just neatly slid into place. 2,000 Blazer Chalet models were made.
In the early 2000s, an American company thought a luxury pickup was a good idea. It wasn't and the model tanked. Can you name it?
The Lincoln Blackwood was marketed as a luxury pickup. It was a Ford F-150 that was zooted up a little. It had a stainless steel cargo box, LED lights and other gimmicks. You can probably see where this is all going wrong. Ultimately, those who buy a pickup want it to do pickup things. The Blackwood couldn't, and no one bought it.
True or false? In 2016, truck sales in America rose 9% while car sales dropped 6%.
With trucks making up 18% of the new vehicles sold in 2016, it's not difficult to see why overall truck sales were up 9% and the sales figures of other vehicles dropped by 6%. As the best selling vehicles each year since 1982, pickups will remain king for a long while yet.
Can you tell us what a pickup truck is called in Romania?
Yes, believe it or not, a pickup is called a slipper in Romania. Despite many attempts to find out why, we still are not sure. Certainly it is not because they are dainty!
Of the states below, which has the most registered pickup trucks?
Unbelievably, it is California that leads with the most registered pickup trucks in the United States. Over 4.5 million pickups are found in the Golden State. In second place is Texas with 4.1 million, and third is Florida with just over 2 million.
During World War II, the US government did which of these regarding pickup trucks?
Even in the 1940s, pickups were popular. In fact, by the mid-1930s, Ford had sold over 3 million pickup truck models. In order to preserve precious steel for the war effort, the US government ordered that pickup truck production be stopped.
Ford Australia was responsible for the first pickup (or ute) in Australia. In what year do you think this was?
Yes, living in Australia means covering long journeys through the Outback. Even then, Ford realized that a pickup was a vehicle that would serve the Australian people well. Even today, Ute's are one of the most popular vehicles in the country.
True or false? Pickup trucks were considered a status vehicle in the 1950s.
Some would say that a pickup in the US today, where the average cost is over $40,000 per unit, is a status symbol. But even back in the 1950s, everyone wanted to own a pickup. Some things never change, right?
Even in Japan, pickup truck sales increased in the 1970s and 1980s. What saw them stall in the 1990s?
As SUV's became more popular in Japan in the 1990s, with a host of new models released, some other vehicles' popularity was sure to drop. In this case, it was the pickup truck.
Which term below best describes a high-performance truck?
Just like the muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s, muscle trucks became a thing! Models like the GMC Typhoon and Syclone, the Dodge Black Widow and a few others were putting out performance figures that put some sports cars to shame!
In the Back to the Future movie trilogy, which Japanese pickup featured prominently?
Toyota SR5 was known as the Toyota Hilux in most other parts of the world other than the United States. This model was the drive of choice for Michael J Fox in the "Back to the Future" trilogy.
In 2003, one of America's Big Three carmakers made a pickup with a retractable top. What was it called?
A pickup with a difference, the SSR was produced by Chevrolet between 2003 and 2006. In fact, SSR stands for Super Sport Roadster with the vehicle actually a convertible pickup with a retractable hardtop! Unfortunately for Chevrolet, sales for the SSR were not exactly stellar.
Which of these trucks was powered by a Viper engine giving it a top speed of 155 mph?
A Dodge Viper engine in a pickup? Yes, it really happened. The Ram SRT-10 was the fastest production truck at the time, completing 0-60mph in under 5 seconds and able to reach 155mph. And all of that power was channeled through a manual transmission! Scary!
When it comes to pickup body shapes, a four-door pickup is called which of these?
If your pickup has four doors, it falls into the crew cab category. It can also be called a double cab or a dual cab depending on where in the world you buy your truck.
In South Africa, a pickup truck has a rather strange name. What is it?
Actually pronounced "bukkie" South Africans uses this word to describe a pickup. It comes from the Afrikaans language and describes the bed at the back of the truck.
Can you identify a pickup from the 1950s that actually used parts from sedan models that its maker made?
Built in the late '50s, the Sweptside was marketed as the truck of the future. In reality, Dodge truck sales were insignificant and the Sweptside actually used car parts from other Dodge models. In fact, the Sweptside even featured tailfins so popular at the time. Although it was certainly different, the Sweptside never made a dent in the pickup market and was shelved in 1959.
Toyota built their first pickup truck for use in Japan in which year?
The first pickup truck introduced by Toyota was first made in 1931 and was used exclusively in Japan. It was called the G1. This was a rather large truck, over 6 meters long. It could carry 1.5 tons.
What Chevy truck model was seen in the Hollywood blockbuster, "Terminator"?
A stalwart of the Chevy pickup fleet in the 1970s, the C10 is considered to be the first of the modern pickup trucks. It was also the first Chevy with the crew cab option, meaning the truck could easily seat six people.
Are you able to identify an Italian brand pickup made exclusively for the Brazilian market?
The Toro is a pickup that is currently only manufactured for the Brazilian market. It competes in the compact pickup segment.
Which of these trucks shares a chassis and other parts with the Chevrolet Colorado?
The Canyon is a mid-sized pickup marketed by GMC. It shares the same platform as the Chevrolet Colorado and comes with a range of engine options including the 2.8L I-4 Turbo Duramax diesel engine.
Can you name the performance truck powered by a 4.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine?
What happens when you combine a pickup with a 4.3-liter turbocharged V-6? A Syclone, that's what. With its all-wheel drive, the Syclone was faster than many sports cars of the time and easily raced to 60mph from a standing start in under 5 seconds.
Even China have got in on the pickup craze. Which of these is an example of a Chinese truck first introduced in 2004?
This rear-wheel-drive pickup truck was first introduced by Great Wall Motors in 2004. Built with a 4-door configuration, power comes from a 2.3-liter Toyota gasoline engine that produced around 103 brake horsepower.
If the Ford F150 is the most famous truck in the US, then this is for the rest of the world. Which of these are we talking about?
A Toyota pickup available in the United States till 1995 and still sold in world markets, the Hilux went into production in 1968 and is currently in its eighth generation. This is one of Toyota's top sellers worldwide.
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