Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota, Honda and many more vehicle manufacturers have a range of pickup models in their lineup. And why not! In the States for example, certain pickup models are at the top of the sales charts, year in and year out.
And who doesn't love a pickup? They get the job done, they are fun to drive (especially off-road), they can be used in a range of circumstances and more often than not, they are dependable. And the sheer range available is simply incredible. Around the world, you will find the big, tough, brash American style truck but you will also find smaller mini-pickups as well as models that fit somewhere in between. There is no denying, however, that each has their unique appeal.
But, do you think you could identify them without their logo? From the well-known Chevy, Ford and Dodge to the lesser known foreign trucks such as the Russian Vaz or Holden's line of trucks - except in Australia, or Down Under as the like to call it, a pickup is a Ute (short for utility, go figure).
Let's see how you fare. It won't be easy, just take your time and you will be fine.
This Toyota pickup has been available in the United States since 1999. By producing the Tundra, Toyota became the first Japanese company to market an American-sized pickup. It is available as a regular 2-door cab, 4-door double cab and crewmax.
The Colorado is a pickup truck in the mid-sized segment. It has been produced by Chevrolet since 2003. It is available as both a 2-door regular cab, 4-door extended cab and 4-door crew cab.
A pickup Mercedes. Yes, that’s the newest model introduced by the German luxury car maker. But who is going to ride that to a construction site?
The GMC Sierra is available as a two-door, four-door double and four-door crew cab. This heavy duty pickup also had a number of drive options including rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. They are used in the military and in truck racing.
This heavy duty truck was a Dodge product that was sold in the United Kingdom. Depending on the model, the 500 could carry between 11 and 16 tons. It was also available in other export markets around the world.
Based on the CJ Jeep series, the DJ was a two-wheel drive variant. It was produced from 1955 until 1984. During that time, there were four variants, including a rear-wheel drive electric version know and the 'Electruck'.
The legendary Defender is also available as a 2-door pickup from 1983 onward with the release of the 90 and 110 series. The Defender was manufactured from 1948 to 2016.
Designed by Walter De Silva, the Amarok has been marketed by the German company since 2010. This rear-wheel drive vehicle is available as a single cab, double cab and has a range of gas or diesel powerplant options.
Largely acknowledged as one of the best off-roaders ever, the FJ40 Land Cruiser was produced between 1974 and 1993. And the best part? Well, the Cruiser was able to tackle the toughest terrain straight out the box, with little need for modifications.
A stalwart of the Chevy pickup fleet in the 1970s, the C30 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.
Introduced by General Motors-owned Isuzu in 2003, the D-Max is built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon. The D-Max is available as a 2-door cab, 2-door utility, 4-door cab and 4-door utility. There have been two generations of the D-Max to date.
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.
The SVT Lightning was introduced in 1993 and essentially is an F-150 truck with a little extra under the hood. The Lightning was powered by a 5.8 liter V8, while handling was improved thanks to an upgraded suspension system provided by Ford.
One of America's lesser known vehicle producers, VIA makes a range of electric vehicles including a hybrid pickup truck with a battery range of 40 miles, enough to cover the distance most of us travel each day. It is charged at a normal plug point.
One of earliest pickups around, the International Series was the first to feature a 6-cylinder OVH engine. Also, it had metal rims, a far cry from earlier models with wooden wheels.
A sport utility truck, the Ridgeline was first marketed by Honda in 2005. It is currently in its second generation and is powered by a 3.5 liter V6 engine.
This long-wheelbase full-sized pickup 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 chosen. The second generation offered four different powerplant options, all V8s. Around 625,000 Avalanches were sold during its production run.
Blessed with excellent off-road capabilities, the Nissan Frontier entered the market in 1997, although it is known as the Navarra in many parts of the world. It has a range of gasoline and diesel powerplants with Bilstein shocks as well as a rear locking differential.
Produced between 1948 and 1953, the B Series was a pickup truck available as either a 1/2-ton or 3/4-ton option.
Built by a lesser-known Japanese manufacturer, the Hijet is a larger pickup truck built for the purpose of transporting materials or goods. It decends from the Kei line of trucks first built by Daihatsu in the 1960s. Daihatsu even introduced a hybrid version in 2003 that was 30% more fuel efficient
If Lincoln had thought this through properly ... I mean, who wants a pickup with a carpeted truck bed? An attempt at an up-market pickup, the Blackwood was a failure in the early 2000s. Only 3,300 ever sold.
Produced in India for the global market, the Scorpio was first marketed in 2002. It is currently in its second generation, which is powered by either a gas or turbodiesel engine. Although it was intended to market the vehicle in America, the deal fell through.
Based on the Actyon SUV by SsangYong, the Actyon Sports is pickup version. It is available with as either a 2WD or 4WD and features both a diesel or gasoline engine options.
Also marketed under the name Kingswood, the Belmont was produced in Australia from 1968 to 1984. It was available as a pickup truck or Ute (the Australian term for pickup) until 1974 and then the badge was only used on sedans and station wagons.
This four-wheel drive pickup truck is made by the Russian auto manufacturer, VAZ. It was first introduced in 2000 and can carry up to 350 kilograms.
Take a 4.3-liter turbocharged V-6 as well as the transmission of a Corvette and couple that with an all-wheel-drive truck and what do you have? A Typhoon, that's what. The Typhoon was faster than many sports cars of the time and easily raced to 60mph from a standing start in under 5 seconds.
A Toyota pickup avaible in the United States until 1995 and still sold in world markets, the Hilux went into production in 1968 and is currently in its eighth generation.
With input from the legendary Caroll Shelby, the Dakota featured a 5.2-liter V-8 capable of 175 brake horsepower. This was coupled to a 4-speed automatic transmission. In 1989, that made for a performance truck that was very impressive.
A heavy-duty pickup truck, the CXT was released in 2004. Essentially, it is a 14,500-pound truck with a Ford Super Duty bed on the back! At nine feet tall, this pickup can carry 12,000 pounds.
Manufactured by Indian company Tata, the Xenon pickup was first produced in 2006. It features in a range of markets including South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. The Xenon is powered by a 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine running through a 5-speed manual transmission.
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.
Sold in the USA between 2008 and 2012, the Suzuki Equator was based on the Nissan Frontier. It was available as both a 2-door and 4-door truck.
First introduced in 1978, the Triton is a compact pickup truck from Japanese automaker, Mitsubishi. It is currently in its fifth generation.
The Nissan Pathfinder, now in its fourth generation, was first marketed in 1986. It now also includes a hybrid option.
The generation 2 model specifically is ranked by many as one of the top off-roaders ever made. Not only are they excellent in tough terrain but they are reliable, an important factor when you are far from the nearest mechanic when something goes wrong. One concern about the Tacoma is that the stock suspension is not as good as it could be and this is often the first thing that owners modify.
First marketed in 2008 by Holden in Australia, the Colorado is a pickup truck (or Ute as the Australians like to call it.) It comes as both a 4x2 and 4x4 option each powered by a 2.8-liter diesel engine through a 6-speed gearbox.
An Italian brand, Bremach models include the T-Rex which has two engine options, the largest of which is a 3.0-liter engine producing 170 brake horsepower.
The Pro-4x variant of the Nissan Titan was a specifically designed off-road package that turned the Titan into a more than useful off-road vehicle. The Titan also has a very effective 5.6-liter V8 engine.
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.
Also known as the Bighorn, the Trooper was produced over two generations from 1981 to 2002. The off-road credentials of the Trooper are borne out by the fact that these models won a number of international off-road races including the marathon section of the 1994 Paris-Dakar rally.