Quiz: What Do You Know About American Trucks?: HowStuffWorks
What Do You Know About American Trucks?
By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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Keep on truckin'!
When it comes to trucks, there is no other country in the world that can compare with the United States. This is an undeniable fact, with trucks of all shapes and sizes being extremely popular all across America. Trucks oftentimes rank among the top vehicles in the country in terms of overall sales. In fact, the critically acclaimed Ford F-Series is blatant proof of the love that Americans have for trucks, since it has consistently been the best-selling pickup truck in the United States ever since 1977, and more importantly the best-selling vehicle overall in the country since 1986.
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In this quiz we've taken a look at some of the most iconic and notable trucks in United States history and selected a handful of them to create some challenging questions. From versatile light duty trucks, to bulky and powerful heavy duty trucks, everything has been included in this quiz! So, are you ready to put the pedal to the metal and head out on the open road with this quiz? Then let's jump right in and get started!
What is the name of this truck that holds the title of “best-selling vehicle in the United States”?
The Ford F-150 is a full-size pickup truck that belongs to the exceptionally popular Ford F-Series. The F-Series is not only Ford’s most successful line of vehicles, it is also the best-selling vehicle in the United States; and the F-150 is by far the most popular version of the F-Series.
Do you know the name of the American truck that had a lifespan of exactly 25 years that bridged two centuries?
The Dodge Dakota is a mid-size pickup truck that was produced by Chrysler’s Dodge Truck division (now the Ram division). It was finally discontinued in 2011, after a successful two-and-a-half decade run that began in 1986.
Only produced in 1991 with an overall total of less than 3,000 units, what is the name of this American truck?
The GMC Syclone is a compact pickup truck that featured a 4.3 L LB4 turbo V6 engine. It is notable for actually being a high-performance version of the GMC Sonoma (which was a rebadged Chevrolet S-10).
What is the name of the super-heavy duty truck that was released in 2008, that commonly sees construction and maintenance use?
The International WorkStar is a severe duty (super-heavy duty) truck that was produced from 2008 to 2017. It was intended to serve as the successor to both the 7400 series and 7600 series.
Do you know the name of this American truck that was a variant of an iconic '80s SUV?
The Jeep Comanche is a compact pickup truck that was produced from 1985 to 1992. It has a 2-door body style and was actually a variant of the Jeep Cherokee.
Which American medium duty truck survived for 29 years but was eventually discontinued in 2009?
The Chevrolet Kodiak is a medium duty truck that had a production run that spanned almost three decades. It was eventually discontinued when General Motors observed a noticeable declining market share in the medium/heavy truck industry.
What is the name of GMC’s last class 8 truck?
The GMC General is a heavy duty truck that was produced from 1977 to 1987. It is notable for being General Motors’ largest conventional-cab truck.
Do you know the name of the iconic pickup truck that debuted in 1981 and is now in its fifth design generation?
The Dodge Ram (or simply Ram pickup) is a full-size pickup truck that served as the successor to the Dodge D Series. It was introduced in 1981 and is currently still in production.
The iconic Transformer Optimus Prime disguises himself as which American truck?
The Western Star 5700XE is a heavy duty truck that officially debuted in 2015. The Western Star 5700 is perhaps most notable for being seen in some of the Transformers films; being used as the disguise of Optimus Prime.
What is the name of the Iconic heavy duty truck that was in production from 1977 to 1989?
The Mack Super-Liner is a class 8 heavy-duty truck that features a bonneted cab-chassis. The "Cars" franchise features a character that is a sentient Mack Super-Liner; that is fittingly named “Mack”.
Do you know the name of the popular pickup truck nameplate that was revived in 2018 after production previously ended in 1988?
The Jeep Gladiator is a midsize pickup truck that was unveiled in 2018, and production is expected to start in 2019. It holds the distinction of being the first pickup truck to be produced by Jeep, since they discontinued the Comanche in 1992.
Which of these notable mid-size pickup trucks has a Chevrolet counterpart?
The GMC Canyon is a mid-size pickup truck that was introduced in 2004. It is notable for being the counterpart of the Chevrolet Colorado.
Which American cargo truck was heavily used by the British Army in World War II?
The Mack NR is a heavy 6x4 cargo truck that features a Mack-Lanova ED diesel engine. Well over 16,000 of them were produced in the 1940s; with at least 20 variants introduced over the years.
This heavy duty truck is produced in Cleveland, North Carolina, what is its name?
The Freightliner Argosy is a class 8 cabover truck that was introduced in 1999. While it is not currently marketed in North America, it is still exported to Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Which highly successful pickup truck currently has four design generations and is still produced?
The Ford Super Duty is a line of pickup trucks that was introduced in 1998 and is still in production to this day. It is actually a part of the Ford F-Series and is usually considered to be a heavy duty counterpart to the F-150.
Introduced in 1961 and still in production, which of these is one of the longest-running truck nameplates in the automotive industry?
The Kenworth W900 is a class 8, bonneted cab truck that was introduced in 1961. The “W” in the name is a reference to one of the founders of Kenworth; Edgar K. Worthington.
This uniquely designed pickup truck was assembled in Lansing, Michigan, what is its name?
The Chevrolet SSR is a retractable hardtop convertible pickup truck that was introduced in 2003. It was discontinued in 2006, partially due to lackluster sales.
What is the name of the Lincoln pickup truck that is notable for being the shortest-produced vehicle by the division?
The Lincoln Blackwood is a luxury pickup truck that featured a 4-door crew-cab body style. It experienced exceptionally poor sales and as a result, it was only marketed in the United States for the 2002 model year.
Do you know the name of the pickup truck that is virtually identical to the GMC Sierra?
The Chevrolet Silverado is a line of heavy-duty and full-size pickup trucks that was introduced in 1998. It serves as the successor to the highly successful Chevrolet C/K and it is still in production to this day.
What is the name of the aerodynamic heavy-duty truck that was introduced in 1984?
The Kenworth T600 is a class 8 conventional-cab truck that was produced from 1984 to 2007. After production ended, the Kenworth T600 was eventually replaced by the Kenworth T660.
Do you know which luxury pickup truck was assembled in both Michigan and Cuautitlán, Mexico.
The Lincoln Mark LT is a luxury pickup truck that comes in a 4-door body style. It was produced in the United States from 2005 to 2008 and in Mexico from 2005 to 2014.
What is the name of this pickup truck that had a hiatus from 1981 to 2004?
The Dodge Power Wagon is a full-size pickup truck that was introduced in 1946. It was first preceded by the Dodge WC series military utility trucks.
Do you know the name of the pickup truck that was the best-selling compact truck in the US from 1987 to 2004?
The Ford Ranger is a line of highly successful pickup trucks that notably rivaled the Chevrolet S-10 and the Chevrolet Colorado. It was originally produced from 1982 to 2011 and was then revived in 2018.
What is the name of this heavy duty truck that was eventually succeeded by a line known as the “RH Series”?
The International TranStar is a heavy duty truck that was produced from 2002 to 2017 by Navistar International. It is primarily seen being used for shipping and delivery purposes.
What is the name of the heavy duty truck that had a decade-long run from 1978 to 1988?
The GMC Brigadier is a heavy duty truck that was assembled in Pontiac, Michigan. It was preceded by the notable GMC H-series.
Do you know the name of the cargo truck that was used by the U.S. Army in World War II?
The Mack NO is a heavy 6x6 cargo truck that was produced from 1943 to 1945. During this time, there were only a little over 2,000 of them produced.
What is the name of the American pickup truck that is marketed by a Japanese manufacturer?
The Toyota Tacoma is a pickup truck that is produced by the Japanese manufacturer Toyota but it is assembled exclusively in the United States and Mexico. It is also notably heavily marketed in the United States but not in Japan (or the rest of Asia).
Introduced in 1953, this is one of the most iconic heavy duty trucks that was made by its company, what is its name?
The Mack B series is a line of heavy duty trucks that was produced from 1953 to 1966. It was eventually replaced by the Mack R series.
This is the first domestically built compact pickup from the American big three. What is its name?
The Chevrolet S-10 is a compact pickup truck that is closely related to the GMC S-15/Sonoma. It was produced from 1981 to 2004 in North America and is currently still in production in Brazil.
What is the name of the heavy duty truck that was assembled in both Pennsylvania and California?
The Mack R series is a class 8 heavy-duty truck that had a production run that lasted for approximately four decades. It was preceded by the Mack B series and is related to the Mack Super-Liner.
What is the name of the heavy duty truck that was succeed by another that was known as the “Cascadia?”
The Freightliner Century Class is a heavy-duty class 8 truck that was introduced in 1996. It was introduced in an effort to replace the Freightliner FLD, and production ended in 2010.
Do you know the name of the pickup truck that is named for a US state?
The Chevrolet Colorado is a mid-size pickup truck that is produced by General Motors. It was introduced in 2003 and is still in production to this day.
“Century Class” was the predecessor of this truck, what is its name?
The Freightliner Cascadia is a heavy duty truck that is both a critical and financial success. It is manufactured by Daimler Trucks North America and features a Detroit Diesel engine.
What is the name of the truck that was introduced in 2005 and is widely used for military purposes?
The Navistar 7000 is a line of heavy duty vehicles that was introduced in 2005 and is still on production. It is used my several national militaries around the world; including the Canadian Army, Afghan National Army and Republic of China Army.
What is the name of the third longest-produced commercial truck in North America?
The Ford C series is a medium-duty cab-over engine truck that was assembled in Louisville, Kentucky. Its production lifespan ranged from 1957 to 1990.
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