Video: BMW Concept, TX Truck Rodeo, Cruze Hatch Diesel


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2017 Ford Super Duty Wins Truck of Texas

The Ford Super Duty is king of the road according to the Texas Auto Writers Association.

The organization of automotive journalists recently held its annual Truck Rodeo and named the 2017 Super Duty top dog in the Lone Star State. Dozens of journalists took turns taking more than 71 SUV and trucks through their off-roading paces during the event.

The 2017 Nissan Armada won top SUV in Texas and the 2017 Volvo XC90 kept its crossover crown. You can see the entire list of award categories and winners here.

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Will Offer Diesel

The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback is exciting for two reasons. First, Chevy will offer it with a diesel engine. Secondly, it will also be available with a manual.

Chevrolet previewed the upcoming model this week. It will fill a void left by Volkswagen’s current exit from the U.S. diesel market. The diesel engine will also arrive in the upcoming 2018 Equinox.  In the Equinox, it gets a rating of 136-horsepower with 236 pound-feet of torque.

There’s more, too. The Cruze Hatchback diesel could be the first non-hybrid car in the U.S. to get 50 mpgs. Fuel economy numbers aren’t out yet, however, so stay tuned for confirmation on that one.

BMW’s Motorrad Vision Next 100

Finally, we’ll take our superhero on one of these please.

It’s BMW’s new Motorrad Vision Next 100 motorcycle concept that balances itself so the rider never has to set a foot on the ground. It does this neat trick thanks to special technology involving gyroscopes. Plus, instead of a regular tachometer, all the driving info is displayed through special goggles. BMW also says it’s so safe, riders won’t need a helmet.

For the record, we are big advocates of keeping things safe at all times by wearing helmets.

Photo Credit: BMW
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