It's the time of year again when auto manufacturers tout their latest innovations and unleash their latest trucks and SUVs for competition in the Lone Star State. The 2014 Texas Truck Rodeo, held by the Texas Auto Writers Association, was the largest gathering yet, with 75 vehicles entered and evaluated by 60 members of the automotive media.
After two consecutive years of Ram domination, change was in the air at Knibbe Ranch near San Antonio. The long-anticipated 2015 Ford F-150, a half-a-decade in the making, took the top crown — in addition to shaking up the industry. The F-150 has switched to an aluminum body, and now benefits from a staggering 750 pound weight reduction. In a segment where tradition is held high, Ford has ripped up the rule book that dictates what a pickup truck is supposed to be. It's made things a lot more interesting.
Truck of Texas: 2015 Ford F-150
Truck Line of Texas: Ford
The impact of the radically-new 2015 F-150 was felt in many awards, and it was no surprise that Ford won this category as well.
Compact Luxury SUV of Texas: 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5 door
The Range Rover Evoque has been a hugely successful vehicle for Land Rover. The brand has always led the way with off-road driving technologies, but they always keep pushing to continue to develop new ones. The latest is Terrain Response, which uses three active electronic clutchpacks to put power down most effectively for the situation, seamlessly.
Full-size Pickup Truck of Texas: 2015 Ford F-150 King Ranch 4x4
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