Pickup Trucks Around the World

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Chevy Tornado Pickup Truck - Mexico

Chevy Tornado Truck Mexico
Chevy Tornado Truck - Mexico. © General Motors

Auto manufacturers are all trying to cut costs. One of the ways they can do that is by combining their operations throughout the world in order to design and build vehicles that can be sold in multiple markets. Some of the smaller trucks sold around the world might make it to the U.S. if automakers feel there's a market for them.

The Tornado truck is part of Chevy's lineup in Mexico, and it's the same truck known as the Montana in Brazil. The Tornado is offered with a 1.8L, 4-cylinder engine that puts out 107 hp. A 5-speed manual is the only transmission choice.

The Tornado reportedly gets about 30 mpg on the highway and in the low-to-mid 20's in city driving. I wonder how much those figures would change after taking on any equipment necessary for U.S. emissions standards? The dip probably wouldn't be too steep.

The truck is compact -- about 57" tall. Fourteen-inch wheels are standard, with 15" versions available on the Sports model.

Cargo Capacity: about 1615 pounds

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2009 Chevy S10 Turbo Diesel 4x4 Truck - Brazil

2009 Chevy S10 Turbo Diesel 4x4 Truck - Brazil
2009 Chevy S10 Turbo Diesel 4x4 Truck - Brazil. © General Motors

Take a trip to Brazil and you'll find that Chevy sells this S10 crew cab truck with your choice of a gas engine or a turbo diesel.

Starting in 2010, we should have more diesel-equipped vehicles in the U.S. It's taken awhile for California to get its act together on emissions standards, and several other large states adopt the same guidelines that California sets. Auto manufacturers were all waiting to see what would be a go in those highly populated areas before introducing additional diesel vehicles in the United States.

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Ford Ranger Wildtrack - UK

Ford Ranger Wildtrack - UK
Ford Ranger Wildtrack - UK. © Ford

Variations of the Ford Ranger are available with diesel engines in the UK.

Ford's UK Ranger Site

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Ford Ranger Thunder Truck - UK

Ford Ranger Thunder Truck - UK
Ford Ranger Thunder Truck - UK. © Ford

The Thunder is a sporty version of the Ford Ranger that's available in the UK for the 2008 model year.

Ford's UK Ranger Site

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Chevy T-Series Truck - Dabbabah (TFR) - Egypt

Chevy T-Series Truck - Egypt
Chevy T-Series Truck - Egypt. © General Motors

Chevy's T-Series pickups are popular work trucks in Egypt, but they aren't the same medium-duty trucks referred to as T-Series in the US.

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Chevy Montana Truck - Brazil

2008 Chevy Montana/Brazil
2008 Chevy Montana/Brazil. © General Motors

Mexico's Tornado truck is called Montana in Brazil, where it's built.

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Holden Ute - Australia

2008 Holden SV6 Ute
2008 Holden SV6 Ute. © Holden

The Holden Ute has a long history in Australia, and it's that branch of GM that will build the 2010 Pontiac G8 Sports Truck.

Holden offers its Utes with a wide array of configurations. This sporty version is equipped with a V6 engine, a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, a sporty body kit and plenty of interior creature comforts.


Pictures of Classic Holden Utes