All the Pickup Truck News: Tarok Takes Manhattan, Ram Runs Kentucky Derby, Syclone Strikes and More

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The 2019 New York International Auto Show is in full swing, but it isn’t producing a lot of pickup truck news — shocking that a show based in New York City would be light on trucks, we know. The biggest news out of New York is the North American debut of the Volkswagen Tarok Concept: Soon to be a production vehicle in Brazil, Volkswagen brought the concept to New York to gauge public reaction. Other truck news this week includes Ram’s Kentucky Derby Edition for the 2500 and 3500, the (sort of) return of the GMC Syclone, more details about the 2019 GMC Sierra’s CarbonPro bed and tips on how to use a tire repair kit.

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VW Gauges Tarok Reactions

Volkswagen’s Tarok Concept is in New York to gauge public reaction and see if a production model might succeed in North America. The small pickup features a bed with access doors that allow loads to extend into the cabin and is based on VW’s MQB architecture. A production version is planned for Brazil, but it remains to be seen whether the same is planned for the U.S., or if the Tarok might become part of VW and Ford’s shared future-vehicle plan.

Derby Edition Rams

Ram created another round of special-edition Kentucky Derby-themed trucks with the 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Kentucky Derby Edition. Limited to just 1,000 models, the luxurious towing rigs come with a steep starting price but lots of standard equipment. The cabin uses a mix of Limited and Longhorn trim features, with two-tone black and saddle brown leather front and rear, and genuine wood and metal trim pieces.

Syclone Returns?

If you’ve been wanting a GMC Syclone but preferred to drive a vehicle from the current century, you’re in luck. Specialty Vehicle Engineering, a tuning company, is offering a Syclone package through select GMC dealerships that turns a 2019 GMC Canyon into the sports truck of your dreams. For $39,995 — not including the Canyon itself — SVE will turn the mid-size pickup into a 455-horsepower, V-6-powered beast. Only 100 examples are planned, so act quickly.

Tire Repair Kit Tips

Being stuck on the side of the road with a hole in your tire is bad enough — but what if you’re nowhere near a road? Off-roading can be risky for any number of reasons, but being stranded with a deflating tire is one of the bigger risks. While most serious off-roaders carry multiple spare tires, there’s always a chance of running out of spares. That’s where a tire repair kit can be crucial. These tips will help you repair your tire and get back home.

CarbonPro Bed Details (But Not the Most Important One)

GMC revealed more details of its innovative CarbonPro bed for the Sierra 1500, but still hasn’t released any pricing information. GMC says production will begin in June, with models appearing at dealers this summer. The feature will be available on only Sierra 1500 Denali and AT4 models; GMC says availability on 2019 models will be limited — the model year is ending soon — but that it should be widely available on 2020 models.

Catch up on everything has covered since April 10 below:

Will Volkswagen Bring Its Small Truck Concept to the U.S.?

And Down the Stretch It Comes: Ram Unveils 2019 HD Kentucky Derby Edition

GMC Syclone Returns to GMC Dealers With 455 HP Via Tuner Company

Volkswagen Tarok Concept Makes U.S. Bow in New York

Truck Stuck? Use a Tire Repair Kit to Get Out of the Wilderness

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