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Chevy Colorado

Chevy Colorado

You might have figured Ford Motor Co.’s new all-aluminum F-150 would be a shoo-in for Motor Trend’s 2015 Truck of the Year award, but you’d be wrong. CNN Money reported that General Motors had its own all-new truck in the running and that vehicle, the mid-sized Chevrolet Colorado, took the prize.

The Colorado is GM’s new model that’s designed to compete against trucks like the Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier. Neither Ford nor Chrysler Group Ram truck brand offer trucks this size any longer. It is smaller than the full-size Chevrolet Silverado truck.

“Colorado is a smart, capable, and refreshingly honest truck that makes a strong value and efficiency statement,” Motor Trend editor-in-chief Ed Loh said in a statement. “It’s perfectly sized and suited for the needs of many of today’s truck users.”

GM last sold a truck called Colorado in the U.S. in 2012.

“It’s refreshing to see GM bring back such a capable ‘small’ truck,” Loh said.

The Ford F-150 didn’t win because, although its all-aluminum construction is revolutionary, that didn’t translate to improvements that customers would notice, Loh said. The truck is quicker and gets slightly better fuel economy than other trucks, he said, but the gains aren’t huge.

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