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#221 (permalink) Old 12-09-2012, 01:20 PM
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There has been talk of a Fwd 2013 Dakota as far back as 2011. Rumor is that it will be built at the Windsor, Ontario plant which assembles the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Volkswagen Routan minivans.
Can you call a Fwd unibody with a modified minivan platform a truck?

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There has been talk of a Fwd 2013 Dakota as far back as 2011. Rumor is that it will be built at the Windsor, Ontario plant which assembles the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Volkswagen Routan minivans.
Can you call a Fwd unibody with a modified minivan platform a truck?
No it has to be a unibody to be a unibody...
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No it has to be a unibody to be a unibody...
I think thats what he is saying. If the new Dakota is built off the mini-van platform which is already a unibody and going to be FWD, can you really call it a pickup.


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I think thats what he is saying. If the new Dakota is built off the mini-van platform which is already a unibody and going to be FWD, can you really call it a pickup.


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I have a feeling the next gen frontier will go the way of the new pathfinder.... unibody, fwd/awd, and cvt..... let's hope I'm wrong, just wish Nissan would give us some details already.

Toyota has a new more powerful v6 in the 4 runner they might use in their tacoma.

Nissan doesn't even really need to redesign the appearance because it looks good the way it is..... just put in some more efficient engines already.
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I'm waiting for the hybrid truck to come out. Elec. motors and 4cylinder gas or diesel engines. They need to get mpg's up so this would be one route, they might also install turbo chargers too instead of hybrid configuration. Does anyone know how elec.motors will perform if submerged in water (ie: fording a stream) ? That would be my only concern in a hybrid truck. I hear Ford, GM, and Toyota are researching this hybrid option.

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Does anyone know how elec.motors will perform if submerged in water (ie: fording a stream) ? That would be my only concern in a hybrid truck. I hear Ford, GM, and Toyota are researching this hybrid option.

I imagine it would be possible to protect an electric motor against water just as you can protect the electrical components currently in vehicles. Whether or not it comes from the factory like that, and how expensive it would be to do is a different discussion.
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DC motors will work fine under water. The only thing you are trying to protect them from is corrosion not the water per se.

I'd love to see a 4x4 truck that has an electric motor in each wheel hub - individually controllable for speed and direction of rotation.

Wouldn't have to complain about the lousy turning radius of the Frontier any longer

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I'd love to see a 4x4 truck that has an electric motor in each wheel hub - individually controllable for speed and direction of rotation.
There was a Mini Cooper concept a few years back with this idea. If I remember correctly, the design (all theory at that point) had the equivalent of 600 BHP!

Would be great to have some kind of setup like this in our trucks. Lots of advantages to using electric motors over IC.
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I'd love to see a 4x4 truck that has an electric motor in each wheel hub - individually controllable for speed and direction of rotation.
You mean like this?
Driven: Protean Ford F-150 All-Electric Pickup Truck - PickupTrucks.com News

And the motors will most likely work fine submerged, since they need to work in the rain as well.

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