Extang Tonneau Covers Save America 60 Million Gallons of Gas a Year

Here is how they do it!

There are conservatively 500,000 Extang Tonnos on the road everyday and based on the average gas savings, we save America 60 million gallons of gas per year or approximately $100,000,000.Extang tonneau covers save gas

Studies show the average truck owner drives 18,000 miles per year. At 15 mpg that comes to 1,200 gallons of gas.

At a minimum 10% savings you would save around 120 gallons a year (and many reports show it to be more like 12%).

You can see why it would not take too many months to have your new tonneau pay for itself.

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Undercover Flex Tonneau Cover

The Next Generation of Folding Covers
Undercover’s Flex Folding Cover combines the best of both worlds; the security of a hard locking cover and the convenience of a soft cover. Undercover Flex LogoConstructed from the best materials available, Flex will withstand the abuse Mother Nature throws at it and keep coming back for more.

No other folding cover can match the Undercover Flex for versatility, security and function. Covered or uncovered, always an option with Undercover.

Undercover Flex Tonneau Cover

  • Low Profile Design
  • Full Access to your bed
  • Prop rods
  • Easily removal
  • Secure Design
  • Automatic Latches
  • Weather Resistant
  • No-Drill Installation
  • 3-Year Warranty
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Nissan’s Ghosn directly confirms next-generation Titan pickup

This afternoon at a Detroit Auto Show media roundtable event, Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn unequivocally confirmed that Nissan will build a next-generation Titan pickup. “We are going to replace it. We are going to present in every segment in the market in the United States.”2012 Nissan Titan

Previous news stories indicated that Nissan was pursuing a new Titan, but persistent reports indicated that the automaker would pursue an outside partner for the vehicle’s development. A subsequent Autoblog discussion with a Nissan official revealed that not only is the company developing the next-generation Titan right now – internally and without another automaker as a partner – it’s not that far off.

Our source confirms that Nissan will first show the truck “in about a year’s time” and the vehicle will likely go on sale as a 2014 model, consistent with earlier reports. One of the chief issues the current Titan has faced, according to our source, has been its limited configurability versus competitors’ offerings. But the next-generation Titan won’t make this same mistake – it will offer multiple engines and cab configurations. Nissan first introduced the Canton, Mississippi-built Titan in 2004, but it’s suffered from slow sales and limited updates. More recently, The Japanese marque entered the North American commercial truck market with its NV van line, but in 2011, it only managed to sell around 6,500 units.

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GM Prez: 2013 Chevrolet Colorado Pickup to Target Tacoma

GM Prez: 2013 Chevrolet Colorado Pickup to Target Tacoma, Could Spin Off a GMC Version

The upcoming Chevy Colorado pickup truck will directly target the Toyota Tacoma, says GM North America president Mark Reuss.2013 Chevy Colorado

“Tacoma is the volume leader. We know that there’s a buyer for a really good Chevrolet lifestyle sport truck that’s quite different than the Tacoma.” Different how? Reuss and his colleagues won’t say. But, having seen the Asian-market Colorado, we’re not expecting any dramatic differences between it and the truck Chevy sells here. The U.S.-market Colorado will still be a body-on-frame affair, after all. And we already know what it looks like, inside and out.

It’s possible Reuss brought up the Tacoma simply in reference to the Colorado being extremely capable in addition to it competing in the mid-size truck segment. Although “mid-size” is relative—Reuss says the Colorado will be something like 90 to 95 percent of the size of a Silverado. (Full specs for the Colorado, even in overseas markets, haven’t yet been released.)

There also could be a GMC version, Reuss says. That seems like a no-brainer, but GM isn’t confirming anything at this point. If it does happen, we’re told that the GMC will be significantly differentiated from the Chevy version. We’re not sure how this could mean much more than a different fascia—a truck is a truck, after all—but we would like to see what the General’s stylists have in store.

In discussing the Colorado, Reuss also referred to fuel efficiency and a “powertrain change” versus the Silverado. We figure this probably just means the Colorado packs a four- or six-cylinder engine, but a diesel unit is a possibility. The company recently announced plans to offer the Chevy Cruze with a diesel four in 2013, and the Colorado is sold in most parts of Asia exclusively with two diesel V-6 engines.

Even though GM has confirmed that yes, the Colorado will be built and sold here, it isn’t talking timing yet. We expect an appearance in the next year, though.

Credit: Car and Driver, Justin Berkowitz

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Ford hits 100,000 truck sales with V-6 EcoBoost engine

DECEMBER 21, 2011

Ford Motor Co.’s gamble that consumers would embrace a fuel-efficient V-6 in their F-150 full-size pickup hit a milestone Wednesday with confirmation that 100,000 trucks with the smaller EcoBoost engine have been sold thFord F150 Ecoboost Engineis year.

The last time Ford sold that many pickups with a V-6 was in 1985, according to Doug Scott, group marketing manager for F-Series trucks.

In recent months, about 40 percent of F-150 buyers have been paying an $895 premium for a turbocharged, direct-injection 3.5-liter V-6 that was designed to deliver the power of a V-8 but fuel efficiency of a V-6.

Ford also offers the truck with a conventional 3.7-liter V-6.

The first pickups with the EcoBoost V-6 were sold in late February. The take-rate hit 40 percent by May and has remained that high ever since.

Demand prompted Ford to increase production a couple months ago of the truck with the EcoBoost engine.

Total sales of the pickup with one of the two V-6s offered are more than half of all the trucks sold.

Ford makes the F-150 at the Dearborn Truck and Kansas City assembly plants.

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Frequently Asked Questions: RetraxONE Tonneau Cover

1. How Does RetraxONE Work?
The patented RetraxONE truck bed cover is unique because it is manufactured from polycarbonate, a durable thermoplastic commonly known as LEXAN®.Retrax Tonneau Cover This low-profile design incorporates a front cover that is flush with the rolling cover; this streamlines the overall appearance and provides a firm, dependable seal to help keep the bed dry. Open a RetraxONE and you will immediately be impressed at the way it smoothly glides back and forth with just one hand. Sealed ball-bearing rollers mounted onto the aluminum support beams allow the cover to retract or close effortlessly without the use of springs or any kind of mechanism; no moving parts to jam, freeze or fail. The compact storage canister contains a unique spiral track system that prevents the cover from rubbing on itself as it retracts and closes. This eliminates wear-and-tear on the cover.

2. What Is It Made Of? 
The RetraxONE tonneau cover is manufactured from polycarbonate, a durable thermoplastic commonly known as LEXAN®. This rigid, one piece sheet is engineered to retract without joints or hinges that can trap dust, wear out, or freeze. Polycarbonate has excellent impact resistance and is unharmed by sun, moisture or temperatures from -50 to +200 degrees F. The RetraxONE is maintenance-free and its low-profile design has a gloss-black finish that is UV treated for years of protection from the sun. Our engineers utilized the same polymer technology in fighter-jet windshields and bullet proof glass and designed a truck bed cover that withstands the most rugged use.

3. Will It Keep The Bed Dry? 
What About Snow And Ice? An automotive grade weather-strip, designed for harsh outdoor use, seals the RetraxONE on all sides to help keep water, snow, ice and dust out of your bed and the moving parts of the cover; the system seals nicely over the top of the tailgate. The automotive grade weather-strip incorporates a soft felt lining that allows a smooth sliding action even in ice and snow conditions. The RetraxONE is manufactured in Grand Forks, ND; it has been engineered to withstand Mother Nature’s worst and offers dependable operation year-around.

4. How Does It Lock?
RetraxONE can be latched or key-locked in any position along the bed rail. The secure key-lock system offers protection that no soft cover can. When you need access to your pickup bed simply release the flush-mounted latch with the touch of a button – no key required – and the cover glides out of your way with the just one hand. The cover can be locked open in any position along the rail to allow unlimited hauling flexibility and convenient use with a fifth-wheel trailer.

5. Will It Improve My Gas Mileage?
The rigid design of the RetraxONE improves the aerodynamics of your pickup. Input from our customers and our own experience indicates that your gas mileage should improve by approximately 10% on the highway with the cover closed.

6. How Will It Be Installed?
Installation is simple. The RetraxONE is a clamp-on bed cover that can be installed by anyone with basic hand tools; installation requires a 9/16” wrench and a Phillips screwdriver. All parts are rubber mounted to prevent paint damage and each part is an exact match to your pickup. Installation time is about 1 hour and it can be easily removed if needed. No two trucks are exactly alike. Our mounting system is adjustable for a perfect, no hassle fit every time.

7. Is It Compatible With Other Aftermarket Accessories?
The RetraxONE is compatible with most accessories such as bed liners and bed rails. Some may require minor modification to the RetraxONE or the accessory.

RetraxONE Features & Benefits:
• One Piece Polycarbonate Construction
• Front Cover Remains Flush With Rolling Cover
• Low Profile Design
• Opens and Closes Easily With One Hand
• Sealed Ball-Bearing Roller Design
• No Pull Straps, Velcro, Snaps or Springs
• Clamp-on Design
• Key Lockable In Any Position
• Secures Your Valuable Cargo
• Unlimited Hauling Flexibility
• Strong Enough To Stand On
• UV Protected – No Fading
• No Maintenance
• Great For 5th Wheel Towing
• 1-Year Limited Warranty
• Improves Mileage By Up To 10%

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Retrax Tonneau Covers vs. The Competition

RetraxONE vs. The Competition (Product Differences)

RetraxONE Product Benefits
The Competition
Rolling Cover
A durable thermoplastic commonly known as LEXAN® that is UV treated for protection from the sun. Vinyl glued or stapled to aluminum slats.
Strength
The cover is reinforced with up to 20 tempered aluminum support beams embedded every 4 3/4″, which will hold 200 lbs. and can easily support heavy snow loads. The cover is strong enough to stand on (not recommended). The cover will withstand a concentrated load of about 120 pounds. A light snow load is tolerated.
Retraction System
Sealed ball-bearing rollers mounted onto each end of the aluminum support beams allow the cover to retract or close easily without the use of springs or any kind of mechanism. Anti-bind ball-bearings mounted horizontally prevent the cover from binding as it is opened or closed. Top and bottom rail wear strips.
Spiral Storage System
Unique spiral track system that prevents the cover from contacting itself as it retracts, which eliminates wear-and-tear on the cover. No moving parts to jam, freeze or fail. Cover rolls up on top of itself on a spring loaded drum similar to a window shade.
Locking Positions
Cover can be latched or key locked in any position along the rail. Tailgate works independently of the rolling cover. Intermittent locking positions every 12 inches. Tailgate works independently of the rolling cover.
Opening/Closing
The flush-mounted lock handle, located at the rear on the driver’s side, provides easy access when opening and closing the cover. Reach to the center of the cover and grab a tow strap, walk back to the truck and pull the cover back.
Tailgate Area
The RetraxONE bed cover overlaps the top of the tailgate, utilizing an automotive grade weather strip seal. The cover meets up with the inside face of the tailgate. Water runs down the inside face of the tailgate.
Weather Protection
The patented RetraxONE low-profile design uses a front cover that is flush with the rolling cover; this streamlines the overall appearance and provides a firm, dependable seal to help keep the bed dry. This design incorporates automotive grade weather strip to help keep water, snow, ice and dust out of the bed. Water is channeled to the rails and canister. The water must try to pass through 2 small drain tubes to exit the bed.
Maintenance
No special maintenance required. Wash and wax the cover like you would the hood of your truck. Requires treatment with a vinyl protectant. Should be applied each time you wash your truck.
Customer Service
The RetraxONE will provide you with the security and convenient cargo protection that you deserve. Our commitment to you doesn’t stop there. We pledge top quality customer service and provide highly trained technicians. You can count on us now and years down the road; that’s just the way we do business.
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Retrax Tonneau Cover Testimonials

Not a question, just a Thanks! I bought my first Retrax cover in 2005 and was impressed. It was on my 2004 Dodge Ram show truck. In 2008 I bought my second Retrax cover for a 2008 Dodge Ram (show truck) and was satisfied, as I expected to be. A month ago I bought a 2011 Dodge Ram and a RetraxPRO. You have never let me down. A great product and awesome customer service. I will continue to pass along my opinion of the best cover on the market.

–Doug C., Emory, TX

Retrax Tonneau Cover

Everything looks good and thank you for your excellent support. Your company is great to deal with. Very little wait time on the phone and very friendly staff. Keep up the good work. As a business owner myself dealing with companies daily, I must say it was the first enjoyable phone call I have had in a long time.

–Steven K., Big Pine Key, FL

As a brand new Retrax™ owner, I just wanted to drop you a quick line to let you know that I am extremely satisfied with your product!  The build quality is top-notch and it lives up to everything your website claims and more.

–Ross F., Libertyville, IL

Hello: Just wanted to say thanks for the outstanding customer service and the good product. I received my Retrax a month ago and as advertised, the installation instructions were clear and concise, thus making the installation very easy. I contacted your staff for general info and they were courteous and very knowledgeable of the product. GREAT PRODUCT and a NICE LOOK. It was a pleasure doing business with your staff.

–Roberto G., Quebec, Canada

THANK YOU!!!!  I will highly recommend your product to my friends and colleagues.  You are the gold standard of quality customer service.  The business world would be a better place if they would use Retrax as their model.

–Willis G., DDS

Just received my RETRAX for my 2004 F-150 FX4 and absolutely love it. Excellent service, just ordered last week, less than a week! Installation was easy and fit is perfect! I am very pleased with the quality of your product.

–Pam H., Kaiser, MO

Now I must say, “That is service!”  You have won a lifetime customer in me.  In the very short time I have had your top on my truck, several friends have asked about it as it looks soooo good on my truck.  I have given all of them your information.  Thanks again!

–Jackson M., Tampa, FL

I bought a RetraxPRO for my 2010 Dodge 2500 pickup.  The 2 boxes arrived as scheduled, the parts were packaged correctly, instructions were easy to follow with good illustrations. Installation takes 2 people and about 1 hour.  No drilling.  I have to say this rolling cover is beautiful!  Low profile, looks fantastic, flawless powder coating, excellent engineering, slides easy, and is very heavy duty.  It is one of those things you buy and when your done putting it together and using it, you have to say, there is nothing they could do to make it and better.

–Tim K., Homestead, FL

This is one of the best engineered covers I have seen. Easy to install and works great! I am really pleased with the install and hope the durability holds up as well.

–Roland M. Hertford, NC

Hello Randy, I just wanted to thank you for helping me with my warranty claim. Everything was done as promised. My new cover was delivered and slid in “like butter.” It fits perfect and looks great. Thanks again, you guys are the best!

–Manuel G. Tampa, Florida

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Ford Truck Sales Rise For Second Straight Year

Shares of Ford (F) are up nearly 3% today after reporting strong sales for the year and December. One encouraging aspect of the report was the strength in its F-series trucks, which are among the company’s most profitable vehicles. The F-Series is also considered by many to be an indicator of strength in the small business sector, as small business owners make up a large portion of the overall buyers of the vehicle.

As shown in the chart below, sales of F-Series pickups rose 11% during the year following last year’s growth of 28%. Believe it or not, this was the first back to back double digit annual increase since 1995, and it now puts total sales at nearly the same level they were at back in 2007. Granted, sales of F-Series trucks are still down 38% from their highs in 2004, but that was also the year when the housing bubble was at its peak.

Ford Truck Sales Chart

SOURCE: Ford

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Report: Future Ford F-150 Sheds Weight Through Aluminum, Magnesium

Seeing as weight has long been the Achilles’ heel of full-size trucks, Ward’s Auto reports that Ford will be taking fuel economy head-on in the next generation F-150 by making extensive use of weight-saving materials like aluminum as it seeks to meet increasingly strict fuel economy standards.

Ward’s Auto reports that the next generation F-Series, set to debut in 2014, will use aluminum mainly in the truck’s body panels to cut weight. The current F-150 weighs in around 5600 lbs and like its competitors, makes extensive use of steel body panels, save for the F-150’s hood which is made out of aluminum.

This isn’t the first murmur we’ve heard about weight saving in the next generation Ford F-150. Back in November of 2010, Pickuptrucks.com reported that Ford will not only use aluminum body panels in the F-150, but would also make extensive use of magnesium in the truck. According to Pickuptrucks, the use of magnesium would curb weight by 36 percent compared to aluminum and 78 percent compared to iron. The move to magnesium wouldn’t be unprecedented either; Ford reportedly shaved 22 lbs from the Lincoln MKT’s tailgate by using magnesium and aluminum instead of steel. Weight savings like that add up.

Ford Truck Communication Manager Mike Levine tells us, “As we outlined four years ago, we intend to be a leader in lightweighting as a means to improve the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks. While it is too early to discuss details, we always look to apply the right material at the right time to support our product needs in lightweighting.”

So why the fuss over weight savings? The answer is simple: looming CAFE standards. The EPA’s CAFE standards for 2014 require a fleet-wide vehicle average of 31.3 mpg. A year later, automakers need to meet a 32.6 mpg target, and then in 2016 a 34.1 mpg average. Aside from smaller engines and the use of forced-induction and direct-injection, saving weight is key to meeting the EPA’s targets. The rumors from Ford are likely the first of many we’ll hear from the Blue Oval and its crosstown rivals as the next generation of full-size pickups get ready to do battle.

Source: Ward’s Auto, Pickuptrucks.com, Ford

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