Can You Name the Year Each of These Trucks Was Released?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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Start up this quiz and keep on truckin'.  You won't need mud flaps on your desktop for this one, but you might want to put on a trucker hat for inspiration.

If you're tasked to think of a type of automobile that embodies durability, usability, relative affordability and unbridled power, then the perfect vehicle that fits all of that and more is going to be a truck! On an international level, pickup trucks have experienced significant degree of success. This has been seen with European automobile manufacturers producing luxury trucks and affordable vehicles and also with Asian automobile manufacturers producing affordable pickup trucks and kei trucks.

However, the success of trucks in international markets is nothing compared to the superb success that trucks have experienced in the United States. In fact, did you know that the best selling vehicle in the United States is a truck? It's the iconic Ford F-150! In this quiz, we've taken a handful of trucks from the past century and put them together to see just how well-versed you are in automotive history! So, do you think that you have what it takes to figure out the release year of these trucks? Let's find out!

The Ford F-150 is a full-size pickup truck that was initially released in 1975 by Ford. The Ford F-150 is a part of Ford’s F-Series, which is notable for being the best-selling vehicle in the United States (since the mid-'80s).

Released in 1987, the Dodge Dakota is a mid-size pickup truck that was manufactured by American auto manufacturer Chrysler. The Dodge Dakota has been highly praised over the years and was even nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2000.

The Toyota Tacoma is a pickup truck that was initially released in 1995 by Toyota. They were notably used by U.S. Army special forces units during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Released in 1991, the GMC Syclone is a pickup truck that was manufactured by American auto manufacturer General Motors. It was only in production for that one year and just shy of 3,000 units were produced.

The Datsun Truck is a compact pickup truck that was initially released in 1955 by Nissan. Due to its widespread success, the truck’s production lasted until 1997.

Released in 2002, the Cadillac Escalade EXT is a sport utility truck that was marketed by American auto manufacturer General Motors. The truck is virtually identical to the Chevrolet Avalanche and it was discontinued after 2013 due to poor sales.

The Daihatsu Hijet is a Kei truck that was initially released in 1960 by Japanese manufacturer Daihatsu. They are widely used in busy cities (for deliveries, etc.) and also in industrial sectors; such as construction and agriculture.

Released in 2005, the Mitsubishi Raider is a pickup truck that was manufactured by American auto manufacturer Chrysler. As a result of this, it is heavily based on the Chrysler ND platform, which was also used with the Dodge Dakota.

The Chevrolet SSR is a retractable hardtop convertible pickup truck that was initially released in 2003 by Chevrolet. Overall, sales were notably lackluster and production ended in 2006.

Released in 2000, the Ford Explorer Sport Trac is a pickup truck that was manufactured by American auto manufacturer Ford. Structurally, it was largely related to the Ford Explorer SUV.

The Jeep Gladiator is a 2-door pickup truck that was initially released in 1962. It is distinctive for having a single automobile platform generation over the span of more than 26 years.

The Nissan Titan is a full-size pickup truck that was initially released in 2003 by Nissan. The name is a direct reference to the Titans of Greek mythology.

Released in 2006, the Mazda BT-50 is a mid-sized pickup truck that was manufactured by Japanese auto manufacturer Mazda. It is still in production to this day and is notably not sold in North American and Japanese markets.

The Lincoln Mark LT is a luxury pickup truck that was initially released in 2005 by Lincoln. While it did not meet their expectations in terms of sales, it still proved to be significantly more successful than the previous Lincoln Blackwood.

Released in 1978, the Mitsubishi Triton is a compact pickup truck that was manufactured by Japanese auto manufacturer Mitsubishi. It has been immensely successful, with worldwide sales estimated to have surpassed 3 million units.

The Toyota Tundra is a full-size pickup truck that was initially released in 2000 by Toyota. It has been successful both critically and commercially and was even nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award.

The Nissan D21 is a compact pickup truck that was initially released in 1986 by Nissan. It is heavily based on the earlier Datsun Truck and was even sold as the Nissan Datsun Truck in Japan.

Released in 1961, the Dodge D series is a line of pickup trucks that was manufactured by American auto manufacturer Chrysler. Production ended in 1993 and it was eventually succeeded by the Dodge Ram.

The Nissan Navara is a pickup truck that was initially released in 1997 by Nissan. It is also referred to as the Nissan NP300 or the Nissan Frontier in some western markets.

Released in 2008, the Suzuki Equator is a mid-size pickup truck based that was manufactured by Japanese auto manufacturer Suzuki. It is notable for actually being heavily based on the Nissan Frontier.

Released in 1969, the International D-Series is a series of pickup trucks that were manufactured by American auto manufacturer International Harvester. There were primarily upgraded versions of the previous A, B, and C-series trucks.

The Great Wall Deer is a pickup truck that was initially released in 1996 by Chinese automobile manufacturer, Great Wall. It is notably considered to be a badge engineered version of the sixth generation Toyota Hilux.

The Foton Tunland is a compact pickup truck that was initially released in 2011 by Foton Motor. It has experienced notable success over the years, primarily due to its affordable pricing.

Released in 1982, the Ford Ranger is a compact pickup truck that was manufactured by American auto manufacturer Ford. Over the years, Ford has actually also utilized the suspension and chassis of this truck in other models.

The Toyota Stout is a light truck that was initially released in 1954 by Toyota. It proved to be a surprise success and remained in production until 1989.

Released in 1981, the Dodge Ram pickup is a full-size pickup truck that was manufactured by American auto manufacturer Chrysler. Over its lifespan, this truck has been highly celebrated, being named Motor Trend Magazine’s Truck of the Year at least five times.

The Nissan Junior is a medium-sized pickup truck that was initially released in 1956 by Nissan. It was moderately successful but was pressured and outsold by the competing Toyota Stout.

Released in 2002, the Isuzu D-Max is a pickup truck that was manufactured by Japanese auto manufacturer Isuzu Motors. It has been rebadged several times and is still in production to this day.

Released in 1961, the Suzuki Carry is a kei truck that was manufactured by Japanese auto manufacturer Suzuki. Its longevity in the market has been attributed primarily to its affordability and usability.

The Fiat Toro is a 4-door pickup truck that was initially released in 2016 by Fiat. It is notable for sharing a lot of similarities with the Jeep Compass, Fiat 500X, and the Jeep Renegade.

Released in 1993, the Toyota T100 is a mid-size pickup truck that was manufactured by Japanese auto manufacturer Toyota. It is notable for being one of Toyota’s more significant early forays into the North American truck market.

The Chevrolet S-10 is a compact pickup truck that was initially released in 1981 by General Motors. It holds the distinction of being the very first domestically built compact pickup by one of the American “Big Three”.

Released in 1954, the Dodge C series is a full-size pickup truck that was manufactured by American auto manufacturer Chrysler. It was eventually replaced by the Dodge D series in 1961.

The Lincoln Blackwood is a luxury pickup truck that was initially released in 2001 by Ford. It holds the undesirable distinction of being the shortest-produced vehicle by the Lincoln division.

Released in 2006, the Honda Ridgeline is a 4-door sport utility truck that was manufactured by auto manufacturer Honda. It notably featured a J-series 3.5 liter V6 engine.

The Chevrolet Colorado is a mid-size pickup truck that was initially released in 2004 by General Motors. The company has stated that the name is a direct reference to the U.S. state of Colorado.

Released in 1941, the Chevrolet AK is a 2-door pickup truck that was manufactured by American auto manufacturer General Motors. Production ended in 1947 and it was eventually succeeded by the Chevrolet Advance-Design.

The Chevrolet Task Force is a 2-door pickup truck that was initially released in 1955 by General Motors. It served as the replacement to the successful Chevrolet Advance-Design.

Released in 1998, the Chevrolet Silverado is a full-size pickup truck that was manufactured by American auto manufacturer General Motors. It is notable for being one of the most successful trucks that bears the Chevrolet name,

The Jeep Comanche is a compact pickup truck that was initially released in 1985. It is notable for actually being a distinct variant of the Cherokee compact SUV.

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