The National Automotive Center's SmarTruck concept is a return to earlier use of militarized commercial trucks by the US army, but with a James Bond twist. There have been two earlier concept trucks (articles: I, II) based on Ford and GM pickups, but they were not mass-produced. The new truck, based on the International 4200 medium-truck platform, probably will. It will use the VT275, a 6-cylinder version of the V8 VT365, aka Ford Powerstroke, and is also used on the new Ford LCF/International CF. The biggest news outside of the electronics, remote-controlled machine gun and kevlar-lined underside are the adjustable height air suspension (the 4200 has old-hat leaf springs) and Eaton-Ford developed Hydraulic Launch Assist hybrid system. The civilian version will use the same mass-produced crew cab, engine and suspension, but sans armor and miltech, and cost about 60,000$. Well, what can I say, it'll probably be the new It-truck, but with great gas-mileage!@#
Hey Hey Ho Ho, the hummer is for sissies-oh. So you've heard of the CXT, that big pickup? Well, make way for the SmarTruck III, the bigger-than-Humvee military truck, and its Hummer-like sibling, the International CUV.