Dodge has announced an upfit allowance program for all Sprinter chassis cab models to include 2007 through 2009 vehicles. Available through dealers nationwide, the program offers buyers a $1,000 allowance toward the purchase of upfit bodies valued at more than $1,500 and supplied by participating National Truck Equipment Association members. This program runs through the end of this year.

Ford Motor Co. has completed more than 1 million miles of durability testing on its soon-to-be-introduced EcoBoost engines, which will deliver "reliable V8 power with V6 fuel economy," according to the manufacturer. EcoBoost, a re-engineered engine system that combines high-pressure direct fuel injection with twin turbochargers, will debut first in select 2009 models, then in F-150 pickups in 2010. Ford opted to pursue this technology rather than hybrid combustion/electric systems to reduce fuel consumption in high-demand vehicles.

Buyers who can't wait for General Motors to roll out its much-anticipated two-mode hybrid pickups later in 2009 can get improved fuel efficiency right now in new XFE-model Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. According to the manufacturer, the vehicles use "a combination of mechanical, aerodynamic and mass-reducing enhancements to deliver a 5% increase in EPA-estimated highway fuel economy and more than 7% improved mileage in city driving."