Chevrolet/GMC. The Chevrolet Kodiak and the GMC Topkick medium-duty trucks offer enhanced performance for 2005. Four-wheel-drive system is available on C4500 and C5500 models, Allison transmissions have been recalibrated and are backed by a longer warranty, and a 120,000-psi heat-treated frame is now included on C6500, C7500, and C8500 models. In addition, a two-person seat option is available on all models. 800.462.8782.

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Knaack. The diamond-plate aluminum Weather Guard deep saddle box is designed to fit compact pickup trucks with short beds and wheel wells located to the front of the bed. The box offers 8.9 cubic feet of storage and an exclusive “one-touch” latch system that allows one-handed opening from either side of the truck. It is available in clear coat or black powder coat. 800.456.7865.

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Toyota. The 2005 Tundra flaunts increased horsepower in its 4.7-liter V8 engine. The V8 models now have standard five-speed automatic transmission. The 4.0-liter V6 gained a nearly 30% increase in its horsepower (now 245) and torque (now 282 pounds per foot). The new V8 4x2 regular cab model offers a 2,025-pound payload capacity, and most V8 models have up to a 7,100-pound towing capacity. All models have power-assisted front-ventilated disc brakes and rear drum brakes.

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Reading Truck Body. The Steel Force enclosed truck body is the only all-steel utility work van in the industry, says the company. Features include a 12-gauge safety tread steel floor, a 50-inch-wide rear door opening, and completely smooth enclosure sides. The Latch-Matic remote wireless locking system is optional, as are a drop-down access door and fluorescent interior lighting. 800.458.2226.

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