The concept features exposed door hinges and removable doors, as well as a windshield that folds flat over the hood. A sunroof for the front passenger and a canvas roof for the rear-seat passengers give both seating positions the option to open up the cabin. The rear window retracts into the tailgate la a '60s station wagon. All the high-tech gear, including a monitor for the concept's ground clearance view camera and infrared sensors for finding victims in need of rescue, are packaged neatly inside. The concept is motivated by a Cummins Diesel powerplant.

GM Announces Prices For All-New '04 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra 1/2-Ton Crew Cab Pickups
The all-new '04 Chevrolet Silverado Fleetside and GMC Sierra Wideside 1/2-ton Crew Cab pickups will have Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRPs) starting at $31,145 for the base two-wheel-drive Silverado LS and $31,610 for the two-wheel-drive Sierra SLE. Prices include a destination charge of $850.

The 1/2-ton Crew Cabs give Chevy and GMC new entries in one of the fastest-growing segments of the truck market. Teamed with GM's HD Crew Cabs and the innovative Chevrolet Avalanche, they give GM the broadest lineup of fullsize crew cab pickups in the market. Silverado offers a specially equipped Z71 Off-Road model. The Z71 Off-Road suspension package itself is available on four-wheel-drive Sierra SLE and SLT models as a $300 option. A Z85 handling/trailering package, specially tuned for optimum ride and improved handling, is one of the truck's many standard features.

MSRPs For The New Models By Trim Series Are:
Chevrolet Silverado 2WD Crew Cab LS = $31,145
Chevrolet Silverado 2WD Crew Cab LT = $35,148
Chevrolet Silverado 4WD Crew Cab LS = $34,525
Chevrolet Silverado 4WD Crew Cab LT = $38,528
Chevrolet Silverado 4WD Crew Cab Z71 = $35,040

GMC Sierra 2WD Crew Cab SLE = $31,610
GMC Sierra 2WD Crew Cab SLT = $35,473
GMC Sierra 4WD Crew Cab SLE = $34,990
GMC Sierra 4WD Crew Cab SLT = $38,853

The Silverado and Sierra 1/2-ton Crew Cabs provide four fullsize doors; roomy, comfortable six-passenger seating; and a new 5-foot-8-inch cargo space. The vehicles are powered by GM's Vortec 5300 V-8, with 295 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque backed by a Hydra-Matic 4L60-E four-speed automatic transmission.

Base Silverado LS or Sierra SLE are well equipped with standard items such as power windows and door locks; individual dual-zone (driver and passenger) manual climate control; cruise control; up-level, custom cloth split bench seats; remote keyless entry; AM/FM stereo with CD; heated, folding outdoor mirrors; deep tinted glass; electric rear window defogger; electrochromic inside rearview mirror; leather-wrapped steering wheel; full carpeting; painted cast-aluminum 16-inch wheels on two-wheel-drive models; 17-inch polished cast-aluminum on four-wheel-drive models; and four-wheel ABS disc brakes. The 1/2-ton Crew Cabs went into production at General Motors' Oshawa, Ontario, Canada plant in January 2004 and should be ready to rock at your local dealer.

2K4 Auto Show Sport Truck Concept Round Up: Nissan Actic Concept
The Nissan Actic concept crossover was designed by NDA, a Nissan design studio in California. The Actic changes the human machine interface focus from hardware to software. Actic's designers proposed that the software that controls the vehicle controls, instrumentation, and so on, could be personalized, refined, and constantly updated by using a key fob, hand-portable IT system. The system, we presume, would load when you drive the Actic.

The Actic's interior layout is a two-by-three seating arrangement. The exterior styling is smooth and flowing, accented only by the grille. The concept's 19-inch wheels feature a highly stylized tread pattern glued to the wheel rim to create a super-low profile look that magnifies the apparent size of the wheels. Nissan showed the concept with a small trailer with slide-out room expander developed by NDA in conjunction with Airstream, a first for an RV manufacturer.