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Full-size pickups are uniquely American, and jurors love them, voting five of them tops in the truck category in the past 19 years. A Dodge Ram was the winner in the award's first year, 1994. This year's Ram, shorn of the Dodge brand, is the only entry among nominees with a traditional bed in the back, which makes it a guaranteed attention-getter, though it will suffer because its mechanical improvements are seen as incremental rather than transformational, and its design is little-changed. Jurors may be saving their votes for GM's new pickup trucks that come out next year.

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  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated October 08 2012 10:19 AM ET
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