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Wheels and Deals

The 2006 vehicles hit the road with more power, better options . . . and lower prices.

This story appears in the December 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

With 2006 on the doorstep, it could be one of the best years to buy light commercial vehicles for your business. Ford and General Motors are lowering prices on some of their new models, and there are plenty of incentive programs available if you're in the market for a fleet. But before you put your money on the table, let's take a look at the trends and changes in store for commercial vehicles in 2006.

Dodge, Ford and GM dominate the light trucks/commercial vehicles market this year, with Toyota leading the imports and Honda debuting its new half-ton Ridgeline. Honda's first pickup, the four-door Ridgeline, has already earned the best rollover resistance rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Ford's F-150 garnered a five-star frontal crash rating from the NHTSA, and the company's bestselling compact pickup, the Ranger, has more choices of packages and powertrains. Another new import is Mitsubishi's midsize Raider pickup, in extended and double-cab versions. And GM's top-selling Silverado is updated with a new extended cab/short box model, more towing power and a two-wheel drive model.

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