four friends and i took off work early to hit the dallas auto show, yesterday. gm has brought some very cool things to the shows in the last few years, such as the new camaro and this year, the convertible version. and the volt is the first hybrid i've ever actually liked. anyway, while other companies are beefing up their truck lines, gm is making them pure street cruisers. the new tundra is pretty ugly, but bigger and stronger than the old one. i don't know how well that tailgate step on the ford superduty will work, longterm, but aside from a major design flaw that bangs it against the paint, it's not as stupid as i thought it would be. what really bothers me is that gm still does not offer sfa on any truck, they're cheaping out on the rear brakes, and according to the book the reps had, you can't get a gear ratio deeper than 3.73 without selecting the G80 rpo (they didn't even know what that meant. ha). supposedly, the new locker is stronger than the old-school govbomb, but still not as good as aftermarket units. it just seems like they don't have provisions for real wheelers or truck guys in general anymore. i'm not saying they haven't made a lot of improvements in performance, etc. but they are alienating a whole (admittedly small) group of buyers. just bums me out a bit. i know we'll all end up modding whatever ride we get, but it's nice to have a good platform to start with, like the k5. my friends, we are a dying breed.