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The 2014 Ram diesel gets a tip of the 10-gallon hat from the Texas Auto Writers.

The folks at General Motors have to be gritting their teeth and stomping their cowboy boots this morning. Despite the general raves being heaped upon the maker's new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, the General's new offerings were nudged aside by the year-old Ram when the influential Texas Auto Writers wrapped up their annual pickup truck shoot-out.

Those longhorn journalists gave their Truck of Texas award — again — to the year-old Ram 1500. Well, to be more precise, this year's winner is the new Ram 1500 diesel, the very first oil-burner to be offered in the half-ton full-size pickup segment.

These and a host of other awards were handed out after two days of testing at the Texas Auto Writer's Association's 23rd Truck Rodeo. The competition — which puts a variety of trucks, traditional SUVs and even some more newfangled crossovers through a variety of on- and off-road torture tests — delivered a few surprises, including shut-outs for both the new Chevrolet Silverado and Toyota Tundra models.

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In all, the group pulled 24 different awards out of its 10 gallon hat, including the SUV of Texas and CUV of Texas — which went, respectively, to the Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel and the Hyundai Santa Fe — as well as the Midsize Pickup, which garnered a trophy for the Nissan Frontier PRO4X.

Nissan, in fact, took three awards, with additional honors for its Pathfinder and Juke. Hyundai nabbed a second trophy for the Santa Fe in the midsize crossover category. The Acura MDX was named best Luxury CUV. And the Land Rover Range Rover took the prize as the best Full-Size Luxury SUV.

But notably absent among the winners was the newly updated 2014 Toyota Tundra. Amid generally mixed reviews, the Texas-made truck was shut out of the awards ceremony. So was the GM lineup, jurors offering no kudos for either the Silverado or the Sierra. GM did maintain at least a little pride with the GMC Terrain Denali AWD coming in as the best Compact Luxury SUV.

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The other domestic truck maker also only narrowly averted a shut-out, Ford's only win coming in the form of the 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor, named the best Off-Road Pickup for the fifth year in a row.

Chrysler and its various brands absolutely dominated the Texas Truck Rodeo balloting. Along with the Ram diesel winning Truck of Texas and the Jeep diesel honored as the Longhorn State's top SUV, Chrysler nabbed a total of 15 of the 24 awards, including Best Technology, for the Ram's new five-link coil rear suspension and the latest Chrysler Uconnect infotainment system.

Here's the complete list of winners: