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August 2012 RPM Off-Road Truck News

Ford F 150 On Job Site
Tori Tellem | Writer
Posted August 1, 2012

Everything 4x4 Related

That’s Interesting
Polk did some analyzing and analyzed this: 35 percent of hybrid vehicle owners went with a hybrid again in 2011. Excluding the Toyota Prius, loyalty drops to less than 25 percent. We think we forgot the word “only” there.

200,000—that’s the magic number of miles those surveyed by Kelton Research thought a vehicle should get to before being retired. “Old” was determined to be 147,000 miles. Sorry to those of you banking on 146,000.

AOL Autos did a story on a survey about women’s feet. There was more to it than that—it said women are driving in high heels. It found that 40 percent of the females surveyed wear ‘em while driving. That can’t be good. Sexy, but not good.

Now let’s talk about men: compiled a list of the 10 models with the highest proportion of male buyers. Sure, Ferrari made the cut. As did the GMC Sierra and the Ford F-Series.

More male versus female: A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that teen girls are twice as likely as teen boys to use their phone or other electronic devices while driving.

Is wheeling a particular trail on your bucket list? How about a modification or owning a certain 4x4? My Bucketlist ( is brought to you by, where you can note your goals, and then the social-networking app will connect you to friends and family and even others with similar goals to help you git ’er done.

“We used to go into the [mileage] gunfight in that segment armed with a knife. We’re coming back with a bazooka.”
—A Jeep official to Automotive News, regarding the new downsize SUV

Top Destination Cities
Curious about the top 50 destination cities in the U.S. in 2011? Ask U-Haul! Say what? It apparently puts out the annual “U-Haul National Migration Trend Report,” based on moving data. Last year, Houston was number one (that’s three years in a row), with Orlando, Florida, Las Vegas, Chicago, and San Antonio closing up the top 5.

Is It True?
Will the new Liberty be called Liberty? Or be called Cherokee? So, it’ll be one of those names?

More Jeep: Possible names of the production-ready Grand Cherokee concept are Altitude, Midnight, and, um, Obsidan? The question being, Obsidan? Jeep went with Altitude.

The GMC Canyon might remain among the living?

Will Groupon soon be a major source for auto-buying coupons?

Flying Cars a Reality, Zombies Next
You may already be aware of the street-legal plane Terrafugia has been working on and have figured, “Right, that’ll happen.” Oh, it’s happened. And is happening. The Transition completed its first flight in March, reaching an altitude of 1,400 feet and lasting 8 minutes while hovering around the Plattsburgh International Airport in New York (but looks to be legal for take off and landing at many public airports; it is street legal at highway speeds in all 50 states). Six phases of flight-testing are still in progress to work out kinks and to demonstrate compliance to Light Sport Aircraft standards. The two-seater runs/flies on unleaded fuel; the wings fold up in about a blink’s time. The expectation is that delivery to customers will happen within the next year. Pricing is likely to be around $279,000.


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2013 Ram 1500
We’ll run down just the hit list of the all-new Ram pickup.

New engine: 305hp and 407 lb-ft of torque 3.6L Pentastar V-6

New transmission: TorqueFlite 8 eight-speed automatic (with dash-mounted rotary e-shift setup. The trans is standard with V-6, optional with Hemi)

Stop-start: Shuts off the engine when you’re at a full stop

New interior

New exterior

Available air suspension: normal, aero (to go lower, 1.1 inch), off-road 1 (lifts 1.2 inch), off-road 2 (2-inch lift), park mode (lowers 2 inches)

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