Nissan has created a smart rearview mirror that lets a driver toggle between a traditional rearview mirror and an LCD monitor. It’s debuting on the ’14 Rogue.
Expect a third Cars movie.
GM has a new wind tunnel. It’s technically of the reduced-scale variety. It’s also technically in broken-ground phase. By the way, it’s a $30-million broken-ground phase.
Enterprise surveyed, people answered: 50 percent experienced new automotive technology for the first time through a rental car. About 40 percent said they added features or tech to the new vehicle they bought after having experienced it in a rental.
Spring is here and you know what that means! No, not that. We mean a Chevy Silverado put behind center field at Comerica Park in Detroit since Chevy is the official vehicle of Major League Baseball.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation discovered that highway deaths reached an all-time low in 2013 (records weren’t kept until 1928).
Seems 78 percent of light-duty truck sales with a V-6 in 2013 went to the Ford F-150.
The Ford Police Interceptor, which includes the utility version, was the best-selling police vehicle in 2013.
Toyota looks to be planning a new group of super engines that are highly efficient and designed to leverage combustion and loss-reduction technologies. They’ll be in vehicles on a global scale. Fourteen variations of the engine are expected by 2015.
A survey by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions found that teenagers have different definitions of safe driving. Driving under the influence of alcohol was considered by 86 percent of teens to be very distracting. But driving behavior and driving under the influence is where differences showed, like 68 percent who admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol said they have done so after having more than three drinks. Designated driver to 21 percent meant it was OK if “a little” alcohol or other drugs had been consumed. as long as they weren’t too impaired to drive.
New Jeep Concepts from Mopar
Mopar is now a Jeep-concept-churning-out machine when the annual Easter Jeep Safari happens in Moab each year. Here’s a look at the 2014 edition of concepts.
1. Jeep Wrangler Level Red
It’s named after level-red trails—the hard ones. This concept sports Jeep Performance Parts parts such as a 2-inch lift kit, Dana 44 crate axles, Rock-Trac T-case with 4:1 low range, and rock rails. Those are prototype 17x8 beadlock wheels.
2. Jeep Wrangler MOJO
More showcasing of Jeep Performance parts, such as a set of locking Dana 44 axles and 2-inch lift, plus a 59:1 crawl ratio. Prototype shorty bumpers and flat-top fenders are what you might have also noticed.
3. Jeep Wrangler Maximum Performance
The items here include the Jeep Performance Parts push-button electric-locking Dana 60 axles, 4.88 gearing, and 4:1 Rock-Trac T-case. The crawl ratio? 70:1. There’s also a prototype 4-inch lift kit and Stinger front bumper.
4. Jeep Grand Cheroke EcoDiesel Trail Warrior
You got it: Grand + EcoDiesel + …not much. It’s got a few prototype parts, such as the Mopar roof basket and 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels. Otherwise, it’s a rolling billboard for accessories available from Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts.
5. Jeep Cherokee Dakar
Guess a Cherokee had to make the cut. There were a couple concepts, but this one we found to be the most mock-worthy, since Mopar called it “the most extreme Cherokee ever.” What was the next sentence after that? “The Silver Satin Gloss exterior skin is strikingly set off with a prototype Flame Red graphics…” You’ve read enough.
What’s Happening In The Industry
The Rugged Ridge Trail Access Program has provided its first six grants (more than $27,000 total) for keeping recreational trails open on public land and for supporting off-roading. The grants went to the Blue Ribbon Coalition, Colorado Association of 4WD Clubs, Colorado OHV Coalition, New Mexico OHV Association, Off-Road Business Association, and Stay the Trail.
Goodyear has a new blimp that’s faster, bigger, and more maneuverable than previous models. On a test flight, with a tail wind, it went more than 80 mph.
Four Wheeler App
Go to the iTunes store. Don’t bother with music or games once you get there. Go directly to the Four Wheeler app and download it, because you’ll get way more than your money’s worth than with that music or game. You can read about tech, features, products, vehicles, news, and more. It’ll give you game, and will be music to your ears. See what we did there?
Is It True?
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been named the Official Winter Vehicle of New England every year since 2011? So if you don’t have one, it’s not officially winter for you?
To build the ’15 Ford F-150, engineers did 500 aggressive starts on a stand that creates impacts of about 2,000 lb-ft of torque? And dropped 55-gallon drums into the bed at an angle?
Is the Bentley SUV set to go 200 mph, making it the fastest factory SUV?
The Nissan Frontier is one of the most fuel-efficient trucks for 2014, says edmunds.com, with its 21 mpg combined highway/city mpg?
The final ruling has happened? Vehicles less than 10,000 pounds will be required to have rear cameras by May 2018?
Europe is demanding that by 2019, all new electric vehicles will have to make a noise to so that the visually impaired and others can hear the vehicle?
The speed limit in Idaho and Wyoming is going up to 80 mph in July?
Is everywhere you go going to start charging more to park your truck or SUV because it’s a truck or SUV?
Ram HD Black Package
The Ram 1500 got its hands on the Black Express package first, and now it’s available as the Black Package for the HD 2500 and 3500 SRW. The exterior is all black, including the 20-inch aluminum wheels and grille. Unless you get the Cummins, all badging is removed (on the diesel version the diesel designation remains visible). Pricing starts at $42,140.
2015 Chevy Silverado High Country HD and ’14 Ram Power Wagon
Chevy’s first luxo HD truck takes the form of High Country. A chrome grille, chrome steps, special chrome wheels, a unique saddle brown interior, and special tow mirrors make up the package. The new Ram Power Wagon (a 2500 HD 4x4 Crew Cab in Power Wagon clothing) includes a new frame, the 6.4L Hemi, an all-new suspension with Ram Articulink with a special three-link setup and high-movement joints, electronic-disconnect sway bar with Smart Bar disengagement, and 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires.
Your Government At Work
There’s a bill in Congress that would put the word National in Johnson Valley Off-Road Vehicle Recreation Area. Last year, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act that made 100,000 acres of the California wheeling-and-more spot a federal OHV area.
SEMA has reported that the House of Reps passed the Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act. According to SEMA, “the bill would require a National Environmental Policy Act study for any national monument designations more than 5,000 acres.”
“Okay—time to take the gloves off and go back and take back what rightfully belongs to every one of you…Silverado truck sales.
—An email received by dealers from the GM district manager in the Northeast, according to Automotive News, allowing them to lower lease rates