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RPM Automotive News - January 2015

Posted in News on November 14, 2014
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That’s Interesting
Pricing of the ’15 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro: $41,285 for the double cab with the 5.7L V-8 and $43,900 for the CrewMax V-8.

Want to get all the details about Nissan’s Project Titan, which was a crowd-sourced project in which people picked the mods and helped build the truck? Go to The customized vehicle hit the rugged Alaskan wilderness in the summer with two Wounded Warrior Project alumni.

GM news: The ’15 Chevy Colorado will start at $20,995. The GMC version, aka Canyon, will begin at $21,880 since it’s the fancier brand of the two.

More GM news: It’s invest ing $185 million to make small engines at its Spring Hill, Tennessee, plant.

And more GM news: Its HQ in Detroit composts food prep scraps from its restaurant’s kitchens to be used in local urban farming initiatives. GM’s HQ sends no waste to landfills.

Universal Technical Institute (UTI) has expanded its Daimler Trucks North America’s Finish First training program to the new campus in Lisle, Illinois. It’s an effort to breed qualified truck techs at Daimler dealerships across the nation.

The websites,, and named the ’15 GMC Sierra 3500 HD the winner of the ’14 Ultimate Heavy Duty Challenge 1-ton diesel category.

Ford’s former CEO Alan Mulally is now on the board of Google. He’s the 11th member.

Google’s next-gen self- driving car (sans steering wheel or gas pedal) has Velodyne real-time 3-D LiDAR sensor for object detection and collision avoidance. We hope that sensor is LaRGE.

Ford is building Michigan’s largest solar array, or as we like to say, the second largest solar carport in the Midwest. It will have 30 charging stations and 360 covered parking spaces.

It’s official: Z71 package for the ’15 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban. The Z71 started as a true package in 1988; the Tahoe and Sub got it in 2001.

Twins Peter and Alex Ack erman started The online store offers T-shirts, bumper stickers, and other merchandise. Did we mention the twins are only 14 years old?

On the subject of clothing, the Stio clothing brand is a big supporter of the Greater Yellowstone Whitebark Pine Committee through the U.S Forest Service.

eBay researchers sorted out what people are buying the most in all 50 states. For example, North Dakota was king of autos and parts purchases, while South Dakota maxed out on tools. Texas went tactical and hunting goods, while Ohio scooped up outdoor equipment and Alabama hit camping goods hard. Hello, firearms. Hello, New York. P.S. Tennessee, what’s up with all the dental supplies?

Want a $359.99 Ram Power Wagon? This is the SCX10 model from Axial. Did we forget to mention it’s an RC? The miniature Ram has a two-piece body that can be used with an available rollcage flatbed set. Evans Racing wheels, a four-link rear, aggressive tires, and WB8 HD Wildboar driveshafts are among the beef. Go to, and then hit the trail. It’s built for it.

Peak, maker of antifreeze and coolant, did a survey. Survey said 92 percent of American vehicle owners do prep before a road trip but only 35 percent expected to experience trouble while on said road trip. By the way, that trip? Let’s just say 64 percent expected “bathroom stops to impact the experience.” The same percentage was worried about their engine grenading, which happened to be the No. 1 maintenance worry.

The new Goodyear Blimp: Wingfoot One.

“Nissan already has a strong presence in Russia, and we’re committed to increasing that local presence through increased Russian design, engineering, and production so that we can make the cars that Russia’s drivers want and need, while boosting jobs and the wider Russian economy. Innovative and accessible Russia-built vehicles like the Pathfinder and Sentra demonstrate that our commitment to Russian drivers has never been stronger.”
—Paul Willcox, chair of Nissan’s European operations

Gee, That Press Release Sounds Naughty:
“Kerui Enhances its Core Competency in the Drilling Market”

Random Photo We Dug
Toyota’s Instagram was home of this pic of the FJ summit in Colorado.

Rally Silverado and Blacktop Durango
You can get your rally on with a Silverado Rally 2 Edition package on 1500 LT models, either double-cab or crew-cab. Black is the new black: The body-colored grille has a black Bow-Tie, there are double black stripes on the hood and tailgate, the tubular steps are black, the 22-inch rims are black, yes, you guessed, and so are the mirror caps and door handles. A trailering package is included.

Over at Dodge, the Durango has up and gotten itself a Blacktop Appearance Package, which means black is the new black again, with 20-inch wheels, grille, mirrors, badging, bezels, and so on. It’s available on the SXT, Limited, and R/T. Random quote with an air of sadness, desperation, and confusion: “The rear-wheel-drive Dodge Durango is already one of a kind. It stands out as the Charger of the three-row SUV segment,” said Tim Kuniskis, the pres of Dodge and SRT brands.

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Is It True?
Ram Truck has a new head, Robert Hegbloom?

And about that Jeep you bought: The ’14 Jeep Cherokee is among the most hackable vehicles according to cyber crime researchers at IOActive, with regard to Bluetooth and WiFi?

Jeep outsold itself in North America in January-July 2014, 44 percent over the same time in 2013?

Bear Grylls is the new global brand ambassador for Land Rover?

The OnStar RemoteLink app has now milestone’d more than a million users, who can access vehicle diagnostic info such as tire pressure and oil level? And remote start is the most popular of the app’s features?

Mercedes-Benz has the “most active fans” on social media? And is among the Top Four auto brands when it comes to growth?

What’s Happening In The Industry
Jeepspeed has a new race series. For 2015, the Wrangler Desert Trophy Series will be sanctioned by Best in the Desert, and there will be three events: the Mint 400 (March) in Las Vegas, the Silver State 300 (May) in Northern Nevada, and BlueWater Desert Challenge (October) in Parker, Arizona. Learn more at

Valvoline’s #GarageHacks series is all about the tips and tricks DIYers have learned during their vehicle projects. Valvoline wants to hear yours. Go to @valvoline on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #garagehacks.

Pep Boys is now carrying apparel and licensed merchandise, including from Ford, Chevy, Ram, and Mopar. We’re talking stuff like hoodies, Ts, key chains, phone cases, and more. Get hip via

Dexcom G4 Platinum Continuous Glucose Monitor—OK, we get a lot of press releases that are tweaked to seem automotive related, like that one. But then we were told a NASCAR driver mounts the monitor on his dash during races to keep an eye on glucose levels, and it got us thinking about being on the trail for hours and having the same issue. So, check out in case this product might be something that would enable you to get out on the trail without worrying about your health.

Bushwacker will hand out the Founder’sAward to the best truck/SUV at the ’14 SEMA Show. Learn more at

Toyo’s Open Country R/T is designed for rocks, sand, and dirt, and has a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty and No Regrets 45-day/500-mile trial offer.

40 years for Cummins at its Jamestown Engine Plant in New York.

Eaton got the Leader in Joy award for its 25-year partnership with Make-A-Wish Michigan.

Land Rover Discovery Sport
There’s a new Disco, featuring a 2.0L engine (and 2.2L diesel across the pond; an ED4 diesel will come later in 2015 and boast super fuel efficiency), a nine-speed auto trans or six-speed manual trans, and 5-and-2 seating.

Your Government At Work
For the most part, the Maine Turnpike speed limit has increased by 5 mph to 70 mph.

NHTSA has a proposed rule for vehicle-to-vehicle communications/technology. Hipsters call it V2V. The agency is stoked by the idea of talkative technology that can help with traffic flow and safety.

Approval of a road-usage fee is in the hands of the governor in California.

Tundra Helps Toyota Set NASCAR Record
Having 12 consecutive wins wasn’t enough. But setting a new NASCAR record of longest string of wins by one manufacturer in the 19-year history of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was noteworthy. And Erik Jones took his No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Tundra to a win that made him the youngest race winner in the history of the series

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