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RPM Automotive News - May 2015

Posted in News on March 20, 2015
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That’s Interesting
The winner in the Full Stock class at the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 was a ’15 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Series truck. The coach of the winning desert team was the Ironman himself, Ivan Stewart.

While we’re talking Toyota, it’s expanding its southeast Michigan R&D facility, making it a total of $126 million going toward expanding Toy’s powertrain/vehicle development in the Michigan area.

History made: The first time the military auctioned off surplus Humvees was through, an online marketplace for buying and selling government assets. Thank the Department of Defense. The 25 available Humvees were going for as much as $41,000.

The Tweel lives. It’s an airless radial tire from Michelin. The company has opened a plant in North America to produce the nonpneumatic tire for commercial apps. The Tweel makes the tire and wheel assembly one married piece.

The 3.0L EcoDiesel got named one of Ward’s Best Engines for 2015.

Audi Unite: It’s a car-sharing service like ZipCar, in which you choose your Audi, find four other people you like, and hatch a plan for sharing the vehicle. If you live in Stockholm, Sweden, that is.

New name: Chrysler Group is now FCA US (as in, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles).

Bobcat has a blog:

Jaguar Land Rover is researching new technologies, including a 360-degree view, with no pillars blocking the view. Rather, a screen embedded in the surface of the pillar would carry a live video feed of angles outside of the vehicle/removing blind spots. They’re being called transparent roof pillars.

Stats from the Census Bureau for its American Community Survey compared the millennial generation of young adults (age 18-34) to young adults from 1980. In terms of driving habits, nothing much has changed. About 8 in 10 drive to work, which is pretty much the same as 1980. Alabama has the highest share, while New York has the lowest. Where you go to buy classics, like 4x4s. It’s a free-to-join marketplace.

What’s Happening in The Industry
Lund has acquired Rampage Products.

For the first time in its history, Bosch has launched a performance gauge line in North America. is a spot for racers and enthusiasts, with exclusive content, special offers, and educational stuff.

Omix-ADA will keep providing grants for off-road proactiveness in 2015 through its Rugged Ridge Trail Access Program.

Buy a gearset, get money. AAM has a rebate going on for 8.6-inch gearsets for axle ratios of 3.73, 3.42, and 4.10. Learn more at

SnugTop was founded in 1959. That makes it 56 years old now.

Heatshield Products has hit the 30-year milestone.

Is It True?
Iowa is figuring out how to make driver’s licenses digital via the phone?

Audi is producing e-diesel out of water, C02, and green electricity?

Random Photo We Dug
’15 Ford F-150. 1,200-pound pumpkin. Why? Why not.

Random Quote:
“Keeping tires properly inflated and choosing low-rolling resistant tires can have a national impact. If 10 million drivers kept their tires properly inflated, they could save nearly $500 million dollars and 1.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution a year. And if just 10 percent of consumers buying aftermarket tires bought tires that were 10 percent more efficient, the annual savings would be more than $200 million and 690,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution.”
-Statement from The White House, announcing that it will be finalizing a rule for a tire fuel-efficiency consumer info program by 2017 and a partnership with NASCAR on a Drive for Safety initiative in the 2015 racing season

Four Wheeler App
How many apps to you use each day? Well, your horoscope is probably full of lies, and you can just look outside for the weather. The only app that’s a must? Four Wheeler’s. Where else can you get the best four-wheeling related tech, feature vehicles, road tests, products, and news? That’s right, nowhere else. So, listen to what your horoscope said about this being a good month to download an off-road-related app. Go to the iTunes store right now, since checking the weather conditions won’t matter.

Gee, That Press Release Sounds Naughty:
“Subaru Launches ‘Share the Love’ Campaign.”

This is the Atom Nomad Buggy
Meet the Atom Nomad out of Ariel Motor in the UK. It has a Honda 2.4L four-banger, making 235 horses and 300 lb-ft of torque and is said to go 0-60 in 3.4 seconds. A steel tube chassis, wishbone suspension, Eibach coils, and rack-and-pinion steering are among the mechanicals. The wheelbase is about 92 inches. Learn more at

Your Government at Work
eCall is the European Union at work: It wants this system functional throughout Europe by the end of 2015, and it’s similar to OnStar in that it automatically calls an emergency center in the case of a crash. It’s an effort to cut down on emergency response time and help victims quicker.

The Indian capital of Delhi at work: It has banned Uber, claiming it has violated the Motor Vehicle Act. Plus, there are claims of an alleged rape from a driver.

Michigan legislation potentially making front and rear license plates the law (versus the current single plate) has died.

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