Kansas City Assembly Plant has now joined Dearborn Truck Plant as a builder of the F-150. Interesting factoid: The body shop has more than 500 new robots.
Kia Trail’ster. We probably don’t need to tell you it’s all-wheel drive, based on the apostrophe.
GM is reducing the Chevy and GMC powertrain warranty from 5 years, 100,000 miles to 5 years, 60,000 miles for ’16 models.
Uber is thinking about chicks. UN Women and Uber are partnering to create a million jobs for women to be drivers by 2020.
Kelley Blue Book has named its 10 Favorite New-for-2015 Cars. These include the Jeep Renegade and Ford F-150.
Kelley Blue Book also named Best Family Cars for 2015, and the Ram 1500 made the list. So did the F-150, Nissan Pathfinder, and Chevy Tahoe.
And AAA Arizona named the Renegade as a Top Pick in the Cool Car picks.
Project Titan. No, not that Titan from Nissan, but rather it’s the working name of an electric car from Apple. Yes, that Apple.
Solid axles, next-gen Wrangler.
Galpin Ford was the No. 1 Volume Ford Dealer in the World. Twenty-five consecutive years. It’s in Southern California.
Toyota FJ Cruiser recall: A safety recall of about 120 FJs from the ’14 model year due to a potentially inadequate weld in the steering system. Call customer service to find out more at 800/331-4331, but you should get notification by mail if yours is affected.
Idle Hour, a historic landmark in North Hollywood, California, has reopened. Its design is called a “throwback to the dawning of the city’s booming car culture,” as in, it gave the new flux of drivers something to recognize during their commute in the ’40s. The bar is barrel-shaped.
Wondering what’s tops in Australia? Roy Morgan Research learned it’s fuel economy over high performance for buyers there. In the large SUV category, the Jeep Grand Cherokee swooped in for the best-seller win for 2014.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named its Best Value Awards,and the Chevy Tahoe landed Best New/Redesigned SUV and Best-in-Class, while the Chevy Colorado scored the same in the Midsize Truck category. Best New/Redesigned Truck in the fullsize realm was the Ford F-150, and Best-in-Class was the Chevy Silverado.
Ram 1500 Buzz Models
The Ram 1500 Buzz models got two newbies in Sport trim: Ignition Orange and Black. This Ram is limited edition and comes in a crew cab, with either 4x4 or 4x2. A Hemi V-8, the eight-speed TorqueFlite trans, 3.92 gears, dual exhaust, and a vented hood are among the offerings. Pricing is $1,595. Yeah, not including the Ram price.
2015 Chevy Colorado Z71 Trail Boss
Hello, Trail Boss. It’s a Colorado Z71 with off-road suspension package, G80 auto-locking rear diff. T-case shield, front towhooks, steps, Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac 265/65R17 all-terrains, GearOn moveable tie-down rings, spray-on bedliner, and more. It’ll start at $28,505.
Your Government at Work
Vermont is again thinking about banning exhaust systems with increased noise levels.
Florida has moved another step forward in a plan to tax vehicles for miles traveled.
What’s Happening in the Industry
JC Whitney—100 years old. It has a special website dedicated to its history with cool vintage photos: 100.jcwhitney.com.
MSD and Mallory will merge. MSD will be the brand.
ACCEL now has a series of Web videos called ACCEL It. This includes features on vehicles and installations. Find them on ACCEL’s YouTube channel or via accelnation.com.
Project Overlord has created RimTech, an app for tracking stolen wheels.
Transamerican Manufacturing Group has acquired Poison Spyder Customs.
Rxspeed.com is a search engine for finding aftermarket products and comparing prices.
Is it True?
Will Jaguar/Land Rover put a manufacturing plant in Georgia or neighboring state?
Start your vehicle with your eyes? EyeLock is working on iris identity-authentication technology?
Four Wheeler App
Do you have the Four Wheeler app yet? Get it from the Apple iTunes store. You have no idea what you’re missing until you get the app and see what you’re missing. Hint: The same stuff you love about Four Wheeler the actual magazine but in convenient on-the-go form. So, that means tech, how-tos, Jeep buildups, wheeling, spotlights on cool Jeeps, products, and more.
Moab Sneak Peek
Four Wheeler will bring you more on the concept vehicles Jeep brought to Moab for the 49th annual Easter Jeep Safari but here’s a taste: Jeep Chief and Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Responder.
I had a few people early on that asked me, ‘What do you care what you build?’ But Wrangler [and its predecessor] created economic stability for us for 75 years.”
Bruce Baumhower, president of UAW Local 12, to Automotive News regarding the concerns Wrangler production will move out of Toledo, Ohio
“I remain a big fan of a Jeep pickup. I think we have history that says it belongs in our portfolio.”
—Jeep CEO and President Mike Manley to the Detroit News