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RPM: 4x4 And Auto News And Rumors

Posted in News on May 23, 2018
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That’s Interesting

•True story: We’ve been waiting and waiting for the day to come when we could reference a “sagging fuel tank.” Dreams do come true, people. Sadly (sagly?), this day ended up being because of a recall of around 300,000 ’09-’12 Ram 1500s located in mostly cold-weather states, due to road salt.
•Nissan’s Canton Assembly Plant produced its 4 millionth vehicle.
•There are some things that turn 70 years old in 2018, but we have no idea what, so we’re going to focus on what didn’t require us to Google to find out. Turning 70 is our sister Hot Rod magazine and also the burger joint In-N-Out. We told you last month that the two are taking their AARP status to the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California, on Saturday, November 17, 2018, for an anniversary celebration you don’t want to miss. Therefore, this your reminder about it, much like what you’ll be in need of often when you too turn 70. Get tickets here:
•If you’re not modernized yet, good news: Ford is giving those of you with ’10-’17 vehicles access to FordPass SmartLink to upgrade connectivity to a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and it also allows key fob smartphone capabilities. Just stick the device into your OBD-II port and you’ll be part of this century.
•The ’18 CarGurus Best Used Car awards: ’07-’17 Jeep Wrangler, ’11-’18 Ford Explorer, and ’09-’14 Ford F-150.
•The ’18 Rocky Mountain Truck of the Year? The ’18 Nissan Titan King Cab.
•Rock stars have “world tours,” but the Lamborghini Urus has the “world presentation program.” That equates to 114 cities in four months for Lambo to show off its new SUV.
•Do you often feel like you’re not part of history? Know that you’ve changed your course by being alive during this momentous occasion: Israel now has its first regulation racetrack.
•The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crashed some stuff again: small SUVs, including the Jeep Compass. It scored a “good” rating for passenger-side overlap front crash tests. This is a case in which “good” is great, since it’s the highest rating, but IIHS already recognizes that nothing in life is truly “great,” so why bother going there.
•If you’ve been thinking about getting the 800hp ’18 YENKO/SC Silverado, know that the two-wheel drive is now at Chevy dealerships.
•Did you have any interest in learning about the ’18 Dodge Durango GT Rallye Appearance Package? That’s probably enough.
•Toyota had a request: “Imagine a world where vehicles could ‘talk’ to each other and to the surrounding environment to help keep their drivers and their passengers safe.” No reason for the imagery, other than Toy and Lexus are contributing to the uprising with their Dedicated Short-Range Communications systems on vehicles being sold from 2021 and onward. If there’s even an onward after the uprising.
•The BMW MSTEP training program for veterans is happening at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. BMW and Universal Technical Institute teamed up on the workshop and training program.
•The Mercedes-Maybach concept has been rumored to be named Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury. No, that full name does not have the word “SUV” in it. That would make it too long.
•Kind of a neat study from LendingTree: Where are the oldest used cars bought? Turns out to be Oregon (average vehicle age—7.45 years old), Salt Lake City, Seattle, and the outliers of the East Coast. The Midwest was less of a surprise. The newest used ones? Florida, Texas, New Orleans, and the East Coast. Chevy scored the win for most popular used-vehicle make. Nissan was second in that ranking.
•GoRide is a new non-emergency medical transpo service from Ford, an on-demand service that takes patients to medical appointments, has wheelchair access, and has bedside-to-bedside capability. It’s going through a test phase in Southeast Michigan with Beaumont Health’s more than 200 facilities.


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Is It True?

•Is Jeep going to be the only Fiat Chrysler brand to be sold in Korea (as in, no more Fiat, no more Chrysler)?
•Is BMW planning a fancy-arse version of its X8 SUV?
•Ford pickups had their best month of sales in a March in 2018 since March of 2000?
•2019 is bringing us the all-new ’20 Silverado HD?
•Uber is getting into the bike and scooter business?
•Diesels are heading out in the UK? Out of Suzukis, specifically?
•No one cares about a Jeep crossover, so no one’s getting a Jeep crossover?
•Nissan will help power the streetlights in the town of Namie, Japan, via its used LEAF batteries? And that’s the same town where there was the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which at the time rendered it a radioactive area?
•The Jeep Compass is outselling local favorites Mahindra XUV500 and Tata Hexa in India?
•A gas engine will be the only available mill for Aston Martin’s first SUV? Also: Aston Martin’s building an SUV?
•Hyundai’s Kona SUV will have a 250-mile range before a needed recharge?
•The largest solar-powered carport in the UK award goes to…Bentley and its factory HQ? With 10,000 solar panels when done?
•Has GM trademarked ZR2 Bison? And have bison trademarked Bison ZR2?
•Is Mercedes-Benz Collection less about being an actual collection of Mercedes-Benzes and more about a subscription service that customers can use for hopping into the Benz of mood?
•Buick unveiled an all-electric SUV concept vehicle?
•China has a highway with a portion that’s equipped with solar panels and electric rechargers designed to power highway lights and homes? And eventually vehicle batteries? Did Bentley know there were solar panels left to be had?
•Is Nissan building an overlanding Armada? Is it called the Mountain Patrol?
•A single-cab pickup bearing the name Land Rover Defender?
•Spotify might be getting into the business of in-car music player?


Your Government at Work

•Looks like Minnesota might get some government assistance for developing a trail system and getting more ORV trail attention.
•Being taxed for miles driven might happen in Missouri.
•Looks like Oklahoma may allow for titling of HUMVEEs, but still not for highway use.
•Is Oahu, Hawaii, due to get a racing facility?
•It might become easier to get window tinting for Rhode Island vehicles.
•Oceano Dunes in California will see a reduction in areas available for off-road use.
•You have Toyota, in part, to thank for free Wi-Fi expanding to more parks in the New York State Park system, such as Bear Mountain State Park in Hudson Valley.
•Michigan might be partnering with the UK (yes, that UK) on auto mobility and other tech.
•New York will put an end to vehicles entering most of Central Park.


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What’s Happening in the Industry

•The Hundreds X Bigfoot is a collaborative effort between the two entities for apparel and more featuring the monster truck’s theme.
•BFGoodrich’s 13th year of its Outstanding Trails opened up for nominations. Four trails will receive $5,000 grants, with the money put toward repairs, maintenance, signage, and more. Jeep Jamboree USA contributed $1,000 to each grant.
•Champion’s got a new line of wipers, filters, batteries, and lights.
•Toyota dealerships will now carry accessories from Yakima, like racks and cargo management.
•Pirelli: new Scorpion All Terrain Plus rubber for pickups and SUVs.
•New tire distributor in the U.S., but old tire names in the U.S., and new tire-distribution name in the U.S.: Goodyear and Bridgestone have teamed on TireHub.
•Through August 31, 2018, JC Whitney is holding the Pay It Forward Sweepstakes. It’s open to those on active duty or those who are veterans of a “U.S. military branch; a current or retired federal, state, or local law enforcement agent; a firefighter, or an emergency responder from the public sector,” said the company. The score is a customized ’17 Ram 1500 Crew Cab in four-by skin and a trip to Las Vegas. There will also be monthly drawings for accessories and performance parts. Head here for info and to enter:


Four Wheeler App

We saw this meme the other day: “Today’s 3-year-olds can switch on laptops and open their favorite apps. Me? When I was 3, I ate mud.” It’s funny because it’s true…We normally tell you to head to the App Store to get yourself the Four Wheeler app so that you can have 24/7 access to an insane amount of our material on upgrades, installs, feature vehicles, travel, products, tech, and more, but this month we’ll just recommend you have a 3-year-old download the Four Wheeler app, and then we’ll meet you in the mud.


“The driver was not injured. The status of the wasp is unknown.”
—@azcentral on Facebook. While trying to remove a wasp from inside a Jeep, a driver accidentally went over a cliff into Lake Pleasant.


“Over the life of the engine, a diesel will cost you much more to own than a gas engine. Will it get you up the hill quicker with a gooseneck trailer loaded with fertilizer? There is no denying that. You probably towed loads years back with less powerful engines than the modern gas offerings. So why do you need 900 foot-pounds of torque provided by diesel engines today? On my farm, I run gas and put the savings toward fertility, genetics, or something else that will give me a return on investment.”
—Successful Farming on


“As a Prime member, get your Amazon packages securely delivered right into your vehicle parked at home, at work, or near other locations in your address book. Park your vehicle in a publicly accessible area to receive in-car deliveries, and track your packages with real-time notifications. Free for Prime members in select cities and surrounding areas with supported vehicles.”
—Amazon’s announcement about Amazon Key’s in-vehicle delivery service. Currently, GM and Volvo vehicles qualify with OnStar and On Call, respectively.


New Ford Trucks, SUVs for 2020 (Bronco? Yes, Bronco)

A new F-150 has been confirmed by Ford for arrival in 2020, technically making it a “futuristic” pickup (because…2020 is the future). But what also puts it in that “futuristic” classification will be its new hybrid powertrain with a mobile generator. Also, Ford said it “plans to drive growth with two all-new off-road models: the new Bronco and a yet-to-be-named off-road small utility—both designed to win a growing number of people who love getting away and spending time outdoors with their families and friends.” Quick question: Did anyone else at first read that as “vehicles for people who wanted to get away from their families and friends”? The automaker also intends to have eight SUVs available by then, with five having a hybrid setup and one being battery-electric.


Ford F-150 Power Stroke: 30 MPG Highway

The ’18 Ford F-150 stuffed with the 3.0L Power Stroke diesel is said to have an EPA-estimated rating of 30 mpg highway and 22 mpg city (and combined 25 mpg). That puts the truck in no company when it comes to the fullsize pickup segment. As in, the cheese stands alone with that fuel economy.


What’s the Chevy Flowtie?

If you spot a ’19 Chevy Silverado Chassis Cab with a weirdo grille, you’re on it. What you’re seeing is probably the “Flowtie” not the “bow tie.” The new 4500/5500/6500HDs have some kind of ’18 Camaro ZL1 inspo—actually, some kind of total rip-off, because they both have the familiar bow tie, but the center has been removed. It’s about mo’ airflow for mo’ performance.

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