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RPM: 4x4 and Auto News and Rumors

Posted in News on November 27, 2018
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Photography: Rob Widdis/GM

That’s Interesting

•Hennessey Performance opted to go big rather than go home by building the Goliath 6x6. What started as a ’19 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss Z71 became this new truck via another round of rear suspension and 8 inches of lift, plus an engine upgrade to the factory 6.7L V-8 that included a 2.9L supercharger and exhaust for 705 horses and 675 lb-ft of torque. There’s also a custom bed. And yes, you can buy one. Do you have $375,000? Hey, it includes the truck, you bargain hunter. Ogle it some more at hennesseyperformance.com.
•Do you stare at the ceiling every night asking yourself, “Where is Ford going to build the ’20 F-150 hybrid?” Sleep soundly. The answer: Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan.
•Pricing for the ’19 Nissan Frontier: starts at $28,510 for an SV King Cab 4x4 V-6 with auto trans.
•Pricing for the ’19 Nissan Pathfinder: starts at $32,920 for a 4x4 S model.
•Try to follow us here: Chevy has launched the Call Me Out app, which allows your family and friends to record audio messages for use as a reminder that you need to stop being distracted while driving, such as with your dang texting. It uses your phone’s accelerometer and GPS to know you’ve picked up the phone while traveling more than 5 mph. At that point, those messages will begin playing. Unclear: How distracted you’ll be trying to stop the messages from playing.
•Brace yourself: We’re mentioning Subaru on these pages. But this is neat. The automaker will offer a college degree in Subaru-based automotive technology at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. Since there’s demand for Sub techs, this gives students a chance to earn an associate of applied science degree in 2 years, and they’ll even be paired with retailers for paid experience and full-time jobs after graduation.
•IKEA has goals beyond its meatball reputation: 100 percent zero-emissions home delivery by 2020. Five major cities will kick off the project, including Los Angeles and Paris, and it will skew toward electric vehicles.
•Jaguar Land Rover South Bay reopened in Torrance, California, and got bigger and state-of-the-art-er. As in, more than 39,000 square feet and 28 bays.
•Another case of size matters: HW Hunter Ram of the West Truck Center is now the largest Ram dealership in the U.S. It’s 40,000 square feet and located in Lancaster, California.
•Polaris took its RZR XP Turbo S and created a four-seater version.
•Foresight Research’s 2018 Motorsports Immersion Report found that 12 percent of new-vehicle buyers go to a motorsports race before deciding what to buy, and 22 percent watched on TV. Overall, however, in-person motorsports attendance and TV watching of motorsports are down.

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Is It True?

•Code 26? This number existing in Jeep Wrangler JL order forms is proof that there will be a way to order a diesel?
•Is Toyota getting a patent for a flying car?
•The ’20 Chevy Tahoe is getting IRS?
•Tesla has filed a patent for automated turn signals? Can you be any lazier?
•Ferrari named its ’22 SUV the Purosangue? Which Google Translate claims is thoroughbred?
•You know how Dyson makes vacuum cleaners? Gonna now build a test facility for developing an electric car?
•Is the fastest SUV on all the Earth the Lister Motor Company’s LFP at 670 hp, with a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds, and a top speed of 200 mph? Do you have around $182,000 to find out?
•Is the ’19 Q8 Audi’s most spendy SUV yet, with pricing for the highest trim level starting at $77,545? •A ’20 Land Rover Discovery Sport hybrid?

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Your Government at Work

•California is first out of the gate to regulate the greenhouse gas emissions from ridesharing. A new bill will create the California Clean Miles Standard and Incentive Program, with a baseline required by 2020 for app-based transportation companies and their emissions, and over the next few years various targets and reduction plans will be established and mandated to be met.
•The U.S. Army Contracting Command gave AM General a 5-year contract for up to 2,800 M997A3 HMMWV ambulances. Oh, P.S.—it’s a contract worth $800 million, give or take. Another $51 mil came from the U.S. Army to recapitalize HMMWVs. “The company will utilize its longstanding and proven Public Private Partnership program with the Red River Army Depot to deliver mission-capable, like-new M1152 and M1165 HMMWV variants.”
•Hot Wheels turned 50 years old, so the U.S. Postal Service let them have 20 of their own stamps.
•Is Ford trying to help law enforcement vehicles get an exception from the new mandate that goes into effect in 2020 stating that all electric vehicles and hybrids must make noise when going more than 19 mph? Ford builds vehicles for law enforcement.
•Elon Musk headed to Twitter to bring his thoughts to life, since that continues to prove never to get anyone in trouble. He tweeted about how he wanted to take Tesla private and had “funding secured.” That turned into investigations afoot by the U.S. Department of Justice, which has been studying his various tweets, including for fraud. And as we went to press, Musk agreed to pay a $20 million fine; he will remain CEO of Tesla, but not also its chairman. This is due to charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
•The U.S. Department of Energy is investing $80 million in advanced vehicle technologies. Why? The DOE said to tell you, “This work supports DOE’s goal to invest in early-stage research of transportation technologies that can give families and businesses greater choice in how they meet their mobility needs.”

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What’s Happening in the Industry

•ARB and TRED partnered on TRED solo recovery boards and accessories, which are manufactured in Australia and now available in North America as well as Central and South America.
•Line-X and Ultimate Linings merged to become IXS Coatings. Learn more at ixscoatings.com.
•Hercules Tires is donating tires to the Millstream Career Center in Findlay, Ohio, and to Owens Community College in Toledo so that students can practice installing tires as part of their education to become automotive techs.
•Also in tire news: Do you know who’s in the No. 7 position on the Forbes 2018 “Best Employers for New Graduates” list? Michelin.
•Grid Off-Road partnered with Keystone Automotive.
•Discount Tire opened its 1,000th store. You’ll find it in Phoenix. Look for the tires.
•UWS’s new website, uwsta.com, has been redone to make it easier to find CURT Group brands like, you know, CURT.

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Four Wheeler App

First mobile app: Many consider it to be the game called Snake in 1998. First issue of Four Wheeler magazine: 1962. What happens when history slams into other history? You get yourself the modern-day Four Wheeler app. Download it at the App Store so that at your digit-tips will be all sorts of tech, product installations, truck builds, 4x4 everything, travel, road tests, and more. That’s 24/7 1962-2019.

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“The vineyards of Bordeaux are doubtless best known for the fine wines they produce. But they are getting things right in more ways than one. With grape marc, the residue produced in the wine-making process, being used to make biofuel, transport operator Citram Aquitaine is running the ED95-driven Scania’s Interlink LD Euro 6 bus between Bordeaux and Blaye.”
—A Scania press release about the bioethanol-based fuel ED95, which is made from the residue produced during the winemaking process

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“The dinosaur bones will make their 2,500-mile journey back to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, after they are extracted from the ground and prepped for travel.”
—Statement from Toyota about how it had hooked up with a paleontology team from the museum. Toy had loaned Tundras and a Land Cruiser for the dino dig in northern Wyoming.

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“A complete vehicle will probably not be manufactured by a 3D printer any time soon, but the number and size of parts from the 3D printer will increase significantly.”
—Martin Goede, Volkswagen’s head of technology planning and development, to CNN.com. VW intends to 3D-print structural parts in mass production within 2-3 years.

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’19 Chevy Blazer and Bison

The ’19 Chevy Blazer is coming in hot (lukewarm?) with a starting MSRP of $29,995. What you get: 193hp 2.5L inline-four or optional 305hp 3.6L V-6. Nine-speed auto. Room for five bodies. Various trims, because Chevy wants each Blazer to look unique. Like, the RS is a blacked-out ute. The grille on the Blazer sports black, while the Premier also does, but with chrome accents. Distinctive features also hit the emblem, wheels, and exhaust.

You might care more about the new take on the Colorado ZR2. The Bow Tie and AEV got together for a group-think on this one, and the result was the Bison. Items include AEV-designed stamped-steel bumpers, five skidplates (think: fuel tank, diffs, and so on), a Chevy-themed flow-through grille, and pretty much everything you would expect on a regular Colorado ZR2. It’s available in January.

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High Country

LTZ

RST Off Road

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Chevy Silverado Concept Trucks

Jeep tends to hog concept-vehicle news, but finally Chevy is ready with a couple ’19 Silverado 1500 specimens. One is the High Country, which Chevy calls a “premium outdoor truck.” That meant adding a 2-inch suspension lift, cold-air intake for the 6.2L, after-cat dual exhaust, and upgraded brakes.

For those of you looking for trailering inspo, there’s the LTZ concept, outfitted with cold-air intake and after-cat single-exit exhaust for the 5.3L, upgraded brakes, and the trailering camera package from Chevrolet Accessories, as well as other appearance items.

Here’s the one you might care about most: RST Off Road, which the automaker called an “extreme trail-inspired concept.” It’s a repeat in the 2-inch suspension department and cold-air intake for the 5.3L, plus there’s a new Off Road Appearance Package that includes steps and a roll-up tonneau. Baja Designs can lay claim to the 40-inch lightbar and sport lamps. Tuffy lies beneath—there’s a lockbox under the rear seat. Maybe not “extreme,” but we suggest that you do not complain when any automaker goes off-road when conceptualizing.

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Ram Rodeo

Rebel 12

Harvest Edition

Mojave Sand

Ram Rodeo Edition, Rebel 12, and Harvest Edition, Plus a New Power Wagon Color

Ram is busy giving you new options. Also: really lengthy names of trucks. This includes the ’18 Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty Longhorn Ram Rodeo Edition. This one’s all about the haul—and the Southwestern theme. Therefore, you’ll saddle up to a Longhorn with things like, well, we can’t say this comfortably, so we’ll just quote: “a suede headliner against beautifully contrasted interior colors such as Black and Cattle Tan.” There’s a fifth-wheel/gooseneck trailer prep package, bed-view camera, Mopar bed step, skidplates, and rear air suspension. You can get it pretty much all ways to yesterday, y’all, including with a Hemi or diesel and in various configurations. The 2500’s MSRP is $60,790, while the 3500 comes with a sit-down-before-reading MSRP of $71,260.

The ’19 Rebel 12, meanwhile, is a 1500 that Ram calls “where off-road, technology, and luxury meet.” First thing the automaker plugged about this truck? Uconnect 4C with 12-inch screen and navigation. Other stuff: leather-trimmed interior, heated seats, “finest audio system…” Of particular interest to us off-roaders are the locking rear diff, skidplates, 33s, and towhooks. It starts at $46,990.

If you had to interpret pumpkin spice latte season for trucks, we guess that would be the Ram Harvest Edition. You might recognize this agriculture seasoning from the 2017 debut of the 1500, 2500, and 3500 Harvests, and it’s now in ’18 chassis cab form. Two colors set it apart: Case IH Red and New Holland Blue (you can get other colors, though). Big towhooks, reverse camera, side steps, foglamps, skidplate, and tech that includes real-time weather maps are among the items on tap. Pricing starts at $43,990 for the 3500, $48,140 for the 4500, and $49,240 for the 5500.

And a color doesn’t normally grab headlines, but the ’18 Power Wagon gained a limited-edition hue and it’s called the Mojave Sand package. It’s a color found only on the Ram Rebel before and is now the only HD Ram available with it. All-black wheels are part of the deal. It starts at $54,830, and only 1,500 will throw this shade.

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Slowest-Selling Vehicles

The slowest-selling late-model vehicles in the U.S. from January to July 2018? According to iseecars.com, used SUVs included the Porsche Cayenne at No. 1, No. 5 was the Land Rover Discovery Sport, and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited was at No. 8. The fastest-selling used SUVs included the Toyota 4Runner at No. 9 and Jeep Cherokee at No. 10. A used Chevy Tahoe is the slowest seller in Pennsylvania. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is also the slowest in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Massachusetts. Average days on the market for used pickups? The quickest sell was the Toyota Tacoma at 42.1 days, while the longest was the Nissan Titan at 58.3 days. However, Nissan’s Frontier and Titan XD did better at 47.4 and 50 days, respectively. The Tundra saw a count of 46.6 days. The Ram 1500, Chevy Colorado, Ford F-150, and GMC Sierra 1500 all were 52 days. The GMC Canyon was 53.7 days. In case you wondered which used pickup sat on lot the least amount of time, it was the Honda Ridgeline with 39.3 days.

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