November 2002 4x4 Truck & Automotive News - RPMPosted in Project Vehicles on November 1, 2002
Mitsubishi Adds A Midsize
The midsize utility market is growing. Again. The segment, typified by such vehicles as the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, will expand with the addition of Nissan's '03 Murano (on sale this fall) and the new Mitsubishi Endeavor. Available in all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive, the V-6-powered Endeavor could be in showrooms by early 2003.
Rescuing The Rubicon
On June 29th more than 70 volunteers joined together on a conservation project that targeted five separate sections of the Rubicon trail. Friends of the Rubicon, a grassroots organization whose goal is to protect public access to the area, coordinated the event. The work done included creating rock-lined drainage channels to divert standing water off the trail, blocking off spur trails and back-filling muddy areas. For more information on how you can protect the Rubicon or trails in your area, visit www.delalbright.com/rubicon.htm.
Ultimate 4x4 Source Directory
Building up your project? Check out the 4x4 Source Directory. With more than 700 listings in 28 categories, it's more useful than the Yellow Pages when looking for 4x4 parts. From tires and wheels to body parts and engine mods, you'll learn who to contact in the 4x4 Source Directory. You'll find the 4x4 Source Directory at a newsstand near you in early October.
For The Record
In our September "Lighting Your Way" lights buyer's guide we mistakenly attributed Lightforce's focusable driving lights to another manufacturer. The correct contact information is: Lightforce, Dept. FW. P.O. Box 9, 1040 Hazen Ln., Orofino, ID 83544, 208/476-9814, www.lightforceusa.com.
Stricker Emissions Standards
Drivers in Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston will now be required to comply with new, stricter emissions standards, established last June as AirCheckTexas. The new program stipulates that vehicles two to 24 years old must pass a new high-tech emissions test along with the annual safety inspection. The plan is expected to lower emissions by 66 tons a day in the two regions.
Blazer Saga Continues
General Motors plans to extend the run of a plant in New Jersey where the Chevrolet Blazer, Chevy S-10 and GMC Sonoma are built. Citing a GM spokesman, the Wall Street Journal reported that the plant's run will last through summer of 2005. Production at the facility was expected to wrap up in the third quarter of 2004.
Late last May DaimlerChrysler and China's Beijing Automotive Industry Group announced details of a 30-year agreement for a joint venture, Beijing Jeep Corporation company. The agreement, pending final government ratification at press time, will bring expanded production to China, including work on two new models within the next two years.
Some people can't wait to wait for the new Hummer H2. Slated to go on sale in July, several prospective buyers were bidding as much as $10,000 at online auction site eBay to be closer to the front of the waiting list. Said Hummer marketing manager Paul Beckett, "Evidently some people want one so bad they're willing to pay for a spot in line."