RPM Automotive News - July 2014

The Latest Form The Industry

That’s Interesting
The Walter P. Chrysler Technology Award went to the four engineers behind the four-wheel-drive system on the ’14 Jeep Cherokee.

The ’15 Ford Super Duty with the next-gen Power Stroke makes 440 horses and 860 lb-ft of torque, up from 400 and 800.

AutoMD.com sorted out the most common repair jobs in 2013. If you’re thinking brake pads, followed by alternator, water pump, timing belt, and spark plugs, you’re thinking.

Three days and more than 8,000 orders for the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel truck. Dealerships are ready.

Jeep Cherokee diesel in Europe. It has a 2.0L wedged in there, mated to the nine-speed auto trans. Actually, Jeep is a giver when it comes to this Jeep elsewhere: it has two choices of diesel -- 170hp and 140hp versions.

More diesel: DMAX is putting $60 million into design changes to its Ohio Diesel Engine Plant related to emissions. It makes the Duramax for HD trucks and is a joint venture between GM and Isuzu.

Ford is marking the 80th anniversary of the Australian ute, which it says led to the F-series and Ranger.

GM says that retail deliveries of Chevy and GM fullsize SUVs were up 14 percent from January to February. Of course, that’s less impressive when you hear that Corvette deliveries were up 149 percent.

If you’re in the mood to price a ’15 Tahoe or Suburban, know that the 4x4 starts at $48,890 and $51,590, respectively.

And on that subject, the new models see 16 mpg city, 23 mpg highway in 5.3L form (and ditto the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL).

Interesting tip from the mechanics at Valley narpro.com shops: People who own a midsize sedan and drive 10,000-15,000 miles per year should plan for about $100-$200 per month for repairs during the year. And that’s for regular maintenance. So, save more for an SUV or truck.

A backhoe that CASE Construction Equipment created is an only-one-made Ram Laramie Longhorn 580 Super N Wide Track, inspired by said Ram.

Did you know Ivan Stewart started driving for the Mickey Thompson Stadium Off-Road Series in 1983? Just a fun fact to go along with the ongoing festivities related to TRD’s 35th anniversary the U.S.

Cummins and Ram have been a diesel team for 25 years now.

The ’15 Ford Expedition 3.5L EcoBoost. Same as the F-series.

What’s Happening In The Industry
Rancho is now sponsoring the Off-Road Business Association. ORBA is a nonprofit org of motorized off-road–related businesses that promote and preserve off-road rec.

The Spirit of Goodyear blimp is retiring after 14 years. It’s going into the record books (the Guinness one) for Longest Continuous Operating Airship.

Royal Purple has a chance for you to attend this year’s SEMA Show. Enter at any of the shows where the Royal Purple truck will be. You can find out the locations and all the rules at royalpurpleconsumer.com/2014-sema-sweepstakes-rules/.

The fuel of the TORC Off-Road Championship season? VP Racing Fuels.

Bully Dog and SCT have merged.

Other Than TTC, Which Race Would You Compete In?
Top Truck Challenge season is upon us! If you couldn’t compete in TTC, which race would you most like to compete in, off-road or otherwise? Come on over to Four Wheeler’s Facebook page (facebook.com/fourwheelermag) and tell us your thoughts! Here’s our picks:

Brubaker: Monster truck racing. I have no idea how good I’d be at it, but I’d have fun doing it! I drove a blown monster truck a few years ago and it was a rush. I hit my helmet on the rollcage during a hard landing, and tweaked my neck. It hurt for a month. Totally worth it and I’m ready to go pro.

Cappa: As much as I think it would be fun (and a challenge) to drive anything in the entire Baja 1000, I think I would be perfectly happy behind the wheel racing in the Mint 400 or other U.S. desert race. Heck, even a single heat behind the wheel of a short-course Pro 4 Unlimited truck would be absolutely awesome!

Mansour: I would like to drive in a Rally America race. It looks like a blast. I owned a modified ’04 Subaru WRX wagon a few years ago and always wanted to see how far I could really push it off-road. There’s just something about thrashing a car off-road that is very appealing to me!

Is It True?
Jeep is temporarily holding off on a launch of its brand in India?

And Jeep wants to put a power top on the Wrangler?

Will Carroll Shelby Cal Baseball Day become an annual event starting next year in California?

Are you in love with them? Among those making the list of Strategic Vision’s “Most Loved Vehicles in America” were the Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500?

Nissan has been in the vehicle business for 80 years now?

With the Toyota 4Runner hitting the big 3-0, serious anniversary discounts on all models?

Four Wheeler App
A Four Wheeler app? There’s an app for that. Go to the iTunes store and you’ll get all sorts of Four Wheeler-y stuff for on-the-go reading, from tech and vehicle info to news and more.

2015 Jeep Renegade
Meet Jeep’s first attempt at a small SUV. It’s been known as the “baby” Jeep as well as the Jeepster, but its official name is ’15 Renegade. We’re not going to elaborate on the “small-wide 4x4 architecture” because we refuse to help that phrase go viral. What we will comment on is the Jeep Active Drive and Jeep Active Drive Low. Both are full-time 4x4 systems, but the low version has a 20:1 crawl ratio. The systems feature Selec-Terrain for multiple driving modes -- auto, mud, sand, snow -- although the Trailhawk adds Rock mode. The Renegade also has a disconnecting rear axle and PTU.

If you’ve got to get a Renegade, the Trailhawk is really the way to go. It has skidplates and tow hooks, fasciae designed with approach and departure angles in mind, an increase in ride height (0.8-inch), hill-descent control, and even 19 inches of water fording.

Let’s talk engines: The 1.4L Multiair Turbo makes 160 horses and 170 lb-ft of torque, while the 2.4L Multiair2 Tigershark takes it up to 184 and 177, respectively. Both engines see a 948TE nine-speed automatic transmission.

OK, for precisely 30 seconds we will humor the “small-wide 4x4 architecture” and mention the Renegade is 166.6 inches long, 71 inches wide, and 66.5 inches tall.

And as a heads-up, Mopar already has more than 100 accessories available.

Your Government At Work
Remember: July 12, 2014, is the government-approved Collector Car Appreciation Day.

Maryland has a proposed bill that would give OBD-fail vehicles a chance for an immediate redo emissions test at no cost to the owner.

Gee, That Press Release Sounds Naughty:
“Ram Truck Brand Partners with National Cattlemen’s Beef Association”

Random Photo We Dug
William Clay Ford, the Blue Oval’s director emeritus, died at age 88 in March 2014, so we’re going with a throwback pic -- September 19, 1934 to be exact. It’s the then-wee Ford getting a baseball from Mickey Cochrane at a Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees game. The other guys are Edsel Ford and Henry Ford. Question: Why doesn’t anyone wear a suit to a sporting event anymore?

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