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That’s Interesting
•What does the ’17 Ford Super Duty mean beyond being an all-new truck? To make it happen, Ford is creating 2,000 more jobs and kicking in $1.3 billion for its Kentucky Truck Plant to handle the job.
•You can now tick the box for box delete on light-duty Regular Cab Chevy Silverados and GMC Sierras. Like the midsize pickups got.
•By the way, the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon diesels are seeing 31 mpg highway.
•A report called Collision Avoidance System Market by Device, Technology, Application (Automotive, Aerospace, Railway, Marine, and Construction & Mining), and Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW) - Global Trend & Forecast to 2020 is a long walk to get to the fact the market for collision avoidance systems is likely to be worth $50 billion by 2020. It was $31 billion in 2014.
•Buy a new ’15 or ’16 SRT and you’ll get a one-day full session of hi-po driving instruction at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. The program is called The Official High Performance Driving School of Dodge/SRT.
•There’s a real list called Most Loved Vehicles in America. It’s by Strategic Vision, and among the vehicles that put hearts and stars and rainbows in Strategic’s eyes were the Jeep Renegade, Nissan Titan, GMC Sierra HD, Chevy Colorado, and GMC Yukon XL.
•Who’s using ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft? Primarily, The Olds and The Youngs. KPMG, which did a study, noted mobility-on-demand is being driven by millennials and “baby boomers plus.”
•Wishing you could find a city motorcycle that could also go off-road? Honda has built the City Adventure urban off-road concept that just might be the future of that.
•Hey, it’s more new ’16 Jeeps. This time it’s the SRT Night Edition in Grand Cherokee form, featuring black in strategic places and new 5Ten 20-inch rims, and the Wrangler Backcountry for those of you who like winter themes and decals that read “Backcountry.”

Is It True?
•Iran is poised to become the world’s 8th vehicle manufacturer in the world?
•More Fast and Furious movies in the form of prequels and spinoffs?
•A new program is coming for the best-of-the-best-selling Jeeps called Jeep Wave and will include discounts, loaners, and other perks?

Your Government at Work
•Michigan might let vehicles with a Michigan historic vehicle plate or authentic Michigan registration plate to get into state parks for free if they are holding a car show or such.
•Wisconsin intro’d a resolution trying to make it official that every second Friday of July is deemed Collector Vehicle Appreciation Day.

What’s Happening in the Industry
•JC Whitney has awarded CURT Manufacturing a recognition award for being the official towing sponsor of JC Whitney’s Centennial vehicle build.
•Omix-ADA is going to continue to provide $5,000 grants in 2016 through its Rugged Ridge Trail Access Program. It has given away $60,000 in funding since its inception in 2013.
•4 Wheel Parts now has a retail spot in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This equals a grand total of 72 4 Wheel Parts showrooms.
•More Virginia: Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia LLC in Salem, Virginia, is a zero landfill operation, meaning nothing gets wasted at the plant—recycle, reuse, or “energy recovery” is the modus operandi.
•The Kentucky Association for Manufacturers named Holley Manufacturer of the Year.
•Weld has bought HiPer Technology, which makes performance carbon-fiber wheels for ATVs and UTVs.

Four Wheeler App
Do you realize how amazing it is that we live in an age where you can take Four Wheeler with you anywhere, thanks to the Four Wheeler app available through the iTunes App Store? We’re anywhere you are, and we’re everywhere you’re going. It’s like stalking with consent since we’re bringing loads of tech info, product tests, new-vehicle reviews, features, guides, and more that you might need at any point.

What You Need to Know About Crashes in 2014
So, this is gonna start off sounding like one giant bummer but know that there’s actually some decent news. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crunched numbers on traffic safety in 2014 and found that 32,675 people were killed in vehicle crashes on U.S. roadways, and another 2.3 million were injured in crashes. That said, fatalities have dropped 25 percent between 2005 and 2014, and injuries in that same window are down 13 percent. Police-reported crashes in 2014 rang in at 6.1 million, but 72 percent had only property damage. Distracted driving accounted for 10 percent of all fatalities, while drowsy driving equaled 2.6 percent of fatalities. And speed still kills: 28 percent of the fatalities.

The Army Is Building an Off-Road Chevy Colorado
GM and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center are converting a Chevy Colorado to sport a hydrogen fuel cell and to go through some pretty grueling real-world military testing for a year. The appeal of a fuel-cell vehicle to the Army includes it being quiet, like as a scout rig, and that it generates water. This one will run a commercial hydrogen fuel-cell propulsion system. For now, enjoy what is the actual image they released to somehow represent this venture.

“As was the case with the first few calendars of the ’60s and, more recently, in Peter Lindbergh’s 2002 calendar, or Patrick Demarchelier’s 2008 and Steve McCurry’s 2013 calendars, there are no nudes.”—Sorry anyone who was planning to make the Pirelli calendar their organizational naked assistant for 2016.

“It’s crazy.”—Neal Wheat, used-car manager at Gloucester Toyota, to Automotive News, about the no-one-saw-it-coming massive resale value of the discontinued Toyota FJ Cruiser