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Tori Tellem
Aug 3, 2015
Photo 2/10   |   Auto News Work Truck Mopar Fiat Ram Owner Apps Service Schedule Accident Assistance
Mopar Owner Apps Now More Info-Friendly
Back with the '11 model year, Mopar fortuitously debuted smartphone apps that provided vehicle info to customers. And now, the updated free-to-download FCA Owner apps offer even more info for Ram Truck and other FCA-family brands: maintenance schedules, service history, recalls, parking reminders, and even Accident Assistance, which allows you to create accident records, upload insurance stuff, and grab accident-scene photos. And that's just for starters.
Photo 3/10   |   Auto News Work Truck Ford Transit 2016 Flex Fuel
'16 Ford Transit Changes: Flex Fuel
The '16 Ford Transit is seeing some changes, and at the top of the notables list is that the 2.5L inline-four van will become flex-fuel ready—in the non-California emissions states. It can run on E85 or unleaded gas or a blend of the two. Other improvements to the '16 include the redesigned SYNC 3 communication/entertainment system, a rearview camera and trailer-hitch assist technology, and dual sliding cargo doors for the first time on medium- and high-roof vans.
Photo 4/10   |   Auto News Work Truck Sacramento Battery Electric Hd Trucks
Sacramento County to Test Battery-Electric HD Trucks
Well, this is a new one: Sacramento County will be trying out battery-electric heavy-duty refuse trucks, or the ElecTruck, as the owner TransPower named them. The goal is to save money on fuel, given that these vehicles will no longer have the expense (from using about 10 gallons of diesel fuel each year).
Photo 5/10   |   Auto News Work Truck Volvo Emissions Epa Mpg
"We told them what we can do, but they haven't told us what they plan to do. We have concerns with how this will play out."— Tony Greszler of Volvo Group North America to The New York Times regarding the EPA's plan to propose regulations that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty trucks; looks like the EPA wants 9 mpg—right now, the trucks average 5 to 6 mpg on diesel
Photo 6/10   |   Photo by GM
$1.2 Billion? What GM is Putting Into its Fullsize Truck Plant
In order to make upgrades and technology improvements, GM will invest $1.2 billion in its light- and heavy-duty fullsize truck plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. What can you expect? A larger body shop, a better general assembly area, and new material sequencing centers, among other changes. By the way...that plant? It began building trucks in 1986.
Photo 7/10   |   Auto News Work Truck Isuzu 500000 Low Cab Forward Milestone
Isuzu Reaches 500,000th Truck Milestone
Isuzu Commercial Truck of America has delivered its 500,000th truck—an N-Series—to a furniture store. The Isuzu low-cab-forward trucks arrived in North America in 1984. Isuzu is the only brand making a gas-powered low-cab-forward truck in North America.
Can NHTSA Prevent Drunk Driving?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety program wants to use vehicle technology to prevent drunk driving. For example, a steering-wheel-mounted Breathalyzer, or having the ignition start button scan under a fingernail to determine blood alcohol concentration. If technology deems you're unfit to drive, the vehicle won't start. The hope is that it can be available on future vehicles.
Photo 8/10   |   Auto News Work Truck Esc Stabilty Control Nhtsa Transporation Safety
"ESC is a remarkable safety success story, a technology innovation that is already saving lives in passenger cars and light trucks. Requiring ESC on heavy trucks and large buses will bring that safety innovation to the largest vehicles on our highways, increasing safety for drivers and passengers of these vehicles and for all road users."—U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. NHTSA has ruled that ESC will be required on vehicles exceeding 26,000 pounds in gross weight. This will roll out based on weight over the next four years.
Photo 9/10   |   Auto News Work Truck Ford F 150 Frame Shortage Aluminum
Photo 10/10   |   Phtoo: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
More to Know
  • Looks like FCA is switching its powertrain warranty on Ram Truck and its other brands for the 2016 model year. Rather than the 5-year/100,000-mile warranty, it'll be 5-year/60,000 miles.
  • A frame shortage over at Ford? The aluminum-bodied F-150 seems to be in such demand, apparently the frame supplier's environment resembles that candy episode of I Love Lucy.
  • The National Safety Council has estimated that cell-phone-related crashes account for 27 percent of all vehicle crashes. This includes drivers going hands-free or hands-on.
  • Word is that the California Energy Commission is going to hand out $15 million in grants for funding alternative-fuel projects, including armored security trucks.
  • Shell's got a new V-Power NITRO+ premium gasoline available in the U.S. And yes, it'll have a more premium price. Shell claims longer engine life and better performance in return.
  • Allstate's Ride for Hire is now available for qualifying Transportation Network Company drivers, allowing them to be protected while logged in to the TNC app looking for a new fare. This is good news if you use your personal vehicle in this ride-hailing brave new world.

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