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July 2011 Power Bits - Diesel Truck News

All The Torque That’s Fit To Twist

Jul 1, 2011
Cummins High Mileage Club
Did you know the Cummins High Mileage Club existed? If you’ve got a Cummins turbodiesel that’s at 100,000 miles or more, you should. There’s a special grille badge for members, and you’ll be eligible for a new Cummins die-cast grille badge after every 100K miles driven. You just need to complete the membership application found at and include a photo of your truck and the odometer, plus $4.95 for shipping.
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Teens: Benz There, Drove That
Later this year, the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy will offer driver’s ed to teens. A U.K. version began in 2009, and since then 4,500 students have enrolled.
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Rumor Of The Moment:
’12 Jaguar XF will get a new 2.2L turbodiesel. Showing it off at a U.S. auto show can only mean one thing, right?
Fuel-Economy Figures for the Masses has expanded and now offers the equivalent of fuel-economy window stickers for vehicles as far back as 1984 in an effort to appeal to used-vehicle shoppers. The EPA basically applied modern estimates to old-timey figures.
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Thieves are Gettin’ Some Tail(gate)
The Detroit News reported that in Metro Detroit, tailgates are becoming a hot commodity among the robbing types. Dealerships are even removing them from trucks parked on the lot. Bare hands, and sometimes a screwdriver, are all it takes to get the job done.
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Workshops at Chrysler Museum
Looking for some neato stuff to do in the coming months? The Walter P. Chrysler Museum is holding a Lecture/Workshop Series featuring topics that are all over the map, including 70 Years of Jeep (July 16), From Chrysler’s Vintage Master Tech Files (October 26), and, yup, Model Train Clinic (December 3). Head to for a full list, more details, and ticket info.
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Fiat and GM Own Diesel Maker
Fiat’s powertrain subsidiary has bought a 50 percent stake in VM Motori, which manufactures diesel engines. GM owns the other half. The purchase signifies that Fiat and GM will both make a bigger splash in the diesel category, we’d say.
Ssangyong SUT1
Ssangyong Motor Company’s third-generation pickup, the SUT1 concept, will be a mix of SUV and pickup, featuring a 2.0L diesel (worth about 140 hp) and a five-link suspension. It would be a facelifted/Botoxed/nip/tucked version of the production Actyon Sports (pictured), with the company hoping to turn it into a global truck.
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Rumor of the Moment:
Did you hear that? Some guy just said a diesel-equipped Chevy Cruze might make its way to the United States.
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Reuters has reported there is a shortage of a pigment called Xirallic, which is made at only one factory on the globe: Japan’s Onahama plant, which has the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station as its neighbor. As we went to press, automakers were putting a hold on vehicles that are painted particular shades of red and black. Among the hard-to-get paint is Ford’s Tuxedo Black.
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B&M Buys Flowmaster
B&M Racing and Performance has acquired Flowmaster exhaust. Flowmaster was founded in 1983.
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Continental is recalling some ContiTrac TR tires that were both aftermarket and OE equipment on some ’08 and ’09 Ford F-250 and F-350s. The recall is due to possible uneven wear, vibration, or separation between belt edges. You can call (888) 799-2168 if you have concerns. Meanwhile, VW has announced a voluntary recall of 71,043 ’11 Jettas in order to reconfigure a wiring layout related to the alarm system and horn. Questions? Call (800) 822-8987.
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Mazda BT-50
When this pickup hits Australia, it will be a one-trick pony, as in only diesel. Its sister, the Ford Ranger, has a gas option and is a global platform—and is offered in the United States. We can dream-taste the BT-50, thanks to Mazda’s promises of more diesel models for the United States.
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If the racetrack is your home away from home, let it be your final resting place, too. A bill is moving through the Florida courts that would allow for construction of a columbarium at Daytona and Homestead speedways. Florida, you never disappoint.
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Cars 2: Coming to theaters June 24.
And on a related note, there just might be a new magazine coming called Cars, based on the movies.
Is the European Union hoping to ban gas and diesel vehicles in Europe by 2050? We wouldn’t ask if it wasn’t. GPS navigation. The voice of Gary Busey. Possibly nothing could be finer.
NHTSA is taking a closer look at seat heaters in order to decide whether there are issues with burns and if we should all run screaming for the hills.
This year, Mopar will offer more than 9,000 accessories for Ram, Jeep, and the other brands in the Chrysler/Fiat lineup.
AgCall surveyed Canadian canola and soybean growers, and among the stuff learned was that 87 percent of respondents supported using Canadian-grown canola/soybeans for producing biodiesel and 66 percent were aware of the 2 percent renewable fuel standard for biodiesel in Canada.
The Biodiesel Crop Demonstration Project is an effort between Pacific Biodiesel, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center, and Army Installation Management Command, Pacific. The 24-month research project will focus on sustainable local agricultural technologies in order to make progress toward fuel security. Right now, the project involves looking for land on which to grow biofuel crops; locations being eyeballed include Maui and central Oahu.
One more biodiesel bit: Biodiesel@MIT is a mix of MIT’s students, faculty, and staff who have been busy installing a biodiesel processor on the campus as part of the MIT Energy Initiative, converting waste veggie oil from the campus dining joints into biodiesel to fuel the diesel-powered tech shuttles and campus equipment.
Rumor of the Moment:
Is an Audi A2 coming, and will it join the A-family in the United States with an available diesel?
“While diesel engines have been around for decades, the days of smelly, noisy, smoke-belching, and rough-running diesels are gone. Modern diesel engines are clean, quiet, refined, and powerful. They also are economical, often providing a 30 percent boost in fuel economy with a corresponding decline in carbon dioxide emissions compared to gasoline engines offering comparable performance. Some top performers in this area include Volkswagen models with TDI diesel engines and Mercedes-Benz vehicles with BlueTEC diesel powerplants.”
—What AAA said about diesel engines, which made AAA’s biennial list of top picks in new vehicle technology. The list also included rollover protection, variable valve timing, and start-stop functionality.
Rumor of the Moment:
Volvo’s V60 plug-in diesel that’s ridiculously close to go time? Sorry, North America, it’s not likely for us.
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Nutmobile Allergy? Turn the Page
Hey, it’s not just a hot dog that has its own wheels. Planters is going green in 2011 and has a new biodiesel Nutmobile as part of its awareness plan for transforming unused land in four cities into natural, green spaces, called Planters Groves. Said plan will include peanut-shaped parks with native trees and plants from the legume family and a statue of Mr. Peanut as a landmark. The Planters Nutmobile has solar panels on the roof and a wind turbine.
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Singapore Diesel Plant
It has opened: the Neste Oil renewable diesel plant in Singapore, the world’s largest of its kind, designed to produce highly advanced, clean diesel fuel. The plant will use various renewable feedstocks to produce the NExBTL fuel, such as palm oil and waste animal fat.
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