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November 2011 Power Bits - Diesel Industry News

TDI Record Setter, Chevy Cruz Diesel, and More!

Tori TellemNov 1, 2011
The Pep Boys Are 90
Is everyone and everything getting old? The answer is yes, including Manny, Moe, and the other Pep guy who you can of course name without our help. Did you know they are caricatures of the three Navy veterans who founded Pep Boys in 1921? To give a tip of the hat to the anniversary, the company is in the midst of a nationwide search for branded memorabilia (specifically lost or unknown artifacts) that might find their resting place on display in the corporate archives or even in a museum exhibit. Check out Facebook.com/pepboysauto for more info.
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New Fuel Economy Standards (Again)
“By 2025, the average fuel economy of their vehicles will nearly double to almost 55 mpg.” That would be your president, speaking to your future truck’s fuel-efficiency standards. If you’re keeping score at home: diesel, 1; gasoline, panic.
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VW Touareg TDI Sets Record
We told you last month about Rainer Zietlow attempting to drive the Pan-American Highway in only two weeks. Turns out he and his team did just that—in less time! They covered 16,000 miles in 11 days, 17 hours, and 22 minutes via nonstop driving, breaking a previous record by more than three days. This was to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the highway’s establishment. They did it in an ’11 VW Touareg TDI, which sported the license plate you see here (PA meaning Pan-American, 75 for the anniversary, and TDI because, duh).
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New chevy Diesel
Throw confetti! Chevy will add a diesel option to the Cruze in 2013. The engine is already available in Europe, but thanks to the success of the Cruze in America (24,896 sold in June alone), the automaker has tossed us a bone.
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Rumor of the Moment:
Bentley SUV with a diesel engine.
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Navistar Suing EPA
In July, Navistar filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The suit accuses the director of not doing her part to uphold the Clean Air Act and accuses the agency of not protecting public health. According to the Springfield News-Sun, “If Navistar’s claims hold true, trucks from model 2010 and beyond would not have to meet Clean Air Act standards when it comes to nitrogen oxides—chemicals best known to cause the brown haze around smoggy cities.” Navistar had apparently brought this issue to the EPA’s attention a few months prior to the lawsuit. Court documents obtained by the News-Sun revealed that Navistar dealt with emissions requirements in a way different from nearly all its competitors. The competition’s solution required truck drivers to monitor the levels of a new emission-control fluid (urea) and refill the reservoir if it got low. Navistar’s execution didn’t require any input from the driver. So the question became: What happens when a driver doesn’t do his part? Nitrogen-oxide emissions go through the roof, rendering the EPA rule irrelevant altogether, Navistar’s suit stated, said the News-Sun.
Jeep Plastic
There’s now a Jeep MasterCard (Jeepcard.com), and you can redeem points for Mopar accessories or toward the purchase of a Jeep (as well as travel, merchandise, and gift cards). We’ll assume by the time you have enough points, a diesel Grand Cherokee will once again exist, and a diesel Wrangler will not be far off.
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“I went to [a] few websites that said, excuse the expression, ‘Show your nuts.’ I didn’t see anywhere where it said, ‘Support your local proctologist or farmer.’”
—Bonneau, South Carolina, Police Chief Franco Fuda, who ticketed 65-year-old Virginia Tice for having plastic testicles hanging from the back of her pickup, according to Reuters. The chief said if the, um, things were freedom of speech, “I don’t know what they were trying to express.”
Towing Standards Coming
Sounds like the automakers have agreed to a standardized test for determining towing capacity, according to the Detroit Free Press. Watch for the end of the ’13 model year to allow for easy consumer comparisons of pickups. The Society of Automotive Engineers is behind the rules of the new rating (known as J2807), which will be based on real-world situations, such as braking, accelerating, towing on a grade (and in high temps), stability, understeer, and other aspects of life behind the wheel with a load following you.
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Ford DIY Gearhead Center
Have you heard of TechShop? It’s a membership-based DIY workshop with two existing locations: California and North Carolina. Good news, people of Detroit—one will now open in Allen Park, Michigan, and it’s a collaboration between TechShop and Ford. It’s where tinkerers of all walks of life can go—inventors, engineers, backyard mechanics, whatever your poison—to make dirty dreams a reality. TechShop Detroit has more than $1 million invested in high-tech equipment alone. There are prototyping tools, industrial-grade sewing and textile equipment, and gear for laser-cutting, welding, and machine shop-ing. Check it out at www.techshop.ws.
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Mazda CX-5
The new Mazda CX-5 will be introduced globally— albeit slowly—beginning early next year. All-new Mazda engines will be available, including a Skyactiv-D 2.2L diesel in standard and high-power versions.
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Rumor of the Moment:
Suzuki pickup.
M-B Actros
Mercedes-Benz has set loose its new Actros heavy-duty truck, engineered specifically for long-distance transport, running on 4½ percent less diesel than the current Actros HD.
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Chrysler vs. Ford in Canada
Bloomberg has reported that Chrysler is the best seller of light trucks in Canada this year, beating out Ford, which last year beat GM for the first time in decades.
Do You Drive in the Left Lane? People Hate You
PEMCO Insurance did what it calls a Northwest Poll of Washington drivers and discovered that 43 percent don’t know that impeding the flow of traffic in the left lane is illegal. It’s called “left-lane camping” by some, and nearly 9 out of 10 drivers said they regularly see people in the left lane who are unaware of the jam behind them. Curiously, 90 percent said they don’t do it themselves.
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Diesel Bits Diesel Bits Diesel bits
The international Chevy Beat scored itself a new 1.0L XSDE Smartech CRD engine made just for India. A 1.0L? That equals 57 horses and 110 lb-ft of torque.
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Happy 25th, LoJack. AAA will offer mobile electric-vehicle charging to roadside-assist EVs. Word on the street is the vehicles carrying the charging system will be diesel-powered.
The Hino Trucks lineup of Class 4 and 5 cabover and Class 6 and 7 conventional trucks now have the thumbs-up to use B20 biodiesel.
Wärtsilä and CSSC Guangzhou Marine Diesel have entered an agreement for the manufacture and sale of Wärtsilä two-stroke engines in China.
The top brands for seniors (age 65 and older) in 2009 and 2010? Let Truecar.com handle that info: GMC ranked 5th, Chevy 6th, and Ford 15th. As you mighta kinda expected, Buick, Lincoln, and Cadillac topped the list. We’re guessing Florida fits in here somewhere, too.

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