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January 2015 Power Bits: Diesel News, Quotes, Rumors and More!

All The Torque That's Fit To Twist

Tori Tellem
Nov 21, 2014
Ram Has Noteworthy Cummins
Cummins got certification for its 6.7L engine from CARB for meeting low-emissions vehicle (LEV) III standards, a new standard applying to all vehicles less than 14,000 pounds GVWR. This is the first medium-duty diesel engine in the 8,501- to 14,000-pound GVWR segment to meet the new ’15 LEV III standards.
Photo 2/10   |   2015 Ram 3500
Peterbilt, Daimler Expand Tech Institutes
The Peterbilt Technician Institute (PTI) has grown to include a second location, in Lisle, Illinois. PTI worked with Universal Technical Institute (UTI) to have a training program at UTI’s Dallas campus. The 12-week program gives students hands-on experience in diagnostics, maintenance, and repairs in order to become fluent in Peterbilt trucks and PACCAR engines. Students are sponsored by Peterbilt dealerships and employment is offered after they’ve completed the course.
Meanwhile, UTI has also expanded its Daimler Trucks North America Finish First program to Lisle as well. This prepares students for working as truck technicians at DTNA dealers nationwide. UTI noted that the expansion of the Finish First program is a big deal for the diesel industry, since half the currently employed diesel techs will be eligible to retire in the next 15 years.
One more UTI note: Bosch put together an educational scholarship and employment grant program through UTI Foundation in the amount of $50,000.
Photo 3/10   |   Guy Working On Semi Truck
“There’s been a generation of Americans who’ve grown up with no diesel car market in the U.S. And the ones who do remember diesel remember the ones from the ’70s and ’80s that weren’t very good.” — Steve Hansen of Diesel Technology Forum to Design News
Valvoline DIY Stories
Valvoline had been on the hunt for the best DIY tips and tricks for vehicle and garage projects, and now you can check them out in the Valvoline #GarageHacks series. The full gallery can be found at facebook.com/valvoline, but also head to Instagram and Twitter using @valvoline. Or use the #garagehacks hashtag.
Photo 4/10   |   Changing Air Filter
Rumor Of The Moment:
Alfa Romeo for the U.S. with two diesel options.
Cat's Diesel Generator For World's Tallest Data Center
Intergate.Manhattan in New York City has four Cat C175 diesel generator sets that serve as emergency power systems. Intergate.Manhattan is the tallest high-rise data center in the universe; data includes financial institutions and websites.
Photo 5/10   |   Cat C175 Diesel Generator
New Apparel Accessory Lines At Pep Boys
Want to look the part of a Ford, Ram, Chevy, or Mopar fan? Pep Boys is now carrying things like hats, hoodies, pants, jackets, polo shirts, wallets, key chains, phone cases, and other goods with the required logos. You can pick up such gear at your local Pep Boys, or shop online at pepboys.com.
Photo 6/10   |   Ford Clothing
“I never rule anything out in terms of diesel for the Jeep brand.” —Jeep brand’s President and CEO Mike Manley to reporters
Land Rover Discovery Sport
Coming soon—early 2015—is the new Land Rover Discovery Sport, both in Europe and the U.S. On this side of the pond, the new ute will replace the LR2. However, the big question is, will the 190hp 2.2L diesel make it to the U.S., too?
Photo 7/10   |   2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport
We Know What You Bought On eBay
eBay is watching you. And what did it see? Well, state by state, it captured an inside look at what were the most popular purchases. For example, in Alaska, it was hats. Connecticut, batteries. Construction equipment dominated in Kansas, and North Dakota was king of vehicles and parts.
Daimler Trucks North American Milestone
In August 2014, Daimler Trucks North America saw the 3,000,000th vehicle produced: a Freightliner Cascadia Evolution with a 6x2 Detroit Powertrain package with the Detroit DD15 engine, Detroit DT12 trans, and Detroit axles.
Photo 8/10   |   Daimler Truck Award
Navistar Diamond Renewed Program
Meet Navistar’s new toy: Diamond Renewed. It takes used trucks through a “mechanical reconditioning process.” Additionally, there’s a warranty of up to two years, 200,000 miles, and an OnCommand Connection uptime monitoring system. Qualifying trucks include International, ProStar, TranStar, and LoneStar with MaxxForce EGR engines with less than 400,000 miles and up to 450 horses.
“The first manufacturer that gets to 30 mpg wins. We are seeing that with our 28-mpg EcoDiesel as well as the 25 mpg on the Pentastar V-6 model that fuel economy is so important. We are seeing it in the share gains and the growth for the brand. That’s a number that is out there, but I don’t think you can stop there.”
— Robert Hegbloom, the new head of the Ram brand to Automotive News
Diesel Bits
• Researchers at Colorado State University got a nearly $1.5 mil. federal grant to delve deeper into the idea of biodiesel crop production.
• Bear Grylls (below) is now Land Rover’s brand ambassador.
Photo 9/10   |   Bear Grylls
• Cummins saw the big 40th anniversary of its Jamestown Engine Plant in New York.
• Ford is working on building the largest solar array and second-largest solar carport in the Midwest. It would be located at Ford’s HQ and have 360 covered parking spaces and 30 charging stations.
• Jeepwavefan.com is a new online store for Jeep goods. It was started by 14-year-old twins (below) and proceeds benefit charity.
Photo 10/10   |   Jeepwavefan Founders
• The new Toyo Open Country R/T is built for any kind of terrain—sand, rocks, dirt—and has a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty and No Regrets 45-day/500-mile trial offer.
• Goodyear named its newest, “redesign-iest” blimp Wingfoot One.
• The ’15 GMC Sierra HD won the ’14 Ultimate Heavy Duty Challenge 1-ton diesel category in the test conducted by cars.com, pickuptrucks.com, and mrtruck.com.

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