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  • 8 Lug and work truck news

8 Lug and work truck news

Tori Tellem
Aug 15, 2015
Photographers: Courtesy of Manufacturers
Photo 2/10   |   Auto News 2016 Ram 3500 Hd Torque Cummins Assembly Line
First Ram 3500 HD With 900 lb-ft of Torque
This is what being No. 1 looks like. The first '16 Ram 3500 HD with the 6.7L Cummins and a top-of-class 900 lb-ft of torque has been birthed and has left the assembly line. As a refresher, this setup means the ability to tow more than 30,000 pounds, another class-topper.
Photo 3/10   |   Auto News Ford Headlights Technology Camera Nighttime Hazards
New Ford Headlights to See Road Hazards at Night
Ford is working on some interesting lighting tech that would improve the ability to see people and animals as well as other hazards while driving at night. It would be a camera-based system that would widen its beam at junctions to catch things not in the direction of travel. It works off GPS to illuminate dips and such on the road, and if GPS isn't available, then it relies on a forward-facing video camera in the rearview mirror to predict road curves and bends.
New Law for Truck/Trailer Underride Protection?
NHTSA has released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, which is the first move in an attempt to upgrade the standards for truck and trailer underride crash protection. This would be regarding the rear protection and visibility of single-unit trucks. Adding rear impact guards on these trucks? It could save five lives and prevent 30 injuries annually, according to NHTSA.
Photo 4/10   |   Auto News National Insurance Crime Bureau Vehicle Left California
Where Vehicle Theft Happens Most
The National Insurance Crime Bureau has sorted out 2014's top spots for vehicle theft. Ready? California's San Francisco/Oakland/Hayward had the highest per capita. Next up was also California, with Bakersfield and Stockton-Lodi in Second and Third Places. Rounding out the top five were Odessa, Texas, and, again, Cali: Modesto.
Photo 5/10   |   Auto News Diesel Technology Forum Ihs Automotive Diesel Class 8
Diesel Trucks Win
According to 2014 national data eyeballed by IHS Automotive for Diesel Technology Forum, 37.7 percent of Class 3-8 diesel vehicles in operation were '07-and-newer model year, while 20.6 percent were '10-and-newer. For Class 8 trucks, the figures were 38.1 percent and 21.8 percent for '07-and-newer and '10-and-newer, respectively.
Photo 6/10   |   Auto News Chevy Low Cab Forward Medium Duty Truck Izusu
Chevy Brings Back the Low-Cab-Forward Medium-Duty Truck
There will be six new models of Chevy trucks in 2016-and they'll mark the return of the low-cab-forward medium-duty truck in the U.S. They'll be based on the Isuzu N-Series and will be called 3500, 3500HD, 4500, 4500HD, 5500, and 5500HD. Both regular- and crew-cab bodies will be available, with a 6.0L gas or Isuzu 3.0L or 5.2L diesel.
Photo 7/10   |   Auto News Hitchbot Robot Hitchhiking Canada Germany United States
This is hitchBOT
Just in case you passed a robot hitchhiking this summer, allow us to introduce you to what you saw: hitchBOT. It's a 3-foot-tall hitchhiking robot from Canada that has been trying to travel the U.S. from Boston to San Francisco. When we went to press, it hadn't made it much farther than a small local loop. It does have speech technology in order to engage in some basic dialogue. Previously, the 25-pounder thumbed its way through Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands. It's considered an exploration/experiment in how humans deal with robots. Well, sure, why wouldn't we want to deal with something with pool-noodle arms?
Photo 8/10   |   Auto News Fca Us Ram Recall Nhtsa Millions Chassis Cab Light Duty Heavy Duty Trucks
"In the consent order, FCA US has agreed to additional remedies for three recall campaigns covering approximately half a million vehicles, primarily 2008 through 2012 chassis cab, 2009 through 2011 light-duty, and 2008 through 2012 heavy-duty Ram Trucks... All premiums paid to repurchase vehicles in the three recall campaigns and customer incentives will be applied as credits to the $20 million that FCA US has agreed to spend on industry outreach amounts included in the $105 million referred to in the consent order."-FCA US statement regarding the largest fine ever on record from NHTSA-$105 million-which also includes buying back nearly half a million vehicles that have been recalled
Photo 9/10   |   Auto News Cummins Quick Serve Online App Parts Catalog
Photo 10/10   |   Auto News Epa Fuel Economy Mpg Aaa
Lug Nuggets
  • The EPA is suing Navistar because of HD trucks it built in 2010 with engines from 2009 that didn't comply with EPA regulations. It's affecting approximately 7,750 diesels.
  • Cannabix Technologies is developing a handheld marijuana breathalyzer for law enforcement.
  • VW will now have a West Coast parts warehouse, making for quicker delivery of necessities on that side of the world.
  • Cummins has released the Android version of its QuickServe Online app. The freebie will put within easy reach parts catalogs, dataplates, a fault-code analyzer, and more.
  • It's now the law for large city trucks and private garbage trucks in NYC to have side guards by 2024. It will affect around 10,000 trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds.
  • The best-selling Asian brand in Europe? Nissan.
  • Rental car companies are now required to fix recalled vehicles before they can be rented.