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8 Lug and Work Truck news

Tori Tellem
Oct 23, 2015
Photographers: Courtesy of Manufacturers
Photo 2/11   |   001 Auto News Ram Nation Disaster Relief Community Service Trucks
Ram Nation
Have you joined the movement? Ram Nation—it’s about putting Ram owners and dealers together to help provide disaster relief and community assistance. This can mean anything from hauling and delivering supplies to distributing food and water. Ram Nation started in 2012 after a tornado, when Ram owners appeared on site with their trucks asking to help. Learn more or join at ramtrucks.com/ramnation.
Photo 3/11   |   002 Auto News Ford Medium Duty F650 F750 Mexico Ohio
Ford Brings Medium-Duty Truck Production to U.S.
You might be wondering why Ford building trucks in the U.S. is newsworthy. It’s because the F-650 and F-750 will be built here for the first time, moving the home base from Mexico. The ’16 medium-duty trucks will go to Avon Lake, Ohio, also known as the Ohio Assembly Plant. With the move comes a $168-million plant investment and the securement of 1,000 hourly union jobs.
Photo 4/11   |   020 Auto News 2017 Super Duty Redesign Aluminum Steel Towing Power Stroke Exterior
Photo 5/11   |   021 Auto News 2017 Super Duty Redesign Aluminum Steel Towing Power Stroke Interior Flat Floor
’17 Ford Super Duty Sneak Peek
The all-new, third-generation Ford Super Duty is here, and it’s different enough to require your attention. One of the biggest points of interest is the new fully boxed frame, with more than 95 percent high-strength steel. We’re talking 24 times stiffer than the outgoing frame, and that allows us to also talk best towing capacity ever for the F-series. If you’re wondering about aluminum, know that yes, the bed and body are now made from the alloy material. The new use of steel and aluminum helps the truck lose 350 pounds. Available engines will be the 6.7L Power Stroke diesel V-8, 6.2L V-8 (with a new TorqShift-G transmission on the F-250), and the 6.8L V-10. The truck will have Regular, SuperCab, and Crew Cab versions, with longer cabs than before. The interior also gets a redo, with items such as a dual-compartment glovebox and flat second-row floors (SuperCab and Crew Cab only) for easier loading.
Photo 6/11   |   003 Auto News 2016 Gmc Sierra Hd Duramax Trailer Towing Technology
’16 Sierra, Silverado Have New Tech
The ’16 GMC Sierra HD and Chevrolet Silverado HD see some new technologies, including a new gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailering prep package for the Duramax, which means right from the factory, you’ll have a truck ready for big trailers. You’ll also see active steering assist and an optional remote locking tailgate.
Photo 7/11   |   004 Auto News International Ecm Engine Over The Air Reprogramming Wifi
International Intros Over-the-Air Reprogramming for ECMs
International Truck has become the first commercial truck manufacturer to bring over-the-air programming to engine control modules. It affects ’17 trucks with the N9, N10, and N13 engines. International explains this will let the driver or fleet manager use a mobile interface to initiate reprogramming, with only a Wi-Fi connection needed.
Photo 8/11   |   005 Auto News Michigan Dot Metro Detroit Smart Autonomous Self Driving Cars
Smart Freeway in Michigan
The Michigan DOT has installed the first round of cameras and sensors throughout 20 miles of I-96 and I-696 in Metro Detroit. Why? To make it a smart road, where vehicles can talk to each other and potentially help drivers avoid accidents, traffic, or other things. One thing: No vehicles you can buy right now can actually connect, but the ’17 Cadillac CT6 will be capable. Ford and other automakers are working on it.
Photo 9/11   |   006 Auto News Gm Tech Center National Historic Landmark Eero Saarinen
GM Tech Center Is a National Historic Landmark Like a rock? Nailed it! GM’s Tech Center—around since 1956—now has National Historic Landmark status, and that status is set in stone with, well, a 5-foot-tall, 1,200-pound granite stone marker. It got that status for being a noteworthy example of the work of architect Eero Saarinen.
Photo 10/11   |   007 Auto News Ram Texas Rangers Law Enforcement Donation
Photo 11/11   |   008 Auto News Nasa Kennedy Space Center Autonomous Vehicles Self Driving Cars
Lug Nuggets
•GM is investing $877 million into its Flint Assembly Plant, which will include a new body shop, and it’ll be closer to the Flint Metal Center, which has a hand in the fullsize pickups. The plant opened in 1947 and it’s a spot where pickup trucks are built right in front of the owners.
•Ram Truck and Fiat Chrysler are donating—again—$100,000 to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. Ram Truck has partnered with the Texas Rangers to help preserve the history of the law-enforcement.org.
•Also Ram: The ’15 2500 and 3500 scored Vincentric Best Truck Value awards in Canada.
•Meritor WABCO’s OnGuard Collision Mitigation System has been used for heavy-duty trucks, but now it’s available for medium-duty trucks, a first.
•IHS Automotive found that commercial and government fleets brought 350,837 trucks to Classes 3-8 in the first half of 2015. That’s a 12.1 percent bump from the same time the year prior.
•Is the Kennedy Space Center due to become a playground for testing autonomous vehicles?
•Universal Technical Institute’s now got a Long Beach campus for students to learn auto and diesel tech and other specialties. Learn more at uti.edu/longbeach.

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