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Tori Tellem
Dec 9, 2015
Photographers: Courtesy of the manufactures
Photo 2/10   |   001 Auto News 8 Lug Gm Wind Tunnel Scale Fuel Economy Engineering Design Mpg
A New Wind Tunnel for Faster Fuel Savings
Over at GM, there’s a new toy: a $30 million, 35,000-square-foot, reduced-scale wind tunnel that tests clay models (they’re about 40 percent to scale of a vehicle; hence “reduced scale”) to sort out fuel-saving designs quicker than ever before. The tunnel features a rolling road setup with a top speed of 155 mph, and by using the downsized vehicles, aerodynamic engineers can reduce wind drag in fullsize vehicle designs.
Photo 3/10   |   002 Auto News 8 Lug Ram Hunger Campaign Outdoorsman
Ram’s New End-Hunger Campaign
Ram has kicked off a campaign to bring awareness to the mission statement of Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, which is an organization that allows hunters to donate some of their hunt to feeding those in need. There’s a hashtag initiative, too: #ramhuntshunger, and there’s lots of info about how you can help at ramtrucks.com/outdoorsman.
Photo 4/10   |   003 Auto News 8 Lug Ford Robotic Vehicle Durability Robots Test Drive Patent
Ford Is Giving Other Automakers Robotic Testing Tech
Robotic vehicle-durability testing at Ford is comprised of, according to the Blue Oval, “a control module installed in the test vehicle that controls vehicle steering. Ford-developed bell crank actuators control the throttle and brake pedals with a metal rod. The module is set to follow a preprogrammed course, and the vehicle’s position is tracked by cameras in a central control room and via GPS accurate to plus/minus 1 inch.” Should a vehicle stray, the engineers can stop the vehicle or restart the test, among other things. The vehicles travel down test surfaces made of rough gravel, broken concrete, oversized speed bumps, and other challenges. This is all so that no human testdrivers have to endure this—plus, it saves loads of time. And now Ford is licensing this technology to other automakers for their testing and has noted that some OEMs have already nabbed the patented technology.
Photo 5/10   |   004 Auto News 8 Lug Ram Suv Fullsize Gm Suburban Tahoe Competitor
Ram SUV Coming?
Will the future hold a new Ram SUV, and as a competitor for the Suburban/Tahoe?
Photo 6/10   |   005 Auto News 8 Lug Sema Award Ford Hottest Truck 2016 Best Truck Brand Us News And World Report
Ford Scores Some Awards
Meet U.S. News & World Report’s Best Truck Brand for 2016: Ford. Over at SEMA, the Hottest Truck for 2016 has been named, and it’s Ford again, with the F-Series. SEMA determines its truck pick based on its popularity with aftermarket companies and the development of parts and accessories, while U.S. News & World Report places emphasis on things like credible reviews and safety/reliability data.
Photo 7/10   |   006 Auto News 8 Lug Ram Official Truck Pittsburgh Penguins Win Sweepstakes
Official Truck of Penguins? Ram
If you’re a fan of hockey—specifically the Pittsburgh Penguins—and a fan of trucks—specifically Rams—then you’ll be pretty stoked to learned Ram is the official truck of the Penguins for the ’15-to-’16 NHL season. To celebrate, you even have a chance to win a two-year lease on a new Ram by filling out a survey at pittsburghpenguins.com/driveaway.
Photo 8/10   |   007 Auto News 8 Lug Bridgestone Pep Boys Bought Sale Tires
Photo 9/10   |   008 Auto News 8 Lug Lincoln Electric Welder Global Media Award Sema
Photo 10/10   |   009 Auto News 8 Lug Federal Mogul Auto Technician Scholarship Garage Gurus
Lug Nuggets
•GM has started Let’s Drive NYC, which allows you—via a mobile app—to reserve a vehicle and use it as part of this car-sharing program. Right now, it’s for residents of the Ritz Plaza—as you might guess, a luxo apartment building. The app allows users to pick a vehicle and park in one of 200 garages in Manhattan.
•Bridgestone is buying Pep Boys.
•UberEVENTS: Now you can plan a party and have Uber create rides associated with it that you can hand out to anyone who needs a ride.
•George Barris, the customizer behind such legendary vehicles as the Batmobile, General Lee, K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider, and the Koach from The Munsters, has passed away at age 89.
•J.D. Power made an interesting discovery in its 2015 North America Rental Car Satisfaction Study: Millennials ranked as having the highest level of satisfaction and were the second largest group when it came to renters.
•Want to become an auto tech? Federal-Mogul Motorparts is awarding 30,000 in scholarships if you’re enrolled in an accredited, U.S.-based auto tech school.
•Winner of a SEMA Global Media Award—bestowed by journalists from 15 countries—was Lincoln Electric and its Square Wave TIG 200 welder for multiprocess TIG- and stick-welding.

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