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Ram Power Wagon, Fullsize Truck Depreciation, GM Racing Center

8-Lug News

Tori Tellem
Feb 18, 2016
Photographers: Courtesy of the manufactures
Photo 2/9   |   001 Auto News 8 Lug 2017 Ram
The ’17 Ram Power Wagon Gets a Redesign
The beefiest of beefy off-road trucks—the Ram Power Wagon—has received some upgrades for 2017. If the new grille seems familiar, that’s because it resembles the 1500 Rebel. You may also notice the blacked-out bumpers, headlight trim, body moldings, mirrors, and wheelwells, which offer a bold look to this big truck—not to mention the new graphics. The interior also gets a freshening (think: embroidery and stitching). The returning powerplant is the 6.4L Hemi V-8 worth 410 horses and 429 lb-ft of torque.
Photo 3/9   |   002 Auto News 8 Lug Fullsize Truck Deprectiation Black Book Auto Gas Diesel Prices Fuel Economy
Fullsize Truck Depreciation Slowing Down
Pretty good trend happening for us truck owners: Black Book Auto has noticed that fullsize pickups are experiencing the least depreciation since September 2015. What’s helping matters is that both gas and diesel prices keep dropping. “Trucks experienced the smallest week over week depreciation seen this year,” noted Anil Goyal, VP of Automotive Valuation and Analytics.
Photo 4/9   |   003 Auto News 8 Lug Fiat Chrysler Ram Diesel Calibration Clean Catalytic Reduction Scr
Ram Diesels to Get New Calibration Settings in Future
Fiat Chrysler has announced it will be releasing new calibrations for its most recent diesel vehicles to make them cleaner (they do already meet the emissions standards, and no defeat devices are being used), and it will offer a new filtering method. “FCA intends to accelerate its ongoing programs to expand application of active selective catalytic reduction (or SCR) technology that is already used in certain vehicles to make it available on other diesel engines families starting from the second quarter of 2017, well in advance of any applicable regulatory requirements.” Expect some new testing procedures as well.
Photo 5/9   |   004 Auto News 8 Lug Gm Engineers Workforce Female Stem Take 2
GM Seeking Female Engineers
GM is creating internships targeting experienced female engineers “interested in returning to the workforce after a two or more year career break.” It’s called Take 2 and is a 12-week program starting in spring 2016, wherein the interns will get training and have networking opportunities, notably of GM’s “structure and functional areas.” To learn more, go to careers.gm.com.
Photo 6/9   |   005 Auto News 8 Lug Ford Super Duty New Frame Tough Test Stacked Stunt Eight Trucks Crane Espn Sport Science
Testing Ford Super Duty Toughness in the Craziest Way Possible
To prove the improved rigidity of the Ford Super Duty’s all-new frame, eight ’17 pickups were stacked, loading 60,000 pounds onto a vehicle-less frame. A crane was used to help evenly distribute the load of the multiple trucks while brackets held them in place. And the frame took it—no bends or cracks.
Photo 7/9   |   006 Auto News 8 Lug Gm Powertrain Performance And Racing Center Engine Building Nhra Nascar Dyno Cnc Crate
GM Powertrain Performance and Racing Center Opens
There’s a new toy at GM: a 111,420-square-foot Powertrain Performance and Racing Center that puts engine builders, engineers, and others together to develop engines. The center will include designing, building, CNC machining, dyno validation, and more. Crate engines and crate powertrain systems will also be developed here.
Photo 8/9   |   007 Auto News 8 Lug Monroe 100th Anniversary Shocks Struts
Photo 9/9   |   008 Auto News 8 Lug Wd40 Competition Specialist Productions 10 000
Lug Nuggets
•Heavy-duty Ram production is going to stay in Mexico.
•Ford’s Ohio Assembly Plant will help with production of the ’17 Super Duty chassis cab production.
•The Monroe brand—of shocks and struts fame—celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016.
•WD-40 is giving you a chance to win $10,000, and all you have to do is upload a photo or video as part of its Top Challenges Countdown with your genius idea for how to solve a garage problem or other nuisance situation using a WD-40 Specialist product. Learn more at wd40specialist.com/topchallenges.
•Automotive recalls in 2015? Looks to be 868 separate recalls totaling in the ballpark of 51.2 million vehicles having been affected.
•Goodyear is keeping its title sponsorship of the Cotton Bowl.
•The growing-est cities of 2015, according to U-Haul? Among the top 10 are Sacramento, California; Austin, Texas; and Madison, Wisconsin. U-Haul said it determined rankings based on “the net gain of incoming one-way U-Haul truck rentals versus outgoing rentals for the past calendar year.”
•Line-X, the spray-on coating maker, is donating $50,000 to UCLA Operation Mend, which gives medical treatment to veterans wounded in war. Dennis Weese, president of Line-X, is an army vet himself.

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