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Ford's Sales Records and NFL Announcement

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Tori Tellem
Nov 3, 2016
Photographers: Courtesy of Manufacturers
Ford’s F-650 and F-750 Break Sales Records
Big trucks rule the day! Ford said it sold more F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks in the first 8 months of 2016 than in all of 2015, with year-to-date sales being at the highest since 1997.

The Most Skilled Truck Driver in America? Mike White
The Bendix Grand Champion of the 2016 National Truck Driving Championships was Mike White, who was also the winner of the Three-Axle Class. White is a pro truck driver for Walmart Transportation and competed against 430 other pro truck drivers. Other winners included Jay Love of FedEx Freight in the Flatbed Class and Charles Randolph of PITT OHIO in the Straight Truck category.

GM’s Big Goal: Electrical Independence by 2050
Photo 2/9   |   General Motors Renewable Energy Wind Sun Landfill
Lofty goal? Maybe, but probably not. GM intends to “generate or source” all electrical power with 100-percent renewable energy by 2050. The means for accomplishing this will be wind, landfill gas, and sun, and it will affect facilities in 59 countries. GM has already been using renewable energy for more than 20 years.

Ford Has Partnered With the NFL
Photo 3/9   |   Ford Fseries Nfl Super Bowl Official Truck
Photo 4/9   |   Nfl 2017 Superbowl Tickets
The Ford F-Series is now the Official Truck of the NFL. The deal will last for three years and will include a sweepstakes with a chance to win tickets to the Super Bowl and a ’17 Super Duty, customized in a way to reflect the winner’s favorite NFL team.

Photo 5/9   |   United States Highway
“New data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration shows that U.S. driving reached 1.58 trillion miles in the first six months of 2016, beating the previous record of 1.54 trillion miles set last year. For a sense of scale, 1.58 trillion miles is about 250 round trips from Earth to Pluto.”—Statement f the U.S. Department of Transportation

Are You a Truck Legend? Chevy Wants to Know
Photo 6/9   |   Chevrolet Truck Legends Logo
A new community has popped up: Truck Legends. Brought to you by Chevy, it’s designed to recognize Texas residents who have more than 100,000 miles on their trucks or who have purchased or leased more than one new Chevy. This will kick off in 2017 to prep for the 100th anniversary of the first Chevy truck; festivities for that milestone will take place in 2018. Members of Truck Legends will get all sorts of goods, including hats, decals, and benefits from dealerships, including free washes. Other perks to being in the club just might include front-row seats at concerts and tickets to Major League Baseball games. Joining Truck Legends is free. Head to chevytrucklegends.com.

Lug Nuggets
Photo 7/9   |   9 Cummins Peterbilt Supertruck Energy Department
•The Energy Department is giving $137 million in investments to two programs that will develop next-gen tech for fuel efficiency. One of those programs is SuperTruck II, which will aim at making Class 8 trucks more efficient.
•Speaking of SuperTruck II, Cummins is partnering with Peterbilt on this project.
•“Price movement at the segment level followed the trend we’ve witnessed the past few months where car losses were greater than trucks,” said Jonathan Banks, the executive analyst at NADA Used Car Guide, about July 2016 depreciation matching June for the biggest loss in 2016.
The Guardian said the average price of vehicle insurance in the UK has increased by as much as 13 percent in the past year.
•Get FordPass—you can find, book, and even pay for parking at garages, cutting out the pain of driving in circles to find a spot. You can do all this from your smartphone. Learn more at fordpass.com. P.S. You don’t need to own a Ford.
•The J.D. Power 2016 New Autoshopper Study revealed that if you’re using the Internet for new-vehicle shopping, then you’re likely also turning to social media websites for info, including YouTube and Facebook.
•Carfax research has unearthed what we’re looking at in terms of previously flooded vehicles currently being driven around or for sale in the U.S. The top 10 states are Texas (43,000), Pennsylvania, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, South Carolina, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Louisiana. On the upside, Carfax allows you to check for flood damage for free—go to carfax.com/flood.
Photo 8/9   |   Fordpass Parking App
Photo 9/9   |   Carfax Flooded Car Check

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