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Tori Tellem
Jun 20, 2017
Photographers: Courtesy of Manufacturers

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Photo 2/11   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Ford Robotics Building College Of Engineering University Of Michigan Autonomous Drone Aerial
The New Ford Robotics Building
The University of Michigan has a robotics lab, thanks to Ford’s $15 million donation to the College of Engineering. (The final project should run a $75 mil tab.) The Ford Motor Company Robotics Building will open its doors in late 2019 and will exist to help speed up the company’s development of self-driving vehicles. There will even be a three-story fly zone for autonomous aerial vehicles, according to U-M.

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Photo 3/11   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Bridgestone Heavy Duty Truck Tire Dueler H T 685 Pickups Towing Hauling
Bridgestone Now Offers a Heavy-Duty Truck Tire
Bridgestone’s Dueler tire line has grown, featuring a brand-new Dueler H/T 685 for heavy-duty pickups, especially noteworthy for those towing or hauling heavy loads on the reg. There’s a newfangled tread-to-road contact footprint the tiremaker says adapts to the load. The rubber comes in 17 sizes.

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Photo 4/11   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck 2018 Chevy Silverado 2500 Hd Fountain Comerica Park Detroit Michigan Major League Baseball Mlb
Chevrolet Silverado HD on Major League Baseball Duty
If you go to Comerica Park in Detroit, keep your eyes peeled for the ’18 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD above the Chevy Fountain behind centerfield. It’s the usual spot for new Chevy vehicles to be planted for easy eyeballing during Major League Baseball season. The Bow Tie has been sponsoring the fountain for eight seasons.

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Photo 5/11   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Iseecarscom 200000 Miles Ford F 250 Chevy Silverado Gmc Sierra
Photography: Courtesy AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Will Your Truck Last 200,000 Miles? We May Know the Answer
The top 10 longest-lasting vehicles? Well, before we get to the answer, know that it came from deep research done by iseecars.com, which analyzed a sampling of 12 million vehicles on the road in 2015—1981-or-newer model years—in a feat that can only be described as attempting to figure out the highest percentage with more than 200,000 miles on the odo. The same study done in 2016 was done in 2014, and the results were almost identical: pickups and SUVs outnumbered cars (just one car ranked in the top 10). This new list had the Ford F-250 Super Duty ranking No. 1, with 6 percent of vehicles at more than 200,000 miles, followed by the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD with 5.7 percent. The GMC Sierra 2500HD ranked Sixth, with 4.6 percent.

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Photo 6/11   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Kelley Blue Book Kbb Brand Image Awards Brand Watch Most Refined Best Overall Truck Brand Gmc
Photography: GM
Kelley Blue Book Names Best Brands
Kelley Blue Book (KBB) took note of consumers’ perceptions of automotive brands and created the Brand Watch study, which then birthed the Brand Image awards, which “recognize automakers’ outstanding achievements in creating and maintaining brands that engender enthusiasm among new-vehicle buyers,” according to KBB. In the category of Most Refined Brand, GMC won its fourth consecutive award, while Ford won the Best Overall Truck Brand.

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Photo 7/11   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Ram 143rd Kentucky Derby One Of A Kind 2500 Limited Trainer Brilliant Black Overall
Photo 8/11   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Ram 143rd Kentucky Derby One Of A Kind 2500 Limited Trainer Brilliant Black Detail
“For the first time, Ram has created a custom Derby-edition Ram 2500 Limited and will award the one-of-a-kind truck to the trainer of the Thoroughbred who wins the 143rd Kentucky Derby. The exterior of this unique Brilliant Black truck includes blue Kentucky Derby 143rd logos on the left and right rear panels and a hand-painted Kentucky Derby rose badge on the front grille.”—Statement from Ram

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Which Model Year Dominates the Check-Engine Light?
The Vehicle Health Index is a real thing, courtesy of CarMD, which is all about automotive diagnostic info. The Index focuses on check-engine car repairs, costs, and trends, and, in this case, for more than 5.3 million ’96-to-’16 vehicles that were in use in the U.S. in 2016. The 2017 Index found that a faulty oxygen sensor could be blamed most of the time for the check-engine light coming on, and other findings included model year ’05 having the biggest check-engine issue. Nipping at its heels were model years ’04 and ’07.

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Photo 9/11   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Continental Silicon Valley Tire Mobilty Research And Development Center
Photo 10/11   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Navistar Donaldson Company Filtration Systems Diamond Supplier
Photo 11/11   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Cummins Water Conservation Wastewater Reuse
Photography: social.cummins.com
Lug Nuggets
•Continental has gone all Silicon Valley—it has opened the Silicon Valley Research and Development Center, which will work on mobility and related tech.
•Also heading to The SV: Porsche Digital.
•Driveline guru Randys Worldwide has acquired Zumbrota Bearing and Gear.
•Navistar has named Donaldson Company, which manufactures custom filtration systems and components, a Diamond Supplier for the second year in a row. The two companies have worked together since 1936.
• Ford sold 70,657 F-Series trucks in April 2017. That’s only a 0.2 percent drop from the previous year.
•The Fast Lane Truck (TFLtruck) has named the 6.7L ’17 Ram 3500 the winner of its Gold Hitch award in the heavy-duty segment.
•Cummins has a goal: to chop its water consumption in half by 2020. This venture will include things like an alternative biotech system for wastewater reuse at an engine plant. The company has already been aggressively following a water-conservation plan since 2014.

MTOD CALENDAR

8/4/17: FORMULA D, Monroe, WA Live
8/4/17: ROADKILL, Episode 68
8/4/17: AUTO MUNDIAL
8/4/17: MOTORSPORT MUNDIAL
8/5/17: FORMULA D, Monroe, WA Live
8/5/17: LAMBORGHINI SUPER TROFEO NORTH AMERICA, Road America Live
8/6/17: ADAC GT MASTERS, Nurburgring Live
8/6/17: BRITISH GT CHAMPIONSHIP, Brands Hatch Live
8/6/17: LAMBORGHINI SUPER TROFEO NORTH AMERICA, Road America Live
8/7/17: IGNITION, Episode 180
8/8/17: THE HOUSE OF MUSCLE, Episode 10
8/9/17: MODIFED, Episode 1 - Series Premiere
8/9/17: GP CONFIDENTIAL, Post Hungary GP
8/10/17: FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS, Canada
8/11/17: PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE, Utah Motorsports Campus Live
8/11/17: AUTO MUNDIAL
8/11/17: FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, Belgium
8/11/17: MOTORSPORT MUNDIAL
8/12/17: FIM SPEEDWAY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, Sweden Live
8/12/17: PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE, Utah Motorsports Campus Live
8/13/17: PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE, Utah Motorsports Campus Live
8/14/17: ENGINE MASTERS, Episode 25
8/14/17: MOBIL 1 THE GRID
8/14/17: REAL ROAD RACING, Barry Sheene Festival, Scarborough
8/16/17: HEAD TO HEAD, Episode 93
8/18/17: VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS, Sydney Motorsport Park SuperSprint Live
8/18/17: AUTO MUNDIAL
8/18/17: FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, Switzerland
8/18/17: MOTORSPORT MUNDIAL
8/19/17: DTM CHAMPIONSHIP, Zandvoort Live
8/19/17: FIA FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP, Zandvoort Live
8/19/17: ROLES MONTEREY MOTORSPORT REUNION, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Live
8/19/17: VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS, Sydney Motorsport Park SuperSprint Live
8/19/17: VNL ENDURANCE RACING, Nurburgring Live
8/20/17: FIA FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP, Zandvoort Live
8/20/17: GT4 EUROPE NORTHERN SERIES, Zandvoort Live
8/20/17: PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS d'ELGANCE, Monterey, CA Live
8/20/17: ROLES MONTEREY MOTORSPORT REUNION, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Live
8/21/17: IGNITION, Episode 181
8/21/17: BRITISH TOURING CARS CHAMPIONSHIP, Snetterton
8/23/17: MODIFED, Episode 2
8/23/17: GP CONFIDENTIAL, Preview Belgium GP
8/24/17: ROADKILL GARAGE, Episode 21
8/25/17: AUTO MUNDIAL
8/25/17: FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, Sweden
8/25/17: MOTORSPORT MUNDIAL
8/26/17: 24H SERIES, Portimao Live
8/26/17: BLANCPAIN GT SPORTS CLUB, Hungaroring Live
8/26/17: FIM SPEEDWAY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, Poland Live
8/26/17: LAMBORGHINI SUPER TROFEO NORTH AMERICA, Virginia International Raceway Live
8/27/17: BLANCPAIN GT SERIES SPRINT CUP, Hungaroring Live
8/27/17: BLANCPAIN GT SPORTS CLUB, Hungaroring Live
8/27/17: LAMBORGHINI SUPER TROFEO NORTH AMERICA, Virginia International Raceway Live
8/28/17: EUROPEAN LE MANS SERIES, Paul Ricard Live
8/28/17: MOBIL 1 THE GRID
8/29/17: DIRT EVERY DAY, Episode 68
8/30/17: TRANS AM RACING SERIES, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
8/31/17: HOT ROD GARAGE, Episode 56
8/31/17: REAL ROAD RACING, Ulster, Ireland
9/1/17: PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE, Circuit of the Americas Live
9/1/17: ROADKILL, Episode 69
9/1/17: AUTO MUNDIAL
9/1/17: MOTORSPORT MUNDIAL
9/1/17: REAL ROAD RACING, Ulster, Ireland
9/2/17: EUROFORMULA OPEN, Silverstone Live
9/2/17: INTERNATIONAL GT OPEN, Silverstone1 Live
9/2/17: PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE, Circuit of the Americas Live
9/2/17: VNL ENDURANCE RACING, Nurburgring Live
9/3/17: EUROFORMULA OPEN, Silverstone Live
9/3/17: INTERNATIONAL GT OPEN, Silverstone Live
9/3/17: PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE, Circuit of the Americas Live
9/4/17: IGNITION, Episode 182
9/4/17: BRITISH TOURING CARS CHAMPIONSHIP, Knockhill
9/4/17: PORSCHE CARERRA CUP AUSTRALIA, Sepang
9/5/17: THE HOUSE OF MUSCLE, Episode 11
9/5/17: GP CONFIDENTIAL, Post Belgium + Preview Italy GP
9/6/17: MODIFED, Episode 3
9/7/17: FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS, France

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