Work Truck Review News
How American-Made Are Pickups?“What percentage of your vehicle’s value contributes to the overall well-being of the U.S. economy?” was the question asked by American University’s Kogod School of Business and its “’17 Made in America Auto Index.” Various topics figure into the manufacturing equation, including profit margin/global headquarters location, engine and/or transmission being U.S.-made, and where the vehicle is assembled. Basically, this all translates into how American a vehicle is, as measured by its total domestic content, or TDC. Ranking in the No. 2 position was the Ford F-150, while the Transit Connect wound up 70th. The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra found themselves ranking 38th and the Nissan Titan came in at No. 33. The Dodge Ram ProMaster City was 46th, while the Ram Rebel was 35th. The Ram 1500 outdid them both at No. 18, right behind No. 17, the Toyota Tundra, whose “bro” (Tacoma) ended up at No. 39.
Ford Improves Its ’18 Work TrucksFord has made some changes to its ’18 F-650 and F-750 medium-duty offerings, including traction-control brakes and standard electronic stability control on all tractor models. A high-output, 240-amp alternator is available for the 6.8L V-10. Diesels will also have the option of an automatic regeneration inhibitor related to the engine cleaning the diesel particulate filter. New to the trucks are relocated dipsticks; on gas trucks, the tranny fluid’s ’stick now has ground access, while both trans and oil have had their dipsticks moved for a ground check, too. Also new is an optional front-bumper extension, distancing itself 3 inches from the grille for protection of the hood and bumper in the event of an accident.
GM’s AT&T Data Plan for Work TrucksGM Fleet and AT&T have made it so that if you have an AT&T corporate account, you’ll be able to add Chevrolets and GMCs (as well as other brands) that are equipped with OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspots. As in, you’ll be able to share data and receive invoices, turning your work truck into a real-time workplace truck. Data pooling, secure connections for seven electronic devices, and being able to connect from 50 feet from the vehicle are among the perks.
Fiat Chrysler and a Lawsuit Filed by the FedsIn case you missed it, Fiat Chrysler’s current woes are allegations over possible diesel-emissions software tampering, as told in three statements made by Fiat Chrysler:
“FCA US announced today it has formally filed an application for diesel vehicle emissions certification with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its 2017 model-year (MY) Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles. These vehicles feature updated emissions software calibrations. The filing is the result of many months of close collaboration between FCA US and EPA and CARB, including extensive testing of the vehicles, to clarify issues related to the company’s emissions control technology. With the permission of EPA and CARB, FCA US intends to install the same modified emissions software in 2014-2016 MY Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles. FCA US believes this will address the agencies’ concerns regarding the emissions software calibrations in those vehicles.”—May 19, 2017
“FCA US has been working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for many months, including extensive testing of the vehicles, to clarify issues related to the company’s emissions control technology in model-year (MY) 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles. FCA US is currently reviewing the complaint but is disappointed that the DOJ-ENRD [Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice] has chosen to file this lawsuit. The company intends to defend itself vigorously, particularly against any claims that the company engaged in any deliberate scheme to install defeat devices to cheat U.S. emissions tests.”—May 23, 2017
“FCA US has recently been made aware of on-road emissions testing conducted on two of the company’s diesel-powered vehicles by West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels Engines and Emissions (CAFEE). Based upon court filings and discussions with CAFEE, this testing appears to have been commissioned by a plaintiff’s law firm for purposes of litigation.”—June 13, 2017
GMC’s Ad Campaign: “Like a Pro”You’re probably familiar with “We are Professional Grade”—GMC’s tagline. But now, the automaker is going with a new tagline, “Like a Pro,” because “we’re excited to show how we think our customers live their lives like pros,” said the marketing director.
Nissan Credit CardIf you’re thinking about buying or leasing a Nissan Titan—or have—there’s a new Visa credit card program from Nissan you’ll want to check out. You’ll earn points for new and pre-owned vehicle purchases as well as for services and accessories when you use the Nissan Visa. There are also points to be had on fuel, food, and any other kind of purchase where Visas are taken.
Lug Nuggets•The ’17 Ford F-150 was named a Greener Choice award winner by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). It was 12th overall on the winning list.
•Randys Worldwide has acquired Zumbrota Bearing and Gear.
•Penske Truck Leasing now has a free mobile app called Penske Fleet, which allows you to find current fuel prices, use one-click roadside assistance, have a search function for Penske locations for service and rental trucks, and more.
•Hagerty Classic Insurance believes classic Japanese pickups will be trending.
•The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has created a Facebook page featuring info on vehicle ratings, safety issues, stats, and so on. Find it at facebook.com/iihs.org.
•AAA said it has simple solutions for preventing more than 415,000 fatalities and bad injuries on U.S. roads: roundabouts, roadside barriers, signalized pedestrian crossing, median barriers on divided highways, shoulder and centerline rumble strips, and widening the shoulders.
•UPS has a prototype: the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV). UPS has been working with the U.S. Department of Energy and others to develop a zero-tailpipe-emissions Class 6 delivery truck.
•The 21st annual AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards named the Nissan Titan most satisfying in the light-duty pickup category.
•Vic Edelbrock Jr. has passed away. He took over Edelbrock and ran the aftermarket performance-parts company after his father, Vic Sr., died in 1962.
•An all-electric left-side loader garbage truck? It’s the first ever for California. The Class 8 truck has a body by Loadmaster and a chassis from Crane Carrier. The Electric Refuse Vehicle is only the second all-electric in North America.
•Pentathlon D is a new tire from Pirelli, designed for fleet/long-haulers. One of its finest points is the dual-layer tread for high-mileage use. It’s also all about lower rolling resistance for better fuel efficiency, and its Spiral Advanced Technology for Truck (SATT) gives high retreadability.
•Bloomberg reported about a black market that’s creeping into the world: theft of used vegetable oil from restaurants. Grease is a source of renewable fuel/biodiesel, and according to a report from the National Renderers Association, incidents reached 6,000 in 2012, more than double from 2005.
MTOD CALENDAR9/8/17 FORMULA D, Fort Worth, TX Live
9/8/17 AUTO MUNDIAL,
9/8/17 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, USA
9/8/17 MOTORSPORT MUNDIAL
9/9/17 DTM CHAMPIONSHIP, Nurburgring Live
9/9/17 FIA FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP, Nurburgring Live
9/9/17 FORMULA D Fort Worth, TX Live
9/9/17 GOODWOOD REVIVAL, Goodwood Live
9/10/17 FIA FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP, Nurburgring Live
9/10/17 GOODWOOD REVIVAL, Goodwood Live
9/11/17 ENGINE MASTERS, Episode 26
9/11/17 HOT ROD DRAG WEEK,
9/11/17 MOBIL 1 THE GRID,
9/12/17 HOT ROD DRAG WEEK,
9/13/17 HEAD TO HEAD, Episode 94
9/13/17 HOT ROD DRAG WEEK,
9/13/17 GP CONFIDENTIAL, Post Italy + Preview Singapore GP
9/14/17 HOT ROD DRAG WEEK,
9/15/17 LAMBORGHINI SUPER TROFEO - EUROPE, Nurburgring Live
9/15/17 PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE, Sonoma Raceway Live
9/15/17 VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS, Sandown 500 Live
9/15/17 VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS, Sandown 500 Live
9/15/17 HOT ROD DRAG WEEK
9/15/17 AUTO MUNDIAL
9/15/17 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, Netherlands
9/15/17 MOTORSPORT MUNDIAL
9/15/17 TRANS AM RACING SERIES, Road America
9/16/17 PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE, Sonoma Raceway Live
9/16/17 VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS, Sandown 500 Live
9/17/17 ADAC GT MASTERS, Sachsenring Live
9/17/17 BLANCPAIN GT SERIES SPRINT CUP, Nurburgring Live
9/17/17 GT4 EUROPE NORTHERN SERIES, Nurburgring Live
9/17/17 LAMBORGHINI SUPER TROFEO - EUROPE, Nurburgring Live
9/18/17 Best Driver's Car
9/18/17 IGNITION, Episode 183
9/18/17 BRITISH TOURING CARS CHAMPIONSHIP, Rockingham
9/19/17 FIM SPEEDWAY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, Germany Live
9/19/17 Best Driver's Car
9/20/17 Best Driver's Car
9/20/17 MODIFED, Episode 4
9/21/17 Best Driver's Car
9/21/17 ROADKILL GARAGE, Episode 22
9/21/17 FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS, Latvia
9/21/17 PORSCHE CARRERA CUP GERMANY, Nurburgring
9/22/17 LAMBORGHINI SUPER TROFEO NORTH AMERICA, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Live
9/22/17 Best Driver's Car
9/22/17 AUTO MUNDIAL
9/22/17 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, Franc
9/22/17 MOTORSPORT MUNDIAL
9/23/17 DTM CHAMPIONSHIP, Red Bull Ring Live
9/23/17 FIA FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP, Red Bull Ring Live
9/23/17 FIM SPEEDWAY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, Sweden Live
9/23/17 VNL ENDURANCE RACING, Nurburgring Live
9/24/17 ADAC GT MASTERS, Hockenheim Live
9/24/17 BRITISH GT CHAMPIONSHIP, Donington Park Live
9/24/17 FIA FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP, Red Bull Ring Live
9/24/17 LAMBORGHINI SUPER TROFEO NORTH AMERICA, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Live
9/25/17 EUROPEAN LE MANS SERIES, Spa Live
9/25/17 GOODWOOD REVIVAL, Goodwood, UK
9/25/17 MOBIL 1 THE GRID
9/26/17 DIRT EVERY DAY, Episode 69
9/27/17 GP CONFIDENTIAL, Post Singapore + Preview Malaya GP
9/28/17 HOT ROD GARAGE, Episode 57
9/28/17 PORSCHE CARRERA CUP GERMANY, Sachsenring
9/29/17 ROADKILL, Episode 70
9/29/17 AUTO MUNDIAL
9/29/17 MOTORSPORT MUNDIAL
9/30/17 BLANCPAIN GT SPORTS CLUB, Catalunya, Spain Live
9/30/17 EUROFORMULA OPEN, Monza Live
9/30/17 INTERNATIONAL GT OPEN, Monza Live
10/1/17 BLANCPAIN GT SERIES ENDURANCE CUP, Barcelona Live
10/1/17 BLANCPAIN GT SPORTS CLUB, Catalunya, Spain Live
10/1/17 EUROFORMULA OPEN, Monza Live
10/1/17 INTERNATIONAL GT OPEN, Monza Live
10/2/17 IGNITION, Episode 184
10/3/17 THE HOUSE OF MUSCLE, Episode 12
10/4/17 MODIFED, Episode 5
10/5/17 FERRARI CHALLENGE EUROPE, Silverstone
10/5/17 FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS, Germany