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8 Lug and Work Truck News

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Tori Tellem
Aug 17, 2017
Photographers: Courtesy of Manufacturers

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Photo 2/12   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition
Photo 3/12   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Inside

’18 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition

If you thought the Ram Limited was fancy-pants, then prepare to have the pants shatter from the fancy that is the ’18 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition. The top-end model takes Limited trim and adds premium seats, a first-time suede headliner, leather, and real wood inside. Outside, there are special paint colors, a unique grille, body-matching elements, and badging. It starts at $55,120 and can be had in Heavy Duty form, making for one heck of a luxurious pickup.

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Photo 4/12   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Cummins Diesel Electrification
Earlier this year, Cummins enhanced its efforts to commercialize its electrification capabilities, bringing together Cummins knowledge and significant experience in the electrified powertrain space. In addition, the company is exploring potentially partnering with others to ensure development of leading technology in energy storage, power electronics, traction motor systems, and component control for commercial applications. Cummins will begin electrified powertrain delivery in 2019, including battery electric and plug-in hybrids. These are just the first steps as the company signals its intention to be the leading provider of electrified powertrains in our commercial and industrial markets.”—Statement from Cummins; seems the word-association game with Cummins will soon no longer be just “diesel”

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Photo 5/12   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Mychevrolet App Apple Watch
Photography: GM

myChevrolet App for Apple Watch

Remote vehicle commands? Your Apple watch can now do it, too, thanks to the availability of the myChevrolet app. You can start and stop the engine, lock and unlock the doors, and activate the horn and lights of your truck—remotely. Conveniently, you can also get walking directions to where your truck is parked—and find it.

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Here’s Which Cities Have the Most Vehicle Theft

Albuquerque, New Mexico, you should know that the National Insurance Crime Bureau claimed you had more vehicle thefts than any other city in the U.S. in 2016. This is according to its annual Hot Spots report, which used theft data from the National Crime Information Center to determine the highest per capita auto theft. There were some new guest stars on the list for 2016: Anchorage, Alaska, and Billings, Montana. How did Los Angeles rank 35th? NCIS explained that, “As a population-based survey, an area with a much smaller population and a moderate number of thefts can—and often does—have a higher theft rate than an area with a much more significant vehicle theft problem and a larger population to absorb it.”

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Photo 6/12   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Ford Super Duty Autopacifc Award

Vehicle Satisfaction Awards? Ford and GMC Win

What defines an AutoPacific ’17 Vehicle Satisfaction award-winner? This survey-based award takes the satisfaction of owners of ’16-to-’17 vehicles and ranks it. GMC found itself at the top of the list for the most popular brand, while winning the heavy-duty pickup category was the Ford Super Duty.

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Photo 7/12   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Duke Sensor Tread Wear Nanotube

How Nanotubes and Sensors Could Predict Tire Wear

Imagine a sensor that could warn you if your tire tread is worn down. Over at Duke University, engineers have invented such a thing, collaborating with Fetch Automotive Design Group on metallic carbon nanotubes that can follow miniscule changes in tread depth. The engineers believe it’s even possible to print the sensor directly onto the tire.

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Photo 8/12   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Jd Power Quality Study Gmc Chevy
Photography: Stephanie Jentgen/GM

GM, Chevy Win Multiple Quality Awards

The ’17 U.S. Initial Quality Study from J.D. Power measures problems per 100 vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership. For the pickup segment, the Chevy Silverado HD ranked highest in quality, followed by the Ford Super Duty. In terms of brands, Ford and Ram tied for fourth-highest ranking. And GM scored the Gold Plant Quality award for the Fort Wayne, Indiana, location, which builds the Silverado and GMC Sierra.

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Photo 9/12   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Nitro Circus Yokohama Sweepstakes

Nitro Circus

You have until mid-October to win a truck. And it’s a good truck: a custom ’17 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Crew Cab 4x4. It’s part of a sweepstakes from Yokohama and Nitro Circus. Head to yokohamatire.com/truckedup to enter the “Get Trucked Up Giveaway.”

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Photo 10/12   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Pro Mech Techspedite Training Techs
Photo 11/12   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Farmers Insurance Roadside App
Photo 12/12   |   Auto News 8 Lug Work Truck Federal Mogul Gear Champion

Lug Nuggets

•There’s a new four-week intensive training program for becoming a technician, thanks to Pro-MECH (pro-mech.us). Called TechSpedite, it’s an attempt to help with the tech shortage and will give students skills for maintenance operations, including inspections, brake and wheel-end service, suspension and alignment, and more.
•Cummins is recommending/endorsing Diesel Kleen +Cetane Boost and Diesel Fuel Supplement +Cetane Boost from Power Service for diesel engines.
•If you start seeing a bunch of bikes in Northern California—mainly, the San Francisco Bay Area—they’re likely part of the Ford GoBike program, a bike-sharing service.
•Federal-Mogul is making it easier to own more apparel. If you go to buyfmgear.com, you’ll find all sorts of merchandise in the new gear store.
•Having to deal with roadside assistance can be a nightmare, but if you have Farmers Insurance, know that they understand and now have a roadside-assistance tool via an app for your smartphone, which will give you real-time updates on the arrival of the assistance, help assistors locate you, and send out the nearest service vehicle immediately.
•Pirelli is in a three-year partnership with…the Los Angeles Dodgers. That’s baseball, in case you’ve been on a need-to-know basis about sports. Expect special merchandise, retail promotions, and more.
•CURT Group has scooped up United Welding Services.
•autotrader.com has turned 20 years old.

MTOD Calendar

October 6
Auto Mundial
FIM Motocross World Championship, Great Britain
Motorsport Mundial
October 7
LIVE! Euroformula Open, Jerez
LIVE! FIM Speedway World Championship, Poland
LIVE! Virgin Australia Supercars, Bathurst 1000
LIVE! VLN Endurance Racing, Nürburgring
October 8
LIVE! Euroformula Open, Jerez
October 9
British Touring Car Championship, Silverstone
Engine Masters, Episode 27
GP Confidential, Post Malaya + Preview Japan GP
Mobil 1 The Grid
October 11
Head 2 Head, Episode 95
October 12
Put Up or Shut Up, Episode 4
October 13
LIVE! Formula D, Irwindale, CA
Auto Mundial
Motorsport Mundial
Real Road Racing, Scarborough Gold Cup
October 14
LIVE! DTM Championship, Hockenheimring
LIVE! Formula D, Irwindale, CA
LIVE! Intercontinental Challenge Series, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
LIVE! Pirelli World Challenge, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
October 15
LIVE! FIA Formula 3 Championship, Hockenheim
LIVE! FIA Formula 3 Championship, Hockenheim
LIVE! Pirelli World Challenge, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
October 16
Ignition, Episode 185
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany, Hockenheim
Real Road Racing, Scarborough Gold Cup
October 18
GP Confidential, Post Japan + Preview USA GP
Modified, Episode 6
October 19
Ferrari Challenge Europe, Imola
Roadkill Garage, Episode 23
October 20
LIVE! Virgin Australia Supercars, Gold Coast 600
Auto Mundial
Motorsport Mundial
October 21
LIVE! Virgin Australia Supercars, Gold Coast 600
LIVE! VLN Endurance Racing, Nürburgring
October 23
LIVE! European Le Mans Series, Portimao
British Touring Car Championship, Brands Hatch
Mobil 1 The Grid
October 24
Dirt Every Day, Episode 70
October 26
HOT ROD Garage, Episode 58
Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, Sandown
October 27
Auto Mundial
Motorsport Mundial
Roadkill, Episode 71
October 28
LIVE! Euroformula Open, Barcelona
LIVE! FIM Speedway World Championship, Australia
LIVE! International GT Open, Barcelona
October 29
LIVE! Euroformula Open, Barcelona
LIVE! International GT Open, Barcelona
October 30
GP Confidential, Post USA + Preview Mexico GP
Ignition, Episode 186

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