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GM Calls Diesel Manipulation Claim 'Baseless'

<p><em>Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.</em></p>

General Motors has responded to a civil lawsuit claiming that it included a defeat device in its diesel-powered vehicles by saying the claim is baseless, according to a company statement.

A lawsuit filed on May 24 by the attorneys who sued Volkswagen claims General Motors rigged thousands of trucks so they would pass emissions tests, reports Reuters.

The class-action lawsuit was filed in federal court in Detroit on behalf of owners and lessees of more than 705,000 Silverado and Sierra trucks equipped with Duramax engines from the 2011 to 2016 model years.

"These claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend ourselves," according to a May 25 GM statement. "The Duramax diesel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra comply with all U.S. EPA and CARB emissions regulations."

The lawsuit was filed by several lawfirms including Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, which was involved in similar litigation against Volkswagen that led to miltuple-billion dollar settlements.

 

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Maryland Passes Legislation Prohibiting 'Rolling Coal' for Diesel Vehicles - NGT News

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Diesel engines have long been a popular option in pick-up trucks because of their superior fuel efficiency and towing performance. While we recognize the diesel enthusiast's love for their engines and the performance of their vehicles, the practice of ...
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Bosch electronic diesel control devices were at the center of that lawsuit as well. RBC Capital analyst Joseph Spak estimated in a note sent Thursday that the diesel versions of the GM pickup trucks in question represent about 12-12.5 percent of all GM ...
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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: By the Numbers

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With the introduction of the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, there is now a challenger to the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro’s off-road dominance in the mid-size pickup truck segment. While we haven’t had a chance to get this duo together yet to see how they match up on a trail or do in some rock crawling (hopefully soon), it’s still interesting to see how they match up on paper.

There are important differences to note right off the bat. The Colorado ZR2 is offered in both extended and double-cab configurations, while the Tacoma TRD Pro is only offered with the double cab. Extended-cab versions of the ZR2 only seat four passengers, while the other two cabs seat five. There are two engine options in the ZR2, while the TRD Pro only has one engine but two transmission options.

Now let’s dive into the details.

Engine and Powertrain

Colorado ZR2:

  • 308 horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6, 275 pounds-feet of torque, eight-speed automatic (gas); 186-hp, turbo-diesel 2.8-liter four-cylinder, 369 pounds-feet of torque, six-speed automatic (diesel)
  • Standard four-wheel drive; front and rear locking differentials
  • Fuel economy: 16/18/17 mpg city/highway/combined (gas); 19/22/20 mpg (diesel)
  • Axle ratio: 3.42

Tacoma TRD Pro:

  • 278 hp, 3.5-liter V-6, 265 pounds-feet of torque; six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard four-wheel drive; automatic limited-slip differential; locking rear differential
  • Fuel economy: 17/21/18 mpg (manual); 18/23/20 mpg (automatic)
  • Axle ratio: 4.30 (manual); 3.91 (automatic)

Dimensions and Clearances

  • Wheels: 17-inch wheels (ZR2); 16-inch wheels (TRD Pro)
  • Tires: 265/65R17 Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac all-terrain tires (ZR2); 265/70R16 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires (TRD Pro)
  • Curb weight: 4,985 pounds with the diesel, 4,734 pounds with the gas (ZR2); 4,445 pounds with the manual, 4,425 pounds with the automatic (TRD Pro)
  • Height/width/length: 72.2/76.7/212.4 inches (ZR2); 71.6/75.2/212.3 inches (TRD Pro)
  • Ground clearance: 8.9 inches (ZR2); 9.4 inches (TRD Pro)

Towing and Hauling   

  • Maximum trailer weight: 5,000 pounds (ZR2); 6,400 pounds with Tow Package (TRD Pro)
  • Maximum payload: 1,100 pounds (ZR2); 1,155 pounds with the manual, 1,175 pounds with the automatic (TRD Pro)

Price

Our final number is also an important one: price. These two are very evenly matched on this front — the 2017 Colorado ZR2 starts at $40,995 (including destination charges), while the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro is slightly more expensive, starting at $41,920 for manual models and $43,920 for those with the automatic.

Cars.com photos by Matt Avery and Mark Williams

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General Grabber X3: Mud-Terrain And More
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A look at General Tire’s new Grabber X3 mud-terrain tire.Iran Khodro Diesel Pickup Upgraded - Financial Tribune

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Iran's largest auto producer Iran Khodro has launched a new version of its Diesel Tunland off-road pickup truck this week with improved technology, according to the IKCO press website. Tunland is derived from a deal between IKCO and China's Foton which ...

Muddy Raptor? It'll Never Be Clean Again

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Few things are more fun than bombing around off-road in Ford's new super truck, the 2017 F-150 Raptor. It has multiple drive modes for just about any terrain, and combined with its massive 35-inch BFGoodrich K02 all-terrain tires, Fox shocks, crazy suspension travel, skid plates and other equipment, there are few places you can't take the truck (but those few places have been identified here).

Once the fun is over at the end of the day, however, you're going to want to try and restore your new truck to its shiny condition. And you're going to have a challenge on your hands.

On a recent jaunt through Bundy Hill Off-Road Park about two hours west of Detroit, I got my test truck a little dirty. OK ... a lot dirty. But hey, you try and avoid the mud puddles when your ultimate off-road truck has a setting specifically for mud. That's just not possible.


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So, after a day of blasting through the muck and enjoying myself tremendously, I headed home to wash the grime away. And after spending nearly an hour and $50 at a coin-op car wash with a pressure washer, I finally gave up.

See, all the tacked-on bits that make the Raptor look seriously cool on the street serve to trap dirt and mud with extraordinary efficiency. Those fender flares? Sprayed them endlessly, then stuck the washer up under the wheel wells and mud continued to flow out. The neat honeycomb grille traps mud on the backside of it, where it's impossible to spray. Those cheese-grater running boards are smooth on top but not on the bottom, so they trap all the mud underneath. The plastic window trim, hood and fender vents are porous plastic, so no matter how much I scrubbed, the stains from the mud remained.

I was forced to return the truck still dripping mud, even after leaving a lawn sprinkler on all night under the truck to try and get all the mud out from the underside. Sorry about that, Ford — I did my best. Think I'll stick to desert running and sand dunes from now on.

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Cars.com photos by Aaron Bragman

Ryder's Three Refrigerated Truck Solutions for Summer

<p><em>Image of refrigerated trucks courtesy of Ryder.</em></p>

In summer 2016, the transportation information provider DAT Solutions, found that demand for refrigerated trucks suddenly spiked for weeks in a row, leaving some fleet managers out in the cold due to their own lack of advanced planning. To fill the gap. some fleet managers look to rent needed vehicles. 

According to Ryder System Inc., to land opportunistic summer contracts, fleets need to have properly spec’d refrigerated trucks selected and signed for — before the last snow melts. For businesses that rely on rented vehicles to fill out peak season fleets, here are three valuable refrigerated truck solutions for this summer.

1) Refrigerated City Van – The refrigerated van is the workhorse of “last mile” delivery, and it’s impossible to find a good one after Memorial Day if you haven’t planned ahead. The most popular refrigerated sprinter vans measure 16 ft. and have a load capacity of up to 7,000 pounds. If there’s one thing to look for, it’s heavy-duty insulated interiors and rear doors to maintain temperatures. That, and a powerful lift-gate.

From flowers to poultry to produce and more, the crucial last mile in the cold chain is the province of refrigerated sprinter vans. It may be the most important link in your summer season cold chain—so proper spec’ing is everything.

2) Refrigerated Trucks – A big mistake when spec’ing refrigerated trucks is to underestimate interior dimensions and other hardware details. That gets down to things like deciding whether you plan to load pallets with a forklift, which, in turn, determines how thick the interior insulation on a reefer can be—and other small details. Much smaller than a refrigerated truck trailer, larger refrigerated trucks (22 feet to 26 feet) offer up to 1,600 cubic feet of cargo space and a load capacity of up to 13,000 pounds. Features like automatic start-stop of the refrigeration unit trigger fuel savings and lower emissions. Electronic standby is another major benefit to operators. Also look for automatic transmission and power steering, side doors for easier loading/unloading, E-Track for securing loads, hydraulic lift gates with 60″ x 80″ platform and 3,000 lbs. of capacity, and a wide temperature range.

Refrigerated trucks come in all sizes, and one of the most useful is the large refrigerated truck, which your rental partner can spec for the way you work.

3) Refrigerated Trailers – Many long-haul trucking operations make the lion’s share of their revenues in summer months by filling warehouses with perishable goods. Between the demands of shippers, inspections at the point of delivery, and heavy government regulations, the humble trailer carries a huge responsibility. Here again, good spec’ing makes it all work. A valuable rental partner will be able to provide reefer trailers in lengths from 28 ft. to 53 ft., at widths of 96 inches or 102 inches, and inside heights up to 110 inches. Reefer trailers require heavy-duty duct floors and 3-inch insulation to increase temperature control. Flexible multi-compartment reefer rentals are also available.

Refrigerated trailers, like all refrigerated trucks, take a beating during peak summer months, and must still operate flawlessly. When renting this equipment, the right partner will be able to spec a reefer trailer for your exact requirements.

 

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Medium-Duty Truck Resale Holding Up

<p>Average wholesale selling prices for four to seven year old Class 4 and Class 6 trucks (Source: JD Power)</p>

Commercial truck analysts at J.D. Power Valuation Services note in their May 2017 Commercial Truck Guidelines Industry Update that pricing of used commercial vehicles began to level out despite higher volume during April 2017. 

Major findings in the free monthly report also point out:

  • The used commercial truck retail channel is still showing typical depreciation.
  • Pricing should level out in the upcoming months.
  • Class 8 auction pricing has leveled out despite higher volume.
  • The average selling prices of late-model trucks are actually trending upward.
  • Medium-duty segments are generally holding up well. Cabovers and lighter GVW conventional trucks are performing the best.

Starting with Class 3-4 cabovers, the mix of trucks sold through auction and wholesale channels continued to trend newer, with lower-mileage. March’s average pricing was $22,475, which beat February’s five-year record. This figure was $981 (4.6%) higher than February, and $4,597 (25.7%) higher than March 2016. Unlike pricing, volume has not been particularly impressive in 2017. Buyers appear to be most interested in the newest, lowest mileage equipment.

Looking at conventionals, average pricing for both Class 4 and Class 6 pulled back in March, with Class 4 trucks continue to bring more money than Class 6. Specifically, Class 4 trucks averaged $21,060 in March. This figure is $3,418 (14%) lower than February, and $331 (1.6%) higher than March 2016. Class 6 trucks averaged $18,568 in March. This figure is $2,632 (12.4%) lower than February, and $2,816 (13.2%) lower than March 2017.

Volume for Class 4 was identical to last month, while volume for Class 6 was moderately higher. Demand should continue to incrementally improve in upcoming months for trucks of all GVW classes

When asked about what flattening prices mean for the used commercial truck market, Chris Visser, senior commercial truck analyst at J.D. Power Valuation Services said, "This trend suggests the market is finding a bottom. Retail pricing still shows depreciation on par with late 2016, but we expect that channel to moderate as well."

So, what does this mean for the next few months? Visser went on to say, "Overall sentiment about the trucking economy is improving. It is possible we are finally seeing a degree of increased demand for used trucks. Values will continue to be impacted by returning supply, but the evidence is building that pricing has found its floor."

 

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Volvo Truck Honors Military Heroes

<p><em>The new Volvo VNR 640 model will travel in a motorcade from the plant to the U.S. capital to participate in the Ride for Freedom rally during the Memorial Day weekend. (Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks)</em></p>

Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley (NRV) assembly plant in Dublin, Va., unveiled the design of its 2017 Ride for Freedom truck featuring the all new VNR model, which will accompany a motorcade of about 160 motorcycles from the plant to Washington, D.C., during the “Run for the Wall” motorcycle rally Memorial Day weekend. Now in its 30th year, the annual Ride for Freedom honors the brave men and women who have served – and continue to serve – to protect America.

For 26 years, NRV employees and the UAW Local 2069 Veteran Committee have supported the Ride for Freedom event, creating special graphics to salute America’s military heroes. The truck, Volvo’s new Volvo VNR 640 model, features custom-designed graphics that honor America, all branches of the U.S. military, and those who served with the slogan, “We stand for the flag and kneel for the fallen.”

Volvo Trucks provides complete transport solutions for professional and demanding customers, offering a full range of medium to heavy duty trucks. Customer support is secured via a global network of 2,200 dealers and workshops in more than 125 countries. Volvo trucks are assembled in 15 countries across the globe. In 2016, 103,000 Volvo trucks were delivered worldwide. Volvo Trucks is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, and drive systems for marine and industrial applications. The Group also provides solutions for financing and service. Volvo’s work is based on the core values quality, safety and environmental care.

 

 

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Nitto Ridge Grappler – Hybrid Theory
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Six-piston Tahoe RST system now available as accessoryBMW Ultimate Driving Experience

<p><em>Photo of 2017 B7 Alpina by Paul Clinton.</em></p>

BMW is hosting six Ultimate Driving Experience events around the U.S. this summer and fall that puts drivers behind the wheel of the 2017 540i, the first of five planned 5 Series models in the lineup's seventh generation.

The events provide five driving events that showcase the entire lineup from the M2 to the B7 Alpina with BMW instructors offering tips and more in-depth training to attendees.

AutomotiveFleet.com attended the Southern California event, which ran from May 11 to 21 on 50 acres of concrete outdoor parking across from the Santa Anita Park horse racing track in Arcadia. The event drew about 4,500 attendees.

To quicken the pulse, the event offered an Autocross course with BMW driving instructors coaching us through straightaways and hard cornering in the 540i and M4 with "floor it" and "brake" at strategic points. No cones were harmed during the exercise.

The 540i capably managed the course with more refinement than the high-revving M4, which provided enough raw power to knock down an elephant. We skipped the Car Control Clinic, Teen Driving School, and VIP Nights, but participated in the Street Drives with some of BMW's higher-end models.

<p><em>Photo of 2017 M4 by Paul Clinton.</em></p>

The streets of Arcadia provided an apt setting for cornering with BMW's Alpina B7 xDrive, a modified 7 Series with an enhanced luxury interior and a twin-turbo 4.4L V-8 that makes 600 hp. The car, which retails for over $82,000, provides a 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds.

The M6 Gran Coupe is powered by that same engine block that's set up with a 560-hp rating. This one's another powerhouse that quickly picks up speed on longer straightaways.

Lastly, we drove the i8 plug-in hybrid supercar with a 357-hp powertrain that includes a three-cylinder gasoline engine. The car's butterfly door will turn heads, and getting into the vehicle takes a unique approach that invovles backing your way in to the lower seating position.

The rear cargo space is the size of a shoebox, but buyers aren't aquiring this $140,000 vehicle for long road trips. It has a range of about 250 miles.

During the event, BMW's lead driving instructor, Rich Beam, provided some cogent tips to increase safe operation of the vehicles. He offered tips such as "keep your eyes up," "look where you want to go," and "don't look at obstacles" because "we steer where we stare."

Beam provided an excellent explanation of understeer and oversteer and ways to recover from those situations. For an understeer situation where the driver has not turned quickly enough on a curve, Beam advised this driver not to add more steering, keep their eyes on the intended path, and keep off the gas. For an oversteer situation with too much steering, Beam advised that driver to correct, pause, and recover.

BMW is offering four more events in San Francisco (Aug. 11 to 17), Dallas (Sept. 2 to 10), Chicago (Oct. 14 to 22), and New York City (Nov. 2 to 12). If you're in those areas on those dates, you can sign up for the events here.

 

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First Drive: 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
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So, you've won the lottery. Congratulations! We know you're going to go out there and buy yourself a toy, and the fact that you're reading this on PickupTrucks.com assumes that you're already a fan of vehicles with a capacious cargo box.

Since cost is no object to a lottery winner, which would you rather have? The ultimate off-road pickup truck or a super-hot sports car? That's the question we put to the test on our sister site, Cars.com.

We pitted the newest, biggest, baddest Ford pickup — the 2017 F-150 Raptor — against the gorgeous, luxurious, ridiculously fast 2017 McLaren 570GT. Why? Because we could.

Visit Cars.com to see which vehicle won the ultimate Weekend Toy Challenge.

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Cars.com photo by Aaron Bragman

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<p><em>Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel by Vince Taroc</em></p>

The federal government has sued Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for using illegal engine-control software in its diesel vehicles so that they would perform differently during emissions testing than under normal driving conditions.

The Department of Justice filed the complaint on May 23, claiming FCA installed the software in 104,000 diesel Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles. The filing comes days after FCA submitted a proposed software modification that it hoped would resolve the issue. FCA said it was disappointed about the filing.

"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," according to an FCA statement.

FCA hasn't been able to sell its diesel models since January, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board issued notices of violation that the 3.0L V-6 powering the vehicles was emitting increased levels of nitrogen oxides that violate the Clean Air Act.

FCA has been in discussions with officials from the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division.

The complaint cites eight "software-based features" that lessen the effectiveness of the emissions control systems during normal driving.

Read the full complaint here.

 

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War of Words Erupts Over Trump's Call to Allow Interstate Tolls

A 39-word statement in a just-released 6-page “fact sheet” on President Trump’s “infrastructure initiative” within his overall budget proposal has brought the toll vs. no-toll contenders out swinging.

The bullet item calls for reducing the restriction on tolling of Interstate highways so as to “allow the States to assess their transportation needs and weigh the relative merits of tolling assets.”

In the next sentence, the administration said that it also “supports allowing the private sector to construct, operate, and maintain interstate rest areas, which are often overburdened and inadequately maintained.”

The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association was quick to praise the Trump Administration for seeking to draw down the restriction against Interstate tolling that dates back over 60 years.

“Today, the Trump Administration became the second straight White House to call for easing the ban on Interstate tolling and giving states the maximum flexibility needed to make the best funding decisions for their local transportation projects,” said Patrick Jones, IBTTA executive director and CEO.

Jones said IBTTA wants “Congress to immediately join with the President to reduce burdensome regulations that prevent state and local governments from utilizing all available funding mechanisms. Toll financing may not be the answer for every highway, bridge, or tunnel project in the country, but the power of tolling is proven and effective. 

“Combined with the President’s proposed investment in infrastructure, tolling can provide valuable resources to the states to tackle transportation infrastructure projects,” he added.

Not buying the administration’s proposal was the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates. “We are very concerned about how heavily the Trump Administration wants to rely upon public-private partnerships to fund our roads and the idea of loosening the federal restriction on tolling interstate highways,” said ATFI Spokesperson Stephanie Kane. “As outlined in the proposed budget, leveraging $200 billion public dollars into a $1 trillion transportation plan will only be possible through widespread tolling to produce private sector profits.”

Kane also argued that tolls are “the worst funding mechanism available and are a highly inefficient use of funds, as a significant portion of every dollar collected – typically 12-20% even with all-electronic tolling – goes to administrative costs and to private sector profits rather than building and repairing roads.

“Tolling existing interstates is an idea that has been already considered and rejected,” she continued. “The now 19-year-old pilot program to toll existing interstates has failed in every state that has considered it. When the traveling public, businesses and local governments learn more about potential tolls in their area, they resoundingly reject the idea. Congress should heed this warning and not expand tolling.”

Natso President and CEO Lisa Mullings also expressed umbrage at the twin tolling and private rest-stop funding proposal.

The proposals to toll Interstates and commercialize Interstate rest areas threaten the businesses that serve Interstate highway travelers, such as travel plazas, convenience stores and restaurants,” Mullings said. “Oftentimes, these businesses are the economic backbone of off-highway communities; these proposals therefore not only harm private companies but also thousands of local tax bases throughout the country.”

Mullings also said that while “public-private partnership sounds innovative… what we need to understand is that public-private partnerships in the context of surface transportation are nothing more than toll roads. It would be great if we had a magic pot of money to pay for construction and maintenance of our roads. We don't. Under this proposal, the same people who have been paying fuel taxes to build and maintain these roads will have to pay tolls, too.”

 

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Inframe Engine Kits

Reliance Power Parts’ inframe engine kits and service components are designed for the Navistar DT466 EGR engines used in medium-duty trucks.

Reliance is offering four new engine kits and service components as an expansion of its Navistar engine parts offering. The inframe kits contain one-piece aluminum pistons and provide coverage for DT466 engines from model years 2004 to 2006 with serial numbers between 2,000,000 and 2,999,999.

This engine is referred to as the I-313, utilizes four valves per cylinder, G2.9 injectors, and an EGR exhaust system.

Cylinder kits feature:

  • Induction hardened liners to support increased wear resistance
  • Pistons with Ni-inserts designed to reduce ring groove wear
  • Moly coated rings that provide increased wear resistance and durability
  • Fac-Pak cylinder kits which include piston, pin, retainers and rings set pre-installed in the liner

 

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Headlight Restoration Kit

Penray’s Headlight Restoration Kit 8405 is a two-step treatment to return a clear finish to headlight covers that have developed fading, yellowing, or glazing.

The kit includes two steps for restoration, prep and protect. Penray’s Lens Prep lotion wipes away dirt and grime from headlight covers with a brief side to side wiping action. The preparation ends with wiping the prep material off with an alcohol wipe which is supplied in the kit.

The Protect step consists of two spray coats of Penray’s lens coating across each headlight lens. After spraying, wipe off any overspray and it's done. Lenses will look clear and be protected by the protectant, which bonds to the lens.

There is no requirement for sanding, special tools or the use of ultraviolet lighting. Penray's Headlight Restoration Kit 8405 is effective on all modern polycarbonate and plastic headlights and headlight covers. Each kit restores two headlights, and the product is covered by a one-year warranty.

 

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115 DGE Tailgate CNG Tank

Momentum Fuel Technologies' 115 diesel gallon equivalent tailgate system is a compressed natural gas fuel system solution for Class 6-8 trucks.

The tailgate system was designed for E-Z Pack, who had previously used five- and six-tank tailgate systems on its refuse bodies. Momentum was able to produce a system that increased capacity while reducing the number of tanks to three.

The system is 400 pounds lighter than E-Z Pack’s previous system and is designed to be scalable, with a smaller, two-tank 75DGE system available as well.

With safety and convenience in mind, the system features a visible pressure gauge so drivers and technicians can see the pressure in the tank from ground level. The system’s tanks are at least seven feet off the ground with a steel guard structure around the base, designed to be safer in the event of a rear impact.  Further, the tailgate system keeps a lower profile than other CNG configurations, for improved safety in refuse vehicles.

All E-Z Pack units include a vertical fuel management module (FMM), which houses the electronics, fuel filter and fuel-fill receptacles and works in conjunction with the Rush Truck Centers’ telematics platform, allowing fleet managers to monitor usage and manage fuel consumption.  The vertical FMM is narrower than the version used in other Momentum configurations, taking up less valuable space on smaller truck bodies.

 

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Are There Places a Ford F-150 Raptor Shouldn't Go?

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By now, everyone's heard of Ford's latest brute, the 2017 F-150 Raptor pickup truck, the off-road Baja 1000 racer disguised (lightly) as your average, everyday F-Series on steroids. Most folks are familiar with what it does — it's the ultimate off-road pickup, able to fly over rough terrain and backcountry at speeds more akin to a racing truck and it comes right from the showroom floor.

But are there limits to the Raptor's prowess? Places that the Raptor just doesn't do well, or areas for which it's just not suited? Turns out, the answer is yes.

The Raptor is most in its element over slightly uneven terrain that's still mostly flat. Switch the drive mode to Baja and you can hit ridiculous speeds across desert terrain or sand dunes, and jumps and bumps are absolutely no problem — the suspension adapts instantly, and with the supersoft Fox shocks it handles that terrain without letting much disturbance into the cabin. Washboard dirt roads are similarly smoothed out, and between the fantastic grip of the BFGoodrich K02 All-Terrain 35-inch tires and the race-ready suspension, it feels like there's nowhere the Raptor can't go.

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But this is not the case. I recently took a new Raptor out to Bundy Hill Off-Road Park in Jerome, Mich., about two hours west of Detroit. And it was here that I discovered what riding a bull in a china shop feels like. The Raptor may be great at blasting cross-country, but it's not at all comfortable through narrow or forested trails. Once or twice I stopped myself from going down a path that looked too narrow. The Raptor's extra-wide body and fender flares meant to accommodate the 6-inch wider track and huge tires are not meant for squeezing into tight spaces.

It's also heavy. Despite weighing 600 pounds less than the previous-generation, Raptor it's still a brute of a truck, so navigating obstacles at slower speeds can also be a challenge. The Raptor's electronic locking rear differential is helpful, as are the meaty tires, underbody plates/shielding and the Rock Crawl setting in the Terrain Management System. But trail crawling in a Raptor feels like a professional wrestler trying his hand at free climbing — maybe he can do it, but it's not what he was built to do. The size and heft of the truck makes it too unwieldy to confidently navigate through tight passages without worry of damaging it.

So, keep that Raptor where it's most comfortable — at top speed across desert washes or jumping desolate sand dunes. If you're looking for something to tackle lower-speed obstacles with panache and skill, a physically smaller truck such as a Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro or Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 might be more your speed.

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Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

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Michigan Adds Connected Car Upgrades to I-75

<p><em>Michigan is emerging as one of the leaders in vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communications research and adoption. Image courtesy of U.S. DOT.</em></p>

The Michigan Department of Transportation has begun work on a vehicle-to-infrastructure communications project, in which 3M will provide lane markings, smart sign technology and dedicated short-range communication devices for a three-mile stretch of I-75, according to a report from ITS International. 

Once these items are installed, the Oakland County stretch of highway will allow the testing of advanced vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications. The construction project is expected to take about four months to finish.

Michigan is emerging as one of the leaders in V2I and vehicle-to-vehicle communications research and adoption. V2I communications involve the wireless exchange of critical safety and operational data between vehicles and highway infrastructure. The technology, still in its development and testing stages, is expected to prevent or mitigate crashes and improve traffic flow in the future.

Back in January, the Michigan DOT joined the Smart Belt Coalition, a partnership aimed at advancing development of connected and autonomous vehicles. In addition to the Michigan DOT, Smart Belt Coalition members include the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the American Center for Mobility, the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, Ohio State University, the Transportation Research Center, the Pennsylvania DOT, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and Carnegie Mellon University.

 

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Inland Truck Parts Expands to San Antonio

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Inland Truck Parts & Service has expanded its presence in Texas with the recent acquisition of Complete Gear Services in San Antonio.

The new location will be Inland’s sixth in the state, joining stores in Irving, Fort Worth, Denton, Austin, and Lubbock.  Inland Truck Parts & Service has 31 locations in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.

"This acquisition expands our footprint farther south in Texas and allows us to gain direct access to the busy I-10 corridor," said Greg Klein, president and CEO of Inland. "It also allows us to add a location with more than 25 years of local experience and hands-on expertise."

Complete Gear has served the San Antonio market since 1993, offering parts and service in the ready-mix industry. Inland is currently in the process of acquiring land to build a brand-new facility to expand the store’s capacity and capabilities.

"We're excited to introduce Inland to San Antonio," said Oscar Melendez, general manager. "The culture of employee ownership is great for taking care of customers. And Inland's track record for investing in new facilities, tools and training will continue to make us even better at what we do."

 

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Ryder's NaviShare Platform Offers Visibility into Loads and Capacity

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Ryder System has launched a new cloud-based platform, called NaviShare, to provide real-time shipment visibility, predictive alerts, and exception handling, routing, and analytics.

NaviShare is accessible through a website and mobile application linking shippers with onboard vehicle technologies. The system allows shippers to view and manage shipments while also delivering information updates and routing instructions to drivers. NaviShare will be available to all Ryder customers in North America in the third quarter of 2017.

“We took an innovative approach in developing Ryder NaviShare by collaborating with several of our customers who were seeking greater network visibility and proactive event management around their shipments,” said Steve Sensing, president of global supply chain solutions, Ryder. “NaviShare ultimately gives our customers the ability to cut costs and improve operating efficiencies, all through a simple, digital experience. The end result is better customer service.”

NaviShare provides information in real-time regarding load status, tracking status, carriers, shippers, customers, origins, and destinations. The platform was developed through a partnership with FourKites, a tracking and supply chain visibility solutions provider.

If there is a delay in shipment while in transit, NaviShare can alert the shipper and recipient and provide the shipper with a list of re-routing options. It also has the ability to track shipments at an SKU/part level and to monitor the condition of the load.

Later this year, NaviShare will include additional planning and analytics features that will enable freight capacity sharing as well as management of shipments through predictive alerts for weather and traffic delays. With these capabilities, the NaviShare tool and Ryder logistics engineers will be able to prescribe immediate solutions to reduce impacts to cost and service.

For more information on NaviShare, click here.

 

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<p><em>Photo by Vince Taroc.</em></p>

Hyundai’s Ioniq Electric makes its arrival as part of Hyundai’s new electrified lineup in 2017. This battery-electric mid-size sedan is Hyundai’s first fully electric vehicle.

I had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Ioniq Electric’s Limited model. With my long work commute, I was concerned about making it home and then back to the office on one charge. Because the Ioniq gets 124 miles on a full charge and 136 MPGe in combined driving cycles (city/highway), I was able to drive roundtrip and run some errands in between — without having to worry about recharging the battery.

This puts the Ioniq at the front of the second tier of EVs, right behind Tesla and the Bolt EV. A full charge can be reached via a level 2 charge (220/240 volts) in about four hours and 25 minutes.

At 176 inches in length, the Ioniq Electric is one of the larger electric vehicles. It is spacious inside for a sedan with plenty of legroom (42.2 inches in the front seat and 35.7 inches in the back). The cargo area features 23.8 cubic feet. And with the 60/40 split-folding rear seatback, you can get even more room for carrying cargo.

Use of aluminum and high-strength steel creates a lighter weight vehicle. Designed on the same platform as the Ioniq hybrid model, less weight leads to better battery range. As I was driving on the freeway, I noticed how quiet it was inside the cabin. Sound absorbing materials above the rear wheel and thicker glass for the front windows help create a quieter cabin.

<p><em>Photo by Vince Taroc.</em></p>

The interior features an 8-inch touchscreen with audio and navigation data. The center console also contains the buttons to shift into park, drive, reverse, and neutral. The driver can adjust regenerative braking strength by using two paddles located on the steering wheel.

The Limited model includes upgraded interior features such as wireless phone charging, leather seating, and heated front seats. Exterior features include dual power-folding side mirrors and LED headlights. Both the Base and Limited models come with 16-inch wheels.

I was impressed with the Ioniq’s delivery of power. Powered by a 28-kWh lithium-ion battery, the 88-kW electric motor produces 118 horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque. I could really feel the power when I switched from Eco drive mode to Sport drive. In addition to showing the current battery charge, the vehicle’s instrument panel also displays the operational mode you're using.

The Ioniq offers several technology and safety features. On the Limited model, safety standards include blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, and lane change assist. Optional features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian braking, lane departure warning, smart cruise control with stop/start, and headlights with dynamic bending light.

The 2017 Ioniq Electric will be available for order in June. The base model starts at $29,500 while the higher trim Limited retails at $32,500.

 

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2017 Overland Expo Video

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We had the chance to walk around the recent 2017 Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Ariz., of our favorite shows of the year. We looked for — and sometimes were smacked in the face by — some of the strangest and most interesting vehicles around. The expo is a lot of things, but it's mostly about self-reliance, world discovery and exploration — or making your next family camping trip something you'll never forget.

Here are just some of the cool displays and vehicles that stopped us in our tracks.

Cars.com photo by Matt Avery

 

 

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