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-> Our sib­ling Mo­tor Trend named the Ford F-150 as its 2018 Truck of the Year.

-> Winners of SEMA’S Hottest awards for 2017 went to the Jeep Wran­gler for 4X4-SUV and the, oh, you again: Ford F-se­ries for the truck category.

-> The new supercharged Crate Hemi En­gine Kit from Mopar is the first supercharged 707hp 6.2L fac­tory crate en­gine. Its hip­ster name is Hell­crate.

-> Audi is plan­ning a new fa­cil­ity for pro­duc­ing e-diesel. The com­pany has been doing re­search on e-gaso­line and syn­thet­i­cally man­u­fac­tured e-diesel for a few years. “Audi e-diesel has the po­ten­tial to make con­ven­tional com­bus­tion en­gines op­er­ate almost Co2-neu­trally,” said the au­tomaker.

-> What says Kel­ley Blue Book about the best auto tech­nol­ogy for 2018? Stuff like con­nected apps, tech that con­trols teens (we mean things like Chevy’s Teen Driver for alert­ing if any safety systems were used), Ap­ple Carplay, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, and au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing.

-> If you no­tice a blind­ingly blue ’18 Ram 1500, know that it’s the new spe­cial-edi­tion Hy­dro Blue Sport. Among the spe­cials are the per­for­mance hood, unique grille, badg­ing, and body-col­ored ar­eas.

-> For 2018, Land Rover will make the 3.0L V-6 Td6 diesel avail­able on SE mod­els. The nu­meros: 254 horses, 443 lb-ft of torque, eight­speed auto trans.

-> A free Ford Rap­tor col­or­ing book? It’s from Blue Springs Ford Parts and you can down­load the off-road, ac­tion-packed col­lec­tion of il­lus­tra­tions here: bit.ly/2zvqyig.

-> 60 years in the U.S. would be Toy­ota. Di­a­monds are the tra­di­tional an­niver­sary gift, so de­pend­ing on your love for Toys, your bling might fall some­where be­tween mag­ni­fy­ing glass nec­es­sary and Hope di­a­mond.

-> Most-loved au­to­mo­tive brand in the U.S. would be Toy­ota, ac­cord­ing to In­sights 4 Less, be­cause you def­i­nitely want less with your in­sights. Chevy and Ford also ranked high.

-> Ram won the Bone Stock award at the Re­belle Rally for be­ing the high­est fin­ish­ing un­mod­i­fied ve­hi­cle. It was a ’17 Power Wagon.

-> ’18 Green Truck of the Year, ac­cord­ing to Green Car Jour­nal? The Chevy Colorado.

-> The ’18 Nis­san Ti­tan XD got a new Snow Plow Prep Pack­age.

-> The Ti­tan also makes news for win­ning the Best Value Ex­treme Off-road category with the PRO4X for the Ac­tive Lifestyle Ve­hi­cle awards for two years run­ning. Also two years run­ning is you hav­ing no idea this award ex­isted.

-> Toy­ota has signed on to be a global part­ner of the Spe­cial Olympics.

-> You know who doesn’t have a Lam­borgh­ini? You. You know who does? The Pope. Tech­ni­cally, the $200,000 car was a do­na­tion that will be auc­tioned off, with pro­ceeds go­ing to the needy.

-> Ford will cough up $870-mil­lion-plus to build the next-gen Kuga SUV in Spain.

-> Tech Live Look is a new thing hap­pen­ing at Porsche deal­er­ships. It in­volves Aug­mented Re­al­ity smart glasses that Porsche said “fea­ture the lat­est in pro­jec­tion tech­nol­ogy and come equipped with a high-res­o­lu­tion, auto-fo­cus cam­era that shows even fine de­tails, such as thread­ing on screws. The glasses in­clude a pow­er­ful LED to il­lu­mi­nate dark spa­ces in the en­gine com­part­ment or under the car.”

-> The win­ner of mul­ti­ple ALG Resid­ual Value awards? Land Rover, in­clud­ing for Best Premium Brand, Premium Full­size Util­ity (Range Rover), and Best Premium Com­pact Util­ity (Dis­cov­ery Sport).

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