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-> Land Rover turns 70 years old in 2018, so the au­tomaker chose to cel­e­brate the mile­stone by restor­ing an orig­i­nal Land Rover. Ac­tu­ally, it is the orig­i­nal, the one used to launch the ve­hi­cle at the 1948 Am­s­ter­dam Mo­tor Show. No one knew where “Launch Land Rover” dis­ap­peared to for the long­est time, which seems creepy. But then they found it. In a gar­den. It’s be­ing called as “his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant as ‘Huey,’ the orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion Land Rover”—aka Hue 166. The restora­tion will in­clude fix­ing up the re­mov­able rear tub, a fea­ture that never made it to mass pro­duc­tion.

-> ALG’S 2018 Resid­ual Value Awards go to: Toy­ota, for the Tun­dra and Ta­coma in full­size and mid­size pickup cat­e­gories, re­spec­tively, as well as to the Se­quoia for full­size util­ity. The Land Rover Range Rover took pre­mium full­size util­ity, while the pre­mium mid­size util­ity sec­ondrow seat­ing went to the Range Rover Sport. The Dis­cov­ery took the pre­mium mid­size three-row edi­tion. The Jeep Wran­gler topped the of­froad util­ity col­umn.

-> The Detroit News Read­ers’ Choice Awards from the 2018 Detroit Auto Show in­cluded Bad­dest Off-road Ve­hi­cle cat­e­gory, won by the Jeep Wran­gler Ru­bi­con.

-> Oh, let’s give out some more awards, this time the Loy­alty Awards from IHS Markit. GM won over­all loy­alty to man­u­fac­turer, while Ford won the same, but for make. Now, some real spe­cific cat­e­gories: Jeep won High­est Con­quest Per­cent­age and Toy­ota got Eth­nic Mar­ket Loy­alty to Make. Ran­dom other win­ners in­cluded the Land Rover Range Rover for lux­ury full­size SUV, Wran­gler for com­pact SUV, Grand Chero­kee for mid­size SUV, Ford F-se­ries for 3/4and 1-ton pickup, Ram 1500 for 1/2-ton, and GMC Yukon De­nali XL for full­size SUV.

-> Just one more: Ed­munds.com held the Con­sumer Electronics Show Tech Driven Awards. Audi was named Most In­no­va­tive Au­tomaker of the Year, while the Most In­no­va­tive Truck went to the ’18 Ford F-150.

-> Psych. Now, one more award: Fiat Chrysler fes­t­ing it­self by giv­ing its Mack Av­enue En­gine Plant a sil­ver award in the World Class Man­u­fac­tur­ing “method­ol­ogy.” If you’re say­ing, hold on, didn’t the plant win the bronze for this, like, 1.5 years ago? Yes. And why do you know this?

-> ’19 Jeep Chero­kee—new hood, new fas­cia, new avail­able hands­free lift­gate, new wheels. Also: a new 2.0L in­line-four that makes 270 horses and 295 lb-ft of torque.

-> If you’re on the prowl for where to find all the SRT and Mopar rac­ing ac­tion, go to dodge.com/en/dodge-garage. Event info, news, pho­tos, down­loads, and merch can be had.

-> Ama­zon’s Alexa (shhh, she’ll hear you) will be in­cluded in some Toy­ota and Lexus mod­els.

-> The e-pal­ette Con­cept Ve­hi­cle from Toy­ota is a to­tally au­to­mated, bat­tery-elec­tric ve­hi­cle and al­ready has part­ner­ships with Uber and Pizza Hut. It’s a mo­bil­ity-is-com­ing thing.

-> Le Mall in Jed­dah hosted the first car show for women in Saudi Ara­bia. A ban has been lifted on no fe­male driv­ers.

-> Seen on udac­ity.com: nan­ode­gree pro­gram in Fly­ing Cars and Au­tonomous Flight.

-> Ford will add Waze to its Sync Ap­plink for the Sync 3 touch­screen.

-> The Jeep Grand Chero­kee S has hit Europe. It’s “sports-in­spired,” so that means a “sporty in­ter­pre­ta­tion,” “sports sus­pen­sion,” “sporty look,” and “sporty char­ac­ter.”

-> The Land Rover De­fender is get­ting a Works V-8 edi­tion. It’s the fastest to bear the name De­fender, with 399 horses and 380 lb-ft of torque.

-> Self-park­ing slip­pers now ex­ist in the PROPILOT Park Ryokan in Ja­pan. The Ryokan (essen­tially an inn) fea­tures Nis­san’s au­tonomous park­ing tech of the same name, which pow­ers ta­bles and floor cush­ions for guests. And those afore­men­tioned slip­pers.

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