That’s In­ter­est­ing

Four Wheeler - - Rpm -

-> Vin­cen­tric’s Best Value in Amer­ica award-win­ners? Ford for truck brand and its Ex­pe­di­tion for large SUV, and the Toy­ota 4Run­ner for mid­size SUV. Pick­ups were the F-150, Ta­coma, Chevy Sil­ver­ado 2500, and Ram 3500. You can prob­a­bly fig­ure out the cat­e­gories for each of those on your own.

-> The Jeep Com­pass Night Ea­gle de­buted in Europe. Think of it as more like the Jeep Com­pass Gloss Black All Over. Eu­ro­peans also got the Grand Chero­kee S. Think of it as the Grand Chero­kee Sporty Spice with Diesel.

-> ’19 Ram 1500 Trades­man:

The work truck can be had with the 3.6L V-6 or op­tional 5.7L Hemi, among other worky things for vo­ca­tional us­age.

-> Who has one of the best in­te­ri­ors for 2018, if au­totrader.com may say so it­self? The Ram 1500. Wait, the 2018 model? The out­go­ing truck? Hmmm. -> Ram also cre­ated the ’19 Ram 1500 Ken­tucky Derby Edi­tion. If you were hop­ing for a free horse or one of those big, fancy lady hats with your pur­chase, sorry. It’s pretty much just graph­ics you’ll get.

-> Nerds: Lu­cas­film teamed up with a few com­pa­nies for pro­mo­tional-re­lated things for Solo: A Star Wars Story, in­clud­ing Nis­san.

-> Chevy is now of­fer­ing the Sil­ver­ado in 4, 5, and 6 chas­sis cab form. The 2019 model will have a 6.6L Du­ra­max among its fea­tures.

-> From the “You Never Knew You Needed it Un­til You Saw It” file: Nis­san’s Smokin’ Ti­tan. The ’18 XD King Cab has a built-in smoker, dou­ble-burner stove, on­board sink, and more for your dirty tail­gat­ing and BBQ fan­tasy. It’s a con­cept truck.

-> Coup de grace or coup de ge­nius? The two-door, full­size Range Rover SV Coupe has a 5.0L V-8, “all-ter­rain abil­ity,” and lots of high-end­ness.

-> We stum­bled across a Youtube chan­nel called E for Elec­tric. Elec­tric is where things are go­ing, so we’re gonna keep an EYE on this chan­nel for JEEP and other break­ing news about all things E.

-> Looks like UPS will be tak­ing on 50 of the Work­horse elec­tric pick­ups for its fleet.

-> From Ford is Ready.shop.go. for on­line shop­ping, pric­ing com­paros, fi­nanc­ing, get­ting a test­drive on the books, and se­cur­ing a deal. It’ll be ac­ces­si­ble through­out the U.S. by the end of the year. Go to: shop. ford.com/buy.

-> Lyft is mak­ing it eas­ier for those in an Alzheimer’s clin­i­cal trial to get trans­porta­tion. It has part­nered with the Global Alzheimer’s Plat­form Foun­da­tion in pro­vid­ing a ride to and from re­search sites. The pro­gram starts in Cal­i­for­nia.

-> Our sib­ling Hot Rod mag­a­zine is team­ing up with In-n-out Burger to fest their 70th an­niver­saries in 2018 (yes, they both turn that old). Novem­ber 17,

2018, at the Auto Club Race­way in Pomona, Cal­i­for­nia, is where the haps will hap.

-> The new Volk­swa­gen At­las five-seater SUV will be built at the Chat­tanooga, Ten­nessee, fac­tory. Oh, and get this: VW is spend­ing $340 mil to bring it to the mar­ket. Oh, and get this: That’s sep­a­rate from the $900 mil it has al­ready spent on the plant for pro­duc­tion pur­poses. Just say­ing: Sounds like no need to worry about VW’S fu­ture fol­low­ing those diesel is­sues.

-> The ’18 Chevy Colorado ZR2, ’18 Jeep Wran­gler, and ’18 Land Rover Range Rover Ve­lar made au­totrader.com’s list of “Must Test Drive Ve­hi­cles for 2018.”

-> Shell and Air­flow Truck Co. have built a Class 8 truck—called Star­ship Project—that’s about im­prov­ing fuel econ­omy when it comes to the transpo in­dus­try. It has a Cum­mins en­gine and car­bon-fiber front end, hood, and more.

-> More than 172,000 peo­ple died in auto crashes in the last five years. The cause of 1 out of 10? Erie In­surance stud­ied the data and de­ter­mined, “be­ing ‘gen­er­ally dis­tracted’ or ‘lost in thought’ was the num­ber-one dis­trac­tion in­volved in fa­tal crashes.”

-> Hertz Asia now has Hertz Chauf­feur. It’s what you think.

-> Jaguar Land Rover has opened its new North Amer­i­can HQ in New Jer­sey.

-> Jeep and the World Surf League are putting you in vir­tual re­al­ity—if you take part in Jeep Ses­sions: A Surf­ing Jour­ney in 360°. Go to wsl.tv/jeepvr or down­load the app.

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