-> True story: We’ve been waiting and waiting for the day to come when we could reference a “sagging fuel tank.” Dreams do come true, people. Sadly (sagly?), this day ended up being because of a recall of around 300,000 ’09-’12 Ram 1500s located in mostly coldweather states, due to road salt.
-> Nissan’s Canton Assembly Plant produced its 4 millionth vehicle.
-> If you’re not modernized yet, good news: Ford is giving those of you with ’10-’17 vehicles access to Fordpass Smartlink to upgrade connectivity to a 4G LTE Wi-fi hotspot, and it also allows key fob smartphone capabilities. Just stick the device into your OBD-II port and you’ll be part of this century.
-> There are some things that turn 70 years old in 2018, but we have no idea what, so we’re going to focus on what didn’t require us to Google to find out. Turning 70 is our sister Hot Rod magazine and also the burger joint In-n-out. We told you last month that the two are taking their AARP status to the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California, on Saturday, November 17, 2018, for an anniversary celebration you don’t want to miss. Therefore, this your reminder about it, much like what you’ll be in need of often when you too turn 70. Get tickets here: bit.ly/2qxkwfr.
-> Did you have any interest in learning about the ’18 Dodge Durango GT Rallye Appearance Package? That’s probably enough.
-> If you’ve been thinking about getting the 800hp ’18 YENKO/SC Silverado, know that the two-wheel drive is now at Chevy dealerships.
-> Do you often feel like you’re not part of history? Know that you’ve changed your course by being alive during this momentous occasion: Israel now has its first regulation racetrack.
-> The ’18 Rocky Mountain Truck of the Year? The ’18 Nissan Titan King Cab.
-> Rock stars have “world tours,” but the Lamborghini Urus has the “world presentation program.” That equates to 114 cities in four months for Lambo to show off its new SUV.
-> The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crashed some stuff again: small SUVS, including the Jeep Compass. It scored a “good” rating for passenger-side overlap front crash tests. This is a case in which “good” is great, since it’s the highest rating, but IIHS already recognizes that nothing in life is truly “great,” so why bother going there.
-> The ’18 Cargurus Best Used Car awards: ’07-’17 Jeep Wrangler, ’11-’18 Ford Explorer, and ’09-’14 Ford F-150.
-> Toyota had a request: “Imagine a world where vehicles could ‘talk’
to each other and to the surrounding environment to help keep their drivers and their passengers safe.” No reason for the imagery, other than Toy and Lexus are contributing to the uprising with their Dedicated Short-range Communications systems on vehicles being sold from 2021 and onward. If there’s even an onward after the uprising.
-> Kind of a neat study from Lendingtree: Where are the oldest used cars bought? Turns out to be Oregon (average vehicle age— 7.45 years old), Salt Lake City, Seattle, and the outliers of the East Coast. The Midwest was less of a surprise. The newest used ones? Florida, Texas, New Orleans, and the East Coast. Chevy scored the win for most popular used-vehicle make. Nissan was second in that ranking. -> The Mercedes-maybach concept has been rumored to be named Vision Mercedes-maybach Ultimate Luxury. No, that full name does not have the word “SUV” in it. That would make it too long.
-> The BMW MSTEP training program for veterans is happening at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. BMW and Universal Technical Institute teamed up on the workshop and training program.
-> Goride is a new non-emergency medical transpo service from Ford, an on-demand service that takes patients to medical appointments, has wheelchair access, and has bedside-to-bedside capability. It’s going through a test phase in Southeast Michigan with Beaumont Health’s more than 200 facilities.