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-> 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.

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