->What are the most Americanmade vehicles, meaning, “high domestic-parts content”? According to cars.com, the numero uno for 2018 was the Jeep Cherokee. The Ford Explorer and F-150 also made the top 10 list. Among the least were every 2018 model from Mazda, Porsche, Land Rover, and Mitsubishi. ->For 22 years, Autopacific has been in the business of most satisfying. We’re talking about its annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. For the newest edition, which surveyed owners of 2017 and 2018 models, satisfaction came in the form of the Nissan Titan as light-duty pickup, GMC Sierra HD for heavy-duty pickup, Toyota Sequoia and 4Runner for large and midsize SUV, respectively, and with the latter tying with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Mercedes-benz GLS won for premium luxury crossover SUV (and, yes, there’s a straight-up luxury category as well—we assume for when luxury could do better).
->Porsche is 70 years old.
->Some midsize SUVS did not do so well in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s latest crash test. The focus was passenger-side small overlap crashes, like when the front corner hits a tree or another vehicle. The Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee each brought home an overall score of poor (lowest score), while the Nissan Pathfinder and Kia Sorento saw good (highest score). Structure, passenger restraints, and injury measurements factored in these scores.
->Ford and Postmates have teamed up on a self-driving vehicle program, specifically of self-driving tech for food-delivery services. It’s the Blue Oval’s first partner for this type of program. One company will be in charge of the vehicles, the other, the food. Let’s hope there’s no confusion.
->Silver status is generally a moniker for The Olds, but in this case, it’s an award for Fiat Chrysler’s World Class Manufacturing “methodology,” which “focuses on eliminating waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way, was first implemented by Fiat in 2006, and introduced to Chrysler Group as part of the alliance between the two companies in June 2009.” Wins went to Toledo Machining and Sterling Stamping.
->Ford is coming in hot and has scooped up the historic Michigan Central Station, which will be part of ground zero for the automaker’s mobility and future-of-transpo development. Office space, yes. Trains again, no.
->Ford also scooped up bees. There’s a beekeeping situation at the HQ in Michigan that features six honeybee hives. Sure, bees are tiny, stinging monsters of epic proportion, but they also are very important players in the world’s food supply. Ford got into bees back in 2016 and seems to be enjoying this hobby, which is helping to increase the honeybee population and do other good deeds for our planet.
->If automotive museums are a must-see roadside attraction for you on your journeys, Decades of Wheels is headed for Route 66 in Kansas and proclaims itself to be the largest auto museum on the Route. It opens October 13, 2018, and there’ll be autos and bikes and other stuff. For details, head to decadesofwheels.com.
->If you’re a volunteer or paid firefighter, police officer, EMT/ paramedic, or 911 dispatcher, you can get a special discount (below MSRP) on new GM vehicles at participating dealerships. ->$65 million is what it took to break ground on the new Acdelco and Genuine GM Parts processing facility, and we don’t mean that all that cash was too heavy and broke the ground. On a 141-acre lot will be GM’S biggest investment in a warehouse/processing locale in 40 years, with 1 million square feet in floor space for packaging service parts. It’ll open in 2019.
->If you’re looking for an Official Winter SUV, look no further than the ’18 Dodge Durango. That fact, according to the New England Motor Press Association. The Ram 1500 was the winner for pickup, while the Extreme Vehicle was the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The Heritage award-winner was the Jeep Wrangler.
->Jaguar Land Rover has become another subscriber to the idea of vehicle subscription service, meaning signer-uppers gain access to
“THE DRIVERS OF SINGALONG SHUTTLE WILL NOT ACCEPT CASH OR CREDIT CARDS—THE ONLY WAY TO PAY IS TO SING.” —THE ELECTRIC TAXI THAT CLAIMS TO BE THE FIRST TO TAKE SINGING AS FARE: FORTUM.COM/SINGALONGSHUTTLE
various new Jag and Rover vehicles as part of their vehicle plan. It’s called Carpe and is already available to UK residents. The hope is to lure high-mileage drivers.
->Jeep’s also going to offer a subscription service, coming in 2019?
->Here’s what you need to know about Nissan’s Canton Plant: 2018 means it’s 15 years old, and also 4 million vehicles old (this includes where the Titan and Frontier are built). If this milestone was so fascinating that we left you hanging for more info, go to nissancanton15. com to be less hung.
->This almost sounded too perky for our taste: The ’19 Ram 1500 won the Sunny Pickup Truck category at the Southern Automotive Media Association’s 8th annual Topless in Miami. The Ram’s panoramic sunroof turns out to be the perk characteristic.