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->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


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.

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