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->The Rez­vani Tank is avail­able in the Mil­i­tary Edi­tion. Cough­ing up $295,000 (to start) in­cludes an op­tional 707hp Hell­cat V-8, off-road pack­age with Dynatrac axles, bul­let­proof ar­mor, night vi­sion, smoke screen (we’re up for six fig­ures just to get that), mag­netic dead bolts and elec­tri­fied door han­dles (also that), and other things you can see at rez­van­i­mo­tors.com. ->In case you’re won­der­ing about a new or­ga­ni­za­tion called Ford Au­ton­o­mous Ve­hi­cles, it’s Ford’s and it’s fo­cus­ing on au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles.

->Also: We didn’t read any of the 44-page doc­u­ment Ford re­leased about its safety goals for self­driv­ing ve­hi­cles and how it’s work­ing with the gov­ern­ment and cities and oth­ers. Hard to say whether we didn’t be­cause it’s 44 pages or about au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles. Throw a dart.

->U.S. News & World Re­port’s Best New Cars for Teens in­cluded the Kia Sportage.

->By 2022, ex­pect your new four-door Nis­san SUV or pickup to have Rear Door Alert as stan­dard equip­ment, aimed at warn­ing you (honk­ing, for ex­am­ple) to check the back­seat for peo­ple and things you might have left be­hind, es­pe­cially on a hot day. Yes, you can turn that fea­ture off.

->Shop by Di­a­gram is new tech from ebay Mo­tors that’s ba­si­cally like a pic­ture book. You don’t have to know the part name or part num­ber. It makes your ve­hi­cle’s schematic di­a­grams in­ter­ac­tive and the al­go­rithms will con­nect you to the part or ac­ces­sory for your spe­cific make/model of ve­hi­cle. If you’ve used My Garage, ebay has also tweaked that for per­son­al­iz­ing parts and prod­ucts for the ve­hi­cle you have in your vir­tual garage. ->There’s a new health joint called FCA Fam­ily Health and Well­ness Cen­ter in In­di­ana that’s a Fiat Chrysler/st. Vin­cent dou­ble billing, avail­able to FCA em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies at no cost. “FCA joins grow­ing trend of large U.S. em­ploy­ers es­tab­lish­ing pri­mary care fa­cil­i­ties,” the au­tomaker said in a state­ment.

->Did you know the ’19 Ford Ranger will use radar tow­ing tech? It’s the Blind Spot In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem you’ve prob­a­bly heard of be­fore, and it checks for blind spots, all the way to the back of the trailer. It can also store trailer info, like length, so that you’ll re­ceive warn­ings. Use it without some­thing hitched as well.

->Which brands have the per­cep­tion of be­ing the most pa­tri­otic? Brand Keys sur­veyed peo­ple and the sur­vey said Jeep beat out Coca-cola and even Amer­i­can Ex­press, which had the home field ad­van­tage by hav­ing the ac­tual word “Amer­i­can” in the name. Ford was No. 4, which

meant both au­tomak­ers out­ranked Ama­zon, Star­bucks, and Mcdon­ald’s.

->Ford First Gen is a new pro­gram at Spel­man Col­lege, which the Blue Oval de­scribed as de­signed to en­hance “stu­dent suc­cess ef­forts by pair­ing a co­hort of 50 first-gen­er­a­tion, first-year stu­dents with 10 ris­ing ju­niors—also first­gen­er­a­tion stu­dents—who will serve as peer men­tors. Men­tors will spend at least 10 hours per week with each of their as­signed mentees.”

->In case you won­dered which Fiat Chrysler plant would score the task of build­ing the power elec­tron­ics mod­ule for the ’20 Jeep Wran­gler plug-in hy­brid, it’s the Toledo Ma­chin­ing Plant. Hope you won the of­fice pool.

->Been in an ac­ci­dent? If you have a GM ve­hi­cle, you’re in luck. The au­tomaker started the Col­li­sion Re­pair Net­work that com­bines with On­star to help you find re­pair fa­cil­i­ties with tech­ni­cians who know how to re­pair GM ve­hi­cles us­ing the OE parts.

->Ford is bring­ing a new SUV to China called Ter­ri­tory. It’s a mid­size for 2019 and can be had as a mild hy­brid, plug-in, or gas ve­hi­cle. ->Au­to­na­tion has cre­ated a $300,000 match­ing grant that’ll go to­ward home­less­ness in Broward County in Florida, and be­tween now and De­cem­ber 31, 2018, will 100 per­cent match all new do­na­tions up to $300,000 made to United We End Home­less­ness, its joint project with United Way of Broward County and oth­ers. Learn more at unit­ed­way­broward.org.

->Are we go­ing to have to make food truck re­ports a new monthly deal? Well, Waf­fle House is now on the go, so this monthly se­ries can prob­a­bly end here.

->Looks as though Lin­coln deal­er­ships and Ford deal­er­ships will be­come sep­a­rate en­ti­ties. Ap­par- ently, you get bet­ter re­sults when you don’t mix lux­ury and util­ity. Or pres­i­dent names.

->What is Sixt? If you’re a Mil­len­nial, you know, since you ranked it Fa­vorite Car Rental Com­pany by Trazee Awards. What is a Trazee award? Eh, mov­ing on.

->Just be­cause it’s in­ter­est­ing: The new most ex­pen­sive Amer­i­can car ever sold at auc­tion is the ’35 Due­sen­berg once owned by ac­tor Gary Cooper, which went for $22 mil­lion.

->For­tune mag­a­zine’s Change the World list in­cluded Toy­ota for the third time. “No other auto com­pany has been named more than once,” Toy wanted you to know. Why did this hap­pen? “For be­liev­ing robots can do more than as­sem­ble Corol­las and Cam­rys; it’s build­ing and in­vest­ing in robotics to help the dis­abled and el­derly.”

->Land Rover has a bunch of “pet packs.” You’re look­ing at foldable pet car­ri­ers, por­ta­ble shower, spill-re­sis­tant wa­ter bowl, and other ne­ces­si­ties. The com­pany also signed on as a spon­sor of the Rugby World Cup and Wheel­chair Rugby World Cham­pi­onships, the first com­pany to spon­sor them.

->There’s a new Uni­ver­sal Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute: Bloom­field, New Jersey. It’s the first one in the tris­tate area.

“WE’RE GO­ING TO SELL TRUCKS JUST BE­CAUSE OF THIS GATE.” — MATTHEW NOONE, GMC’S DIREC­TOR OF EX­TE­RIOR DE­SIGN, TO AU­TO­MO­TIVE NEWS, RE­GARD­ING THE SIX-WAY MULTIPRO TAIL­GATE ON THE ’19 SIERRA

“WE’VE ADDED SO MANY FEA­TURES AND BEN­E­FITS THAT IT DE­SERVES ITS OWN NAME: DURABED.” — TIM HER­RICK, EX­EC­U­TIVE CHIEF ENGI­NEER, FULL­SIZE TRUCKS, GEN­ERAL MO­TORS, ABOUT THE BED OF THE ’19 SIL­VER­ADO

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