->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