• Mopar’s offering the Hellephant 426 supercharged Hemi crate engine; expect 1,000 horses and 950 lb-ft of torque. • Chevy has new crate engines. The supercharged LT5 6.2L is rated at 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque, while the L96 6.0L V-8 is 360 horses and 380 lb-ft of twist. The ZZ6 EFI is capable of 420 hp.
• Walmart and Advance Auto Parts are heading up an auto parts section of walmart.com. It’ll offer home delivery, same-day pickup, and even installation of select parts at Advance Auto Parts. • Ford, Uber, and Lyft walk into a bar. No, wait, not that. But the three are agreeing to share data that would help cities and companies deal with mobility solutions related to congestion.
• Also a budding partnership: Volkswagen and Microsoft. They’re teaming up to create the “Volkswagen Automotive Cloud,” or what they’re calling, “one of the largest dedicated automotive industry clouds for all future Volkswagen digital services and mobility offerings.” • There’s a man-shoe collection from Land Rover and Clarks. In fact, 10 collections to be released within the next 5 years. Jeep better get foot-woke.
• GM’s offering an optional extended bumper-to-bumper limited warranty for 5 years or 60,000 miles for Chevy and GMC. Jeep better get warranty-woke. • Honeywell is working with the U.S.
Army on a prototype of an advanced kind of helmet-mounted vision system for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. It uses augmented and virtual reality.
• New advertising slogan alert: “Built
• The North Kansas City Schools Automotive Technology program? Bragging rights for being named best in the Midwest.
• Researchers at the University of Michigan are figuring out how to create an algae-based biofuel to use in current diesel engines. They’re going to work with Penn State University researchers on how to grow it, make it into diesel fuel, and create max performance.
• The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said highway fatality numbers for 2017 decreased compared to the previous 2 years, which had significant increases.
• Sounds like Kia and Hyundai are going to add solar panels to the roofs of their vehicles.
• This is nifty: Chevy rebuilt a ’19 COPO Camaro as a concept performance car and called it eCOPO because it’s all-electric and said to be worth the equivalent of 700 horses and 600 lb-ft of torque.