Watch a General Lee Dodge Charger Catch Massive Air Before Crashing

Them Duke Boys make it look so easy on TV, but launching a Dodge Charger off a ramp and landing in one piece is harder than it looks. One stunt driver found that out at the start of Detroit’s annual Autorama hot rod show, where he caught some sick air but didn’t quite stick the landing.

Watch a General Lee Dodge Charger Catch Massive Air Before Crashing

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible First Drive

Every time Chevy does a new high-performance Camaro, someone invariably dismisses it as “just a Camaro,” as if nothing’s changed since the 1980s. Cutting the roof off only doubles down on the perception that it’s not a real sports car, and in the case of the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 convertible, that couldn’t be any more wrong than dismissing the Camaro out of hand in the first place.

Key Takeaways:

  • Every time Chevy does a new high-performance Camaro, someone invariably dismisses it as “just a Camaro,” as if nothing’s changed since the 1980s.
  • The only real wonky thing about the whole convertible top is the window switches, and it’s not exclusive to the ZL1 convertible.
  • Whether you frame it in terms of performance per dollar or just outright performance, the ZL1 convertible is a standout.

“Cutting the roof off only doubles down on the perception that it’s not a real sports car, and in the case of the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 convertible, that couldn’t be any more wrong than dismissing the Camaro out of hand in the first place.”

http://www.motortrend.com/cars/chevrolet/camaro/2017/2017-chevrolet-camaro-zl1-convertible-first-drive/

Ford Sees Self-Driving Vans, Drones Working Together to Deliver Food

We have seen plenty of self driving prototypes intended to transport people, but we’ve yet to encounter a completely autonomous process for transporting goods directly to a customer’s doorstep. With the new Autolivery concept, Ford has envisioned a future of self-driving vans and drones working together to achieve this goal.

Key Takeaways:

  • the Autolivery concept is an electric self-driving van with deployable drones that can fly to your doorstep to pick up and drop off a package.
  • While the scene shown today is not yet possible, ‘Autolivery’ suggests how our ongoing mobility research could enrich our lives in a more sustainable ‘City of Tomorrow
  • Ford isn’t the first automaker to dream up a drone-launching van. Mercedes debuted its Vision Van concept last year, a vehicle with similar drone capabilities but less focus on full automation.

“We’ve seen plenty of self-driving prototypes intended to transport people, but we’ve yet to encounter a completely autonomous process for transporting goods directly to a customer’s doorstep.”

http://www.motortrend.com/news/ford-sees-self-driving-vans-drones-working-together-deliver-food/

Nissan Transforms Crossover into a Dog Sanctuary

Nissan’s European division has come up with a clever solution to keep dogs happy on the road. Based off the X-Trail crossover, or the Rogue as it’s known here in the U.S., the concept features a bed, no-spill water bowl, and treat dispenser. A slide-out ramp makes it easy to get dogs in and out of the cargo bay, and clip-on harness hooks keep them safe while the vehicle is moving.

Nissan Transforms Crossover into a Dog Sanctuary

2018 Ford Expedition to Offer Live TV Streaming

SlingPlayer software embedded into the EVO system allows passengers to connect to their Slingbox system at home and control their cable or satellite TV. Passengers can also use the DVD player, HDMI port, USB, or the SD card reader to view additional content. Additionally, streaming video can be sent to the display screens via the system’s SmartStream app on compatible iOS or Android devices.

2018 Ford Expedition to Offer Live TV Streaming

Jeep Outfits the 2017 Compass with Mopar Accessories

As we stated in our first drive, the 2017 Jeep Compass is a vast improvement over its predecessor, due in no small part to its reasonable off-road capabilities compared to other compact CUVs. Keen to capitalize on the crossover’s off-road aspirations, Jeep will offer more than 90 different Mopar accessories, allowing owners to customize the Compass for their own unique demands and activities.

Key Takeaways:

  • As we stated in our first drive, the 2017 Jeep Compass is a vast improvement over its predecessor, due in no small part to its reasonable off-road capabilities compared to other compact CUVs.
  • Mopar accessories are either dealer- or owner-installed, although Jeep retailers can fold the price of accessories and installation into the buyer’s lease or finance agreement if the accessories are installed pre-sale.
  • For the Compass’ interior, the parts company offers all-weather floor mats, cargo-organizing totes, a bright pedal kit, and decorative door sill guards, among many other bits and bobs.

“Keen to capitalize on the crossover’s off-road aspirations, Jeep will offer more than 90 different Mopar accessories, allowing owners to customize the Compass for their own unique demands and activities.”

http://www.trucktrend.com/news/1702-jeep-outfits-the-2017-compass-with-mopar-accessories/

Trucking group working on retaining, attracting women to the industry

A trucking company is looking for women to fill their spots are employees for the company. P.E.I. Trucking is looking for a mixture of men and women and are very excited about this new development. Women do have the option to stay home and not go out on road, which may indeed attract women for this type of job.

Key Takeaways:

  • Encouraging women to enter the trucking industry on P.E.I. is about more than filling seats
  • It’s also about getting new perspectives.
  • Women only make up about 6.5 per cent of the Island trucking workforce.

“Encouraging women to enter the trucking industry on P.E.I. is about more than “filling seats,” it’s also about getting new perspectives.”

http://www.topix.com/business/trucking/2017/03/trucking-group-working-on-retaining-attracting-women-to-the-industry?fromrss=1

February 2017 Truck Sales – Looking Up

After a shaky start to truck sales in the new year with a mixed performance in January, February showed renewed signs of growth, with all of the domestic fullsize models showing gains for the month. Further down the lists, the results were more mixed, with the Toyota Tundra showing a double-digit decline, as well as the Nissan Frontier. The Titan, on the other hand, continues to go from strength to strength, continuing to steadily grow its market share as more variants become available.

February 2017 Truck Sales – Looking Up

Mercedes-Benz Recalls Multiple Models for Fire Risk

The recall involves 2015- to 2017-model year C300 4Matic, C300, CLA250, CLA250 4Matic and CLA45 AMG vehicles; 2017-MY C300 4Matic Cabrio, C300 4Matic Coupe, C300 Cabrio, C300 Coupe, E300, E300 4Matic, E400 4Matic Wagon, E43 AMG 4Matic, GLA250, GLA250 4Matic and GLC300 4Matic Coupe vehicles; 2016-MY C350e and GLC300 vehicles; and 2016- and 2017-MY C450 4Matic AMG Sport and GLC300 4Matic vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz Recalls Multiple Models for Fire Risk

Uber Changes Course, Applies For CA Self-Driving Permit

After refusing for months to get the necessary permit to test its autonomous vehicles on public roads, the ride-hailing company said March 2 it will now abide by California rules just like more than 20 other companies working on self-driving technology in the state, including Google, Tesla, Honda, BMW, and Ford.

Key Takeaways:

  • Within hours of Uber’s self-driving car launch in San Francisco in December, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles told the company it was breaking the law and needed to halt the program until it got a permit.
  • Further complicating issues for Uber’s self-driving car project are public safety concerns as the vehicles had been observed running a red light.
  • After initially refusing to obtain a permit, Uber is now saying they will apply for the state required permit.

“After a botched rollout of its autonomous vehicles in San Francisco and months of refusing to get a state permit, Uber says it will now follow the rules.”

http://www.lctmag.com/operations/news/721287/uber-changes-course-applies-for-ca-self-driving-permit

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