Sunday, November 29, 2015

GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate: The Pinnacle of Premium

Unique 22-inch wheels, expanded package 
of standard content drives exclusivity


DETROIT – GMC is taking the range-topping style, craftsmanship and capability of the Sierra Denali even higher with the 2016 Sierra Denali Ultimate.

It builds on the Sierra Denali’s already class-leading attributes with a package of precision-crafted features designed to elevate its comfort, design and capability in the growing premium niche of the full-size truck market.

GMC introduces the Sierra Denali Ultimate today, ahead of its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes on sale late in the first quarter of 2016.

“The Sierra Denali has helped drive the growth of premium portion of the light-duty crew cab segment,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “This truck is the ultimate expression of the Sierra Denali with greater emphasis on the bold and refined presence and advanced features that make Denali models synonymous with precision and exclusivity.”

Thanks in large part to Sierra Denali, which was redesigned in 2014, GMC commands 15.5 percent of the premium full-size truck segment, where average transaction prices exceed $55,000.

The segment has nearly doubled in 2015 and grown tenfold since 2013, when GMC had zero percent of the market. In fact, Sierra Denali has helped GMC earn a higher share of the premium portion of the light-duty crew cab segment than of the overall full-size pickup segment.

Unique features and more standard technologies
The Sierra Denali Ultimate is offered exclusively on four-wheel drive 1500 crew cab models with either a 5’ 8” or 6’ 6” cargo bed. It is distinguished with 22-inch wheels with chrome or black insert), a standard sunroof, chrome tow hooks and standard technologies, including Tri-Mode Power Steps – that move rearward to serve as a step into the forward section of the cargo bed. Lane Keep Assist and IntelliBeam automatic headlamp control are also standard.

Sierra’s 6.2L V-8/eight-speed automatic powertrain combination offers the light-duty segment’s highest output: 420 horsepower (313 kW) and 460 lb-ft of torque (623 Nm). Active noise cancelation technology contributes to a quieter driving experience and is featured with the 6.2L engine. A 5.3L V-8 with the new Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission is the standard powertrain.

An integrated trailer brake controller is standard on the Sierra Denali Ultimate and allows the driver to adjust the amount of output available to the electric trailer brake and to manually apply the brakes.

Additionally, Sierra Denali’s standard, segment-exclusive magnetic ride control delivers more precise body motion control, for a greater feeling of responsiveness to the driver and a smoother ride for passengers. Its sensors “read” the road every millisecond, triggering damping changes in as little as five milliseconds in electronically controlled shock absorbers that replace conventional mechanical-valve shocks.

Professional grade style and crafted interior
In addition to the special content, the Sierra Denali Ultimate includes all of the crafted interior, advanced features and design elements of other Denali models, including body-color bumpers, chrome exhaust tip, unique interior decorative trim, a polished stainless steel exhaust outlet and a factory-installed spray-on bed liner with a three-dimensional Denali logo.

It also wears new front-end styling introduced for 2016, including high-performance LED headlamps with GMC LED signature lighting, an all-new Denali grille and LED taillamps.

The high-tech interior features an eight-inch-diagonal Customizable Driver Display – with Denali-themed screen graphics at start-up – that can show relevant settings, audio and navigation information in the instrument panel. Sierra Denali’s standard eight-inch-diagonal Color Touch navigation radio with IntelliLink, located above the center console, is the hub for Bluetooth-connected phones and portable devices connected through four standard USB ports.

IntelliLink also features Apple CarPlay capability, with Android Auto capability coming later in the model year. Additional standard technologies and convenience features include:
•    OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot
•    Bose premium sound system
•    Wireless phone charging – new for 2016
•    Remote vehicle starter system
•    Remote keyless entry with new remote locking tailgate
•    Power-adjustable pedals
•    Power-sliding rear window with defogger
•    Rear-vision camera with dynamic guidelines.

The Denali Ultimate features premium soft-touch interior materials, aluminum trim and contrast stitching on the standard leather-trimmed interior – including 12-way power adjustable heated and vented front leather bucket and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel.



Elevation of luxury
Named for Mount Denali, the highest peak in North America, the GMC Denali brand represents the pinnacle of luxury, design and performance – the ultimate expression of professional grade.

GMC’s top-of-the-line models include the signature Denali chrome grille – premium materials and the latest safety and infotainment technology. Features such as an 8-inch reconfigurable instrument cluster on the Yukon Denali series and Magnetic Ride Control on Sierra Denali are exclusive to their respective vehicle segment.

The luxury-focused Denali models outsell the entire product lines of some of the most aspirational marques, including Land Rover, Jaguar and Porsche, with almost 60 percent of all GMC Yukon/Yukon XL models and more than 45 percent of Sierra HD sold wearing the Denali badge.

Overall, Denali vehicles have accounted for about 25 percent of all GMC retail sales in 2015 and more than 850,000 have been sold since the nameplate was introduced on the 1999 Yukon.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.

Friday, November 27, 2015

See the Brand New Cummins Engines For 2017



See some of the brand new Cummins ISX engines to be coming out soon at this Cummins road show. Indiana Jack interviews one of the Vice Presidents (Scott Bentz)at this show and outlines some of the highlights of the new diesel engines.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

RAM | Driven to Succeed | EMRGE Supply Co.



RAM | ProMaster City | http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/city | Inspired by their shared passion for electronic music and culture, friends Seth, Alex, and Ryan launched EMRGE Supply Co., a clothing and lifestyle company. Tag along as the guys load up their products in the all new 2015 RAM ProMaster City and hit the road for one of the country’s biggest music festivals.

Monday, November 23, 2015

2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty: Detailed First Look



At the Texas State Fair, the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty F-250, F-350, and F-450 trucks were unveiled. Get your detailed first look inside and out, engines, and features.

Auto news with a reality check! New car, truck, SUV and crossover test drives, reviews and news posted daily!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Masterack SmartSpace video



Coalesce Marketing of Wisconsin needed the right narration for the Leggett & Platt "Masterack Smartspace" video, which explains some of the system' s many unique features.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Protect your cab and light up the cargo space with a Harbor Cab Protector


Harbor Truck bodies now offers a cab shield for service body products. This great new product keeps the cab protected and provides allows a mount for optional cargo lighting.

Find out more at: http://htbi.net/

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Cascade Truck Body and Trailer Sales



Cascade Truck Body and Trailer Sales offers a wide range of other truck equipment including, dump bodies, trailers and van equipment.


Cascade Truck Body and Trailer Sales, Eugene, OR  lines up 3 Trucks installed with Harbor Trademaster Service Bodies. The Ford Extended Cab Dually is fitted with a crane on the rear corner of the passenger side. It has a nice raised table style rear tow bumper, a drop in style tailgate and a single ladder rack on the driver’s side. The 2 Dodge Standard Cab Dually units are standard Trademaster.  

Harbor Truck Bodies standard TradeMaster offerings and the 8' and 9' Single Rear Wheel models, along with 8', 9', 11' Dual Rear Wheel models. We also offer a 6.5' for HD short bed trucks and a 13' for longer wheelbase trucks. Since we manufacture this product, we can build bodies to specific needs, but the standardized models will be generally be the most cost-effective.

Service Body accessories available from Cascade Truck Body include slide out drawer units, cranes, cab guards, ladder racks, beacons, light bars, brake controls, fuel tanks and industrial coatings.​

Contact them at:

Cascade Truck Body
PO Box 2009
29512 Airport Rd
Eugene OR 97402

541-342-5317
www.cascadetruckbody.com

Sunday, November 15, 2015

New GM Wind Tunnel Accelerates Fuel-Saving Designs

Expanded testing capacity for quieter vehicles 
and lower operating cost 

WARREN, Mich. – General Motors is now able to accelerate and verify fuel-saving designs earlier in development of new cars and trucks thanks to a new reduced scale wind tunnel test facility on the campus of the company’s Technical Center.

GM’s new, 35,000-square-foot Reduced Scale Wind Tunnel aerodynamically tests clay models up to 40 percent of the scale of a vehicle. It is equipped with a conveyor-style rolling road system that simulates real-world highway driving conditions up to a top speed of 155 mph. Testing reduced-sized vehicles on a simulated road allows GM aerodynamic engineers to reduce wind drag in a  full-size vehicle design.

Advanced 3D printing machines create underbodies and engine blocks that are detailed and to scale for the reduced sized clay models. Working suspensions with spinning wheels allow aerodynamic engineers to better examine how airflow affects a vehicle’s underbody while in motion, resulting in quieter cars and trucks that can cost customers less to operate.

The new aerodynamic test facility is located next to GM’s full-scale wind tunnel that has been in operation since 1980. Together, the facilities give GM a competitive advantage in testing capacity and capabilities.
The original full-scale wind tunnel will be upgraded next year with its own full-scale rolling road system and other improvements.

“The combined capabilities of our new reduced-scale and full-scale wind tunnels allow us to reach industry-leading levels of aerodynamic refinement,” said Ken Morris, vice president, GM Global Product Integrity. “We view the new $30 million reduced scale wind tunnel as an investment towards a better, more energy-efficient future.”

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Durable and Rust Resistant - The Stainless Steel Dump Body by Rugby Mfg.




Stainless steel dump bodies from Rugby are corrosion resistant and more durable than high tensile steel.

The stainless steel Eliminator LP is built with a one-piece fl oor, dirt shedding sides, a centrally located quick release lever, (fold down side models only) and the patented EZ-LATCH™ system. The unit is designed to provide years of service.

Body Options
Stainless Steel Eliminator LP – Rigid & Fold Down Sides
  •     Cabshields (1/4, 1/2, 3/4, Full) Standard and Tall
  •     304 SS in lieu of 201 SS (extra lead time)
  •     Understructure Options:
    • Fully Stainless Steel
    • Interlaced
    • Crossmemberless
  •     10 ga 201 stainless steel sides and ends standard (304 available on a special order basis)
  •     One-piece 3/16" AR400 crossmemberless steel floor
  •     Pockets for 6" side boards increase load capacity
  •     One-piece sides with no vertical braces
  •     Seamless one-piece front design with 1/4 integrated cab shield with V-bend for added strength
Optional Coal Chute:


Meter asphalt, gravel, mulch and other materials or get a shovel full with adjustable and easy to operate individual or multiple Coal Chutes with single handle lift levers.



To find out more, you may call Harbor Truck Bodies at 800-433-9452.
Also find us at http://htbi.net/

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Cargo Bed Enclosure or Roll Top Is Perfect Addition To Service Body


Please turn sound up.

Paul Brown with Geweke Ford in Yuba City CA shows off a Service Body on a Ford Super Duty Chassis by Harbor Truck Bodies. This units has a 3-piece Cargo Bed Enclosure and Power Locking System, along with a Forklift Loadable Rack and Class IV Receiver. This is a great way to keep cargo out of sight and out of the weather too.

See more at http://www.geweketrucks.com

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Ford Licenses Innovative Robotic Testing Technology to Other Automakers

  • Ford and Autonomous Solutions Inc. are licensing robotic vehicle testing technology to other vehicle manufacturers
  • Industry-first technology saves time and spares human drivers from physical abuse by accelerating high-impact on-road and off-road durability testing
  • Patented robotic durability testing used to ensure Ford trucks, including the all-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty, are Built Ford Tough

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 3, 2015 – Ford is licensing robotic test driving technology to other automakers. The industry-first technology saves time and spares human drivers from such physically demanding tasks as driving over curbs and through potholes in durability testing.

Ford engineers worked with Utah-based Autonomous Solutions Inc. (ASI) to further develop ASI’s software and components that enable autonomous, robotic options of test vehicles. Now, other automakers are set to benefit from Ford’s patented technology.


“This robotic testing kit is available to purchase directly from ASI immediately,” said Chris Danowski, director of technology commercialization and intellectual property licensing, Ford Global Technologies.

“Several automotive OEMs have already placed orders to purchase systems for their own testing.”
Robotic durability testing includes a control module installed in the test vehicle that controls vehicle steering. Ford-developed bell crank actuators control the throttle and brake pedals with a metal rod. The module is set to follow a preprogrammed course, and the vehicle’s position is tracked by cameras in a central control room and via GPS accurate to plus/minus one inch.

Should the vehicle stray from its course, engineers have the ability to stop it, course correct as necessary, and restart the test. Onboard sensors can command a full stop if a pedestrian or another vehicle strays into the test vehicle’s path.

Robotically driven vehicles are expected to repeatedly perform tests on torturous surfaces with names like Silver Creek, Power Hop Hill and Curb Your Enthusiasm. These tests can compress 10 years of daily driving abuse into courses just a few hundred yards long, with surfaces that include broken concrete, cobblestones, metal grates, rough gravel, mud pits and oversized speed bumps.

The innovative technology is helping to ensure the all-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty – Ford’s toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever – is Built Ford Tough. Super Duty has undergone the equivalent of years of abuse and durability testing in a short amount of time to ensure it will hold up to a lifetime of the hard work its owners expect.

Ford has granted a patent license to ASI, providing the company rights to incorporate and use its bell crank actuators in the systems ASI sells to other automakers and suppliers to test cars, trucks, buses and military vehicles.

“We’re proud to work with Ford to help develop this technology and to be granted a license from Ford Global Technologies,” said Mel Torrie, CEO, ASI. “The enhancements we’ve made with Ford will improve the durability, reliability and performance of these systems – allowing for even more accurate testing and higher-quality vehicles.”

In use since 2013, Ford’s latest generation of robotic testing technology has seen significant improvements in reaction time and accuracy of the throttle and brake. Patented new design changes simplify installation, resulting in reduced installation time. Other changes enable fewer modifications to test vehicles and improved system performance with better component response. The system can quickly be deactivated, allowing a test engineer to gain control of the vehicle from the driver’s seat.




About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 197,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.



About Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI)

Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) designs and manufactures unmanned vehicle systems, software, and components that are OEM independent. These robotic kits can be leveraged in a variety of industries including mining, agricultural, automotive proving ground, military industries and industrial applications. For over 15 years, ASI has been a leader in vehicle automation. Unlike many robotics firms, ASI has a strong software team which makes up over half of its engineering work force. ASI’s Mobius software allows for command and control of a fleet of vehicles in various industries. ASI has grown to become one of the largest privately held robotics-focused companies in the world. ASI employs a team of world class computer, electrical, and mechanical engineers and support staff at our 100 acre proving ground facility in Northern Utah. For more information regarding ASI and its unmanned vehicle solutions, visit www.asirobots.com.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

2016 F-Series Super Duty


Ford F-Series Super Duty, America’s best-selling heavy-duty pickup truck, continues its leadership with best-in-class ratings for maximum towing plus best-in-class diesel horsepower and torque figures of 440 and 860 lb.-ft., respectively.

2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty Retains Best-in-Class Max Towing, Diesel Horsepower and Standard Torque Ratings
  •     2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty provides best-in-class maximum towing of 31,200 pounds
  •     Ford-designed, Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel provides 440 horsepower and standard 860 lb.-ft. of torque – both best-in-class
  •     New options include four-corner LED warning strobe lights and rapid-heat supplemental cab heater is standard in cold-weather states 
Ford F-Series Super Duty, America’s best-selling heavy-duty pickup truck, continues its leadership with best-in-class ratings for maximum towing plus best-in-class diesel horsepower and torque figures of 440 and 860 lb.-ft., respectively.

F-350 Super Duty delivers a maximum fifth-wheel/gooseneck towing capacity of up to 26,500 pounds, and a gross combined weight rating of up to 35,000 pounds.

F-450 tops the F-Series Super Duty pickup truck lineup with maximum gooseneck towing capacity of 31,200 pounds and a 5th-wheel towing capacity of 26,500 pounds. The truck’s gross combined weight rating is a class-leading 40,400 pounds.

Along with the Ford-designed and Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel, Super Duty is available with a powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces best-in-class standard horsepower of 385 along with 405 lb.-ft. of torque.

Both engines are paired with Ford’s 6R140 TorqShift® six-speed automatic transmission with standard tow/haul mode for improved capability and efficiency while towing.

New features and color choices

Changes for the 2016 F-Series Super Duty include:
  •     Available rearview camera and prep kit (requires pickup box-delete)
  •     Available four-corner LED warning strobe light kit (fleet vehicles only; requires center high-mounted stop light)
  •     Standard rapid-heat supplemental cab heater in cold-weather states
  •     Shadow Black replaces Tuxedo Black
  •     Race Red replaces Vermillion Red

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Harbor Truck Bodies - Oregon Distributors



Harbor Distributors - Oregon  


Advanced Truck Bodies
4825 Table Rock Rd
Central Point OR 97502
541-664-2822 Main
541-664-1158 Fax
Gary Worden
www.advancedtruck.com

 
Cascade Truck Body
PO Box 2009
29512 Airport Rd
Eugene OR 97402
541-342-5317

 
Cobalt Truck Equipment
Regional Location
2033 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland OR 97211
503-283-2967 Main
877-526-2258
503-283-2969 Fax
Eric Lundy
www.cobalttruck.com

Sunday, November 1, 2015

SEMA Show - Las Vegas Convention Center - Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 3 - Nov 6, 2015


The SEMA Show takes place November 3 - November 6, 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center located at 3150 Paradise Road; Las Vegas, NV 89109.

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.

The 2014 SEMA SHOW drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers. The displays are segmented into 12 sections, and a New Products Showcase featured nearly 2,000 newly introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more…

Note: The SEMA Show is a trade-only event and not open to the general public.

Find out more at: https://www.sema.org/sema-news/2015/11