When an automaker flies a bunch of journalists out to a beautiful or exotic location, they do it because they want the journalist to enjoy themselves. A happy journalist ultimately leads to, hopefully, a happy review. The thing is, with the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum, they could’ve had launch event at the fiery gates of Hell and I still would’ve enjoyed the vehicle. The 2016 … [Read more…]

We spent several days in Canada as part of the Ford Explorer Platinum Adventure Tour. This tour allowed us to drive the new 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum from Kamloops, British Columbia to Calgary, Alberta. During this drive, we explored the beautiful scenery of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and we got to live with the Ford Explorer Platinum the way a normal family might. We … [Read more…]

This past week, we were invited by the Ford Motor Company to their product introduction of the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum. As part of the launch, they created several different driving adventures to experience the new vehicle in the native environment some of the buyers would experience. That means we boarded a plane to Kamloops, British Columbia to begin an epic drive across … [Read more…]


Back in the dark days of the automotive industry, the folks at Cummins were working with Ram Trucks on a new engine to power their full-size pickup truck. They had most of the details worked out. It’d be a 5.0L V8 turbodiesel. It’d make a generous amount of torque. It would be a match made in heaven. Then Ram’s parent company went bankrupt. The bankruptcy killed the deal. … [Read more…]

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Earlier this week, Nissan invited us to Columbus, Indiana to check out the Cummins Engine Plant that produces the 5.0L V8 turbodiesel that is in the 2016 Nissan Titan XD pickup truck. We took a few pictures of our plant tour, and thought we’d take a few moments to share them with you. The Cummins diesel for the Titan is a 5.0L V8 design, which is not the inline-6 that the … [Read more…]

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