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LAS VEGAS
— Ford Motor Company and Toyota Motor Company are forming SmartDeviceLink Consortium, a nonprofit organization working to manage an open source software platform with the goal of giving consumers more choice in how they connect and control their smartphone apps on the road.

Roll Cage Testing
Auto manufacturers attempt to simulate “real life” situations all the time in order to see how well their vehicles hold up in certain scenarios. When it comes to off-roading, there’s really no sacrifice for real-time experience. If any manufacturers are looking for a roll cage durability specialist, we hear this guy has some availability.

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Heritage is always a consideration when automakers design new vehicles.

Brands love to bake a little past flavor into new models, in part to appeal to the nostalgia of buyers, but also to celebrate their past. Park a modern Mustang next to a classic and you’ll see a little bit of the past dictating the present.

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Authored by veteran journalist and 4×4 historian Jim Allen with assistance from acknowledged Scout expert and collector John Glancy, this is the only Scout book the enthusiast will ever need.

SCORE-Logo-12-5-11ENSENADA, Mexico — Las Vegas’ hall of fame desert racer Rob MacCachren’s quest to win his third straight SCORE Baja 1000 has clearly earned the spotlight for Sunday’s premier telecast of the 49th Annual SCORE Baja 1000 on the CBS Sports Network. The extended two-hour show, with multiple repeat airings scheduled, will debut on Christmas night (Sunday, Dec. 25) at 9 p.m. ET on the popular CBS Sports Spectacular show.

From award-winning show producers BCII TV of Los Angeles, a video preview of the telecast is available at SCORE Baja 1000 TV Show trailer here.

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Suwanee, Ga.
– Rugged Ridge recently announced the launch of its new line of D-Ring Isolators for all Jeep models and off-road vehicles to eliminate the recovery rattle.

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BRP recently announced that a new Cyclops HD Video Camera made its way into dealerships. The new Cyclops 360° Panoramic HD Video Camera (#9700020090) is now available at BRP dealerships worldwide and on its online accessories store in the U.S. and and Canada.

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The 11th annual Nitto King of the Hammers week will commence with Hammertown opening to the public on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 and continue through Saturday, February 11th, 2017. What is considered the toughest one-day off road race in the world, King of the Hammers (KOH) is also the largest off-road racing event in North America in terms of both competitors and spectators, and the first event of the ULTRA4 Racing season. It combines desert racing and rock crawling, and has expanded from one race to a series of five races held throughout the week and takes place each February in Johnson Valley, CA.  

Jeeps with Tracks
Winter is more or less upon us, and that means we’re starting to see some Jeep owners trade in their tires for snowtracks. Here are five Jeeps with tracks that look like they’re ready to take on anything winter can throw at them.

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Statesville, NC
: The Jeep Wrangler recently made some noise by being named Hottest 4×4-SUV at the 2016 SEMA Show. Now, Kooks Headers and Exhaust is making some noise of its own with a new Stainless Steel Axle Back Exhaust System for 2007-up Jeep Wrangler JK models.