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SUMMER 2015

COVER STORY

CAR REVIEWS ........................................................... 34

AEV: AMERICAN EXPEDITION VEHICLES ................ 8

NEW PRODUCTS........................................................ 48

FEATURES

INDUSTRY NEWS........................................................ 54

CEQUENT TOWING ................................................... 12


TRUCK COVERS USA .............................................. 16

DEPARTMENTS
EDITORS LETTER......................................................... 4
TRUCK REVIEWS....................................................... 10
SUV REVIEWS ............................................................ 20
SWEEPSTAKES.......................................................... 27
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Editors Letter

dont know about where youre at,


but in the south, it is HOT folks! And
with the heat comes trips to the lake
and so forth...places where youll need to be
hauling and towing things. Did you know that
towing causes a lot of wrecks on interstates
and highways?
The leading causes of trailer sway are
side wind, passing semi-trucks, driving
too fast, emergency stops, improper trailer
loading, incorrect hitch setup, undersized
tow vehicles, or a blowout, which can cause
accidents, Kim Dewsnup, RV Sales Account
Rep for Equal-i-zer said.
Check out their article on page 30 for more
information about this hot topic. And while
youre flipping through the pages, check out
the 2015 Toyota Tundra on page 10. After a
dramatic redesign for the 2014 model year
the Toyota Tundra half-ton full-size pickup
truck comes back with an encore for 2015.
The most stylish, value-driven and capable
Tundra yet gets more upgrades, including
standard V8 power across the board, a
new TRD Pro model with special off-road
suspension and an available spray-in bed
liner.
Of course, there are new products to
check out in this issue as well as car and
SUV reviews...and dont miss the industry
news section where theres always something
fun and exciting to read about. Thanks for
reading our magazine and please remember to
pass it on when youre done!
Until next time -

Becky J. Beall
Editor-in-Chief

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American Expedition Vehicles

American Expedition Vehicles

merican Expedition Vehicles is


unique in the aftermarket, a
company born from engineering
and still delivering equipment of exceptional
design and quality. Their products and vehicle
conversions are cutting edge representations
of what is possible if you dare to remove
every compromise from the equation.
Since the company began in 1997,
AEV has always followed a form follows
function approach to product design and
from their OE engineering principals to
their thorough product testing; AEV has
maintained an unwavering commitment to
bringing only the highest quality parts and
accessories to market. AEV firmly believes
that their products should not only look good,
but also exceed all expectations in regard to
safety, reliability and performance.
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products to enhance the driving experience


both on and off the road. AEVs products
are very impressive but when used in
conjunction with each other, the results
are astounding. Everything has been
painstakingly designed to work in harmony,
complimenting the functionality and
increasing the capability. This level of
engineering effort and attention to detail
is truly what makes AEV stand out in the
crowd of aftermarket manufacturers.
AEV has built its reputation and
gained notoriety in the industry from their
complete line of parts, accessories and
turn-key vehicle conversions for the Jeep
JK Wrangler. AEVs product line for the
JK Wrangler includes such key components
as their Premium Front Bumper, Rear Tire
Carrier and Dual Sport Suspension Systems
which have long been heralded as some of
the highest quality, best

performing products available. AEV also has


a network of over 100 Certified Dealership
partners across the country that stock AEV
turn-key vehicle conversions such as the
JK350 Wrangler and the Brute Double Cab.
In early 2013, AEV realized that
customers in the overland travel market
were starting to gravitate toward full-size
vehicles for their increased towing and
cargo carrying capability. However, there
was a lack of well-engineered aftermarket
support for these trucks. Sure, there was
no shortage of large wheels, flashy lift kits
and big, intimidating front bumpers but not
many options that designed for overland
travel or dual-purpose applications. AEV
knew that this was an opportunity worth
pursuing and they wanted to introduce their
product design and engineering expertise to
the full-size truck market, creating a product
line designed specifically for real world
applications.
AEVs full-size vehicle platform of choice
was the 5th generation Ram due to its
loyal consumer following,
multiple powertrain
options and two
suspension

configurations. The 5th generation Ram


checked all the boxes on their wish list, so
AEVs design team immediately started
working on their all-new Ram product
line. Sticking with their No Compromise
approach to product design and engineering,
AEV set out to create a product line that
not only looked great, but also increased the
Rams capability and performance as both a
daily driver and a back country explorer.
Fast forward two years, AEV now offers
a complete turn-key vehicle conversion
package for the Ram 2500 and 3500 (aptly
named the AEV Prospector) as well as a
full product line for 2010+ Ram HD trucks
that include such notable products as their
stamped steel Premium Front Bumper,
3 DualSport Suspension System, Raised
Air Intake and a variety of different wheel
optionsand this is just the beginning.
AEV has been hard at work turning new
and exciting design concepts into a reality,
so be sure to keep an eye out for even more
products being released in the very near
future and beyond.
For more information about American
Expedition Vehicles, their products and their
turn-key vehicle conversions visit www.aevconversions.com.SG

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Truck Review

Truck Review

Toyota Tundra: The All-America Full-Size Pickup


Goes All V8 and Pro for 2015 All-V8 Lineup for 2015

fter a dramatic redesign for the


2014 model year the Toyota
Tundra half-ton full-size pickup
truck comes back with an encore for 2015.
The most stylish, value-driven and capable
Tundra yet gets more upgrades, including
standard V8 power across the board, a
new TRD Pro model with special off-road
suspension and an available spray-in bed
liner.
The brawnier, more chiseled look of the
Tundra presented an ideal platform for the
2015 TRD Pro off-road model. Youll know
it when you see it: special blackout TOYOTA
grille, TRD Pro bed panel stamping, skid
plate, matte satin black badges and black
headlight bezels. It takes an aggressive
stance on 18-inch TRD black alloy wheels

wrapped in exclusive Michelin Off-Road


Package tires, and announces its arrival with
the throaty growl of the 5.7-liter V8 with a
TRD dual exhaust system.
Beneath the brawn, the Tundra TRD Pro
is ready for any terrain with a complete TRD
suspension upgrade that raises the front of
the vehicle two inches for a level ride height
and extends wheel travel at all four corners.
The package includes larger diameter TRDtuned Bilstein High-Performance shocks
with internal hydraulic bump stops and
piggyback external reservoirs.
Available in Attitude Black, Super White
or the all-new exclusive color, Inferno, the
Tundra TRD Pro is a take-no-prisoners
kind of truck devised to embody the best of
Toyota quality, durability and reliability.

Two Engine Choices, Both Powerful V8s


Tundra customers want V8s. For 2015,
the Tundra comes standard with the 4.6-liter
i-Force V8 that doles out 310 horsepower
at 5,600 rpm and 327 lb.-ft. of peak torque
at 3,400 rpm. The most popular Tundra
engine, still one of the most capable and
advanced in the full-size pickup segment, is
the 5.7-liter i-Force V8. A real workhorse,
its also remarkably refined as it generates
381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 lb.-ft.
of peak torque at 3,600 rpm. The 5.7-liter
is offered in both gasoline and Flex Fuel
variants.
Both V8s feature an aluminum cylinder
block and double overhead-cam heads
with four valves per cylinder. In both,
Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing
with intelligence (VVT-i) and Acoustic
Control Induction System get credit for a
broad torque curve and helping to optimize
efficiency. Both V8s come teamed with with
a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic
transmission and rear-wheel drive, with 4WD
optional.
Stronger Than Dirt
The foundation for Tundras strength
and up to 10,500-lb. towing capacity (SAE
J2807 towing standard compliant) is its
advanced TripleTech frame. The Triple
refers to the wide, full-boxed rails for the
front portion, a reinforced C-channel under
the cab and an open C-channel beneath the
bed for strength, ride quality and durability.
The double A-arm front suspension uses coilover spring shock units, and a front-mounted
steering rack helps enhance steering feel
and response, while decreasing the overall
turning diameter.

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The rear suspension uses staggered shocks


mounted outboard of the springs to help
improve dampening efficiency. Spring rates
are tuned to provide a flat vehicle stance
when fully loaded.
The Tundra SR and SR5 grades ride
on 18-inch styled steel wheels, while the
Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition feature
20-inch alloy wheels, with a design specific
to each grade. Tundra comes with plenty
of whoa power, too, with class-leading
4-wheel disc brakes with ventilated rotors:
13.9 inches and 1.26-inches thick in front
with segment-exclusive 4-piston calipers,
and 13.6 x 0.71-inch rear rotors with 2-piston
calipers.
The Tundras Vehicle Stability Control
(VSC) system integrates traction control
(TRAC) that enhances grip on or off-road.
A built-in technology called Automatic
Limited-Slip Differential (Auto-LSD)
provides better performance in deep sand
or mud and on mixed-friction surfaces.
Compared to a conventional mechanical
limited slip differential, the Auto-LSD
system is much more responsive and has
better wear characteristics since it utilizes the
vehicles brakes to limit wheelspin.
The Tundra driver gets a definite say in
how these technologies work, via a mode
selector. In normal mode, VSC, TRAC and
Auto-LSD all function to help enable traction
and control capability. TRAC Off and AutoLSD modes activate Auto-LSD to help
extricate the Tundra from extreme conditions
by allowing full, unrestricted engine output
and transferring power to the wheel with the
most traction. The VSC Off mode turns off
all three of these systems.

Tundra 4x4 models use an on-demand,


electronically controlled four-wheel drive
system featuring a six-pinion planetary
reduction gear set to provide 4x2, 4x4 Hi and
4x4 Lo ranges. The driver selects the drive
mode using a dial on the dash. Included with
the 4WDemand part-time 4WD system is
Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), which
operates like Auto-LSD, except it allows
full, unrestricted engine output and transfers
power to the wheel with the most traction on
both the front and rear axles.

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Built to Tow
When a pickup makes a claim about
towing, ask to see its SAE J2807 towing
standard certification. The Toyota Tundra
was the first to adopt this standard and has
been compliant since 2011.

With a Tow Package, Tundra offers a


maximum tow capacity of 10,500 pounds
(4x2 Regular Cab). So equipped, Tundra gets
a one-piece towing receiver integrated into
the frame prior to bed installation. Special
Tow Package rear springs help provide level
full-load rear suspension height and maintain
a full range of suspension travel.
Toyota engineers tow, too, so they
thought of everything. The Tow Package
upgrades Tundras cooling and electrical
systems. Integrated engine and transmission
oil coolers help handle the demands of
towing under a full load, and a heavy-duty
battery and alternator are added, as well.
The 7-and 4-pin towing hitch connectors sit
above the hitch to help avoid damage during
high-departure-angle driving. SG

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Cequent

Cequent Unveils Towing Industrys First Ever Fifth Wheel Hitch Selector
Revolutionary step-by-step system now available to consumers

equent Performance Products,


N o r t h A m e r i c a s l e a d i n g
manufacturer of towing products
and accessories, is proud to announce the
release of its new fifth wheel hitch selector.
This innovative online system walks the
user through a step-by-step process of
building a complete fifth wheel hitch system,
eliminating confusion about which parts are
needed for correct installation.
Unlike receiver or front mount hitches,
fifth wheel hitches are not vehicle-specific,
so it can be difficult to know which one is
right for you, said John Walsh, CPP vice
president of sales and marketing. Our new
selector system takes the guesswork out
of the process and gives our customers the
peace of mind that they have everything they
need before hitting the open road.
The selector starts by prompting the user
to select his/her vehicle year, make and
model. Next, the user selects a mounting
system, bed size, rail kit, and finally a fifth
wheel hitch. Accessories are offered at the
end of the process. Once all of the selections
are made, the user has the option of printing
or emailing the list of products.
This selector empowers users by guiding
them through the selection process and
allowing them a hand in choosing each piece
of their system, said Dave Rogers, CPP
internet and media specialist, and creator of
the new selector. Its a feature that has been
needed in the market for a long time and Im
happy to have had a hand in the creation of
it.
The selector is available on Cequents
Reese and Pro Series websites.
Additional features will be added in the
months to come.

standards. Product focuses include vehicle


specific trailer hitches, electric trailer brake
controls, fifth wheel hitches, gooseneck
hitches, weight distribution systems, cargo
management, custom designed and standard
electrical harnesses, trailer jacks, couplers
and more. Brand names include: Bargman,
Bulldog, Draw-Tite, Fulton, Hidden
Hitch, Pro Series, Reese, ROLA,
Tekonsha, Wesbar, and WesBarg.
Cequent is a subsidiary of TriMas
Corporation. For more information, visit
www.CequentGroup.com.
About TriMas
Headquartered in Bloomfield Hills,
Michigan, TriMas Corporation (NASDAQ:
TRS) provides engineered and applied

About Cequent Performance


Products, Inc.
Cequent Performance Products, Inc. is
the industrys largest manufacturer of
towing and trailer aftermarket products.
Each product is engineered and tested to
meet and often exceed the industrys highest
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products for growing markets worldwide.


TriMas is organized into six reportable
segments: Packaging, Energy, Aerospace,
Engineered Components, Cequent APEA
and Cequent Americas. TriMas has
approximately 7,000 employees at more
than 60 facilities in 19 countries. For more
information, visit www.trimascorp.com.
Bargman, Bulldog, Draw-Tite,
Fulton, Hidden Hitch, Pro Series,
Reese, ROLA, Tekonsha, Wesbar,
and WesBarg are either registered
trademarks or trademarks of Cequent
Performance Products in the United States
and/or other countries. The names of actual
companies and products mentioned herein
may be the trademarks of their respective
owners. SG

Contact us for more information at: 205-903-5357


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Truck Covers USA

Truck Covers USA

Truck Covers USAs 2015 GMC Dually SEMA 2014


Feature Vehicle Quite Possibly the Hottest Dually Ever!
By Daniel Forssman, Truck Covers USA

ergeant Mike Dunlap of the United


States Marines always dreamt of
having a truck featured at the SEMA
Auto Show. Four years ago, Truck Covers
USA turned that dream into reality. They
equipped his black Ford Superduty with
their retractable tonneau cover and, with
the help of other sponsors, transformed it
into an impressive SEMA Feature Vehicle.
It stood proudly outside the Las Vegas

Convention Center for all to see. Since then,


Truck Covers USA has made their work with
Mike into an annual enterprise, continuing to
create newer, cooler trucks and bring them to
SEMA in an effort to represent the Sergeant
with respect and humility.
In July 2014, Sergeant Dunlap left for
a deployment that would take him into
February of the following year, meaning that
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TCUSA would not let Mikes absence


prevent him from bringing another truck to
SEMA, knowing that whatever they did to
assist him paled in comparison to the job
he was doing, protecting and serving our
country.
Truck Covers USA took over the build
of the truck, which was a black 2015 GMC
Dually. They stayed in contact with the
Sergeant throughout the entire process to
ensure that they didnt stray from his vision.
Knowing that Mike deserved only the finest
additions to his truck, TCUSA equipped
their own American Roll Cover, a premium
retractable tonneau cover made out of
strong, lightweight aluminum and known for
its durability. The cover uses a specialized
locking system that ensures cargo security
both at home and on the road. Through
this installation, TCUSA hoped to provide
Sergeant Dunlaps truck with the same
security and protection that he provides us
with his service in San Diego and overseas.
Of course, the truck could not have been
completed without the help of numerous
other sponsors. Rize Industries lifted the
truck with their 10-12 suspension system.
They isolated the factory steering system
to eliminate unnecessary wear and tear on
the stock components, also incorporating a
link to minimize the unsightly appearance
of torsion bar by keeping it in its original
position.
American Force Wheels provided their
Scope wheels, a unique set. The front
two wheels protrude from the tires with
spikes sticking out while the back two bend
inwards, giving the car a rough-around-theedges identity while still maintaining its
sleek look, perfect for a Marine like Sergeant
Dunlap.
Interco Tires covered these wheels with
their M16 tires, which perform well on all
terrains, whether driving the highway or off-

roading. Their rugged design complemented


the wheels well, and the tires ensured a level
of quality and dependability on par with all
the other products.
Rigid Industries equipped the Dually with
their top of the line LED lighting system.
Iron Cross Automotive installed the front
bumper and steps. Katzkin contributed their
smooth custom leather interior. Line-X
supplied their reliable Spray-On Bedliner.
Additional Sponsors include Warn, MagHytec, Monster Hooks, Webasto, Hi-Lift,
Factor 55, and HornBlasters.
Truck Covers USA hoped to find some
way to thank Sergeant Mike Dunlap for his
service in the U.S. Marine Corps. And, with
the help of numerous sponsors, they created
a show truck that represents him in the best
way possible. The 2015 GMC Dually, newly
furnished, stood as a feature vehicle in the
Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA)
booth outside the South Hall of the 2014
SEMA auto show. In the end, TCUSA and
the Sergeant decided to name this truck the
U.S. Marine Silverback Raider a fitting
name and a fitting truck for a man who risks
his life everyday so that we can enjoy ours.

Truck Covers USA is proud of everything they


have accomplished with Mike, and humbled

that they have been able to serve a man whose


job it is to do just that to serve. SG

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FORD F150 Low-Profile Pre-Runner 2015-20XX


Hammerheads front bumpers are designed to stand up to the punishment of onroad and off-road driving. This front bumper accommodates up to four 3.25 x 3.25
external dimension cube after-market off-road fog lights, as well as lights on the
pre-runner bar and a 20 light bar in the center of the bumper. They are made with
3/16 thick plate steel and are reinforced to allow for extra strength while keeping
the bumpers as light as possible. The 0.750 thick shackle mounts are a part of the
mounting surface to the frame, extending through the bumper and are welded on the
inside and outside of the bumper. The pre-runner brushguard is made with 1.75 x
0.120 wall DOM tubing. This front bumper has air vents to increase the air flow to
the radiator and intercooler on Ecoboost models.

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SUV Reviews

2015 Jeep Renegade


The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade
expands the brands vehicle lineup, entering
the growing small sport-utility vehicle
(SUV) segment, while staying true to the
adventurous lifestyle and 4x4 capability
Jeep is known for. Renegade delivers
a unique combination of best-in-class
off-road capability, open-air freedom and
convenience, a segment-first nine-speed
automatic transmission that contributes to
outstanding on-road and off-road driving
dynamics, two fuel-efficient engines, worldclass refinement, and a host of innovative
safety and advanced technology offerings.
The result is an efficient vehicle created to
attract youthful and adventurous customers
around the world to the Jeep brand.
Best-in-class off-road capability thanks to
two all-new 4x4 systems
Leveraging 4x4 technology from the allnew Jeep Cherokee, the all-new 2015 Jeep
Renegade offers two of the most advanced
and intelligent 4x4 systems in its class, all to
deliver best-in-class off-road capability. Both
systems can provide up to 1,475 lb.-ft. (2,000
Nm) of the engines available torque to the
rear wheels, for optimal grip:
Jeep Active Drive full-time 4x4 system
Jeep Active Drive Low class-exclusive
full-time 4x4 system with 20:1 crawl ratio
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Innovation is also at the forefront of


any new Jeep vehicle, and the Renegade
features the segments first disconnecting
rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU) all
to provide Jeep Renegade 4x4 models with
enhanced fuel economy. Jeep Active Drive
and Active Drive Low 4x4 systems instantly
engage when 4x4 traction is needed.
A global Jeep design for a rapidly growing
global brand
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in-class off-road capability with city-sized


proportions that exuded the brands rugged
style while at the same time enhancing
versatility, maneuverability and style.
Additionally, designers were tasked to create
an all-new SUV that would symbolize the
Jeep brands renowned American design and
ingenuity, as it would mark the brands first
entry into the small SUV segment in more
than 100 markets around the globe. Last,
Renegade had to offer the open-air freedom
that dates back to its 1941 roots, with the
Willys MB Jeep.

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The result is the all-new 2015 Renegade,


a vehicle that builds on the Jeep Wranglers
powerful stance, and features fresh
new styling with rugged body forms and
aggressive proportions, which enable bestin-class approach and departure angles
purposely designed to deliver best-in-class
off-road capability. And for segmentexclusive panoramic views, two available
My Sky open-air roof panel systems
conveniently stow to provide passengers
open-air freedom with ease.
2015 Nissan NV200 Cargo
Nissan recently announced U.S. pricing
for the 2015 Nissan NV200 compact
van, which is on sale now at more than
350 Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers
nationwide.
Now in its third year, the popular Nissan
NV200 Compact Cargo van continues to set
the standard for compact cargo van design,
combining a small exterior footprint and
excellent fuel efficiency with a large cargo
capacity and outstanding versatility.
The 2015 NV200 also offers Americas
best commercial van warranty*, increasing
basic limited warranty coverage from 3
years/36,000 miles to 5 years/100,000 miles,
whichever comes first. The powertrain

limited warranty has also been extended


from 5 years/60,000 miles to 5 years/100,000
miles, whichever comes first.
Enhancements to the NV200 for the
2015 model year include the addition of
new Rear Sonar and Sliding Door Glass
Package options; updated NissanConnect
with Navigation and Mobile Apps; a 1-mpg
increase for highway and combined fuel
economy now 24/26/25 mpg city/highway/
combined; and two new exterior colors,
Cayenne Red and Graphite Blue.
With its efficient 2.0-liter 16-valve
4-cylinder engine, refined Xtronic
transmission and cargo bay that allows for
loading standard U.S. 40 x 48-inch pallets,
the NV200 offers fleet and small business
owners alike an alternative to their larger,
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projected total cost of ownership.


The 2015 NV200 Compact Cargo again
provides 122.7 cubic feet of cargo space
behind the front seats and a 53-inch cargo
height, which is comparable to many
standard roof full-size vans. It also offers
tall cargo door openings including standard
40/60-split rear doors and a low cargo
floor liftover height of 21.1 inches. Payload
capacity is rated at 1,480 pounds (S model).
The NV200 Compact Cargos smart
functionality features include car-like
handling, a small turning radius for easy
parking and maneuvering in city traffic and
a comfortable, commanding driving position.
Powering the front-wheel drive Nissan
NV200 Compact Cargo is a 131-horsepower
2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine matched
with an updated, next-gen Xtronic

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transmission. Fuel economy is rated at 24


mpg city, along with 26 mpg highway and 25
mpg combined.
Available technology includes Bluetooth
Hands-free Phone System, available
NissanConnect with Navigation and
Mobile Apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio,
Traffic and Travel Link, Streaming audio
via Bluetooth, Hands-free Text Messaging
Assistant, USB interface and RearView
Monitor.
The NV200 Compact Cargo is offered in
two grades, S and SV, along with a number
of option packages that allow buyers to
create the exact package for their specific
business needs.
2015 Volkswagen Tiguan SE
The 2015 Tiguan focuses on the
successful design aesthetics, driving
dynamics, safety features, premium content,
and precision German engineering which
have positioned the model as a favorite in the
midsized CUV segment.
The Tiguan sees minimal changes for the
2015 model year, although the trim portfolio
is refined and high value content added. The
changes are most significant in the interior
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of the vehicle with a wealth of infotainment


features being brought into all trims as
standard features. These include VW CarNet connected services, a Media Device
Interface (MDI) with iPod cable, rearview
camera and Premium VIII touchscreen
audio system. For the exterior, the top trim
R-Line model gets a stylized new rear
bumper.
Exterior
The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan combines
the style and sophistication of a sporty,
urban compact SUV that caters to an active
lifestyle. At 174.3 inches nose-to-tail, 71.2
inches wide and 66.3 inches tall, its the
perfect size for city dwelling and country
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I n p r o f i l e , t h e 2 0 1 5 Ti g u a n i s
distinguished by its raked-back windscreen,
rising waistline, large side windows, and an
unmistakable, trademark C-pillar at the rear.
On SE with Appearance and higher trims, a
distinctive ring of chrome around the side
windows, coupled with gloss black window
frames, works to visually enhance the car.
The R-Line model features R-Line specific
features such as a roof spoiler, body-color
side skirts, and R-Line badging; for 2015, a
distinctive R-Line rear bumper is added.
Engineered to accommodate available
4Motion all-wheel drive, the Tiguans
design reflects its ability to conquer
practically all terrain and weather conditions.
The squared-off wheelarches feature plastic
surrounds to help protect the paintwork,

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while the short overhang at the front allows a


28-degree approach angle.
Always ready for an active lifestyle, the
2015 Tiguan is designed to be a carry-all for
fun gear. The robust roof rails, now standard
on all trims, can accommodate an array of
accessories such as bike racks, or kayak and
surfboard carriers. The available towing hitch
accepts an attachment to carry up to four
bikes, or can be used to pull up to 2,200
pounds of jet skis, dirt bikes or ATVs when
properly equipped.
Engine and Transmission
T h e 2 0 1 5 Ti g u a n c o m e s w i t h
Volkswagens 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged
four-cylinder engine. This technicallysophisticated powerplant features double
overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder,
direct fuel injection, and variable intake
timing. Turbocharged and intercooled, the
compact four-cylinder engine produces an
impressive 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of
torque from just 1700 rpm.
The Tiguans 2.0T comes standard with
a six-speed automatic transmission with
Tiptronic manual shifting, Sport mode,
and Dynamic Shift Program (DSP). The
R-Line includes steering wheel mountedpaddle shifters for a sport focused driving
experience. The six-speed automatic
transmission includes a second overdrive
gear to reduce engine revs at cruising speeds.
The transmission in non-Sport mode shifts at
slightly lower revs, making greater use of the
turbo engines considerable torque.
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2015 Nissan Pathfinder


For a second straight year, the Nissan
Pathfinder is one of the Best Family Cars
according to Kelley Blue Books KBB.com.
KBB.com editors recently selected the 2015
Pathfinder to the list due to its roominess,
ease of access, refinement and handling,
among other features.
Kelley Blue Books annual Best Family
Cars list was created to outline how well
Americas top family vehicles withstand their
daily routines. This year, KBB.com editors
rigorously tested 23 of the latest and greatest
vehicles to determine the 15 Best Family
Cars. The 2015 Pathfinder was one of only
two midsize SUVs to make the list.
Along with a number of enhancements
for 2015 including available Blind Spot
Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
(RCTA), as well as a Family Entertainment
Package what remains unchanged is
Pathfinders core values of fun, utility and
fresh style along with the most standard
towing capability in class* (5,000 lbs.), bestin-class passenger volume* and best-in-class
mpg** of 27 mpg highway for 2WD models.
Pathfinder is also the only vehicle in class*
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MODE 4x4-i system. Pathfinder comes


equipped with 18-inch aluminum-alloy
wheels, with unique 20-inch aluminum-alloy
wheels offered with the Platinum model.
Inside, Pathfinders attractive interior
design includes comfortable seating for
seven, along with an innovative EZ Flex
Seating System with LATCH AND
GLIDE, an industry first 2nd row tilt and
glide seat that allows easy 3rd row access
with a child safety seat still installed. A range
of available features is also offered, including
Nissan Advanced Drive-Assist Display,
leather-appointed seating, Around View
Monitor and 13-speaker Bose Premium
Audio system.
* Wards Segmentation. MY15 Pathfinder
vs. 2015 & 2014 Large Cross/Utility Class
(based on models released at time of
publication)
** Wards Large Cross/Utility segment.
MY15 Pathfinder vs. 2015 & 2014
competitors. 2015 Pathfinder 2WD EPA fuel
economy estimate 20 city and 27 highway
MPG. Actual mileage may vary with driving
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Towing

Keep Americans Safe on the Road When Towing Trailers


With all of the recent accidents involving trailers in Utah, Provo-based sway control hitch company weighsin on how to stay safe on the road when towing a trailer.

owing a trailer can be precarious if you dont understand how


the added weight and length can cause a dangerous situation,
both for your family and others on the road. In response
to the recent accidents involving trailers, Equal-i-zer, the leading
American-made sway control hitch company, urges people to stay safe
while towing by following a few simple guidelines that minimize and
help prevent trailer sway.
The leading causes of trailer sway are side wind, passing semitrucks, driving too fast, emergency stops, improper trailer loading,
incorrect hitch setup, undersized tow vehicles, or a blowout, which can
cause accidents, Kim Dewsnup, RV Sales Account Rep for Equal-izer said.
Sway can be both frightening and dangerous, but there are ways
to prevent it. Prevention steps include: ensuring tire air pressure
is correct, driving a reasonable speed, leaving plenty of stopping
distance, arranging trailer cargo so the center of gravity is just ahead
of the axel, making sure the tow vehicle is rated to handle the trailer
weight and the brake controller is set up properly, and utilizing a
4-point integrated sway control hitch.
Equal-i-zers engineering team has been testing towing safety for
70 years. They offered some expert tips for proper weight distribution
and sway prevention.

1. Load the trailer correctly. Heaviest items should go centered side-toside, and the tongue weight should be between 10% and 15% of the
total trailer weight. This gives the trailer the most stability, without
overloading the hitch.
2. If you are towing a heavy trailer, always use a sway control hitch.
Regular hitches and ball mounts do not prevent sway, which leaves
you without that extra level of protection when encountering road
hazards and inclement weather.
3. Sway control hitches have two different weight ratings. You should
pay attention to the maximum trailer weight and maximum tongue
weight. Never exceed either rating. The best way to avoid this is to
actually weigh the loaded trailer and size the hitch accordingly.

4. Follow the instructions in your hitch owners manual for proper


setup. Remember, when a trailer is coupled to a tow vehicle, the
added weight causes the vehicle to teeter-totter over the rear axle.
The front of the tow vehicle raises and the rear sinks. This causes
a dangerous towing situation, because less weight on the front axle
results in a loss of steering and braking control. Proper set up of your
weight distribution hitch changes the way the tow vehicle and trailer
couple together. It creates a bridge between the trailer and vehicle,
helping them work together like one unit instead of two, distributing
weight more evenly to the axles of both vehicles
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Towing
5. Perform a tug pull test to make sure the trailer brakes work, and
you are hooked up properly. When you get in the tow vehicle, apply
the trailer brake only, and try to pull away. This is a helpful way to
make sure the brakes are working, and to make sure the coupler is
secure to the hitch balls before hitting the road.

6. Ensure safety chains, breakaway switch, and cable are working and
attached properly. If the system and batteries are working properly
when you pull the plunger out it should apply the trailer brakes. If
your breakaway cable is worn out or frayed, be sure to replace it
before heading out on your trip.

If you start to experience sway, do not slam on the brakes. Jeff


Jarvis, Purchasing Agent, advises, Slide the manual activator on your
trailer brake system inside the vehicle while easing off the accelerator,
this will apply the brakes on your trailer and help straighten out the
trailer. Once the sway stops, slow down, pull over, and make sure
everything is loaded and set up properly.
About Equal-i-zer
Equal-i-zer hitch is a division of Progress Manufacturing, a Utah
company that specializes in the production and manufacturing of
sway control hitches, high-end aluminum ball mounts, and trailer
hitch accessories. For 70 years Equal-i-zer has been keeping families
secure on the road. The Equal-i-zer hitchs integrated 4-Point Sway
Control technology provides the safest towing possible. Every
hitch is made from the highest quality American steel in the Mountain
West. For more information about Equal-i-zer hitch, visit www.
equalizerhitch.com.
Equal-i-zer Hitch Resources:
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2015 Hyundai Genesis
The 2015 Genesis represents a bold step
forward for Hyundai, continuing to build
upon its successful strategy of marketing
its premium models under the Hyundai
brand umbrella, rather than a costly
separate luxury brand sales channel. The
new Genesis is incredibly well-equipped
in every configuration, offering even more
content than the first-generation Genesis.
This additional content includes a generous
suite of standard safety and convenience
features, unsurpassed in its class. For the
first time in a Hyundai sedan, a sophisticated
AWD system will be offered, known as
HTRAC, significantly broadening Genesis
appeal in Snowbelt regions throughout
the U.S. The new Genesis will be built at
Hyundais Ulsan, Korea plant, with U.S.
sales beginning in the spring.
Fluidic Sculpture 2.0
Since its 2009 debut on the Sonata
sedan, Hyundais Fluidic Sculpture design
philosophy has been continually enhanced
and refined, progressively influencing every
model in the Hyundai line-up. The all-new
Genesis will be the first Hyundai to embody
Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, the second-generation
of this convention-shattering design theme.

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Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 encapsulates a trio
of main design elements: fluid aesthetics,
the modern Hyundai look, and a premium
ambience. Fluidic forms are still present but
with a more refined and precise presentation.
This latest design philosophy is adaptable
to a wider range of vehicle types and sizes,
from CUVs to premium-luxury flagships.
The all-new Sonata sedan, to debut later this
year, will also clearly manifest the Fluidic
Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy.
Exterior Design
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis expresses
a truly modern design through distinctive
exterior styling with a sleek, upscale
appearance. Evoking a premium feel, the
design cues display a new Hyundai family
aesthetic: simple and harmonious design with
refined fluidic elements. The design features
the modern Hyundai look, with a striking
hexagonal front grille as a key geometric
element, a dynamic crease accent running
along the flanks of the car, and a dynamic
rear design. Design surfaces convey a kinetic
elegance, relying more on voluminous
body sections than surface details to create
dramatic forms. Proportions demonstrate a
long dash-to-axle length, longer wheelbase

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and shorter overhangs than its predecessor.


These proportions clearly convey the
performance rear-drive configuration beneath
the sheetmetal.
The single-frame 3D-hexagonal grille
ensures the front end of the all-new Genesis
is not only striking, depicted in semi-gloss
chrome, but also encompasses available HID
headlamps, LED indicators and fog lamps.
In profile, the Genesis daylight opening
is more expressive, with fluid lines and
blended surfaces, a sleek C-pillar helping to
emphasize the sporty styling. The rear of the
all-new Genesis benefits from a sculptural
aesthetic with jeweled, full-LED taillamps.
Performance Chassis
Fully leveraging this new, stiffer chassis
is an all-new rear multi-link suspension,
with newly optimized 5-link geometry and
increased suspension travel for a broader
envelope of both dynamic performance and
ride comfort. Lateral suspension stiffness
and overall ride comfort refinement were
top priorities in its dynamic development.
The fully-independent, 5-link front and rear
suspension designs have increased stiffness
compared with the original Genesis, with
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for greater wheel articulation and bump


absorption over a variety of road surfaces.
The reduction in camber angles when turning
at speed results in improved steering feel,
23 percent less tire tilt, and increased lateral
grip. New 18-inch and 19-inch alloy wheels
are stronger and resist deflection forces
for more precise suspension response to
changing road surfaces.
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI Wagon
Volkswagen of America, Inc. today
announced that the 2015 Golf and 2015
Golf GTI have been named the 2015 North
American Car of the Year. The Golf and
Golf GTI were recognized for setting new
benchmarks in their segments, including
innovation, distinguished design, and
available driver assistance features, as well
as unmatched value. The cars beat out two
other finalists, vying for the award in the
22nd annual iteration of the prestigious
award.
Volkswagen is thrilled to start 2015
with the Golf and Golf GTI taking home the
incredible North American Car of the Year
title, said Michael Horn, CEO, Volkswagen
Group of America, Inc. This award

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and economy. Three finalists are winnowed


down from an expansive list of all-new or
significantly redesigned cars introduced in
the past year. All ballots are sent directly to
and calculated by Deloitte & Touche.

highlights our achievements and hard work


in the past year, and we are confident that the
Golf family will continue to pave the way for
the brand in the year ahead.
The coveted 2015 North American Car
of the Year award joins the list of a dozen
accolades awarded to 2015 Golf models to
date.
The German-engineered 2015 Golf
family is currently available in four distinct
versions: the sporty Golf GTI, the fun-todrive Golf 1.8T, the Golf TDI Clean Diesel
and the all-electric, zero-tailpipe emissions
e-Golf. The seventh-generation surpasses
its compact class peers with a host of
newly available driver assistance features
and excellent EPA estimated highway fuel
economy.

The Golf family will soon welcome two


new additions: the all-new 292-horsepower,
all-wheel drive Golf R, which sold out a
pre-order of 500 units in less than 11 hours;
and the TDI Clean Diesel and turbocharged
1.8-liter TSI Golf SportWagen models that
go on sale in the spring.
The North American Car and Truck of
the Year awards are announced each year at
the beginning of media week at the North
American International Auto Show (NAIAS)
in Detroit. In 2015, 57 North American
Car and Truck of the Year jurors from
newspapers, television and radio stations,
magazines and websites across the U.S. and
Canada weighed in to select the vehicle that
most exceeded expectations in all areas,
ranging from design and safety to innovation

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2015 Toyota Avalon


Sometimes, bigger is just right. Thats
been a key to the success for the Toyota
Avalon premium midsize sedan for 20 years.
With crystal clarity, the 2015 Avalon shows
how this model blurs the lines between midsize, full-size and entry-luxury categories.
The 2015 Avalon ushers in a new round
of refinements in the third year of its fourthgeneration design. Taking advantage of the
Avalons coupe-like silhouette and chiseled
lines, a new XLE Touring Sport Edition
makes a striking style statement. Available
exclusively in Attitude Black contrasted by
dark blue interior trim and stitching, the best
looker in the premium midsize segment just
got even sharper and even a bit sinister
looking.
The Avalon XLE Touring Sport Edition
cuts through the night with standard HID
Quadrabeam headlights from the Limited
trim line. By day, LED daytime running

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lights (DRLs) also from the Limited -announce this special Avalon models arrival.
Exclusive 18-inch black-painted machinefinished wheels complete the exterior
makeover.
In other Avalon news for 2015, Toyota
value rises with the inclusion of standard
paddle shifters on all models (formerly only
on Touring and Limited) and with an upgrade
to new Entune multimedia audio systems.
The XLE Touring and XLE Hybrid Touring
gain Blind Spot Monitor as a standard
feature.
The luxuriously spacious cabin makes
the Avalon a standout in the segment. Its
accommodations are among the roomiest in
the entire midsize category. With 103.6 cu.
ft. of cabin space and a 16-cu. ft. trunk, the
Avalon approaches full-size stature, yet its
trim dimensions and svelte weight of 3,505
lbs. (XLE Touring grades) keep it firmly in
the sporty/agile camp.
The 2015 Avalon offers a choice between
an energetic yet silky-smooth V6 powertrain
and Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive. The V6
comes in all grades: XLE, XLE Premium,
XLE Touring, new XLE Touring Sport
Edition and Limited. The Hybrid is available
in the XLE Premium, XLE Touring and

Limited grades.
The Avalon remains the only car in its
class to offer a hybrid. It makes up one of
seven hybrid models in the brands lineup,
making Toyota the clear hybrid leader. All
versions of the 2015 Avalon Hybrid are
rated by the EPA at an estimated 40-mpg
combined fuel economy (40 MPG city / 39
MPG highway). Thats Corolla-like fuel
economy in a big, roomy sedan filled to the
brim with luxury amenities.

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Feels and Sounds Like Comfort


Calty Design Research also gets much of
the credit for an interior that anyone could
mistake for that of a much more expensive
luxury model. The engaging yet supremely
refined driving experience, highlighted by
a hushed cabin, sculpted soft-touch interior
surfaces and easy-to-use multimedia, also
encroaches on luxury territory.
Exquisite quietness comes from a
combination of strategically placed soundabsorbing and sound-insulating materials,
acoustic-type glass used for the windshield
and side glass and foam injected into the
A-, B- and C-pillars and rocker panels.
The Avalons quietude sets the stage for
any of the three available audio systems:

standard 8-speaker Entune Audio Plus;


available 9-speaker Entune Premium
Audio with Navigation and App Suite; or
the available Entune Premium JBL Audio
with Navigation and App Suite with 11 JBL
GreenEdge speakers.
The Entune Premium JBL Audio with
Navigation system uses a 12-channel
external JBL Synthesis amplifier and 11
speakers, including two subwoofers, and
features GreenEdge technology that
reduces power draw on the cars electrical
system. But its the sonic feast for two ears
that impresses most.
An interior available in three themes -almond, light grey and black is replete with
premium touches, such as smoke chrome
trim surrounding the center panel and glossy
trim around the shifter. The leather-wrapped
steering wheel puts a multitude of controls at
the drivers fingertips, including audio cruise
control, information display and hands-free
phone function. The steering wheel also
includes buttons for voice recognition and
a vehicle-to-vehicle distance switch for
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, when so
equipped.
Premium certainly describes the seating,
which in the XLE includes an 8-way
power drivers seat and 4-way power front
passenger seat, both with multi-stage heating
standard. Also standard, medium-grain
genuine leather covers seating in the XLE.
The Limited trim moves up to premium
perforated leather, along with a 10-way
power driver s seat and 8-way power
front passenger seat. Both are heated and
ventilated, and the Limited also features
standard heated rear seats. SG

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and can be installed nationwide through
the extensive independent A.R.E. dealer
network.
Camper tent packages are available
and sold separately to create an enclosed
sleeping and storage area. The tent option is
constructed of durable ripstop nylon fabric
in a choice of outdoor patterns and solid
colors and features Velcro attachments and
two screened side windows.
For more information, please visit
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Topperezlift from A.R.E. Accessories


Easily Increases Space Under Truck Caps
A.R.E. Accessories, a leading fiberglass
truck cap and tonneau cover manufacturer,
now offers an innovative way to create an
enclosed camping setup and increase the
space under fiberglass truck caps. The
TopperEZLift, distributed by A.R.E., is a
functional and easy to operate topper lifting
system that can raise and lower any A.R.E.
fiberglass truck cap in just 30 seconds
with the push of a button. Powered by the
vehicles 12-volt battery and drawing just
five to eight amps, the TopperEZLift adds
17.5 inches of additional height and provides
added space for comfortable camping and
allows easy cargo access without removing
the cap.
Made in the U.S. and designed to fit all
pickup makes and models, the system can
raise up to 900 pounds and allows the cap
to seal firmly back down onto the truck bed
upon lowering. Self-locking actuators secure
the topper in place, raised or lowered, and
the kit includes mounting brackets, hardware
and a control box with all required wiring
and cable ties. The TopperEZLift is available
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ability to cast farther and manage line more


effectively. These reels also feature a Carbon
Matrix system, which provides anglers
with the smoothest, most consistent drag
pressure throughout the entire drag range.
Abu Garcia is adding the Revo MGX to
its list of finely tuned spinning reels. A new
AMGearing system and X-MAG gearbox
highlights a bevy of new features that set
this reel apart from any spinning reel on
the market. The AMGearing system is a
finely tuned, machined gear that has better

tolerances and better performance throughout


the life of the reel. This feature is available
on all Revo models except the Revo S. The
X-MAG gearbox design provides a super
light yet extremely strong gear housing.
Abu Garcia pulled out all the stops with
the new Revo launch, which includes the
MGX, Premier, STX, SX, S and Inshore
reels. Each is precision engineered to
compete at the highest professional levels.
Revo spinning continues to outperform the
field and remains a leader in innovation.

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Innovation Comes to Precision Spinning Gear


Abu Garcia delivers all-around
performance in Revo Spinning
Top-end performance is the defining
characteristic of every Abu Garcia product.
Since introducing the Revo spinning reel
to the world in 2009, Abu Garcia has given
anglers a decisive advantage each time a
Revo spinning reel is deployed on the
water. Precision engineering, sleek design
and cutting-edge performance only begin
to describe the new spinning lineup from
Abu Garcia. Advancements such as the
Rocket Line Management System and
the AMGearing system on the newly
designed Revo spinning reels combined with
the lightweight and compact design of the
family embody Abu Garcias commitment to
excellence as well as functionality and style.
Each Revo is equipped with the Rocket
Line Management System, which is a
combination of bail angle, spool lip design
and slow oscillation that gives anglers the

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MSRP for the Revo family of spinning


reels begins at $129.95 and additional
information can be found at http://
purefishing.com.
Can a Fish Hook be too Sharp?
Berkley hooks are engineered to be sharpest
on the market
Bass anglers understand the importance
of sharp hooks, though most dont practice
their hook sharpening skills often enough.
The new Berkley Fusion19 hooks give
novice and avid anglers the sharpest hooks
that stay sharper longer than any other on the
market.
These needle-point hooks are designed
to withstand the toughest, thickest cover
without damaging structural integrity. The
traditionally rich Japanese philosophy
of making superior swords and knives
combined with a technologically-advanced
polymer coating called Slickset gives
anglers the advantage. Utilizing Slickset
coating, Fusion19 hooks easily penetrate
with less force to catch more fish, and
conserve energy during long days on the
water.
The versatile family of Fusion19 hooks
includes nine bass-specific designs including
extra-wide gap (EWG), superline EWG,
weedless EWG, weighted EWG, offset
worm, dropshot, heavy cover, swimbait and

manages the fight from hook set to landing.


The drags wave spring provides more drag
capability when compared to conventional
coil springs. The skirted spool is braid ready
with line capacity rings to keep the angler
informed of line remaining on the spool.
Seven Clash models featuring an
attractive and long-lasting black with gold
trim finish are available, from the 8.2-ounce
2000 to the 27.2-ounce 8000. Prices start at
$179.95 MSRP. More details may be found
at http://purefishing.com.

weighted swimbait hooks.


Each package of Fusion19 hooks features
an innovative, resealable clam for easier
storage. Fusion19 packaging helps novice
and advanced anglers quickly, while fishing
or at the store, identify the hook to best suit
their need. On each package, there are easy-

to-read keys to identify which soft baits work


best with each hook.
Fusion19 hooks have a smoke satin
finish and an MSRP of $3.99 to $5.99, in
counts from four to eight hooks per package.
Additional information can be found at
http://purefishing.com.

angling techniques. The Fenwick World


Class spinning and baitcast bass rods have
an MSRP of $299.95 to $329.95. Additional
information can be found at http://
purefishing.com.

Introducing a New Class of Rod


Fenwick World Class rods create a new
performance standard
Developing high-end rods is nothing
new to Fenwick. With its rich history
of blending tradition and new technology,
Fenwick introduces the new Fenwick World
Class spinning and baitcast bass rods. These
rods maintain the Fenwick look and feel,
while incorporating the latest technology to
give anglers a trusted companion for years
of use.

Utilizing 3M Powerlux 500 composites,


World Class bass rods have unmatched
sensitivity and power. 3M Powerlux 500
is a blend of carbon fiber and nano silica
particles distributed evenly in epoxy resin to
create a rod that is 30 percent stronger than
rods constructed with traditional nano tubing
resins.
World Class rods are outfitted with Fuji
K guides that whisk line effortlessly down
the rod for extreme casting accuracy and
distance. Fuji reel seats firmly hold reels in
place while the triple A cork split grips add a
soft, sensitive touch to the rods.
With seven spinning and seven casting
models, the World Class rods have actions
tailored to the bass market and modern

Superlift
3.5 Lift Upper Control Arm (UCA) Kit for
the 2014-2015 Chevy/GMC 1500 Pickups
Part number 3600 & 3700, starting at
$499.95
Superlifts UCA Lift Kits have a
modern, fitted steel structure that derives its
superior strength from the classic I beam
architecture. Their uniquely engineered
design adds strength & durability plus has
bonus features that others do not offer.
UCAs come pre-installed with MOOG
ball joints & OEM style bushings. Backed by
their Lifetime Warranty, 100% Satisfaction
Guarantee & their Factory Warranty
Assurance Program, this simple & Super-EZ
bolt-on installation adds clearance for 33
diameter tires without fender trimming plus
ZERO cutting of the rear cross member.

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Advanced Technology Creates Smoothest


Spinning Reels
PENN uses CNC machinery to create
precision gears
The new PENN Clash spinning reel
is a lightweight, technical spinning reel
designed for shallow saltwater fun with
artificials or live bait. With the computercontrolled CNC gear technology system,
the precision aluminum/brass main
gear and brass pinion are machined for
exact tolerances to provide the smoothest
operation.
The Clash is PENN-reliable, built to
withstand years of saltwater conditions. The
full-metal aluminum body and sideplate, and
eight-plus-one sealed ball bearings add to the
reels durability.
The Techno-Balanced RR30 carbon
rotor on the smaller reels, aluminum on the
bigger sizes, with the heavy-duty aluminum
bail is built for a long life. The new
Leveline slow oscillation system is rugged
and produces tight, near-perfect line lay for
improved casting and reduced occurrences of
wind knots.
The sealed HT-100 drag system is
protected from corrosion and smoothly
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New Products
utilize the differential components)
CNC formed belly skid pan protects the
differential from on and off-road hazards
(2WD models do not utilize the skid pan)
Rear lift is achieved with Block & U-Bolt
Kit
Laser cut & precision conformed top strut
mount strut spacers add lift height
Requires no modification to the stock
exhaust
A simple and Super-EZ bolt-on installation
Adds clearance for 33 diameter tires
without fender trimming
Comes complete with Superide shocks for
the rear

Features:
Upper Control Arm (UCA) design
utilizing laser cut plate steel that are
slotted and tabbed for precision fitment
during fabrication.
UCA design is oriented in an I beam
fashion for superior strength.
CNC machined ball joint socket and

bushing eye ring for precise fit.


UCA includes pre-installed MOOG ball
joints and bushings
No cutting or trimming of the factory drive
train
ZERO cutting of the rear crossmember
C N C m a c h i n e d b i l l e t A l u m i n u m
differential drop brackets maintain proper
CV axle angles (2WD models do not

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Superlift Suspension is celebrating 40


years in the off-road industry. Superlifts
quality product line includes leveling kits,
suspension kits, shocks and other offroad accessories for trucks, SUVs and
Jeeps. Headquartered in West Monroe,
LA the company is a division of Quantum
Automotive out of Auburn Hills, MI. For
more information, please visit www.superlift.
com. SG

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Volkswagen Chattanooga Builds 500,000th


Passat
Volkswagen Chattanooga has recently
achieved a significant production milestone
with the completion of its 500,000th Passat.
The car, produced in the worlds first and
only LEED Platinum certified factory, was
a Candy White Limited Edition, with black
interior, keyless access with pushbutton
start, a rearview camera, heated seats, a 170
horsepower, 1.8 liter turbo engine, premium
radio and 17 inch alloy Sonoma wheels.
Our Passat has raised the bar on what
Americans can expect from a mid-size
sedan and the 500,000th car was built with
the same passion for detail as the first,
Christian Koch, President and CEO of
Volkswagen Chattanooga. Im proud of our
team and excited about new products on the
horizon in this factory, Koch said.
Volkswagen Chattanooga is currently
undertaking a $900 million expansion to
add a second model to the Chattanooga
line. The expansion will add 2,000 jobs, the
North American Engineering and Planning
Center and will produce a 7-seat, midsize
SUV.
Built in Chattanooga, Tenn., the
Volkswagen Passat embodies the spirit

of America and continues to play a key


role in the brands U.S. growth strategy,
said Michael Horn, president and CEO,
Volkswagen Group of America. We are
very proud of the team at Volkswagen
Chattanooga and congratulate them on
reaching the milestone of producing the
500,000th Passat.
The Volkswagen Group of America,
Chattanooga Operations, LLC (Volkswagen
Chattanooga) manufacturing facility began
production in April 2011 and currently
builds the all-new Passat sedan, specifically
designed for the North American market
and winner of the 2012 Motor Trend
Magazine Car of the Year award. In July
of 2014, it was announced that Volkswagen
Chattanooga would build a new midsize
sport utility vehicle and add 2,000 jobs to
the 2,400 already at the plant. Volkswagen
also announced the establishment of
an Engineering & Planning Center in
Chattanooga. Volkswagen Chattanooga is
the first and still only car factory worldwide
with a LEED Platinum certification. It is
also certified to international standards
for energy management (ISO 50001),
environmental management (ISO 14001)
and quality management (ISO 9001).

So Cajun You Can Taste It


South Louisianas Vermilion Parish brings
new meaning to the local food movement
When you hear words like pirogue (1),
turducken (2), and fais-do-do (3), you know
youre in Cajun Country. According to the
U.S. Census, this is the most Cajun place on
earth, so youll hear these terms and many
more.
There are local markets that feature
homegrown, seasonal fruits and vegetables.
They support both retail customers and
the local restaurants. Some other local
businesses, though, have customers
throughout the world. Crops such as rice
and sugarcane are prime examples. South
Louisianas rice industry produces much of
the rice consumed in the country and also
exports to other countries. The same is true
of sugarcane, which has been farmed here
for more than 200 years and contributes more
than $2 billion to the states economy.
The cane industry is playing a role
in new product development here, too.
Handmade rum, using local sugarcane, is
now being made by the areas first micro
distillery. Sweet Crude Rum can be found in
local restaurants and is sold in hand-corked
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A destinations character is defined by its


people and how they interact with its lands
and resources. Here in Cajun Country,
the picturesque landscape is home to
folks who value tradition and ingenuity.
They work hard and they play hard. They
welcome visitors and they are the reason
so many come back again and again. They
are the force behind the storied past, the
successful business communities, and the
very bright future here.
Fishermen, shrimpers and crabbers work
the inland and Gulf waters in businesses
passed down through generations and
they put the fresh seafood on tables both
near and far. Farmers work the rice and
sugarcane fields that have dotted the
landscape for decades. Families celebrate
together with world renowned food and
fervor.
A visit to one of the many small
museums of the region, like the Acadian
Museum of Erath or Le Muse de Kaplan,
will illuminate the history and culture of
Vermilion Parish and its people who settled
in this area from Nova Scotia.
Travelers become a part of the
community as they enjoy the famous local

cuisine at one of the dozens of locallyowned restaurants serving authentic Cajun


meals. The music of the region takes center
stage at spots like Touchets, in Maurice,
home to the French Jam Sessions, or

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Museum Caf in Erath where French and


Cajun music fill the air.
For more information, please visit www.
MostCajun.com. SG