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Editors Letter

January, February and March always bring blustery

weather to the south and this year is no exception.
The cold has settled in stirring memories of warm,
sunny days when off-roading and outside toys were
commonplace. Keep dreamin’ friends! It’ll be back
Until then, enjoy reading about new cars, trucks
and SUVs as well as new products in the marketplace.
There is a nice story about traveling to Martin
County, Florida and some fun industry news.
Hear from leading companies in the outdoor
industry like Mossy Oak. It’s always fun to see what
they have in store for the next season. And, of, course,
check out our cover partner Transfer Flow - what a
fun project vehicle they’ve put together!
Enjoy this issue and pass it along to a friend when
you’re finished with it. Have some fun thinking and
planning about all that is the great outdoors: camping,
fishing, skiing, hiking, four-wheeling, traveling and
the like.

Until next time,

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Truck Review

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Quad Cab 4X2 ton truck segment. The chassis has reduced Powertrain In addition to spinning the engine for of torque – in a smooth, broad power band Eliminating the traditional fan blade mounted
The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 becomes weight by 120 pounds – 100 pounds from the The addition of the eTorque mild hybrid restarts, the eTorque unit also recaptures that avoids the hesitation and peakiness of to the front of the engine helps improve fuel
the benchmark for durability, technology, frame alone delivering a maximum payload system is one of several changes made to energy during deceleration and braking to turbocharged engines – with performance- economy by reducing parasitic losses and fan
efficiency and convenience with features of 2,300 pounds and maximum trailer tow the powertrains for the 2019 Ram 1500. The feed charge to the battery pack. enhancing and fuel-saving technologies that noise.
never before offered in a pickup. capacity of 12,750 pounds. The strongest goal: Improve performance, fuel economy, include variable valve timing and cylinder
Overall weight for the Ram 1500 has Ram 1500 frame ever produced includes payload, towing capabilities and drivability. 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6: 305 horsepower plus deactivation. TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic
been reduced by 225 pounds. As the truck’s the same impact countermeasures across all Other changes include upgraded TorqueFlite outstanding fuel economy With Fuel Saver Technology (cylinder transmissions: The right gear at the right
backbone, the frame uses advanced materials configurations and is made from 98 percent eight-speed automatic transmissions, The upgraded eTorque version of the deactivation), the engine control computer time
and engineering to eliminate 100 pounds high-strength steel. Exclusive front splayed strategic weight reductions and innovations, Pentastar V-6 is the standard engine in turns off fuel and spark, and closes the intake Every 2019 Ram 1500 is equipped with
while increasing stiffness and durability frame rail technology (patent pending) such as quickly heating lubricants to reduce most trim levels of the 2019 Ram 1500, and exhaust valves on four of the engine’s a fully electronic TorqueFlite eight-speed
for 12,750 pounds of towing capability and creates a highly efficient energy absorbing viscosity-related efficiency losses. specifically tuned for truck duty and rated at eight cylinders during light load operation, automatic transmission with a wide spread
2,300 pounds of payload. structure for all impact modes, including The eTorque mild hybrid system replaces 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. such as highway cruising when full power is of gear ratios that keeps engine rpm in the
An all-new eTorque system delivers front-offset with frame integration forward the traditional alternator on the engine The newest Pentastar V-6’s advanced not needed. right range for the task – whether putting
improved fuel efficiency in both V-6 and V-8 of front tire. Also, frame-mounted high- with a belt-driven motor generator unit technologies, such as wide-range variable Variable camshaft timing helps maximize in a full day of off-road work or highway
configurations. strength steel tire blockers are placed behind that performs several functions. The motor valve timing and two-step variable valve lift, fuel economy by reducing the engine’s cruising. Trucks equipped with the 3.6-
As a segment disrupter, the new Uconnect the front tires to force wheels outward in the generator unit works with a 48-volt battery deliver the optimal blend of power and fuel pumping work via a delayed closing of the liter Pentastar V-6 use an FCA-produced
4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen leads event of impact. Additionally, side rails are pack to enable quick and seamless start/ economy, based on the driver’s demand. intake valve, which increases the expansion TorqueFlite 850RE transmission. The 5.7-
the pickup world with technology featuring taller and fully boxed. To further improve stop function, short-duration torque addition process of the combustion event. liter HEMI V-8 uses an upgraded TorqueFlite
split-screen capability, 360-degree camera NVH, new electronically controlled side- to the engine crankshaft in certain driving Legendary HEMI power: 5.7-liter V-8 The HEMI V-8 in the 2019 Ram 1500 8HP75 transmission. Both transmissions use
views and exclusive content from SiriusXM frame-mounted active tuned-mass modules situations and brake energy regeneration, delivers 395 horsepower benefits from a new 850-watt electric cooling a new generation of computer controllers
with 360L. (ATMM) work in harmony with an interior which improves responsiveness and The brawny 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 combines fan using Pulse Width Modulation to tailor that process data faster and coordinate
Active safety and security systems join the active noise cancellation (ANC) system efficiency. the muscle of 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. the fan’s energy draw to the cooling demand. transmission operation with the eTorque
technology onslaught with adaptive cruise on 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 equipped models to With the engine running, eTorque’s mild hybrid system. There are more than
control, forward collision warning, Blind- reduce ambient sounds down to a low 67.1 motor generator unit feeds 48-volt current 40 individual shift maps to optimize shift
spot Monitoring and ready alert braking. db – the quietest Ram 1500 ever. Rear cross to a 430-watt-hour lithium-ion Nickel changes and points for fuel economy,
members are double sheer welded to the Manganese Cobalt (NMC)-Graphite battery. performance and drivability. SG
Engineering inside and outside of the frame for improved The small-suitcase-sized, air-cooled battery
The new Ram 1500 uses the longest, durability and roll stiffness. pack mounts to the rear wall inside the Ram
lightest and most efficient frame in the half- 1500’s cabin.

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of select floor plans, visit www.starcraftrv. “Cuz” Strickland Mossy Oak’s Senior Outdoors Inc. Haas Outdoors Inc. is
com/mossyoak. Vice President of Media Services and headquartered in West Point, Miss., was
Two popular staple floorplans that will be Mark Hauser, who leads sales and product established in 1986 and is home of Mossy
part of the initial launch are the Mossy Oak development for Jayco, Inc. To watch that Oak. For more than 30 years, Mossy Oak
23RLS, a rear-living lightweight trailer with video, go to You Tube and search for Mossy has been a leading outdoors lifestyle brand
slide-out dinette seating, and the Mossy Oak Oak from Starcraft Press Announcement. that specializes in developing and marketing
Lite 27BHU featuring rear bunk beds, giant modern camouflage designs for hunters and
slide-out room, and private front bedroom About Starcraft RV outdoors enthusiasts. The Mossy Oak Brand
with walk-around queen bed. The 2019 With headquarters in Topeka, Indiana, and patterns can be found on a multitude
Mossy Oak line-up will initially consist of in the heart of Amish country, Starcraft RV of products worldwide. Haas Outdoors
Mossy Oak and Starcraft RV Offer 2019 Mossy Oak Travel Trailers (11) ‘stick and tin’ floorplans, along with (7)
Mossy Oak Lite (laminated) units.
manufactures and markets towable RVs
under the Mossy Oak®, Comet Mini™,
Inc. is the parent company of Mossy Oak,
BioLogic, Mossy Oak Productions, MOOSE
“Jeff Kloska and his product development Launch® Outfitter™, Launch Outfitter Media, Nativ Nurseries, Nativ Living,
Mossy Oak® and Starcraft® are excited to unveil the all-new 2019 Mossy Oak travel trailer product line team played an integral role in the creation 7™, Launch Ultra Lite™, Autumn Ridge®, GameKeepers, GameKeepers Kennels and
featuring proprietary exterior graphics and interior décor options. and development of the Mossy Oak product Autumn Ridge Outfitter™, and Solstice® Mossy Oak Properties. Mossy Oak is the
lines,” stated Marc Hauser, Vice President of brand names. For more information on official camouflage of the National Wild
Sales and Product Development for Jayco, Starcraft RV and Starcraft products, Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Quality
Inc. towable divisions. “The entire Starcraft call 1-800-945-4787, or visit www. Deer Management Association and Mack’s
family is elated to be partnering with the Prairie Wings and the official pattern of
amazing Mossy Oak team to align our Starcraft RV, a division of Jayco Inc., B.A.S.S., MLF and Cabela’s Collegiate Bass
passion for the outdoors and provide outdoor is an officially licensed partner of Haas Fishing Series. SG
lovers a better way to camp.”
“It’s great to see two brands with a shared
vision to get people outside and enjoying
creation,” said Toxey Haas, founder and
CEO of Mossy Oak. “Starcraft is a legendary
brand in the outdoor recreation world and
we are incredibly grateful to be a part of this
exciting partnership.”
The partnership maximizes consumer
demographics shared by the two companies.
Known first and foremost as a camouflage
brand, Mossy Oak’s core consumer not
only wears Mossy Oak brand products
for concealment in the woods, but as a
representation of their love for the outdoors,
recreation, and the hunting lifestyle in their

daily lives. Starcraft recreational vehicle
ounded in 1903, Starcraft has been owners are outdoors lovers, adventure
producing high quality outdoor seekers and boundary pushers who enjoy
recreation equipment since 1963. camping, pure and simple.
For over 50 years, Starcraft has focused on Watch the exclusive interview from the
offering solutions to help customers enjoy official product unveiling featuring Ronnie
the outdoors to the fullest. Mossy Oak, the
world’s leading brand of camouflage, has a
mission of helping people live their best life
outdoors. The partnership, a match made in
outdoor heaven, combines nearly 90 years of
outdoor expertise and offers outdoor lovers
and adventure seekers a preferred way to
The 2019 product offerings include the
innovation, design, and dependability for
which Starcraft is known while featuring
Mossy Oak’s most popular pattern, Break-
Up Country®. The Mossy Oak product
lines includes stick and tin and laminated
travel trailer options offered in 18 different
floorplans, collectively. The interior décor
options allow outdoor lovers the choice to
tastefully integrate the popular camouflage
pattern into their indoor camping experience
or pursue a more traditional interior decor. To
learn more about the new Mossy Oak travel
trailers by Starcraft and for 360® online tours

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SUV Reviews SUV Reviews

exceptionally fast gear changes as well as a Enclaves includes a rear vision camera, rear
Launch Control function. The standard-fit park assist and seven air bags, including a
Driving Experience Control switch lets drivers front center side airbag
choose from SPORT, COMFORT and ECO • A premium suspension with continuously
PRO set-ups, while the BMW X4 M40i, variable real-time damping (CDC) available
2019 BMW X4 xDrive30i driving dynamics, better aerodynamics and cues such as a winged rear spoiler, 18-inch to vehicle audio system with voice
and BMW X4 xDrive30i models also add a on Avenir provides a smooth, comfortable
The second generation BMW X4 is making safety features, passengers can now enjoy aluminum premium-finished wheels and recognition for audio, phonebook and music
SPORT+ mode. ride, with enhanced body control and
its debut as the BMW X4 M40i and the BMW a larger panoramic moonroof and a 3-Zone body-color door handles selection
The engines under the hood of BMW M handling in Sport mode
X4 xDrive30i. The 2019 BMW X4 with Climate Control system which allows for • Experience Buick Package is available on • Variable-effort electric power steering
Performance Automobiles stand out with their • QuietTuning, including new active noise
sportier proportions, with wider tracks, the greater ride comfort. Essence and includes navigation, tilt-sliding • Signature QuietTuning and Active Noise
instantaneous response and tireless power cancellation feature, helps to further reduce,
latest generation suspension settings, a lower The all-new BMW X4 will be launched power moonroof and 18-inch chromed Cancellation technology
delivery. With its trademark free-revving block and absorb noise
center of gravity and improved aerodynamics. with a choice of latest-generation power units. aluminum wheels • Bose seven-speaker audio system with
performance, maximum output of 355 hp and • Available, new air ionizer that eliminates
The second-generation Sports Activity Coupe The four-cylinder unit in the all-new BMW X4 • LED headlamps are standard on Essence amplifier is available on Sport Touring and
peak torque of 365 lb-ft, the power unit in the odors and provides higher air quality
offers a wide array of new standard safety xDrive30i generates 248 hp and peak torque of • LED daytime running lamps are standard on Essence
all-new BMW X4 M40i enables it to accelerate • Ten-percent increase in overall interior
features such as Active Protection which 258 lb-ft, which is on tap between 1,450 and all models • Keyless open and push-button start are
from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. space, including hidden underfloor storage
initiates protective measures when an accident 4,800 rpm. This enables the car to accelerate • Cockpit-style interior design with an standard
situation is imminent such as belt tensioning • Available rear camera mirror allows
from 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds. The BMW emphasis on premium materials, chrome • Remote start is standard on Essence and
and the closing of windows and moonroof to rearview mirror to function as a traditional
TwinPower Turbo technology for the gasoline accents and contrast stitching Sport Touring and available on Preferred
2018 Buick Enclave Avenir AWD mirror or a camera, eliminating obstructions
a small gap. Additionally, the standard Active engines comprises a twin-scroll turbocharger, • Instrument panel features a 4.2-inch- • Heated front seats and heated steering wheel
NEW FOR 2018: such as heads and headrests while expanding
Guard includes Frontal Collision Warning, City High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC diagonal color driver information center, are standard on Essence
• Completely redesigned and introduces the rear field of vision by 300 percent
Collision Mitigation with Braking, Pedestrian fully variable valve timing and Double- center stack with an intuitive Buick • Cargo space of 18.8 cubic feet behind the
Avenir sub-brand as the highest expression • Available Surround Vision provides
Warning with City Braking, and Speed Limit VANOS variable camshaft control. infotainment system and a frameless, 8-inch- rear seat and 48.4 cubic feet of storage space
of Buick luxury, offering unique styling cues overhead, 360-degree view around the
Information. Standard Navigation comes The BMW M Performance model comes diagonal color touch screen with full-color with the 60/40 rear seats folded
and an extensive set of standard features and vehicle while maneuvering at low speeds
with a large 10.25 inch display and offers with an inline six-cylinder engine. Both model radio display • The front passenger seat folds flat to extend
premium materials • Available Intelligent AWD with active
drivers multiple ways to interact including variants direct their engine’s power to the road • Dual-zone automatic climate control is the cargo length and accommodate items up
• New design architecture enables a balanced, twin-clutch rear differential and Buick-first
touchscreen, iDrive Touch Controller, as well via an eight-speed Steptronic transmission and standard on Essence and available on Sport to eight feet long
athletic appearance, with new proportions switchable AWD to help improve control
as a cloud powered intelligent voice control, BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive as Touring
that give the redesigned Enclave a sleeker and efficiency
the optional 75 percent larger, color Head-Up standard, resulting in effortless progress over • Buick 4G LTE connectivity with a built-in
look with aerodynamic benefits for
Display provides drivers the option of viewing smooth roads and rough terrain alike. Gear Wi-Fi hotspot (3GB/one-month data trial) 2019 GMC Terrain AWD
navigation directions just under the direct line selections can be selected manually using • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS:
• Lower roofline, sharper windshield angle 2019 Buick Encore Essence AWD
of vision. Not only does the all-new BMW the shift paddles on the steering wheel. The compatibility are standard • Offered in SL, SLE, SLT and Denali models
and longer wheelbase support a more VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS:
X4 appear sportier, provide new and improved standard eight-speed Sport transmission offers • Bluetooth personal cell phone connectivity • Three available turbocharged propulsion
dramatic stance • All-wheel drive is available
• Extensive use of LEDs, including • Available 1.4L turbo engine offers more
bi-functional LED projector headlamps and horsepower and torque than the standard
LED tail lamps engine
• Standard safety equipment on all 2018 • Encore Sport Touring features unique design

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SUV Reviews SUV Reviews

The available 6.2L V-8 is capable of

2019 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD ½ Ton 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
Premier The engine delivers three state-of-the-art
Due to customer demand, Chevrolet is technologies — direct injection, Active Fuel
expanding the availability of the 6.2L V-8 Management and continuously variable
systems, including a turbo-diesel — and two make it easier to load cargo urban and multi-surface driving conditions. from the headlights to the taillights and a
engine within its full-size SUV lineup by valve timing — to make the most of power,
efficiency-enhancing nine-speed automatic • Leather-trimmed seating and heated front Kona Electric’s estimated range is an larger daylight opening (DLO) with a satin
introducing the Tahoe and Suburban Premier torque and efficiency across a broad range of
transmissions matched with the gas seats are standard on SLT and Denali impressive 258 miles and offers standard surround that provides a sleek impression
Plus special editions. operating conditions.
engines. Stop/start technology is featured • Heated steering wheel is standard on fast-charging capability, a feature for which along with better visibility. Featured
The 6.2L V-8 was first made available The 10-speed automatic transmission
on all systems Denali many competitors charge extra. The Kona diamond-cut 19-inch wheels communicate
in the Chevy full-size SUV lineup on offers smaller steps between each ratio to
• Terrain Denali offers unique grille, 19-inch • Standard air conditioning, with dual-zone Electric platform has been developed to give strength, as does the car’s rear appearance,
the 2018 Tahoe RST 6.2L Performance maximize engine power under acceleration.
wheels, LED headlamps with signature automatic climate control standard on SLT customers CUV-like ground clearance and now featuring a muscular high and taut
Package. The engine recently debuted on With a wide 7.39 overall gear ratio spread
lighting, specific interior content and and Denali an elevated, command seating position to shape.
the 2019 Suburban RST 6.2L Performance and lower numerical top gear ratio, the
more. See the separate page for complete • Two data/charging and two charge-only provide better visibility and comfort on long The 2019 Santa Fe line-up offers a
Package, which is now on sale at Chevrolet transmission also reduces engine revolutions
Terrain Denali details USB ports on SL and SLE; 110-volt power journeys, as well as easy ingress and egress. choice of proven powertrains. There is a
dealerships nationwide. at highway speeds.
• Standard exterior features include 17-inch outlet and two additional data/charging 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder GDI engine
All Premier Plus edition Chevy full-size Magnetic Ride Control is an active
aluminum wheels, LED signature lighting, USB ports on SLT and Denali with 185 horsepower or a more powerful,
SUVs, as well as RST Premier models with suspension that “reads” the road every
tail lamps with signature lighting and • Connectivity technologies include 7- 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 2.0T turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
the optional 6.2L Performance Package, millisecond, triggering damping changes in
active aero shutters and 8-inch-diagonal GMC Infotainment As the best-selling SUV in the brand’s with 235 horsepower. All engines are mated
also feature Magnetic Ride Control with the electronically controlled shock absorbers
• Available hands-free power-programmable Systems designed to support Apple 32-year history in America—with sales of to a brand-new eight-speed automatic
performance calibration and a Hydra-Matic in as few as 10-15 milliseconds. As a result,
liftgate CarPlay and Android Auto phone more than 1.6 million units—the Santa Fe transmission.
10-speed automatic transmission. the suspension delivers improved body-
• Authentic aluminum trim, soft-touch projection represents Hyundai’s strong SUV heritage
The 2019 Tahoe and Suburban Premier motion control during cornering and a more
materials on the instrument panel • GMC 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (includes and continues its success story. On sale now,
Plus editions feature a unique interior with comfortable ride while cruising.
and doors and standard active noise 3GB/one-month data trial) the fourth generation 2019 model builds 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SE
heated and ventilated Black/Mahogany- The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier Plus
cancellation are premium features • 4.2-inch multi-color driver information on this success offering an all-new family- The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
colored leather-appointed front seats will start with an MSRP of $74,100 plus a
seamlessly integrated into the interior center is standard on SLT and Denali and oriented interior, loaded with practical arrives in dealerships this summer powered
against a Jet Black trim surround. This $1,295 destination charge, while the 2019
• Center console with pass-through storage available SLE cutting-edge technologies and bold exterior by the most advanced version ever of
premium two-tone interior and 22-inch Chevrolet Suburban Premier Plus will start
underneath and side-by-side cupholders • Standard active noise cancellation looks. Volkswagen’s EA888 four-cylinder engine.
polished wheels make their first appearance at $76,900 with a $1,295 destination charge.
enhance Terrain’s functionality • Remote start is available The five-passenger Santa Fe Sport will The updated version of the benchmark
in Chevy’s full-size SUV lineup with the (MSRP excludes tax, title, license, dealer
• Fold-flat front passenger seat and flat- • Wireless charging is available on Denali now be called Santa Fe. The current long EA888 four-cylinder, turbocharged and
Premier Plus special editions. fees and optional equipment.)
folding rear seat help Terrain offer great • Teen Driver is standard wheelbase three-row, seven-passenger model direct-injection engine uses an innovative
Other features include gold Chevrolet
versatility for stowing longer items and called Santa Fe has been renamed Santa Fe modification to the conventional four-stroke
“bowtie” logos, chrome nameplate badging,
a head-up display and 8-inch diagonal XL for the 2019 model year. An all-new cycle to offer an improved combination of
2018 Hyundai Kona Ultimate AWD
cluster, cross rails, chrome power steps and three-row, eight-passenger SUV is currently power, efficiency and responsiveness.
The 2019 Hyundai Kona and Kona
exhaust tip and a Chevrolet-branded cargo under development and will carry an all-new First introduced in the 2009 CC, the
Electric CUV models were together named
organizer. name. EA888 continued Volkswagen’s move
the winner of the 2019 North American
Utility Vehicle of the Year by the North toward smaller, turbocharged engines
A Bold New Look that offer the fuel economy benefits of
American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year
The face of the new Santa Fe is downsizing with the power of a larger-
automotive media jury. This is the first time
highlighted by Hyundai’s signature displacement unit. Though EPA estimates
that a Hyundai CUV model has won the
Cascading Grille and a Composite are not yet available, compared with the 1.8-
Utility Vehicle of the Year category. The
Light design comprising LED Daytime liter EA888 Gen 3 engine that is fitted in
winner of the CUV category is announced
Running Lights positioned on top of the the current Passat, Jetta, Beetle, and Golf
every year at the North American
LED headlights. The exterior design is family models, the new 2.0-liter EA888
International Auto Show in Detroit.
characterized by a powerful wide stance Generation 3B is expected to offer improved
Both the Kona and Kona Electric are
and an athletic body that makes a statement fuel efficiency along with a 20 percent boost
built on all-new CUV platforms, offering
from 100 feet away. It’s a bold look that is in maximum torque to 221 pound-feet. The
versatility to consumers with active lifestyles
enhanced by refined lines that reinforce the majority of the engine—from the cast-iron
of all kinds. Kona was developed with a
vehicle’s status in Hyundai’s SUV lineup. block to the aluminum-alloy pistons and
focus on enhanced driving dynamics and
The profile of the Santa Fe features a cylinder head to the valve springs—has been
responsive performance for a variety of
dynamic character line that goes all the way updated along the way.
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During development, engineers focused The key feature that enables the new (for the Tiguan) kicks in at 4,400 rpm, 400
on making the engine more efficient in the engine to produce better fuel economy, as revs sooner than in the 1.8-liter edition
range of driving that most customers use well as excellent performance, is the variable and maintains its output until 6,000 rpm.
every day, which led to the introduction of valve timing system on the intake camshaft. Maximum torque of 221 lb-ft is achieved
a modified Miller combustion cycle that is Depending on engine load, it is possible at 1,600 to 3,940 rpm. As in the previous
unique to the Volkswagen Group. Whereas to switch between short and long valve 2.0-liter TSI® engines, the increased
the traditional Miller cycle closes the intake opening. At idling speed and under partial displacement comes solely from a longer
valves just before the end of the intake load, the valve opening is shorter. When the piston stroke (92.8 mm vs. 84.1 mm in the
stroke, the so-called Budack-cycle closes engine is placed under greater load, a switch 1.8 TSI), while the compression ratio rises
the intake valves much earlier. This results to the camshaft lobe that opens the valve for to 11.7:1 due to a modified piston crown
in longer effective combustion as well as a longer period is made and the driver can and combustion chamber. New TSI injectors
faster air flow for the incoming gases, which make use of the full power and torque of the can push fuel into the cylinder at a higher
improves the mixing of the fuel and air. The engine. maximum pressure (250 bar or 3,626 psi),
net effect is lower fuel consumption and The changes in the new version of the with up to three injection sequences per
more torque than the 2.0-liter EA888 engine EA888 advance the twin goals of power stroke depending on conditions. SG
fitted in the 2017 Tiguan. and efficiency. The peak 184 horsepower

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Credit: Loudon County Tennessee Visitors Bureau Photo by X, courtesy of the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce

Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail A one-year membership is $30.00. To pre- Host lodging for Outdoor Promotions and our anglers newest home in the West Georgia town, both big and small to accommodate your
to hit the waters of the Tennessee River register go on line to: the event will be LaQuinta Inn & Suites, have contributed $350,000.00 to the “Kids” while the nearby idyllic waters of West Point group. Adventurers look no further than GLL
(Watts Bar Lake) at Loudon, Tennessee or call (502) 384-5924. Legal waters for the 12400 Hwy. 72 N, Loudon, TN (865) 657- Scholarships since 1997. We are very Lake, coupled with the area’s mild climate, Marine. This water sport shop offers kayak
May 3-4, 2019 event will be: Anglers may fish Watts Bar 0050, special $89 KingKat Rate and Inn of proud to be a part of the education process make this a water-friendly destination nearly and paddleboard rentals. With 30 public
The Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail Lake on the Tennessee River. Loudon, 12452 Hwy. 72 N, Loudon, TN (865) for the youngsters who participate in our year-round. Plus, LaGrange’s Sweetland recreation areas with boat ramps, feel free
will hit the waters of the Tennessee River 458-5669, special KingKat rate of $56.86. tournaments as adult/youth teams and those Amphitheatre serenades visitors with outdoor to bring your own watercraft to West Point.
(Watts Bar Lake) at Loudon, Tennessee Weigh-In Site The number of rooms may be limited. It is who fish in the Outdoor Promotions “Kids concerts throughout the summer. No matter Whether you prefer sailing, wind surfing or
for a 2-Day Super Event, May 3-4, 2019. The tournament weigh-in will be held recommended that participants make their Fishing Rodeos.” what experience you choose, LaGrange power boating, West Point Lake is a boater’s
This is the opportunity for catfish anglers Friday and Saturday at Riverside Park, 99 reservations early. makes it easy for families to create lasting paradise.
to compete for cash, prizes and a chance Ferry Street, Loudon, TN. Tournament hours NATIONAL SPONSORS: memories. After a day in the water, head for dry
to advance to the Cabela’s King Kat are 6:30 AM until 3:00 PM. All anglers must Free Kids Fishing Rodeo Cabela’s, Adventure Products EGO land, stopping by one of the many parks that
Classic Championship. This year’s Classic be in the weigh-in line by 4:00 PM with a 5 In conjunction with the tournament the Nets, RigRap, B ‘n’ M Poles, Minn Kota, Make waves surround the lake. Hit up the tennis courts,
Championship will be held November 1-2, fish limit per team. To help preserve the sport Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail will hold Mercury Marine, Mustad Hooks, Driftmaster West Point Lake offers something for ball fields, basketball courts or cast a line
2019 on the Tennessee River (Wheeler Lake) only live fish will be weighed in and all fish the Cabela’s King Kat Kids event on Saturday, Rodholders, Gamma Line, Humminbird thrill and retreat seekers, alike. An Army off the fishing piers. These Army Corps of
at Decatur, Alabama. Be sure to check out will be released after the tournament. For a May 3 at Riverside Park, 99 Ferry Street, Electronics, World Fishing Network – WFN, Corps of Engineers reservoir that holds over Engineer parks also have more than a dozen
our website at: and like complete list of rules visit our website: www. Loudon, TN. The event is free of charge and Rippin’ Lips, Cat River Anchors, Sunsect 26,000 acres of sparkling waters spanning nature and hiking trails. Get lost in the
our Cabela’s King Kat Facebook Page. Both or phone Cabela’s King Kat open to all youth 12 and younger. Sign up is Sunscreen & Insect Repellent, Humminbird along more than 525 miles of shoreline, this beautiful tree-laden paths that accommodate
sites contain new and exciting information Headquarters at: (502) 384-5924. from 8:00 AM till 9:00 AM with the Kid’s Lakemaster Maps, Digital EFX Wraps, Southern recreation destination is surrounded hikers of every skill level. Each trail has its
on our events along with special information Fishing Event starting at 9:00 AM until 11:00 Tentology, Gill Rainwear, Catfish Now, by pine tree-dotted hills, a serene backdrop own unique feature–like waterfront views,
for catfish anglers everywhere. Sponsor and Host Lodging for this Event AM. All children will receive a prize just for Whisker Wear, The Original Clearboard, for anyone looking to escape. Whether you benches, rest shelters and playgrounds. This
Loudon County Visitors Bureau & City entering. Bring your favorite rod, reel and bait Extreme Bait Systems and Katfish Clothing. feel the need for speed, prefer to float the is also a bird-watching haven. Keep eyes
Registration of Loudon, TN would like to welcome all and show your true fishing ability. All children days away or want to break a sweat, you peeled while walking the paths because this
Late registration will be held Thursday, Cabela’s King Kat anglers and their guest must be accompanied by parent or guardian. will find whatever you’re looking for with area is home to purple martins, herons, egrets,
May 2 the day before competition at Lions and hope they take the opportunity to enjoy Prizes for winners will be given in two age West Point Lake–An Ideal Getaway for a variety of boat and water sport rentals. osprey and several pairs of bald eagles. Had
Club Pavilion, 8760 Hwy. 72 N, Loudon, the many attractions in the area. For more groups, 0-7 and 8-12. The event is free to all Fishermen and Families Highland Marina offers standard and deluxe enough excitement for one day? Kick back
TN from 5-7 pm. Captains Meeting/Seminar information about the city please call: children 12 and under with all participants Ideally located less than an hour from pontoon boats for big crowds. Or, cast a line by digging toes in the sand at one of the three
will follow at 7pm. Must be a member of (865) 986-6822, (865) 458-2033 or visit eligible for a chance to win one of the six, Atlanta, LaGrange, Georgia, welcomes from either of the fishing boats they have public beaches or reserve a picnic shelter to
the King Kat Association to fish this event. their websites at:, Outdoor Promotions $1,000.00 scholarships. families. Great Wolf Lodge has made its available to rent. Southern Harbor has boats share a meal together, al fresco.

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like during the time of Jesus. The Center

Catch large-mouth bass, crappie and bluegill in DeLand. has scientific replicas of The Life of the
Credit: West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority Shepherd, The Life of the Farmer and The
Life of the Village and is proud to house the
Biblical Life Artifacts Gallery, with more
than 250 authentic artifacts on long-term
loan from the Israeli Antiquities Authority.
The collection is one of only four like it
in the United States, and is the only one in
the Southeast, with the other three artifacts
collections being housed at museums in New
York and Los Angeles.

More to explore
Head south to nearby West Point, where
you’ll find more mouth-watering local
dining at Coach’s (724 3rd Ave, West Point),
Pokey’s 8th Street Grill (307 W 8th St, West
Point) and Johnny’s New York Pizza (712
3rd Ave, West Point). If you’re looking for
a place to relax with friends, be sure to stop
in at Chattabrewchee Southern Brewhouse
(709 4th Ave, West Point), a new addition to
the emerging craft brewery scene in Troup
History buffs will enjoy a visit to Fort
Tyler, site of the last battle of the Civil War.
Located just blocks from downtown West
Point, Fort Tyler was the last Confederate
fort captured by the Union, giving it the
distinction, “Last Fort to Fall.”
Just north of LaGrange, visitors will
find Hogansville, the “City of Friendly
People.” Take a stroll along the historic
Hogansville walking tour or explore
the Hummingbird Trail, an installation of
fiberglass hummingbirds decorated by local
artists to reflect the history and heritage of
LaGrange’s West Point Lake is the ideal
spot for fishing, boating, tubing, kayaking,
birding, swimming, camping and more.
Credit: Photo by X, courtesy of the
LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of
Both experienced and novice fishermen Commerce
will rejoice over the tales they can tell after Sunset sounds
a day fishing West Point Lake. With a dozen Save the date for First Friday events at Central Florida Fishing
creeks and the more than 40 square miles Sweetland Amphitheatre, which serenades The St. Johns River is not only at the
of lake, there are plenty of good fishing visitors June through August. The heart of this region, it’s a major source of
spots for the thousands of anglers who visit amphitheatre offers 2,500 lawn and stadium recreation and for many, that means fishing!
here regularly. In fact, fishermen from all seats set among the swaying West Georgia The river and its many lakes and tributaries
over the world flock to this lake year-round pines. Sunsets at Sweetland feature culturally throughout the West Volusia region are
where six-pound bass are common, and the diverse programming, like concerts, movies well known among fishermen far and wide.
lake record largemouth bass is 14.2 pounds. and gatherings, which are free or affordably Largemouth bass and crappie get top billing,
Fishermen can reel in largemouth bass, priced. All of these events are picnic but there’s even more for those who love to
crappie, hybrid bass, stripers, channel catfish approved, so bring your cooler and socialize cast a line. Bluegill, catfish, redfish, snook,
and spotted bass–making this one of the most with friends and neighbors. flounder, striped bass and warmouth can
sought out fishing spots in the country. It’s also be found. Spring and fall are excellent
no wonder West Point Lake is home to over History lesson times to enjoy the variety of fishing and the
70 fishing tournaments every year. Want to The whole family can enjoy stepping beautiful waterways and adjacent wildlands
fish, but never held a rod? Let an expert help back in time at LaGrange’s Biblical of this inland Florida paradise. SG
you catch a big one with a guided fishing History Center, a walk-through living
tour. history museum focusing on what life was

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six-speed electronically-controlled automatic three selectable driving modes, including
transmission. Three driver-selectable modes Normal, Sport and Smart, (Normal and
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to changing driver preferences. preferences for engine, transmission and
The 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct- steering feel. The Smart mode varies within
injected four-cylinder engine produces 201 the range of settings according to how the
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195 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,500-4,500 rpm an economical or a more spirited manner). For
2019 Hyundai Veloster R and Veloster is more muscular, with higher-volume (estimated). Turbo models generate 201 Turbo models, driver preference for Active engine is able to generate peak torque at just in improved low-rpm performance, as well as
Turbo fenders and wheel arches for a more planted horsepower on regular fuel, which represents Engine Sound is also available. 1,400 rpm, while at the same time returning increased torque throughout the rev range. A
The Veloster merges the design appeal appearance. The cowl point and A-pillar are a best-in-class specific output of 125.6 EPA-estimated fuel economy of 30/40/34 relatively high 10:1 compression ratio further
of a sport coupe with the versatility of an further rearward and now connect the hood horsepower per liter. Further, there is an over- mpg (city/highway/combined) regardless of helps the engine’s efficiency, yet it still takes
additional passenger side rear door in an line and belt line into an integrated, powerful boost function that raises peak torque output 2019 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T SE transmission choice. regular (87 octane) gasoline.
asymmetrical two-plus-one configuration gesture. Available 18-inch alloy wheels to 202 lb.-ft. under maximum acceleration. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will be The engine, internally coded EA211, While the 2019 Jetta is more
for easier rear-seat access. From the front, aggressively fill the wheelhouse openings. Engine tuning maximizes low- and mid-range available in S, SE, R-Line®, SEL, and SEL features an air-to-water heat exchanger built technologically advanced than ever, retaining
available LED headlights and LED Daytime Further, the roofline has been lowered for a torque, for optimum acceleration under daily Premium trim levels and is expected to arrive directly into the intake module in place its fun-to-drive character was of critical
Running Lights flank a striking new grille unique profile and a distinctive coupe-inspired driving conditions. at U.S. Volkswagen dealers in the second of an intercooler. The exhaust manifold is importance. Thus, a six-speed manual
design. Functional air curtains add both a essence. The fender line is also more coupe- Veloster Turbo is paired with a standard quarter of 2018. Every Jetta model will come integrated into the head, reducing the distance transmission is standard, with an eight-speed
visual design cue and an active aerodynamic like, and the rear now has a more aggressive six-speed manual transmission or a seven- with the People First Warranty, an industry- that exhaust gases must travel to reach the automatic available optionally. The all-new
function. Hyundai’s signature cascade grille integrated diffuser design. Available LED speed dual clutch transmission (DCT). For leading six-year or 72,000-mile (whichever turbocharger, thus allowing for faster response eight speed automatic transmission offers the
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Much of the redesign is derived from uses the Atkinson-cycle for superior efficiency developed in-house by Hyundai. The Veloster The new Jetta is powered by Volkswagen’s heating, as well as efficient cooling when the driving comfort and, of course, fuel economy.
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is utilized in the G70 to enable a) higher

torque capacity, b) better handling control,
and c) lower noise, vibration and harshness
(NVH) than other types of LSD. The G70s
combination of mechanical LSD with
available all-wheel drive (AWD) is unique and
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optimized gear teeth and ultra-low friction stamped parts and reinforced connecting competitive vehicles in the segment.
mating surfaces to create a seamless, efficient, structures, G70 has among the strongest
and comfortable drive experience. body structures in its segment. Strategic use Key features of the 3.3L TT-GDI V6 engine
of lightweight aluminum for the hood and include:
strut tower reinforcement bars helped the G70 • Most horsepower in the segment with 365
2019 Genesis G70 AWD 3.3T Sport reduce weight and lower its center of gravity. HP and 376 lb. ft. of torque
The 2019 Genesis G70 luxury sport An integrated frame reduces the number of • Single scroll twin turbo system to improve
sedan resets benchmarks and expectations physical parts needed to strengthen G70. responsiveness and power
in its class for the holistic integration of Fundamentally, the robust, reinforced • Mid Position Lock (MPL) Continuously
performance body strength, refined luxury and structure is part of an effort to provide class- Variable Valve Train (CVVT) for fast
aerodynamic style. leading occupant safety, just like other response and improved fuel efficiency
G70 is the third of six new Genesis Genesis models. The additional benefit of • Dual-stage variable oil pump for improved
models to debut by 2021, and the final sedan such a rigid body structure is the ability to fuel efficiency
of the lineup. As the first Genesis model in finely tune the suspension for both excellent • Integrated exhaust manifold cylinder head
the highly competitive entry-level luxury ride quality as well as superb handling to reduce warmup time and improve fuel
segment, G70 outperforms legacy luxury sport dynamics. efficiency
sedans with driver-focused performance. No matter the driving situation, G70 raises
The synthesis of iconic elements of the the bar for the luxury sport sedan segment,
Genesis design ethos, Athletic Elegance, with a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds 2019 Hyundai Accent Limited
contribute further to a sleek, aerodynamic (3.3T RWD, using Launch Control) and a With the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe being
design. G70 has the lowest overall height and mechanical limited-slip differential (LSD), named a TOP SAFETY PICK+ and the
widest overall stance in the segment providing standard on 3.3T RWD and optional on 2019 Accent being named a TOP SAFETY
exceptional dynamic performance from the 2.0T RWD. A multi-plate mechanical LSD PICK by the Insurance Institute for Highway
resulting low center of gravity. The kinetic
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return a sleek 0.28 Cd, allowing G70 to slip
through the air. When fitted with aggressive
19-inch wheels and Michelin® Pilot Sport 4
summer tires, G70 returns 0.29 Cd.
Through the extensive application of hot-

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2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320
shaves .3 seconds off the quarter-mile time to
11.7 seconds at 115 mph and cuts .3 seconds
off the 0-60 mph acceleration time to 3.8
Inside, the 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T
Scat Pack 1320 is equipped with a long list
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control, electric power steering, power
driver’s seat, keyless Enter ‘n Go, ParkSense
Safety (IIHS) recently, Hyundai now has the safety technologies to provide another layer rear park assist and ParkView rear backup
most combined TSP+ and TSP-rated vehicles of protection for passengers. For example, camera.
in the automotive industry. To qualify for Accent offers available Forward Collision- A new interpretation of the legendary
2018 Top Safety Pick, the 2019 Accent avoidance Assist that utilizes a front forward Dodge Super Bee logo, the “Angry Bee,”
earned good ratings in the driver-side small facing radar to help detect a vehicle and marks the front fenders, instrument panel,
overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, warn the driver of a potential collision. If the illuminated Air Catcher headlamps, startup
roof strength and head restraint tests, as well driver does not react to avoid the impact, the splash screen in the instrument gauge cluster
as an acceptable rating in the passenger- system may apply emergency braking. and key fob.
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superior rating for front crash prevention and with Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 a custom
an acceptable headlight rating. Stability Management, Traction Control and concept exterior color called “Black Eye,”
Santa Fe’s and Accent’s awards adds ABS. following a survey of enthusiast attendees at
to the list of ten new Hyundai models that the annual FCA-sponsored “Spring Festival
are rated TOP SAFETY PICK+ or TOP 13” event in southern California earlier this
SAFETY PICK when equipped with front 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Plus year. The high-impact color was the top vote-
crash prevention and specific headlights, the The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack getter from among 15 new concept exterior
most in the industry. The 2018 Kona (built 1320 comes with the 8.4-inch Uconnect paints shown at the event and a subsequent
after May 2018), Elantra (built after Dec. touchscreen that enables the driver to engage online survey of FCA employees. Dodge//
2017), Sonata (built after Sept. 2017), 2018 Launch Control and Line Lock within the SRT will gauge feedback of the concept
Santa Fe and the 2018 Santa Fe Sport (built Performance Control app. It also lets the exterior color for future consideration.
after June 2017) all earned the organization’s driver select modes, including Drag Mode To help commemorate the unveiling of
highest rating, while the Elantra GT, Ioniq and Adaptive Damping Suspension, while the new Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320,
Hybrid and Tucson received a TOP SAFETY working with the steering-wheel-mounted there will be a special 1320-themed paint
PICK rating when equipped with optional shift paddles to activate the TransBrake. scheme on the Mopar Dodge Top Fuel
front crash protection and specific headlights. As drag racers know, the results tell the dragster driven by Don Schumacher Racing
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Tuffy Security Products Unveils New Under

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Go Wild in Florida’s Martin County

Encompassing the communities of Port through individual community efforts like River, runs through the park. Ranger-guided
Salerno, Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Stuart’s large oyster preserve and the St. tours of the 1930’s pioneer homestead of
Indiantown, Jupiter Island, Hobe Sound and Lucie Inlet, where the ecosystem provides Trapper Nelson are available year-round.
Hutchinson Island, Martin County offers habitat for over 4,300 species of plants and Fishing for more? There’s a reason Martin
numerous Atlantic beaches spanning nearly animals, including more than 30 threatened County reigns supreme for sport fishing
22 miles along the coast and including and endangered species such as manatees, and holds the distinctive title of “Sailfish
individual access strips that allow for more wood storks, sand hill cranes and peregrine Capital of the World.” Boasting more than
private spots to enjoy the surf and sand or falcons. On Hutchinson Island, the Florida 20 marinas, a dozen fishing and sightseeing
larger, guard-protected areas like Stuart Oceanographic Coastal Center offers charters, plus a variety of bait and tackle
Beach, Hobe Sound Beach and Sea Turtle opportunities for a family-friendly day of fun shops, Martin County offers an abundance
/ Jensen Beach. There are also numerous and learning. of boating and fishing excursions and the
beaches along the Indian River Lagoon At Blowing Rock Preserve, named for opportunity to pursue 800 species of fish
such as the beach at Indian RiverSide its rocky Anastasia limestone shoreline – within a 10-mile radius of the St. Lucie Inlet,
Park, in addition to 75+ parks throughout the largest on the U.S. Atlantic coast, get which connects the Intracoastal Waterway to
the communities – not to mention the a glimpse of what South Florida barrier the Atlantic Ocean.
most bio-diverse lagoon ecosystem in the islands looked like a century ago. For a one- For water play that’s a little less rugged,
Northern hemisphere, the St. Lucie Inlet, of-a-kind adventure, Hobe Sound National Sailfish Splash Waterpark features two four-
all within two hours or less driving time of Wildlife Refuge, a coastal refuge bisected by story water slides, a gentle and relaxing
four international airports: Palm Beach, Ft. the Indian River Lagoon into two separate lazy river, an interactive water playground,
Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando. Florida’s tracts of land totaling over 1,000 acres on and an Olympic-class competitive swim
hidden gem, this is a place for unwinding Jupiter Island, is home to the Hobe Sound venue. Numerous charter boats are located
and reconnecting. Building restrictions have Nature Center which offers both on and off- throughout Martin County, providing full,
limited structures to four stories, preserving site native wildlife presentations and field half-day or custom charters. Take a sailing
breathtaking views throughout the county, experiences to local natural areas. Also on lesson at the U.S. Sailing Center of Martin
yielding Old Florida charm and accented Hobe Sound, find Jonathan Dickinson State County where options are available for
with Key West style. Park where the Loxahatchee River, Florida’s beginners and pros. Or, catch one of the
Conservation is king here, evident first federally designated Wild and Scenic many regattas held here throughout the year,
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notably the Junior Olympic Festival, Laser Masters, 420

Midwinter Championships and OptiFest.
With over 75 parks, outdoor expeditions in Martin County
are limitless. From October to May, “tromp the swamp” –
free of charge – to observe the exclusive, natural beauty of
the Barley Barber Swamp. All groups are accompanied by
a tour guide along our 5,800-foot closed loop boardwalk.
Snorkel at Bathtub Reef Beach where a manmade a reef
extends into the ocean allowing visitors to venture out
while remaining in a protective area. Kayak, hike, bike and
go birding at Halpatiokee Regional Park or unwind at the
pristine, and often deserted, beach at St. Lucie Inlet Preserve
State Park.
If you go, travel around Martin County in style and rent an
environmentally-friendly electric Duffy boat or rent a scooter
or bicycle to zoom around town.

Plan to visit during the annual Lionfish Derby

Saddle up and grab your fishing pole? That’s right! Plan to
visit Martin County during the 6th Annual Lionfish Round-
up. This event starts with a mandatory overview and briefing
on May 29th and then the fun starts bright and early on the
30. Thousands gather to remove as many lionfish from the
water as possible in a one-day tournament. Fish are measured
and weighed, and prizes are awarded. The non-native Indo-
Pacific lionfish has no predators in the Atlantic Ocean and
is wreaking havoc on reefs by explosively reproducing and
eating dangerously high numbers of important, native species
such as juvenile grouper, snapper, parrotfish, grunts and

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the electric car production announced today Seven teams will circle their wagons at
and changes in our sourcing decisions are in Clabough’s Campground (405 Wears Valley
line with the current direction of trade policy Road) for a day of frontier-inspired fun. These
including the USMCA.” modern-day mobile chuck wagon cooks, or
cookies, as they are known, rely on simple
About Volkswagen of America, Inc. ingredients to guide their menus and fire to
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, power their ovens just as the early American
Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group chuck wagons did in the 1800s.
of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered Chuck wagon cookoffs aid in the
in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of preservation of cattle drive trail days as well
Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, as ensuring the authentic reproduction of the
Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United mobile kitchens. The competition includes
States include research and development, cash prizes for most authentic wagon and
parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution awards in various food categories, including
centers, sales, marketing and service offices, meat, potatoes, bread, beans and dessert.
financial service centers, and its state -of-the- All food items must be prepared onsite and
art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, using ingredients provided to the cooking
Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of teams. Condiments may be used at the
the world’s largest producers of passenger cars cook’s discretion. Prohibited ingredients are
and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells announced prior to the competition.
the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, The cookoff event also includes several
Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf free activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: an old-
SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, and Tiguan time Western Buckaroo Roundup for children
Limited vehicles through more than 650 and adults of all ages with Cal Farley’s Boys
independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen Ranch providing roping and branding demos;
of America online at or media. cowboy lookalikes and Sisters on the Fly, the to learn more. largest women’s outdoor adventure group in
the country, with free tours of their Cowgirl
Caravan of vintage trailers; and Western
Ring the Dinner Bell – Pigeon Forge’s poetry and music featuring Andy Nelson,
Chuck Wagon Cookoff Rolls into Town Marshal Andy & the Riders of the Silver
March 2 Screen Band from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
A weekend of family-friendly competition, The weekend continues on Sunday,
entertainment and delicious frontier food March 3, with the Chuck Wagon Breakfast
awaits March 2-3 during Pigeon Forge’s and Cowboy Church at Stages West (2765
Chuck Wagon Cookoff. Parkway). The cowboy-style breakfast will be
Lunch, consisting of from-scratch dishes served 8:30 to 10 a.m. for $5 per person (tax
prepared for the competition, will be served included). Cowboy Church follows at 10:30
at high noon on March 2. Tickets are $12.50 a.m. and admission is free.
per person. That evening, guests and chuck For more information about the Chuck
wagon chefs can enjoy a little entertainment Wagon Cookoff and other events, please visit
after a long day’s work with fine cowboy or call 1-800-251-9100.
entertainment from cowboy poet and
Volkswagen Chooses Chattanooga for U.S. add EV-production at facilities in Anting and This vehicle will have the interior space of services. The Volkswagen brand alone has
humorist Andy Nelson and cowboy music
Electric-Vehicle Production Foshan, in China, in 2020, and in the German a midsize SUV in the footprint of a compact forecasted selling 150,000 EVs by 2020 Honda Research Institute and University
singer/songwriter Brenn Hill takes place at
Volkswagen AG announced recently that cities of Emden and Hanover by 2022. SUV. Volkswagen of America will also offer worldwide, increasing that number to 1 Researchers Develop Breakthrough Battery
Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa. The
Chattanooga, Tenn. will be the company’s “The US is one of the most important a multi-purpose EV based off the ID. BUZZ million by 2025. Chemistry
show begins at 5 p.m. for $20 (tax included)
North American base for manufacturing locations for us and producing electric cars concept. “The shift toward electric vehicles is a trend New co-authored paper demonstrates
per person. Seating is first come first served.
electric vehicles. in Chattanooga is a key part of our growth Volkswagen currently builds the midsize that can be seen worldwide, and Volkswagen’s potential ten-fold energy density increase over
Tickets to all events, including lunch,
Strengthening the company’s commitment strategy in North America,” said Dr. Herbert Atlas SUV and the Passat sedan at the decision to locate its first North American existing lithium-ion battery technologies
can be purchased onsite or in advance
to an electric mobility future, this expansion Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG. “The Chattanooga factory, which opened in 2011. A EV manufacturing facility in Chattanooga Scientists from Honda Research Institute
a t h t t p s : / / w w w. m y p i g e o n f o rg e . c o m /
of Volkswagen’s U.S. footprint will include management team, led by Scott Keogh, is five-seat version of the Atlas, the Atlas Cross underscores Tennessee’s manufacturing have collaborated with researchers at
chuckwagoncookoff. The event has sold out
an investment of $800 million into the committed to continuing to increase our Sport, will begin production in Chattanooga strength and highly-skilled workforce,” California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
for the past seven years.
Chattanooga facility and create 1,000 jobs at market share in the coming years. Together later this year. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said. “As and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to
“The Chuck Wagon Cookoff celebrates
the plant, plus additional jobs at suppliers. EV with our ongoing investments and this “We could not be prouder to build the one of Hamilton County’s top employers, develop a new battery chemistry that enables
an important piece of American history and
production at the site will begin in 2022. increase in local production, we are future of mobility here in the U.S.,” said Scott these additional 1,000 jobs will have a lasting the use of materials with higher energy
highlights a couple things the people of Pigeon
Chattanooga will be the first dedicated strengthening the foundation for sustainable Keogh, CEO and president of Volkswagen impact on the region. I thank Volkswagen for density and a more favorable environmental
Forge know very well, delicious food and
location in North America for production growth of the Volkswagen brand in the US.” Group of America. “We’re known as ‘the its partnership and also applaud the company footprint than current battery technologies.
entertainment” said Pigeon Forge Executive
of a vehicle using Volkswagen’s modular Volkswagen of America will offer the people’s car’ for a reason, and our EVs will for its ongoing commitment to education and The collective team of scientists co-authored
Director of Tourism Leon Downey. “While
electric toolkit chassis, or MEB. In addition first EV based on the MEB platform to build on that tradition.” workforce alignment, which helps Tennessee a new paper on the topic that was published
the chuck wagon cooking never disappoints,
to Chattanooga, Volkswagen is building customers in 2020. This vehicle will be a Globally, Volkswagen Group plans to build a pipeline of talent for years to come.” in Science and is available at http://science.
the interactive elements of the weekend make
the first dedicated EV production facility in series-production version of the ID. CROZZ commit almost $50 billion (44 billion euros) “Volkswagen is continuing to invest in
it an event that our visitors and residents look
Zwickau, Germany, starting MEB production SUV concept, first shown at the North through 2023 toward the development and the US to broaden its manufacturing and aat7070.
forward to each year.”
by the end of 2019. Volkswagen will also American International Auto Show last year. production of electric vehicles and digital R&D footprint,” Diess said. “Projects like The joint study reports that the research
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development of high energy-density
batteries capable of meeting rapidly growing
energy storage needs by overcoming the
current temperature limitations of fluoride-
based battery (FIB) technology and by
demonstrating the room-temperature
operation of fluoride-ion based energy cells.
“Fluoride-ion batteries offer a promising
new battery chemistry with up to ten times
more energy density than currently available
Lithium batteries,” said Dr. Christopher
Brooks, Chief Scientist, Honda Research
Institute, and a co-author of the paper.
“Unlike Li-ion batteries, FIBs do not pose a
safety risk due to overheating and obtaining
the source materials for FIBs creates
considerably less environmental impact than
the extraction process for lithium and cobalt.”
FIBs provide an attractive alternative to
other types of potential high-energy battery
electrochemistries, such as those based on
lithium- or metal hydride chemistries,
which are generally limited by the inherent
properties of their electrodes. Due to the
low atomic weight of fluorine, rechargeable
batteries based on the element could offer
very high energy densities–up to 10 times
greater than the theoretical values for lithium-
ion technologies. However, while FIBs are
considered a strong contender for the “next-
generation” of high-density energy storage
devices, they are limited by their required
temperature requirements.
Currently, solid-state fluoride ion-
conducting battery iterations need to operate
at elevated temperatures–above 150 degrees
Celsius–to make the electrolyte fluoride-
conducting. According to the paper’s
authors, these limitations in the electrolyte
have presented a significant challenge for
achieving low-temperature operating FIBs.
To address this, the research team
found a method for creating a fluoride-ion
electrochemical cell capable of operating
at room temperature–a breakthrough made
possible by a chemically stable liquid
fluoride-conducting electrolyte with high
ionic conductivity and a wide operating
voltage. The scientists developed the
electrolyte using dry tetraalkylammonium
fluoride salts dissolved in an organic,
fluorinated ether solvent. When paired
with a composite cathode featuring a core-
shell nanostructure of copper, lanthanum
and fluorine, the researchers demonstrated
reversible electrochemical cycling at room
In the future, FIBs could power battery-
electric vehicles. The higher-capacity nature
of the battery makes it a good candidate for
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