News Article | August 2, 2017
Silverado Stages is proud to announce the addition of regular overnight ticketed transportation service on its Silverado Mainline route between Las Vegas and Reno in Nevada. The Nevada Department of Transportation, with support from a Federal Transit Administration 5311f Rural Intercity Bus Grant, and Silverado Stages reinstituted a long dormant public transportation link for the small communities between Reno and Las Vegas in 2014. Since then, the service has operated daily in both directions only during daylight hours. Continued ridership growth has demonstrated need for nighttime service, which allows residents to travel to the doctor, for work, or for shopping during the day and return home without needing a hotel room. Travel is on luxury motorcoaches with all the amenities for comfort and connectivity. The Silverado Mainline service connects the Reno Airport, Reno Greyhound, Sparks – RTC, Carson City, Fallon, Hawthorne, Tonopah, Beatty, Pahrump, Las Vegas – RTC, and Las Vegas Greyhound. It is the only public transportation connecting this route and the small communities in between. This provides rural residents in the towns, unincorporated areas, military installations, Native American and rural communities with comfortable, reliable and safe means of transportation day or night. Additionally, the Silverado Mainline connects to the entire National Bus Transportation Network at Greyhound stations at each end, allowing a seamless ride to destinations throughout the United States and Canada. Local transit connections are also provided at each stop. Ticketing for all destinations is conveniently available online, with ticket prices ranging between $12 to $81 and accommodates ADA services such as wheelchairs and service animals. Baggage and parcel shipping services are also available. “The new Silverado Mainline schedule gives residents of rural Nevada more access to services in the Reno and Las Vegas areas, more conveniently and at lower cost. We are very excited to introduce this additional service to the Silver State,” said Tony Fiorini, Senior Vice President of Silverado Stages, who was instrumental in resurrecting the service back in 2014. Also new for the Silverado Mainline are online connections with Google Transit and Apple Maps. This allows users to plan and purchase long distance trips and can also provide directions to Silverado Mainline pick-up and drop locations. Details, reservations and ticket purchasing can be bought directly from the website (Click here to connect). Silverado Stages was founded in 1987 and has grown into the largest privately owned motorcoach company in the Southwest and the 7th largest in North America, operating over 350 motorcoaches and other passenger vehicles. Silverado is an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) company, which gives every eligible employee an ownership stake, resulting in outstanding service and operational performance. Silverado provides safe, reliable and comfortable transportation from terminals in California (Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego), Nevada (Reno and Las Vegas), and Arizona (Sedona and Phoenix). Services include charters, scheduled fixed route service like Mainline, commuter and campus shuttles, convention and event transportation services, and per capita tours. The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) has recognized Silverado with their Vision Award for industry innovation and leadership, and with the Green Highways Award for environmental stewardship. The full Silverado Mainline schedule can be found at http://www.silveradomainline.com.
News Article | August 1, 2017
Silverado next week lays the foundation on a new memory care community to be situated at 4058 E. Main Street, St. Charles, Illinois 60174. Silverado St. Charles, a 47,000 square foot, single-story community, is expected to open Summer 2018, and has been carefully designed to serve up to 90 people living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory-impairing conditions. The opening will mark the fifth Silverado community in the Chicagoland area. Site Dedication festivities take place on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. and will include brief remarks, a champagne toast and photo opportunities. City officials and Silverado leadership will be on hand to celebrate the project. Over the next year, Silverado will spend about $12 million locally. “What’s most significant about this week’s site dedication is that it represents new hope for local families affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s, and gives us an opportunity to use our expertise to make a difference in people’s lives,” shares Silverado President, Chairman and CEO Loren B. Shook. “Silverado’s skilled and compassionate associates – from the project planners to the teams who provide industry-leading memory care – are driven everyday by a desire to change the way the world cares for people with cognitive decline.” The multi-million-dollar community is being constructed on four acres, and will include state-of-the-art design elements throughout the living space. Skylights and sunrooms will draw in natural light and warmth, and living areas will provide residents with comfortable spaces for social interaction. Also incorporated into the design are a coffeehouse style bistro, beauty salon, country store, and spa. The large outdoor courtyard, with its covered patios and walkways, will encourage residents to move freely among the gardens. In addition to 90 new healthcare jobs once the community is fully operational, about 200 people will work on the project through its development. Silverado is working with local teams, including Jensen and Halstead Ltd. for architecture and planning, Cemcon Engineering for civil engineering, Terracon for geo-technical field observations and Testing Services Corp (TSC) for construction testing services. For ongoing updates, visit silverado.com/stcharles. About Silverado Silverado was founded in 1996 with the goal of enriching the lives of those with memory loss by changing how the world cares for people with cognitive decline. Establishing this mindset allows Silverado associates to leave behind previous misconceptions and operate in a way that provides clients, residents and patients with utmost dignity, freedom, respect and quality of life. Silverado has grown to become a nationally recognized provider of memory care, hospice and home care with more than 52 locations across Arizona, California, Illinois, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. To learn more, visit silverado.com or call (866) 522-8125.
News Article | May 27, 2017
A lawsuit was filed on Thursday, May 25 accusing General Motors Co. of rigging its diesel trucks with defeat devices to pass emission tests successfully. General Motors or GM has become the fifth carmaker to be accused of cheating in emission tests since the Volkswagen scandal. More than 705,000 GM Duramax-branded diesel trucks owners and lessees filed the class action lawsuit. The lawsuit claims that GM fitted defeat devices in two of its heavy-duty truck models from 2011 to 2016 to pass emission tests. The 190-page class action lawsuit against GM was filled with references to Volkswagen. It emphasizes that the environmental damage each GM truck causes can surpass the harm the rigged Volkswagen vehicles cause. The complaints filed at the Detroit federal court claim that GM's cheating devices helped the trucks pass the U.S. inspections, despite the vehicles emitting to two to five times the permissible limit. Since the lawsuit's filing, GM's stock fell as much as 3.9 percent in intra-day trading. "These claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend ourselves," GM spokesman Dan Flores responded. He also stated that its diesel-based GMC Sierra pickup trucks, as well as the diesel Chevrolet Silverado fulfil all emission regulations laid down by the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The lawsuit brings to the fore the supposed credibility of diesel technology. German carmaker Volkswagen was earlier accused of cheating in emission tests and since then, it has spent over $24.5 billion in fines and penalties across North America. In the complaint filed against GM for cheating in emission tests, attorney Steve Berman noted that GM claimed that its engineers "accomplished a remarkable reduction of diesel emissions." However, in reality, just like the Volkswagen cars, the GM trucks likely spewed an excessive amount of poisonous gases while on road. The complaint further claimed that the public were now exposed to noxious levels of smog thanks to the poisonous emission from the rigged GM trucks. Prior to this lawsuit, Berman represented dealerships and drivers against Volkswagen. He is also representing drivers and dealerships in the ongoing litigation with Fiat Chrysler. It is an established fact that diesel engines, while being more fuel efficient, emit more amounts of NOx or nitrogen oxide pollutants vis-à-vis other fuels. Based on the complaints, during their on-road testing, GM trucks polluted the environment beyond legal limits and more than its gasoline equivalent. Along with GM, Germany's Robert Bosch GmbH has also been named an accomplice in the crime for helping the carmaker develop the Volkswagen-like defeat devices. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
News Article | May 25, 2017
DETROIT--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Consumers are suing General Motors for allegedly rigging the emissions controls in Duramax diesel trucks in order to pass emissions tests, while in real-world conditions the trucks emit 2 to 5 times the legal limits of deadly NOx pollutants, according to Hagens Berman. The lawsuit states that GM did so all to increase the vehicles’ power and efficiency, and thus the appeal of its best-selling pick-up trucks. The complaint identifies and describes three distinct “defeat devices,” which turn down or “de-rate” the emissions controls in place compared to when the vehicles are in a testing environment. Vehicle owners are represented by leading auto defect consumer-rights law firm Hagens Berman, which has been involved in many of the largest automotive settlements in U.S. history, including the $10 billion Volkswagen diesel emissions settlement, the $1.3 billion Volkswagen dealer settlement and the $1.6 billion consumer settlement against Toyota. Based on its testing of emissions control systems, the firm is also leading litigation against Chevrolet, Fiat-Chrysler and Mercedes for illegal use of emissions-cheating software. The level of excess NOx emissions from GM trucks is 2 to 5 times the legal limits, and there are estimated to be at least 705,000 of these big trucks on the road. If you own or lease a 2011-2016 Chevrolet Silverado Duramax diesel or a GMC Sierra Duramax diesel, you may be entitled to participate in the litigation involving this alleged fraud. Making these trucks EPA and CARB compliant, if possible, could increase the frequency of active regeneration cycles, and may reduce power, torque and fuel efficiency. Contact Hagens Berman to find out more about this issue and your consumer rights against GM. The complaint, filed on May 25, 2017, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit) states that roughly 705,000 Silverado and Sierra diesels are on the road. It alleges: “Increased sales and thus increased profits drove GM to use at least these three defeat devices in its Duramax diesel engines. By reversing the traditional order of the exhaust treatment components and putting the Selective Catalytic Reduction (“SCR”) in front of the Diesel Particulate Filter (“DPF”), GM could obtain and market higher power and efficiency from its engines while still passing the cold-start emissions certification tests. This made GM’s trucks more appealing and competitive in the marketplace, driving up sales and profits.” But as Hagens Berman managing partner Steve Berman explained, “Putting the SCR in front of the DPF drastically increases the need for Active Regeneration of the DPF and other power and efficiency-sapping exhaust treatment measures, which would reverse the competitive edge gained. Rather than take the time to design a system that could actually pass emissions and provide the characteristics GM sought, GM’s solution was to install defeat devices to provide maximum pollution control in testing environments, while reducing SCR dosing, increasing NOx emissions, and thus decreasing fuel and power-sapping Active Regeneration during regular driving. GM turned a blind eye to the drastic increase in deadly NOx emissions its scheme caused—all to drive up its sales and profits.” “This is a shocking discovery, and a really big deal because the NOx limits for these big trucks are four times what the limits were for the much smaller Volkswagen passenger cars and there are more of these trucks on the road,” explained Berman. “As a result, these GM trucks likely dumped as much excess poisonous NOx emissions into our air as did the cheating Volkswagen passenger cars.” “GM claimed its engineers had accomplished a ‘remarkable reduction of diesel emissions,’” the lawsuit states, citing GM’s promises that the GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado Duramax engines turned “heavy diesel fuel into a fine mist,” and delivered “low emissions, that were a ‘whopping reduction’ from the prior model.” But the suit states that during on-road testing these diesel trucks pollute at levels well beyond legal limits, many times higher than their gasoline counterparts, and far in excess of what reasonable consumers would expect. The alleged defeat devices combine to de-rate and degrade emissions controls: (1) above 86 degrees Fahrenheit—the upper limit for emissions certification testing; (2) below 68 degrees Fahrenheit—the lower limit for emissions certification testing; and (3) after 200 to 500 seconds of study driving—a scenario that never happens during certification emissions tests. When this third defeat device is active, emissions increase on average by a factor of 4.5. As a result, the trucks appear to comply with emissions regulations when they are being tested, but otherwise gain power and efficiency by dumping vast quantities of deadly NOx into the air we all breathe. As alleged in the complaint, the temperature-based defeat devices combine to de-rate emissions controls during 65 to 70 percent of the miles the vehicles are driven in and around the 30 largest population centers in the United States. The suit also names Bosch as a defendant, adding that “GM did not act alone.” Bosch developed, manufactured, and tested the Electronic Diesel Control unit that allowed GM to implement the defeat devices, according to the suit. And Bosch control units are found in almost all of the vehicles found or alleged to have been manipulating emissions, including Mercedes, Fiat Chrysler and Chevrolet. “GM sold its Duramax line as a powerful diesel that magically emitted lesser amounts of harmful NOx pollutants,” Berman said. “But as our firm’s testing revealed, GM could not accomplish what it promised consumers. Instead, it used complex devices to mask its vehicles’ output of emissions, cheating emissions test, cheating purchasers, and putting all of us at risk of increased respiratory illness.” Hagens Berman’s automotive legal team has dedicated substantial resources to uncovering cheating devices used by automakers. The firm has become a trailblazer in this highly specialized realm, outpacing federal and state agencies in unmasking fraud in emissions reporting. Hagens Berman’s managing partner, Steve Berman, has dedicated the firm’s resources to upholding the rights of consumers and protecting our environment. The firm is uniquely dedicated to this cause, and is the only firm that has purchased and deployed an on-road emission testing machine to determine if other diesel car manufacturers install similar cheating devices, bringing new cases based on the firm’s own research, time and testing. Learn more about the latest class-action lawsuit against GM for its emissions cheating in Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra diesel vehicles. Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a consumer-rights class-action law firm with offices in 10 cities. The firm has been named to the National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs’ Hot List eight times. More about the law firm and its successes can be found at www.hbsslaw.com. Follow the firm for updates and news at @ClassActionLaw.
News Article | May 24, 2017
ThinkTime, a leading cloud-based task management and associate communication platform which enables some of the world’s largest retail brands to organize work for their associates across locations, languages and cultures has announced a new partnership with RetailNext, the worldwide leader in retail IoT and smart store analytics. To kick off this powerful new relationship, ThinkTime President Steve Levy will attend Insight:Ignite, the 7th Annual RetailNext Executive Forum in Napa, CA, May 31 – June 2. “RetailNext gathers tons of data on traffic; everything from how long a customer looks at an item to whether a store manager shook a customer's hand,” says Levy. “All that data can be used in a really powerful way in our task management system.” The Insight:Ignite forum provides the perfect venue to showcase these synergies. With hundreds of retailer executives, shopper experience advocates and data experts gathered together, Levy plans to offer one-on-one demos of all ThinkTime's powerful features. “A tool like Quick Task is the perfect way to leverage customer behavior insights; if you notice a pattern when sales spike, you can give your in-store teams immediate instructions to capitalize,” he notes. “ThinkTime lets you respond to the information RetailNext provides in real time.” “In many ways we are a true extension of all the great data and information they have,” says Levy. “We make that data actionable.” Insight:Ignite runs from May 31 to June 2 at the Silverado Resort in Napa, California. To schedule your free demo of ThinkTime, contact Steve at slevy(at)thinktime(dot)com or 312-543-9205. About ThinkTime ThinkTime is a leading cloud-based task management and associate communication platform which enables some of the world’s largest retail brands to organize work for their associates across locations, languages and cultures worldwide. ThinkTime provides Leadership with the ability to distribute communications and tasks, measure real-time results and provide instantaneous support via our best-in-class intuitive user interface. Unleash the potential of your teams and begin experiencing the next level of real time store execution! It’s time for ThinkTime. About RetailNext The first retail vertical IoT platform to bring e-commerce style shopper analytics to brick-and-mortar stores, brands and malls, RetailNext is a pioneer in focusing entirely on optimizing the shopper experience. Through its centralized SaaS platform, RetailNext automatically collects and analyzes shopper behavior data, providing retailers with insight to improve the shopper experience real time. More than 300 retailers in over 70 countries have adopted RetailNext’s analytics software and retail expertise to better understand the shopper journey in order to increase same-store sales, reduce theft and eliminate unnecessary costs. RetailNext is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Learn more at http://www.retailnext.net.
News Article | May 26, 2017
The casualties keep mounting up in the diesel-emissions scandal, with General Motors coming under fire for allegedly installing defeat devices on over 700,000 vehicles with Duramax engines. A class action lawsuit argues GM and Bosch knowingly sold cars tuned to emit illegal amounts of nitrogen oxide (NOx) when outside the test environment. According to the lawsuit, Duramax diesels were fitted with three "defeat devices," similar to those used in the now-infamous Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal. When the car was placed in a test environment, the engine would be "de-rated" to meet emissions standards, before defaulting back to a more powerful, less environmentally friendly state of tune out on the open road. The claim, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, alleges 705,000 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks with Duramax diesel engines sold between 2011 and 2016 are fitted with the defeat devices. Bosch, the company which manufactures the chips in GM engines, has also been named as a defendant. "Increased sales and thus increased profits drove GM to use at least these three defeat devices in its Duramax diesel engines," the complaint states. "By reversing the traditional order of the exhaust treatment components and putting the Selective Catalytic Reduction in front of the Diesel Particulate Filter, GM could obtain and market higher power and efficiency from its engines while still passing the cold-start emissions certification tests." GM is the latest in a growing line of car companies to be subject to litigation for alleged diesel cheating. Daimler AG had its offices searched by the Stuttgart public prosecutor earlier this week, while the U.S. Department of Justice has filed suit against Fiat Chrysler for "defeat devices" allegedly installed in Jeep and RAM vehicles. "These claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend ourselves," GM said in a statement today. "The Duramax Diesel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra comply with all U.S. EPA and CARB emissions regulations."
News Article | May 25, 2017
Everybody loves pickup trucks in America, the bigger the better. And the biggest and baddest GM pickups are often powered by giant Duramax diesel engines. These engines are marketed as being clean diesels, but a recent lawsuit claims that GM has been using defeat devices (like Volkswagen did) to fudge the emissions tests. The first two paragraphs are fun: 1. This is what General Motors (“GM”) promised when selling its popular Silverado and Sierra HD Vehicles—that its Duramax engines turned “heavy diesel fuel into a fine mist,” delivering “low emissions” that were a “whopping reduction” compared to the prior model and at the same time produced a vehicle with “great power.” GM claimed its engineers had accomplished a “remarkable reduction of diesel emissions.” 2. As explained in detail below, this is not what GM delivered in the estimated 705,000 or more Silverado and Sierra diesels on the road. In contrast to GM’s promises, emissions testing has revealed that the Sierra and Silverado models emit levels of NOx many times higher than (i) their gasoline counterparts, (ii) what a reasonable consumer would expect, (iii) the Environmental Protection Agency’s maximum standards, and (iv) the levels set for the vehicles to obtain a certificate of compliance that allows them to be sold in the United States. The class action suit, filed on behalf of 705,000 people who own or lease the monster trucks, makes interesting reading, going on for 191 pages. It also explains the attraction of diesels in big trucks and pickups: But as pickups have moved from being commercial and farm vehicles to being family cars, those emissions have become a serious problem. The lawyer handling the suit put out a press release where they note how much bigger these engines are that the little diesels in VW passenger cars. “This is a shocking discovery, and a really big deal because the NOx limits for these big trucks are four times what the limits were for the much smaller Volkswagen passenger cars and there are more of these trucks on the road,” explained [managing partner] Berman. “As a result, these GM trucks likely dumped as much excess poisonous NOx emissions into our air as did the cheating Volkswagen passenger cars.” GM and Bosch, which supplied diesel controls and has lots of European experience with defeat devices (and paid $327.5m to the US government to settle its part in the VW emissions scandal) deny that there is a problem and tell CNBC: A GM spokesman told CNBC that the "claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend ourselves. The Duramax diesel complies with all U.S. EPA CARB emissions standards." A Bosch representative told CNBC the company "takes the allegations of manipulation of diesel software very seriously. Bosch is cooperating with the continuing investigations in various jurisdictions, and is defending its interests in the litigation." We do go on about how these big pickups are such a danger to pedestrians and cyclists, with their giant flat front ends. Now we find that they are poisoning us too. Enough already. More on Jalopnik. Here is the entire surprisingly readable legal document:
News Article | May 26, 2017
Today's auto news headlines read like a warped version of Oprah Winfrey's infamous car giveaway: "You're getting sued for excess diesel emissions! And you're getting sued for excess diesel emissions! Everyone's getting sued for excess diesel emissions!" We say that because General Motors is now being sued for excess diesel emissions. The suit filed in Detroit's federal court yesterday alleges that GM illegally outfitted 705,000 pickups with defeat devices similar to those deployed by Volkswagen in 11 million cars worldwide, including 565,000 registered in the U.S. The suit covers 2011-2016 models of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Duramax Diesel. Unlike the lawsuit filed earlier this week against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, this one comes from consumers, not the U.S. Department of Justice. It alleges that GM employed at least three defeat devices that allowed trucks to emit up to five times the legal limit of pollutants while on the road but to keep emissions within legal limits during regulatory tests. Fenner et al v General Motors LLC et al alleges that GM broke a number of racketeering and consumer protection laws. Plaintiffs seek a wide range of compensation, including payouts for lost resale value and buybacks of their vehicles. They're also seeking punitive damages against the automaker. Interestingly, the suit also names German supplier Bosch as a defendant. If the case goes to trial, that could be significant, since Bosch was very closely linked to the Volkswagen scandal. If you follow car news, it probably won't surprise you to learn that plaintiffs in the GM case are represented in part by Hagens Berman law firm, which has been a key player in the Dieselgate settlement and many other auto-related suits. GM has issued a brief statement about the lawsuit that reads, in full: "These claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend ourselves. The Duramax Diesel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra comply with all U.S. EPA and CARB emissions regulations." It's worth noting that this is one of at least two cases being brought by consumers against GM over its diesel vehicles--the other involving emissions in the Chevrolet Cruze diesel. Who will prevail? We can't say because, much to some of our mothers' chagrin, we're not lawyers. However, we do know that the case puts GM in an awkward position. If the case goes to trial, it might prove GM's innocence, but GM's name would remain in the headlines for months and potentially years. Being associated with a high-profile case related to diesel emissions fraud at this time in history wouldn't do much for GM's diesel sales. That's a real problem, as GM appears to have banked on cornering the diesel market as other automakers retreat. On the other hand, settling this case (and the one involving the Cruze for that matter) out of court wouldn't do anything to exonerate GM. However, in terms of publicity, it might be for the best. Either way, shareholders will want GM to put the case to rest as soon as possible: stock prices took a plunge yesterday after the lawsuit was filed, though some of that value could be regained in trading today.
News Article | May 27, 2017
Last time we looked at EarthCruiser, it was shrinking its off-road expedition vehicle hardware markedly with the new GZL pickup camper. This time around, it's growing its rigs, albeit only slightly. At Overland Expo West, the company showcased the new GZL 400 and 500 models that fit larger trucks than the original GZL, which has been modified and numbered the 300. It also advertised a slightly upsized version of its hulking, Fuso 4x4-based FX expedition vehicle. Since expanding operations from Australia to the US about five years ago, EarthCruiser has been growing its US line of expedition vehicles and camper modules. The FX fixed-roof expedition truck joined the EXP pop-top a few years ago, and EarthCruiser turned its attention to those looking for something smaller with last year's GZL introduction. The original GZL model, now named the GZL 300, was designed for midsize pickups like the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. To extend GZL availability to other pickup owners, EarthCruiser has developed the larger GZL 400 and 500 models. It didn't have the flatbed-mount 500 on display at Overland Expo, but we did get to look over the slide-in 400. The honeycomb composite-bodied GZL 400 is designed for a list of half-ton pickups that includes American top-sellers like the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado and Ram 1500. The 400 model is roughly the same length as the 300, about 139.5 in (3,543 mm), but stretches wider, measuring 75.9 in (1,928 mm) from sidewall to sidewall (compared to 68.3 in/1,735 mm on the 300). Weight is in the 800-lb (363-kg) range but will depend upon specific options and equipment. Based on the info and specs EarthCruiser was giving at the show, the 300 and 400 models share the same standard equipment package, but that package has changed since we looked at the original GZL last October. Solar power was originally optional, but the 300 and 400 now come standard with dual 100W Zamp solar panels, a 1000W inverter and a 90Ah AGM battery. They also pack a heater, Elgena 10L water heater, Bose Bluetooth speaker, and 6.5-foot (2-m) awning outside. The kitchen layout has also changed from last year, sliding over to the passenger-side corner, where an L-shaped unit houses a dual-burner propane stove, sink and 1.5-cu ft (42L) Isotherm fridge-freezer. This design lines the sink up with the shower drain, allowing the faucet to pull out and serve as a shower head, a smoother design than the separate hose/hookup EarthCruiser was showing last year. EarthCruiser shows this floor plan for the 300, as well as the 400 featured in our photos. The GZL models sleep three to four people on a combination of cabover bed and convertible dinette below. The dinette seats four people and has storage compartments below the seats. The support platform for the upper bed folds out of the way during the day, opening up headroom in the dinette area. The GZL carries fresh water in a 25-gal (94.6L) tank and propane in a 2.6-gal (10L) tank. A 9-gal (34L) gray water tank collects drainage, and a portable toilet is available optionally, as are a few other upgrades, including a skylight and water purifier. The exterior and interior feature LED lighting for efficiency. Though it has a fuller standard equipment package, the GZL 300's base price remains about the same as we reported last year, US$36,178. The 400 model starts at $43,000. The GZL 400 pictured from Overland Expo is about 90 percent complete, according to the rep we spoke to, and EarthCruiser hopes to finish up and prepare for production within the next few weeks. It makes clear that specifications are subject to change, which we definitely believe seeing how much they've changed over the past seven months. In addition to the new GZL, we spotted another updated EarthCruiser at Overland Expo West, but unfortunately only on a flyer, not before our eyes, in the fiberglass, metal and rubber. The FXX adds a touch of extra backside to the FX model, surrounding the rear-mounted spare tire with added storage space. Instead of a bolt-on solution, this storage area is seamlessly integrated into the FXX body. Because it's flush with the spare tire, the added body doesn't affect the truck's listed 257-in (653-cm) overall length or its ability to fit in a shipping container on its way to overlanding destinations around the world. You can see the difference between the FXX above and the standard FX, which was at the show, below. EarthCruiser hasn't listed an FXX price, but given that it listed the standard FX at between $190,000 and $245,000 in a January 2016 pricing update, it's safe to say "expensive." If you're wondering how EarthCruiser's designs stack up, compare them to the other large expedition machines and smaller camping solutions of Overland Expo West 2017.
News Article | May 23, 2017
New York authorities issued an Amber Alert for 12-year-old McKenzie Wilson after she was abducted early in the morning. Police said two teenage boys were wanted in connection with the kidnapping. McKenzie went missing from her home in Lyndon, a small town in Cattaraugus County, New York, at around 5 a.m. EDT. Police said Joshua Monette, 18, and John Harvey, 16, stole a red Chevy Silverado pickup before taking the girl, according to WHAM-TV. Read: Teenagers Who Stole Car And Killed 6-Year-Old Charged With Capital Murder Police said it’s possible the two boys took Wilson under circumstances that made them believe she was “in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death.” McKenzie was described as having straight blonde hair and blue eyes, 5’6” tall and about 100 pounds. The red truck had New York license plates with the tag CZA5836, an extended cab and a black bowtie on the front grill. Both boys were believed to be armed with handguns. Monette was described as 6’2” and 140 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes, wearing a camouflage jacket, blue jeans, boots, a black shirt and carrying a black duffel bag. Harvey was described as having brown hair. Police said the truck was last seen traveling southeast and might be heading for the Allegany Mountains. Police urged the public to be on the lookout for the truck and said anyone with information should call (866)NYS-AMBER or 911.