Volume 6, Issue No. 1 February/March 2013 Publisher/Editor: Dean Washington
Ford Taunts With Pickup Concept in Detroit
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FEB / MAR 2013
GM may have just launched its latest iterations of the Sierra and Silverado, but at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it was Ford that stole the truck-based show with the Atlas Concept. On top of a spectacular new look, the concept is a test bed for integrating smart technologies into future Fords. The biggest of those is the next generation of EcoBoost engines coupled with advanced engineering and design innovations to create leading fuel efficiency and increased capability. Active shutters for not just the grille but also the wheels automatically close at highway speeds to improve aerodynamics. Self-charging batteries use energy from the wheelsâ€™ motion to power the shutters. There is even a drop-down spoiler on the front air dam that lowers at highway speeds to improve underbody airflow. The air dam is raised at low speeds to improve ground clearance and off-road travel. Inside, floating instrument pods and glove-friendly buttons and controls keep the interior innovative yet functional.
Ford Confirms New 3.2L Power Stroke Diesel
Already a proven global workhorse, Ford adds the 3.2L five-cylinder turbodiesel to its North American lineup in the all-new Transit commercial van range. Ford describes the new mill as featuring state-of-the-art fuel, turbo and emissions systems that meet stringent North American clean diesel standards. The new five-cylinder diesel engine is rated in Europe at 197 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque thanks to piezoelectric fuel injectors fed through a high-pressure (26,100 psi) common rail fuel system, and advanced emissions technologies. Precise injection timing and calibration also ensures a smooth combustion process to reduce hard diesel combustion clatter, resulting in lower noise levels that are more like a gasoline engine. The engine is expected to be B20 biodiesel compatible, however at the time of writing, Ford has made no mention of the possibility of the engine making its way into the F-150 range.
Record Sales for Jeep
Jeep is a unique brand, basically completely built on the roots of the old Willys that served the military during World War II and beyond. As an off-road specialist brand first and foremost, you wouldnâ€™t think that it makes a whole lot of business sense. However, throw in some hightech and luxury with the Grand Cherokee and very competitive pricing with rugged styling, and Jeep has proven a survivor in a world that is eating up car brands. Case in point, Chrysler has announced its trail-rated brand set an all-time global sales record in 2012 by moving 701,626 units. All told, the brand saw a 19-percent sales increase worldwide over 2011, thanks in part to strong movement of both the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee. Here in Canada alone, Jeep sold 18,996 Wranglers, breaking an annual record.
Published on Feb 19, 2013