Best truck award for Evoque as Fusion leads to new Mondeo
DETROIT is hosting its annual motor show. Ford’s new Fusion is the template for next year’s new Mondeo and offers hybrid and plug-in hybrid engines. More details on the European Mondeo will filter out this year. It launches in the first quarter of 2013.
Range Rover’s Evoque picked up the gong for North American Truck 2012. The award is voted by US and Canadian journalists. Though not a truck as we know it, this is one of many accolades for the baby Range Rover produced at Halewood, Liverpool. Truck or not, the honour was taken with relish as “one of the most celebrated automotive awards in our industry,” by Andy Goss, president, Jaguar Land Rover North America.
Rivals for the truck medal included the latest BMW X3 and Honda CR-V. Car of the Year was the Hyundai Elantra. Volkswagen gave the Jetta hybrid its premiere, capable of 54mpg but has no plans to sell it in Britain. The VW Group reported 8.16 million sales last year. BMW Group also had its best sales year, up 14.2 per cent to reach 1.66m with annual records for BMW cars and bikes, Mini and RollsRoyce (with 3,538 cars passing the 1978 record.) Smart, an imprint of Mercedes-benz, was showing a two-seater pick-up with room for two electric bikes with on-board charging – ideal for park and ride. Its parent company was parading hybrid versions of the E-class which the German owner was labelling as the world’s most economical luxury class saloon car and estate. The E 300 BLUETEC HYBRID is rated at 67.2mpg and 109g/km of CO2 – some 15 per cent better than its best diesel-only model.
The 2143cc diesel delivers 201bhp and 368 lb-ft torque, plus 184 lb-ft from the electric motor, feeding the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic. The diesel engine can be put on stand-by at speeds below 100mph. Low speed manoeuvres are mostly done in electric drive. UK deliveries: after summer. MANY companies have been celebrating record annual sales in Britain. The biggest mainstream percentage gains were 31 per cent for Alfa Romeo and 33 per cent for Lexus – helped by its hybrid 200 model. Lotus and its owner Proton each dropped more than 40 per cent. Drops of 30pc plus included Skoda, Mazda and Smart.
TEMPLATE: The Ford Fusion, top, and Range Rover Evoque, below.