Best truck award for Evoque as Fu­sion leads to new Mon­deo

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

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.

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