TCS Daily Car News 6/26/12
- 06/26/2012 |
- by Terry Heick |
- Total Car News / Manufacturer
Ford Taurus Back on Top.
The 2013 Ford Taurus 2.0 EcoBoost engine has been rated by the EPA at 32 MPG highway, which tops large sedan class rivals from Toyota, Chevrolet, Dodge, and Chrysler.
The fuel efficiency isn’t limited to the 2.0 liter engine, with all three available engines for the 2013 Taurus achieving at least 25 MPG, including the Taurus SHO (Super High Output) performance sedan, whose 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 produces 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque while delivering 25 MPG.
“Ford understands people want fuel-efficient vehicles but don’t want to sacrifice power, cargo space or convenience preferences to get them,” said Raj Nair, vice president of Engineering for Global Product Development. “Taurus fuel economy showcases Ford’s success in developing smaller yet more powerful engines for its larger vehicles.”
Ford Addressing Traffic Congestion
Fuel efficiency isn’t the only area Ford is focusing on.
Continuing their trend of adopting technology in an attempt to innovate utility and performance, Ford is now looking at new ways to reduce traffic congestion and improve their vehicle’s general usability in highly congested areas.
“Developing these technologies is part of the first step in a journey toward a more connected future,” said Paul Mascarenas, Ford chief technical officer and vice president, Research and Innovation. “It’s an undertaking we believe will save time, conserve resources, lower emissions, improve safety and help reduce driver stress.”
Toyota to Supply BMW Hybrid Technology
In what is becoming more and more of a trend, two major manufacturers are collaborating to develop expensive new product.
After teaming up with Subaru for a new rear-drive sports car, according to Nikkei business daily and Reuters, Toyota is now working with BMW.
Unlike the joint development agreement with Subaru, reports claim that Toyota will supply the German manufacturer hybrid technology.
This comes on the heels of Toyota’s entry into Le Mans with hybrid technology, which set the 2012 mark for fastest speed clocked at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France.
The report suggests that an official announcement between Toyota and BMW could come this week.