September 27th, 2012 at 12:03pm
The Canadian Auto Workers reached a new labor agreement with Chrysler. Jaguar unveiled an all-new two-seat convertible called the F-Type in Paris today. Hot on the heels of its light-duty 1500 model, RAM truck just revealed its latest crop of HD pickups. All that and more, plus we take a look at the new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe.
Hello and welcome to Autoline Daily. It’s Thursday, September 27th, 2012. We’re glad you could join us. I’m Murray Feldman of FOX 2 News, Detroit filling in for John who’s living it up in Paris. Yeah, apparently there’s an auto show going on right now. Who knew?! Anyway, if you missed our LIVE coverage of the event please check it out at Autoline.tv. We’ll put the link in today’s show notes so you won’t miss it. And we have to thank both PWC and Audi for sponsoring our coverage of the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Thanks guys for all of your help! Anyway, here’s the news.
CHRYSLER AND CAW REACH DEAL
The Canadian Auto Workers reached a new labor agreement with Chrysler. According to Bloomberg, the deal is similar to ones with Ford and GM. Workers will get lump some payments of around $2,000 instead of raises, as well as a $3,000 bonus for ratifying the contract. In exchange the CAW agreed to lower starting wages and extend the time new-hires reach their maximum pay. The agreement still needs to be ratified by CAW members.
JAGUAR F-TYPE UNVEILED
Jaguar unveiled an all-new two-seat convertible called the F-Type in Paris today. The rear-wheel drive vehicle has a choice of two gasoline engines, a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 and a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8. The V-8 can hit 60 MPH in just 4.2 seconds and has top speed of 186 miles per hour. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that includes paddle shifters.
ROLLS-ROYCE REVEALS ART DECO CARS
And in other Paris news, Rolls-Royce unveiled Art Deco inspired versions of the Ghost and Phantom sedan and coupe. The cars pay homage to the 1925 Paris Exhibition that coined the Art Deco name and feature color schemes that are correct to that period. And the interiors feature details like ornamental glassware, and mother of pearl and silver inlays. Rolls-Royce says an exclusive collection of these vehicles will be made available to the company’s customers.
2013 LEXUS LS
Now for something a little closer to home. Yesterday Lexus hosted a local drive of its updated LS flagship. A lot has changed, even if the styling isn’t a drastic departure from today’s version. A company spokesman told us 3,000 of the car’s 6,000 major components have been reworked. That total DOES NOT include things like nuts and bolts! The LS has adopted the company’s familiar spindle grill and it works very well on a big vehicle like this. For the first time ever there’s an F-Sport version of the car with more aggressive styling and hardware to match. With air suspension the F-Sport rides almost an inch lower than a standard LS with coil springs. It also boasts Brembo front brakes, LED head-lamps and available all-wheel drive. Moving inside, it’s obvious this is where Lexus spent the big bucks. The interior is all new, with a design theme that’s clearly inspired by the company’s smaller GS sedan. It’s swathed in soft leather, features a MASSIVE navigation screen and even special wood accents. This optional trim is called Shimamoku, and it’s actually MANUFACTURED by Lexus using a special process. It’s very involved but the results are beautiful. The 2013 Lexus LS goes on sale in November. F-Sport and hybrid models will be available a little bit later.
RAM HD PICK-UPS REVEALED
Hot on the heels of its light-duty 1500 model, RAM truck just revealed its latest crop of HD pickups. Chrysler is trumpeting the lineup’s capability, claiming best-in-class honors in a number of areas including towing, payload and turning radius, to name a few. Of course the trucks get new interiors, new technology and new safety features. As for powertrains, the range-topping 3500 model will be offered with a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 for the first time ever. It will serve alongside the ever-capable Cummins diesel. In related news, Chrysler has created a subdivision within RAM truck specifically to serve the commercial market. The group has employees dedicated to developing, marketing and selling these industrial-grade vehicles.
2013 HYUNDAI SANTA FE
(The Hyundai Santa Fe review is only available in the video version of today’s show.)
And that just about wraps up today’s episode of Autoline Daily. But before signing off, make sure you watch tonight’s episode of Autoline After Hours – another fine program. The Autoextremist Peter De Lorenzo will be the master of ceremonies this evening. He’ll be joined by Jim Hall of 2953 Analytics and Gary Vasilash of Automotive Design and Production. The LIVE AAH webcast kicks off at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time at Autoline.TV. Check it out!
Once again I’m Murray Feldman from FOX 2 News, Detroit. Thanks for watching, I’ll see you tomorrow!