AD #1936 – Germany Accuses FCA of Cheating, Lamborghini Wants a Gentle Bull, 2017 Fusion Sport Impressions
September 1st, 2016 at 11:52am
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- Germany Accuses FCA of Using Defeat Devices
- Kia Shows Off All-New Rio
- Bumblebee Heads to China
- Water Injection Going Into Mass Production
- Lambo Wants a Gentle Bull
- 2017 Ford Fusion Sport Impressions
On today’s show… FCA is accused of equipping vehicles with emission cheating devices, Lamborghini wants to appeal to women and families and we have our impressions of the new Ford Fusion Sport. All that and more coming right up on Autoline Daily.
This is Autoline Daily for September 1st, 2016.
ACHTUNG, FCA IS CHEATING
Germany would love to catch non-German car companies cheating on diesel emissions. It sure would take the some of the heat off Volkswagen. And maybe it would help preserve the “Made In Germany” brand image. Maybe that’s why German authorities claim they found a defeat device in four Fiat models that switch off exhaust treatment systems. Italian authorities conducted their own tests and say they didn’t find any wrongdoing. Reuters reports the German government is now asking the European Commission to investigate.
ALL NEW KIA RIO
Kia completely redesigned the Rio, which is its best selling car globally. The styling came out of its studios in Germany and California. The designers wanted a car with a confident stance that looked longer and wider. So the car features straight lines and smooth surfacing. The so-called Tiger nose grille is thinner and wider. Note the long hood and front overhang compared to the upright backlite and short overhang in the rear. That gives the car its well planted stance. Inside, the instrument panel features long straight lines that make the interior look wider. The Rio makes its official debut at the Paris auto show later this month.
BUMBLEBEE HEADS TO CHINA
Ford started selling the Mustang in China last year, and while the company does not break out sales of individual models in China it must be doing relatively well. We say that because now General Motors will start selling the Chevrolet Camaro in China. When we interviewed Ed Welburn the former head of design for GM, he told us that the Camaro has a strong following in China, thanks to its prominent role in the Transformer movies. In fact, he told us most people in China call it Bumblebee, which is the name of the Transformers character that can transform itself into a Camaro.
One way to make an engine put out more power is to inject water in the combustion chamber. More on that right after this.
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H20 = HP
OK, now to some of the latest technology developed by suppliers. Injecting water into a combustion chamber to lower heat and pressure is nothing new, hotrodders have been doing it for years. BMW was the first to incorporate it into a production vehicle with the M4 GTS. And now we may see water injection going into mass production. Bosch will offer the technology to other automakers and we could see it as soon as 2019. The supplier says its system can increase power by 5% and fuel economy by as much as 13%. As of right now Bosch’s water injection system works best with engines that make more than 107-horsepower per liter, so that obviously limits the number of applications.
LAMBO TO BECOME FAMILY FRIENDLY
Is this the end of the world as we know it? Lamborghini wants to soften its image and appeal to women and families. It sounds like a sacrilege. Last year the company sold just over 3,200 vehicles worldwide but only 5% of those customers were female. It wants to change that when its upcoming CUV called the Urus, hits the market in 2018. CEO Stefano Domenicali told Bloomberg “A bull is always aggressive, but I would like to give us a new philosophy toward the future. A Bull can be gentle.” And the bull he’s of course referring to is the one in its logo. He also revealed that the Urus will double the company’s annual production. It’s clear what Lambo wants to do: boost sales and profits. Just like Porsche did when it started building SUVs. But it sure is a shock to say Lamborghini and family car in the same sentence.
Why in the world would Ford put a ton of power in a family sedan? That’s coming up next.
2017 FUSION SPORT IMPRESSIONS
We’ve highlighted the new Fusion Sport’s 325-horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. But you might wonder why Ford brought a vehicle like this to market. Here’s Wade Jackson, the Fusion’s marketing manager to explain why and what makes the Sport unique.
(Interview for why Ford brought the Fusion Sport to market and what makes the car unique can only be viewed in the video version of today’s show.)
And I think Wade’s right, customers that purchase one will love the Fusion Sport. And I say that because the car delivers exactly what you’re expecting and then some. The power is more than adequate and easy to control. And while Fusion Sport does handle like a heavy FWD sedan, it’s not all that bad and a definite step up from the base car. The first real surprise came in the form of a nice baritone exhaust note from inside the vehicle. While noise cancellation technology does enhance engine sounds in “Sport Mode,” it’s still pretty darn good out of “Sport Mode.” The second surprise is just how quiet this car is. With an acoustic windshield and front side windows and noise cancellation, the car easily blocks out road noise and makes conversation pleasant. All these added features obviously bumps up the price. The 2017 Fusion Sport starts a little under $33,500 and tops out around $41-grand.
With that we wrap up today’s show, thanks for watching and please join us again tomorrow.
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