June 26th, 2012 at 12:01pm
A strong yen continues to drive auto production out of Japan as Toyota and Nissan announce planned production cuts. Ford releases the F-150 Limited, the new top o the line truck is set to cost more than the Platinum Edition’s $44k price tag. The Taurus is set to get a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine to help Ford’s large car achieve 32 MPG highway. All that and more, plus a look at the Audi allroad.
Hello and welcome to Autoline Daily. It’s Tuesday, June 26, 2012. I’m Scott Burgess from AOL Autos filling in for John today. But let’s get to the news.
AUTO PRODUCTION LEAVING JAPAN
Yesterday we reported that Toyota will shift some Yaris production from Japan to France to offset the strength of the yen. Reuters reports that it’s part of an effort to cut production in the country 10 percent by 2014 to 3.1 million vehicles. But Toyota isn’t the only Japanese automaker slashing production in Japan. Nissan will trim production by 15 percent to 1.1 million from 1.3 million units.
Ford just released information on the 2013 F-150 Limited, the upscale version of the pick-up truck. It comes standard with features like SYNC with MyFord Touch, satellite radio, HID headlamps and rain-sensing windshield wipers. It also features 22 inch polished aluminum wheels and is only available as a SuperCrew four-door cab. The F-150 Limited is powered by a 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine. The F-150 Limited goes on sale this fall.
TAURUS ECO BOOST
And speaking of new Ford product, the company announced that the 2013 Taurus equipped with a 2.0 liter EcoBoost will deliver a class leading 32 miles-per-gallon on the highway. Its combined rating is 26 miles-per-gallon. Look for the 2013 Taurus in dealerships later this summer.
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Last Thursday we told you about Audi elevating its top marketer, Scott Keogh, to president. Well, Autoline DAILY caught up with the new chief of Audi of America at a product drive in Colorado, which we’ll have a report on in a few minutes, and he told us how he intends to keep the momentum going for this white hot luxury brand.
And stay tuned for a look one of the new products that Audi believes will continue that growth…its the all-new version of the ALLROAD.
AVALON HYBRID JOINS 40 MPG CLUB
Forty MPG is becoming more and more common nowadays. Less common is hitting that mark in a large car. The Toyota Avalon Hybrid joins the 40 MPG club this year with an Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder combining its share of 200 combined horsepower. The Nickel-Metal Hydride battery and electric motor do the rest. The Avalon has three driving modes ranging from eco to sport that change the efficiency and performance settings of the powertrain. However, sport mode still doesn’t make sense on a hybrid outside of the 24 Hours of LeMans. The 2013 Avalon loses some length and heft as well compared to the 2012 model. The loss in mass helps fuel economy, although the hybrid’s battery packs only give it a 22 pound weight savings compared to the old model.
COSTLY CAR REPAIRS OUT WEST
It’s a great American tradition to ignore the Check Engine light in one’s own car for as long as possible. Sometimes rooted in the belief that it will just go away, this vital part of American culture can come back to haunt drivers as small repairs manifest into costly fixes. According to CarMD, a maker of automotive diagnostic tools, drivers in Wyoming pay the most to fix their neglected Check Engine lights. In general, Western states paid more for their car fixes, while eastern and midwestern ones paid less.
2013 AUDI ALLROAD
(The Audi allroad review is only available in the video version of today’s program.)
And that wraps up today’s show. Again, I’m Scott Burgess from AOL Autos. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time.