August 24th, 2012 at 12:03pm
European automakers say the 2020 emissions target will add a hefty increase to the price of cars — we’ll tell you how much. BYD has a car that comes when it’s called — for only $10,000! Camaro’s chief engineer explains away the criticisms of the sports car’s weight problem. All that and more, plus Seamus McElroy has an overview of the new Ram 1500!
Hello and welcome to Autoline Daily for Friday, the 24th of August. I’m John McElroy, and here’s the news.
A REG TOO FAR?
The European Auto Manufacturing Association, a group that represents automakers, says the European Commission’s CO2 emission standard is too much of a burden for carmakers. The 2020 CO2 standard calls for an average of 95g/km. Automakers say it will cost over $1,800 per car to meet the new target. Automakers are also upset over a free-trade agreement with South Korea and a proposal for one with Japan. They say it will lead to more South Korean cars in Europe but not more exports from Europe to South Korea. Automakers are worried the same thing will happen if a free trade agreement with Japan goes through.
COME, SURUI! GOOD BOY!
Chinese automaker BYD just introduced its all-new Surui compact sedan, and it offers a really cool feature. Using the key fob you can pull a car out of a tight parking spot. The car only has a top speed of 2 kilometers an hour but it can move in any direction. And the operator must be within 10 meters of the car. Not bad for a car that’s priced between $10,000 and $15,000.
FUTURE FORD FIBER
On our television program Autoline This Week my guest is Raj Nair, the head of all product development at Ford. As you may remember, Raj took over for Derrick Kuzak who retired from the company this year. One of the many topics we cover in the show is how and why Ford is going to be using carbon fiber in its vehicles later this decade.
(This clip is available here.)
In that clip I said Ford has to reduce the weight of its vehicles by an average of 750 pounds. Actually it has a range of 250 to 750 pounds depending on the size of the vehicle. We cover a lot more topics in this show, including CVTs, electrics, fuel cell cars, autonomous technology and more. You can watch the entire show at Autoline.tv, or check our home page for a list of public television stations that also carry the show.
CAMARO’S WEIGHTY ISSUE
On Autoline After Hours last night, Al Oppenheiser, the chief engineer on the Chevrolet Camaro took on critics who say the car is too heavy. He pointed out that it is longer and wider than a Ford Mustang because that produces a car that can corner faster. It has an independent rear suspension for better handling, and it comes with bigger wheels, tires and brakes. Add that all up and it comes to about 280 pounds, which is close to the difference in weight between the Mustang and the Camaro. So he makes a very eloquent argument that the extra weight is worth it.
The all-new Ram pick-up truck is going to hit the showrooms any day now, and we’re finally allowed to tell you what we know about it. That is coming up next.
(For our full overview of the Ram 1500, please watch the video version of today’s show.)
The big changes are under the hood and inside the cab.
The 2013 Ram 1500 is standard with Chrysler’s Pentastar 3.6 liter V-6 and mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. It offers 305 horsepower to go along with 269 foot pound of torque. And it can run on both gasoline and E85. With the 4×2, its fuel economy is 17 MPG in the city and 25 on the highway.
It’s also available with a 5.7 liter HEMI V-8 which will initially be paired with a 6-speed automatic but later it will be available with the 8–speed automatic. That, plus cylinder deactivation and other improvements boosts its fuel economy 10% compared to the outgoing model. But the HEMI is still just as capable, with 395 horsepower and 407 lb.-ft of torque. And depending on the set-up it can tow up to 11,500 pounds while the V-6 is rated at 5,630 pounds.
And rounding out the engine line-up is a 4.7 liter V-8 that comes standard with the six-speed automatic.
When driving above 62MPH, the air suspension system will lower the truck automatically by about half an inch, to improve aerodynamics in order to get better fuel economy.
As I mentioned earlier, the company also focused on improving the interior.
Some of the lower trim levels are bit darker in the interior than before so it won’t show the wear and tear as easily, since these are the models most likely being used for work. But the upper trims offer lighter colors. And the Longhorn edition uses real wood in the steering wheel, doors, and center stack for a more upscale look.
The starting price for the 2013 Ram 1500 is $23,585.
Think you could earn a fortune if you ran your own dealership? Tonight at 8PM Eastern Time you’ll have your chance. The RoundAbout show is holding a special Game Night where you can play a game of Dungeons & Dealers with some of RoAb’s regulars like Jim and Bob Hall. To play, you first have to register. Just visit the RoundAbout section of Autoline.tv to sign up and get all the info you’ll need to join in. Again, that’s tonight, 8PM Eastern at Autoline.tv.
And that wraps up this week’s reports, please join us again Monday as we help you keep track of the latest developments in the global automotive industry.