Showing off the beauty of Ford’s powertrain technology, the new 2013 Ford Explorer Sport will feature a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes a robust 365 hp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, yet still lead its class with fuel-efficiency ratings of 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway.
Already available with a peppy EcoBoost I4 engine that delivers up to 28 mpg highway, the Ford Explorer will soon show off the other side of the Blue Oval’s signature powertrain technology in the form of a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that will deliver north of 350 hp. The new model—the 2013 Explorer Sport—also gets outfitted with a hi-po suspension for improved driving dynamics, as well as fresh design cues that spotlight its more athletic personality. But even so, the Explorer Sport will still have the best fuel efficiency in its class (“gas-engine, high-performance SUVs”), with projected EPA ratings of 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway; that makes for advantages of 3 mpg/2 mpg against the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango R/T with 5.7-liter HEMI engines that deliver comparable power, and bests the Land Rover Range Rover Sport by 3 mpg/4 mpg.
Following the successful debut of the Dodge Charger Pursuit, Dodge will begin offering a Durango Special Service model for fleet use. The Dodge Durango Special Service SUV is specially designed to handle the rigors of everyday use by police and fire departments and fleet customers. Chrysler Group fleet operations will start taking orders now, with deliveries expected to begin in the second quarter of 2012.
Filed under: Chrysler , Dodge , Jeep , Earnings/Financials , Fiat Chrysler employees received some good news this week. The automaker announced it would issue profit-sharing checks worth $1,500 to each of its hourly workers for the first time since 2005. The company posted a $183 million profit for 2011, marking the first time the company has avoided a loss in six years, according to The Detroit Free Press
Filed under: Podcasts, Government/Legal, Plants/Manufacturing, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Mazda, Diesel BMW M goes Diesel, Ford Focus fleet sales numbers, California 2025 green car mandate Episode #267 of the Autoblog Podcast is here with Chris, Dan, Zach and Chris Paukert this week. Topics include the addition of diesel-powered BMW M models overseas, the surprisingly high fleet sales figure for the Ford Focus, and a new green car mandate coming out of California
Filed under: Budget , Truck , Work , Chrysler , Dodge , Diesel , Ram Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has big plans for the Ram Dakota . Inside Line spoke with Marchionne at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show , and the besweatered executive said there is a good chance the next-generation Dakota will likely ride on a unibody chassis. That would mark a serious departure from the vehicle’s past, as well as the rest of the models in the compact pickup segment (save the at-the-margins Honda Ridgeline ), but ditching the frame could give the vehicle a fuel-efficiency edge.
Filed under: Performance , Plants/Manufacturing , Crossover , Chrysler , Dodge , Jeep , Diesel Last April, we received word straight from CEO Sergio Marchionne’s mouth that Fiat’s 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel engine would find its way to America under the hood of a Jeep Grand Cherokee by the end of 2013. That a diesel-powered Grand Cherokee would return to Jeep’s lineup was great news for fans of the last version, but workers in the city of Detroit should be even more excited, as Chrysler has just announced it will add a third shift and hire 1,100 new workers at its Jefferson North Assembly Plant to help build it. Jefferson North currently employs 2,890 people and is responsible for production of the Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango
The Dodge brand is going the distance as the title sponsor and “Official Automotive Partner” of the inaugural “Dodge Latin Music Miami Beach Half Marathon.” A Dodge running team of area employee and dealer volunteers will lace up their running shoes and participate in the half marathon on Sunday, Dec. 11.
Our friends at Toyo Tires® are running an Ultimate Ride Sweepstakes and the Grand Prize they’ve chosen is one tricked out 2011 Dodge Durango Heat 4
Filed under: Car Buying , Etc. , Chrysler , Dodge , Ford , Jeep Consumer Reports has released its annual Car Reliability Study, and the results weren’t kind to Ford