2012 FORD C-MAX
The Ford C-MAX is transportation with sporty performance and best-in-class fuel economy. It is just right for customers in North America seeking stylish, flexible transportation and life-enhancing technology that comes standard.
2012 Ford C-MAX introduces a host of unique features including an industry-exclusive hands-free power-operated rear liftgate, versatile 5+2 seating configuration with five seats in the main cabin and two smaller seats in the third row, twin sliding doors and active park assist, an advanced new system that automatically steers the vehicle into parallel parking spaces.
Performance with fuel economy heralds the arrival of Ford’s first application of the all-new 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine in its North American C-class vehicles, delivering a combination of responsive performance with improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions.
Base engine is a proven 2.5-liter iVCT I-4, optimized for small crossover application with plenty of low-end torque. Both engines are mated to Ford’s 6F35 automatic six-speed transmission with a gear ratio span allowing for responsive acceleration from rest yet fuel efficiency for around-town driving and steady cruising at speed.
C-MAX delivers room for up to seven passengers or five occupants with a generous amount of cargo. There a 109.7-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 178 inches, comparatively close to the original minivans offered in North America. The vehicle features twin sliding rear side doors and a clever new seat folding concept for second-row seats. The second-row seats also have slide and recline functionality, adapting to multiple combinations of passenger seat positions and cargo capacity.
It is provides a raised “command bridge” cockpit with high-mounted gear shift and center console. The driver controls and displays incorporate available Ford SYNC and MyFord Touch.
2010 HONDA ACCORD PLUG-IN HYBRID
Honda Fit with Accord dressed in graphics that read “Plug-In Hybrid” wheeled out for a brief publicity drive in Torrance, CA on late last week. Honda did drop some specs for Honda Accord plug-in hybrid (PHV) which highlighted below after jump:
- This new hybrid system is designed for mid-size to larger vehicles and will be introduced in a future Honda model in 2012.
- The plug-in hybrid allows for short, frequent trips in all-electric mode.
- The Honda two-motor system continuously moves through three different modes to maximize driving efficiency: all-electric, gasoline-electric and a unique, engine direct-drive mode.
- In all-electric mode, the vehicle uses a 6kWh lithium-ion battery and a powerful 120 kW electric motor.
- The all-electric mode achieves a range of approximately 10-15 miles in city driving and a top speed of 62 mph.
- Fully recharging the battery will take 3 to 4 hours using a 120-volt outlet and 1 to 1.5 hours using a 240-volt outlet.
Honda’s planning to launch a production PHV in 2013, so there’s still ample time for the automaker to modify its powertrain before the vehicle debuts