Week In Review: 2013 Honda Accord Drives on while Ford grooms Successor

By Joel Arellano | September 15, 2012
Honda dominated the news this week as it released a near barrage of news on the 2013 Accord sedan. Elsewhere, General Motors took on Reuters' latest article on the Chevrolet Volt. Apparently the new source thinks automaker is spending too much money on the hybrid electric car. How political. Finally, is there change in the winds over at Ford? Rumors ran rampant as Ford CEO Alan Mulally is expected to promote Ford CEO of the America's Mark Fields to be his number one very soon. Monday, September 10
The 2013 Honda Accord represents the ninth generation midsize sedan from the Japanese automaker. We here at Automotive.com had the opportunity to check out its engines and options, see what sort of fuel economy it achieves, and plot the improvements Honda has made to its most popular sedan and coupe. This week, Honda finally released pricing information.
Read more… Tuesday, September 11
The Chevrolet Volt is undeniably expensive to produce. It uses lithium-polymer batteries; your average Toyota Prius is still using nickel-metal hydride batteries that date back to the early 2000s without much technological progress. Reuters wrote an article about the Chevrolet Volt‘s cost-prohibitive manufacturing, saying a $40,000 Volt can cost up to $89,000 to make. Well, GM rebuked the news source's data and assertions in this week's post.
Read more… Wednesday, September 12
Ford CEO and savior Alan Mulally is rumored to be planning to retire at the end of 2013. That explains why he may be naming Mark Fields, currently Ford’s CEO of its Americas operations, to be his right hand man as first chief operating officer of all of Ford. Good choice. Fields has been through thick and thin with Ford, leading its resurgence with new cars and trucks amid a culture that feared change. Along with the help and guidance he’s received under Mulally’s tenure, he should be able to carry on with making the company that much stronger.
Read more… Thursday, September 13
The Honda Accord has always been one of the best midsize sedans in America. It’s at worst average where it needs to be and excels in other areas where few other vehicles do. To quote editor: the Accord is like pizza; even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good. We spent a week with a 2013 Honda Accord EX four-cylinder, learning about all of its nuances and upgrades.
Read more… Friday, September 14
While we already know almost everything there is to know about the 2013 Range Rover, Land Rover will still parade the latest version out later this month at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.  Today we know how much it will cost. Land Rover revealed that the base Range Rover will start at $83,500 including destination. If you want the best Range Rover currently has to offer, you better be willing to fork over $130,950 for the Autobiography variant. Pricing for individual trim levels is still unknown.
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