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Week In Review: Spy Shots and Electric Vehicles Galore

By Trevor Dorchies | June 10, 2012
The first full week of June has come and gone but not without some news from the automotive world. Ford kicked off the news week as it revealed the 2013 F-150 to its largest concentration of truck consumers in Texas. Tuesday followed up the best-selling truck for 35 years running with a spy shot of the 2013 Honda Accord plug-in hybrid running around near Honda's North American headquarters. Electric vehicles controlled the next two news days with the 2013 Honda Fit EV receiving a 118 mpge rating and the Chevrolet Volt saw its EV range grow ever-so-slightly for 2013. A diesel Ram 1500 was spotted at a gas station filling up on Friday to close out the week that was in automotive news. Here's an expand recap of the past week.
Monday, June 4 What better place to introduce the latest Ford F-150 than where customers who will use it the most? That's exactly what the Blue Oval boys did as the 2013 Ford F-150 was introduced with the leaders of the Future Farmers of America on hand in Bruceville, Texas. For the 2013 model year, the F-150 receives some updates like a new grille design, HID headlights, and an 18- and 20-inch wheel package. All trim levels from the XLT on all the way up to the Limited edition will see the addition of Ford's SYNC technology as a standard feature. The Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and the new Limited trim all are on the receiving end of a MyFord touch set-up.
Tuesday, June 5 We caught the 2013 Honda Accord plug-in hybrid doing some late night testing close by the Japanese automaker's North American headquarters in Torrance, California. Finally, you can see the electrified Accord with minimal camouflage, and it reveals a front-end that looks different than what we’ve seen in the past. The test mule resembles the Honda Concept C that bowed earlier this year at the Beijing Auto Show. It should be noted that the "new" front-end could just be a ploy from automakers to throw off prying eyes. Stay tuned as more details on the 2013 Honda Accord plug-in pop up.
Wednesday, June 6 On Wednesday, Honda announced that the 2013 Fit EV had earned an EPA rating of 118 miles per gallon equivalent. This new rating hands the EV crown for best fuel economy to the Fit for the time being, as it betters fuel figures from the now-dethroned champion, the Mitsubishi i (112 mpge), the soon-to-be-released Ford Focus Electric (105 mpge), and Nissan's Leaf (99 mpge). The mile-per-gallon equivalent is a number that the EPA came up with to help people compare electric vehicles to their gasoline-chugging siblings. The 2013 Honda Fit EV first debuted last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the first delivery was made a few months later in January.
Thursday, June 7 The Honda Fit wasn't the only electric vehicle to see its fuel economy rating grow. The 2013 Chevrolet Volt saw its range expand slightly by three miles from 35 to 38 miles. Chevy engineers were able to squeeze the three extra miles out of the Volt thanks to some tweaking with the EV's battery. By readjusting the Volt's battery, engineers were able to increase its charge capacity. This increase isn't significant but in the grand scheme of things, it shows Chevy is headed in the right direction with its EV technology. We had a chance to test out the 2012 Chevy Volt a few months back and our staff liked it overall. The question that remains to be answered is will the public like it as much? Especially when it comes with a $40,000 price tag before state and federal incentives.
Friday, June 8 After some rumors and speculation there's finally proof that Chrysler is in the process of developing and testing a diesel-powered Ram 1500. Our spy photographer caught this diesel Ram 1500 test mule in the mountains that enfold Southern California. No word yet on when Chrysler will release the diesel-powered Ram 1500 into the wild but we expect an announcement should happen in the coming months. We do have a hunch that Chrysler will stick a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine under the hood of the new diesel Ram 1500. That same engine already powers a variant of the European Jeep Grand Cherokee and that same rendition will be arriving on our shores next year as well. It should also be noted that there was a diesel-powered Grand Cherokee close by too.
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