Auto News for June 12


You might remember that I speculated whether Ford would think about cranking out a mid-size truck now that they are red hot on the market. Say an up to date Ranger? Or how about a jazzier name like Wildtrak? Well say hello to the Ranger Wildtrak unveiled in Asia. It has a 3.2 liter diesel engine, will ford a stream 31 inches deep, has all the expected safety equipment, tow over 7,700 pounds and had nine inches of ground clearance. That color is “Pride Orange” and it carries over to the “car like” interior with eight way power adjustable seats, dual TFT instrument cluster and an eight inch touchscreen. Sadly, there is no mention in the press release that it might head to these shores one day but it certainly sounds like a truck that would appeal to U.S. buyers and fill a niche in the Ford lineup.

And VW has taken some wraps off the “California” camper van that harks back to the buses that had everything including the kitchen sink back in the 60’s. Even the pop up top where two people can doze is part of the new package along with a two burner stove, stainless steel sink, and a small refrigerator. A 2.0-liter turbodiesel makes it go and will be offered with a choice of four horsepower ratings. Alas, even with a name like “California” there is no indication that will be offered here in the states.

2016 RC213V-S

Well, how about something that WILL be sold here? Honda has confirmed that it will offer the RC213V-S in limited numbers of U.S. customers. It is the street version of the bike that captured the last two MotoGP world championships with important things like headlights added. It will be powered by a compact 90-degree V4 999cc engine with carbon fiber reinforced plastic fairing and Brembo brake components. Among the components inherited from the race version are the swingarm, slipper clutch, magnesium 17-inch Marchesini wheels, pressurized Ohlins fork and adjustable footrests and foot controls. Honda will start taking reservations on July 12 and the price for the HRC Tricolor bike is a tidy $184,000!

We will get a look at the 2016 redesigned Toyota Prius soon, according to Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America. But he did not give an exact date when he met with reporters in Michigan.




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