Auto News for Dec. 12 – Oil Change & Chicken

 Here is something new in an auto dealer’s customer lounge. Milton Martin Toyota in Gainesville Georgia,                    says it not only has “upscale” customer lounges indoors and outdoors, as well as “premium restroom facilities,” it is “the only Toyota dealership in the country with a Chick-fil-A restaurant on site.”

 Wards is out with its list of the 10 Best Engines for the year and for the first time in 23 years of testing, no V-8 engines earned a spot on the list. It said many of the high-output turbocharged 6-cyl. engines in the competition, even some that didn’t make the cut, generate enough horsepower and torque to fill the void.

 The Top Ten are:

 3.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW M240i)

 1.5L DOHC 4-cyl./Dual Motor EREV (Chevrolet Volt)

 3.6L DOHC V-6/Dual Motor PHEV (Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid)

 2.3L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Ford Focus RS)

 2.0L DOHC 4-cyl./Dual Motor HEV (Honda Accord Hybrid)

 1.4L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Hyundai Elantra Eco)

 3.0L Turbocharged DOHC V-6 (Infiniti Q50)

 2.5L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Mazda CX-9)

 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Mercedes-Benz C300)

 2.0L Turbo/Supercharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volvo XC90)

 “Automakers see downsizing, turbocharging and electrification as key strategies for delivering no-compromise powertrains that also are fuel-efficient, and this year’s list clearly affirms that strategy,” says WardsAuto Senior Content Director Drew Winter.

 Given the time of year, I thought the following story from Ford was worth repeating verbatim. It’s a good one.


 “Carlo Tedeschi’s children have traditional names: Cristina, Monica, Francesco, Massimo, Paolo, Valentina, Chiara… and Fiesta?”

 “Rather than running out of Italian names, Carlo and his wife Gianfranca see their small white car, bought 38 years ago, as their eighth child. And when, two years ago, Carlo was diagnosed with cancer, his seven “other” children immediately decided to restore the much-loved family member to its former glory.”

  “The Fiesta has been a big part of our family. Myself, and my two younger sisters not only learned to drive in the Fiesta, but were brought home from hospital in this car by my father,” said youngest son Paolo, 34. “We knew it was his dream for the car to be like new again. It’s been there for weddings, holidays, it’s like another brother or sister. Everyone knows our car. We are the Fiesta family.”

 “All of the Tedeschi children, whose ages range from 46 to 28, were taught to drive in the Fiesta, that Carlo bought new, from a dealership near their home in Sant’llariod’Enza, Reggio Emilia, in Italy. The only car he has ever bought new now has 245,000 kilometers on the clock, and was showing signs of wear and tear.”

 “To qualify for classic car status, and a special golden plaque, cars must feature only original parts. The stumbling block was the frayed seat fabric, unavailable in Italy. However, news of their mission reached German Fiesta enthusiasts, who launched an appeal and saved the day. The Tedeschi family were as also guests of honor as Ford revealed the next generation Fiesta in Cologne last week.”

 “She is a beautiful car again. I wish I could be restored so easily,” said Carlo.

 Happy Holidays!



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