Cummins, the company credited with popularizing diesel engines in light-to-medium-duty pickups, has been honored with Chrysler Groups’ Supplier Award in the Sustainability category.
Cummins revolutionized light truck powertrain efficiency in 1989 with a new diesel for the Dodge (now Ram) pickup. Ford followed with a diesel in 1994 and GM added a diesel in 2004. Today, 80 percent of Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup buyers opt for Cummins 6.7-liter Turbo Diesel.
Parents magazine and Edmunds.com today released their list of the Best Family Cars for 2012. For each of the past five years, their experts have checked out hundreds of new vehicles using safety and reliability as the primary criteria. Vehicles were also rated on performance, interior, exterior and family-friendly features. Every car on the list is equipped with antilock brakes, electronic stability control and a minimum of six air bags. Plus, a record 14 vehicles recommended by Parents/Edmunds.com earned a “Top Safety Pick” designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
In addition to their own staffs’ experiences, Parents and Edmunds.com talked to parents who own and drive these vehicles every day.
“The Best Family Cars of 2012″ feature appears in the July issue of Parents magazine on newsstands next Tuesday, June 12th.
The Volkswagen Up! was named “World Car of the Year 2012″ today at the New York International Auto Show.
VW’s smallest car was the top vote-getter from a jury of 66 top automotive journalists from 25 countries, beating the BMW 3 Series and Porsche 911.
“This award shows once again that in the Up! our designers and engineers have created a vehicle that has been thought through in minute detail. A vehicle that sets standards in its class for efficient use of space, safety, motoring fun and environmental compatibility,” said Martin Winterkorn, Chariman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG.
“The little Volkswagen Up! has altered what we have come to expect from the citycar segment,” was the jurors’ comment. “Of note are the responsive steering, sophisticated suspension setup, new efficient engines and the quality of materials and finish. Never before in this economy segment have owners felt so premium. Look for every builder of citycars to up its game just to compete with the new VW.”
Soon after it went on the market last December, the Up! became a favorite with German carbuyers. It received a top score of five points from the Euro NCAP consumer protection organization, which also gave the Up! an ‘Advanced Award’ for its city emergency braking system. The highly regarded iF Design Institute in Hannover gave the little Volkswagen its “iF Design Gold Award.” The Up! has to also won the ‘2011 Goldene Lenkrad’ (Golden Steering Wheel) in Germany and three awards from British motoring magazine What Car?: Car of the Year; City Car 2012; and the Safety Award.
On a small 135.8-inch by 64.6-inch footprint the Up! provides maximum space for four people or very little space for 16 (see photo). The Up! uses a new generation of gasoline-fueled, three-cylinder engines delivering 60 and 70 horsepower. The engines are also available with the VW’s environmentally friendly BlueMotion Technology which can yield up to 63 miles per gallon in highway driving and 56 miles per gallon in combined city/highway driving (one-liter, 75 horsepower engine measured on the European cycle, converted from liters per 100 kilometers consumption).
This was the eighth year for the World Car of the Year program. Volkswagen has received the award three times, for the Up! in 2012, the Polo in 2010 and the Golf in 2009. Other winners include the Nissan Leaf in 2011, the Mazda2 in 2008, the Lexus LS460 in 2007, the BMW 3-Series in 2006, and the Audi A6 in 2005.
Winners of the sixth annual Rocky Mountain Automotive Press Vehicle of the Year Awards were announced at the opening of the Denver International Auto Show.
The field for the 2012 awards included every significant new car, pickup, crossover and SUVs for sale in the region. More than 70 models received test-drive evaluations in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming by members of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. After assessing manufacturer-provided models for value, performance, fuel economy, comfort and safety, RMAP presented awards in five categories:
RMAP 2012 New Vehicle of the Year (Any 2012 new nameplate or redesigned vehicle.) 2012 Range Rover Evoque, for its blend of show-car styling and traditional Range Rover toughness. RMAP 2012 Rocky Mountain SUV of the Year (Crossovers and body-on-frame SUVs.) 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, for unstoppable off-road ability and impressive on-road performance. RMAP 2012 Rocky Mountain Pickup Truck of the Year 2012 Ford F-150, a do-everything pickup featuring Ford’s ground-breaking EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6. RMAP 2012 Rocky Mountain High-Mileage Vehicle of the Year (Any powertrain eligible. Winner best blends all-around appeal with high mileage.) 2012 Nissan Leaf, the first modern mass-produced pure-electric vehicle showcases one facet of future mobility. RMAP 2012 Rocky Mountain Car of the Year (The best new car to own and drive in the Rocky Mountain West.) Audi A6 3.0 TFSI, for supercharged performance, all-wheel-drive grip, and sophisticated design.
U.S. News & World Report has announced the 2012 winners of its “Best Cars for the Money” awards.
The awards help car buyers by identifying vehicles that deliver quality and value from all sides. The magazine combines its best cars rankings with the average price paid and five-year total cost of ownership based on data from TrueCar.com. The winning vehicles have the best combination of praise from car reviewers, lower upfront costs and lower long-term ownership costs. According to U.S. News, “The winners aren’t just good cars or good values. They’re both.”