Here’s a little morning read for the week’s exciting auto news stories. Get a cup of coffee, and sidle up to the screen — let’s get to it.
1.) The Honda Accord is currently in its eighth generation, and has been on the best-seller list in the US year after year. But the Accord was introduced before “infotainment” and navigation systems became the automotive norm. Because of this, the Accord is pretty far behind other comparable family sedans in these categories. But think again before dismissing the new 2013 Accord. Honda is launching their HondaLink – their next-generation infotainment package with the 2013 model. All of the details aren’t yet clear, but we do know that Honda’s Aha Radio service will be making it’s debut, and there are rumors that the new Accord could be the first to use Apple’s Siri integration.
2.) Despite worries that the plummeting European market would jump across the pond and hit us here at home, new-car sale numbers are expected to hit a five-year high for the month of June. Analysts and officials have said that this is most likely because there are so many old cars that need replacing on the road. The average car on the road is 11 years old – an all time high. The projection for June is at 13.9 million vehicles – which would be the second month in a row coming in below 14 million, but it’s better than last month’s 13.7 million. Anyway you slice it, if this projection holds true, it’s a step in the right direction!
3.) Continuing on a positive note, Ford is on track to sell 1.6 million EcoBoost turbocharged and direct-injected engine vehicles. This number is 100,000 over their previous estimation. The efficient EcoBoost power plants help to make the Ford line up more efficient as well. According to their product development chief, Ford is set to decrease the number of platforms from 22 in 2011 to 10 by 2017. This will reportedly save Ford hundreds of millions of dollars with platform costs dropping and scale increasing.