Ford Division is expecting sales of the redesigned F-series truck to climb over 1 million units once the new model is in full production next year. In 2002, Ford sold 813,701 F-series trucks. Diesels will account for some of the increase, said Jim Padilla, president of Ford North America. Ford plans to sell 40,000 additional diesel models. Ford does not break out sales figures for gasoline and diesel versions but has said the diesel accounts for about 25 percent of total sales. Ford is installing a new version of the PowerStroke diesel V-8 in the redesigned F-150, which goes on sale this summer.
CHICAGO AUTO SHOW BRIEFS: Ford sees 1 million F-series sales
Lincoln Mercury President Darryl Hazel was scheduled to undergo surgery on his right knee Friday at a metropolitan Detroit hospital. Hazel injured his knee Wednesday, Feb. 12, when he slipped while stepping off a Ford Motor Co. corporate jet in Chicago.
Kia Motors America wants two-thirds of its U.S. sales volume in five years to come from exclusive Kia stores. Kia CEO Peter Butterfield showed a prototype of a stand-alone Kia dealership Thursday.
When the 2004 Acura RL goes on sale in March, XM satellite radio will be standard. Acura will pay for a three-month subscription to the service. The 2004 model also gets a freshened interior and an upgraded stereo system. The vehicle will be cost about $43,000.
Subaru will add a high-powered model to its Forester line in June. The 2004 Forester 2.5 XT will have a turbocharged and intercooled 2.5-liter boxer engine capable of 210 hp. The standard Forester engine produces 165 hp. The 2.5 XT will go on sale in June as a 2004 model. It will cost about $25,000.
A new Lancer model, the Ralliart, is scheduled to go on sale this fall. The front-wheel-drive, four-door car will be powered by a 2.4L single-overhead-cam four-cylinder engine capable of 160 hp. Sixteen-inch aluminum wheels and four-wheel disc brakes will be standard. The price will start about $18,000.
Mercedes-Benz is touting the 2004 E55 AMG, unveiled at the show, as the fastest Mercedes ever built. The sedan is powered by a 469-hp supercharged 5.5-liter V-8 with 516 pounds feet of torque. Mercedes promises 0-to-60-mph acceleration in 4.5 seconds. The car has Formula One-style steering wheel-mounted gearshift buttons and 18-inch wheels. Sales begin this spring. AMG is Mercedes' performance brand.
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