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First Coast Gears: Next-Gen Hyundai Genesis and NAS Jacksonville Green Van
First Coast Gears: Next-Gen Hyundai Genesis and NAS Jacksonville Green Van

First look at 2013 Genesis Coupe

Hyundai has posted two shots of what’s to come at the Detroit Auto Show in January.  The 2013 Genesis Coupe will be getting a styling update.  We pulled the two pictures off of the company’s Korean blog (additional photo is below column).  The fog lights look to do a great job integrating a splash of style with LEDs while the tail lamps also got an overhaul.  The 2013 Genesis Coupe is expected to be a mid-cycle refresh so the basic look and powertrains will likely be similar to the current model.

Cop cars take to the track

Ford is having some fun with the idea of a “high speed chase,”  announcing that it’s new Police Interceptors will bring the field of cars to the green flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway for all three Ford Championship Weekend races Nov. 18-20 (see the photos below the column).

The Police Interceptor Utility, based on the Explorer, is the first ever pursuit rated utility by Ford. It will be pursued by the field for all three races, serving as the lead pace car. The Sedan, which will serve as the split pace car for the weekend, has a 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine delivering 365 horsepower and a top speed of 148 mph.

“Police nationwide asked for a new kind of weapon in the battle for public safety, and Ford is answering the call with purpose-built vehicles,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas.

The new Police Interceptor utility model will be powered by a 3.7-liter V6 and features all-wheel drive delivering at least 300 horsepower, according to Ford.

Naval Air Station Jacksonville grabs some free energy for its vehicles

If you were among the thousands that attended last weekend’s Jacksonville Air Show you may have noticed a few solar powered vehicles running around the base (see the photo below the column).

They’re part of the Navy’s goal to reduce petroleum usage by up to 50 percent by 2015.  “The vehicles are electric powered with solar integration, which is designed to increase the range capability and provide charging which will increase the life of the battery and reduce the electrical demand," said Jesse Evans, NAVFAC Southeast transportation specialist on, which is the official website of the United States Navy.

Known as SMVs (slow moving vehicles), the fleet includes sedans, pickup trucks, passenger and cargo vans along with maintenance utility configurations.  

"For every 35 vehicles converted to SMV, customers would realize a savings of $100,000 annually," said Evans. "Based on a typical half-ton pickup driving 15,000 miles annually, there would be a savings of over $1,200 in fuel costs each year."

The SMVs are speed governed to 25 miles-per-hour or less so they won’t be chasing down the Blue Angels anytime soon.  But for a jaunt around the base, the SMVs are hard to beat.




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