Archives for April 28th, 2013

Ford Focus EV’s slow sales trigger massive incentives

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The Detroit News reports Ford is having real trouble moving its new Focus Electric. As a result, the automaker is offering substantial incentives in an attempt to lure in more buyers. How substantial? Try $10,750 off of a three-year lease. What's more, the EV can now be had for $37,995 ($2,000 less than its original base price) on top of an additional $2,000 cash discount to buy the EV outright – or you can opt ...

Torque Steer Battle: Ford Focus ST Takes on Mazdaspeed3 on Head 2 Head

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Hot hatch fans have been waiting to find out how the Mazdaspeed 3 compares to the turbocharged, front-drive newcomer, the Ford Focus ST. With our three-car comparison test  and host Carlos Lago driving the cars back to back on this week’s Head 2 Head, the wait is over. On paper, the two hatchbacks appear very similar. The Mazdaspeed3 makes an ample 263 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque from its turbocharged 2.3-liter I-4, while the Focus ...

Consumer Reports criticizes small turbo engines for misleading performance, fuel economy claims [w/video]

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Consumer Reports has taken aim at at small-displacement, forced-induction engines, saying the powerplants don't manage to deliver on automaker fuel economy claims. Manufacturers have long held that smaller, turbocharged engines pack all power of their larger displacement cousins with significantly better fuel economy, but the research organization says that despite scoring high EPA economy numbers, the engines are no better than conventional drivetrains in both categories. Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for ...

IIHS says these are the safest cars of 2013

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has revealed its annual list of Top Safety Picks, an award that highlights automobiles it says offer 'superior crash protection.' A new and still more significant award, the Top Safety Pick+ honor, is given to those vehicles that earn good ratings for occupant protection in four out of five areas of measure. And while some 117 vehicles were given the TSP seal of approval for 2013, just 13 ...

2014 Ford Fiesta ST priced from $21,400* [w/poll]

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The 2014 model year brings a whole host of changes to Ford's Fiesta B-Segment fighter, the most important of which (to our enthusiast eyes, anyway) is the addition of a potent new ST model. The US-spec hot hatch was first shown at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show last November, and thanks to Ford's build-and-price site, we've now learned that the Fiesta ST will slide in at $21,400 when it goes on sale later this ...