Archives for April 29th, 2013

Motor Trend’s Top 10 Most Popular Web Articles of 2012

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Yes, ladies and gentleman, it’s already that time of year – the time for mistletoe and eleventh-hour overnight shipping; for social gatherings you’d rather not attend, and for family dishes you’ve waited a year to devour. For us, the end of December means reviewing all the work that we’ve produced since the beginning of 2012. To celebrate what’s been a big year at Motor Trend, we’ve gathered our most popular online articles for 2012. The Top ...

Official: EPA Rates 2013 Ford Fusion Energi at 620-Mile Range, 21 Miles in EV Mode

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It’s official. Today, Ford announced that the EPA has rated the 2013 Fusion Energi at 108 MPGe city, 92 MPGe highway and 100 MPGe combined. The EPA also concluded that the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi carries a 620-mile range and can go up to 21 miles running strictly on electricity. The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi is the Blue Oval’s second plug-in hybrid ...

Tanner Foust tackles ‘Ring in SVT Raptor

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Here's a math problem: if Tanner Foust has a 24 hours to kill in Germany and one blue Ford Raptor, how long will it take him to decide he wants to lap The Nürburgring? Extra credit if you can get your answer precise to the millisecond. A very truck-like and slidey lap of the 'Ring is exactly what happened when the Ford-sponsored rallycross driver took time off from set-up duties for his 'day job.' Thankfully no ...

We Hear: Plans for Ford Sub-Mustang Coupe in Europe Put on Hold

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The idea of a sub-Mustang sports coupe from Ford sounds enticing, but if the latest rumor from Autocar is to be believed, Ford of Europe has just put on pause the development of such a model. Most likely with the European automotive market’s troubles in mind, a sub-Mustang Ford sports coupe that could potentially have come to the U.S. at some point — you never know — has been shelved. Based on one of Ford’s existing ...

New Year’s Surprise: Ford May Preview 2015 F-150 At Detroit Show

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The past week may have been all about the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, but if a Reuters report is to be believed, Ford may have its own debut not far behind. The news outlet is reporting that Ford will show a concept version of the upcoming 2015 F-150 at the Detroit Auto Show in January, upstaging its Motown rival just a month after the long-awaited reveal of GM’s 2014 half-ton trucks. The F-150 ...

New 2013 Ford Focus ST Special Edition Makes a Foust-ian Bargain

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Tanner Foust, COBB Tuning to Offer Hotter Hatch Most folks don’t think there’s much wrong with the 2013 Ford Focus ST. After all, for an MSRP of $23,700—some $7,000 less than the average price of a new car today—you get 252 horses worth of EcoBoost power and a stout 270 lb.-ft. of torque, all stuffed inside of a compact hatchback that also can post an EPA line of 23 mpg city/32 mpg highway/26 mpg combined. But if ...

CES 2013: Ford And GM Open Infotainment Systems To Outside App Developers

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Both Ford and General Motors revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show that they will allow outsiders to develop software for their respective in-car electronics systems. Ford will make it easier and cheaper for programmers to create software for Sync AppLink, while GM is opening up the bones of its MyLink system. Ford believes that young car buyers are particularly interested in software that can operate smartphone apps from within a car. The Sync AppLink system ...

Ford’s January hybrid sales quadruple from 2012, younger buyers show interest

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The Toyota Camry Hybrid cuts an unassuming enough figure. To Ford, though, the popular model from the world's biggest hybrid-vehicle maker is basically Goliath, and the US automaker says it's taking a good shot at it. Ford says its December 2012 share of US hybrids jumped almost nine percentage points from a year earlier, while Toyota's share fell eight percentage points. Meanwhile, Ford's hybrid sales for January 2013 will more than quadruple from January 2011 to ...

Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #324 LIVE!

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We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #324 tonight, and our friend Peter Leung (a.k.a. BaronVonClutch), who writes about racing for Richland F1 is going to teach us how to love the vroom-vroom. Drop us your questions and comments regarding the rest of the week's news via our Q&A module below. Subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so, and if you want to take it all in live, tune in ...