Archives for April, 2013 - Page 2

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 ...

Ford Launches App Developer Program; Your Favorite Apps May Soon be Available from Behind the Wheel

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Like it or not, the connected car is the way of the future. Many drivers already text, talk, check Facebook and tweet from behind the wheel, and with its Sync AppLink system, Ford hopes to help drivers stay connected safer. In an effort to increase the number of apps it has available in Sync AppLink, Ford announced at CES the auto industry’s first open mobile app development program, called the Ford Developer Program, making it ...

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 ...