Archives for June 6th, 2013

NHTSA closes probes on Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey

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The Detroit News reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has officially closed its investigations into 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2004-2005 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey models. The separate probes found no issues that pose safety concerns. NHTSA began investigating certain Grand Cherokee SUVs over complaints that power steering hoses could detach during operation, thereby increasing the risk of a vehicle fire. Of the 24 reports of failure, none alleged smoke or fire in the ...

Ford Falcon, Holden Commodore May Be Gone by End of 2016

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Although most Americans consider large, rear-wheel-drive, V-8 cars to be the definitive historical expression of American automotive culture, the configuration is just as widely known and recognized in Australia, where for decades, the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon were some of the country’s best-selling models. And although Australians may still hold a warm place in their hearts for those Aussie icons, their fondness isn’t translating into sales. In a comment to Australian journalists at ...

Top 10 Quickest 0-60 MPH Vehicles Motor Trend Tested in 2012

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When it comes to chest-beating and proclamations of vehicular superiority, the 0-60 mph acceleration time is the go-to metric for straight-line enthusiasts worldwide. It’s hard to fault, really – there’s nothing quite like the brute force of launching a car from a dead stop to 60 mph. Which are both perfectly legal speeds in the U.S. of A, might I add. As we did last year, we’re taking a look back at the hundreds of vehicles ...

Rumors Video Roundup: Hot Lapping the Fiesta ST, Cutting Up a Model S, Best of Walter Rohrl

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In this week’s edition of the Rumors Video Roundup, we’ve got the Focus ST’s little brother, the Ford Fiesta ST, getting put through its paces in Belgium, a factory-fresh Tesla Model S getting chomped to pieces by the Jaws of Life in the interest of safety, and the owner of a Koenigsegg CCR get his keys out the same way us workin’ stiffs with Civics and F-150s do. In addition, we take a look at ...