Archives for June 7th, 2013

Ford Fiesta ST GRC Racecar is hungry for podiums in 2013

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As we reported earlier, the Chicago showing of this plucky Ford Fiesta ST GRC racer points to bigger and brighter days for Global RallyCross. For the upcoming season, you can expect to see Ken Block and Tanner Foust both driving the Ford racecar, and if last season's results are any indication, you can anticipate quite a few podium appearances, as well. The Fiesta seen here was built by the Swedes at OlsbergsMSE, and will be driven ...

Ford Celebrates 65th Anniversary Of Original F-1 Pickup Truck

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Ford gave us a sneak peek into the future of pickup trucks with the Atlas concept revealed yesterday, and now the automaker is looking back to the origins of its popular F-Series line. Ford revealed the original F-1 pickup on this day in 1948. It was the first of 32 million F-Series trucks sold over the past 65 years. On January 16, 1948, Ford revealed the F-1 and touted the new pickup range as the company’s ...

Insurance Costs Comparo: Focus ST vs. Mazdaspeed3 vs. WRX Special Edition

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You’ve read the Motor Trend comparison test about the Ford Focus ST, Mazdaspeed3, and Subaru Impreza WRX Special Edition, but how do the sporty four-doors compete when it comes to insurance costs? CoverHound has taken a look at the insurance considerations of the three cars to find out. As it relates to vehicles, insurers factor in the following four characteristics to calculate their pricing: safety ratings, rates of theft, cost to replace parts, and damage ...

Refreshing or Revolting: 2014 Ford Transit Connect

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When Ford originally brought the boxy, Turkish-built Transit Connect to the U.S., exterior styling took a backseat to more important buying factors like fuel efficiency and interior space. The small, front-drive box-on-wheels has been replaced by the redesigned 2014 Ford Transit Connect, a van with two wheelbases and body styles. This time, Ford’s compact commercial van will face direct competition from Nissan and Ram – will the 2014 Transit Connect’s new design have any effect ...

Jim Farley Discusses Ford Transit Connect Wagon at Motor Trend Garage

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Among Ford’s new or upcoming U.S.-bound people-movers is the 2014 Ford Transit Connect wagon, and Jim Farley as well as other executives recent visited the Motor Trend Garage to let us have a look and kick the tires. Though the Transit Connect is primarily a commercial van, Ford hopes a new three-row wagon variant will be considered by those who don’t want a minivan as large as the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey, but still ...