Archives for June 8th, 2013

For Your Viewing Pleasure: Top 5 Most Watched Motor Trend Videos from 2012

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We launched our new Motor Trend YouTube video channel at the beginning of this year, allowing us to share even more of our entertaining videos packed with all types of hot cars, trucks, and more. Below are five videos uploaded in 2012 that accumulated the most number of page views this year, and they range from everything to Rat-Rods to lots of Lambos. Enjoy. 5. Ford Raptor vs Ram Runner! – Head 2 Head Episode 14 ...

Top 10 Best Cars Under $35,000

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Ask car fans to name the “best” new cars available, and answers will likely include 200-mph exotics from Ferrari and Lamborghini, or ultra-luxury machines like the Rolls-Royce Phantom and Bentley Mulsanne. Yet our nation’s median household income hovers just below $53,000, meaning the vast majority of car shoppers can’t afford those luxury models. So what are the best vehicles that the average person can actually afford? To help us narrow down our list, we ...

2013 Shelby 1000 S/C Will Debut in New York with 1200 HP

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We’ve already seen the Shelby 1000; it was one of the last cars to come out of Shelby American before its founder, Carroll Shelby, passed away. And we’ve heard the figures, as well: the Shelby 1000 makes just under 1000 horsepower (950 in stock form). Forget those numbers and those trim levels, because there’s a new Shelby 1000, and it makes 1000 horsepower…but this time, it makes that figure at the wheels. You might recall ...

Police Shootout: Ford Crown Victoria, Chevy Caprice Go Off-Road on Roadkill

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No one ever wants to be chased by a fleet of cop cars, but if you found yourself in that position, which vehicle would you least want to have in pursuit? It’s an age-old question (one we asked last year in our cop car shootout): Which law enforcement vehicle is best when it comes to chasing down bad guys? To find out, Hot Rod’s David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan buy a pair of retired Ford ...

Hot Rod Unlimited Episode 26 – Fun and Stupid ’32 Ford Roadster Road Trip

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We’ve come to expect the unorthodox or unadvisable from the Hot Rod Magazine editors, and although it might make for their discomfort or lack of sleep, it makes for some great storytelling and entertainment. In this episode of Hot Rod Unlimited, Hot Rod Magazine staff editor Thom Taylor goes back to Nashville, Tennessee in the dead of winter to drive out Bill Akin’s 1932 Ford roadster that graced the cover of the December 1979 edition ...

Desert-Proofing the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor on Dirt Every Day

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Which modifications does a hard-working, desert-dwelling Ford F-150 SVT Raptor need? On the first full episode of Dirt Every Day, Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road Technical Editor Fred Williams takes his buddy’s SVT Raptor for some upgrades. The first item on the list for the black Raptor is a Mossy Oak vinyl wrap, which will help protect the paint and look cool at the same time. Keeping with Ford’s digital dirt graphic scheme, the wrap features a ...

Ford recalls 2013 Focus, C-Max and Escape over faulty child safety locks

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We have yet to find any official documentation from either Ford or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but Edmunds and Cars.com are both reporting that there is a recall on the 2013 C-Max, Focus and Escape. All three vehicles were assembled with a faulty child door lock mechanism on the left rear door that might not work properly allowing a child to accidently open the door from the inside. Affected vehicles were built in the ...