Archives for June 9th, 2013

Feature Flick: Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Jump Ends In Destruction

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We’ve all seen the disclaimers on TV commercials that admonish “Don’t try this at home,” but the message clearly hasn’t sunk in for every viewer. For proof, watch as the driver of this Ford F-150 SVT Raptor demolishes his truck after attempting a high-speed jump. The SVT Raptor is a specially designed off-road version of the Ford F-150 pickup truck. Upgrades include Fox Racing suspension components, giant off-road tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels, a Torsen ...

Ford paying $750 million just to close plant in Belgium

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According to a report from Reuters, Ford is shelling out $750 million in a severance deal that will see the automaker close its facility in Genk, Belgium. The automaker reached this deal with the 4,000 hourly workers employed at the plant last week, which means the company will pay out an average of $187,500 per worker. Ford is still negotiating with the 300 salaried workers at the factory, which currently produces the Mondeo sedan. All told, ...

Reuters goes back to the well, calls electric vehicles a ‘dead end’

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Who Killed the Electric Car? asked the title of the 2006 Chris Paine documentary about General Motors' dearly departed EV1. Well, Reuters appears to be doing its best to fit that bill. The wire service, which notably published an article last year saying that General Motors was losing $50,000 for every Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in sold, is at it again, penning what appears to be an early obituary for EVs. Specifically, Reuters cites Nissan Leaf sales ...