Archives for June 17th, 2013

Watch NASCAR racer Brad Keselowski do a burnout… in a hotel conference room

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A vast majority of hotels frown upon smoking inside the building these days, but Brad Keselowski doesn't follow the rules. During his introduction at the 2013 MiilerCoors Distribution Convention, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion smoked the tires of his Miller-sponsored Ford Fusion stock car, adding a pair of thick, black stripes to the carpeting of the Marriott World Center's conference room. This definitely isn't a high-quality video, but it's the perfect vantage point to watch ...

Cadillac ELR, Nissan Resonance and Ford Atlas win Eyes on Design awards

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This year's annual Eyes on Design awards were presented at the end of press days for the Detroit Auto Show on Tuesday. Given out for the best production and concept car designs that debuted at the show, and voted on by an esteemed panel of actual car designers, this year's award for best production vehicle design went to the 2014 Cadillac ELR. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, which was the show favorite among Autoblog editors, apparently ...

Nissan Versa Obliterates Subcompact Sales Competition in 2012, Sonic and Accent on Podium

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When it comes to subcompact and minicar sales, the Nissan Versa has no competition. In 2012, the Versa again took first place in the subcompact and minicar sales race. Only the Versa, currently offered as a redesigned sedan and an outgoing four-door hatchback, broke the 100,000-unit sales barrier in 2012, and was followed by the Chevrolet Sonic and Hyundai Accent. The Fiat 500 may attract a subcompact consumer willing to pay a little more for style, ...

Ford Posts Billions in Earnings; Here Are Five Cars That Got It There

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Fusion Ford has continued its trend of “green” cars with the Fusion Hybrid. With a new design and competitive pricing, 241,263 units of the Fusion were sold in 2012, making it number four on our list. There is a model to fit almost any lifestyle, ranging from the affordable base model Fusion S to the Hybrid SE to the Energi Titanium. EPA estimated ...

January 2013 Sales: Ford Motor Company Up 22 Percent

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Ford Motor Company enjoyed a 21.8-percent sales gain last month compared to January 2012, but the strong result was almost entirely thanks to the Ford brand. The Lincoln Motor Company sold fewer overall units that Ford sold Fiestas — not a promising sign for a luxury brand supposedly undergoing reinvention. Winner: Ford Fusion (22,399 sales, up 64.5 percent) The Ford Fusion’s strongest January sales month on record helped make the sedan the second best-selling Ford, after ...

Behind the Wheel: 2013 Ford Focus Electric

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For an electric car, the 2013 Ford Focus Electric delivers an ample amount of acceleration while maintaining the quietness in the cabin one expects from electric vehicles, prompting us to say, “For better or worse, it’s one of the best electric vehicles you can buy today.” With an interior just like any other Ford Focus, the Focus EV delivers the same navigation with ...

Recall Alert: 230,000 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey Minivans Recalled for Corroded Third-Row Seats

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Ford is recalling about 230,000 Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans assembled from the 2004 to 2007 model year after corrosion was discovered on the third-row seats. The recall concerns 196,500 Ford and Mercury minivans in the United States. More specifically, this recall affects vehicles sold or registered in 20 salt-belt states (Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, ...

Quick-Charging EV Charging Infrastucture: Ford, GM, Nissan, Chrysler, Tesla Sign DOT Pledge

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Early sales of electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV may have proved underwhelming, but don’t count out the zero-emissions vehicles yet. At the Washington Auto Show, the Department of Energy announced the Workplace Charging Challenge signed by 13 companies including GM, Ford, Chrysler, Tesla, and Google. These companies have pledged to introduce a plan for workplace charging in at least one major company location. The DOE says the ultimate goal over the ...