Archives for June 18th, 2013

Start-Up Looking to Use 3D Printing to Make Ultra-Efficient, Lightweight Car

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There’s an automaker out there promising a hybrid with nearly a 300-mpg performance, and it’s not Volkswagen. Its construction will be made from new lightweight technologies, but not carbon fiber. And it’s nearing production, or so the company says. The Urbee, a tube-framed, lightweight car, looks to be the first vehicle to have its body panels made by 3D printing. “What’s that?” you ...

Ford Reportedly in Talks with EPA About Hybrid Fuel Economy Test Procedures

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Hyundai and Kia made very public headlines earlier this year when the two brands were forced to cut the EPA ratings on most of their model lines, after EPA review of the cars’ economy showed they were falling well short of their window-sticker fuel economy figures. The issue is being closely watched by almost all in the car industry, as the implications for other manufacturers are significant. Although the EPA issues guidelines for fuel economy testing, ...

2014 Ford Mustang Pricing Configurator Launches With New Appearance Packages, Colors

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With its 50th anniversary and the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang just a year away, Ford’s got minor changes in store for the 2014 Mustang. The 2014 Mustang’s changes include new colors and appearance packages, which just launched on Ford’s consumer site in an updated configurator. The base price for the 2014 Mustang V-6 coupe and convertible are unchanged from the 2013 model year, at $22,995 and $27,995, respectively (including destination). Since 2014 is the last model ...

Ford Fusion Energi qualifies for California HOV lane access

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The approval of the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid for California carpool lanes puts the Blue Oval into the winner's circle; tied with Toyota for the most fuel-efficient models approved for use in the Golden State's HOV lanes. To qualify for the high occupancy program, a vehicle must be classified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as a super ultra-low emission vehicle and certified by the EPA to offer at least 45 miles per gallon ...

2013 Ford Focus Electric Offering $10,750 Incentive…With a Catch

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When looking for a good reason to buy a new car, cash-back options and other incentives are important, which makes Ford’s offer on the 2013 Focus Electric very tempting. It is offering $10,750 on this model, which is almost a 25 percent discount. This high of an incentive hasn’t been seen since the Nissan Leaf EV, which offered a $9,450 manufacturer’s rebate ...

Feature Flick: Ford Focus ST vs. Mazdaspeed3 Hot Hatch Showdown

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The Ford Focus ST has been pitted against several budget-minded sporty cars, but hot hatch fans have been waiting for a comparison between the Focus and its closest turbocharged, front-drive competition: the Mazdaspeed3. That wait ends today, as Motor Trend’s Carlos Lago tests both hatchbacks on the latest Head 2 Head. On paper, the two hatchbacks appear very similar. The Mazdaspeed3 makes an ample 263 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque from its turbocharged 2.3-liter ...