Archives for June 25th, 2013

Toyota, Ford Top 2013 Consumer Reports Brand Perception Survey

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After a comprehensive analysis of public perceptions, Consumer Reportsonce again ranked Toyota at the top of its annual Car Brand Perception Survey, and the usual suspects also fill out most of the top 10. In fact, just one new brand entered the upper echelons of the 2013 list, and it was a bit of a surprise: Dodge added 23 points to its overall perception score to capture the ninth position, while Lexus—despite its own seven-point ...

Ford Relaunches Fiesta Movement For 2014 Model, Recruits 100 Social-Media Users

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Ford plans to market the 2014 Fiesta by re-launching its Fiesta Movement campaign. In 2009, the program consisted of Ford giving free cars to “influencers” who documented the quirks, details, and benefits of their Fiestas online. The same is true for the new program: 100 “social influencers,” including celebrities and members of the last Fiesta Movement, will receive a 2014 Ford Fiesta in exchange for creating social media content about the car. The reasoning behind ...

The B-Listers: January 2013 Subcompact Sales – Nissan Versa Takes Gold

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Subcompact cars are not the major market players they are in other markets, but it’s no longer the neglected boneyard of forgotten and stale models it once was. For January 2013, it was a mixed bag, with three models up for the month, and the other eight down. Only one model, the Nissan Versa, broke the five-figure mark for the month, with the next-closest model, the Chevrolet Sonic being 3000 units behind. Honda, which has two ...

Ford starting up 2.0L EcoBoost engine production in Ohio

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Joe Hinrichs, Ford's President of The Americas (pictured above), announced today that in late 2014, the automaker will be building the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder at its Cleveland Engine Plant, a move requiring a $200-million investment and the hiring of 450 new employees. European-built Ford products will continue to source this engine from the Valencia, Spain plant where all of these EcoBoost four-cylinder engines are currently built, and the new Cleveland engines will be used for ...

Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #321 LIVE!

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We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #321 tonight, and you can drop us your questions and comments regarding the rest of the week's news via our Q&A module below. Subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so, and if you want to take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight. Discussion Topics for Autoblog Podcast Episode #321 Unibody Ford Ranger replacement 2014 Chevrolet ...

Ford F-150 Raptor Replaces Hummer As Most-Licensed Truck Brand With Toy, Game Makers

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The Ford F-150 Raptor may be one of the most sought-after big-boy toys, but it’s proving to be just as strong a performer in the toy aisle at retailers and game developers, as well. Whether you’re a toddler or teen, gamer or hands-on toy enthusiast, the Raptor has brought success to many of the companies that have licensed the popular performance truck from Ford. Hummer-branded toys used to be the hot item, but Ford’s bird ...

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Video Review

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Video Review The hybrid midsize sedan marketplace has been slowly growing since the introduction of the Toyota Camry Hybrid back in 2006. Since then, competitors such as Hyundai and Kia have introduce their own hybrid midsize sedans to give the Camry Hybrid a run for its money. One model that has given the Camry Hybrid a run for its money was the last generation Ford Fusion Hybrid which offered better fuel economy ...