Archives for June 27th, 2013

Ford C-Max Hybrid falls well short in careful CleanMPG economy test, beat by Toyota Prius V

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The grain of salt one should take this post with is that Wayne Gerdes is just one man, and that his personal test results may not be applicable to everyone. Still, Gerdes is well-known in the green car community – his Guinness World Record for lowest fuel consumption in a hybrid and his position as owner of CleanMPG are just two good reasons – so when he and his crew tested a Ford C-Max Hybrid, ...

Feature Flick: Driving to Alaska in a 1968 Ford Ranchero on Roadkill

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Hot Rod‘s David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan are at it again on the latest episode of Roadkill: the two bring back the 1968 Ford Ranchero and attempt to get to Big Lake, Alaska. It’s been more than a year since they first attempted the trip, but the results on the latest Roadkill video are no less entertaining. Despite the car’s refreshed 363 cubic inch small-block Ford stroker engine, the trip is not without setbacks. The ...

Gas Prices on Dramatic Rise, and It’s Not Even Summer Yet: Here’s Why

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Gas prices are already up 45 cents per gallon nationally to $3.75 on average, and we’re not even out of the second month of the year yet. What gives? According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, trading prices have quite an impact on gas. The Brent crude oil price–the raw price on the international market–has gone up $6, mostly because of speculation. But ...

2013 Ford Fusion Energi PHEV Has 620-Mile Full Range, 21-Mile EV Range

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We now have the missing piece in the puzzle of the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi PHEV’s spec sheet – the sedan has finally received range estimates. The Fusion Energi will go 21 miles on electric-only power and a whopping 620 miles from a fully-charged battery and full tank of gas. We already had the official EPA numbers for the Fusion Energi – the sedan has been rated at 100 MPGe combined, which placed the Ford ahead of ...

Detroit Confidential: Overhearing Future Plans at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

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“We do not discuss future products.” Auto journalists hear that sentence more than any other every year. But sometimes, especially amid the excitement for upcoming new cars making their debuts–and maybe aided by a little “social lubricant”–even the most polished P.R. pros slip up. People say things. Rumors get dispelled, or started. Imagining you have some questions about cars and trucks that debuted ...