Archives for July, 2013

Top 10 March Sales Surprises: Big (and Small) Sales From Unexpected Places

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How in the Corolla? Despite getting replaced later this year with an all-new model based on the Corolla Furia concept, the Toyota Corolla is somehow still outselling all of its competition, posting combined sales of 31,423 units including the Matrix hatchback. Runner-up was the Honda Civic, which was refreshed (and much improved) in only its second model year, selling 27,665. Third was the ...

Rumored: Ford Rep Says There’s Room in U.S. for True, Compact Trucks

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The new Ford Ranger has gone on sale around the world but, of course, it will never arrive in U.S. dealerships. A Ford representative was recently quoted in an Automotive.com interview saying that there is, in fact, room in the U.S. for a true, compact truck segment, even if the overseas Ranger is never imported here. Scott suggested that a successful U.S.-market Ford truck below the market-leading F-150 would have to be truly compact. As for ...

2015 Ford F-150 Spied

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A heavily camouflaged 2015 Ford F-150 prototype has been spied testing in the wet. While few details can be made out through the camo, the  prototype, codenamed “P552,” confirms the automaker is busy with the next generation of its number-one selling model. We speculated earlier this year when we spotted a Ford pickup truck prototype that appeared to have five-lug wheels that the automaker could be preparing a sub-F-150 model called the F-100. These spy shots ...

2014 Toyota Corolla Versus Rivals: By The Numbers

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The Toyota Corolla has long been one of the bestselling models in its class, but how will the new car stack up in the crowded compact sedan segment? To see, we pitted the 2014 Toyota Corolla sedan’s specifications against those of its closest rivals. As the chart below reveals, the segment is relatively homogenous. Four-cylinder engines of 1.8- to 2.0-liters dominate, and all the cars are within a few inches of one anothers’ dimensions. The 2014 ...

Ford bondage ads reportedly trigger firings at Indian ad agency

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You will probably remember the ads for the Ford Figo hatchback in India, the ones that showcased the extra large boot of the little hatchback by joking that you can fit three of your enemies in the trunk. One of the ads had Michael Schumacher in the front seat, obviously pleased about having Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso tied up in the back. But the other two had Paris Hilton and ex-Italian prime ...

Ford Sees Room for Compact Pickup; 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition Debuts

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Ford made two announcements about its trucks today: There’s a new special edition of the SVT Raptor pickup truck, and the company says there’s room in its lineup for a smaller pickup truck to slot below the F-150. Over the past few years, you’ve heard a number of reasons why there’s no Ford Ranger in the U.S.: It’s grown to be too big, ...

Spy Video! 2015 Ford Mustang

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With all the spy photos circulating around about all the latest cars about to enter production, we wanted to give you something a little different. We’ve brought you a video of the new 2015 Ford Mustang driving along the streets in full camouflage. When watching the video, you can see the overall shape and size of the body, as well as some specific ...

How the Ford Atlas Concept Came to Be

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Making its debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the Ford Atlas Concept turned heads. Designers of the Ford Atlas Concept understood the need for purpose-built options for inspiration, balancing style and function. The concept went through many versions, making sure there was a purpose for every element of the vehicle, as well as keeping the toughness of the truck in the ...

Ford Sued Over Lack of Safety Features on Vehicles with Electronic Throttles

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Possibly looking to follow in the footsteps of the $1.1 billion class-action settlement paid by Toyota for unintended acceleration claims, a group of 20 consumers represented by New York-based law firm Grant & Eisenhofer has filed suit against Ford, according to a Reuters report. The plaintiffs allege the automaker failed to install sufficient safety systems in its vehicles equipped with electronic throttles, including the 2004-2010 F-Series trucks, the 2005-2009 Lincoln Town Car, and the 2002-2005 ...
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