Archives for July 8th, 2013

6500 Ford Escape, C-Max, Focus Models Recalled for Child Locks

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A new report for The Detroit News says that Ford will be recalling more than 6500 vehicles from its 2013 Focus, C-Max, and Escape model lines. The recall is because of child locks that might not activate, even after turning the lock knob on the door. The Problem: The report states that “the child lock may not engage when the operator uses normal turning force to activate the child lock, and the operator may incorrectly believe the ...

Wired: Ford making Sync AppLink open source, free for any automaker to use

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Automakers aren't necessarily known for their sharing skills unless some sort of mutual agreement is in place, but it seems that Ford is looking to create a universal architecture based on its Sync AppLink on which other companies (including rival automakers) can run in-car apps free of charge. With the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show going on, Wired sat down with Ford's Doug VanDagens, director of connected services, who talked about what such a tech-sharing plan ...

The B-Players: January 2013 Subcompact Sales – Nissan Versa Leads Pack

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In the midsize and compact segments, the sales charts are predictably dominated by Honda and Toyota, with some of the domestic brands showing a surprising resurgence in those segments. But in the B-segment (or subcompact, to us Yanks), it’s a whole different pecking order. Nissan, which is a big player in the midsize segment with the Altima, isn’t in the top five in compacts, with the Sentra selling only about one-third as many units as ...

Ford Moves 190,000 Units in February, Lincoln Moves A Lot Less

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Now that Ford has revamped almost all of its models, it’s turning to overhaul Lincoln. Will it work? Well, if Ford’s sales numbers are any indication, the future looks rosy. The Blue Oval brand sold 190,939 vehicles last month, an increase of 10.9 percent, but Lincoln moved a paltry 4883 units, a nosedive of 29.4 percent. Luckily the automaker wasn’t hampered by Lincoln’s continued stumbling: Ford Motor Company was up 9.3 percent last month, selling ...

Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid Secure Five-Star Overall Rating from NHTSA

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Is it surprising that the Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid scored five-star overall crash-test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration? Not really, but the feat is still one to be commended. NHTSA’s ratings for the 2013 Fusion awarded five stars for frontal crash, four stars for a side-impact crash, and four stars for a rollover. NHTSA’s weighted average was such, however, that the Fusion scores a perfect five stars overall. It’s aided, no ...

Ten Forbidden Fruits Of The Automotive World

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Automakers may be working to simplify their global product portfolios, but that doesn’t mean each and every vehicle sold on one continent will necessarily wind up on another. There are still a number of “forbidden fruits” in the automotive world; cars we find desirable or think could fill a niche here in the U.S, but for a host of reasons, aren’t available for public consumption. Here’s a quick rundown of ten of our favorites. -BMW ...