Archives for July 10th, 2013

2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Halo 4 Edition Quick Drive

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Gaming geeks may note the mean 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Halo 4 Edition shown here is not actually featured in the game, but that makes the 550-hp customized truck no less thrilling to experience and drive. We were recently invited to preview and actually drive the grand-prize truck for Microsoft’s Halo 4 Infinity Challenge, the construction and customization of which was done by Galpin Auto Sports in the Los Angeles neighborhood of North Hills. The ...

Ford COO Mark Fields: electrified vehicles could be up to 25% of sales by 2020

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I was fortunate to get one-on-one chats with two top GM technology leaders (John Lauckner and Larry Nitz) at this year's Detroit North American International Auto Show, but no other automaker offered that opportunity. However, while I was resting and enjoying lunch in Ford's media lounge, in walked Ford's newly-promoted chief operating officer (and likely successor to CEO Alan Mulally) Mark Fields. Fields told us a year ago that Ford's powertrain strategy is to continue ...

Ford Posts $1.6 Billion Fourth-Quarter Profit, 2012 Full-Year Profit of $5.7 Billion

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Ford Motor Company finished 2012 on a high note, and revealed today that it recorded net income of $1.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012. That’s up from $1.03 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011. As a result, Ford’s full-year net income rose to $5.7 billion — up from $5.66 billion in 2011. Ford attributes the success to continuing strong sales in North America; last the company’s U.S. sales rose 4.7 percent to 2.25 ...

2013 Ford Mustang Supercharged Show Car Gets Driven As Intended

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The annual SEMA show is a motley mix of the awesome, bizarre, outrageous and fragile. The saying that some show cars are built with bubble gum and zip ties isn’t far from the truth, and some of these cars, if subjected to any kind of hard driving, literally crumble under the pressure. But in a vote of confidence in its 2013 Ford Mustang SEMA show car, Mickey Thompson lent its Mustang to the Hot ...

Mulally’s Compensation Cut After Missing 2012 Goals

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2012 saw a lot of record sales months for automakers in the U.S. market, but for automakers with a significant presence in global markets, chronic weakness in the European markets dragged down results. Ford, which has been a major player in the European market for decades, dealt with billions in losses in that market for 2012, which offset strong North American and emerging-market performance. Consequently, Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s total compensation was cut from ...

Lincoln Navigator to Drop V-8 for EcoBoost V-6, Expedition May Get V-6 and V-8

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Motor Trend has confirmed with global Lincoln director Matt VanDyke that the Navigator SUV will survive the brand shakeup and will feature EcoBoost V-6 power. While the upcoming Navigator could go without an available V-8. the mechanically related Ford Expedition, however, may well hang onto its V-8. Expect Ford’s successful 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 under the hood of the next-generation Lincoln Navigator, likely in 365 hp and 410 lb-ft spec, a nice bump from the existing truck’s 310 ...

New 2013 Ford Fusion Commercials Work Comments into Clever Songs

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Ford is especially proud of what people are saying about the 2013 Ford Fusion – so much so that it’s hired musician Reggie Watts to transpose those comments into song for a new ad campaign. The video series, called “Fusion Remix,” has Watts pulling comments from various sources – including our own editor-in-chief Jean Jennings – and composing an impromptu song around them. In addition to being a competent singer, Watts is an adept beat-boxer ...

Ford Tourneo ready for duty in Connect, Courier and Custom flavors [w/videos]

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Ford was relatively quiet at the Geneva Motor Show, but it did take the opportunity to roll out its new family of Tourneo vans: the Courier, Connect, Grand Connect and Custom. As the passenger version of the Transit cargo vans, the new range of Tourneo models vary from the B-segment Courier up to the fullsize Custom. The Connect and Grand Connect are based on the redesigned 2014 Ford Transit Connect. With an overall length just three ...