Archives for July 15th, 2013

Autoblog Podcast #319

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Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Hagerty's Future Classics, Consumer Reports Brand Perception Survey Episode #319 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Zach Bowman and Jeff Ross talk about a team from Jeep visiting Wagonmaster for ideas to use on the upcoming Grand Wagoneer revival, Hagerty Insurance's predictions for future collectible classics, and Toyota, Ford and Honda topping the latest Consumer Reports brand perception survey. We wrap with your questions, and for those ...

Cocktail Chatter: March 8, 2013

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What cocktails go best with all this car chatter? Automobilemag.com is here to help with weekly recipes. Remember, this is for talking about cars, not driving — always designate a driver. With the impending arrival of spring (and some spring-like weather here in Michigan) we’re driving a sweet cocktail called The Bee’s Knees. Combine two ounces of gin with 3/4 ounces of honey syrup and half an ounce of fresh lemon juice in a ...

Ford finally issues recall for 230K minivans over rust problems

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The rust issue in the rear wheel wells of 2004-2007 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans has finally led to a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began an investigation into the matter in 2011, said investigation being upgraded to an engineering analysis a year later while NHTSA tried to figure out how many model years should be included in the assessment. Ford has decided to recall all of the 230,000 minivans potentially affected, ...

Ford debuts Fusion NASCAR racer that edges closer to stock [w/video]

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The sixth-generation NASCAR Sprint Cup racecar, which will make its competition debut at the 2013 Daytona 500 this weekend, marks the closest thing to a 'stock car' that the sport has seen in more than 20 years. No longer using just stickers to distinguish the different brands, the image above shows the lengths NASCAR and automakers went in order to create a racecar design that more closely resembles the individual cars they represent. Ford, one of ...

2013 Ford Focus Electric Aces NHTSA Safety Tests

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Ford’s hoping buyers looking for an eco-friendly, safe vehicle will look no further than its new 2013 Ford Focus Electric. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just given the Focus Electric a five-star overall vehicle score in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) safety testing. The five-star NCAP rating for the 2013 Focus Electric is calculated by combining the Focus’ performance in front and side-impact crash tests, as well as measuring its resistance to ...

Daimler, Renault-Nissan and Ford Team Up For Fuel Cell Advancements

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They say two heads are better than one, but if you ask the big wigs at Daimler, Ford and Nissan, three is even better. The three companies have just signed a three-way agreement to jointly develop a fuel cell system. The goal is to spread the cost and speed up the development of a commercially viable fuel cell electric vehicle, or FCEV. Together the three companies have over 60 years of FCEV experience, and hopefully ...

EU formally questions French government assistance of Peugeot’s finance arm

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Recently, the finance arm of PSA/Peugeot-Citroën was in such debt trouble that it was pricing itself out of the car loan market. The rates it was paying to service its debt, which was rated one step above junk, were so high that it was forced to charge car-buying customers higher rates than they could find elsewhere. This was adding to Peugeot's already impressive woes by sending revenue out the door to competitors. Two months ago a ...

Epic Drives: Cheating Death Valley in a Ford SVT Raptor

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For those of us that live in Los Angeles, the madness and crush of the city, the sensory overload of any city, can be too much. On the latest episode of Epic Drives, the crew escape the city to the wild and desolate Mojave Dessert. But the question remains, what vehicle is suited to tackle such a feral environment? The Ford F-150 ...

Feature Flick: Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Lands in Death Valley on Epic Drives

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This week’s episode of Epic Drives features Motor Trend contributor Arthur St. Antoine exploring the wilds of the Mojave Desert and Death Valley behind the wheel of one of our favorite trucks, the 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. St. Antoine begins at the site where conspiracy theorists suspect the moon landings were faked, due to the inhospitable environment and its extraterrestrial appearance. Next, St. Antoine turns his rig toward Nevada, where he visits a ghost ...

2012 Compact Sales: Honda Civic Leads, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus on Podium

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The Honda Civic overtook the Toyota Corolla to become the best-selling compact in 2012, while the Ford Focus came in third place – up from its 2011 sixth-place finish. While the Chevrolet Cruze was the best-selling in the segment for several months early in 2012, the compact sedan finished fourth overall. Honda sold 317,909 Civics in 2012 – an increase of nearly 97,000 units from 2011 – which was enough for it to take compact sales ...