Archives for July 17th, 2013

CES 2013: Ford Sync AppLink Adds Compatibility with 9 New Apps; Opens Development Kits to Everyone

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Last year at the Consumer Electronics Show, Ford introduced AppLink to work through its Sync voice-activated infotainment suite, giving users access to every affiliated National Public Radio station they could ever want. Ford said it was giving development kits to other companies to use but didn’t say which ones. Turns out, there were quite a few of them. At the Consumer Electronics Show ...

Carbon Motors E7 Diesel Cop Car Has 24,442 Reservations, $149,950 TX7 Van Launches in 2013

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While we await the Carbon Motors E7 cop car’s arrival, the company has released details on its upcoming TX7 van, a $149,950 diesel V-8 powered specialty vehicle made for law enforcement agencies that might otherwise consider more expensive alternatives. While we have yet to see or test any vehicle from Carbon Motors, production of both vehicles is said to start by the end of next year. The E7 sedan, which boasts a number of drool-worthy features ...

Will the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Inspire Ford, Chevrolet Half-Ton Diesel Trucks?

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The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is on the way for customers who have been asking for a diesel-powered light duty pickup. The new turbodiesel engine joins the 3.6-liter V-6 and 5.7-liter V-8 gas engines on the option list, but will the 1500 EcoDiesel motivate Ford and GM to offer a turbodiesel in their half-ton trucks? And should Ford and GM even consider a diesel-powered full-size truck? Diesel-powered light-duty trucks isn’t without precedent: Ford once considered ...

Rare, Unrestored 1967 Shelby GT500 with 9841 Miles Headed to Auction Block

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Although in 2012 we lost one of the most iconic names in American automotive history, Carroll Shelby’s legacy lives on. In honor of what would’ve been Shelby’s 90th birthday, Barrett-Jackson will be auctioning off Shelby cars, including a unique 1967 GT500. The car is one of the first GT500′s ever produced by Shelby American, and everything is original: its Nightmist Blue exterior paint color, black interior, 428 Police Interceptor engine, dual four-barrel carburetor, wheels, tires, and ...

WOT Opinion: What the 2015 Ford F-150 Needs to Stay on Top

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The hard-working Ford F-Series is the best-selling truck in the U.S. for good reason. In fact, the current generation Ford F-150 has won the coveted Motor Trend Truck of the Year award twice: first when it arrived in 2009 and again in 2012 when new engines and a six-speed automatic transmission replaced the aging power plants and base four-speed automatic. With the competition stepping up their game, though, the next generation F-150 needs more than ...

Ford Key Life Test puts advanced plug-in vehicle batteries under pressure

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Battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with lithium-ion batteries are putting more and more odometer miles on every day. After two years on the market, some of these cars have up to 30,000 miles on them. That's good and all, but there's more to be done to prepare for the long term. General Motors, for example, tested the Chevrolet Spark EV batteries for over 200,000 hours. Ford, too, is looking way down the road, ...

Nov. Compact Crossover Sales: Honda CR-V On Top, RAV4 Slips Below Rogue

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The Honda CR-V took the lead in the November sales battle in the compact crossover segment with 22,333 units sold, beating the second-place Ford Escape by a margin of more than 1300. The CR-V edged out the Escape by less than 1000 units during the month of October. Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Equinox, with 16,821 units sold, completes the top three. While there was a pretty sizable gap separating the crossovers in the top-three spots, the battle ...