Archives for July 18th, 2013

Ford Confirms 3.2-Liter Diesel for 2014 Ford Transit

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When Ford announced earlier this year that a then-unspecified diesel engine would be among the powertrain options offered in its full-size Transit van, the smart money was on a federalized version of the 3.2-liter Duratorq inline-five already serving in the Transit and the Ranger in overseas markets. Scheduled to go on sale late next year as a 2014 model, the full-size Transit—not to be confused with the smaller Transit Connect or the Transit Connect Wagon passenger van—will offer ...

End Of Road For Holden Commodore, Ford Falcon By 2016

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Large, rear-wheel-drive, V-8-powered cars are as much a part of the historic Australian automotive identity as they have been in the U.S. But the once-ubiquitous Australian archetype is selling at record low numbers, even as the overall Australian car market is setting new sales records. The situation was inadvertently confirmed by Holden boss Mike Devereux at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show when he said the VF-series Holden Commodore would run through the end of 2016, ...

Ford Cuts Mulally’s Compensation After Falling Short of 2012 Goals

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2012 proved to be a mixed bag for automakers, with strong sales in North America and some emerging markets, but record losses and low sales in Europe. Unfortunately for Ford, the losses and issues in Europe kept the company from meeting its performance goals for the year. Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s 2012 compensation, while still generous by industry standards, was significantly lower than it was in 2011. Mulally’s $2 million base salary remains unchanged from 2011, ...

2013 Dodge Challenger V-6s Recalled, Owners Advised to Park Their Cars

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Chrysler is recalling 4459 model year 2013 Dodge Challengers with the 3.6-liter V-6 engine for an issue related to a potential short circuit in the wiring harness. The automaker is advising owners to immediately stop driving their vehicles and to contact dealers. Ford is also recalling 196,667 2004-2007 Freestyle and Mercury Monterey minivan models for corrosion at the third-row seat anchor mechanism. 2013 Dodge Challenger V-6 The Problem:Chrysler says a potential short circuit could cause the wire ...

Lamborghini Gallardo and Factory Five Kit Cars Face Off on Hot Rod Unlimited

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On this week’s episode of Hot Rod Unlimited, the team pits four Factory Five kit cars against a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 to find out if a ride you build in your own garage can be faster than an Italian supercar. The Hot Rod team starts out in Las Vegas at the drag strip to see which car can put down the faster time. All four kit cars make big power. The 1933 Ford replica is ...

Toyota Prius is 2012′s second-most searched car on Autoweek

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Searches don't equal purchases, but there's a lot of interest in the Toyota Prius out there – if not quite so much as for iconic muscle cars with horses on them. Hybrid Cars notes that the Prius was the second-most-searched-for model on Autoweek this year, trailing only the Ford Mustang and coming in ahead of the Chevrolet Corvette. While Autoweek readers tend to put more of an emphasis on speed and performance that green credentials, Hybrid ...

Thread of the Day: Would You Spend $40,000 on a Modified Focus ST?

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The 2013 Ford Focus ST already packs quite a punch with its 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, but that hasn’t stopped aftermarket companies from putting their own spin on the new hot hatch. We’ve driven the Shelby Focus ST and today shared details on the Tanner Foust Edition Focus ST, and it’s got us wondering: Would you spend about $40,000 on a highly modified Ford Focus ST or drive a stock version of another car? Both the ...

Ford Issues Urgent Voluntary Recall for 1.6-liter Escape, Fusion Models

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Ford’s recall-prone 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine is once again causing problems for Dearborn, with almost 90,000 Escape and Fusion models equipped with the engine subject to the latest voluntary recall. Escapes equipped with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost have already been subject to three recalls since its introduction, including for fuel leaks and engine fires. The latest recall concerns engine overheating, with warning messages appearing in the vehicle information display, and some reports of engine fires. Ford is urging ...