Archives for July 20th, 2013

NHTSA Looking to Expand Crash Safety Testing Procedures

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In a rare informal comment from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official David Strickland, the government agency said it’s looking into making crash safety standards even more stringent, mirroring the nonprofit Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s new small front overlap test. In an interview with Automotive News, Strickland said that the organization was looking at the overlap test to make it tougher for automakers to earn ...

Video Find: 2013 Ford Fusions Star in Race With F1 Rivals Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell

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Formula 1 legends Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet relive their on track rivalry in a pair of 2013 Ford Fusion sedans in a new campaign called “Fusion Grand Prix.” These four videos from Ford Brazil cover the former Formula 1 champions’ modern-day rival from beginning to end. With Piquet’s win in 1981, he became the first Brazilian to win Formula 1. He won again in 1983 and 1987, while Mansell won the race in 1992. After ...

We Hear: EPA Studying Whether 2013 Ford C-Max Fuel Economy Is Overrated

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Based on claims from Consumer Reports and other reviewers, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to investigate whether the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid fails to achieve its 47/47/47 mpg (city/highway/combined) fuel-economy ratings. According to The Detroit News, the EPA could levy civil punishments against Ford if it determines that the C-Max Hybrid doesn’t match its claimed 47-mpg rating. Consumer Reports was among several publications to sound the alarm about poor fuel economy. In its testing, CR averaged ...

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE and 2013 Ford Mustang GT Track Pack Face Off on Head 2 Head

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On this week’s episode of Head 2 Head, the 2013 Ford Mustang GT Track Pack and 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE face off on the track to see which coupe is king of the pony cars. Back in the good old days, a Mustang-versus-Camaro duel was simple: head to the drag strip. That’s how this week’s Head 2 Head kicks off, with senior features editor Jonny Lieberman taking the two V-8-powered beasts to the drag strip ...

Feature Flick: Former Formula 1 Racers Duel in 2013 Ford Fusions

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Ford Brazil has reunited former Formula 1 champions Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet in a modern-day track battle behind the wheel of 2013 Ford Fusion sedans, and it’s the subject of this Feature Flick. Four videos cover the “Fusion Grand Prix” event. With Piquet’s win in 1981, he became the first Brazilian to win Formula 1. He won again in 1983 and 1987, while Mansell won the race in 1992. After nearly 25 years, Mansell ...

Government Study Says 4.2 Percent Drivers Fall Asleep at the Wheel

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While there’s a national conversation about driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and the effects those have in traffic accidents and fatalities, we don’t often hear about driving under extreme fatigue. Truth is, driving while tired is dangerous, too. According the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control, 2.0 percent of all crashes with ...