Archives for July 21st, 2013

American Full-Size Pickups Top U.S. Truck Sales in 2012

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Americans love their trucks. That was especially true in 2012, when U.S. buyers consumed nearly 2 million pickups. With a dominating lead of more than 200,000 units over runner-up Chevrolet Silverado, the Ford F-Series was America’s best-selling truck last year at 645,316 pickups sold. Though the Chevrolet Silverado, which moved 418,312 units in 2012, was massively outsold by the Ford F-Series, if you combine its total with the 157,185 sales of platform-mate and fourth-place finisher GMC ...

February Crossover Sales: Ford Escape Leads, Equinox 19 Units Behind CR-V

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The Ford Escape and Honda CR-V usually duke it out in monthly sales for the compact crossover segment, but as the Escape took the lead with 24,110 units last month, that left the Honda CR-V and Chevrolet Equinox battling for second, and it was a close race.  The bowtie branded CUV fell behind its top Japanese competitor by only 19 units. With 20,668 units sold in February, the CR-V barely took the runner-up position while the ...

Cars Simplified: What Do Gas Octane Ratings Mean?

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Did you ever wonder why you had to put 91-octane fuel in your car when the 87-octane stuff is 20 cents cheaper per gallon? Maybe you ignored your car’s recommended octane rating altogether, putting in the lower-grade stuff because it was cheaper or the higher-grade formula because you figured you wanted to treat your car right. Do you even know what octane is? ...

Top 10 Slowest 0-60 MPH Vehicles Motor Trend Tested in 2012

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Many of the vehicles we tested in 2012 made the 0-60 mph sprint feel more like a leisurely Sunday cruise. Not ever vehicle we test has an ultra-complex launch control system, but whether we’re talking about a small hybrid hatchback or an all-wheel-drive crossover, plenty of Motor Trend-tested vehicles took their time down the drag strip from 0-60 mph, by modern standards. As we did last year, we’re taking a look back at the hundreds of ...

Ford, Daimler, and Nissan Join Forces to Make Fuel Cell-Powered Cars by 2017

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A hydrogen fuel cell is a unit that combines hydrogen fuel with oxygen to create electricity. A joint venture is a partnership where companies that would otherwise compete join forces to reach a goal. Today we have news about both of those things: Ford, Daimler, and Nissan will officially join forces to develop affordable fuel cell vehicles over the next four years. This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen a partnership between competing car ...