Archives for July 22nd, 2013

2013 North American International Auto Show – Everything You Need to Know

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We’re on the showroom floor of the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and will be covering all angles of the show. From vehicle unveils like the highly-anticipated 2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette to our Reporter’s Notebook, we’ll be providing unsurpassed coverage of everything we come across. From this very spot, you can access all of our show coverage including vehicle ...

Ford Confirms Full Powertrain Lineup for 2014 Transit Van

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Two of the four pieces in the all-new, 2014 Ford Transit van's powertrain lineup already were confirmed. Back in March, Ford revealed that the brand's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 would be the van's upmarket option and earlier this week a 3.2-liter inline-five diesel also was announced. But it was really more like three of the four pieces were confirmed, as it was a no-brainer the 3.7-liter naturally aspirated V-6 that serves as the F-150's base powerplant ...

German Supplier Equips Ford Escape to be 15-Percent More Fuel Efficient

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Cutting down on fuel consumption and emissions is costly, and that's why automakers are fighting excessive regulation. And listening to them, it might seem as if all conventional ways to improve fuel economy have been exhausted. Downsizing often requires new engine generations, and, of course, forced induction of some sort. Beyond that, things get really expensive when manufacturers begin to move toward electrification. But there is some good news not only for the corporate bean ...

Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid nab five-star ratings from NHTSA

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Ford's Fusion and Fusion Hybrid have both received the highest five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The rating is a big upgrade for the Fusion, which was completely redesigned for 2013. The previous model fell one star short of the top rating, after scoring only three stars in the frontal crash test and four stars in the side crash test and rollover evaluations. The 2013 Fusion received four stars in ...

Next-Gen Ford F-150 Prototype Caught Testing-Or Is It a Smaller Truck?

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There’s a lot of buzz building about 2015 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck since the Ford Atlas concept debuted at January’s Detroit Auto Show. It turns out that prototypes are already hitting the streets of Detroit for testing, complete with some strange equipment that leads us to believe that what we’re seeing might not even be the full-size trucks. It could be ...

MT Poll: Focus ST, Mazdaspeed3, or WRX Special Edition?

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When you need more space than a two-door Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ can provide but still want some automotive fun, enthusiasts can pick from cars like the Mazdaspeed3, Ford Focus ST, and Subaru Impreza WRX Special Edition. Each offer four doors, plenty of power, and driving entertainment under $30,000. We’ve just shared what we think of these cars in a comparison test, and now it’s your turn. If you were in the market for ...

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, Lincoln MKT: Perfect Holiday Gifts for Athletes

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Los Angeles, Dec., 2009 – Runners, surfers and triathletes, take note. The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2010 Lincoln MKT are the perfect choice for people with active lifestyles, according to the Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards. The Fusion Hybrid took the title in the “green” category and MKT won in the “luxury on road” group, beating out the 2010 Toyota ...

NHTSA Wants Hybrids, Electric Vehicles to Have Minimum Sound Requirement

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Hybrid and electric vehicles have many positives, primarily fuel economy. An electric motor generates all the necessary power to get up and go, without the assistance of a noisy gasoline engine. But that lack of noise is one of the drawbacks: the absence of engine noise means pedestrians have a harder time hearing these vehicles coming. If the National Highway Transportation Safety ...