Archives for July 25th, 2013

GM, Ford Teaming up to Build 9-, 10-Speed Transmissions

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After successfully working together on their current generation of six-speed automatic transmissions, Ford and General Motors recently signed a new agreement to expand both that partnership and the number of gears involved: The companies’ new joint project will develop 9- and 10-speed automatic transmissions for use in a wide range of front- and rear-wheel-drive GM and Ford vehicles, including cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs. “Engineering teams from GM and Ford have already started initial design work ...

Compact Crossover Comparison: Find the Best Bang for Your $30,000

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Quick: Name the five best compact crossovers sold in the U.S. today. There are more than a dozen from which to choose, but if you answered the 2013 Ford Escape, 2013 Honda CR-V, 2014 Mazda CX-5, 2014 Subaru Forester, and 2013 Toyota RAV4, you owe yourself a pat on the back. Without a doubt, not only do these models represent some of the ...

Ford 1.0-Liter EcoBoost, VW 1.4-Liter TSI Lead International Engine of the Year Awards

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Sure, an engine usually sits two to three feet in front of you in a car, separated from you by a heavy gauge sheet of steel. But never forget that it’s the heart of the car. You can be sitting in the nicest cabin in the world, but if the car is powered by some wheezy, lethargic engine, it can ruin the ...