Archives for July 29th, 2013

Behind the Wheel: 2013 Ford Taurus SHO

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The 2013 Ford Taurus SHO is the automaker’s top-of-the-line full-size sedan, vying in a class that is far more refined than the clunky sedans that used to dot the segment. The Taurus is tall, wide, and commanding, and pulls power from a 3.5-liter V-6 with bite. While lesser trims get a 290-hp V-6 — and better fuel economy — the SHO dials ...

Living With A 2013 Ford Focus ST2

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The automaker best defined by the Super Duty finally has a proper performance compact once again. The 2013 Ford Focus ST comes to us a decade after the world class 2002-04 Focus SVT, our domesticated version of the first-generation Euro Focus ST, languished on dealership lots. The excellent independent rear-suspension that blessed all Mark I Focus models reacted brilliantly to the performance modifications. The SVT featured a Cosworth-fettled 170-horsepower engine and it ran circles around ...

Ford says its regenerative brakes have saved 100 million gallons of gas

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Ford is taking the time to trumpet technology that's let drivers go further by stopping gradually. Specifically, the Blue Oval says the various versions of its regenerative braking systems have generated enough energy to offset the use of 100 million gallons of fuel, Wards Auto writes. Ford's first production car with regenerative braking was the 2004 Escape Hybrid, but regen brakes have been used on various Fords for decades. Trial versions of the feature, which captures ...

New 1.5 Will be Volume Ford Fusion Engine

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DEARBORN, Michigan – Ford’s new 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine will take over from the 1.6 EcoBoost as the Fusion’s volume engine immediately when it becomes available at the beginning of the 2014 model year, says Joe Bakaj, powertrain engineering vice president. The new engine actually is based on the 1.6-liter EcoBoost it eventually will replace he says, though it has an in-head exhaust manifold like the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine available later this year in ...

Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #329 LIVE!

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We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #329 tonight, and you can drop us your questions and comments via our Q&A module below. Subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so, and if you want to take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight. Discussion Topics for Autoblog Podcast Episode #329 Subcompact sales slump, yet again 1.5 liter Ecoboost for Fusion, because of China Toyota ...