Archives for August, 2013

Ford April 2013 Sales Up 18% to 212,584 Vehicles

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Marking the best April sales month since 2007, Ford Motor Company reported a total of 212,584 sales last month, which represents a 17.9-percent year-over-year increase. Unsurprisingly, leaders from the Blue Oval include the F-Series pickup, the Fusion sedan, and the Escape crossover. Winner: Ford F-Series Anyone who knows anything about the auto industry should find little surprise that, once again, the F-Series is Ford’s best-selling model. Thanks to a sales increase of 24 percent from last April ...

Recall Central: 2013 Buick Encore Steering Wheel May Detach

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2013 Buick Encore The Problem: On 2013 Buick Encore crossovers with a heated steering wheel, a fastener may have been installed incorrectly. Over time, this could allow the steering wheel to separate from the steering column, likely causing a loss of vehicle control and potentially causing a crash. However, GM claims there are no reports of crashes thus far. The Fix: Dealers will inspect the steering wheel to ensure the fastener is tightened properly. Number Of Vehicles Potentially ...

Ford to build Explorer in Russia to meet demand [w/video]

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The current Ford Explorer is sold in more than 64 countries, and this three-row vehicle continues to grow in popularity worldwide. To keep up with demand, Ford began producing the Explorer at Ford Sollers Elabuga Assembly Plant in Tatarstan, Russia, a joint venture facility. This partnership will build Russian-market Explorers only, and production of export vehicles not destined for Russian buyers will continue to be built at Ford's assembly plant in Chicago. Before this plant went ...

Ford Offering Focus ST, Fiesta ST Test Drives At EcoBoost Challenge

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Want to get behind the wheel of a Ford Focus ST or the upcoming Fiesta ST? The Blue Oval will give fans a chance this summer with a thirteen-city tour called the EcoBoost Challenge. In addition to driving the hot hatchbacks, the EcoBoost challenge will also let drivers test Ford hybrid vehicles. Each of the Ford EcoBoost Challenge events will also feature a special “hypermiling” course, with instructors showing drivers how to get the best fuel ...

Shanghai Motor Show: Ford Goes Back To Basics With The Escort Concept

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Ford showed off a new concept at the Shanghai Motor Show with a name from the past: the Escort Concept. Ford says the Escort Concept “..is designed to meet the demands of Chinese consumers within a specific subsegment of China’s largest and fastest-growing segments, compact cars.” Not a bad place to start since compact cars made up 25 percent of total car sales in China last year. The Escort Concept carries many of Ford’s design trademarks ...

Ford Reveals The Estimated Fuel Economy For The 2014 Fiesta ST

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This week, Ford has revealed the estimated fuel economy numbers for the upcoming 2014 Fiesta ST. The company says the pocket rocket should return 26 MPG in the City, 35 MPG on the Highway, and 29 MPG Combined. Not bad for a subcompact that is packing 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque. Now please note these aren’t the official numbers from the EPA. We’ll likely get those numbers when the Fiesta ST goes on sale ...

Ford Reports $2.1 Billion in Q1 Profits Globally, U.S. Sales Lead the Way

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Ford Motor Company has just released its first quarter earnings, and the results further suggest the Blue Oval’s financial health, especially domestically. Ford reported a pre-tax profit of $2.1 billion in the first quarter, with the U.S. market leading the way. This marks 15 consecutive months of profitability, and 12 consecutive months of positive cash flow. While the U.S. market experienced renewed growth, ...

Ford celebrates 1 millionth Mustang built at Flat Rock

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Yesterday, the Ford Mustang turned 49 years old, and Ford didn't miss the opportunity to celebrate the one millionth version of the Mustang rolling off the assembly line at the Flat Rock Assembly plant. Production of the Mustang at Flat Rock coincided with the fifth-generation design launching in 2004, and the one millionth car was the car shown above, a 2014 GT convertible painted in Ruby Red. In total, Ford has sold more than 8.5 million ...

Quoth the Falcon, Nevermore: Why Ford’s Closing Its Australian Production Facilities

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In the end, the timing came as a surprise, even if the outcome was long considered a foregone conclusion. Dearborn’s final decision to pull the plug on Ford’s 88-year-old Australian manufacturing operations was announced at a press conference in Melbourne Thursday morning—absent of the usual drip of leaks that tend to accompany an announcement of this significance. It isn’t quite the end for Ford’s local operations just yet, with production set to continue until October of ...

Ford reveals concept trucks that ultimately became Atlas

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The Ford Atlas Concept was one of the quiet success stories of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and now Ford has given us a quick glimpse as to how that creation came to be. Designers actually combined two early sketches to build the Atlas. One, called the Bullet Train, is a futuristic, aerodynamic creation, while the other, aptly named the Locomotive, features the squared off proportions we're familiar with. Once designers settled on the truck's proportions, ...
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