Archives for August, 2013 - Page 2

2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 4×4 EcoBoost Long-Term Update 3

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The Ford continues to be busy at work. This time around, Testing Director Kim Reynolds went to northern California on two different occasions to move large objects back to Southern California. On the first trip, Reynolds picked up a washing machine, a task that took a bit of work (it was heavy, and he was working alone), but he got it done. ...

Top 10 March Sales Surprises: Big (and Small) Sales From Unexpected Places

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Electric Car Sales Have Short Circuit Overall, the U.S. saw sales for March up 3 percent, yet that wasn’t helped by electric cars. The slow-selling Mitsubishi i-MiEV found 31 takers, down from 56 in the year prior. Chevrolet Volt sales were down 35 percent to 1,478. But Nissan Leaf sales saw a surprising uptick, 2,236 cars sold, a 286-percent increase. In overall sales, ...

Electric Ford Fiesta? Prototype Shown

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The Ford Fiesta is the automaker’s entry-level offering, and it has added new engine options of late to make for a very diverse range. It appears Ford is at least exploring future possibilities of expanding that range, partnering up with German tech supplier Schaeffler to produce an electric-motor battery-powered Fiesta. This isn’t to be confused with a direct preview of an upcoming ...

2014 Subaru Forester is a Top Safety Pick+

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its crash-test findings for thirteen compact crossovers and SUVs, and just two – the 2014 Subaru Forester and the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport – have earned the agency’s Top Safety Pick+ rating. In this round of testing, the agency crashed a whole slew of vehicles: the 2013 Buick Encore, the 2013 BMW X1, the 2013 Ford Escape, the 2013 Honda CR-V, the 2013 Hyundai Tucson, the 2013 Jeep ...

Detroit automakers gain Q1 market share simultaneously for first time in 20 years

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While monthly sales figures might be an easy way of tracking the progression of the auto industry and individual automakers, looking at market share might be more indicative of how each company is actually standing up against its competitors. For the Detroit Three automakers, they have collectively lost almost 30 percent of the market over the last 20 years, but now, for the first time since 1993, Ford, General Motors and Chrysler have each posted ...

Ford Escort Concept goes back to basics

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Here's the thing about China: The folks buying cars there have a very different set of standards than shoppers in many other markets around the globe. While we all drool over hot metal with bold designs, and while we appreciate automakers going an extra step to inject even their cheapest offerings with aggressive and interesting cues, that sort of sheetmetal sex appeal doesn't always sell in the People's Republic. Case in point is Jaguar, which ...

Ford Mustang To Play The Hero Car In The Upcoming Need For Speed Movie

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Chalk another film role up for the Ford Mustang. Ford, DreamWorks, and Electronic Arts announced that the Mustang will play the hero car role in the upcoming Need For Speed movie, coming to a theater near you next February. The Mustang for the movie is a one of a kind vehicle with a supercharged V8 engine, widebody kit, larger air intakes twin hood scoops, and twenty-two inch wheels. This comes as part of a partnership made ...

2014 Ford Fusion’s 1.5-Liter EcoBoost Four Detailed: Less Displacement, Same Horsepower as the 1.6

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Ford recently made the surprising, yet easily explained move to add a second mid-level turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine to the 2014 Fusion sedan's engine lineup. The company has revealed the new 1.5-liter engine's specifications, and as promised, it offers nearly identical output to the other mid-level turbo engine, the 1.6-liter EcoBoost. For an explanation as to why Ford decided to further crowd the Fusion‘s already-crowded engine order sheet, the answer is twofold: One, Ford is looking ...

Honda CR-V Falls Behind Ford Escape in May CUV Sales

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The Ford Escape and Honda CR-V have been neck-and-neck each month in compact crossover sales, and while April belonged to the CR-V, May went to the Escape with 29,123 units sold versus the Honda’s 27,298 sales. In third, once again, was the Chevrolet Equinox, which sold 22,918 units. Coming up short by less than 2200 units for a total of 20,780, the Toyota RAV4 crept up on the Equinox. Meanwhile, the fifth-place Nissan Rogue (17,333 units) ...

Classic SUVs next big thing for car collectors

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Hagerty Insurance seems to think vintage SUVs are going to be the next big trend in car collecting. The agency has already seen prices begin to tick upward at auction, with the number of classic SUVs insured by the company growing some 65 percent since 2008. That's about twice the pace of the overall market. All told, Toyota Land Cruisers have seen the largest jump with a swell of 202 percent, though 1970s and 1980s ...