Archives for September, 2013

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has a bit of a dyno issue

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We're of the mind that each and every dyno should come with Murphy's Law painted in big, visible letters down the side. For every ten successful dyno runs out there, it seems there's one where events go horribly wrong. Take, for example, the video below. The clip shows what happens when a Ford Shelby GT500 and a mobile dyno have a bit of a disagreement at the Performance Expo 24 in Sherbrooke, Quebec. We won't ...

Ford to Develop New Lincoln Models

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It’s no secret that Lincoln is in trouble, and parent company Ford is looking to revive the brand with new products. Although it hasn’t given specifics, during a recent presentation to investors, the automaker hinted that it might build a premium small car or crossover, as those segments are expected to grow exponentially by 2015. Matt VanDyke, the individual in charge of Lincoln’s ...

Honda Accord is April’s Top-Selling Midsize Sedan

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Honda sold 33,538 Accords last month, putting it in first place in the midsize car segment. And for the second month in a row, the Toyota Camry has been relegated to the number-two spot, with 31,710 units sold. The Ford Fusion (26,722 copies sold) stays put in third place. The Nissan Altima finished the month with 21,991 units sold, putting it in fourth place — a sharp drop from its first-place ranking during March when more ...

Exotics Roundup: 2013 New York International Auto Show

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Porsche 911 GT3 The completely redeveloped Porsche 911 GT3 shows off its sporty design, benefiting from a new engine, transmission, body, and chassis. When tested on the Nurburgring, the 911 GT3 had an impressive lap time of less than 7 minutes and 30 seconds around the 17-mile track. As an everyday driver the GT3 has active rear-wheel steering for the first time and ...

Transit Courier completes Ford’s new commercial van line, will we get it?

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This week Ford rolled out the 2014 Transit Courier, the fourth addition to its Transit range. Ford says its the first time for the nameplate in the compact van segment. 'Ford has now completely transformed its commercial vehicle line-up, with four all-new, class-leading Transits for European customers,' said Barb Samardzich, vice president of product development for Ford Europe. 'With the all-new Transit range, we expect sales to grow to 400,000 units per year by 2016, well ...

Video: Tour the Garage of Mr. Hot Wheels

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Plenty of car enthusiasts want nothing more than to grow up to be car designers. On the latest episode of Hot Rod Unlimited we meet designer Larry Wood, a retired Hot Wheels designer, who tells us about his career at Mattel as well as what real cars he’s got in his garage Like many enthusiasts, Wood began his obsession with cars after picking up a magazine. Wood doodled hot rods all through high school, and afterward ...

Land Cruiser, Cherokee, F-150 Face Off in Cheap Truck Challenge

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The Cheap Truck Challenge is exactly what it sounds like. On this episode of Dirt Every Day, the guys from Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road take their beaters — including a 1993 Toyota Land Cruiser, 1989 Jeep Cherokee, and 1979 Ford F-150 — to Arizona to compete in a series of challenges. The purpose of the Cheap Truck Challenge is to prove you don’t need to spend big money to have fun on unpaved roads, as each ...

Ford and AAA Hosted the 64th Student Auto Skills National Finals

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This week, Ford and AAA held the 64th annual Student Auto Skills National Finals in Dearborn, MI. The Student Auto Skills National Finals brings the top young automotive minds in the U.S. together and pits them in a timed race to solve “real world” automotive challenges – both digital and mechanical. “From connected cars to alternative fuels, automotive technology is advancing at a faster pace than we have ever seen and tomorrow’s technicians need to be ...

Ford Focus Named Best-Selling Nameplate

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The 2012 Polk global market registration data is in, and the Ford Focus has been named the world’s best-selling passenger car, with the Ford F-Series pickup in third. The Ford Fiesta came in as the best-selling subcompact. Ford Focus sales totaled 1,020,410 cars worldwide, with the market gains in the US and China driven by consumer demand. In China, registrations increased 51 percent ...

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

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Your Mileage May Vary As difficult as it is to write this, I was actually excited about the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid. With the beautiful looks of the newest midsize fighter from Ford and a fuel economy estimate capable of shaming even the stalwart Camry Hybrid, the battery-augmented four-door seemed like a recipe for unabashed success. But appearances love nothing more than swapping our boundless enthusiasm for cold platters of disappointment. The 2013 Fusion Hybrid gets ...
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