Archives for September 3rd, 2013

Blackprints Kickstarter campaign looks to put profiles on your wall [w/video]

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UPDATE: This Kickstarter campaign has been shut down due to copyright disputes over the original images used to create the Blackprints. We enjoy highlighting artists who turn their brushes, lenses or whatever medium they fancy towards the four-wheeled things in life. San Francisco-based artist Sabrina Chun has done just that with her series called Blackprints: Car Designs Reimagined, which is currently enjoying an overabundance of funding on Kickstarter. In the series, Chun has taken eight iconic autos ...

Project Ugly Horse: Part IX

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One Step at a Time Nearly every flavor of exotic driveline has been shoved into the ubiquitous Ford at some point or another. Chuck Schwynoch had been patiently listening to my ramblings on the other end of the phone for a solid half hour. I'm not too big of a man to know when to ask for help, and at this point, I desperately needed some assistance. The truth is, working on a machine like a Fox ...

Spied! 2015 Ford F-150 Engineer Proclaims Truck to Retain No. 1 Title in Segment

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With pride beating through his chest, a 2015 Ford F-150 engineer let it be known to a photographer taking a picture that the Blue Oval would remain triumphant over its Chevrolet rival. With his window up during inclement weather and but a brief instant to convey his message, he resorted to hand signals for his proclamation. We, too, support the proud full-size truck ...

Used EV Prices Will Drop 30 Percent in 2013

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According to a recent survey by the National Automobile Dealers Association’s Used Car Guide, the average value for a used plug-in electric vehicle is expected to drop 30 percent this year. Values for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, with a price of $40,000 have dropped 49 percent to around $21,235, while the Nissan Leaf’s value has been cut in half to $14,792. Over the ...

Ford starts Focus Electric production in Europe, not updating EV for 2014 MY

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So far this year (through the end of May), Ford sold 723 Focus Electrics in the US. Not a whole lot – especially compared to Nissan, which sold more than ten times that many Leafs (7,614). What's interesting is that Ford isn't going to immediately make a bunch of changes for the 2014 model year to try and push that number up. Not according to a report in The Detroit News, anyway. Nancy Gioia, Ford's director ...

Ford Issues Three Separate Recalls For Seven Different Models

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This past week, Ford has issued three separate recalls that deal with leaky gas tanks, engine block heaters. The biggest recall deals with the gas tank on seven different Ford models. A module inside the tank could leak gas and could cause owners to notice a smell or puddle of gas underneath the vehicle. There is also the risk of fire starting if the gas comes in contact with an ignition source. Ford says no fires ...