Archives for September 8th, 2013

Ford reduces water use in vehicle assembly by 10.6 billion gallons

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Ford is reducing its water use much faster than expected, and touting the achievement with another infographic. During 2012, the global automaker achieved an 8.5 percent reduction in the amount of water used to make its vehicles, putting Ford more than halfway toward its target of using an average of four cubic meters per vehicle globally by 2015. Ford has been working on water conservation since 2000, and so far has reduced the amount of water ...

Ford, Hagerty Insurance Helping Save the Manuals—Old-school Style

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Okay, we’re a little late to the party with this, but I just found out about it and couldn’t resist: Ford and Hagerty Insurance—a top name for vintage-vehicle coverage—have teamed up to provide a rather unique way to introduce the next generation of drivers to both the joys of a manual transmission and the world of classic cars. It’s a program called the “Hagerty Driving Experience Powered by Ford,” and it provides an opportunity for ...

First Ford Mustang prototype shots caught by legendary spy shooter Jim Dunne

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You know how people refer to someone as having 'been around the block' to mean they're very experienced? Well, when it comes to automotive spy photography, Jim Dunne actually laid down the concrete slabs of the block's sidewalk. The unforgettable Dunne more or less invented the car spy game – a fact he cemented by writing book called Car Spy – and has been delivering spy shots and reporting on the industry for some 45 ...

Today In History: 1964 Ford Mustang Debuts

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Ford’s millionth Mustang built in Flat Rock announcement isn’t the only bit of Ford sports car history to fall on April 17. For instance, April 17 is when the Ford Mustang first made its public debut some 49 years ago. Ford vice president Lee Iacocca had been lobbying for a “poor man’s Thunderbird” since 1961, but the finished product – the Falcon-based Ford Mustang – didn’t become reality for another three years. After years of hinting ...

Behind the Wheel: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

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If you want a hybrid that boasts great gas mileage and is more comfortable to drive than a Toyota Prius, the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is for you. Although it doesn’t get as good as gas mileage as the Prius, it is definitely the better option if you would prefer a car you actually enjoyed driving around. Whether you’re in the city ...

Four for Boosting: ’14 Ford Fusion to Get 1.5-Liter EcoBoost Four-Cylinder

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When Ford introduces its global-market Mondeo to China at next week's Shanghai auto show, the car's powertrain roster will include an all-new 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. Astute observers may be asking why this new 1.5-liter turbo four exists when the blue-oval brand already produces a 1.6-liter turbo four. It's simple: Ford has grand plans for China, where significant tax breaks are given to vehicles powered by engines that displace 1.5 liters or less. The Dearborn-based manufacturer expects ...