Archives for September 23rd, 2013

Shanghai 2013: Return of the Escort

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Ford Motor Company set a sales record in China last month, selling 81,387 vehicles, a 65 percent increase over March ’12. Still, that’s small beer next to arch-rival General Motors, whose March ’13 sales rose 12.6 percent, to 290,538 cars and trucks. More China-centric products built with local partner Changan Ford will help the Blue Oval close the gap with its rivals there. The C-segment — compacts — accounts for about 5.5 million sales in China per year, ...

Ford Focus was best-selling nameplate in 2012

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Last August, Ford made a few waves by claiming that the Ford Focus was, at that point, the top-selling car in the world. The automaker failed to account for variations of the Toyota Corolla wearing a different name (such as the Auris and Matrix), however. With official data from Polk coming in now, Ford is able to say that the Focus was, in fact, the best-selling nameplate in the world last year. Using new-car registrations (which ...

Feature Flick: 2015 Ford Mustang Prototype Caught On Video

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We’ve seen plenty of photos, but now we have our first look at the 2015 Ford Mustang on video. The pony-car fans at Mustang6G.com spotted a camouflaged Mustang prototype and managed to film it driving. The 2015 Ford Mustang spotted in this video looks almost identical to the one our spy photographers spotted earlier this month. As in our spy shots, this video shows that the 2015 Ford Mustang will have a more steeply sloped windshield, ...

2014 Ford Fusion to get 1.5L EcoBoost three-cylinder?

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Just one year after launching the all-new 2013 Fusion, Ford is reportedly set to alter the sedan's powertrain lineup with the addition of a new 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder EcoBoost engine. A member of Blue Oval Forums apparently got their hands on the ordering guide for the 2014 model year Fusion, and this 1.5-liter mill is set to be introduced with late availability. This lines up with other news about the Chinese-market Mondeo being offered with a ...

GM’s Reuss Champions Compact, Affordable Rear-Drive Coupe for Chevy

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GM's head of North American operations would like to see Chevy develop a compact, affordable rear-drive coupe similar to the Code 130R concept. Mark Reuss, head of GM's North American operations, recently told Automotive News that he feels there’s plenty of room in the Chevrolet lineup for a rear-wheel-drive coupe. 'A really nice, light, rear-drive car that's inexpensive; that'd be a huge win for us if we had that.' Reuss’s comments echo the positive responses ...