Archives for October, 2013

NHTSA launches investigations into Ford Crown Victoria police cars, Dodge Viper and Porsche 911

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Reuters reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating certain Ford Crown Victoria, Porsche 911 and Dodge Viper models for potential defects. NHTSA is currently looking into 2005-2008 Crown Victoria police car models for steering column failures that could cause the upper and lower portions of the steering shaft to separate. Such a condition would lead to a loss of control. So far there are 195,000 vehicles involved with 15 warranty claims. Meanwhile, 10,000 ...

Watch the Hennessey Ford GT makes its record run at Texas Mile

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We said they'd probably be out with an official video, we did not lie. The Hennessey-powered camouflage Ford GT sat at one end of the runway at the Texas Mile sitting still. At the other end of the runway it had broken its own speed record, the twin-turbo 5.7-liter V8 pushing the aerodynamic supercar up to 267.6 miles per hour, a 4.3-mph improvement over the old mark. There's not much in the video you haven't already ...

AAA Says Voice-to-Text Functions are Distracting

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Hands-free technology might make it easier to text, talk on the phone, or look up directions while driving, but the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that mental distractions exist even if drivers keep their hands and eyes on the road. As the most comprehensive study of its kind, AAA appeals to the public to not use voice-to-text functions while driving. “There is ...

Ford to show special edition Raptor on April 9

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There are precious few details, but what we do know is that Ford will be revealing images of 'appearance upgrades' for a special-edition 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor on April 9. The slideshow will happen during a Motor Press Guild luncheon at Ford's Design Center Showroom in Irvine, California. Without photos or further details, we're left to wonder about the extent of these changes, but aren't expecting anything too significant given the venue. Ford is understood to ...

120 Dealerships Sue Carfax for $50 Million for Allegedly Violating Antitrust Laws

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“Show me the Carfax,” you say to a salesperson as he or she walks around the vehicle of your dreams. You know to say this because it’s a phrase that’s been ingrained in your consumer psyche. Little do you know that there are other companies that will show you the same information about a used car for less money. Dealers claim they didn’t know, either. Carfax ...

Ford Motor Company Sales Climb 5.7 Percent in March 2013

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Sales of Ford Motor Company products jumped 5.7 percent in March 2013, but you won’t find the major increases in the car division. Instead, the big sales in FoMoCo’s stable came from utilities and trucks last month. Here are some of the winners and losers: Winner: Ford F-Series We know that it’s cliché to say that the Ford F-Series is one of the big winners on the sales sheet, but the truck line jumped 16.3 percent last ...

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

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Ain’t No Love In the Heart of the City These models have not been discontinued yet, but they’re pulling miserable sales numbers. Lack of advertising? Not in line with the rest of the products in their lineups? Just bad cars? You decide: Mercedes-Benz CL-Class, 53; Acura ZDX, 43; Honda CRZ, 451; Lotus (total), 22; Infiniti EX, 146; Subaru Tribeca, 151; Audi A3, 120; ...

Week in Review: Growing a Sixth Finger Edition

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Week in Review posts have been a five-day affair for us. This week, we were bestowed with more than a few newsworthy pieces dropping over the weekend, making our lives a little busier. This week was trucktacular, as Chevrolet started its press drives for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. We’ll have a review up for you in no time to report back on ...

Feature Flick: Is the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST a Mini Focus ST?

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Fans of affordable and sporty hatchbacks have another car to look forward to this summer, when the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is slated to arrive. In the latest episode of Ignition, host Carlos Lago travels to France to find out if the small hatch is a shrunken-down version of the bigger Focus ST. The Fiesta’s ST formula essentially mimics the Focus. The hot hatch gets upgraded brakes, a sportier suspension, and interior and exterior tweaks that ...
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