Archives for October 13th, 2013

UPDATED: This Is NOT The 2015 Mazda 3

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has issued its annual “Car Wars” analysis of the automotive industry, and we’ve found a couple of gems found within the 2014-2017 industry roadmap. Most notable is that ML has included an image of what looks to be the 2015 Mazda 3 hatchback. EDIT: That’s not the case, as the image was apparently lifted from a Carscoop rendering. We’ve already spotted the 2015 Mazda 3 clad in camouflage out testing numerous ...

2013 Ford Fusion Energi Earns Top NHTSA Rating

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi a five-star overall vehicle score, the highest possible rating. This score is determined by the severe testing procedures of the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program that combines performance in front and side accidents, as well as rollover resistance. The Ford Fusion and Ford Fusion Hybrid have both earned five-star ...

Ford using robot drivers to test durability [w/video]

In testing the durability of its upcoming fullsize Transit vans, Ford has begun using autonomous robotic technology to pilot vehicles through the punishing courses of its Michigan Proving Grounds test facility. The autonomous tech allows Ford to run more durability tests in a single day than it could with human drivers, as well as create even more challenging tests that wouldn't be safe to run with a human behind the wheel. The technology being used was ...