Archives for October 19th, 2013

2014 Ford Fusion Won’t Use Three-Cylinder, But New 1.5L EcoBoost I-4

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While Ford’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost four is only three years old, a new EcoBoost four that’s just 0.1-liter smaller will be added to the Fusion lineup in calendar year 2014. The new engine is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost I-4 based on Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost I-3, already on sale in Europe. The 1.0-liter comes to the U.S. in the ’14 Fiesta later this year. Like the 1.0-liter, the 1.5-liter four’s exhaust manifold is integrated into the cylinder head ...

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

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Midlife Crisis Roundup Since we’re starting to get into warm months, sports car sales should be perking up. Here’s how the noteworthy cars did: BMW Z4, 316; SRT Viper (just went on sale), 3; Mercedes-Benz SLK, 453; Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, 44; Chevrolet Corvette, 1,053; Nissan GT-R, 122; Nissan 370Z, 669; Subaru BRZ, 905; Lexus LFA, 4; Scion FR-S, 1,828; Audi TT, 189; Lamborghini ...

2005-2009 Mustang Gets Shelby Wide Body Kit

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Shelby may have turned its attention to the Ford Focus and F-150 lines lately, but it hasn’t forgotten the Mustang faithful. Shelby American announced this week that its 2013 Shelby GT500 wide body kit will now be available for owners of 2005-2009 Ford Mustangs. The fiberglass body kit is designed to enhance the look of the 2005-2009 Mustang and be functional, as well. The package adds up to six inches of extra fender, which will allow ...

American automakers fall in latest Fortune 500 rankings

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Not that it means anything beyond bragging rights, but if you're fixated on the positions of domestic automakers on the annual Fortune 500 list, both General Motors and Ford are still on it but they've slipped a couple of notches. The list ranks American companies and they're ordered solely by revenue. GM, fifth last year, came in seventh, while Ford fell from ninth to tenth even though both companies saw small gains in annual revenue. GM's ...