Author Archives: Andrew Estes

Ford’s Hybrid Sales In First Half Of This Year Bests Their Record Year For Sales

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Ford made a startling announcement this week concerning the sales of their hybrid vehicles. Through May, Ford has sold 37,000 hybrid vehicles. This tops Ford's record for full year hybrid sales of 35,496, set in 2010. Ford also says the 37,000 vehicles sold represents a 375% increase when compared to the same time frame last year. A good amount of this increase is due to in part to Ford expanding their hybrid lineup. In 2010, the ...

Ford plug-in hybrid drivers recharge more often than EV users

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In a sort of 'man bites dog' development for the green-car set, Ford plug-in hybrid drivers are hooking themselves up to charging stations at a greater frequency than drivers of the automaker's pure battery-electric Focus, Green Car Reports says, citing a presentation Ford's Mike Tinskey made in oh-so-green Portland, Oregon. Using Ford's MyFord Mobile smartphone app that tracks driving habits, Ford has found that about 60 percent of miles driven in Ford's Fusion and C-Max Energi ...

2013 Ford Fusion Energi Earns Five-Star Rating From NHTSA

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If you’re looking for the safest model in the Fusion lineup, you should look at the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi which was just awarded the “five-star” Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Fusion Energi got five stars in the front barrier crash test thanks thanks to head and knee airbags for both front seats. In the side impact tests, the Fusion Energi scored better than the standard Fusion (five stars ...

Ford Escort returns… as a concept

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Ford is kickin' it old school at the Shanghai Motor Show for 2013 with a new Escort Concept – 'a name that stirs up thoughts of basic, affordable transportation rather than great driving dynamics or bold design' as we said in our initial preview of the small C-segment sedan. Or, as Ford puts it, 'Customers in China described seeking a vehicle that is stylish – but not one that is arrogant or pretentious.' Potato, potahto... It's ...

Honda CR-V Is Best-Selling CUV In April 2013

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It appears the Honda CR-V got tired of being second-best for the first three months of this year, as the Japanese CUV snubbed the first position from the Ford Escape with 26,519 units sold in April. Below those two rivals, the Chevrolet Equinox (20,965 units sold) sat comfortably in the third spot once again. Stationed at the fourth and fifth spots are the Toyota RAV4 (18,541) and Nissan Rogue (11,904), respectively; both have remained there for ...

Ford Gives Australia More New Products; Will Stop Local Production in 2016

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Ford Motor Company will be accelerating the introduction of new products for Australian customers, transforming its business operations to improve sales, service, and create a more efficient and profitable business structure. The plan opens up the possibility of importing more U.S. built models, such as the Mustang, Explorer, and others. The downside, at least for Australian enthusiasts, is that local manufacturing of the ...

2014 Ford Cobra Jet announced with new colors, parachute mount

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Ford's drag-strip-ready Mustang Cobra Jet is back for 2014, and it's sporting a few changes to make it even better – both in competition and while sitting still. Rolling off the assembly line ready for duty in the NHRA Stock or Super Stock classes, production of the 2014 Cobra Jet is limited to just 50 units. Racing upgrades for 2014 include the addition of a new three-speed transmission and a parachute mount, and while these will ...

Ford Introduces A Special Edition F-150 SVT Raptor

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Ford announced a new Special Edition model of its F-150 SVT Raptor truck for the 2014 model year. This Special Edition is being introduced to give buyers of the Raptor a more exclusive model. Starting with the F-150 SVT Raptor equipped with the Luxury Package, Ford adds two exclusive colors: Tuxedo Black or Ruby Red Metallic. The Ruby Red Metallic also gets a gets a set of matching box-side graphics. Inside, Ford has fitted a ...
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