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2013 Ford models hit with trio of recalls, 465k for fire risk

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According to The Detroit News, Ford is issuing three separate recalls on new 2013 models, one of which affects 465,000 vehicles. That largest recall comes as the result of 600 complaints of fuel leaks, which could lead to a fire risk, the report indicates. Included in the 465k-unit recall are the 2013 Explorer, Flex, Fusion, Taurus and Police Interceptor sedan, as well as the Lincoln MKS, MKT and MKZ. According to Ford, in a statement obtained ...

2011 Ford F-150 Tossed 100 Feet During EF-5 Tornado in Oklahoma with People Inside, All Survive

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Last week’s EF-5 tornado that ravaged El Reno, Oklahoma was one of the worst of its kind to ever touch down on planet Earth. It stretched a record 2.6 miles wide and had winds recorded as high as 296 mph. To put that into perspective, the strongest tornado ever recorded had winds touching 302 mph back in 1999. This time around, this ...

Ford and GM to Jointly Develop Nine- and Ten-Speed Automatic Transmissions

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The advent of seven- and eight-speed transmissions has changed drivers' interactions with their cars. In the old days, we could determine which gear we were in based on speed, engine note, and the tachometer; and, if we were lucky enough to be driving a car with a stick or an automatic featuring a manual-shifting function, we could make a decision as to which gear would be necessary for an upcoming stretch of road. It was ...

2014 Ford Fiesta SFE Hits 41 MPG Highway

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Minor updates to its aerodynamic components and powertrain calibration allows the 2014 Ford Fiesta to achieve 41 mpg on the highway, with the optional Super Fuel Economy package. That’s up from 40 mpg for the 2013 model; the Fiesta SFE’s city rating also inches up from 29 to 30 mpg. The SFE package is offered on the 2014 Ford Fiesta SE sedan and hatchback, but only with the car’s optional six-speed dual-clutch transmission. It includes low ...

Complaints of Steering Loss on 2008 Ford Super Duty Reported to NHTSA

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Drivers count on brakes and steering functioning in their vehicles. When either or both fail, it can make for some harrowing experiences behind the wheel. The 2008 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty are under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigation after receiving five complaints of loss of steering on those models, one of which reportedly resulted in a crash. As many as 340,000 trucks may be subject to the ...

KBB 2013 Brand Image Awards has some obvious and oddball winners

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The sixth edition of the Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards have crowned a wide range of winners – in a couple of cases the recipient of the laurels might say more about KBB users than they do about the actual winner. Compiled from the responses of more than 12,000 shoppers on KBB.com over the past year, there are 13 categories broken into non-luxury, luxury and truck segments 'representing the combined wisdom of the American ...

MyFord-Touch-Equipped Fords to Add Knobs, Buttons

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Conventional buttons and knobs that have worked so well in cars for years are returning to the cabins of upcoming Fords. That’s what the automaker has announced in a recent release, saying that future vehicles with MyFord Touch will use more knobs and buttons along with touch-screen displays. Sync and MyFord Touch have helped the Blue Oval raise average transaction prices, but the connectivity technologies have also contributed to huge drops in customer satisfaction as measured ...

Spied: 2015 Ford Mustang Prototype

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Our spy photographers caught yet another look at the 2015 Ford Mustang, and even though the prototype car is wearing plenty of camouflage, it gives us several clues about the future of the Mustang. Whereas the cars we saw previously were mules cobbled together on the basis of the current Mustang, this one appears to be a full prototype of the 2015 car. The latest batch of spy photos provide even more evidence the 2015 Ford ...