Author Archives: Annabelle Ward

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 ...

Ford mulling EcoSport for US? [w/poll]

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'We certainly have that ability. We're studying it very, very closely.' Those are the words of Jim Farley, global head of sales, marketing, service at Ford. The investigation Farley is referring to is the possibility of selling the company's new EcoSport crossover in America. The diminutive Fiesta-based EcoSport was developed for emerging markets like Brazil and, more recently, China, but it apparently may have a future in the States, where it would form a new entry-level ...

Inside The 2013 Ford Focus ST

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It’s frustrating that many people in the USA continue to see the Ford Focus as a cheap, basic economy car. Maybe it’s a hangover from the small-car hatchback stereotype. Maybe it’s that Ford only recently begun to improve its image here. Given the features and available options inside the newest Focus, it’s anything but an economy car. The Focus ST can be had with items that were only found on luxury cars not long ago. ...

2013 Ford Fusion Energi Snags NHTSA Five-Star Rating

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Despite the added weight and complexity, the Ford Fusion Energi matched–and even exceeded–the ratings of its conventional and hybrid siblings in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s crash tests. All three of Ford’s 2013 Fusions– the Fusion, to the Fusion Hybrid, and the Fusion Energi–received five out of five stars in overall ratings by NHTSA. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also gave the Fusion its coveted “Top Safety Pick+” rating, following an “acceptable” rating in ...

Ford faces class-action lawsuit for selling vehicles without brake override systems

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A total of 20 Ford customers are suing the automaker in a class-action lawsuit for selling vehicles 'vulnerable to unintended acceleration.' According to Reuters, the suit names 30 models built between 2002 and 2010 with electronic throttle control systems but without a brake override system. Those include the 2004-2012 F-Series pickups and the 2005-2009 Lincoln Town Car. Adam Levitt, a partner with the law firm of Grant & Eisenhofer says the plaintiffs in the case ...

Recall Central: 2013 Buick Encore Steering Wheel May Detach

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2013 Buick Encore The Problem: On 2013 Buick Encore crossovers with a heated steering wheel, a fastener may have been installed incorrectly. Over time, this could allow the steering wheel to separate from the steering column, likely causing a loss of vehicle control and potentially causing a crash. However, GM claims there are no reports of crashes thus far. The Fix: Dealers will inspect the steering wheel to ensure the fastener is tightened properly. Number Of Vehicles Potentially ...

Honda CR-V Falls Behind Ford Escape in May CUV Sales

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The Ford Escape and Honda CR-V have been neck-and-neck each month in compact crossover sales, and while April belonged to the CR-V, May went to the Escape with 29,123 units sold versus the Honda’s 27,298 sales. In third, once again, was the Chevrolet Equinox, which sold 22,918 units. Coming up short by less than 2200 units for a total of 20,780, the Toyota RAV4 crept up on the Equinox. Meanwhile, the fifth-place Nissan Rogue (17,333 units) ...

Classic SUVs next big thing for car collectors

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Hagerty Insurance seems to think vintage SUVs are going to be the next big trend in car collecting. The agency has already seen prices begin to tick upward at auction, with the number of classic SUVs insured by the company growing some 65 percent since 2008. That's about twice the pace of the overall market. All told, Toyota Land Cruisers have seen the largest jump with a swell of 202 percent, though 1970s and 1980s ...

[UPDATED] Towing War between Toyota and Detroit 3 Continues

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The marketing war over towing claims for light-duty pickups between the Detroit Three–Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler–and Toyota will continue until 2015. The Detroit automakers continue to ignore towing standards for pickups negotiated with SAE International for the 2013 model year. Because each automaker is using its own tests to measure towing capacity instead of the agreed-upon standardized test procedures, they are reporting ...
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