Author Archives: Danielle Hall

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

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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 ...

Land Cruiser, Cherokee, F-150 Face Off in Cheap Truck Challenge

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The Cheap Truck Challenge is exactly what it sounds like. On this episode of Dirt Every Day, the guys from Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road take their beaters — including a 1993 Toyota Land Cruiser, 1989 Jeep Cherokee, and 1979 Ford F-150 — to Arizona to compete in a series of challenges. The purpose of the Cheap Truck Challenge is to prove you don’t need to spend big money to have fun on unpaved roads, as each ...

April 2013 Sports Car Sales: Challenger Rises Again

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They battle at the track and in showrooms too: Sports car sales are just as important to automakers as their performance is to enthusiasts. With that in mind, we decided to take a look at April sports car sales of vehicles that start at around $100,000 or less. Not surprisingly, the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang, and Dodge Challenger lead the pack. As expected the top three is filled with Detroit muscle: the Camaro was in first ...

Electric Ford Fiesta? Prototype Shown

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The Ford Fiesta is the automaker’s entry-level offering, and it has added new engine options of late to make for a very diverse range. It appears Ford is at least exploring future possibilities of expanding that range, partnering up with German tech supplier Schaeffler to produce an electric-motor battery-powered Fiesta. This isn’t to be confused with a direct preview of an upcoming ...

2014 Ford Fiesta Earns 41 MPG Highway

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The 2014 Ford Fiesta has earned best-in-class highway fuel economy, making it the only car in the subcompact class to get more than 40 mpg highway. The new Fiesta also receives 30 mpg city, and 34 mpg combined. However, these numbers were achieved on the Fiesta SE with the Super Fuel Economy package. The new Ford Fiesta will be arriving at dealerships soon, ...

PickupTrucks.com’s latest test results in a familiar winner [w/video]

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PickupTrucks.com has gone and thrown the latest batch of half-ton pickups into a cage match to see who would come out on top. The site put the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, 2013 Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan through a battery of tests. Those included 0-60 miles per hour acceleration, 60-0 mph deceleration, fuel economy, a hill climb, and payload and towing. They even threw the rigs on an ...

Feature Flick: Behind The Scenes Of The Rossion Q1

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Back in 2007, Noble Automotive ceased production of the M12 and M400. That’s when South African company Rossion stepped in to continue building the specialty sports car under a new name, the Rossion Q1. This week’s episode of The Downshift explores the improvements made to the car over the years, and shows it’s still a potent track weapon. The video begins with Rossion president Ian Grunes explaining how the Q1 came to be. The Rossion team ...

Ford Posts $2.1 Billion First-Quarter Profit, Despite Struggles In Europe

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Ford Motor Company announced today a profit of $2.1 billion for the first quarter of 2013, down $147 million year-over-year, while net income of $1.6 billion represents a $215 million gain. That’s Ford’s 15th consecutive quarter of profitability. The positive results were driven by continuing strong sales in North America and the Asia Pacific Africa divisions. In North America, pre-tax profits of $2.44 billion represent Ford’s best quarterly result for at least 13 years. (Prior to ...
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