Author Archives: David Salinas

NHTSA Says Automakers Should Disable In-Car Texting and Web-Surfing [UPDATED]

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While we didn’t talk about it in our review of the 2013 Ford Focus ST, a wonderful driver’s car with a questionable interior layout, we were amazed with one feature the car had in its MyFord Touch infotainment system: A text message service that had two full pages of pre-programmed messages you could send your friends without having to pick up your ...

One Millionth Ford Mustang Rolls Off the Assembly Line at Flat Rock Facility

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It only took 49 years, but the one millionth Ford Mustang, a GT convertible, rolled off the assembly line at the Blue Oval’s Flat Rock, Mich. assembly facility earlier today. Prior to Flat Rock, the Mustang was assembled in Dearborn, Mich., the same town where Ford’s World Headquarters are based. Before the Mustang made Flat Rock home, Mazda laid claim to the assembly ...

Ford shows off Fiesta with in-wheel motors in Belgium

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Ford is looking to find ways for more folks to drive sideways, and we're not talking 'Tokyo Drift' variety. The US automaker is working with Germany-based Schaeffler at developing in-wheel motors and is showing off a concept version of a modified Fiesta in Belgium this week. Ford's eWheelDrive concept car has motors in both rear wheels, which saves space (in the area that used to be the engine compartment), cuts weight and allows for better urban ...

Ignition Episode 62: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

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In this episode of Motor Trend’s Ignition, Carlos Lago, Associate Road Test Editor, travels to France for the launch of the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST. Ford has added its ST performance package to the smaller Fiesta, after first debuting it on the Focus. Available worldwide, the U.S. version will be a four-door hatchback going on sale in July; European countries will get ...

2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition Unveiled

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If you have your heart set on scrambling across the rocky trails of Moab in a ruby-red F-150 Raptor with luxurious seats trimmed in brick red, then the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition will be for you when it goes on sale this fall.  This special edition of the 2014 Ford F-150 Raptor is all about the way it looks. The ruby-red metallic paint is complemented by special graphics for the cargo box, while ...

Ford’s Flat Rock, MI Plant Celebrates Millionth Mustang

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It’s a good year for the Ford Mustang: the iconic muscle car turns 50 at next year’s New York Auto Show, and now we hear that the Flat Rock, Michigan plant responsible for making the cars just made its one-millionth Mustang. While the Mustang’s been in continuous production for some 49 years now, the plant that makes the pony car hasn’t always been the same. The Mustang’s home base was the famous River Rouge assembly plant ...

Week in Review: Luxury Cars, Spy Shots, and a Modern Stone-Age Family

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It’s Saturday! Other than sleeping in and watching the Stanley Cup finals tonight–or stocking up for tomorrow night’s NBA Finals game–you can spend a little time finally taking a step back, relaxing, and reading what went on this week in the auto industry. That’s why we write up our Week in Review every weekend, breaking down what you ought to know in ...

Four for Boosting: ’14 Ford Fusion to Get 1.5-Liter EcoBoost Four-Cylinder

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When Ford introduces its global-market Mondeo to China at next week's Shanghai auto show, the car's powertrain roster will include an all-new 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. Astute observers may be asking why this new 1.5-liter turbo four exists when the blue-oval brand already produces a 1.6-liter turbo four. It's simple: Ford has grand plans for China, where significant tax breaks are given to vehicles powered by engines that displace 1.5 liters or less. The Dearborn-based manufacturer expects ...

Blackprints Kickstarter campaign looks to put profiles on your wall [w/video]

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UPDATE: This Kickstarter campaign has been shut down due to copyright disputes over the original images used to create the Blackprints. We enjoy highlighting artists who turn their brushes, lenses or whatever medium they fancy towards the four-wheeled things in life. San Francisco-based artist Sabrina Chun has done just that with her series called Blackprints: Car Designs Reimagined, which is currently enjoying an overabundance of funding on Kickstarter. In the series, Chun has taken eight iconic autos ...

Ford Reports $2.1 Billion in Q1 Profits Globally, U.S. Sales Lead the Way

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Ford Motor Company has just released its first quarter earnings, and the results further suggest the Blue Oval’s financial health, especially domestically. Ford reported a pre-tax profit of $2.1 billion in the first quarter, with the U.S. market leading the way. This marks 15 consecutive months of profitability, and 12 consecutive months of positive cash flow. While the U.S. market experienced renewed growth, ...