Author Archives: George Alvarez

Spied: Facelifted Ford Focus Testing In Europe

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The Ford Focus is expected to go under the knife soon for its mid-cycle refresh, and this prototype caught testing in the snow could give us our first look at the updated compact. If not the refreshed model, this mule could be an early version of the upcoming Focus RS, with its ST-like dual central exhaust and large front grille. The headlights appear similar to those of the standard Focus, lacking the in-housing LEDs strips of ...

Top 10 March Sales Surprises: Big (and Small) Sales From Unexpected Places

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It’s easy to snooze through new car sales each month with a few inevitabilities, right? The Ford F-Series will always be the best-selling pickup. The Toyota Camry will always be the best-selling midsizer, unless the Accord trades spots with it like it does so often. Except that neither the Accord nor the Camry won the sales race this month. The Ford’s another story. March ...

Ford and Chrysler reducing summer plant shutdowns

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Most domestic automaker assembly plants traditionally take a couple of weeks off during the summer. The shutdowns give each plant time for much needed repairs and maintenance, and in some cases, help better align production with demand. Not this year, though, as demand for many models is outstripping what Ford, Chrysler and General Motors plants can produce. Ford has announced that it will shorten its annual summer shutdown for most North American plants from two weeks ...

What’s Not “World Car” About Ford’s 2013 Focus ST

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The 2013 Ford Focus ST is a world car. Important bits like the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, the six-speed Getrag gearbox, chassis tuning, and even the Goodyear summer performance tires are fitted to all STs, no matter what the country. Still, some changes are necessary for the North American model. What you are about to read enters a world that only savants like myself wander. If you recognize some of the following, it’s because I wrote the ...

Ford family keeps special voting rights

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Ford Motor Company has a dual-class stock structure of Class A and Class B shares. The roughly three billion Class A shares are for the general public like you and me, while the roughly 71 million Class B shares are all owned by the Ford family. Each Class A share gets the shareholder one vote, each Class B share is worth 16 votes, the result being that Common Stock holders control about 60 percent of ...

Shanghai Motor Show: Ford Goes Back To Basics With The Escort Concept

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Ford showed off a new concept at the Shanghai Motor Show with a name from the past: the Escort Concept. Ford says the Escort Concept “..is designed to meet the demands of Chinese consumers within a specific subsegment of China’s largest and fastest-growing segments, compact cars.” Not a bad place to start since compact cars made up 25 percent of total car sales in China last year. The Escort Concept carries many of Ford’s design trademarks ...

Ford reveals concept trucks that ultimately became Atlas

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The Ford Atlas Concept was one of the quiet success stories of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and now Ford has given us a quick glimpse as to how that creation came to be. Designers actually combined two early sketches to build the Atlas. One, called the Bullet Train, is a futuristic, aerodynamic creation, while the other, aptly named the Locomotive, features the squared off proportions we're familiar with. Once designers settled on the truck's proportions, ...