Author Archives: Jimmy Wilkins

US, Japan trade talks could see scrapping of car and truck tariffs

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Trade issues between the United States and Japan, especially in the automotive sector, have struck a repetitive note for decades: our market is open to them, their market is effectively closed to us. Even though Japan doesn't apply tariffs to cars we export there – whereas we tax Japanese passenger cars 2.5 percent and Japanese light trucks 25 percent – other barriers like Japan's 2,000-unit cap in the Preferential Handling Program and regulatory hurdles have ...

Project Ugly Horse: Part VII

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Devils, Details and Weight Reduction There are many things I could call this exercise. A party is not one of them. I've spent three days crammed in the axle well of this 1989 Mustang with nothing to keep me company beyond a trouble light, a DeWalt drill on the very last of its legs and billion razor sharp, red hot slivers of metal with an affinity for my most sensitive of regions. My joints are raw from ...

Transit Courier completes Ford’s new commercial van line, will we get it?

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This week Ford rolled out the 2014 Transit Courier, the fourth addition to its Transit range. Ford says its the first time for the nameplate in the compact van segment. 'Ford has now completely transformed its commercial vehicle line-up, with four all-new, class-leading Transits for European customers,' said Barb Samardzich, vice president of product development for Ford Europe. 'With the all-new Transit range, we expect sales to grow to 400,000 units per year by 2016, well ...

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 Issues Three Separate Recalls For Seven Different Models

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This past week, Ford has issued three separate recalls that deal with leaky gas tanks, engine block heaters. The biggest recall deals with the gas tank on seven different Ford models. A module inside the tank could leak gas and could cause owners to notice a smell or puddle of gas underneath the vehicle. There is also the risk of fire starting if the gas comes in contact with an ignition source. Ford says no fires ...

2013 Ford Fusion Offers Some Relief For Allergy Suffers

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Consider this for a moment: according to WebMD, more than half of all Americans test positive to one or more allergens. Ford is working on trying to make their vehicles more bearable for those with allergies, starting with the new 2013 Fusion. The new Fusion features materials and components that were tested for materials such as natural latex and nickel to make sure there was either none or a miniscule amount of the material to ...

Hennessey completes first VelociRaptor SUV conversion [w/video]

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Start with a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor as your base vehicle for modification, and chances are high that you'll end up with something pretty cool. Now, have those modifications done by professional lunatics Hennessey Performance, make the project turning the pickup into an ultra-long SUV, and the result stands a real chance of being a total kick in the ass. Let us present the Hennessey VelociRaptor then, in all of its awesomeness. Hennessey has taken care ...

BMW V8-powered Ford Model A is the definition of Hot Rod

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Today, hotrodding has a pretty staid definition. Take one classic American car, add one classic American V8, sprinkle with tire smoke and you pretty much have every hot rod to roll out of a shop in the last 40 years. Mike Borroughs knows it wasn't always this way. Once upon a time, getting your bucket to go faster meant grabbing whatever parts were lazing about the yard, bolting them together with a bit of ingenuity ...

2014 Ford Taurus and Focus Prices Announced

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Ford Motor Company announced earlier this week the pricing for the new 2014 Ford Taurus and Ford Focus. Both models have been carried over from the previous year, although pricing has increased for both cars compared to 2013. The 2014 Ford Taurus has had an increased starting price by $900, or 2.58 percent, for the Limited and SHO versions, but pricing for the ...

Rush Brings Formula One Rivalry, Intrigue to Big Screen

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Formula One fanatics won’t be the only ones drawn in to theaters this September, when the Ron Howard-directed film Rush makes its big screen debut.  Inspired by real events that took place during the 1976 racing season, Rush brings to life the rivalry between Formula One drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt. Lauda is involved in a deadly crash at the 1976 ...