Author Archives: Joan Greene

Roush getting back into sport compact business with Focus ST mods [w/video]

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Roush Performance offers a whole raft of parts for folks looking to tune their Ford Mustang and F-150 models, and now Focus owners can start getting in on the hotted-up action, too. Owners of the 2012-13 Focus and 2013 Focus ST can now get a Roush cold-air intake system, and ST owners can also opt for a high-performance cat-back exhaust. Although all of these components are now available for order, the parts will ship sometime in ...

NHTSA Stops Probes into Ford and Chrysler After Recalls

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Two investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been closed after the automakers repaired the vehicles under investigation. The agency was satisfied with Ford’s recall of 200,000 vehicles to repair third-row seat latches in the 2004 to 2007 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans, and that Chrysler had fixed the affected Jeep Patriot and Compass vehicles. This specific Ford issue has ...

Ford April 2013 Sales Up 18% to 212,584 Vehicles

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Marking the best April sales month since 2007, Ford Motor Company reported a total of 212,584 sales last month, which represents a 17.9-percent year-over-year increase. Unsurprisingly, leaders from the Blue Oval include the F-Series pickup, the Fusion sedan, and the Escape crossover. Winner: Ford F-Series Anyone who knows anything about the auto industry should find little surprise that, once again, the F-Series is Ford’s best-selling model. Thanks to a sales increase of 24 percent from last April ...

Detroit automakers gain Q1 market share simultaneously for first time in 20 years

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While monthly sales figures might be an easy way of tracking the progression of the auto industry and individual automakers, looking at market share might be more indicative of how each company is actually standing up against its competitors. For the Detroit Three automakers, they have collectively lost almost 30 percent of the market over the last 20 years, but now, for the first time since 1993, Ford, General Motors and Chrysler have each posted ...

Mercedes-Benz Consults With Ford to Figure Out How to Make a Good 3-Cylinder Engine

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Remember how we told you that in recent history, automakers have made a handful of three-cylinder engines, and all but the one in the 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0-liter EcoBoost were terrible? One of the culprits was the Smart Fortwo, which is a joke of a car made even worse by its underpowered engine and jerky transmission. Apparently, Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz ...

Ford Sustainability Report Details Major CO2 Cuts

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Successful efforts to reduce CO2 emissions are a notable highlight of Ford’s 14th annual sustainability report, which looks at Blue Oval “initiatives to address social, economic and environmental issues” across the globe. For example: In the United States, in line with a program from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Ford facilities have reduced their CO2 emissions by 10 percent per vehicle in the period from 2002 to 2012. Globally, Ford facilities have achieved a 37 percent per-vehicle ...

UAW Sees Second Consecutive Year of Membership Gains

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The past five years have not been kind to the United Auto Workers. With a membership about one-fifth of what it was at its peak in the 1970s, the organization’s members were forced to make sacrifices in wages and benefits as part of the massive restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler in 2009. But the past two years have been rare bright spots for the UAW. After membership increasing 1.1 percent in 2011, the union’s ...

2013 North American International Auto Show – Everything You Need to Know

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We’re on the showroom floor of the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and will be covering all angles of the show. From vehicle unveils like the highly-anticipated 2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette to our Reporter’s Notebook, we’ll be providing unsurpassed coverage of everything we come across. From this very spot, you can access all of our show coverage including vehicle ...

Ford Cuts Mulally’s Compensation After Falling Short of 2012 Goals

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2012 proved to be a mixed bag for automakers, with strong sales in North America and some emerging markets, but record losses and low sales in Europe. Unfortunately for Ford, the losses and issues in Europe kept the company from meeting its performance goals for the year. Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s 2012 compensation, while still generous by industry standards, was significantly lower than it was in 2011. Mulally’s $2 million base salary remains unchanged from 2011, ...