Author Archives: Joan Lauer

Feature Flick: Ken Block Slides a Ford Fiesta ST in Budapest

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The Ford Fiesta ST may have a smaller stature and fewer horsepower than its bigger brother, the Focus ST. No worries: rally star Ken Block borrowed a closed ice rink in Budapest to show that the Fiesta ST is probably no less fun to drive, and we’ve got the video to prove it. The ice rink in question in the capital city of Hungary, although it didn’t appear to have any ice on it. No worries: ...

2014 Ford Fusion to get 1.5L EcoBoost three-cylinder?

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Just one year after launching the all-new 2013 Fusion, Ford is reportedly set to alter the sedan's powertrain lineup with the addition of a new 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder EcoBoost engine. A member of Blue Oval Forums apparently got their hands on the ordering guide for the 2014 model year Fusion, and this 1.5-liter mill is set to be introduced with late availability. This lines up with other news about the Chinese-market Mondeo being offered with a ...

Need for Speed movie casts Mustang in hero car role [w/video]

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Dreamworks Studios, Electronic Arts and Ford Motor Company announced today that the Ford Mustang will play the lead hero car role in the upcoming Need for Speed movie, slated to hit theaters next February. Of course, the Mustang didn't audition for the role like we imagine the film's star, Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame, might have. Rather, Ford and Dreamworks struck a partnership deal that meant the Mustang could skip the casting couch. The ...

Exotics Roundup: 2013 New York International Auto Show

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Bentley Flying Spur Bentley furthers the success of the previous Flying Spur with the new model, combining driveability, luxury and craftsmanship, and state-of-the-art technology. The new Flying Spur features a new athletic design that uses traditional Bentley styling cues as well as contemporary details. The Flying Spur is powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 engine, with a ZF eight-speed transmission.  With 616 horsepower, ...

Ford Fiesta ST Orders Are Off To An Impressive Start In Europe

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Here at Autobytel, we’re really excited to get our hands on the Ford Fiesta ST due to its small package which offers an abundance of driving fun. You know who else is excited? Europe. According to Ford, around 3,000 orders have been placed for the Fiesta ST since March. More than half of those orders came from the United Kingdom, followed by Germany and Switzerland. But even more interesting is that many of the orders are ...

2013 Shelby GT350

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Shelby is a name as synonymous with the Ford Mustang as marshmallows are with campfires. But unlike the short-lived sugary confection that is prepared on a stick, the late Carroll Shelby's name on the placard means added performance and exclusivity. Launched in 1965, the automaker's celebrated early cars were in production for a limited run - today, a mint concours-quality 1965 Shelby GT350 can sell for upwards of $350,000. To coincide with the 45th anniversary of ...

Top 10 Cheapest Convertibles

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The weather is warmer, the days are longer, spring has arrived, and we find ourselves once again lusting after a top-down road trip. While few of us can enjoy the glamor of, say, a Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible (MSRP: $238,000), there are plenty of more affordable droptop cars. Here are the ten cheapest new convertibles on sale today. 1. 2013 Smart ForTwo Passion Cabriolet Engine: 1.0-liter inline-three, 70 hp, 68 lb-ft Base Price: $18,640 What it lacks in ...

Stock Miata beats bunch of high-powered cars in wet 1/4-mile drag race

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When is a stock, 167-horsepower Mazda MX-5 Miata quicker than a Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang, Lamborghini Gallardo, Lotus Elise and a Porsche 911? When it's raining. Sort of. Mazda Canada arranged a unique drag race to show off the fact that the Miata's optional power retractable folding hardtop can go from top-down to top-up in just 12 seconds flat. In this video, all six cars line up for a drag race, and it starts to rain ...

Ford recalling select Taurus, Explorer and Lincoln MKS models over fuel tanks

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Ford is recalling certain 2012 Taurus, 2013 Explorer and 2012 Lincoln MKS models over fuel tank concerns. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicles built between July 19, 2011 and March 15, 2012 may have been built with fuel tanks that have a 'marginally sealed seam' on the side. Those seams may not provide the strength necessary to protect the tank from rupture during a collision. They may also leak. The recall covers ...

Ford to Use “Video Snacks” to Educate on Tech and Car Features

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Even basic cars these days are laden with ever-increasing features and technology, and to help familiarize new customers on how to use them, Ford has developed “video snacks.” The “snacks” are essentially short, bite-sized videos that explain Ford features, and ones that aren’t necessarily model-specific. “What’s going to make this so exciting for customers, is they can learn at their own pace, and ...