Author Archives: Jodi Cranford

Cocktail Chatter: April 19, 2013

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What cocktails go best with all this car chatter? Automobilemag.com is here to help with weekly recipes. Remember, this is for talking about cars, not driving — always designate a driver. We were teased with a taste of summer-like temperatures here in Ann Arbor this week, so to fool ourselves into thinking that summer is upon us, we’re drinking the very summery margarita fizz this week. Combine four ounces of brut champagne with one ounce ...

Shanghai 2013: Return of the Escort

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Ford Motor Company set a sales record in China last month, selling 81,387 vehicles, a 65 percent increase over March ’12. Still, that’s small beer next to arch-rival General Motors, whose March ’13 sales rose 12.6 percent, to 290,538 cars and trucks. More China-centric products built with local partner Changan Ford will help the Blue Oval close the gap with its rivals there. The C-segment — compacts — accounts for about 5.5 million sales in China per year, ...

Ford’s 1.0L EcoBoost Three-Cylinder Engine Wins

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Appearing In The 2014 Ford Fiesta In The U.S. For the second year in a row, Ford's 1.0L EcoBoost Three-Cylinder Engine took home the International Engine of the Year award. The engine also took home the Best Engine Under 1.0-litre award as well. 87 automotive journalists from 35 countries made up the panel and judged engines on drivability, performance, economy, refinement, and application of advanced engine technology. The 1.0L EcoBoost three-cylinder was praised by the judges for ...

NHTSA Investigates Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Engine

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into 2011 - 2013 Ford F-150 trucks equipped with a 3.5L EcoBoost engine after receiving 95 complaints saying the engine lost power during acceleration. According to NHTSA, the problem arises '...during hard accelerations at highway speeds, such as attempted merging or passing maneuvers.' About a third of these complaints say the loss of power happened during wet or humid weather. The good news is that no ...

Ford Unveils Global Rallycross–Spec Fiesta ST Racer [2013 Chicago Auto Show]

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Ford Racing and OlsbergsMSE will build Ford Fiesta ST race cars to compete in the 2013 Global Rallycross Championship driven by two-time GRC champion Tanner Foust and 2012 runner-up Brian Deegan. The Fiesta ST race car will debut at the 2013 Chicago auto show. In addition, Ken Block and his Hoonigan Racing Division also will compete with a Fiesta ST in GRC rounds plus the four X Games events that include Rallycross—the well-known games in Los ...

Christmas Gifts for Ford Lovers

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DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 22, 2009 – From Mustang pool tables, children’s T-shirts and remote-controlled Raptor pickups, Ford is cueing up a sleigh full of gift items that are just in time for the last-minute holiday shopper. “People are sharing their passion for Mustang, F-150 and other Ford vehicles with our great line of toys and other gifts,” said John Nens, Ford global brand ...

Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla End 2012 Leading Compact Segment Sales

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Compared to 2011, the Honda Civic dethroned the Toyota Corolla as the best-selling compact for 2012, while the Chevrolet Cruze finished in fourth behind the Ford Focus. Honda sold 317,909 Civics in 2012 – an increase of nearly 97,000 units from 2011 – which was enough for it to take compact sales crown. Although Toyota sold 50,688 more Corollas in 2012 than it did the previous year, it was only good enough for second ...

Ford Sales Rise 6.5 Percent in November as F-Series Trucks Crest 50,000-Sale Mark Again

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Ford Motor Company reported a sales increase last month, making a change after the Blue Oval posted several months of nearly flat sales figures. Total sales in November reached 177,673, up 6.5 percent year-over-year. As a result of the strong sales, as well as other financial indicators, Ford said that it will boost its first-quarter 2013 production schedule to 750,000 vehicles, up 11 percent compared to the first quarter of this year. Ford — 171,941 sales, ...