Author Archives: Joseph Hines

2014 Ford Fusion Won’t Use Three-Cylinder, But New 1.5L EcoBoost I-4

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While Ford’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost four is only three years old, a new EcoBoost four that’s just 0.1-liter smaller will be added to the Fusion lineup in calendar year 2014. The new engine is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost I-4 based on Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost I-3, already on sale in Europe. The 1.0-liter comes to the U.S. in the ’14 Fiesta later this year. Like the 1.0-liter, the 1.5-liter four’s exhaust manifold is integrated into the cylinder head ...

Recall Alert: Ford F-150 EcoBoost Engine Under Investigation for Losing Power During Acceleration

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If you own a 2011 or later Ford F-150 that’s equipped with an EcoBoost engine, listen up. The U.S. government has opened up an investigation into F-150s that rely on the EcoBoost V-6 engine for motivation, as some have been reported to lose power while accelerating. In all, the government’s investigation covers around 400,000 F-150 models made from 2011 to 2013. The National ...

Ford wins second consecutive Engine of the Year with 1.0L EcoBoost [UPDATE]

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For the second year in a row, Ford has taken top honors in International Engine of the Year voting. As was the case last year, it is Ford's 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine that earns the automaker the accolade, achieving the highest-ever accumulated score in the 15 years that the award has been handed out. A panel of 87 automotive journalists from 35 countries are responsible for choosing the world's best engines, and this is only the third ...

Ford Adding 2,000 Jobs in Kansas City

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Ford Adding 2,000 Jobs in Kansas City The Ford Motor Company has announced that it will add more than 2,000 new jobs at its Kansas City Assembly Plant, and that more than 1,000 of those positions will be filled by new hires rather than returning workers. The automaker said that demand for the F-150 pickup truck is “surging,” requiring 900 additional workers and a third shift starting in the third quarter of 2013. The company also ...

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has a bit of a dyno issue

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We're of the mind that each and every dyno should come with Murphy's Law painted in big, visible letters down the side. For every ten successful dyno runs out there, it seems there's one where events go horribly wrong. Take, for example, the video below. The clip shows what happens when a Ford Shelby GT500 and a mobile dyno have a bit of a disagreement at the Performance Expo 24 in Sherbrooke, Quebec. We won't ...

Ford To Add More Than 2,000 Jobs At Its Kansas City Assembly Plant

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Ford announced today that it will adding over 2,000 jobs at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to help keep up with the high demand for the F-150 pickup and to build the upcoming Transit commercial van. At the moment, Ford employs 2,450 hourly workers at the plant. The job creation process will happen in two stages. Stage one will have Ford starting a third shift for F-150 production and adding 900 workers in the third quarter. ...

2014 Ford Fiesta ST (European Spec)

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After missing out for decades on the hot, small, and fun cars that personified Ford in Europe, now it seems the company can't stop bringing them over to the U.S. Not long after the Focus ST's arrival comes the Fiesta ST, a rowdy, unflappable, and hilarious little car. Smaller and lighter, it's the ST formula distilled, and that is a very good thing. ...

Hennessey Turns Up the Heat on the Ford Taurus SHO

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When we typically think of Hennessey, Vipers, CTS-Vs and Raptors come to mind, and of course, the epic Venom GT. But those aren’t the only options the company offers. And if you don’t have a five-to-six figure tuning budget, Hennessey still offers a reasonably wallet-friendly option to get your kicks. If you’re the owner of a Ford Taurus SHO, and crave just a little more kick than is offered by the stock configuration, Hennessey’s got ...

Ford taps AeroVironment for home-charging systems

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Ford figures that 11,000 electric-vehicle driving homeowners can't be wrong. The US automaker has tapped AeroVironment as its official vendor for Level 2 home-charging systems. AeroVironment is offering one-day installations of 240-volt systems at the homes of Ford C-Max, Fusion plug-in and Focus Electric drivers. With the Level 2 systems, the plug-in hybrids can be fully recharged in under three hours, while the Focus EV can be juiced up in less than four hours. Through April, Ford ...
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