Author Archives: Martha Horta

Top 10 March Sales Surprises: Big (and Small) Sales From Unexpected Places

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Ain’t No Love In the Heart of the City These models have not been discontinued yet, but they’re pulling miserable sales numbers. Lack of advertising? Not in line with the rest of the products in their lineups? Just bad cars? You decide: Mercedes-Benz CL-Class, 53; Acura ZDX, 43; Honda CRZ, 451; Lotus (total), 22; Infiniti EX, 146; Subaru Tribeca, 151; Audi A3, 120; ...

Video of the Day: Architect Builds House Around His Ferrari 512i BB

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Have you ever owned a vehicle that you loved so much you wished you could build your house around it? Meet Holger Schubert, the architect who did just that. Schubert is the proud owner of a Ferrari 512i BB, one of only 929 units ever produced by the Prancing Horse, and designed the “main space” of his home around it.  The 512i ...

Ford Fiesta ST orders off to strong start

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We at Autoblog love the new little Ford Fiesta ST, and apparently, folks in Europe are pretty impressed with it, as well. According to Ford, the automaker's European arm has already logged 3,000 orders for the new hot hatch since it hit dealerships this March. The US-spec car, which will only be available as a five-door, will go on sale in the United States this summer. What's perhaps most interesting about the Fiesta ST ordering is ...

Exotics Roundup: 2013 New York International Auto Show

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The 2013 New York International Auto Show had some great debuts and surprises like the new 2014 Camaro Z/28. Of the more everyday cars that held a debut, the most notable was the 2014 Honda Odyssey with its new HondaVAC. Of the exotic vehicles that had a debut, most of the cars won’t be seen in showrooms until later this year, and ...

Ford reduces water use in vehicle assembly by 10.6 billion gallons

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Ford is reducing its water use much faster than expected, and touting the achievement with another infographic. During 2012, the global automaker achieved an 8.5 percent reduction in the amount of water used to make its vehicles, putting Ford more than halfway toward its target of using an average of four cubic meters per vehicle globally by 2015. Ford has been working on water conservation since 2000, and so far has reduced the amount of water ...

Behind the Wheel: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

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If you want a hybrid that boasts great gas mileage and is more comfortable to drive than a Toyota Prius, the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is for you. Although it doesn’t get as good as gas mileage as the Prius, it is definitely the better option if you would prefer a car you actually enjoyed driving around. Whether you’re in the city ...

Spied! 2015 Ford F-150 Engineer Proclaims Truck to Retain No. 1 Title in Segment

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With pride beating through his chest, a 2015 Ford F-150 engineer let it be known to a photographer taking a picture that the Blue Oval would remain triumphant over its Chevrolet rival. With his window up during inclement weather and but a brief instant to convey his message, he resorted to hand signals for his proclamation. We, too, support the proud full-size truck ...

Ford Reveals The Estimated Fuel Economy For The 2014 Fiesta ST

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This week, Ford has revealed the estimated fuel economy numbers for the upcoming 2014 Fiesta ST. The company says the pocket rocket should return 26 MPG in the City, 35 MPG on the Highway, and 29 MPG Combined. Not bad for a subcompact that is packing 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque. Now please note these aren’t the official numbers from the EPA. We’ll likely get those numbers when the Fiesta ST goes on sale ...

Ford Promises Knobs and Hard Buttons on Future MyFord Touch Systems

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With the surge of infotainment systems and touch screens, many consumers have asked for a return to the more traditional knobs and buttons. Ford is meeting this demand starting with the F-150 that blends the new technology with the knobs. A similar balance is planned for future Ford models. Since quality ratings for the automaker have been down thanks to the MyFord Touch ...