Author Archives: Mary Green

Pickup prices rising at 2x industry average

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We've said it before, but bears repeating: Pickup trucks are the financial engines of America's automakers. Good thing, then, that the segment is in rude health – in fact, Automotive News is suggesting that pickup truck sales are arguably healthier than they were pre-recession, even though the segment's volume is still significantly down from where it was before the bottom fell out of the US economy. That's because per-unit profits on full-size trucks are skyrocketing, ...

Ken Block does his thing with the Ford Fiesta ST

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Ken Block recently headed to Budapest to take some fans on a ride around an ice rink in the Ford Fiesta ST. Shockingly, there were cameras on hand to capture the whole event. Don't expect to see the caliber of antics we're usually accustomed to from everyone's favorite stunt driver, though – Block was left to wield a bone-stock Fiesta ST on a slushy cone course, which means the clip is about as entertaining as ...

Autoblog Podcast #329

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Subcompact sales, Ford 1.5-liter EcoBoost, Toyota Corolla vs. Ford Focus, Maserati Ghibli Episode #329 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth and Zach Bowman talk about the slump in subcompact sales, the upcoming 1.5-liter Ford EcoBoost engine for the Fusion, the Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus best-seller debate, and the Maserati Ghibli. For those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. You ...

Ford Ranger-based 7-seat SUV spotted testing

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Ford looks to be working on a new SUV version of its global Ranger pickup truck. An early prototype of a seven-passenger SUV based on the Ranger has been spotted testing in Australia, and word has it buyers in the region could expect to see the model in showrooms as soon as 2014, where it could sail under the Endeavour or Everest badges. Ford Australia currently sells the Territory SUV, so there's some chance that ...

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 Escort Concept goes back to basics

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Here's the thing about China: The folks buying cars there have a very different set of standards than shoppers in many other markets around the globe. While we all drool over hot metal with bold designs, and while we appreciate automakers going an extra step to inject even their cheapest offerings with aggressive and interesting cues, that sort of sheetmetal sex appeal doesn't always sell in the People's Republic. Case in point is Jaguar, which ...

2015 Ford Mustang spied on video for the first time

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Not many cars will continue to hold our rapt attention quite like the upcoming redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang, codenamed S550 internally. Earlier this month, we brought you the first spy photos of a next-gen Mustang prototype out testing, and even though expertly placed cladding concealed the pony car's new shape, we could tell that underneath was hiding an altogether new form inspired by the Evos Concept from 2011. Today we give you some video of what ...

Spied! 2015 Ford Mustang Prototype Caught Under a Very Un-Pretty Cover

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We know it's about a year away from being revealed, but the 2015 Ford Mustang probably is the debut to watch for next year. Tantalizingly, we've been fed a steady diet of spy photos showing smidgens of the next-gen car's design and its possible independent rear suspension—and now along comes this photo, which clearly shows a heavily camouflaged next-gen Mustang wearing production-spec bodywork. Comparison Test: 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 vs. 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Instrumented Test: 2013 Ford ...

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE and 2013 Ford Mustang GT Track Pack Face Off on Head 2 Head

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On this week’s episode of Head 2 Head, the 2013 Ford Mustang GT Track Pack and 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE face off on the track to see which coupe is king of the pony cars. Back in the good old days, a Mustang-versus-Camaro duel was simple: head to the drag strip. That’s how this week’s Head 2 Head kicks off, with senior features editor Jonny Lieberman taking the two V-8-powered beasts to the drag strip ...