Author Archives: Misty Ramirez

Ford to show special edition Raptor on April 9

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There are precious few details, but what we do know is that Ford will be revealing images of 'appearance upgrades' for a special-edition 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor on April 9. The slideshow will happen during a Motor Press Guild luncheon at Ford's Design Center Showroom in Irvine, California. Without photos or further details, we're left to wonder about the extent of these changes, but aren't expecting anything too significant given the venue. Ford is understood to ...

American automakers fall in latest Fortune 500 rankings

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Not that it means anything beyond bragging rights, but if you're fixated on the positions of domestic automakers on the annual Fortune 500 list, both General Motors and Ford are still on it but they've slipped a couple of notches. The list ranks American companies and they're ordered solely by revenue. GM, fifth last year, came in seventh, while Ford fell from ninth to tenth even though both companies saw small gains in annual revenue. GM's ...

Ford Shortens Summer Vacation to Meet Demand

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This year, Ford looks to add 200,000 vehicles worth of capacity to its 9 to 5 work shifts, as well as produce an additional 40,000 units by keeping select plants open an extra week during the company’s traditional two-week summer shutdown schedule. The plants that will be producing the extra 200,000 units will be Chicago Assembly Plant, Flat Rock Assembly Plant, and the ...

Ford Launches New 1.5-Liter EcoBoost Engine

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A new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine is joining the lineup of of Ford’s fuel-efficient powertrains. This engine is a key entry for Ford as the automaker tries to meet global demand for its four-cylinder EcoBoost engines. Thanks to this new engine, Ford can build 1.5 million EcoBoost engines annually, and by the end of the year, six plants in Europe, Asia, and North ...

Honda Accord is April’s Top-Selling Midsize Sedan

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Honda sold 33,538 Accords last month, putting it in first place in the midsize car segment. And for the second month in a row, the Toyota Camry has been relegated to the number-two spot, with 31,710 units sold. The Ford Fusion (26,722 copies sold) stays put in third place. The Nissan Altima finished the month with 21,991 units sold, putting it in fourth place — a sharp drop from its first-place ranking during March when more ...

Used EV Prices Will Drop 30 Percent in 2013

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According to a recent survey by the National Automobile Dealers Association’s Used Car Guide, the average value for a used plug-in electric vehicle is expected to drop 30 percent this year. Values for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, with a price of $40,000 have dropped 49 percent to around $21,235, while the Nissan Leaf’s value has been cut in half to $14,792. Over the ...

2014 Ford Fiesta gets fuel economy bump to 41 mpg [UPDATE]

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The 2014 Ford Fiesta is in showrooms now with refreshed styling and new performance ST model, but it's what isn't yet available that should help the Fiesta stand out from the growing crowd of subcompacts. Aside from the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost model coming later this year, Ford recently told us that a new Fiesta SFE trim level is on the way that should put the updated Fiesta at the top of its class for fuel ...

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

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No Prius Killer As much as we enthusiasts like to rail on the lowly Toyota Prius as the harbinger of death for all we hold dear, there's no denying the machine's absolute and interminable grip on the hybrid market in the United States. Toyota has so thoroughly sunk its teeth into the segment that you can clearly hear the automaker's incisors clacking against one another with the conclusion of each financial quarter. And there's little wonder ...

Rolling Over 166 Years: The Odometer Celebrates Another Birthday

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For thousands of years, people have been trying to figure out just how far they’ve traveled. Some would measure the circumference of a wheel, tying a piece of cloth around a spoke and figuring out how many times the wheel went around during a trip. Even Leonardo da Vinci tried his luck at creating an odometer for carriages, but he couldn’t quite get his ...

Week in Review: Fisker Failure, Fast Bugattis, and Falling Tariffs

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It isn’t easy starting a car company, a lesson Fisker learned that the hard way firsthand earlier this week. Unfortunately for the Southern California-based electric vehicle maker, after a series of recent events, it looks like there’s no going back and its doors will likely be shutting shortly. It wasn’t all doom and gloom in the automotive world this week though. Ford ...