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2015 Ford F-150 Spied

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A heavily camouflaged 2015 Ford F-150 prototype has been spied testing in the wet. While few details can be made out through the camo, the  prototype, codenamed “P552,” confirms the automaker is busy with the next generation of its number-one selling model. We speculated earlier this year when we spotted a Ford pickup truck prototype that appeared to have five-lug wheels that the automaker could be preparing a sub-F-150 model called the F-100. These spy shots ...

2013 Ford Hybrid Sales Need Only Five Months to Break 2010 Record

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At Ford, hybrids are apparently becoming a pretty big thing. In 2010 with the help of the previous-generation Ford Fusion Hybrid, Escape Hybrid, Mercury versions, and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, the automaker sold 35,496 hybrids, setting a record for the company. But just five months into 2013, Ford has already surpassed that record-breaking year. While final numbers aren’t in quite yet, Ford is ...

Hagerty predicts this year’s future classics

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Hagerty Insurance, which specializes in covering cars already deemed classics, is out with its annual Hot List predicting this year's ten cars that will be future collectibles. Even though it stays under $100,000, it spans almost $74,000 in MSRPs starting with the $23,700 Ford Focus ST on the affordable end and peaking with the $97,395 SRT Viper. Other notables include the Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 427, what with 2013 being both the 60th anniversary of the brand ...

December Caps Strong 2012 Sales Year; Will Any Brands Go Out of Business in 2013? [With Chart]

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Fiscal cliff, schmishcal schmiff. There was a late sense of fear felt in the U.S. economy that capped what has been the best sales year in the auto industry since 2007. As cars and houses are the U.S.’s primary movers and shakers, there was an underlying sense that if credit markets were to tighten up again, so would car sales. There’s a ...

Ford investing big in Michigan manufacturing, adding up to 2,350 new jobs

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Ford has announced it will invest $773 million in its facilities across Southeast Michigan. The funds will go toward new equipment and bolstering manufacturing capacity at six plants. The plan is part of a larger move to invest a total of $6.2 billion in the US by 2015. All told, the latest round of upgrades should help create 2,350 new hourly jobs while allowing Ford to keep a further 3,240 hourly jobs in place. The ...

Head 2 Head Episode 28: Ford Focus ST vs. MazdaSpeed3

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In this episode of Head 2 Head, Carlos Lago, Associate Road Test Editor for Motor Trend, compares two powerful hot-hatches, the Ford Focus ST and the MazdaSpeed3. Which is better? From the start of the video, it’s clear which car Lago has chosen, even before any of the tests have been done. Lago immediately states that the interior design winner is the Ford ...

Ford Fusion, Escape Have Record January 2013 Sales, Lincoln Slips 18.2 Percent

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Ford Motor Company reported a healthy 21.8-percent sales gain last month versus to January 2012, almost entirely on the back of the Ford brand. The Lincoln Motor Company, meanwhile, continued to disappoint and sold fewer overall units that Ford sold Fiestas. Winner: Ford Fusion (22,399 sales, up 64.5 percent) The Ford Fusion’s strongest January sales month on record helped make the sedan the second best-selling Ford, after the perennially successful F-Series pickup range (46,841 sales). It’s also ...