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Feature Flick: Ford, Chevy Ex-Cop Cars Battle In The Desert

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The Ford-versus-Chevy debate will likely continue for as long as both companies exist, but the latest episode of Roadkill attempts to solve at least part of the argument. This week, Hot Rod editors David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan go off-road racing to find out which used cop car is best – the Ford Crown Victoria or Chevy Caprice. For the purposes of this episode, the Roadkill crew bought two examples of what they call the ...

Watch this Ford F-150 SVT Raptor fly like an eagle [UPDATE]

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The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is a very capable truck right out of the box, but 'capable' has never translated into 'invincible.' Just ask the owner of the machine in this video. In it, the driver gets frisky with an aggressive jump with plenty of speed on his hands. The result is enough air to make Vaughn Gittin Jr. blush. As always, it's not the launch that's painful, but the re-entry. Gravity eventually asserts its ...

Ken Block, fifteen52 team up to build awesome Ford Focus TrackSTer

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Making its debut at the Chicago Auto Show, this Ford TrackSTer is a build done in cooperation between Ford, Ken Block and Los Angeles-based tuner, Fifteen52. Starting with a stock 2013 Ford Focus ST, the TrackSTer received extensive styling and performance enhancements. Visually, the TrackSTer has a more aggressive look that includes a new front fascia, vented hood, rear fascia diffuser and rear spoiler, but this car stands out the most with its wide, rally-style wheels ...

September 2012: Top 10 Best-Selling Crossovers

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Crossovers have some pretty well-established favorites among their ranks, and the segment that evolved from the sport utility craze of the 1990s and 2000s is still very much alive, albeit in a more fuel-efficient and family friendly package. In compiling the list of the Top 10 Best-Selling Crossovers for September 2012, some remnants of the truck-based SUV segment placed among the ranks–namely ...

2013 Shelby Focus ST Quick Drive

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When Shelby American President John Luft stopped by Motor Trend headquarters and offered us a quick drive in the production version of the all-new 2013 Shelby Focus ST sporting the complete Shelby kit, we couldn’t say no. Our tester came in Oxford White with the Azure Blue Shelby Competition graphics package – just one of the three graphics package, which also includes Checkered Flag Splash and Shelby Traditional stripes – as well as the optional ...

Couple sues Ford because Escape lemon replacement is wrong color [w/poll]

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The self-proclaimed 'King of Lemon Laws' strikes again. This time with a couple in Wisconsin whose 2010 Ford Escape was in the shop for more than 30 days within the first year of ownership due to transmission problems. The couple hired Vince Megna after Ford replaced their Sangria Red Escape (shown above) with a stone-colored interior with a Steel Blue 2012 model with a darker charcoal-colored interior. Ford claims that it properly followed the procedure of ...

Donny Nordlicht: 2012 Year In Review

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Most Memorable Trip: Mini Takes The States Had I been allowed to choose from my entire automotive career, my 36-hour trip to the Austrian Alps to drive a prototype of the 2013 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman would have taken the cake; however, that was last year. Luckily for the cheeky German-owned British carmaker, I took it up on an invitation to join on its bi-annual owner rally, Mini Takes the States. Not only was ...

Motor Trend’s Top 10 Most Popular Web Articles of 2012

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Yes, ladies and gentleman, it’s already that time of year – the time for mistletoe and eleventh-hour overnight shipping; for social gatherings you’d rather not attend, and for family dishes you’ve waited a year to devour. For us, the end of December means reviewing all the work that we’ve produced since the beginning of 2012. To celebrate what’s been a big year at Motor Trend, we’ve gathered our most popular online articles for 2012. The Top ...

Ford sales in China up 21% in 2012, 43% in Dec. alone

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Ford went into the Beijing Motor Show last year talking big about its '15 by 15' plan for China – introducing 15 new models to the market by 2015, doubling production capacity and its dealership network. Its stand at the show showcased four new vehicles – the EcoSport, Kuga, Edge and Explorer CUVs – along with the launch of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost in the Ford Focus (pictured) and convenience features like the Mandarin-enabled SYNC system ...

A Focused Deal: 2013 Ford Focus Electric Leases Include $10,750 in Cash Back

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The 2013 Ford Focus Electric is joining the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt in offering substantial incentives — it appears consumer interest has yet to catch up with the technology advances in alternative-powertrain cars. Through the beginning of April, Ford is offering $10,750 cash back on leased electric Focuses in certain areas, not too different from the 2012 Nissan Leaf incentives we reported on late last year. A 36-month lease on a 2013 Ford Focus Electric ...