Author Archives: Rebecca Nunnery

Ford Motor Company Sales Climb 5.7 Percent in March 2013

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Sales of Ford Motor Company products jumped 5.7 percent in March 2013, but you won’t find the major increases in the car division. Instead, the big sales in FoMoCo’s stable came from utilities and trucks last month. Here are some of the winners and losers: Winner: Ford F-Series We know that it’s cliché to say that the Ford F-Series is one of the big winners on the sales sheet, but the truck line jumped 16.3 percent last ...

Ford offering app developers $50k reward for achieving better fuel economy

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Ford may be the first to open up both its hardware and software platforms to outsiders. Ford Motor Co., stung in recent months over complaints that some of its hybrids are achieving fuel economy well below the advertised miles-per-gallon, said today it is opening up its vehicle architecture to both hardware and software developers to help the company create vehicles with better mileage and to help consumers better manage their driving habits. 'We have found that there ...

Watch these videos of an NHRA racer’s bodywork blowing off into a crowd

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Just a few months ago, fan safety at racetracks was a hot topic following the last-lap NASCAR Nationwide Series crash at Daytona that sent large pieces of racecars into the grandstands injuring 33 fans. Now, a freak incident at a National Hot Rod Association event resulted in a drag racer's bodywork flying into the crowd at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte over the weekend. The carbon-fiber body of Robert Hight's Ford Mustang funny car ...

Ford and AAA Hosted the 64th Student Auto Skills National Finals

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This week, Ford and AAA held the 64th annual Student Auto Skills National Finals in Dearborn, MI. The Student Auto Skills National Finals brings the top young automotive minds in the U.S. together and pits them in a timed race to solve “real world” automotive challenges – both digital and mechanical. “From connected cars to alternative fuels, automotive technology is advancing at a faster pace than we have ever seen and tomorrow’s technicians need to be ...

2014 Ford Fiesta SFE Hits 41 MPG Highway

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The 2014 Ford Fiesta SFE (Super Fuel Economy) is now boasting the highest highway MPG in the subcompact class. The EPA rates the 2014 Fiesta SFE at 30 City/41 Highway/34 Combined. The SFE Package adds to a Fiesta hatchback or sedan equipped with the PowerShift automatic transmission and a set of low rolling-resistance tires, unique aerodynamic parts, and underbody shielding that reduce the car’s aerodynamic drag. “The 2014 model is shaping up to be a game changer ...

Ford Explorer Production Begins In Russia

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Ford is looking to make the Explorer a truly global model. After announcing last year that it would sell the crossover in China, it began production of the model in Russia this week. Building the Explorer in Russia is an important move for the Blue Oval because SUVs accounted for some 31 percent of the Russian new-car market last year, according to the automaker. Despite being sold in 64 different countries and exporting over 24,000 vehicles ...

Life Begins Over 40: 2014 Ford Fiesta SFE Gets Estimated 41-mpg Highway Rating

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Ford announced today that its subcompact 2014 Fiesta has been rated at an EPA-estimated 41 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg in the city when fitted with the Super Fuel Economy (SFE) package. The SFE package is available on the Fiesta SE with the 1.6-liter four-cylinder and the six-speed automatic transmission, which utilizes dual dry clutches and parallel gear sets. The clutches are computer controlled and the actual shifting is done by electromechanical actuators, ...

Hot Rod Ranchero: Alaska Or Bust, Part Two

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Last we left Hot Rod’s David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, the pair were shooting off fireworks in the still of a Canadian night – but weren’t able to restart their crusty but (occasionally) trusty 1968 Ford Ranchero, thanks to a flaky electrical system. But did the second attempt at a journey to Alaska come to an end right then and there? We won’t spoil the whole thing for you, but as you can see from the ...

Ford celebrates 1 millionth Mustang built at Flat Rock

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Yesterday, the Ford Mustang turned 49 years old, and Ford didn't miss the opportunity to celebrate the one millionth version of the Mustang rolling off the assembly line at the Flat Rock Assembly plant. Production of the Mustang at Flat Rock coincided with the fifth-generation design launching in 2004, and the one millionth car was the car shown above, a 2014 GT convertible painted in Ruby Red. In total, Ford has sold more than 8.5 million ...
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