Author Archives: Rodney Kenney

Video: Ford’s Doug Scott Talks Trucks

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For this installment of Motor Trend’s Wide Open Throttle, Ford Truck’s Marketing Manager Doug Scott sits down with some big names to talk about the show-stopping Atlas Concept and its controversial debut. So what else can Ed Loh, Johnny Lieberman, Allyson Harwood, John Cappa, and Doug Scott possibly talk about than the Atlas concept? Well, more trucks. The video starts out with all ...

Ford Recalls 389,378 Vehicles For Fuel Leaks, Shock Risk, Faulty Steering

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2013 Ford Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion; 2013 Lincoln MKS, MKT, MKZ The Problem: A module within the fuel tank could leak; customers might smell fuel or see it leaking onto the ground. Although no fires or injuries have been reported thus far, Ford cautions that flames or heat near the leak could cause a fire. The Fix: Ford will replace the fuel tank delivery module free of charge. Number Of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 389,151 cars in the U.S., ...

2014 Ford Fusion 1.5-Liter EcoBoost Specs Revealed; MPG Numbers Not Yet Released

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In the first model year of the drastically upgraded, redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion, it was introduced with a new 178-horsepower, 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. The little turbocharged engine is the Fusion’s volume seller. So why, in its second year, is Ford relegating the 1.6-liter engine to the back burner behind a new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine? Further, how powerful is it going to ...

Autoblog Podcast #327

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New York Auto Show, Jim Farley interview, 2014 Chevrolet Silverado fuel economy, Ford fuel economy app challenge Episode #327 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Zach Bowman and Jeff Ross talk about this year's New York Auto Show, Chevrolet's latest assault in the pickup truck fuel economy battle, and Ford's reward for developing a better fuel economy app. Dan also has an interview with Ford's Jim Farley about the future of ...

Daimler consulting with Ford about 3-cylinder engines

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Soon enough, Ford will offer its 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine under the hood of the Fiesta here in the United States, building on the success of the small powerplant overseas. In fact, this success has caused other automakers to take notice, and according to Automotive News Europe, Daimler is now talking to Ford about this engine for use in its own products. In other markets, Ford offers the 1.0-liter mill under the hood of the Focus ...

Reborn Ford Escort could make its way to Europe

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The Ford Escort concept just unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show was created with the Chinese market in mind, but it's got people talking all over the world. Not purely fancy, the point of the Escort concept was to give Chinese buyers a preview of what they could expect to see in a Ford showroom in the near future. If Ford wasn't seriously considering the new Escort for other countries, a report in Auto Express ...

Ford Offering Focus ST, Fiesta ST Test Drives At EcoBoost Challenge

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Want to get behind the wheel of a Ford Focus ST or the upcoming Fiesta ST? The Blue Oval will give fans a chance this summer with a thirteen-city tour called the EcoBoost Challenge. In addition to driving the hot hatchbacks, the EcoBoost challenge will also let drivers test Ford hybrid vehicles. Each of the Ford EcoBoost Challenge events will also feature a special “hypermiling” course, with instructors showing drivers how to get the best fuel ...

Quoth the Falcon, Nevermore: Why Ford’s Closing Its Australian Production Facilities

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In the end, the timing came as a surprise, even if the outcome was long considered a foregone conclusion. Dearborn’s final decision to pull the plug on Ford’s 88-year-old Australian manufacturing operations was announced at a press conference in Melbourne Thursday morning—absent of the usual drip of leaks that tend to accompany an announcement of this significance. It isn’t quite the end for Ford’s local operations just yet, with production set to continue until October of ...

Ford Takes Autobytel’s 2013 Sedan, Alternative Fuel, and Car of the Year Awards

Ford walked away with three Autobytel awards for 2013. First was the new Ford C-Max Hybrid taking home the 2013 Autobytel Alternative Fuel Car of the Year award. The editorial staff praised the C-Max Hybrid’s 47 MPG in city, highway, and combined cycles, amount of space, and very unique styling. Second was the new Ford Fusion midsize sedan which took home both the 2013 Autobytel Sedan of the Year and Autobytel Car of the Year. ...
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