Author Archives: Ross Cruz

120 Dealerships Sue Carfax for $50 Million for Allegedly Violating Antitrust Laws

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“Show me the Carfax,” you say to a salesperson as he or she walks around the vehicle of your dreams. You know to say this because it’s a phrase that’s been ingrained in your consumer psyche. Little do you know that there are other companies that will show you the same information about a used car for less money. Dealers claim they didn’t know, either. Carfax ...

Exotics Roundup: 2013 New York International Auto Show

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Rolls-Royce Wraith Although it made its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the Rolls-Royce Wraith is still making waves. As the most powerful Rolls-Royce yet, the new Wraith delivers 624 brake horsepower, going from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds. Debuting along with the vehicle is the company’s Satellite Aided Transmission, which uses the GPS mapping data to preselect the correct ...

Ford Focus vs. Toyota Corolla: Which One is Sales Champ?

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Both Toyota and Ford claim to have the world’s top-selling car for the second time in seven months, and once again demonstrate that claiming that title isn’t as simple as just counting cars. Yesterday Ford claimed its Focus was the leading car with 1.02 cars sold, according to data compiled by R.L. Polk & Co.; that same data claimed Toyota sold 872,774 ...

Hyundai Elantra Leads March Compact Sales

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Honda, Hyundai is knocking at your door. March 2013 sales saw a few major changes in the compact segment, with the Hyundai Elantra moving up to third place, right behind the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. A new model might be just around the corner, but that isn’t stopping Toyota from selling Corollas by the bundle; Toyota sold 31,423 Corollas last month, an 11.1-percent sales increase as compared to March of last year (sales include Matrix). ...

Shelby boosts production of 575-hp Raptor on early demand

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Shelby American unveiled its all-new Shelby Raptor at the New York Auto Show last month, saying that it would build just 100 examples of its off-road bad boy, a pickup priced at $17,995 over the cost of the donor Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. But the Las Vegas outfit apparently underestimated just how popular the supercharged 575-horsepower 4x4 would actually be. Strong early demand reportedly has Shelby singing a whole new tune, as the company is now ...

Thread of the Day: Would You Spend $40,000 on a Modified Focus ST?

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The 2013 Ford Focus ST already packs quite a punch with its 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, but that hasn’t stopped aftermarket companies from putting their own spin on the new hot hatch. We’ve driven the Shelby Focus ST and today shared details on the Tanner Foust Edition Focus ST, and it’s got us wondering: Would you spend about $40,000 on a highly modified Ford Focus ST or drive a stock version of another car? Both the ...

Spied: 2015 Ford F-150 Prototype May Have Five-Lug Wheels

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The disguised pickup trucks caught by our spy shooter are most likely early development versions of the next-generation Ford F-150. The new truck will probably debut next year as a 2015 model. While it’s too early to draw any real conclusions about styling, it appears these prototypes retain the chrome Gillette-style front grille of today’s model. Our spy photographers suggest this could be a prototype of a Ford F-100, a sub-model designed to offer a smaller ...

Report: Ford Recalling 6500 Focuses, C-Maxes, and Escapes for Locks

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According to The Detroit News, Ford is recalling 6534 units of the 2013 Focus, C-Max, and Escape models. The recall concerns faulty child locks on the left rear door, which could potentially fail. The Problem: The report states that “the child lock may not engage when the operator uses normal turning force to activate the child lock, and the operator may incorrectly believe the child lock is engaged.” The issue stems from a mixed stock ...

2014 Ford Fiesta ST Starts at $22,195, Base Fiesta at $14,795

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Pricing for the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST has been announced. It’ll cost interested buyers $22,195 to get into the new pint-sized hot hatch when it goes on sale later this year. For those looking for something a little less sporty, Ford has also announced that the base 2014 Fiesta will start at just under $15,000. The 2014 Fiesta ST’s base price is slightly less than its Focus ST big brother, which is listed at $24,495 ...