Author Archives: Simon Sells

The big dune jump and the damage done

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The Silver Lake sand dunes see their fair share of well-built trophy trucks executing impressive jumps. Drivers build insane pieces of machinery for the express purpose of sailing through the air like mad men and women. Mike Higgins is no stranger to the area. His heavily modified Ford trophy truck has gone flying through the sky on more than one occasion, but he recently bit off more than he could chew. After hitting a particularly lofty ...

Video: Tour the Garage of Mr. Hot Wheels

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Plenty of car enthusiasts want nothing more than to grow up to be car designers. On the latest episode of Hot Rod Unlimited we meet designer Larry Wood, a retired Hot Wheels designer, who tells us about his career at Mattel as well as what real cars he’s got in his garage Like many enthusiasts, Wood began his obsession with cars after picking up a magazine. Wood doodled hot rods all through high school, and afterward ...

Ford Mondeo with 1.5-liter EcoBoost debuts in China

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Does the car above, posing fancifully in white, look familiar? Well, it should. Although it wears Mondeo badges in the form you see above for the Chinese market – as it does in Europe – the car is basically the same thing sold in the US as the Ford Fusion. Of course, it's what's under that shapely skin that counts. Ford has chosen the Shanghai Motor Show as the venue at which to unveil its 1.5-liter ...

All-American Ford Explorer to be Built in Russia

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For the first time in the vehicle’s history of the vehicle, the Ford Explorer will be produced outside of the U.S. at Ford Sollers Elabuga Assembly Plant in the Republic of Tatarstan, solely for the Russian market. Before this, only partially assembled Explorers were built outside of the states, including the Russian plant. As consumers worldwide have embraced the Ford Explorer, sales increased ...

Dissecting the 2013 Ford Focus ST’s Powertrain

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The 2013 Ford Focus ST’s engine is quite a beast. The all-aluminum, turbocharged 2.0-liter four develops an impressive 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The soon-to-be-replaced, sixth-generation Volkswagen GTI’s engine is of similar spec but is only rated at 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. The powerful Ford also carries excellent EPA fuel economy numbers: 23 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. On paper, this is an impressive powertrain. But as with any engine, ...

2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 4×4 EcoBoost Long-Term Update 3

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The Ford continues to be busy at work. This time around, Testing Director Kim Reynolds went to northern California on two different occasions to move large objects back to Southern California. On the first trip, Reynolds picked up a washing machine, a task that took a bit of work (it was heavy, and he was working alone), but he got it done. ...

Ford to Give Customers First Crack at 2014 Fiesta ST at 13-City EcoBoost Challenge

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If nothing excites you quite like the prospect of a lightweight, turbocharged 2014 Ford Fiesta ST being flung across a wide-open parking lot at speed, we have a treat for you. Ford is bringing back its EcoBoost Challenge, a 13-city tour of turbocharged goodness, to a metropolitan area near you. The premise of the EcoBoost Challenge is to highlight Ford’s powertrain technology: direct ...

Top 10 March Sales Surprises: Big (and Small) Sales From Unexpected Places

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How in the Corolla? Despite getting replaced later this year with an all-new model based on the Corolla Furia concept, the Toyota Corolla is somehow still outselling all of its competition, posting combined sales of 31,423 units including the Matrix hatchback. Runner-up was the Honda Civic, which was refreshed (and much improved) in only its second model year, selling 27,665. Third was the ...
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