Author Archives: Stanley Parker

Behind the Wheel: 2013 Ford Fusion Energi

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The battle between hybrids heats up with the introduction of the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi. With the same exterior and interior styling as the gas model, this plug-in hybrid lets you go green in style. Don’t you want a car that gets an EPA-estimated combined range of 100 mpg and looks great? Check out the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi. With better mileage, ...

Our Weekend With A Ford F-650 Tow Truck

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Yes, our title is Automobile, but some of our staffers haven’t outgrown their childhood Tonka Truck phase. That helps explain why, when Ford called and offered up a brand-new 2013 F-650 rollback tow-truck, we immediately said yes – even before we knew exactly what we were going to do with it. Let’s start with the truck itself. As the name suggests, the 2013 F-650 is Ford’s offering in the class 6 medium duty truck market. Its ...

Ford Focus was best-selling nameplate in 2012

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Last August, Ford made a few waves by claiming that the Ford Focus was, at that point, the top-selling car in the world. The automaker failed to account for variations of the Toyota Corolla wearing a different name (such as the Auris and Matrix), however. With official data from Polk coming in now, Ford is able to say that the Focus was, in fact, the best-selling nameplate in the world last year. Using new-car registrations (which ...

2013 Ford Mustang V6

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Secretary Trim, Evolved There was a time not so long ago when opting for a base Ford Mustang meant getting little more than some sheetmetal, an anemic four-cylinder engine and what may very well have been the world's most disappointing automatic transmission. During the Fox Body years, Ford seemed hell-bent on living up to Carroll Shelby's derogatory description of the coupe as little more than a runabout for demure office assistants, and the result was a ...

Autoblog Podcast #326

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Easter Jeep Safari concepts, Shelby 1000, 2014 Cadillac CTS and Mercedes CLA45 AMG leaks Episode #326 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth and Zach Bowman talk about this year's Easter Jeep Safari concepts, the 1,200-horsepower Shelby 1000 and leaked images of the 2014 Cadillac CTS and Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG. We wrap with your questions and emails, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks ...

Ford, GM to collaborate on 9- and 10-speed transmissions

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Back in October, there were reports that General Motors and Ford Motor Company were hard at work co-developing new nine- and ten-speed automatic transmissions, and now both automakers have confirmed this joint operation. While there are no specific vehicles mentioned to receive either transmission, a collaborative press release issued by GM and Ford mention that the transmission will be designed for front- and rear-wheel-drive cars, crossovers, trucks and SUVs. These aren't the first powertrain components developed ...

Five Questions with Gordon Platto, Head Designer of the Ford Atlas

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Unless you’ve been living under a really big rock for the past five months, you’re well aware of the Ford Atlas and all of the hype it has created. You also probably know how Ford unveiled the Atlas less than 24 hours after Chevrolet pulled the satin sheet off the C7 Corvette Stingray at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. After ...

New York 2013: Shelby Raptor Debuts With 575-HP V-8, Custom Graphics

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As we suspected when Shelby hinted its next vehicle won’t be Mustang-based, the tuning firm has unveiled a Shelby version of the 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor at the New York auto show. The Shelby Raptor boasts unique graphics and a supercharged engine, and joins the Shelby Focus ST and 1200-hp Shelby 1000 S/C on stage in the big apple. A 2.9-liter supercharger is used to raise power of the stock SVT Raptor’s 6.2-liter V-8 from ...

2013 Ford Fusion Energi earns five-star safety rating from NHTSA

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The Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid has had a charmed life so far. Qualifying for California HOV lane status and getting impressive range and miles per gallon equivalent numbers are all bound to help its market image. Now, the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi has earned a five-star Overall Vehicle Score, the highest possible, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA tests measured vehicle performance and safety in frontal and side-impact crash test, along with ...
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