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J-Turn Series Debut Features 2013 Ford Mustang Doing J-Turns and Rockfords

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Host Jessi Lang kicks off the second season of Motor Trend videos on YouTube with a fresh new show called The J-Turn. Not surprisingly, the first episode is dedicated to the special maneuver from which her show is named – the J-Turn. She teams up with Roadkill host David Freiburger as the two tear up a wide-open parking lot with a 2013 Ford Mustang and a Dodge Challenger. Freiburger starts the episode by distinguishing J-Turns from ...

Blue Oval’s new Cargo cab-over rig is largest “One Ford” initiative yet

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The imposing commercial truck above has a feature that might be surprising to most Autoblog readers – a Blue Oval emblem on the front. Here in North America, Ford simply doesn't play in the eighteen-wheeler sandbox, but that doesn't mean that the Dearborn-based automaker is absent in the heavy hauling space in other parts of the globe. In fact, Ford presently fields two completely different big rig ranges under the Cargo moniker – one a ...

Top 10 Most Popular Car Reviews Of 2012

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Each year we review dozens of new cars, encompassing everything from the cheapest subcompacts to the most powerful supercars. This year was no different, as our staff spread out across the globe to drive brand-new cars, updated cars, and occasionally cars that hadn’t changed at all for several years. Some car reviews proved more popular than others, as evidenced by this list of the top 10 most popular new-car reviews we published in 2012. 10. ...

Ford Gives The Dirt On The 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet

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The Ford Mustang Cobra Jet turnkey drag car has a long list of accomplishments that includes holding more records for Stock and Super Stock classes in 2012 than any other model, being a four-time winner in the NHRA national event, having its own race series, and its own drag racing school. Ford Racing hopes to continue that trend with the introduction of the 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet. For the 2014 model, Ford Racing installed a new ...

Ford Escape Overtakes Honda CR-V in January Compact Crossover Sales

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Back with a vengeance, the Ford Escape proved more popular than the Honda CR-V — the 2012 compact crossover king — besting it by more than 2000 units in January. Not only does the CR-V (17,809 units) have the Escape to worry about, but also the Chevrolet Equinox, which was behind the Honda by only 600 units, with 17,223 examples sold. The Toyota RAV4 earned a solid spot in fourth place with 11,610 sold, while ...

2013 Ford Fusion Energi Gets 100 MPGe Combined Rating

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Although Ford has come under scrutiny lately for its allegedly overly-optimistic fuel economy ratings for its hybrid vehicles, the Fusion and C-Max, the company is claiming a 100 MPGe figure for the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid sedan, the average of its 108 MPGe city and 92 MPGe higway rating. These figures are the same as those claimed for the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid 5-door. Ford is touting the Fusion Energi as America’s “most fuel efficient sedan.” ...

Nine Customized Mustangs Headed to Ford’s Display at SEMA Show

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Ford’s Mustang has long been a favorite target of tuners, so it’s no surprise the Blue Oval’s stand at this year’s SEMA show will be home to a range of modified Stangs. Here’s a look at how each tuning entity will tweak the pony car. Ford Vehicle Personalization (above) This Mustang GT shows off parts available from the Ford Custom Accessories catalog. Outside, this includes a new rear wing, faux side scoops behind the doors, a billet ...

Ford sales in China up 21% in 2012, 43% in Dec. alone

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Ford went into the Beijing Motor Show last year talking big about its '15 by 15' plan for China – introducing 15 new models to the market by 2015, doubling production capacity and its dealership network. Its stand at the show showcased four new vehicles – the EcoSport, Kuga, Edge and Explorer CUVs – along with the launch of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost in the Ford Focus (pictured) and convenience features like the Mandarin-enabled SYNC system ...

A Focused Deal: 2013 Ford Focus Electric Leases Include $10,750 in Cash Back

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The 2013 Ford Focus Electric is joining the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt in offering substantial incentives — it appears consumer interest has yet to catch up with the technology advances in alternative-powertrain cars. Through the beginning of April, Ford is offering $10,750 cash back on leased electric Focuses in certain areas, not too different from the 2012 Nissan Leaf incentives we reported on late last year. A 36-month lease on a 2013 Ford Focus Electric ...

Sales Success: Ford Explorer Celebrates its 23rd Anniversary Today

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Twenty three years ago today, the Ford Explorer hit the market as a 1991 model and it instantly became a success story. Although it wasn’t the first SUV inexpensive SUV, the Explorer blended truck capability and comfortable family car qualities into one vehicle. As the Ford Explorer celebrates its 23rd anniversary, we’re recapping the highlights from then until now. Replacing the Bronco, the first Explorer in 1991 debuted as a two- or four-door, and it ...