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Ford Motor Company Sales Climb 5.7 Percent in March 2013

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Sales of Ford Motor Company products jumped 5.7 percent in March 2013, but you won’t find the major increases in the car division. Instead, the big sales in FoMoCo’s stable came from utilities and trucks last month. Here are some of the winners and losers: Winner: Ford F-Series We know that it’s cliché to say that the Ford F-Series is one of the big winners on the sales sheet, but the truck line jumped 16.3 percent last ...

Feature Flick: Is the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST a Mini Focus ST?

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Fans of affordable and sporty hatchbacks have another car to look forward to this summer, when the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is slated to arrive. In the latest episode of Ignition, host Carlos Lago travels to France to find out if the small hatch is a shrunken-down version of the bigger Focus ST. The Fiesta’s ST formula essentially mimics the Focus. The hot hatch gets upgraded brakes, a sportier suspension, and interior and exterior tweaks that ...

2014 Ford Fusion Won’t Use Three-Cylinder, But New 1.5L EcoBoost I-4

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While Ford’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost four is only three years old, a new EcoBoost four that’s just 0.1-liter smaller will be added to the Fusion lineup in calendar year 2014. The new engine is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost I-4 based on Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost I-3, already on sale in Europe. The 1.0-liter comes to the U.S. in the ’14 Fiesta later this year. Like the 1.0-liter, the 1.5-liter four’s exhaust manifold is integrated into the cylinder head ...

2005-2009 Mustang Gets Shelby Wide Body Kit

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Shelby may have turned its attention to the Ford Focus and F-150 lines lately, but it hasn’t forgotten the Mustang faithful. Shelby American announced this week that its 2013 Shelby GT500 wide body kit will now be available for owners of 2005-2009 Ford Mustangs. The fiberglass body kit is designed to enhance the look of the 2005-2009 Mustang and be functional, as well. The package adds up to six inches of extra fender, which will allow ...

Rumors Video Roundup: Peugeot Car vs. Bike, Battle of the Z Cars, and Classic Cars in Cuba

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In this week’s Rumors Video Roundup, we give out a variety of different videos, and two comparisons, one of classic versus modern sports car, and another comparing a car versus a bicycle. We also take a sneak peek at the coming 2014 Ford Fiesta ST, and see if it lives up to the promise of its bigger brother, the excellent Ford Focus ST. Infiniti CEO Johan De Nysschen talks about the future of the brand, ...

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., ...

Spied: Facelifted Ford Focus Testing In Europe

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The Ford Focus is expected to go under the knife soon for its mid-cycle refresh, and this prototype caught testing in the snow could give us our first look at the updated compact. If not the refreshed model, this mule could be an early version of the upcoming Focus RS, with its ST-like dual central exhaust and large front grille. The headlights appear similar to those of the standard Focus, lacking the in-housing LEDs strips of ...

Hennessey Debuts SVT Raptor-Based VelociRaptor SUV

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The Velociraptor was one of the most feared dinosaurs, but Hennessey Performance’s VelociRaptor is a bit nicer than that: it’s a 411-horsepower three-row SUV based on the 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. We know the statistics by now: the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has a 411-horsepower, 434 lb-ft, 6.2-liter V-8 and a set of Fox Racing Shox with 11 inches of front and 12 inches of rear suspension travel. The result is one of the most ...

Chevrolet Camaro Leads March Sports Car Sales

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The Chevrolet Camaro is again the best-selling sports car in the U.S., edging out its crosstown pony car rivals at Ford and Dodge for first place. Together, the three American muscle cars lead the sub-$100,000 sports car segment, besting vehicles like the Scion FR-S and Nissan 370Z. Even though an updated model is just around the corner, the Chevrolet Camaro still leads the segment by a decent margin with 8102 sold last month, bringing its year-to-date ...

Inside The 2013 Ford Focus ST

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It’s frustrating that many people in the USA continue to see the Ford Focus as a cheap, basic economy car. Maybe it’s a hangover from the small-car hatchback stereotype. Maybe it’s that Ford only recently begun to improve its image here. Given the features and available options inside the newest Focus, it’s anything but an economy car. The Focus ST can be had with items that were only found on luxury cars not long ago. ...
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