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UPDATED: This Is NOT The 2015 Mazda 3

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch has issued its annual “Car Wars” analysis of the automotive industry, and we’ve found a couple of gems found within the 2014-2017 industry roadmap. Most notable is that ML has included an image of what looks to be the 2015 Mazda 3 hatchback. EDIT: That’s not the case, as the image was apparently lifted from a Carscoop rendering. We’ve already spotted the 2015 Mazda 3 clad in camouflage out testing numerous ...

Camry Leads Midsize Sales in May, Altima Outsells Fusion

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There’s a new sales leader in the midsize segment thanks to 39,216 customers who purchased the Toyota Camry. Meanwhile, Honda sold 33,218 Accords, which puts it in the number-two spot. The third-place Nissan Altima and fourth-place Ford Fusion swapped positions, with 31,950 and 29,553 units sold respectively. The Chevrolet Malibu slid, moving to sixth place with 18,899 sales. As we recently reported, a refreshed Malibu is slated to arrive in showrooms this fall, sporting a mildly ...

2014 Ford Fusion 1.5-Liter Engine Specifications Confirmed

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Ford has released more details on a new engine addition for the 2014 Fusion, as well as detailing other trim and equipment upgrades to the midsize sedan. The biggest change for the 2014 Ford Fusion is the addition of a 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbo-four engine. It will replace the 1.6-liter EcoBoost as the Fusion’s volume engine, but returns better fuel economy. Ford confirmed that the new 1.5-liter engine will produce 178 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, ...

Feature Flick: Ken Block Slides a Ford Fiesta ST in Budapest

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The Ford Fiesta ST may have a smaller stature and fewer horsepower than its bigger brother, the Focus ST. No worries: rally star Ken Block borrowed a closed ice rink in Budapest to show that the Fiesta ST is probably no less fun to drive, and we’ve got the video to prove it. The ice rink in question in the capital city of Hungary, although it didn’t appear to have any ice on it. No worries: ...

Ford Mustang To Star In “Need For Speed” Movie

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A customized Ford Mustang will serve as one of the stars in an upcoming movie adaptation of the “Need For Speed” video game franchise. A modified Ford F-450 truck, dubbed “The Beast,” will also star in the new film. UPDATE: A report from Jalopnik suggests that the movie car doesn’t actually produce 900 hp. Instead, that figure may represent what the fictional car will make in the film. We reached out to Ford for comment on ...

Honda CR-V Is Best-Selling CUV In April 2013

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It appears the Honda CR-V got tired of being second-best for the first three months of this year, as the Japanese CUV snubbed the first position from the Ford Escape with 26,519 units sold in April. Below those two rivals, the Chevrolet Equinox (20,965 units sold) sat comfortably in the third spot once again. Stationed at the fourth and fifth spots are the Toyota RAV4 (18,541) and Nissan Rogue (11,904), respectively; both have remained there for ...

Cocktail Chatter: April 19, 2013

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What cocktails go best with all this car chatter? Automobilemag.com is here to help with weekly recipes. Remember, this is for talking about cars, not driving — always designate a driver. We were teased with a taste of summer-like temperatures here in Ann Arbor this week, so to fool ourselves into thinking that summer is upon us, we’re drinking the very summery margarita fizz this week. Combine four ounces of brut champagne with one ounce ...

Gran Turismo 6 is Coming to PlayStation 3, Demo Announced

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Gran Turismo 6 is coming. In celebration of the franchise’s 15th anniversary, Sony today announced its signature racing game Gran Turismo 6 is in development, and will arrive on shelves this holiday season. A playable demo is scheduled to arrive in July. Sony touts Gran Turismo 6 as bringing new levels of realism and authenticity to the sim racing genre. GT6 boasts an entirely new game and physics engine, the latter of which includes a new ...

NHTSA Investigating Power Loss In Ford F-150 EcoBoost Engines

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating reports that the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engines in the Ford F-150 can stumble and lose power. The agency has received 95 reports of pickup truck engines stumbling or misfiring on the highway, which can lead to a loss of power. The stalling problem affects the 2011-2013 Ford F-150 equipped with an EcoBoost twin-turbocharged engine, and about a third of the complaints occurred during wet or humid weather. NHTSA ...

Honda Accord is April’s Top-Selling Midsize Sedan

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Honda sold 33,538 Accords last month, putting it in first place in the midsize car segment. And for the second month in a row, the Toyota Camry has been relegated to the number-two spot, with 31,710 units sold. The Ford Fusion (26,722 copies sold) stays put in third place. The Nissan Altima finished the month with 21,991 units sold, putting it in fourth place — a sharp drop from its first-place ranking during March when more ...