Ford mulling EcoSport for US? [w/poll]

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'We certainly have that ability. We're studying it very, very closely.' Those are the words of Jim Farley, global head of sales, marketing, service at Ford. The investigation Farley is referring to is the possibility of selling the company's new EcoSport crossover in America. The diminutive Fiesta-based EcoSport was developed for emerging markets like Brazil and, more recently, China, but it apparently may have a future ...

Ford will pass its own annual hybrid record seven months early

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What used to take Ford a year now takes less than five months. The automaker continues to expand its stable of hybrid-electric and plug-in vehicle models, and that's one reason why the company is about to pass its previous annual hybrid-sales record this month, Bloomberg News says. Through the first four months of the year, Ford's advanced-powertrain sales increased almost fivefold to more than 30,000 units, ...

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 ...

2014 Ford Fusion 1.5-Liter EcoBoost Specs Revealed; MPG Numbers Not Yet Released

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In the first model year of the drastically upgraded, redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion, it was introduced with a new 178-horsepower, 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. The little turbocharged engine is the Fusion’s volume seller. So why, in its second year, is Ford relegating the 1.6-liter engine to the back burner behind a new ...

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 ...

Pickup prices rising at 2x industry average

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We've said it before, but bears repeating: Pickup trucks are the financial engines of America's automakers. Good thing, then, that the segment is in rude health – in fact, Automotive News is suggesting that pickup truck sales are arguably healthier than they were pre-recession, even though the segment's volume is still significantly down from where it was before the bottom fell out of the US ...

Recall Alert: Ford F-150 EcoBoost Engine Under Investigation for Losing Power During Acceleration

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If you own a 2011 or later Ford F-150 that’s equipped with an EcoBoost engine, listen up. The U.S. government has opened up an investigation into F-150s that rely on the EcoBoost V-6 engine for motivation, as some have been reported to lose power while accelerating. In all, the government’s investigation covers ...

Ford offering app developers $50k reward for achieving better fuel economy

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Ford may be the first to open up both its hardware and software platforms to outsiders. Ford Motor Co., stung in recent months over complaints that some of its hybrids are achieving fuel economy well below the advertised miles-per-gallon, said today it is opening up its vehicle architecture to both hardware and software developers to help the company create vehicles with better mileage and to help ...

Ford Announces The EcoBoost Challenge

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Ford is doing a thirteen city tour called the EcoBoost Challenge which will allow consumers to drive Ford products such as the Escape, Fusion, and the upcoming Fiesta ST. The tour will include events like the ST Performance Academy, a hyper-mile challenge for Ford hybrid vehicles and head-to-head competitive drives on a challenge course. “Ford is delivering on its promise to give fuel-efficiency-minded customers the power ...