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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 ...

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., ...

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. ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition Unveiled

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If you have your heart set on scrambling across the rocky trails of Moab in a ruby-red F-150 Raptor with luxurious seats trimmed in brick red, then the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition will be for you when it goes on sale this fall.  This special edition of the 2014 Ford F-150 Raptor is all about the way it looks. The ruby-red metallic paint is complemented by special graphics for the cargo box, while ...

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 ...

2013 Ford Fusion Energi Snags NHTSA Five-Star Rating

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Despite the added weight and complexity, the Ford Fusion Energi matched–and even exceeded–the ratings of its conventional and hybrid siblings in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s crash tests. All three of Ford’s 2013 Fusions– the Fusion, to the Fusion Hybrid, and the Fusion Energi–received five out of five stars in overall ratings by NHTSA. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also gave the Fusion its coveted “Top Safety Pick+” rating, following an “acceptable” rating in ...
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