Tag archives for Compact

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 ...

Shanghai 2013: Return of the Escort

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Ford Motor Company set a sales record in China last month, selling 81,387 vehicles, a 65 percent increase over March ’12. Still, that’s small beer next to arch-rival General Motors, whose March ’13 sales rose 12.6 percent, to 290,538 cars and trucks. More China-centric products built with local partner Changan Ford will help the Blue Oval close the gap with its rivals there. The C-segment — compacts — accounts for about 5.5 million sales in China per year, ...

Ford Reportedly Moving Next-Gen Fiesta Production from Mexico To Thailand

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Since CEO Alan Mulally took the helm in 2006, Ford Motor Company morphed from a multinational enterprise characterized by regional fiefdoms, to a truly global operation building cars on common platforms worldwide. Although names and some specifications may vary from market-to-market, this global commonality has allowed the company to shift its production mix from continent to continent, moving quickly to optimize output to the demand of specific markets. According to a report from The Detroit ...

EcoSport Subcompact Crossover Not Coming to U.S.

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While the Ford EcoSport will be available in 62 countries by 2017, the U.S. won’t be one of them. That’s what Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president of global marketing, said earlier this week, The Detroit News reports. Farley added that those plans could change if demand for subcompact crossovers increases in the U.S. Until then, though, the Fiesta-based EcoSport will be sold in developing and growing markets such as India and Brazil. While the EcoSport ...

2014 Ford Fiesta SFE Hits 41 MPG Highway

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Minor updates to its aerodynamic components and powertrain calibration allows the 2014 Ford Fiesta to achieve 41 mpg on the highway, with the optional Super Fuel Economy package. That’s up from 40 mpg for the 2013 model; the Fiesta SFE’s city rating also inches up from 29 to 30 mpg. The SFE package is offered on the 2014 Ford Fiesta SE sedan and hatchback, but only with the car’s optional six-speed dual-clutch transmission. It includes low ...

2014 Ford Fiesta ST Rated for 26/35 MPG

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Ford released estimated fuel economy figures for the 2014 Fiesta ST. The subcompact hot hatch achieves 26/35 mpg city/highway, along with a combined figure of 29 mpg. The new fuel economy ratings put the Fiesta ST roughly mid-pack among its competition, the Mini Cooper S, Fiat 500 Abarth, and Chevrolet Sonic RS. Buyers looking for more frugal fun may do better to head over to a Fiat showroom, since the 500 Abarth achieves a combined score ...

Honda Civic Leads May Compact Sales, Elantra Drops Two Spots

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Sales of the Honda Civic continue to climb since its 2013 refresh, with the compact hanging on to the first-place finish it earned in April. Though the Hyundai Elantra came in second place behind the Civic a month prior, the Korean compact slipped two spots behind the Toyota Corolla and Ford Fusion in May. Honda sold 30,268 Civics last month, beating all of its competitors by a wide margin. Although those sales represent a 9.6-percent year-over-year ...

Ford Focus is World’s Top-Selling Car

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Tip your hat to the Ford Focus: the sedan/hatchback nameplate sold an impressive 1.02 million units last year, making it the world’s most popular single model of car. The information comes courtesy of Polk, which recently finished its survey of world new-car registration data. When all was said and done, Polk says that Ford scored three of the top spots with the Ford Focus, Fiesta, and F-Series. The success of the Ford Focus is an international one, ...

2014 Toyota Corolla Versus Rivals: By The Numbers

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The Toyota Corolla has long been one of the bestselling models in its class, but how will the new car stack up in the crowded compact sedan segment? To see, we pitted the 2014 Toyota Corolla sedan’s specifications against those of its closest rivals. As the chart below reveals, the segment is relatively homogenous. Four-cylinder engines of 1.8- to 2.0-liters dominate, and all the cars are within a few inches of one anothers’ dimensions. The 2014 ...