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Ford’s Flat Rock, MI Plant Celebrates Millionth Mustang

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It’s a good year for the Ford Mustang: the iconic muscle car turns 50 at next year’s New York Auto Show, and now we hear that the Flat Rock, Michigan plant responsible for making the cars just made its one-millionth Mustang. While the Mustang’s been in continuous production for some 49 years now, the plant that makes the pony car hasn’t always been the same. The Mustang’s home base was the famous River Rouge assembly plant ...

Rumors Video Roundup: Off-Roading on the Cheap, Spock vs. Spock, Jaguar F-Type

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This week’s Rumors video roundup brings everything from the pristine and posh to the low-buck down and dirty. We start off with a first drive of Jaguar’s new F-Type roadster, Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto have a battle of Vulcan wits courtesy of Audi, and Jonny Lieberman pits two icons of upscale SUVs, the Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen against each other off-road and on-pavement. Finally, we get a detailed explanation of what makes Subarus Subarus, ...

Today In History: 1964 Ford Mustang Debuts

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Ford’s millionth Mustang built in Flat Rock announcement isn’t the only bit of Ford sports car history to fall on April 17. For instance, April 17 is when the Ford Mustang first made its public debut some 49 years ago. Ford vice president Lee Iacocca had been lobbying for a “poor man’s Thunderbird” since 1961, but the finished product – the Falcon-based Ford Mustang – didn’t become reality for another three years. After years of hinting ...

Top 10 Cheapest Convertibles

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The weather is warmer, the days are longer, spring has arrived, and we find ourselves once again lusting after a top-down road trip. While few of us can enjoy the glamor of, say, a Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible (MSRP: $238,000), there are plenty of more affordable droptop cars. Here are the ten cheapest new convertibles on sale today. 1. 2013 Smart ForTwo Passion Cabriolet Engine: 1.0-liter inline-three, 70 hp, 68 lb-ft Base Price: $18,640 What it lacks in ...

Your Say: Top 10 New Cars to Put in a Time Capsule for 25 Years

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With concerns of depleting nonrenewable energy sources and constantly evolving automotive technology, we have no idea what the automotive landscape will look like in 2038. Highways full of autonomous and fully electric cars are a possibility, though anything is possible. Earlier this month, we asked our readers what new car they would put in a time capsule for 25 years, and we’re sharing 10 of our favorite responses in this top 10 list. Commenters had to ...

Muscle Car Wars 2012: Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang Sales Fight to the Finish

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While the 2012 muscle car sales pecking order didn’t change from the year before, the gap between the first place Chevrolet Camaro and second place Ford Mustang shrunk considerably. With Chevrolet Camaro sales down and Ford Mustang sales up from 2011, the sales race was much closer in 2012. Dodge Challenger sales saw a small increase, locking it in third place. As for Hyundai, the automaker doesn’t break out sales of the rear-drive Genesis coupe ...

Top 10 Quickest 0-60 MPH Vehicles Motor Trend Tested in 2012

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When it comes to chest-beating and proclamations of vehicular superiority, the 0-60 mph acceleration time is the go-to metric for straight-line enthusiasts worldwide. It’s hard to fault, really – there’s nothing quite like the brute force of launching a car from a dead stop to 60 mph. Which are both perfectly legal speeds in the U.S. of A, might I add. As we did last year, we’re taking a look back at the hundreds of vehicles ...

On the Road Again in the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible on Epic Drives

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What better way to experience the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500′s intoxicating exhaust note than hitting the open road in the convertible version? Technical director Frank Markus did just that on the latest episode of Epic Drives, driving the drop-top Mustang across the Mohawk Trail. Markus’ drive with his 662-hp mount starts out in Lowell, Massachusetts at the house Jack Kerouac once called his home. Then Markus hops in the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible to hit ...

Thread of the Day: What Five Vehicles Would Fill Your 1970s-Era Dream Garage?

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While the 1970s may be considered by some to be the automotive dark ages, there are still plenty of desirable models from that time period — from the last of the muscle cars to lightweight Japanese sports cars, and European exotics to large American personal luxury coupes. That means that in today’s fantasy garage question, you’re free to include any car you want – just as long as the model-year’s third digit is a seven. Motor ...

J-Turn Series Debut Features 2013 Ford Mustang Doing J-Turns and Rockfords

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Host Jessi Lang kicks off the second season of Motor Trend videos on YouTube with a fresh new show called The J-Turn. Not surprisingly, the first episode is dedicated to the special maneuver from which her show is named – the J-Turn. She teams up with Roadkill host David Freiburger as the two tear up a wide-open parking lot with a 2013 Ford Mustang and a Dodge Challenger. Freiburger starts the episode by distinguishing J-Turns from ...