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Ford Cuts Mulally’s Compensation After Falling Short of 2012 Goals

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2012 proved to be a mixed bag for automakers, with strong sales in North America and some emerging markets, but record losses and low sales in Europe. Unfortunately for Ford, the losses and issues in Europe kept the company from meeting its performance goals for the year. Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s 2012 compensation, while still generous by industry standards, was significantly lower than it was in 2011. Mulally’s $2 million base salary remains unchanged from 2011, ...

We Hear: 330-HP Ford Focus RS on Sale in 2015, More Power Than Euro-Spec Mustang

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We’ve heard tons of rumors on the new Ford Focus RS; reports have suggested we would see one as early as 2013, while others have claimed a 380-hp coupe version was in the works. This time, we’re hearing the RS will go on sale in select markets in 2015, boasting 330 hp thanks to a turbocharged 2.3-liter I-4, more output than the Euro-spec Mustang may get with the same engine. Although we already expected the new ...

Kia Readying GTI-, Focus ST-Fighting Pro_cee’d GT Hot Hatch

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At the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, Kia took the wraps off its new Pro_cee’d, a two-door rival to the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, and Opel Astra. Now, the automaker is working on a hotter version to do battle with the Golf GTI, Focus ST, and Astra OPC. Not much has been revealed about the Pro_cee’d GT – all Kia is telling us so far is that it will be powered by a turbocharged version ...

Top 8 Wagons We Want in the U.S. – With Poll

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American car enthusiasts read about a ton of foreign-market cars that we just don’t get. Though we would love to have in the U.S. vehicles like the Ford Ranger and Australia’s V-8-powered utes, most automotive forbidden fruit are of the station wagon variety. With so many wagons offered overseas, here are the Top 8 we want most in the U.S. Click through to see all eight choices and to vote in our poll! 2014 Audi RS6 Avant: ...

We Hear: Plans for Ford Sub-Mustang Coupe in Europe Put on Hold

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The idea of a sub-Mustang sports coupe from Ford sounds enticing, but if the latest rumor from Autocar is to be believed, Ford of Europe has just put on pause the development of such a model. Most likely with the European automotive market’s troubles in mind, a sub-Mustang Ford sports coupe that could potentially have come to the U.S. at some point — you never know — has been shelved. Based on one of Ford’s existing ...