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Post Office Celebrates Muscle Cars With GT500, GTO, Charger Daytona Stamps

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Two nostalgic groups have finally banded together: The U.S. Postal Service and muscle cars. As NASCAR prepares to kick off another season down in Daytona, Fla., the post office used seven-time NASCAR champ Richard Petty to unveil the five muscle cars being honored. Small and big blocks were well represented in the collection of cars that includes the 1966 Pontiac GTO, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, and 1970 ...

2013 Ford Focus Electric Aces NHTSA Safety Tests

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Ford’s hoping buyers looking for an eco-friendly, safe vehicle will look no further than its new 2013 Ford Focus Electric. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just given the Focus Electric a five-star overall vehicle score in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) safety testing. The five-star NCAP rating for the 2013 Focus Electric is calculated by combining the Focus’ performance in front and side-impact crash tests, as well as measuring its resistance to ...

Ford Reportedly in Talks with EPA About Hybrid Fuel Economy Test Procedures

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Hyundai and Kia made very public headlines earlier this year when the two brands were forced to cut the EPA ratings on most of their model lines, after EPA review of the cars’ economy showed they were falling well short of their window-sticker fuel economy figures. The issue is being closely watched by almost all in the car industry, as the implications for other manufacturers are significant. Although the EPA issues guidelines for fuel economy testing, ...

Quick-Charging EV Charging Infrastucture: Ford, GM, Nissan, Chrysler, Tesla Sign DOT Pledge

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Early sales of electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV may have proved underwhelming, but don’t count out the zero-emissions vehicles yet. At the Washington Auto Show, the Department of Energy announced the Workplace Charging Challenge signed by 13 companies including GM, Ford, Chrysler, Tesla, and Google. These companies have pledged to introduce a plan for workplace charging in at least one major company location. The DOE says the ultimate goal over the ...

NHTSA Expands Floor Mat Investigation on 480,000 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Mercury Milan Models

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is stepping up its investigation of floormats in Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan models to now include the Lincoln MKZ, bringing the potential total number of vehicles affected to 480,000, up from the prior investigation into 249,000 Fusion and Milan models. The initial investigation was announced in 2010. The status of the investigation has been raised to an engineering analysis, which could potentially result in a full-fledged recall. Ford and ...