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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 ...

Ford Shows Off Electric Fiesta Prototype

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We’ve seen the Ford Fiesta offered with a numbrer of different powertrains, ranging from small three-cylinder engines to turbocharged four-cylinder engines with 197 hp, but until now, we hadn’t seen one powered by electricity, like this new Fiesta eWheelDrive prototype. Like its larger Focus Electric sibling, the Fiesta eWheelDrive is propelled by an electric motor, which is powered by a battery pack – but remarkably, that’s about where the similarities end. Where the Focus Electric puts ...

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, ...

Living With A 2013 Ford Focus ST2

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The automaker best defined by the Super Duty finally has a proper performance compact once again. The 2013 Ford Focus ST comes to us a decade after the world class 2002-04 Focus SVT, our domesticated version of the first-generation Euro Focus ST, languished on dealership lots. The excellent independent rear-suspension that blessed all Mark I Focus models reacted brilliantly to the performance modifications. The SVT featured a Cosworth-fettled 170-horsepower engine and it ran circles around ...

MT Poll: Focus ST, Mazdaspeed3, or WRX Special Edition?

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When you need more space than a two-door Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ can provide but still want some automotive fun, enthusiasts can pick from cars like the Mazdaspeed3, Ford Focus ST, and Subaru Impreza WRX Special Edition. Each offer four doors, plenty of power, and driving entertainment under $30,000. We’ve just shared what we think of these cars in a comparison test, and now it’s your turn. If you were in the market for ...

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

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Many of the vehicles we tested in 2012 made the 0-60 mph sprint feel more like a leisurely Sunday cruise. Not ever vehicle we test has an ultra-complex launch control system, but whether we’re talking about a small hybrid hatchback or an all-wheel-drive crossover, plenty of Motor Trend-tested vehicles took their time down the drag strip from 0-60 mph, by modern standards. As we did last year, we’re taking a look back at the hundreds of ...

We Hear: EPA Studying Whether 2013 Ford C-Max Fuel Economy Is Overrated

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Based on claims from Consumer Reports and other reviewers, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to investigate whether the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid fails to achieve its 47/47/47 mpg (city/highway/combined) fuel-economy ratings. According to The Detroit News, the EPA could levy civil punishments against Ford if it determines that the C-Max Hybrid doesn’t match its claimed 47-mpg rating. Consumer Reports was among several publications to sound the alarm about poor fuel economy. In its testing, CR averaged ...

Thread of the Day: Would You Spend $40,000 on a Modified Focus ST?

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The 2013 Ford Focus ST already packs quite a punch with its 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, but that hasn’t stopped aftermarket companies from putting their own spin on the new hot hatch. We’ve driven the Shelby Focus ST and today shared details on the Tanner Foust Edition Focus ST, and it’s got us wondering: Would you spend about $40,000 on a highly modified Ford Focus ST or drive a stock version of another car? Both the ...

Thread of the Day: Ford Fiesta ST, Fiat 500 Abarth, or Chevrolet Sonic RS

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There’s a battle brewing for king of the pint-sized hot hatch segment. For years the Mini Cooper S was the only entrant in the segment, but recently a slew of contenders have joined the fray looking for pint-sized hot hatch supremacy.  First came the Fiat 500 Abarth, then the sporty Chevrolet Sonic RS, and as of the L.A. auto show, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST. For today’s Thread of the Day (inspired by mconsbruck), we want ...