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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 ...

Camaro 1LE vs. Mustang GT, LS Engine Swaps Debated on Wide Open Throttle

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Jessi Lang and other Motor Trend hosts answer questions about the Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE/Ford Mustang GT Track Pack comparison on the latest Wide Open Throttle episode. Additionally, Angus MacKenzie, Jonny Lieberman, Ed Loh, and Scott Mortara discuss the future of autonomous cars and talk about our recent top 10 list, asking which cars should have a modern small-block Chevy V-8 under hood. The hosts begin by answering the most frequently asked question about Lieberman’s Chevrolet ...

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, Nissan, and Daimler Join Forces to Develop Affordable Fuel-Cell Cars by 2017

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We’ve been hearing for ages how hydrogen fuel cell-powered cars are the future of motoring, but three companies are doubling down on the technology. We hear that Ford, Nissan, and Daimler recently joined forces to put an affordable fuel cell car on sale by 2017, one of the boldest goals yet in the march towards hydrogen. This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen a partnership between competing car companies to mainstream this technology: Toyota and ...

2013 Ford Fusion Energi PHEV Has 620-Mile Full Range, 21-Mile EV Range

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We now have the missing piece in the puzzle of the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi PHEV’s spec sheet – the sedan has finally received range estimates. The Fusion Energi will go 21 miles on electric-only power and a whopping 620 miles from a fully-charged battery and full tank of gas. We already had the official EPA numbers for the Fusion Energi – the sedan has been rated at 100 MPGe combined, which placed the Ford ahead of ...

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 ...

Discussing the Tesla Model S Controversy, Diesels in the U.S. on New WOT Video

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On this episode of Wide Open Throttle, Angus MacKenzie and other Motor Trend hosts discuss the Tesla Model S controversy stemming from a review in The New York Times after discussing the unexpected popularity of the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. Additionally, Ed Loh, Carlos Lago, Arthur St. Antoine and Mike Floyd ponder the possibility of diesel-powered sports cars in the U.S. The hosts begin by discussing the relevance of the F-150 SVT Raptor with its high ...

2013 Ford Fusion Energi Gets 100 MPGe Combined Rating

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Although Ford has come under scrutiny lately for its allegedly overly-optimistic fuel economy ratings for its hybrid vehicles, the Fusion and C-Max, the company is claiming a 100 MPGe figure for the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid sedan, the average of its 108 MPGe city and 92 MPGe higway rating. These figures are the same as those claimed for the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid 5-door. Ford is touting the Fusion Energi as America’s “most fuel efficient sedan.” ...