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Feature Flick: Is the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST a Mini Focus ST?

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Fans of affordable and sporty hatchbacks have another car to look forward to this summer, when the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is slated to arrive. In the latest episode of Ignition, host Carlos Lago travels to France to find out if the small hatch is a shrunken-down version of the bigger Focus ST. The Fiesta’s ST formula essentially mimics the Focus. The hot hatch gets upgraded brakes, a sportier suspension, and interior and exterior tweaks that ...

Ford Mustang To Star In “Need For Speed” Movie

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A customized Ford Mustang will serve as one of the stars in an upcoming movie adaptation of the “Need For Speed” video game franchise. A modified Ford F-450 truck, dubbed “The Beast,” will also star in the new film. UPDATE: A report from Jalopnik suggests that the movie car doesn’t actually produce 900 hp. Instead, that figure may represent what the fictional car will make in the film. We reached out to Ford for comment on ...

Our Weekend With A Ford F-650 Tow Truck

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Yes, our title is Automobile, but some of our staffers haven’t outgrown their childhood Tonka Truck phase. That helps explain why, when Ford called and offered up a brand-new 2013 F-650 rollback tow-truck, we immediately said yes – even before we knew exactly what we were going to do with it. Let’s start with the truck itself. As the name suggests, the 2013 F-650 is Ford’s offering in the class 6 medium duty truck market. Its ...

Shelby Tribute Car Show Scheduled For May 11

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May 11 marks the first anniversary of Carroll Shelby’s passing – but rather than mourn his loss, you could spend the day celebrating the man’s legacy by spending a day at tribute car show in Gardena, California. “Carroll Shelby changed the course of history and touched millions of lives through his racing, his companies, and his charity,” Randy Richards, president of the Los Angeles Shelby American Automobile Club chapter, said in a prepared release. “He challenged ...

Hot Rod Ranchero: Alaska Or Bust, Part Two

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Last we left Hot Rod’s David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, the pair were shooting off fireworks in the still of a Canadian night – but weren’t able to restart their crusty but (occasionally) trusty 1968 Ford Ranchero, thanks to a flaky electrical system. But did the second attempt at a journey to Alaska come to an end right then and there? We won’t spoil the whole thing for you, but as you can see from the ...

Ford Reveals Early Design Sketches For Atlas Concept

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The Ford Atlas concept that debuted at the Detroit auto show demonstrated the Blue Oval’s vision for the next-generation F-150 pickup truck. Ford shared several early design sketches to give us a behind-the-scenes look at the concept truck’s development process. Initially, Ford had two very different ideas for the basic shape of the Atlas concept. The Bullet Train idea (pictured at top) was for a radically shaped, supremely aerodynamic truck with styling influenced by the Ford ...

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 ...

2014 Toyota Corolla Versus Rivals: By The Numbers

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The Toyota Corolla has long been one of the bestselling models in its class, but how will the new car stack up in the crowded compact sedan segment? To see, we pitted the 2014 Toyota Corolla sedan’s specifications against those of its closest rivals. As the chart below reveals, the segment is relatively homogenous. Four-cylinder engines of 1.8- to 2.0-liters dominate, and all the cars are within a few inches of one anothers’ dimensions. The 2014 ...

Ford Sued Over Lack of Safety Features on Vehicles with Electronic Throttles

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Possibly looking to follow in the footsteps of the $1.1 billion class-action settlement paid by Toyota for unintended acceleration claims, a group of 20 consumers represented by New York-based law firm Grant & Eisenhofer has filed suit against Ford, according to a Reuters report. The plaintiffs allege the automaker failed to install sufficient safety systems in its vehicles equipped with electronic throttles, including the 2004-2010 F-Series trucks, the 2005-2009 Lincoln Town Car, and the 2002-2005 ...

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 ...