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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, ...

Featured Flick: WOT Roundtable Discusses Audi S4 vs. Volvo S60, Future of Ford in Australia

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The Wide Open Throttle regulars of Angus MacKenzie, Jonny Lieberman and Carlos Lago were joined again this week by the stars of Roadkill and Hot Rod Unlimited, David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan to add their hands-on performance perspective to the conversation. The show kicks off with a discussion of the Volvo S60 T6 vs. the Audi S4, with the consensus that the VW Group’s deep pockets and engineering expertise made it almost impossible for Volvo ...

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 ...

New 1.5 Will be Volume Ford Fusion Engine

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DEARBORN, Michigan – Ford’s new 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine will take over from the 1.6 EcoBoost as the Fusion’s volume engine immediately when it becomes available at the beginning of the 2014 model year, says Joe Bakaj, powertrain engineering vice president. The new engine actually is based on the 1.6-liter EcoBoost it eventually will replace he says, though it has an in-head exhaust manifold like the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine available later this year in ...

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 ...

Video Find: 2013 Ford Fusions Star in Race With F1 Rivals Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell

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Formula 1 legends Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet relive their on track rivalry in a pair of 2013 Ford Fusion sedans in a new campaign called “Fusion Grand Prix.” These four videos from Ford Brazil cover the former Formula 1 champions’ modern-day rival from beginning to end. With Piquet’s win in 1981, he became the first Brazilian to win Formula 1. He won again in 1983 and 1987, while Mansell won the race in 1992. After ...

End Of Road For Holden Commodore, Ford Falcon By 2016

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Large, rear-wheel-drive, V-8-powered cars are as much a part of the historic Australian automotive identity as they have been in the U.S. But the once-ubiquitous Australian archetype is selling at record low numbers, even as the overall Australian car market is setting new sales records. The situation was inadvertently confirmed by Holden boss Mike Devereux at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show when he said the VF-series Holden Commodore would run through the end of 2016, ...