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Hennessey Debuts SVT Raptor-Based VelociRaptor SUV

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The Velociraptor was one of the most feared dinosaurs, but Hennessey Performance’s VelociRaptor is a bit nicer than that: it’s a 411-horsepower three-row SUV based on the 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. We know the statistics by now: the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has a 411-horsepower, 434 lb-ft, 6.2-liter V-8 and a set of Fox Racing Shox with 11 inches of front and 12 inches of rear suspension travel. The result is one of the most ...

NHTSA Investigating Power Loss In Ford F-150 EcoBoost Engines

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating reports that the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engines in the Ford F-150 can stumble and lose power. The agency has received 95 reports of pickup truck engines stumbling or misfiring on the highway, which can lead to a loss of power. The stalling problem affects the 2011-2013 Ford F-150 equipped with an EcoBoost twin-turbocharged engine, and about a third of the complaints occurred during wet or humid weather. NHTSA ...

Video: Tour the Garage of Mr. Hot Wheels

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Plenty of car enthusiasts want nothing more than to grow up to be car designers. On the latest episode of Hot Rod Unlimited we meet designer Larry Wood, a retired Hot Wheels designer, who tells us about his career at Mattel as well as what real cars he’s got in his garage Like many enthusiasts, Wood began his obsession with cars after picking up a magazine. Wood doodled hot rods all through high school, and afterward ...

Land Cruiser, Cherokee, F-150 Face Off in Cheap Truck Challenge

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The Cheap Truck Challenge is exactly what it sounds like. On this episode of Dirt Every Day, the guys from Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road take their beaters — including a 1993 Toyota Land Cruiser, 1989 Jeep Cherokee, and 1979 Ford F-150 — to Arizona to compete in a series of challenges. The purpose of the Cheap Truck Challenge is to prove you don’t need to spend big money to have fun on unpaved roads, as each ...

2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition Unveiled

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If you have your heart set on scrambling across the rocky trails of Moab in a ruby-red F-150 Raptor with luxurious seats trimmed in brick red, then the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition will be for you when it goes on sale this fall.  This special edition of the 2014 Ford F-150 Raptor is all about the way it looks. The ruby-red metallic paint is complemented by special graphics for the cargo box, while ...

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 ...

Rumors Video Roundup: Off-Roading on the Cheap, Spock vs. Spock, Jaguar F-Type

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This week’s Rumors video roundup brings everything from the pristine and posh to the low-buck down and dirty. We start off with a first drive of Jaguar’s new F-Type roadster, Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto have a battle of Vulcan wits courtesy of Audi, and Jonny Lieberman pits two icons of upscale SUVs, the Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen against each other off-road and on-pavement. Finally, we get a detailed explanation of what makes Subarus Subarus, ...

Complaints of Steering Loss on 2008 Ford Super Duty Reported to NHTSA

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Drivers count on brakes and steering functioning in their vehicles. When either or both fail, it can make for some harrowing experiences behind the wheel. The 2008 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty are under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigation after receiving five complaints of loss of steering on those models, one of which reportedly resulted in a crash. As many as 340,000 trucks may be subject to the ...

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 April 2013 Sales Up 18% to 212,584 Vehicles

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Marking the best April sales month since 2007, Ford Motor Company reported a total of 212,584 sales last month, which represents a 17.9-percent year-over-year increase. Unsurprisingly, leaders from the Blue Oval include the F-Series pickup, the Fusion sedan, and the Escape crossover. Winner: Ford F-Series Anyone who knows anything about the auto industry should find little surprise that, once again, the F-Series is Ford’s best-selling model. Thanks to a sales increase of 24 percent from last April ...
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