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New Ford F-150 Diesel Aims to Crack the 30 MPG Barrier

Ford sees an opportunity to grow the F-Series’ lead.

by on Jan.08, 2018

Ford aimes to get best-in-class fuel economy with the addition of the F-150's first diesel.

There was a time when full-size pickups could barely manage to get into double-digits when it came to fuel economy. But with the addition of the new Power Stroke diesel, Ford is hoping to deliver the sort of numbers that, not all that, long ago, would have been impressive coming from a compact sedan.

While the 2018 F-150 Diesel’s EPA rating hasn’t been finalized, Ford anticipates the big truck will deliver as much as 30 mpg on the highway. It will also make a solid 440 pound-feet of torque and 240 horsepower, the sort of numbers that translate into solid towing and payload capacity.

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“We see a lot of opportunities to conquest buyers” from competing truck brands, Todd Eckert, Ford’s Truck Group Marketing Manager, said during a background briefing on the 2018 F-150 Power Stroke Diesel, which will make its formal debut at the North American International Auto Show next week.

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Buh-Bye Camry; Pickups, SUVs Now Own Top Sales Spots

Toyota's mainstay sedan didn't even crack the Top 5.

by on Jan.05, 2018

Despite giving the Camry a stylish makeover the sedan continued to lose momentum last year.

If anyone still questions the way light trucks have come to dominate the U.S. automotive market you only need look at the 2017 sales charts to see how passenger cars are on virtual life support these days.

Perhaps the most significant development finds that the Toyota RAV4 last year outsold the Camry for the first time ever. And so did the Nissan Rogue.

The Last Word!

The overall numbers for 2017 weren’t good, the U.S. market posting its first decline since the end of the Great Recession. And demand likely would have dipped more than the modest 5% if it weren’t for the strong, late-year surge as motorists in Florida and Texas raced to replace vehicles destroyed during the summer’s devastating hurricanes.

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NHTSA May Order Recall of Another 1.4M Ford Pickups, SUVs

Transmissions could slip into gear, cause loss of control.

by on Jan.02, 2018

Ford may see a recall of more than 1.4 million F-150s, as well as large Ford and Lincoln SUVs, plus the Ford Mustang.

Federal investigators are taking a close look at the automatic transmissions used in older Ford F-150s and two SUV models and could order the recall of more than 1.4 million of the vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is following up on an earlier recall involving about 153,000 Ford products because their transmissions could inadvertently downshift into first gear, causing a driver to lose control.

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Transmission problems have become an increasingly serious issue in the auto industry, especially with the advent of electronic gearboxes that don’t necessarily follow the same shift patterns as classic, mechanical shifters. (more…)

Nissan Hints a Revival of Xterra May Be in the Works

Could it be based off the same platform as next-gen Frontier pickup?

by on Dec.29, 2017

The Nissan Xterra drove off into the sunset in 2015.

All things go in cycles, even when it comes to booming demand for utility vehicles. Make that CUVs, or crossover-utility vehicle, which have all but bumped traditional sport-utes off the market.

But there are signs a revival of classic, body-on-frame SUVs just might be a-coming, with Ford readying a reborn Bronco, Toyota promising to follow the FT-AC Concept with a production model, and Jeep betting big on the all-new remake of the classic Wrangler – currently one of the few true SUVs left on the market.

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Could Nissan be ready to toss its own hat back in the ring, however, with an all-new version of the Xterra, which it pulled from the U.S. market in 2015? Apparently yes, according to a senior Nissan executive.

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McConaughey Hyping New Lincoln Navigator

Actor brings unique style to latest ad.

by on Dec.28, 2017

Matthew McConaughey is back and behind the wheel of the new Lincoln Navigator in the brand's latest commercial starting in January.

Ford’s luxury division, Lincoln finally produced a new Navigator full-size luxury sport-utility vehicle. However, this big profit generator will be promoted by a familiar face: Matthew McConaughey.

The actor, known for movies like Magic Mike, The Wolf of Wall Street and The Lincoln Lawyer, has been the spokesperson for the luxury brand for several years now and his early ads attracted quite a bit of attention, not all of it positive.

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McConaughey will star in two ads for the Navigator with the first debuting on Twitter and YouTube, and then air on television during the College Football Playoff on Jan. 1. (more…)

Ford, Mazda Recall 380K Trucks for Takata Airbag Problem

Fix is actually part two of a two-stage repair.

by on Dec.21, 2017

The 2004-06 Ford Ranger is being recalled for a second time to repair faulty Takata airbags.

In wake of the news of a 20th fatality attributed to Takata’s faulty airbags, Ford and Mazda announced they are recalling more than 380,000 older small pickup trucks for a second time to replace Takata airbag inflators.

The recalls cover driver- and passenger-side inflators in certain 2004 to 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series trucks made by Ford. The vehicles were recalled in 2015 and 2016 to replace the inflators with newer versions, but the fix was only temporary.

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Now the new inflators no longer use ammonium nitrate, which becomes unstable over time under certain conditions, and are replacing the temporary models which still used the compound. (more…)

Jurassic Drive: Hennessy Unleashes New Beast— VelociRaptor 6×6

New 600-plus horsepower 6x6 ready for anything.

by on Dec.19, 2017

John Hennessey and his gang are at it again with the new VelociRaptor 6x6.

What do you get when you cross a dinsosaur with a Ford F-Series pickup truck? Hennessey Peformance Engineering’s latest creation: the VelociRaptor 6×6.

Hennessey’s VelociRaptor 6×6 is what one imagines if the Ford Raptor was combined with the speed, agility and cleverness of a velociraptor. The 6×6 beast will be limited to a production run 50 vehicles. It comes in at $349,000.

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Taking 11 months from concept to finish, the VelociRaptor 6×6 is the successor to the original four-wheeled Hennessey Performance VelociRaptor, which debuted in 2010. (more…)

Ford Hopes Alibaba’s Online Sales Plan is Purrfect

Vending machine approach expected to increase online sales.

by on Dec.19, 2017

Ford is looking to expand its online sales in China through its partnership with Alibaba and its cat-shaped vending machines for cars.

Ford Motor Co.’s new three-year deal with Alibaba, considered China’s version of Amazon, offers the automaker a new outlet for selling its vehicles in the country.

The idea of buying a new car on the internet isn’t exactly novel, but Alibaba offers Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford more options than simply “click to proceed to checkout” on its Tmall online store.

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Ford, which has seen its sales in China stagnate this year, and when signed it deal last month with Alibaba, the automaker was looking to expand its capability of selling vehicles online. The company’s year-to-date sales in China total more than 1,056,000 units, a 6% decrease year over year. (more…)

First Look: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

Chevy focuses on new steel alloys, rather than aluminum, with new truck.

by on Dec.18, 2017

Chevy is looking to lower the boom on its competition with a redesigned 2019 Silverado.

If there was a state car of Texas it would almost certainly be the pickup truck, a good reason why Chevrolet headed down to Dallas to give the world a first look at the 2019 Silverado.

Chevy is hoping the next-generation pickup will help it close in on the full-size segment’s sales leader, the Ford F-Series. Like its rival, the new Silverado boasts a new stylish exterior and plenty of new safety and infotainment technologies. But in sharp contrast to Ford’s shift to lightweight aluminum, Chevy says it’s sticking with steel.

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The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will turn to “a higher-grade alloy (for) the roll-formed, high-strength-steel bed floor, contributing to a bed that is more functional and lighter weight,” General Motors’ largest division explained. (more…)

Ford Denies Plan to Move Next-Gen Fusion to China

Wire report claims midsize model will follow Focus as Ford cuts costs.

by on Dec.14, 2017

The Fusion has lost momentum in a U.S. market increasingly focused on SUVs and CUVs.

Ford Motor Co. says it has no plan to consolidate production of its next-generation Fusion and Mondeo models in China for shipment to markets around the world, countering a report by Reuters.

On Wednesday, the news service referenced automotive suppliers and other sources to indicate the midsize sedans would move out of their current plants in Europe and Mexico with a facility in China taking over as Ford’s single production source. Ford earlier this year announced a similar strategy for the smaller Focus model.

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“We have no plans to export the next-generation Fusion/Mondeo from China to North America and Europe,” Ford said in a statement responding to the wire report. “Fusion/Mondeo are an important part of the Ford car lineup. We will have more information to share about the next Fusion/Mondeo at a later date.”

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