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Ford Aims Higher with New 2015 Explorer

New top-line Platinum edition joins SUV line-up.

by on Nov.19, 2014

The 2015 Ford Explorer Platinum moves the midsize utility vehicle up another notch in the price spectrum.

It’s been the best-selling SUV in the American market for 24 years, and it’s the single-largest export model the maker produces in the U.S., but Ford isn’t satisfied with success. It hopes to gain even more ground over its competitors with the mid-cycle update of its midsize Explorer utility vehicle.

Ford has a number of changes planned for the 2015 Explorer, including some modest exterior tweaks, an assortment of new features, a new EcoBoost engine and an all-new Platinum model that it is aiming at the sort of buyers who might otherwise move to luxury competitors such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

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Ford is counting on the updated Explorer to deliver strong results around the world. “This vehicle has become extremely critical for us,” stressed the automaker’s global marketing chief Jim Farley during a background briefing prior to the opening of this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Ford Investing $500 Million in Ohio Engine Plant

Facility adding 300 jobs to build new V6 powerplants.

by on Mar.28, 2014

Ford announced a $500 million investment to add 300 jobs and upgrade the Lima Engine Plant to support production of the all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine for the 2015 F-150.

Ford Motor Co. is preparing to spend $500 million to upgrade its Lima Engine Plant in Ohio and add 300 new jobs to support production of the all-new 2.7-liter V6 that will be used in the 2015 Ford F-150 due out next fall.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, said the twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost engine with a standard stop-start system features an entirely new design that delivers power and performance.

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“Our truck customers have spoken, and we continue to meet their evolving needs by providing another V6 option in the all-new 2015 F-150,” Hinrichs said. (more…)

VW Plans to Go All-Turbo, Ford Could Follow

Smaller engines could deliver mix of power, better mileage.

by on Sep.18, 2013

Ford CEO Alan Mulally plants a kiss on one of the maker's increasingly popular EcoBoost engines.

Is the conventional, or normally aspirated, gasoline engine on its way out? It’s starting to look more and more like it as manufacturers adopt alternatives such as battery-electric vehicles and turbocharged gas and diesel powertrains.

In fact, Volkswagen appears to be set on a course to go all turbo over the next several years, according to a senior executive, while Ford is on a similar route, the company noted as it marked the production of the two-millionth vehicle equipped with its turbocharged EcoBoost technology.

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“You have to have a turbo these days,” Marc Trahan, an executive vice president with Volkswagen of America, told the Detroit News. “We only have one normally aspirated gas engine, and when we go to the next generation vehicle that it’s in, it will be replaced. So, three, four years maximum.”

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Experimental Engine Could Deliver Econobox Mileage and Sports Car Performance

Mahle tests new downsized engine technology.

by on Jul.23, 2013

Mahle's modified VW is being used to test the new downsized engine technology.

A German manufacturer best known for its heavy duty truck engine components could re-write the rules when it comes to passenger car powertrains.  The company is the Mahle Group, and it’s presently showing off a “demonstration vehicle” with an experimental   three-cylinder 1.2-liter single turbocharged gasoline engine that promises to meet very tough emission regulations while maintaining performance in mid-sized cars.

Based in Stuttgart, Germany, Mahle entered the U.S. market some 40 years ago supplying aluminum pistons for heavy duty truck engines.  Mahle last month opened its American headquarters and R & D facility in Farmington Hills, Michigan, in Detroit’s western suburbs.

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The German company’s powertrain subsidiary is barnstorming its experimental car, dubbed a “downsizing demonstration vehicle,” to U.S. vehicle manufacturers with the objective of gaining research—not engine-production—contracts.  But longer-term its design could provide the industry a significant alternative to conventional engine designs.

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Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost Named International Engine of the Year

Second win for downsized powerplant.

by on Jun.05, 2013

The 2014 Ford Fiesta will offer an optional 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine.

For the second year in a row, Ford Motor Co.’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has been named International Engine of the Year.

The high-mileage powertrain has been available in Europe for several years and is just being launched in the U.S., as well as China and India, later this year. The newest member of the EcoBoost family was picked as “Best Engine Under 1.0-liter,” according to Engine Technology International Engine.

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“Who’d have believed it? A 1.0-litre engine that has it all, powerful, fuel efficient, clean and lightweight,” said Peter Lyon, a British juror and freelance journalist. “This is a masterpiece.”

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Is 40 the New 30 – MPG, That is?

Searching the LA Auto Show for the newest 40 mpg offerings.

by on Dec.03, 2012

The new Honda Accord PHEV will get 115 MPGe, says the EPA, the highest mileage rating in the industry.

For years we’ve been hearing about the surprising vim and vigor of people who hit age milestones like 40 that once meant the downhill slide had begun.  Now 40 is being touted as the new 30.  Might this milestone hold true for cars, as well?

Is 40 miles per gallon the new 30?

Could this be the de facto standard for a new crop of vigorous, green machines that promise to cart our gracefully aging selves around while taking baby sips of fuel — or electrons?

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To get a sense, we kicked the tires and listened in on the news conferences and Q&A sessions during the two press preview days at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The second day started off with the Green Car of the Year award going to the promising new 2013 Ford Fusion that offers a hybrid version providing an average for city and highway driving of 47 mpg.  Not bad.

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First Drive: 2013 Ford Explorer Sport

Big crossover conquers the only jungle that really matters.

by on Nov.30, 2012

The Ford Explorer Sport is the perfect vehicle for conquering the concrete jungle.

The Ford Explorer Sport is the perfect vehicle for conquering the concrete jungle.

It’s a jungle out there and you need a vehicle that can handle it. Pitted trails, obstacles to avoid, narrow spots to fit through.

Yep, the parking lot can be a real test for any vehicle … Oh, you thought this was about the REAL jungle? As in vines, mud holes and “roads” that are more like deer trails? Ha, while SUVs may purport to go there, virtually everyone knows that the only time the large majority of these beasts ever leave the road is to enter the parking lot at the mall.

So it is with that in mind that we put Ford’s new Explorer Sport to the test. In fact, we subjected Ford’s biggest crossover – sorry, Ford may want you to view this as a sport utility vehicle, but it’s based on the same platform as a Ford Taurus – to the most grueling test possible: Black Friday shopping.

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The test actually began with what became a reconnaissance mission on Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday night – go ahead, call us geeks – to Carson’s where we were able to scout locations for bounty which would become critical Thursday night/Friday morning.

As is typical these days, Black Friday actually begins Thursday night as families are wrapping up their Thanksgiving Day celebrations. So having a sure-footed CUV with a commanding driving position becomes important in the battle to avoid other motorists in their tryptophan-induced stupors.

There were presents to buy, deals to be had and mobs of people to be crushed by. Our Black Friday escapade was on.

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Ford Fusion Nabs Green Car of the Year Award

Judges swayed by mix of powertrain options.

by on Nov.29, 2012

Ford plans to play up its Green Car award in spots coming soon to a TV near you.

Despite the popular media’s fixation on battery power, automotive insiders are quick to caution that there is no “silver bullet” solution, no single technology that will likely meet all the needs for tomorrow’s clean and efficient automobiles.

That message was hammered home by the choice of the 2013 Ford Fusion as the Green Car of the Year, an award designed to focus the spotlight on the latest clean-tech automobiles.

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A key to the decision was the fact that the new midsize sedan offers a broad range of powertrain alternatives, from conventional gasoline power up to an all-new plug-in hybrid.

“That’s an example of automotive democracy,” said Ron Cogan, publisher of Green Car Journal, the organizer of the annual award.

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Reports Says Obama’s Fuel Economy Increase to Save $69 bil Annually

NRDC notes surge in high-mileage models already on the road.

by on Apr.20, 2012

With its high-mileage EcoBoost engine, a new study says the 2012 Ford Explorer is already savings owners $1000s on gas.

The recently-enacted 54.5 mile per gallon fuel economy standards will save American motorists an estimated $69 billion annually, according to a new report that suggests the Obama Administration’s push for improved fuel economy is already saving many drivers thousands of dollars.

With a big jump in fuel economy scheduled for 2016 and another by 2025, the Natural Resources Defense Council, or NRDC, stressed that the auto industry is already rolling out a substantial number of new, higher-mileage products that are not only saving consumers money but reducing dependence upon foreign oil.

The report, titled, “Relieving Pain at the Pump: Thanks to Stronger Standards, Consumers Have More Fuel-Efficient Choices”, noted that the number of subcompact cars sold in the U.S. market getting at least 30 mpg has tripled since 2009, to 15.

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The number of midsize models rated 25 mpg jumped from just six in 2009 to 10 during the 2012 model-year.  Meanwhile, the count of crossovers getting at least 20 mpg, meanwhile, has doubled, to 32.  And the report stresses that fuel economy is rising rapidly across the automotive market.

“Drivers today have twice the fuel-efficient car options than just three years ago,” said Luke Tonachel, senior vehicles analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “The technology — and fuel savings — are only going to improve thanks to even stronger efficiency standards.”

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F-Series Again Tops Chart as Truck Sales Rebound

Does trend signal economic upturn?

by on Jan.05, 2012

The majority of Ford F-150s are now being ordered with 6-cylinder engines.

Fuel prices may be nudging back up again but Americans are once again racing to plunk their money down on pickups, vans and SUVs again, light trucks collectively accounting for 54.8% of the U.S. market last month – with the Ford F-Series wrapping up 2011 as the best-selling vehicle in the country for the 30th year in a row.

While Americans might have been racing to buy small cars and hybrids early in the year, demand clearly slipped as 2011 came to a close, Honda selling just 690 of its Insight hybrids last month, or less than one per dealer.

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Pickups, it turned out, dominated the sales charts, the Chevrolet Silverado slipping into the number two sales slot behind Ford’s F-150, and a range of other trucks – from the newly redesigned Ford Explorer to Chrysler’s relaunched Jeep Grand Cherokee – reporting December gains well into the double-digits.

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