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Ford F-150 Is Highest-Mileage Gas-Powered Full-Size Truck

Legs Ram EcoDiesel mpg – but high cost of diesel offsets advantage, Ford claims.

by on Nov.21, 2014

Ford's 2015 F-150 4x2 with Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine has EPA-estimated ratings of 19 mpg City, 26 mpg Highway and 22 mpg Combined.

With newly released EPA test numbers in hand, Ford Motor Co. has declared its 2015 F-150 the nation’s most fuel-efficient gas-powered full-size pickup truck.

Based on EPA numbers and what Ford billed as apples-to-apples comparisons, the new aluminum-bodies F-150 will get anywhere from 5% to 29% better mileage – in some cases as much as 7 mpg – over the prior model.

Fueling Up the News!

That’s “a significant achievement,” declared Ford’s global product development director Raj Nair, especially when taking into account the fact that the average new 2015 F-150 will also see an increase in both towing and cargo capacity. (more…)

Fisker Rockets Back with 725-HP Mustang

Limited sales set to begin in early 2015.

by on Nov.21, 2014

A project "born out of passion," says Fisker.

Henrik Fisker, perhaps best known for his abortive effort to launch the plug-in hybrid Fisker Karma sports car, is back in the limelight, but turning his talents towards a very different direction. The Fisker Rocket revealed at the Los Angeles Motor Show is all about performance, the Danish-born designer dubbing the modified Mustang “the ultimate American muscle car.”

The Rocket is a 725-hp rework of the all-new pony car Ford Motor Co. Fisker and partner Galpin Auto Sports have not only upgraded the performance of the 2015 Mustang but made a number of exterior modifications that give it both a more sinister and exotic appearance.

High Performance News!

“My jaw dropped. I got chills” when first shown the sketches former Aston Martin chief designer Fisker had in mind, said Beau Boeckmann, president of both Galpin Auto Sports and Galpin Motors, the world’s largest Ford dealer. For his part, Fisker explained that the Rocket is “really a program born out of passion.”

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Ford F-150, BMW i8 Capture Innovation Vehicle Awards

Motor Press Guild chooses vehicles from 13 finalists.

by on Nov.20, 2014

BMW's new i8 captured the Innovation Vehicle of the Year award for the over $30,000 category from the Motor Press Guild.

The Motor Press Guild stretched the parameters a bit, but the new 2015 Ford F-150 and BMW i8 walked off with its 2014 Innovation Vehicle of the Year (IVY) Awards in Los Angeles yesterday.

The F-150 captured the title for vehicles in the under $30,000 class – even though its average transaction price is expected to be closer to $40,000 – while the 2014 BMW i8 claimed the award for the $30,000 and over category.

A Real Performer!

The two winners were from selected a group of 13 finalists assembled by a panel of judges. (more…)

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.

Your Auto Show Source!

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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Shelby GT350 Just a Start, Says Carroll Shelby’s Grandson

A “night-and-day” difference.

by on Nov.18, 2014

Henry "Sonny" Ford III, great-great grandson of Henry Ford, and Aaron Shelby, grandson of the legendary Carroll Shelby, admire the new Shelby GT350 Mustang.

Returning to the suburban Los Angeles garage where racing legend Carroll Shelby kept his personal car collection and tinkered with some legendary performance cars over the years, Ford Motor Co. rolled out the new Shelby GT350 Mustang.

The 500-horsepower brute is the first high-performance niche model to debut since the launch of the all-new, sixth-generation Ford Mustang earlier this year. But don’t expect it to be the last, suggested the grandson of the late legend. And don’t be surprised to see the Shelby name grace more of those future spinoffs.

Power!

“This is exciting to see the first iteration (of the Mustang) since Carroll’s passing,” said Aaron Shelby, referring to the death of his grandfather in May 2012 at the age of 89. (more…)

Explorer Lays Claim to “Best” Title…for Soccer Moms

Kiplinger’s “Best of” list has just one American-made vehicle.

by on Nov.14, 2014

The Ford Explorer was Kiplinger's choice for "Best for Soccer Moms (and Dads)."

With the sales of new cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers going like gangbusters for most of 2014, it means a lot people are making a lot of selections about what type of vehicle best suits their needs.

Fortunately, the folks at Kiplinger’s recently put out their 2014 annual “Best” List, which gives potential buyers some guidance about what vehicle they should consider buying based on their lifestyles.

Award-Winning News!

The list has one very noticeable quirk: only one American-made vehicle – the 2014 Ford Explorer – made the list. Not only that, it’s not a category that many would find complimentary: Best for Soccer Moms (and Dads). (more…)

Spy Shot: 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby 350GT

Working a little Voodoo?

by on Nov.13, 2014

Under the camo, the Shelby GT350.

Ford’s new Mustang has been receiving rave reviews, and for good reason considering the new design, the shift to a long-awaited independent rear suspension and all the improvements in its powertrain mix.

For serious muscle car fans, the 435-horsepower 2015 Ford Mustang GT is the only option to consider – unless they want to wait for something bigger and better to come along. Members of the Mustang team have done nothing to hide the fact that they’re not finished with the pony car line-up – something made all the more obvious by this spy shot of what appears to be the next-generation Mustang Shelby 350GT.

Gain Traction!

Powered by the new Voodoo engine, it will be aimed at the likes of the new Camaro Z/28

You don’t see many of the changes in this view of the high-performance version being tested at Ford’s proving grounds in Michigan, but a few revisions are evident.

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Ford Aims to Retain F-150’s Sales Lead

Production not likely to return to normal levels until Q2 2015.

by on Nov.11, 2014

Ford CEO Mark Fields said the new "aluminum intensive" F-150 should send a message to competitors that company intends to remain atop the truck heap.

The long-awaited launch of the 2015 Ford F-150 should send a message to skeptics that Ford will retain its highly profitable leadership in the full-size pickup market, CEO Mark Fields said Tuesday morning as the first of the new, aluminum-bodied trucks rolled off the assembly line.

Ford is taking what many observers have called its biggest risk in decades switching from a traditional, steel-bodied pickup to one that uses an “aluminum-intensive” design. But the benefits, Ford officials stressed, are numerous: better fuel economy, improved towing and larger payload capacity, among them.

The Automotive Journal of Record!

“We said this was going to transform this industry,” said Fields, as he stood by the first “saleable” 2015 Ford F-150 to roll off the line at the Dearborn Truck Plant near Detroit. “The proof is this first vehicle.” (more…)

Ford Launches Production of New Aluminum F-150

Maker takes biggest bet in decades.

by on Nov.11, 2014

The 2015 Ford F-150 and its aluminum body represent a significant gamble by the automaker.

It might seem like just another day at the big assembly plant, the full-size F-150 pickups rolling down the line at a steady pace. But a closer look reveals that these aren’t any ordinary trucks; they’re the new aluminum-bodied models that comprise one of the biggest bets Ford Motor Co. has placed in years.

Pressed by both regulators and consumers alike to improve fuel economy, automakers are turning to a variety of solutions, including what the industry likes to call “lightweighting.” And by switching from conventional steel bodies to aluminum, Ford engineers were able to trim as much as 750 pounds of mass from some F-150 models. That is expected to yield significant improvements in mileage when the EPA formally confirms tests on the new truck.

Power!

Ford is betting that better mileage and other improvements to the F-150’s design will enhance the appeal of what is already the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. market. Ford produced a total of 647,697 of the trucks last year. Add heavy-duty models such as the F-250 and F-350 and Ford sold about 100,000 more pickups than its nearest competitor, General Motors, in 2013. (more…)

SEMA Show Keeps America’s Love Affair with the Automobile Alive

Aftermarket business recovering after big recession hit.

by on Nov.10, 2014

Open wide: Toyota's "Sleeper Camry."

It looks like an ordinary, 2015 Toyota Camry, but lift the hood and you’re in for quite a surprise.

Actually, you have to raise the entire body of the “Sleeper Camry” sedan, which Toyota quietly transformed into an 850-horsepower drag racer. It’s just one of the wild, weird and wacky concept vehicles unveiled at the 2014 Specialty Equipment Marketers Association annual aftermarket convention, an event known to fans around the world as the SEMA Show.

We Love Cars!

There’s been plenty written about the supposed death of the American love affair with the automobile. You’d have a hard time proving it at the Las Vegas convention center, which hosts what has become Sin City’s second-largest annual event, this year expected to draw as many as 140,000 attendees.