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Ford Performance confirms power upgrades for the Ford Focus RS



Are you unhappy with the current performance of the Ford Focus RS, but don’t want to risk voiding the warranty with a tune from someplace like Hennessey Performance? Good news: The wonderful people at Ford Performance have confirmed they’re working on a new calibration for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that should add some factory-certified oomph to the hot hatch. 
The new Ford Focus RS is no slouch. The current car’s 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder sends out 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels. Ford claims a 0-60 mph time of fewer than five seconds. While these are already impressive numbers for a vehicle of the Focus RS’s size and class, there are always those wanting a little more. 
While Ford won’t reveal any details on the new calibration, such as power, price, or availability, but we can look to the recently revealed upgrade to the Ford Mustang EcoBoost for reference. There, $699 nets you a 50-state legal 25 hp and 70 lb-ft of torque, all backed by a Ford warranty. It’s hard to say if the gains in the Focus RS will be as impressive, since the 2.3 EcoBoost already makes more power and torque in the Focus than the Mustang. 
This tune could be a version of the warranty-backed Mountune kit that’s currently available in the UK. It’s confirmed for the US, but there has been a bit of a delay while they work out the tune for Americans. In the UK, a Mountune upgrade adds 25 peak horsepower and about 30 lb-ft of peak torque. Expect to hear more details from Ford Performance in the coming months. 

 

 

 

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Uber Jumps Into the Self-Driving Wars With a Ford Fusion


The ride-hailing giant is about to start testing its own self-driving technology, with a Ford Fusion test car. How does Uber’s effort stack up to rivals’?
  
UBER’S NEW SELF-DRIVING TEST CAR IS A HYBRID FORD FUSION. IT’LL START TESTING ON PUBLIC ROADS IN PITTSBURGH, THE RIDE-HAILING COMPANY SAID THIS WEEK. IMAGE SOURCE: UBER

It’s been known for a while that the most valuable of Silicon Valley’s “unicorn” companies has been working on developing its own self-driving technology. But for the most part, the program has been shrouded in secrecy.

Here’s what we know about a potential dark horse in the race to fully self-driving cars.

A visible sign of Uber’s push toward self-driving technology

Here’s the background: Last year, Uber announced the creation of what it called an “Advanced Technologies Center” (ATC) in Pittsburgh. The center, described as part of a “strategic partnership” with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), was said at the time to be focused on “research and development, primarily in the areas of mapping and vehicle safety and autonomy technology.” Uber chose to partner with CMU because of the latter’s expertise with robotics and related technologies.

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Report: The Ford Ranger is coming back in 2019


Good news for Ford fans: One of the automaker’s most popular trucks, the Ford Ranger, could be returning to its lineup by the end of the decade.
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Good news for Ford fans: One of the automaker’s most popular trucks could be returning to its lineup by the end of the decade.

Multiple auto blogs are reporting that the Ford Ranger is coming back. According to Car And Driver, the truck could be on dealer lots around the country by 2019.

A Ford representative said that the company does not comment on future products.

According to Ford’s official site, the first model year for the Ranger was 1983 with a second-generation model introduced in 1993. It ended its 29-year run in 2012. The popular vehicle has continued on in international markets in various forms.

 

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Numerous websites are reporting that the Ford Ranger is returning. As per Car And Driver, the truck could be on dealership lots around the nation by 2019.

A Ford spokesperson stated that the company does not discuss about future items.

According to Ford’s main website, the first model year for the Ranger was 1983 with a second-generation design presented in 1993. It ended its 29-year run in 2012. The popular car has advanced in global markets in numerous forms.

Most auto blog sites have stated that Ford missed out on a golden chance around that time to keep a few of the truck clients that General Motors and Toyota snagged with the Colorado, Canyon, and the Tacoma. Heck, even the Nissan Frontier has actually made inroads into that specific niche market.

Furthermore, it has been also reported that the base cost for the brand-new Ranger will be about $25,000, making it competitive with those other truck designs.

As has been formerly reported, Ford will likewise bring back a newly revamped Bronco SUV by the beginning of the next years. Broncos were terminated in 1996 however have actually continued to be a cult favorite.

 

Ford could jump back into the midsize pickup market in the U.S. with a version of its global Ranger truck, according to reports from The Detroit News and Automotive News. Ford is apparently in talks with the UAW to bring production of the Ford Ranger to the Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan.

 

Ford did not comment on the reports, but did say in a statement that it is “actively pursuing future vehicle alternatives” for production at Michigan Assembly as part of upcoming negotiations with UAW leadership.

Ford recently announced that production of the Ford Focus and C-Max models would move away from Michigan Assembly in 2018, but did not announce any plans for a replacement vehicle to be built there. The Ford Ranger pickup is apparently a frontrunner in the final discussions between Ford and the UAW, an unnamed source told The Detroit News. The Ford Ranger was last sold in the U.S. in 2011, and a global version introduced in 2012 (pictured) is currently sold elsewhere in the world.

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Ford F-150 Raptor vs Nissan Titan Warrior: Looking Into A Mirror


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2016-nissan-titan-xd-2017-ford-raptorsssdLet’s face it, the Raptor is sexy in a way that the handsome, but comparatively staid Titan just can’t quite match.

It did felt like we were looking into the mirror when both these models were on display at the Detroit Auto Show. Both Ford and Nissan decided to show off their Ford F-150 Raptor and Nissan Titan Warrior at the same time.

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Both models came in with the same exterior color. The tires, and design also matched leaving many to wonder if one of them copied the other. While they might look the same on the outside, the engine under the hood is not the same at all.

The Ford F-150 Raptor was running on a 3.5 liter turbocharged engine that will be pushing out about 450hp and was mated to a 10 speed auto transmission. The Nissan Titan Warrior, on the other hand, will come in with a 5.0 liter Cummins turbodiesel engine that will be mated to a seven-speed auto transmission.

Which model do you think won at the show? Let’s face it, the Raptor is sexy in a way that the handsome, but comparatively staid Titan just can’t quite match.

At any rate, the new Raptor promises to be more agile than ever with its lighter weight overall as well as the better balance with the boat anchor of the old 6.2 liter V8 big-block replaced with the EcoBoost V6.

 

In fairness, this isn’t an apples to apples face off because the Raptor is a production intent vehicle that lands on dealership lots this fall. It’s the real deal, not faking, you can buy one. Nissan on the other hand shows they’ve got some serious bones to work with if they press the start button to compete.

The bottom line is that it’s a good to see the automakers showing some balls in the face of ever tightening CAFE standards which are out to kill all the fun. Hopefully Nissan joins in with something like the Warrior, but even if they don’t, the Raptor ain’t a bad way to spend an afternoon at all.

Despite the Titan XD out-pacing the Raptor by a nearly four-to-one margin in terms of page views on our website, we would probably say the Raptor has a broader appeal to a general audience than the somewhat niche Titan XD. Although we expect initial demand and sales to be strong for the Titan XD, when the new Raptor starts rolling off the line, we anticipate months-long waiting lists, five-figure dealer markups, and plenty of action-packed photos of it kicking up sand, blasting across lake beds, and jumping whoops online and in magazines. Let’s face it, the Raptor is sexy in a way that the handsome, but comparatively staid Titan just can’t quite match.

 

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2018 Ford Expedition / Lincoln Navigator: Staying Large while Slimming Down


  
What It Is: A Ford F-series with a longer roof, three rows of seats, and a whiff of Queen Family Truckster.
Why It Matters: People still buy personal-use minibuses and will continue to, even if gas rises back above $3 a gallon.
Platform: Although body stamping likely will be different, the Expedition/Navigator will follow the same steel-frame, aluminum-body approach as the F-150. Aluminum saved several hundred pounds on the F-150; the SUVs will see a similarly significant mass savings. As with current versions, the new SUVs will surely ride on independent rear suspensions.

Powertrain: These body-on-frame twins will carry on with their current powertrain strategy of offering only twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6s. It’s likely that the 2.7-liter will share the roster with the 3.5.
Competition: GM’s Suburban-based Cadillac, Chevy, and GMC triplets outsell the Ford/Lincoln duo by more than four to one. And somehow the Infiniti QX80, the soon-to-be-replaced Nissan Armada, and the Toyota Sequoia all outsell the aged Navigator.

Estimated Arrival and Price: Late 2017 as a 2018 model, with prices mirroring today’s: from about $47,000 for a base Expedition to beyond $80,000 for a loaded Navigator L.

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
   
 

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Ford is turning air pollution into car parts


A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
One day, it’ll be like sitting on air.

  
In a small lab in a research facility near Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, there’s a picture of Henry Ford whacking a plastic fender made with soybeans with a sledgehammer, and another of him wearing a soybean-fiber suit. He even built a soybean car in 1941. Ford wanted, as his museum suggests, to “combine the fruits of industry with agriculture.” But after World War II, the price of oil plummeted, and the company continued to produce cars that both ran on and comprised petroleum parts.

  Henry Ford’s desire to bring agriculture into industry was not lost, however. That small lab has spent the better part of the last two decades integrating soy products, among other natural, renewable materials, into Ford cars and trucks. And when oil hit $160 a barrel in 2007, people within Ford started to take the lab’s research more seriously. “The phone started ringing off the hook,” Debbie Mielewski, the head of Ford’s sustainable materials research lab, told Quartz.

   
    
    
 

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Matthew McConaughey’s ads for Ford’s luxury brand have inspired buzz and late-night TV parodies for years.


  
What’s it like to drive a 2017 Lincoln MKZ?

According to actor and Lincoln brand rep Matthew McConaughey, it’s like a hot shave from a barber with a straight razor; listening to a jazz ensemble; and jumping into a pool at midnight with your tailor-made suit on.
Those are the scenarios the Academy Award-winning actor finds himself in for Lincoln’s new ad campaign for the luxury midsize sedan. The ads will begin airing Monday on prime-time hits such as “Dancing With the Stars,” “Castle” and “The Voice.”

The 30-second spots — “Shave,” “Ensemble” and “Midnight” — debut the “It’s like that” tagline as well as “The exhilarating new Lincoln MKZ.” Both are featured at the end of each ad.

All three of the ads feature McConaughey spliced with shots of the vehicle, as each situation reminds him of driving the MKZ, which is arriving in dealerships. McConaughey appears in the ads but doesn’t say a word — a tactic from ads last year for the Lincoln MKX crossover.

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2017 Ford Fusion First Review


   
    
 There may be no other car in the midsize sedan segment that appeals to a broader spectrum than the Ford Fusion. It’s the only midsize sedan to offer plug-in, hybrid and all-wheel-drive variants. So when Ford updated Fusion for 2017, the company made careful, smart improvements that may seem minor, but make driving the Fusion a more pleasant experience.The 2017 Fusion isn’t all-new, and while the new sedan feels very familiar, the center stack and console have been redesigned, with a dial-type controller replacing the traditional console-mounted transmission lever. There’s also a generous amount of soft-touch material, and the cup holders were relocated to the right of the dial. The transmission selector is well placed and easy to use. The cleaner layout creates a spot for the standard electric parking brake, while opening more storage space. It also makes the interior feel airy and open. Like the new parking brake, push-button start is also standard.
Calmer cabin

In addition, the cabin is quieter, thanks to use of a standard acoustic windshield. Making the environment even more serene is acoustic side glass in Hybrid, Energi and Sport models, and in models with leather. (Leather surfaces tend to reflect more sound than cloth.) Making the Fusion quieter yet is available Active Noise Control, which we experienced in the Fusion Hybrid. The result of all this acoustic work is that the Fusion’s interior, which wasn’t overly noisy before, is now significantly quieter. There’s also a new trim level, the Platinum, which is the most luxurious Fusion offered by Ford. The one we drove came with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost, top-tier connectivity and audio, heated and cooled seats, and quilted leather, with an as-tested price of just under $38,000.  

In the past, Ford has received criticism for its Sync connectivity. Yet with every generation, the system improves. The Fusion uses the newest version, Sync 3, with a highly intuitive layout and a clear, easy-to-read screen. Sync 3 also allows you to use Siri Eyes Free to safely control your phone while you drive. Below the navigation screen and climate and stereo is a new storage area, at the center of which is a USB port for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other welcome optional features include a blind-spot information system, a new version of park assist that’ll now help when parallel parking or parking in a perpendicular space, as well as lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control.

There’s also Sync Connect, an option with Sync 3, which can allow you to use your smartphone to lock and unlock the car, start the car remotely or set up a schedule of when you’d like the car to start. It can also let you know where the car is, handy in a large parking lot (“Did we park in Goofy 3E or Mickey 10G?”), and give you current vehicle stats like tire pressure and how much gas is left in the tank.

Powertrain Updates

For 2017, the engine list is up to six, including a 2.5-liter inline-4; a decent 181-horsepower, 1.5-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder; an engaging 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder; the Fusion Hybrid; the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, and an upcoming 325-horsepower, 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost in the Fusion Sport. We didn’t get to drive all of them, but Ford provided a good sample of the line.

While the 1.5-liter EcoBoost won’t win any drag races, it offers plenty of power for the daily commute as well as impressive fuel economy of 23 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway. It uses auto stop-start, which is defeatable and fairly smooth in operation. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost has the response and thrust of a V6. This engine’s fuel economy (21/31) isn’t as good as the 1.5-liter, but provides an excellent balance of power and efficiency.

The hybrids, which team electric motors with 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines, have been updated for more efficiency. The Energi now has Auto mode or EV Now mode which allows the car to be driven by electric power up to 19 miles. While Fusion Hybrid fuel economy stays essentially the same for 2017 (43 mpg city, 41 mpg highway), Ford anticipates the 2017 Fusion Energi’s fuel economy will improve on the 2016 model’s 88 MPGe. On our drive route, our best fuel economy was 47.5 mpg on hilly roads, admittedly on a section with more downhill stretches than uphill. What will surely be the star of the line will be the high-performance Fusion Sport. We didn’t get to drive it, but between its best-in-class horsepower, standard all-wheel drive, larger brakes, real-time adaptive suspension and sport mode with paddle shifters, this is a model we are eager to try.

Pricing

The Fusion goes on sale this summer followed by the Fusion Sport before fall. The non-hybrids come in S, SE, Titanium, Sport and Platinum trim levels. Prices start at $22,995 for the S, from $34,350 for the Sport and begin at $37,495 for the new top-of-the-line Platinum. The Fusion Hybrid, with S, SE and Titanium trims, has a price range of $26,060-$31,395 and the Energi’s SE, Titanium and Platinum pricing ranges from $31,995-$41,995 to start.

   
    
    
    
    
   

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Focus RS undercuts the BMW M2 by quite a lot in terms of price. Focus RS is Focus RS is the best hot hatch on the market! 


  
 When the BMW M2 first debuted, many comparisons were drawn between it and the Ford Focus RS. 

The reason for that slightly odd comparison is that both put out similar power and performance figures and came out at around the same time. 

However, the Focus RS undercuts the BMW M2 by quite a lot, in terms of price, so it’s the more attractive package to many potential buyers. However, there’s also another player in the game, one that’s a bit older, that also puts out similar power and performance numbers but competes with the M2 in price as well, the Audi RS3.
All three cars are blisteringly fast, all three cars are incredibly capable on the track and all three cars are fun to drive. But which is best? Well, Auto Express drove all three to find out. 
In terms of power, all three cars develop similar levels of horsepower, with the BMW M2 making 365 hp, the Ford Focus RS making 350 hp and the Audi RS3 making 362 hp. So they’re all in the same ballpark. It’s also funny how all of their engines are inline turbocharged engines with increasing cylinder counts. The Ford Focus RS uses a turbocharged 2.3 liter inline-four, the Audi RS3 uses a turbocharged 2.5 liter inline-five and the BMW M2 uses a turbocharged 3.0 liter inline-six.
The BMW and Audi were mated to seven-speed dual-clutch gearboxes for this test while the Ford uses a six-speed manual. The BMW M2 is available with a six-speed manual but the Audi RS3 is not and is dual-clutch-only. Both the Ford Focus RS and Audi RS3 are all-wheel drive, while the BMW M2 is rear-wheel drive. So while these cars have similar engines and power, the way they actually drive is very different. So let’s see how they stack up.

  
Let’s start with the Audi RS3, which took third place in this test. Auto Express gives a familiar review of the RS3, as it’s been out for some time now, and it’s that the RS3 is a very fast car with a brilliant engine and gearbox and sensational all-wheel drive grip. However, the steering is numb and uninspiring and so is the chassis, so it never ends up being much fun. It’s blisteringly fast and immensely capable, but it just doesn’t get the blood pumping like the other two do. However, it’s probably the best daily driver, as it’s suspension is surprisingly comfortable and it’s by far the best in bad weather. But these are sports cars and they need to be fun, something the RS3 really isn’t in this company.
  
The BMW M2 actually takes second place in this comparison. Its chassis is said to be brilliant, the best of the bunch, and its steering is great, as is its engine. It’s probably the most fun to drive, with the Focus RS trailing it by just a bit. It also has a great cabin, a big trunk and great everyday livability. Oh, and it’s the only car here that’s rear-wheel drive, the way sports cars are meant to be. However, according to Auto Express, it’s not enough to overcome its £16,580 ($23,884) price disadvantage. Many folks would be willing to spend that extra for its rear-wheel drive chassis and brilliant steering (this guy), but it’s very hard to ignore the Focus RS’ performance/value proposition.
So that means the Ford Focus RS takes first place. Its buzzy little engine, that’s as punchy as it is small, six-speed manual and tenacious all-wheel drive traction make the Focus RS a blast to drive. It’s been said that it could possibly be the best hot hatch on the market and the best one in decades, it’s that good. So mix that in with its hatchback practicality and great price and you’ve got a sports car that’s tough to beat.

  
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Ford Escape gets major makeover for 2017


SUV/CUVs now make up one third of vehicle sales in Canada and the U.S., which Ford expects to grow to 40 per cent by 2020.  
Smart styling, lusty engines and good highway fuel economy.
The new Ford SYNC 3 system that takes connectivity up to the next level.

In the high stakes of the compact crossover arena, no detail can be overlooked and that certainly applies to the 2017 Ford Escape.
SUV/CUVs now make up one third of vehicle sales in Canada and the U.S., which Ford expects to grow to 40 per cent by 2020. Last year, sales in the U.S. topped five million, and in Canada, more than 700,000.

So for the 2017 model, Ford made sure not to change what makes Escape so popular, but to improve it inside and out.
There are three trim levels starting with the base S with a 2.5-litre inline four-cylinder producing 168 hp and 170 lb/ft of torque driving the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel rating is 11.1/8.1L/100 km city/highway.
There are two new EcoBoost engines available for the mid-trim SE and toptrim Titanium. Standard on the SE and Titanium is stop/start technology, which Ford says improves fuel economy by 4-6 per cent in stop-and-go traffic.
The 1.5-litre EcoBoost direct injection engine produces 179 hp and 177 lb/ft of torque, while the 2.0-litre EcoBoost direct injection unit makes 245 hp and 275 lb/ft of torque both with a six-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters.
COMPETITOR: Toyota hybrid RAV4 lineup

Escape Ecoboost

Front-wheel-drive is standard on the SE and Titanium with all-wheel-drive available.
Fuel consumption on the 1.5-litre (FWD/AWD) is 10.2/7.9L/100 km and 10.7/8.3L/100 km respectively city/highway. With the 2.0-litre it is 10.6/8.0L/100 km and 11.5/8.7L/100 km respectively.
When properly equipped, towing for the 2.5/1.5/2.0-litre engines is 1,500/2,000/3,500 lb respectively.
Cargo volume is 34.0 cu ft behind the second row seat and 68 cu ft behind the front seats.

Ford revamped the 2017 Escape’s appearance inside and out with the focus on ergonomics, with the shifter moved back to improve access to the climate controls with an added storage bin with a lighted USB port for charging cellphones.
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The centre console gets cupholders designed for all kinds of containers, bins in front and behind the cupholders, added storage, “swing-bin” glove box and an all-new steering wheel and easy-to-work buttons to control audio, adaptive cruise control and SYNC 3 voice command systems.

The exterior features a redesigned hood and raised trapezoidal grille with low-beam projector headlights.
New for 2017 is the Sport Appearance Package, available on the SE and Titanium with 19-inch Ebony Black painted aluminum wheels, liberal use of exterior black trim pieces on the outside and partial leather trimmed sports seats with contrasting stitching, leather shift knob and steering wheel.
The Escape now has Ford SYNC 3 that is a major improvement over the previous system and allows interaction by voice control or tapping on the upper centre stack screen.
Believe it or not, you can ask it for restaurant suggestions by simply saying, “I’m hungry.”

It also offers music search and control, voice recognition and SIRI seamless integration.

An interesting feature when using a cellphone is a “Do Not Disturb” feature that blocks incoming calls, but still allows the driver to make voice-activated outgoing calls. Incoming calls are changed into text messages on the cellphone where they are stored to be read at a later date.

At the Canadian press launch, the drive route was Calgary to Jasper and back again the next day, providing some 800 km of “seat time”

There were no 2.0-litre models available, but a mix of SE and Titaniums including some Sport models.

They drove a SE Sport up to Jasper with the 1.5-litre engine and found it a very tightly put together package that tracked exactly where pointed with spunky acceleration and seamless shifting.

During the drive, the Ford spokesman explained SYNC in detail including pairing his cellphone, which we used as our navigation system on the centre screen.

One of the features on the Escape is called Driver Alert that uses the available lane keeping system and senses when the vehicle is veering and provides a warning in the instrument cluster and vibrates the steering wheel.
Escape also offers Adaptive Cruise Control that uses sensors to spot a slow moving or stopped vehicle ahead and automatically starts braking.
The Escape has all the qualities that are attracting buyers to crossovers, compacts in particular.
And now with smaller, frugal but powerful new engines, the Escape has more to offer than ever.
COMPETITOR: Kia’s 2017 Sportage 

BODY STYLE: Compact five-seat crossover
DRIVE METHOD: Front-engine, front- or all-wheel-drive with six-speed automatic transmission. No manual available
ENGINE: 2.5-litre inline four cylinder (168 hp, 170 lb/ft); 1.5-litre direct injection twin-turbo four-cylinder (179 hp, 177 lb/ft); 2.0-litre direct injection twin turbo (245 hp, 275 lb/ft)
CARGO VOLUME: 34.0 cu ft behind the second row, 68 cu ft behind front seats
TOW RATING: (Properly equipped) 2.5-litre, 1,500 lb; 1.5-litre, 2,000 lb; 2.0-litre, 3,500 lb respectively
FUEL ECONOMY: (Regular) 2.5-litre, 11.1/8.1L/100 km city/highway; 1.5-litre (FWD/AWD) 10.2/7.9L/100 km and 10.7/8.3L/100 km respectively; 2.0-litre, 10.6/8.0L/100 km and 11.5/8.7L/100 km respectively.
PRICE: (Starting) S FWD, $25,099; SE FWD, $27,599; SE AWD, $29,799; Titanium FWD, 33,799; Titanium AWD $35,999; shipping fee, $1,690

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‘Drive4UrSchool’ raises $6,000 for high school’s DECA


  

For each free test drive of a Ford vehicle on Saturday, Wareham’s DECA program received $20 during the Drive4UrSchool program.The goal was to get 300 participants, and by the second hour, there were already 150 people that signed up to take vehicles out for a spin.

“We’ll have over that,” said Mike Cali, one of Wareham High School’s business teachers and an organizer of the event.

  
This is the third year that the club has hosted the event. Though it doesn’t come around every year, when it does, community members don’t fail to show up.

“This community is absolutely fabulous,” Cali said, explaining the turn out and how the police department donated all the cones and caution tapes for the event.

“We constantly battle with a reputation. I tell the kids, you make our rep what you want it to be,” said Cali.

Officer Dean Decas of the Wareham Police Department supervised the event and seconded the sentiment.

“Look at all the students here on a Sunday and look at what they’re doing,” he said.

There were students spread throughout Wareham, holding signs and raising awareness of the event while it occurred.

Students and their parents were the ones coordinating the test drives and drivers. Students took the drivers to the vehicles and waited with them while parents sat with the participants during the test drives.

There were five Wareham Ford vehicles to choose from: the Edge, Explorer, F-150, Taurus and Fusion.

With some music to set the mood, the event also had chips, drinks and hot dogs available to the public.

Ford hosts thousands of these events across the country. On that same day, there were 42 other locations nationwide hosting the same event. According to program’s website, the goal was to “devise a creative, low-pressure fund-raising opportunity” and raise $6,000 in the community each time.

  

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The F-150 retains its value better than almost any other truck on the market


Shopping for an automobile is 

fun, exciting, and nerve wracking. Not only do you want to purchase a vehicle that drives well and looks good, but you also want to ensure you’re getting the best return on your investment. Well, the truth is that there are only a handful of automobiles  that hold their value over the years.

 

 

“The Ford F-150 isn’t just the  

 best-selling truck in America, it’s the best-selling vehicle, period,” says KBB. “Offering best-in-class towing, payload and fuel economy (among gasoline-powered trucks), the F-150 continues to be the full-size truck to beat. And now it’s a back-to-back winner in the truck category of our annual Best Buy Awards.” The F-150 retains its value better than almost any other truck on the market.

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Forget submarines – I want to live in a yellow SEX MACHINE! How driving a brightly coloured sports car enabled a 40-year-old ugly bloke to turn heads for the first time… and bring on a mid-life crisis 


Two days in a brand new Ford Mustang goes from a cross-country drive to a doomed attempt at recapturing youthTemporary admission to the secret club of supercar owners revealed how admiring glances await at every corner

But you still have to remember you have a face like a sack of spanners if you go out on foot 

Forget submarines – I want to live in a yellow SEX MACHINE! How driving a brightly coloured sports car enabled a 40-year-old ugly bloke to turn heads for the first time… and bring on a mid-life crisis 

Two days in a brand new Ford Mustang goes from a cross-country drive to a doomed attempt at recapturing youth
Temporary admission to the secret club of supercar owners revealed how admiring glances await at every corner

But you still have to remember you have a face like a sack of spanners if you go out on foot 

What could be more American than recreating Route 66 across England and Wales in a classic US muscle car?
Driving across America, probably.
But Dunstable to Bangor on the A5 was as close as I was going to get when I got my hands on a bright yellow, brand spanking new Ford Mustang for a couple of days.
However, what was intended to be a journey across Britain ended up taking me somewhere very different indeed.
It was a journey into my subconscious. 
We all want to live in a yellow sex machine: Our man Scott takes the wheel of his Ford Mustang GT Fastback +16

We all want to live in a yellow sex machine: Our man Scott takes the wheel of his Ford Mustang GT Fastback

Having never driven anything flashier than my typical family car, I was teleported without warning into a secret club I never knew existed until I got my first admiring glance.
It was a nod from another driver, heading in the other direction in his Porsche. He was admiring the car – but more importantly, he was telling me I had been accepted into the secret club of supercar owners.
I didn’t have the heart to tell him I was only borrowing it.
Soon it was one nod after another from admiring motorists. But after a few, something amazing happened. Something that never happens unless I am somewhere very dark.
There was a nod…from a woman! A female!
And she was under 50!
From that moment on, my planned comparison between Route 66 and the Midlands’ premier dual carriageway went right out the window.
I was interested in one thing only: The power of The Stang.
Sheep seem to be immune to the charms of the Mustang as it drives past them +16

Sheep seem to be immune to the charms of the Mustang as it drives past them

What sort of fool starts buying expensive shampoos, eating sensibly and using moisturiser when all you have to do is buy one of these? +16

What sort of fool starts buying expensive shampoos, eating sensibly and using moisturiser when all you have to do is buy one of these?

All eyes were drawn to the car. Partly because of the huge, in-your-face design. Partly because of the deafening roar of the engine, which sounds like a bunch of Harley-Davidsons emerging from Hell right behind you.
But mainly because my one was bright yellow.
All eyes were drawn to it and – by association – me.
Suddenly everything clicked. This is why middle aged men cash in their pensions and buy these things!
It doesn’t matter that we’ve lost our hair, developed a huge gut and have skin the texture of putty.
What sort of fool starts buying expensive shampoos, eating sensibly and – for the love of God! – using moisturiser when all you have to do is lay down the cash for one of these?
If you buy one of these, you will be very familiar with this view because it shows the petrol cap. The Stang is a thirsty beast +16

If you buy one of these, you will be very familiar with this view because it shows the petrol cap. The Stang is a thirsty beast

if you don’t buy one of these, you will be very familiar with this view – because you won’t be overtaking it any time soon +16

if you don’t buy one of these, you will be very familiar with this view – because you won’t be overtaking it any time soon

I pondered this as another woman looked over at The Stang. There was eye contact – unheard of!
 I drink in the jealous looks as I step out of the car. Men want to be me, and women want to be with me, though only because they need a lift into town.

I floored the accelerator to treat her to a roar of The Stang’s 5 litre V8.
She winked and smiled as she wagged her finger at me to tell me I was a bad boy.
Yes, that’s right, baby – I am bad. And, for the first time in a quarter of a century, a boy.
The Stang has taken a mild manned lad from the charming Kent village of Hextable, and turned him into pure danger.
The miles pass by until I reach Bangor, where I have been booked a room at the worst hotel in the world.
I care not, as my spirits are lifted when people emerge from the bar area to stare at The Stang while I park.
I drink in the jealous looks as I step out of the car. Men want to be me, and women want to be with me, though only because they need a lift into town.
It’s like being Brad Pitt!
Like.  
The car is built to be driven on the open road. And, occasionally, parked next to a mountain +16

The car is built to be driven on the open road. And, occasionally, parked next to a mountain

The car has a helpful reminder of how powerful it is, written on the side – very useful for forgetful owners who have lost the log book +16

The car has a helpful reminder of how powerful it is, written on the side – very useful for forgetful owners who have lost the log book

The car has a helpful reminder of what it is called, written- you get the idea +16

The car has a helpful reminder of what it is called, written- you get the idea

The machine that turns men into boys… and £60 worth of petrol into vapours within less than 200 miles +16

The machine that turns men into boys… and £60 worth of petrol into vapours within less than 200 miles

The old codger Scott Coomber of old is gone. Now I am down with the millennials – so much so that I am not even fazed by the woman who hands me my key.
She has more metal in her face than Robocop but no Mustang driver would judge her for her life choices. Not a man who drives a yellow one anyway. I embrace them.
I explore the town.
Soon, a strange sensation creeps in as I walk the streets, trying out several pubs.
It is the sensation of knowing that nobody wants to have sex with me.
What has happened?
Then it hits me – the car! Without the car, my power is lost!
Like Samson without his hair, I stumble back to the hotel, and go to bed. 
I feel myself struggling to adapt to normality, but fortunately the soothing sounds from the one million decibel karaoke immediately beneath my room ensure I drift off to sleep.
A beautiful view. And the view out from Bangor is rather pretty as well +16

A beautiful view. And the view out from Bangor is rather pretty as well

Heading back towards England – the sheep well and truly turned their back on the Mustang this time +16

Heading back towards England – the sheep well and truly turned their back on the Mustang this time

Morning. I set off to Holyhead, reluctant to return to London and end my Journey with The Stang.
I arrive at South Stack, famed for its lighthouse on the north-west tip of Wales.
I pull into a car park and wander around, looking for somewhere to get a nice shot of the car.
 A Thelma and Louise leap of death into the sea seemed the only option. Either that or a three-point turn.

As I do so, a middle aged couple approach.
‘Hello,’ says the husband, in an accent I immediately identify as ‘Northern’.
I return the greeting, in fluent Southern.
‘Did you know,’ he begins, in that tone of voice reserved only for when you are about to tell someone something they obviously don’t know, ‘that this is the best spot in Wales for seeing chuff?’
Gadzooks! Doggers!
‘There’s a chuff nest just over there,’ says his wife.
A nest!
But what made them think I was interested in… Wait, of course! The Stang!
How could they possibly resist trying to drag me into their automobile-based al fresco sexual frisson, when I was the very definition of it!
But how to escape? A Thelma and Louise leap of death into the sea seemed the only option. Either that or a three-point turn.

The husband, oblivious to my search for a getaway route, continues his chuff chat.

‘Do you know how to spot them?’ the husband asks.
 In true tabloid tradition, I make my excuses and leave.

‘You don’t need to tell me, mate – I work on the Internet.’
Then the wife chips in again.
‘You can see one right now.’
Why won’t you stop, foul temptress?!
‘Red beak, red legs – there’s one over there.’
I turn, aghast. A black bird with red legs and a red beak is standing still.
‘There you are. That’s a chough. C-H-O-U-G-H.’
In true tabloid tradition, I make my excuses and leave.
I cannot take any more. The sexual magnetism of The Stang is beginning to affect my judgement. I decide to head back. 
The edge of the world! Well, the north-west tip of Wales anyway. South Stack lighthouse… a renowned area for spotting chough +16

The edge of the world! Well, the north-west tip of Wales anyway. South Stack lighthouse… a renowned area for spotting chough

Cruising through Wales, and then the Midlands, I nod at the occasional fellow sports car owner, making the most of my few remaining hours within their secret club.
Every now and then I notice men and women staring at the car. I can’t help it – I put my dogging Hell behind me and drink it in.
All those other sports cars – the Porsches, the Aston Martins, even a Lamborghini – may have been impressive, but none was as eye-catching as my yellow sex machine.
I had beaten them all. I was the sexiest. I had embraced my descent into a mid-life crisis with gusto. I was already working out which kidney to sell to raise the £35,000 I needed to buy the Mustang for myself.
Then, with west London in sight, a middle-aged man in a Ferrari F430 Spider overtakes me with the top down.
It is yellow.
‘Phwoar,’ I think. ‘He looks sexy.’
Dear God. Another crisis may be on the horizon.
I managed one nod to our American cousins – a stop-off at a drive-thru. ‘What type of car is that?’ asked the woman serving me. ‘A Mustang,’ I replied. ‘I preferred the old one,’ said a voice from behind one of the fryers. +16

I managed one nod to our American cousins – a stop-off at a drive-thru. ‘What type of car is that?’ asked the woman serving me. ‘A Mustang,’ I replied. ‘I preferred the old one,’ said a voice from behind one of the fryers. 

 

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800 Miles In The 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang: A Raucous Muscle Car For Everyman


   
   

If high-performance cars with layers of electronic controls feel too refined, too sanitized, then Ford’s raucous 2017 Shelby GT350 Mustang should prove an ideal Saturday morning palette cleanser.

   
    
   
To reconnect with genetic origins and measure the Shelby GT350 on empty roads, I drove Chassis G0029 to Vegas to visit Pete Brock, who was chief designer for Shelby American in the 1960s, part of the “Original Venice Crew” that forged the Shelby legend.

 Detroit loyalists often use the phrase “Point it and punch it,” and that applies here, GT350’s V8 serving up 526 horsepower and 428 ft. lbs. of torque, enough to snap your kneck. 

the ridiculous mob that formed around the car this morning is any indication, the new Ford GT is going to be one hell of a car.
The successor to Ford’s famed line of GT models — most recently produced in the mid-aughts — the latest GT uses a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 making over 600 horsepower. Designed to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the car will go into production late next year for sale in “select global markets” — and needless to say, it won’t be cheap.
It’s not all engine, though; there’s technology here, too. Ford is quick to note that the recently introduced Sync 3 system will be included on the GT, which is made primarily of carbon fiber and aluminum.