With incredible headroom and legroom in all three rows, the 2014 Ford Transit Connect just scored a most fitting honor: It was endorsed as “the perfect vehicle for the vertically gifted” by the Chicago chapter of Tall Clubs International—a global organization for men and women of at least 6’ and 5’10”, respectively. “People of a certain stature have to make special considerations for head and leg room when out buying a new car,” said Brian Comeno, president of Tall Clubs International. “Car shopping is very tough, and if you are concerned about fuel efficiency, smaller is sometimes the way to go.
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It’s not easy improving on the best-selling vehicle in the country, but the brand-new 2015 Ford F-150 is going to do just that. Introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and scheduled to go on sale later this year, the truck will showcase new features like: Integrated loading ramps for easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles and more A new “BoxLink” system of cleats and brackets for attaching bed accessories Advanced camera technologies, including a 360-degree bird’s-eye-view system and a rearview camera with special guidelines to simplify hitching Remote tail-gate release and lock/unlock functionality 400-watt in-cabin power outlets Side-mirror-mounted LED spotlights and LED bed-box lights Ford’s next-gen tailgate step Driver-assistance aides including adaptive cruise control and curve control, as well as lane-keeping and blindspot-information systems There’s also something new available under the hood of the 2015 Ford F-150: a 2.7-liter, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that delivers an “extremely high output and lightweight design.” Then, returning for the 2015 model year will be Ford’s 5.0-liter V-8, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6, all providing their own unique combinations of “power, capability and efficiency.” The 2015 Ford F-150 will get a bolder and more modern appearance, too, but the biggest news is actually under the skin.
With three different vehicles earning all-time annual sales records, and the Ford F-Series alone delivering more than three-quarters of a million units, Ford was once again the No. 1 automotive brand in the country during 2013. The tale of the tape: Ford delivered 2,412,224 new vehicles during its fourth consecutive year leading the industry in sales, and that marked an advance of 11.3 percent as compared to its record volume from 2012.
Consider it the plug-in hybrid that doesn’t need a plug: Instead, the new Ford C-Max Solar Energi concept relies on a combination of sunlight and advanced Ford technologies to provide a greener way to travel. It all starts with the Ford C-Max hybrid, which provides a versatile and efficient package capable of topping 40 mpg in all facets of EPA testing.
Mustang maniacs mark your calendars: The next-generation 2015 Ford Mustang will make its public debut on Dec. 5, 2013, with a globe-spanning reveal program that features events in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. The international focus makes perfect sense, too, since it harkens back to the introduction of the original Mustang, some 50 years ago, and also honors the worldwide following of Ford’s famous muscle car
A 2014 Ford F-150 recently helped set a major milestone for its maker, as Ford has now delivered more than 400,000 full-size pickups with its fuel-saving EcoBoost powertrain technology. Even more impressive: Ford hit that mark in February of 2011, less than three years after first offering an EcoBoost engine in its top-selling truck.. The decision to start using EcoBoost engines in its highest-volume vehicle has paid off in other ways, too
The first modern-day subcompact to reach 45 mpg without the benefit of hybrid help is the 2014 Ford Fiesta. When configured with its new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine and a five-speed manual transmission, in both hatchback and sedan body styles, the Fiesta has been certified to reach 32 mpg city/45 mpg highway/27 mpg combined. But the real benefit to the Blue Oval’s new three-cylinder engine goes beyond its green performance to also include a notably aggressive approach to green lights.