With U.S. sales expected to pass the 200,000-unit mark this month, the 2014 Ford Focus is one of the top-selling cars in the country. But this isn’t just a case of home-field advantage: The Focus also happens to be the best-selling nameplate in the world through the first six months of the year, continuing a run of international success that also brought it the global sales title in 2012
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Ground zero for some of the wildest custom vehicles ever produced, the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas should be on the bucket list of every gearhead in the country.
As it has each year since its introduction in 2009, the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor recently claimed a major pickup prize from the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), which most recently honored the Raptor as “Off-Road Truck of Texas.” The title didn’t come easy, however, as Ford’s high-performance pickup first had to best its rivals in a grueling series of competitions at the Knibbe Ranch in San Antonio. It’s also worth noting that while TAWA was putting the Raptor through its paces on some of the toughest terrain in the Lone Star State, Ford was busy creating a new Special Edition 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor that adds premium style and comfort upgrades to the truck’s long list of performance enablers, including: Internal triple-bypass Fox Racing Shox that allow 11.2 in
Some 26 years after Bill Elliott drove his Ford Thunderbird NASCAR racer to a record lap speed of 210.364 at the Daytona International Speedway, the torch has been passed to another member of the Ford Racing team. Colin Braun of the Michael Shank racing team recently lapped the track in a Daytona prototype racer, built
The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor isn’t merely a top performer when it comes to off-roading; the power-packed pickup moves plenty fast off dealer showrooms, too. In fact, the typical Raptor lasts just 15 days at a dealership before being snapped up by a customer, while the industry average for the typical vehicle is 60 days. As a result, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has set monthly sales records in eight of the past 10 months and is a key reason the overall F-150 roster has enjoyed a sales jump of more than 22 percent so far this year
Fans of the Ford F-150 can spend countless hours polishing their pickups to a high-gloss gleam, but achieving just the right finish wouldn’t be possible if those trucks didn’t spend about 15 seconds in front of the new dirt-detection system from the Blue Oval. It’s part of a high-tech approach to the paint process that’s being deployed at Ford facilities like the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan. There, each Ford F-150 is scanned by a high-resolution vision system that takes more than 3,000 images in a quarter of a minute, with the ability to detect dirt particles smaller than a grain of salt.
There are about 35 different auto brands to choose from in this country, and in July, the Ford F-150 outsold all but six of them. In fact, with 60,449 deliveries last month, the Blue Oval’s big pickup sold more units than the Volkswagen and Chrysler divisions combined, while also enjoying a 22.6 percent advance over July of 2012
Mark your calendars for April 17, 2014. That’s when the Ford Mustang will become one of the few vehicles to mark 50 years of continuous production.
To help drivers realize even better real-world fuel-economy results, Ford is recalibrating the control systems for hybrid versions of the Ford Fusion, Ford C-Max and Lincoln MKZ. The upgrades will improve efficiency in a wide range of driving scenarios, thanks to changes that include: Raising the all-electric top speed to 85 mph to allow more highway travel in EV mode Adjusting the operation of the vehicles’ active grille shutters to both reduce aerodynamic drag and improve engine-temperature management Fine tuning the climate-control systems to reduce energy consumption in both hot and cold weather Reducing the time it takes for the engine to warm up, which lets drivers enjoy all-electric driving and stop/start functionality sooner Now, the automaker hasn’t revealed whether these changes will affect the EPA ratings for the Ford Fusion Hybrid and friends, but drivers should keep in mind that the focus here was on delivering better performance and higher customer satisfaction in real-world driving.
Ford F-150 to Offer Ability to Run on Compressed Natural Gas; Sales of Ford CNG-Prepped Vehicles Continue Growth
Ford, America’s truck leader, will offer the 2014 F-150 with the ability to run on compressed natural gas, making Ford the only manufacturer with an available CNG/LPG-capable half-ton pickup.