Top 10 Cars That Stayed True to Their Concept

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During the past decade, the once fanciful concept car — never meant to see the light of day — has morphed into more of a design study for future products. Taking that notion to the next level, our editors have rated the 10 production cars that did the best job of incorporating their concept when made into reality during the past decade.

Related: 2015 Detroit Auto Show Winners and Losers 

Note: We didn't take into account certain "concepts" often considered prototypes that some automakers roll out at auto shows. Those show cars are barely discernible from the real thing and are introduced much closer to when the actual cars go on sale.

By David Thomas | February 9, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang Details and Photos

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We're just glad there was some of the new Shelby GT350R Mustang left over to photograph after Ford got done removing features in the pursuit of saving weight for performance. The GT350R takes road-racing track prowess to the next level over the Shelby GT350 announced last year by ditching anything that wasn't imperative for speed.

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Say goodbye to air conditioning, the stereo, a backup camera, the backseat and more; though some can be added for convenience as options. Total weight savings adds up to more than 130 pounds compared with the GT350 Track Pack.

By Joe Bruzek | January 12, 2015 | Comments (7)

Ford Expands Airbag Recall

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In November, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged automakers to expand a recall of Takata-manufactured airbags, and Ford has announced it's doing just that. Following Honda and Mazda, Ford has decided to expand its Takata airbag recall nationwide. The affected airbags when they deploy can launch shrapnel into passengers; incidents were observed in high-humidity areas, prompting 10 automakers to issue regional recalls affecting scores of 2000s-era models registered in states such as Florida.

Related: What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

Ford says the nationwide recall expansion affects 502,489 vehicles, an addition of 447,310 vehicles, bringing the automaker's total count of affected vehicles to 538,977. Vehicles included in the expansion are the 2005-08 Ford Mustang built between Aug. 18, 2004, and June 25, 2007, and the 2005-06 Ford GT built between Feb. 11, 2005, and Jan. 30, 2006. 

The automaker is aware of one injury that may be related to the recall, it said in a statement. Ford has not yet issued an owner-notification schedule, but dealers will replace the airbag inflator for free. Customers with questions can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Ford Mustang: Car Seat Check

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Redesigned for 2015, the Ford Mustang's new look is rooted in its storied history. The Mustang has grown slightly longer and wider with this redesign, but that didn't make much of a difference when it came to installing child-safety seats in it. With seating for two in back, the Mustang isn't for all families, but after our test, we found it really isn't for great for kids in car seats. Rear legroom is at a premium, so even if you can fit your car seat in the backseat, there's not a lot of room for kids to stretch out.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | December 11, 2014 | Comments (1)

November's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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Snow may have hit parts of the country early, but that didn't stop people from buying sporty cars and SUVs. The three cars that tied to top November's fastest-sellers list all have serious performance chops with the rear-wheel-drive Ford Mustang on top for the second consecutive month. The other two — the Porsche Macan and Subaru WRX — sport all-wheel drive, so weather is less of a worry for buyers.

Related: 2015 Ford Mustang Expert Review

October also saw the all-season-friendly Honda CR-V tied for first place, but this week it took a whole 24 hours longer to sell the practical people mover versus the Mustang.

By David Thomas | December 1, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Ford Mustang Review

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"Ford gets it right with the 2015 Mustang, thoroughly upgrading the historic muscle car inside and out while providing a welcome dose of the latest technology," says Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

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Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | December 1, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the new Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang is definitely a pony of a different stripe.

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Not only does it pack a more aggressive look thanks to a sculpted aluminum hood and racing stripes, but under that hood is Ford's most powerful naturally aspirated V-8; its 5.2-liter engine boasts more than 500 horsepower. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang Photo Gallery (34 Photos)

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The muscle car so tough it refuses to date itself with a model year — hopefully dairies don't follow suit with cottage cheese use-by dates — debuted today at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. A year after the redesigned-for-2015 Ford Mustang made its presence known to the world, the Shelby GT350 Mustang is ready to throw its weight around.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

The standard pony car's high-performance variant generally doesn’t stray far from the family tree, but distinguishes itself by ditching the 'Stang logo from the front grille and adding subtle carbon-fiber details to the lower bumper in addition to a double body stripe, Shelby cobra badging and 19-inch wheels. Inside the cabin are GT350-specific Recaro cloth racing seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel and a toned-down gauge treatment aimed at minimizing driver distraction.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

Shelby GT350 Mustang: Up Close

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The door rolled up and in thundered the meanest looking Mustang to come out of a Ford studio in years: the Shelby GT350 Mustang, Ford's newest high-performance version of an already high-performance muscle car. This is a car with more history and pedigree than most successful show dogs, stretching back to the original version in 1965 that was never meant to be a road car, but was sold to the public in order to satisfy racing regulations.

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This new Shelby GT350 is just as much a racer as the old one, but the visual changes from the regular Mustang GT 5.0 are fairly subtle. The most obvious change is at the nose; all of the sheet metal forward of the windshield pillars is completely new. The fenders and hood are now made of aluminum and have been sculpted to optimize cooling airflow to the new 5.2-liter V-8 under the hood. It's an aggressive look, but not all that different from the already-aggressive GT. You'd have to know exactly what you're looking for to recognize this as the Shelby model. The two bold stripes on the top do help.

By Aaron Bragman | November 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Ford Mustang GT Video

"For 2015, the redesigned Ford Mustang enters the modern carscape with an all-new suite of technology both mechanically and electronically," says Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek. "But with all of this new technology aimed to increase the refinement and sophistication, has the Mustang lost its edge?" Watch the video for Bruzek's answer.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

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