2015 Ford Focus: First Look

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Competes with: Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra, Mazda3, Honda Civic

Looks like: Una Fiesta muy grande

Powertrains: 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, optional turbocharged 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder; six speed manual and automatic transmissions

Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

Ford has seen tremendous global success with its current Focus compact sedan, with the company claiming that it has become the world's best-selling nameplate for the last two years (Toyota may disagree, however).

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To keep that momentum going, Ford has unveiled a freshened Focus that will appear at the Geneva International Motor Show in March before making its stateside debut at the New York International Auto Show in April.

By Aaron Bragman | February 23, 2014 | Comments (12)

2015 Ford Expedition: First Look

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Competes with: Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Toyota Sequoia, Nissan Armada

Looks like: It didn't change much

Powertrains: Twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6; rear- or four-wheel-drive; six-speed automatic transmission

Hits dealerships: Second half of 2014

Ford is showing an updated version of the company's full-size Expedition SUV at the Dallas Auto Show Feb. 19-23, unveiling the mildly restyled truck in friendly territory — Texas is the Expedition's best market nationally, and GM builds its own full-size SUVs not far from Dallas.

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Just like the 2015 Lincoln Navigator that was sort of unveiled at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show earlier in February, the Expedition continues almost unchanged from the current model; some powertrain and suspension updates are the big story for this big truck.

By Aaron Bragman | February 18, 2014 | Comments (8)

Winter Weather Impacts Auto Production Worldwide

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The severe weather that has made drivers' commutes miserable for much of this winter across much of the U.S. is also affecting global and domestic auto production. Production was expected to resume Tuesday at most Toyota and Honda factories shut down after a major snowstorm in Japan disrupted shipments from parts suppliers.

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According to the Detroit News, Toyota stopped production Monday at its Takaoka plant, which builds cars including the Corolla and iQ (sold in the U.S. under the Scion brand); the Tsutsumi factory that makes the Prius and Camry; and plants in Motomachi and Tahara. All facilities but Tsutsumi were expected to resume production Tuesday. Honda, meanwhile, suspended work at its Yorii factory near Tokyo after snow affected output Feb. 14 and 15, the Detroit News reported.

By Matt Schmitz | February 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Lincoln Navigator Photo Gallery (23 Photos)

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A few exterior styling details aside, it wouldn't be hard to lose the redesigned 2015 Lincoln Navigator in a crowd of the luxury SUV's previous generation. We got a close look as the Navigator found its way this week to the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. The main exterior differences are a new grille, bumpers, hood headlights and taillights, all in line with the current Lincoln aesthetic, while the fenders, doors, windows and roof resemble those of the outgoing model.

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The even-more-mildly revised cabin offers a new dashboard covered in stitched leather and the latest version of the MyLincoln Touch multimedia system with Sync and an 8-inch touch-screen. The powertrain receives the biggest change, dropping to a 3.5-liter V-6 from a 5.4-liter V-8, but it gains horsepower and torque. Check out the gallery below. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | February 7, 2014 | Comments (5)

2014 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Cargo Capacity Breakdown

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The 2014 Ford Fiesta hatchback negotiates city streets and tight parking garages with ease; that's largely because the Fiesta is so small and spritely. The hatchback's small stature isn't as helpful when the time comes to load up the cargo area with goods, however.

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Cargo space behind the rear seats measures in at a skimpy 14.9 cubic feet. The 25.4 cubic feet of total cargo space is also tiny for the class, and the rear seats don't fold into a flat cargo floor like many of its four-door hatchback competitors. Check out our cargo animation of the Fiesta to see what it looks like when golf clubs, suitcases and a stroller are stuffed into the hatchback.

By Joe Bruzek | February 5, 2014 | Comments (3)

Toyota, Ford Top Consumer Reports' Brand-Perception Survey

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People love Toyota but think Land Rover stinks, according to Consumer Reports' 2014 Car-Brand Perception Survey. The magazine quantified Toyota's brand image to an indexed score of 145, which put it ahead of second-place Ford (120 points), third-place Honda (109) and Chevrolet (105). On the flip side, Land Rover's 4-point index score placed it last; sister brand Jaguar scored just 9 points.

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Consumer Reports said brand perception reflects how consumers view auto brands across seven categories: quality, safety, performance, value, fuel economy, design/style and technology/innovation. Myriad factors, from marketing and recalls to actual hands-on experience and awards, influence the scores. And it's those categories — in that order of importance — that consumers find most important in cars, the magazine said.

By Kelsey Mays | February 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Survey Shows Which Cars Drive Men, Women Wild

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Here's the long and short of it: When it comes to vehicles driven by potential suitors, ladies are most attracted to the rugged masculinity of a man in a big black pickup truck, while gentlemen prefer BMWs where their romantic prospects are concerned. Hey, don’t blame us for perpetuating gender-based stereotypes — there's statistical science behind these generalizations. A survey by Insurance.com polled 2,000 men and women age 18 or older on the type, brand and color of their crushes' cars.

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The top vehicles women like their men to drive, followed by the percentage saying so, are:

By Matt Schmitz | January 31, 2014 | Comments (4)

Cubby Conundrum: 2014 Ford Escape Suffers From Lack of Storage

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The 2014 Ford Escape, a five-seat compact crossover, is flexible when it comes to hauling people and larger items, but during a recent test drive, it seemed my kids in the backseat had the same amount of storage that I did in the front. That meant I had less than I'm used to.

2014 Ford Escape: What's Changed

I struggled with the lack of storage for my random, everyday items. There are two cupholders in the front row, but you can just eliminate one of them from the get-go because there's no small cubby for a smartphone or the Escape's enormous key fob. Reserve a cupholder for those items. Yes, you can keep them in your purse (if you carry one).

By Sara Lacey | January 31, 2014 | Comments (6)

2014 Ford Fusion Energi: Car Seat Check

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The plug-in hybrid version of Ford's midsize sedan may sacrifice some cargo room to accommodate its battery, but the backseat's legroom isn't affected. Although space wasn't a major issue in the Fusion Energi's backseat, buried Latch anchors and our test car's stiff leather seats complicated installation.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | January 28, 2014 | Comments (2)

Ford Claims Focus is No. 1 Global Seller

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Citing data from industry analysis firm Polk, Ford said Sunday that its Focus compact is the best-selling car in the world. Registrations, which indicate but don't always match up with sales, hit 856,587 from January through September 2013, the latest quarterly data from Polk. Ford said that's up 16.1 percent over the year-ago period, with more than a third of the cars registered in China. In the U.S., the nameplate is less popular. Shoppers bought 188,654 Focus sedans and hatchbacks through September 2013; the car didn't crack the top 10 U.S. sellers by year's end, a list that Ford's F-Series pickup truck regularly dominates.
 
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The Focus led the No. 2 nameplate by more than 75,000 registrations, but neither Ford nor Polk disclosed what car that was. In April 2013, Ford and Toyota sparred over the 2012 global best-seller title between the Focus and the Corolla, respectively, as both automakers claimed victory in 2012 registrations. Polk did not respond to our requests for comment. Ford sales analyst Erich Merkle told us the automaker is "not allowed to provide data on our competitors."

By Kelsey Mays | January 27, 2014 | Comments (1)

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