by Ali Arsham Ford’s newest plug in hybrid is the Fusion Energi. The regular Fusion is a terrific sedan and now with the Energi system, it is also very efficient. Ford promises great range and terrific economy and the EPA numbers are there to back it up but there is never a free lunch so we had to find out what it is like to drive and if it is a good choice. When it comes to choosing a Fusion, you have three choices. The first is a regular Fusion that gets as high as 25 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
Clean-sheet design of both Mustang fastback and convertible The next chapter in the life of the iconic pony car began today as the all-new Ford Mustang – loaded with innovative technologies and delivering world-class levels of performance – was revealed around the globe in six cities on four continents. “Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product development.
2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is Designed for Downforce
Racing-inspired design elements enhance high-speed stability When it comes to keeping its tail on the track, the 2014 Camaro Z/28 manages airflow like few other production vehicles, generating downforce like a race car to press the tires against the track for high-speed stability and greater cornering capability. Numerous modifications were made to the exterior, compared to the Camaro SS, with new and revised content developed to improve aerodynamics, powertrain cooling and brake-system cooling. They help the Z/28 produce 440 pounds more downforce at 150 mph, relative to the SS, which generates slight lift at that speed.
by Ali Arsham Let’s say that you are in the market for a family sedan. Your heart wants a BMW or Audi but your wallet only allows you to look at Accords and Camrys. It may be time to look at Volkswagen’s Passat because it could be one of the best all-around sedans in the US. It has the feel of the expensive other German brands but at much more friendly prices. We got our hands on a 2014 Passat SEL TDI to see if it is as good as we thought and we were very impressed.
Rebuilding My Totally-Not-Collectible Mustang, Part I
by Stephen Cox I am proud to own one of the most incredibly rare Ford Mustangs ever built… the 1980 Mustang GL. It is rare today because nobody wants it. Nobody wants it because it was dead slow. It was dead slow because its naturally aspirated four-banger produced a distinctly unimpressive 86 horsepower. Now you know why my Mustang is so rare. As you can see, I have very little to lose no matter how this rebuilding project turns out.
by Ali Arsham Ford’s C-Max has been around in Europe for a while now and it finally made the trip across the ocean. In Europe, the C-Max is an ideally sized vehicle for a family. It is small enough to drive in their tight streets yet its tall structure provides lots of room. After a lot of waiting, we were excited to finally get our hands on one of these cars to see if they fit the American lifestyle.
The ultimate super sports car The grand finale: the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION brings an impressive era to an end in exclusive style. The FINAL EDITION model, built in a limited run of just 350 units, represents the last opportunity for customers to order a SLS AMG – while at the same time reflecting the unrivalled success story and unique scope offered by the first vehicle to be completely built by Mercedes-AMG.
By J.D. Power III I owned other cars during the years but these ten stand out in my mind for various reasons. Especially as my company, J.D. Power and Associates, got more established I tried to never own a car that would be obvious or expected. I wanted to show people that the cars that were at the top of the J.D. Power and Associates lists for quality or customer satisfaction didn’t get there because they were my personal favorites. And, you can see, when there were new models, or special editions that offered something different and unexpected, I was a happy pushover.
To replace the successful 1-Series BMW Friday announced the introduction of an entirely new model series with the introduction of the all-new BMW 2 Series Coupe. This new take on The Ultimate Driving Machine will arrive in the US in the first quarter of 2014 as the 228i and the M235i. The BMW M235i, the first M Performance Automobile offered in the US, includes an impressive list of performance enhancing features. This successor to the successful 1 Series Coupe will continue the decades-long tradition of premium sub-compact coupes.
The newest top-down Ultimate Driving Machine The all-new BMW 4 Series Convertible represents the latest chapter in the modern history of BMW Convertibles which dates back to 1987 and the first BMW 3 Series Convertible. As with the new BMW 4 Series Coupe, the 4 Series Convertible embodies the very essence of dynamics and aesthetic appeal in the premium segment. The new 4 Series Convertible is a technical tour-de-force. The 2014 428i Convertible and 435i Convertible will arrive in US showrooms in the first quarter of 2014.
Innovative engine technology and a focus on lightweight design The launch of the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe sees BMW M GmbH revealing an all-new interpretation of the high-performance sports car – and carrying the BMW M philosophy over into the fifth generation of the M3. More than 40,000 examples of the fourth-generation BMW M3 Coupe were built, and now the BMW M4 Coupe is poised to continue this history of success.
A new era in sustainability The BMW Group entered a new era in automotive construction today with the start of series production of the BMW i3. The world’s first premium electric vehicle to be purpose-designed for this form of drive system is the result of an all-encompassing development approach targeted at reducing fuel consumption and emissions in urban areas. This is the first time that carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) has been used in automotive volume production.
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