2011

Ford's CEO, Alan Mulally, Delivers F-150 To Customer
Ford's CEO, Alan Mulally, Delivers F-150 To Customer

It isn’t easy being a CEO for a major automaker. You’ve got the board of directors to answer to, you’re in meetings all day long and your daily e-mail volume probably rivals that of a small city in the Midwest. To top it off, you have to be careful of the commitments you make...Read More»

Monster Tajima's GoPro Suzuki SX4 Pikes Peak race car
Self-Driving Cars, 'Monster' Tajima, Hot Cars Get Girls: Today's Car News

Nobuhiro 'Monster' Tajima broke his own Pikes Peak Hill Climb world record by breaking the 10-minute mark. [MotorAuthority] Science has proven that a hot car can get men dates. The sky is also blue. [TheCarConnection] The 2011 Lexus CT 200h is in a class of one, the luxury compact hybrid hatchback...Read More»

2012 Buick Regal GS
2012 Buick Regal GS: Return of the Sporty Family Buick?

When Buick launches the 2012 Regal GS this fall, the halo sedan will feature a horsepower boost – to 270 horsepower. GM's original specs for the Regal GS called for only 255 horsepower, so the added 15 horses are a definite improvement. That may qualify the Regal GS as a viable contender for...Read More»

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS
Science Proves It: A Hot Car Can Get Men Dates

Men: if you’re looking for a casual one-night-stand, be prepared to drive a Porsche and spend some serious cash. You’ll have a better chance of being attractive to the opposite sex if you drive an expensive car, wear nice clothes and spend money like a drunken sailor on shore leave...Read More»

2011 Jetta SEL Sport  Photography by Kevin Pauly
2011's Worst-Quality New Cars

Automakers are smart to crow when they earn coveted quality awards. But when the hammer comes down--particularly on brand-new vehicles--the results are usually kept a little more quiet. One of the benchmark studies of new-vehicle quality has been released for the 2011 model year, and this time...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-5 Aero
L.A. Carmageddon, Gas Prices And Saab: Today's Car News

The end may be near at Saab, where the company can't make payroll and is offering suppliers ten cents on the dollar. [TheCarConnection] Car theft may be down in the past year, but it's little consolation if you're living in California. [FamilyCarGuide] Is MyFord Touch to blame for Ford's big drop...Read More»

Bridgestone RE05A run-flat tire
Spare Tires Soon To Disappear From Family Sedans? Maybe, If Trend Continues

If thoughts of changing that flat tire on the family car in the pouring rain or dangerously close to the side of the road are the stuff of bad dreams, the fact that some automakers are ditching spare tires in some models may give you pause. The trend, it seems, is spreading. While so-called...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-5
Saab Can't Pay Its Employees: Is The End Near?

Saab's troubles since leaving the General Motors fold for Dutch ownership and Russian banker courtship have been many. Production halts, inability to pay its suppliers, and now, inability to pay its employees--the list is growing more and more desperate, and the company is too. This could be the...Read More»

MyFord Touch
Ford Plummets In Initial Quality Rankings, MyFord Touch To Blame

In 2010, Ford was ranked fifth overall in J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey (IQS). In 2011, the automaker plunged to twenty-third overall, slotting in just above Nissan but just below Ram. Even luxury-brand Lincoln took a significant hit in initial quality ratings, falling from eight...Read More»

2009 Ford Ranger
Will You Miss The Ford Ranger? #YouTellUs

This day has been coming for a long time, the death of the U.S. Ford Ranger. Yesterday it was announced that the Ford Ranger will finally cease production on December 22, 2011--two years later than originally planned. Ford had originally scheduled to shut down Ranger production back in 2009, but in...Read More»

Ford's inflatable seat belt
2013 Ford Flex And Unnamed Lincolns To Offer Rear Inflatable Seat Belts

Buoyed by the number of 2011 Ford Explorer buyers ordering rear inflatable seat belts, the automaker no doubt sees a marketing opportunity ahead – especially with families. Ford will offer rear inflatable seat belts on the 2013 Ford Flex and on some yet-to-be-named Lincoln vehicles arriving...Read More»

Alcohol related incident
Drunken Man Plays Human Speed Bump, Loses

Here’s a handy driving tip: if you have an argument with a drunken loved one, check to make sure they’re not reclined in front of your car before you drive off. An Orlando, Florida, woman learned this lesson the hard way following a recent fight with her boyfriend. As she attempted to...Read More»

Aston Martin V12 Zagato race car
Aston Martin V12 Zagato, Cake Boss, Ford, Fuel Cells: Today's Car News

Aston Martin is gearing up the V12 Zagato for the 2011 Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race. [MotorAuthority] The fonts on the instrument panel of future Fords will be 40 percent heavier to make it easier for people to read the options. [TheCarConnection] Ford is adding SYNC App Link to the 2012...Read More»

Ford's inflatable seat belt
2013 Ford Flex, Lincoln Vehicles Next To Get Inflatable Belts

The inflatable seat belts that Ford (NYSE:F) introduced in the 2011 Explorer will be making their way into at least two more vehicles by next summer, the company said in a release. The 2013 Ford Flex will join the Explorer in offering the belts, which Ford says has been outfitted on about 40...Read More»

2012 MINI John Cooper Works Coupe
2012 MINI Coupe, Focus Doug, Brooklyn's 'Gran Torino' Shooter: Today's Car News

The 2012 MINI Coupe is finally official, and comes with a $22,000 base price. [MotorAuthority] The numbers behind Ford's Focus Doug social media campaign have finally hit the interwebz. Looks like the politically incorrect orange puppet is a hit. [SocialCarNews] Many new cars now come without spare...Read More»

Toyota Prius Plug-In
What's The Best High-Gas-Mileage Car? #YouTellUs

Would you drive a Toyota Prius? What about a Ford Fiesta? Both cars are known for high gas mileage, and yet not every consumer wants one. Everyone has different needs when it comes to vehicles, which is why there are so many options on the market. But what do you need? With so many options on the...Read More»

Flat tire, by Flickr user Lissalou66
Spare Me Not: Some New Cars Leave You To Fix Your Own Flat

In recent years, run-flat tires have become increasingly common as standard equipment in new vehicles. In theory, they provide the security of letting you limp to a safe place, even with no pressure in the tires, for a short distance. But how would you feel if you bought a new car that didn't have...Read More»

Focus Doug
Focus Doug: Has The Campaign Been Successful? By The Numbers

It's been three months since we told you about Ford's Focus Doug social media campaign. We even got to use the term amazeballs in the post. Now that the campaign has had some time to grow, let's take a look at the numbers to see if the campaign has been a success. Ford's Digital Marketing Manager...Read More»

Ryan Dunn
Jackass Star Ryan Dunn, Hybrid Popemobile, John McGee: Today's Car News

Jackass star Ryan Dunn died last night when his Porsche crashed. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. [MotorAuthority] John McGee, state senator for Idaho, has been booked on charge of DUI and grand theft. [TheCarConnection] Will General Motors' 2011 Chevrolet Volt become a costly dead...Read More»

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