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No Threat Of $4-Per-Gallon Gas, But Prices Will Top $3 Soon
No Threat Of $4-Per-Gallon Gas, But Prices Will Top $3 Soon

Gas prices keep creeping upward, but don't expect any relief anytime soon. Don't expect $4 either. That's what the federal government warns in its latest monthly report; the U.S. Energy Information Administration has predicted that gas prices will jump well past the $3-a-gallon mark in much of the...Read More»

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Report Confirms Auto-Repair Gouging, Ranks Best And Worst Cities

With auto repair chains ever expanding and dealership service becoming more consistent and predictable, you might think that repair costs are becoming much more standardized than they used to be for car repairs done at independent shops, with very little variation, once you average a few shops...Read More»

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Toyota Recall: Ford, Honda, And Hyundai Gaining The Most

Ford, Hyundai, and Honda—not GM or Chrysler, as some sources have claimed—look to be making the most conquests from customers who've had it with Toyota due to recall uncertainties. In looking at the market share that Toyota has lost, that's what the pricing intelligence service TrueCar found...Read More»

2010 Ford Focus: Parting Shots

The aging 2010 Ford Focus, freshened for 2008, has more sizzle and fewer models than before--unfortunately the useful wagon, practical hatchback and high-performance SVT versions have been jettisoned. The result isn't picture perfect.  Some good things remain.  It rides decently, sips fuel...Read More»

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TCC's Best Cars—And Surprises—of the 2010 Detroit Auto Show

We're just back from the 2010 Detroit auto show and nursing our sore feet from several days of taking it all in at Detroit's Cobo Center. Taking a look back at the hurricane of posts on The Car Connection, along with our other core sites Motor Authority and Green Car Reports, we've picked just a...Read More»

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Detroit Auto Show: Is the 2012 Ford Focus the American Family Car of the Future?

Ever since it was introduced there near the start of the new millennium the Ford Focus has been one of the hottest selling family hatchbacks in Europe. They are renowned for their keen driving dynamics and high quality. Europeans even got a second generation re-style where we were left with a...Read More»

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2012 Ford Focus, From The Inside Out

With the new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and 2012 Ford Focus, as shown out on the Detroit auto show floor, you're looking at the future heart of the market. According to many who keep tabs on the industry, the so-called C-segment--the size of these two small sedans--is slated to grow rapidly over the next...Read More»

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Ford Showing 'One Ford' Determination With 2012 Ford Focus

With a presentation that included news of renewed profitability and a renewed investment in Michigan, Ford touted its "One Ford" focus with, appropriately, the introduction of the 2012 Ford Focus, at Detroit's Cobo Arena. In the U.S., we've heard for years that small cars can't be profitable, but...Read More»

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2010 Detroit Auto Show: 2012 Ford Focus

Ford chose Detroit for the worldwide debut of the 2012 Ford Focus, at least in part, to show us that this time the North American version is no afterthought. Yes, after Ford says that the new Focus “takes kinetic design to a new level,” with a sportier design and more athletic stance, and it...Read More»

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Pandora, Stitcher First Of Many Voice-Driven Ford MyTouch Apps

Mobile apps for Pandora and Stitcher, specially developed for in-car use, will be among the first to be supplied to users of Ford's all-new MyFord Touch system, Ford announced today at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Ford says that its appropriate that these two will be among the...Read More»

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Ford Taps Into iPhone Halo With MyFord, MyLincoln Touch

The first time you get into a vehicle with Ford's just-announced MyFord and MyLincoln Touch system (the 2011 Ford Edge and 2012 Ford Focus will be first) it's likely you'll think, "Oh, it's like the iPhone." That will likely be followed by just a few seconds of fiddling as you figure out how to...Read More»

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Impressions of a Used 2003 Mazda 1.3 Sting

I drive a Mazda Sting 1.3, and it has about 80 000 km on the clock. Mechanically this car is very sound, and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for hassle free motoring. It is very economical if serviced regularly (every 10 000km) - I get about 550km on a full tank of fuel - not bad for...Read More»

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Fisker Scores $529 Million Low-Interest Loan From DOE

A couple of weeks ago, Fisker gleefully announced fuel efficiency stats for its upcoming extended-range Karma sedan (67 mpg, though the math is a little fuzzy).  Now the upstart automaker has another reason to celebrate: the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Fisker a $529 million low-interest...Read More»

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Drew Barrymore First Driver In Leno's Green Car Challenge

We've mentioned that Jay Leno will use a specially built all-electric Ford Focus during his new show's "Green Car Challenge" segment. We've mentioned that Tom Cruise has already taken a spin in that vehicle and asked for a second lap. And now we're happy to announce that the show's first featured...Read More»

Special BEV Ford Focus for Jay Leno
Ford Builds Special Focus EV For Jay Leno's New Show

The Jay Leno Comedy Show doesn't debut until next week, but details have already emerged about the program's "Green Car Challenge" (an eco-friendly version of Top Gear's "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment). Apparently, the vehicle that Tom Cruise and others will be driving is a very special...Read More»

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Ford Focuses On The Focus To Meet Clunker Trade-In Boom

The Ford Focus has been extremely popular with Cash-for-Clunkers buyers. With an MSRP starting just above $15,000 and an EPA-rated fuel economy of 24/33 mpg -- not to mention the new luster of attractiveness Ford has acquired in light of its refusal to accept bailout dough -- the Focus is...Read More»

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ALERT: $2B Cash-For-Clunkers Extension Passes Senate, Obama To Sign

Yesterday afternoon, the US Senate passed a $2 billion extension to the Car Allowance Rebate Systems (CARS) program--better known as "Cash for Clunkers"--by a vote of 60 to 37. President Barack Obama is expected to sign it today. The vote approved a bill identical to the one passed last Friday by...Read More»

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U Haul Car-Sharing Adds Toyota Prius, Ford Escape Hybrid

U Haul has just reduced prices for its U Car Share car-sharing service, and added more fuel-efficient EPA SmartWay vehicles, the company reports. Vehicles being added to U Car Share's fleet include the Toyota Prius, Ford Focus, Toyota Yaris, MINI Cooper, and Ford Escape Hybrid. Up until now, the...Read More»

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12 Born-In-The-U.S.A. Fuel Sippers

Want American-made and fuel-efficient? A small car, too? You don't have many choices. Shoppers are valuing fuel efficiency more than before, especially now that they might be able to take advantage of a $4,500 Cash-for-Clunkers incentive. While there are plenty of stars-and-stripes-waving larger...Read More»

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