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Compared: 2010 Kia Forte Vs. Honda Civic Vs. Ford Focus
Compared: 2010 Kia Forte Vs. Honda Civic Vs. Ford Focus

Fuel-sipping sedans are in vogue--and no, we don't mean that glossy magazine with 73 pages of ads for every real article with real words. Fashionable, sure. And when it comes to compact sedans with a light touch at the gas pumps, a few labels stand out above all the rest. The all-time champion of...Read More»

2009 Volvo C30
Ford Focus, Volvo C30 Get Top Marks In IIHS Safety Ratings

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has conducted a new battery of crash tests -- this time on an assortment of coupes. Generally speaking, all five models performed well, but the Ford Focus and the Volvo C30 came out on top, beating out the Chevrolet Cobalt, Honda Civic, and Scion tC. Each...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Tiguan
Volkswagen Ranks Tops In Ownership Experience

Many of Volkswagen's new vehicles continue to be rated worse-than-average by Consumer Reports in reliability, below the industry average in J.D. Power's annual Initial Quality Survey (the latest just released last week), and near the bottom in post-sales service, as gauged by Power's latest annual...Read More»

2009 Smart fortwo
New Study: Minicars Ranked By Fender-Bender Repair Bill

If you live in a crowded urban environment, you understand the value of minicars. No, they can't haul sheetrock, and trips to the grocery store become more like social calls, but where parking and (occasionally) fuel economy are concerned, they can be a condo-dweller's dream. Until, of course, they...Read More»

2011 Ford Focus Rendering
2011 Ford Focus Preview

If you know where to look, Ford Motor Company has told the world plenty about the upcoming 2011 Ford Focus. According to Ford, the Focus we'll get is based on the model currently sold in Europe. Auto journalists over there like it plenty. The current 2009 Ford Focus — really quite a good small...Read More»

2010 Ford Focus RS (European edition)
2011 Ford Focus: Bummer, We Won't Get Focus RS!

Ford Motor Company is punching its way through these tough current times. Good things are on the horizon, which is important as the company cannot rely solely on the 2010 Mustang, 2009 F-150, and the all-new 2010 Taurus for its survival. Ford's smaller cars are getting the boost they need from the...Read More»

2011 Ford Focus - European model
Going Green: Ford Plants $550M into 2011 Focus Factory

Call it clever strategy or just a sign of the times, but Ford's doing a 180-degree turn and spending more than half a billion dollars to retool its Michigan Truck plant to produce the next-generation 2011 Ford Focus and the 2012 Focus EV. Ford is already ahead of the PR curve--and your car-shopper...Read More»

2009 Ford Ka
Ford CEO Mulally: Ka May Come Stateside

In a possible stroke of genius where small cars are concerned, one of the Detroit's Big Three is seriously considering bringing a small, Europe-only mini car to market in the United States. Ford CEO Alan Mulally's shift was confirmed by Detroit News, who said that "increased demand for small cars...Read More»

2008 Ford Focus
IIHS: Economy Bumpers Bash the Wallet

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says small cars can suffer some expensive damage in very low-speed driving. The IIHS conducted a battery of tests on 20 small cars that found fault with many in the test, with 3- and 6-mph simulated impacts resulting in damages totaling nearly...Read More»

car sales
August Sales Lower at GM, Ford, Toyota

August could turn out to be another dismal sales month for the domestic automakers. The results so far: TOYOTA/LEXUS: Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported August sales of 211,533 vehicles, a decrease of 9.4 percent from last August, on a daily selling rate basis. The Toyota...Read More»

2009 Ford Focus
NKOTB: 2009 Ford Focus SEL

The 2009 Ford Focus is adding a top-line edition, and stability control is on the options list, at long last. We've told you before about the cosmetic updates to the 2009 Focus (this PR shot, we think, is a 2008 leftover). The new trim line for the Focus adds 16-inch Euroflanged wheels, chrome door...Read More»

Ford Sync - in Navigator
Microsoft SYNC-ing Up with Auto Industry

Microsoft hopes to SYNC up with the auto industry. The software giant's high-tech infotainment system has been one of the few big success stories for Ford Motor Co. this past year, drawing in the sort of high-tech-savvy buyers who might normally steer over to an import brand. Now with Ford about to...Read More»

Stocks Down
Record Losses at Ford; Big Changes Coming?

Posting the worst quarterly loss in its history, Ford Motor Co. says it is "aggressively accelerating" plans to shift from a truck-based to high-mileage, car and crossover-based company. Despite an $8.7 billion loss - driven largely by losses in the U.S. and an $8.03 billion write-off of North...Read More»

Smart fortwo
Are Small Cars Safe? Surprisingly So!

There was a lot of attention given a recent federal test of the new Smart fortwo. The little coupe received what was, on the whole, the highest possible kudos following a series of crash tests. The microcar also was rated “good” last week by the influential Insurance Institute for Highway...Read More»

2009 Ford Focus
2009 Ford Focus: Cleaned Up a Little

By now you've read our Bottom Line on the 2008 Ford Focus. It's a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000--but let's be honest, it's not the most attractive Ford two-door ever. Ford's noticed too--so the 2009 Focus two-door is...Read More»

2011 Ford Focus a Euro-American Adventure, Again

Ford is laying out plans for the next version of its Focus compacts. And this time around, Ford says it's going to try once more to make the 2011 Ford Focus a global product. Derrick Kuzak, Ford's product chief, said yesterday that the company is planning the new Focus in its European operations...Read More»

You Know You Want It: Ford Focus Coupe-Cabriolet

Those of us who have to head home after the Geneva Motor Show have reason to feel a little cheated, especially after first visiting the Ford Motor Co. stand. It’s accepted wisdom that the products that have rolled off the automaker’s European assembly lines, in recent years are far...Read More»

Ford Builds a Car-Part Orchestra

The dark art of promoting cars on European TV is stepping up another notch in terms of creativity. Gone are the days when you could just show a new model speeding through a vista of cornfields, though Peugeot once did it with the cornfields on fire as a variation on a theme. Bakers building a Skoda...Read More»

2009 Ford Flex
Farley Wants More Fords Soon

Ford is looking for ways to speed up the introduction of its next generation of vehicles, says the company’s new vice president of marketing and communications. Jim Farley, hired away from Toyota by Ford, told TheCarConnection.com he was in the process of revamping the company’s marketing...Read More»

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