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12 Born-In-The-U.S.A. Fuel Sippers
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»

2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid 4-door Sedan Hybrid FWD Air Vents
MIT Student-Built EV Charges In Ten Minutes

Take one 2010 Mercury Milan hybrid, add 7,905 lithium iron-phosphate batteries and untold hours of MIT student labor, and what do you get? A kickin' EV with a 187kW motor that can hit 100mph in about nine seconds and coast for 200 miles before it needs a plug-in. Added bonus: those students have...Read More»

2010 Lincoln MKT
Ford Fanfare: New Lineup, New Tech, And Gosh Darnit, People Like Them

Not wanting to be left out of the "reinvention" moment, Ford has launched its own assault on the marketplace, trumpeting the company's "freshest" model lineup in history, as well as fuel efficiency, quality, and Ford's growing market share. According to a company press release, Ford is rolling out...Read More»

How SYNC works
Ford SYNC Users: Free, Downloadable Updgrade Now Available That Provides Traffic And Directions

  There's nothing worse that buying the latest electronic gadget or service, only to find that seven hours later, an updated, more capable version is available and you can't upgrade. With their voice-activated infotainment system, SYNC, Ford Motor Company is working to keep customers from suffing...Read More»

Badge on 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid: Why Driving A Hybrid Is Different

Just like rich people are different from you and me, hybrid-powered vehicles are not exactly like the vehicles you're used to driving. After spending a week with a 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid, the overall experience reminded me of just how different these vehicles are. Here are six "did you knows"...Read More»

2009 Mercury Sable
Ford Pulling The Trigger On The Sable

Back in 1986, the then-new Ford Taurus energized the American mid-size sedan market. Its twin, the all-new Mercury Sable, slinked around in the large shadow cast by the bull, providing a modestly more up-market look to the higher-volume Ford. While the Mercury Sable first went out of production in...Read More»

2009 Mercury Milan
Driven: 2010 Mercury Milan

There's nothing like spending some quality time behind the wheel of a car to convincingly determine  whether you like what you're driving. Not that long ago, I made a one-day round trip from Detroit to Chicago in a 2010 Mercury Milan. Given how Ford Motor Company has completely squandered...Read More»

2009 Mercury Milan
Ford Trumps Honda In Initial Quality

Chrysler may be down in the dumps these days, but Blue Oval is far from blue. Across the interweb comes news that Ford has pulled ahead of Honda in initial quality rankings for 2009, as per a study conducted by RDA Group. That breaks last year's three-way tie for the top spot, leaving a mere...Read More»

Zoomi Monterey Electric Bicycle
Link Love From The Car Connection: Electric Bikes, iPhone Fun, And Gigolo Becomes Butt Of Soap-Dropping Jokes

Well, there's always Michael Moore -- Fellow PBS fans, the Big Three meltdown has a nasty surprise in store: to cut back on expenses, GM will no longer fund the films of Ken Burns. We understand the rationale; we just wish M. Night Shyamalan's backers would make the same move. Like, yesterday...Read More»

2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid 4-door Sedan Hybrid FWD Headlight
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Scores Tax Credit Coup

Ford announced yesterday that those purchasing a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid or 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid can take advantage of a $3,400 tax credit from the federal government. This is yet more good news for Ford Motor Company, the most promising of the Big Three and the only one not to have taken...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion
Ford Surprises Family With New 2010 Fusion Hybrid

Partnering with the TV show 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,' Ford Motor Company yesterday shocked the Pennsylvania-area Drumm family with a brand new 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan. Significant financial hurdles encountered by Matt and Blasia Drumm, who have two autistic children requiring three...Read More»

2010 Ford Taurus
Ford Abandons Rear Wheel Drive Plans

Demonstrating that a little bit of Detroit old-think still lingers on in Dearborn, Ford has decided that front-wheel drive (or at least transverse-mounted engines with front- or all-wheel drive propulsion) is the name of the game for its sedans in the foreseeable future. How is this old-think?...Read More»

2010 Mercury Milan
2010 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan Tip Off in L.A.

...with the restyled 2010 Ford Mustang on Tuesday. Following up this first act at the 2008 Los Angeles auto show are the updated version of its mainstay mid-sizers, the 2010 Ford Fusion and 2010 Mercury Milan. Neither has completely new sheetmetal like the 'Stang, but the improvements are...Read More»

Ford Explorer Fire
Ford Could Be Out of Cash Next Year if Spending Not Curtailed

If Ford doesn't engage in some serious cost cutting, it could be out of cash sometime in 2009, according to the U.K.'s AutoCar. Ford currently has cash reserves of $18.9 billion, which AutoCar project is enough to support the automaker for only seven months if it continues spending money at the...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion Sport
Ford's Mulally on Fed Assistance

Ford rang in with perhaps the most positive statement of the Big Three after a closed meeting with U.S. Congressional Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid yesterday. Despite a reported $3 billion third-quarter loss just reported, Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford, followed the meeting with...Read More»

2009 Mercury Mariner
Driven: 2009 Mercury Mariner

Last year, we wrote about the much-improved 2008 Mercury Mariner. The fresh exterior and interior were welcomed, especially considering there hadn't been much change since the Mariner came out as a 2005 model. (Most TCC readers know that Mariner shares much with the Ford Escape that was introduced...Read More»

2009 BMW 335d
Green Car of the Year: The Finalists

The alt-electric-bio-fuel experts over at Green Car Journal have their finalists for the Green Car of the Year award, and a broad range of powertrains are represented in this year's talent pool. The finalists include: 2009 BMW 335d: The 335d is BMW's first diesel in the United States in a long...Read More»

Ford SmartGauge
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Teaches Green Driving

Ford is preparing to launch its first sedan hybrids at the Los Angeles auto show next month. When the 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid and Mercury Milan hybrid bow, the Dearborn-based automaker says they'll sport a new set of gauges that will help drivers get even better fuel economy. The new "SmartGauge,"...Read More»

2010 Ford Mustang
2008 Los Angeles Auto Show Preview

The 2008 Los Angeles auto show is less than a month away--and some of the launches already confirmed for the L.A. show are split on green trends and on horsepower: 2010 Ford Mustang: You've seen plenty of spy shots of the 2010 Ford Mustang--including some put out there by the company itself, as it...Read More»

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