Under the Hood: What is Stability Control?

AutoGuide’s last installment of “Under the Hood” investigated traction control; today it’s time to look at another safety feature. This one has nothing to do with gripping the road and everything to do with keeping your vehicle shiny-side up.

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Custom Ford Escapes, Explorer Heading to 2012 SEMA Show

Joining the already impressive lineup of customized Ford vehicles at the 2012 SEMA Show will be a pair of custom Ford Escapes and a Ford Explorer Sport.

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2013 Ford Taurus, Explorer, Lincoln MKS Earn Five-Star NHTSA Rating

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded a five-star crash test rating to three Ford vehicles today: the Taurus, Explorer and Lincoln MKS.

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Ford Explorer, Chrysler 200 Defect Investigations Opened by NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened preliminary investigations today into two vehicles, the 2011 Ford Explorer for power steering issues, and the 2011 Chrysler 200 for engine stalling. 

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Ford Explorer Interceptor Chosen by California Highway Patrol

Until recently the traditional choice for police cars was very simple: almost always a Ford Crown Victoria P71 Police Interceptor, but with the legendary cop cruiser out of production, forces across the country have had to turn elsewhere, diversifying the pack.

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Ford Explorer Teaser Video Hints at High-Performance SUV

Footage from Ford just became available confirming an addition to the Ford explorer family. The clip doesn’t show much of the SUV, but that might tell more than you think.

The video shows opens to a distinct growling exhaust note that revs out before cutting to a split-screen view of close-up angles on the car. We see a tailpipe, speedometer and matter black aluminum alloy wheels.

Though Ford didn’t release any specific details yet, it seems likely that the automaker is hinting at a high-performance variant on its popular Explorer SUV. The reasoning behind that thought? First, the video is shot on a track. Second, the shots we get are focused on speed and sound — both calling cards for sports-tuned models.

A live webcast is supposed to take place on the company’s Facebook page on March 28 when more details will be made available. While it’s purely speculation, an SHO version of the Explorer seems like a reasonable announcement given the drag strip setting for the clip, which you can watch after the jump.

Ford is expected to also show the car that day at the New York International Auto Show.

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Ford Edge Vs Explorer: Which SUV is Right for You?

Mid-sized crossovers and SUVs are bread-and-butter vehicles for most auto companies.

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Ford Announces New Crate Engines, 2.0L EcoBoost Coming Shortly

For decades, we’ve known Ford crate engines to be huge V8 powerplants packing plenty of cubic inches and power. But Ford has been quietly offering a 2.0L inline-four from its old Focus for midget racers but very few even paid attention to that option.

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Used Ford Explorer Allegedly Held A Dead Body, Dealership Facing Lawsuit

In a country where everyone is a little bit lawsuit-happy, we take this story with a grain of salt. Margarita Salais claims that her 2006 Ford Explorer, purchased from Suburban Ford of Sterling Heights, once housed a dead body and is now suing for $25,000 plus court fees.

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J.D. Power Initial Quality Study Results Being Called Into Question

Car and Driver has published an article expressing its gripes with J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study, stating that its results tell us less about a vehicle’s defects then we might think. J.D. Power’s IQS measures new-vehicle quality after 90-days of ownership and has done so since 1987, but the advent of more technologically advanced features are now impacting quality results.

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Custom Ford Explorers Revealed, Eddie Bauer Edition Absent: 2011 SEMA Show

Ford brought four of its new Explorers to this year’s SEMA Show, each customized by some of the top builders in the nation. Galpin Auto Sports, Stitchcraft Interiors, Tjin Edition and DSO Eyewear put their spin on Ford’s “SUV” with each sharing the spotlight at Ford’s massive booth.

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Ford's New Lane Keeping Technology To Combat Drowsy Driving [Video]

Ford’s Lane Keeping technology is much more effective than a cup of super strong coffee – this technology will let you know when you’re too tired to drive.

Set to launch in early 2012 on the Ford Explorer, the Lane Keeping technology is perfect for drivers that are in for the long haul or have to pull a late-night road trip. This system will keep drivers in control by alerting them when it detects signs of drowsiness.

Using a camera mounted near the rear view mirror, the system is able to keep track of how you’re driving. When it senses your attention is wandering, the alarms start to go off. Depending on how alert you are, you may get a warning chime or a coffee up that lights up on the dashboard.

And if all that fails, the system takes it up a notch to get you focused on the road. If you start to drift across the lanes, the steering wheel will vibrate in order to snap you out of your sleepiness.

“Our engineering teams tested this technology for thousands of miles in many parts of the country to help ensure it performs on a wide range of roads with different lane markings,” said Michael Kane, vehicle engineering supervisor for Driver Assistance Technologies for Ford.

After the jump, watch the video to see the Lane Keeping System in action.

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Custom Ford Explorer, F-Series Trucks Previewed Ahead of 2011 SEMA Show

The world’s largest aftermarket expo is just days away and Ford has released a second batch teaser images, highlighting the customization potential of its truck and SUV offerings.

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Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Wins Motor Trend SUV of the Year Award

Congrats go out to the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, the winner of the 2012 Motor Trend SUV of the Year.

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Tjin Edition Building Ford Mustang, Explorer For SEMA 2011

Our friends over at Tjin Edition gave us some teasers today on a pair of Ford vehicles that they’re currently building for the upcoming SEMA Show. This year, Tjin Edition has teamed up with Ford to build out a Mustang GT 5.0 and an Explorer, with the Mustang being a follow up to last year’s Ford Fiesta UTI Sweepstakes car. That means the 2012 Tjin Edition Ford Mustang will be built in collaboration with UTI and given away later next year.

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