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Among Mustang and modern muscle car fans, the 2 012 Boss 302 is one of the most highly anticipated cars of the year, however diehard enthusiasts are bemoaning the fact that you won’t be able to get one in perhaps the Mustang’s most signature color – Grabber Blue. OR can you?
The Ann Arbor, Michigan based Center for Automotive Research (CAR), recently complied a study that illustrated that the orderly, structured bankruptcies of General Motors and Chrysler, conducted with financial assistance from the U.S., Canadian and Ontario governments, helped result in the saving of more than 1 million jobs during 2009.
In an effort to strengthen its premium Lincoln brand, Ford Motor Company has launched a new service initiative. Labeled the ‘Lincoln Complimentary Maintenance Program,’ it provides free servicing to customers who own 2011 model year or newer Lincoln vehicles. The program is designed to enhance the 50,000 mile, four-year bumper to bumper manufacturer’s warranty and includes complimentary oil changes, tire rotations and multi-point inspections for up to eight visits. It’s also transferable to the second owner of the vehicle.
Back in 1979; Ford Motor Company took a stake in Mazda a time when the Japanese company was struggling financially. Initially it was a modest 7 percent, but by 1996 it had risen to 33 percent and Ford took management control of the Hiroshima based company. However, according to Japanese newspaper Nikkei; the Blue Oval is set to sell almost all it’s remaining shares in Mazda, though the official line from Dearborn maintains this is nothing but ‘speculation.’
It’s had two attempts at making a luxury truck, first with the Blackwood and then the less lavish Mark LT, a version of which is still sold in Mexico. But there are rumors that Lincoln might try building a pickup again – question is, could the third time be lucky? Insiders at Ford say it might just work.
It’s official. Ford has announced that production of Mercury vehicles for retail customers will end on Sunday, October 10 this year. It’s not entirely the end of Merc manufacturing – vehicles will continue to roll off the assembly lines for a few more months, but they will be aimed strictly at fleet buyers – rental car companies, government agencies and the like.
Ford Motor Company is clearly hedging its bets on this EcoBoost thing. For the 2011 Explorer, it will be dropping one of these engines between the frame rails, though unlike those found in the Flex, Taurus SHO and Lincoln MKT, this will be a four-cylinder version, a 2.0-liter mill that; via direct injection, forced induction and electronic trickery, is claimed to deliver 30 percent better fuel economy than the hoary old V6 in the current truck.
If Ford’s claims are to be believed, that means the 2011 Explorer will likely get 18 miles per gallon in town and around 26 on the highway, versus the 14/20 cycle for today’s truck. Factor in other such features on the 2011 model such as a six-speed automatic transmission, unit-construction (versus a heavy separate frame), electric power steering and a variable-capacity air-conditioning compressor designed to reduce parasitic loss and it would appear Ford has the right ingredients for helping achieving these fuel economy targets.
The 2011 model will also employ a terrain management system to aid four-wheeling ability and other current Ford fads such as Blind Spot monitoring, collision warning with brake support, cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control. Who said nothing good came out of the Premier Automotive Group?
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In the recent past, Ford has teamed up with country music star Toby Keith for special truck promotions and is now doing it again. The 2011 Super Duty has been generating quite a bit of buzz since it’s introduction and now, Ford, in conjunction with Toby will be giving one of the trucks away as part of their American Ride Sweepstakes.