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A New 2015 F-150, or One of 30 Million Used Ones?

January 15th, 2014

2015 Ford F-150

Top Gear said yesterday it was the most important vehicle at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Yes, the new Ford F-150 has been labeled as superior to the likes of the Toyota FT-1 concept and 2014 911 Targa we covered yesterday.

Are those blokes crazy, or do they make a good point?

Well, they’re crazy, of course. But they make a heckuva good case while basking in the crazy.

Their case is justified by saying the F-150 is:

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New Car Shortage! Real or Imagined?

September 5th, 2013

2014 Honda Accord

Remember when Twinkies went extinct? There was a mass panic, and stores sold out immediately when news broke that the spongy yellow cake was about to be gone forever.

Fast forward to last weekend and I’m at a convenience store somewhere in the middle of Oregon, and there’s a stack of Twinkies at the cash register, with a label on the packaging that said something like, “Best comeback story ever.”

Right. Anyone else think the Twinkie panic was nothing more than a marketing ploy to sell more Twinkies?

I feel something similar might be happening in the auto industry at this very moment.

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Let’s Get a Little Weird with Cars and Bacon

August 30th, 2013

ford_fiesta_bacon

If you’ve ever heard comedian Jim Gaffigan talk about bacon, you know his bacon bit goes on for an uncomfortably long time.

The man loves bacon, as do most citizens of these great United States.

Some of the bacon-related things we obsess over are the sound of bacon cooking (like applause, according to Mr. Gaffigan), the hunt for bits o’ bacon in lettuce, Kevin Bacon and the ability to wrap almost anything in bacon to make it better. People love bacon.

And, now, buyers of a certain car can opt to have it wrapped in… bacon. Because that can only make it better, right?

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Will New Cars Become More Like Video Games?

August 13th, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

I like ice cream, and I like tuna fish, but I don’t like tuna fish ice cream.

That same theory goes for cars and video games. I love cars, I think video games have their place, but the two just shouldn’t be combined. Well, let me be more specific: Video games that include cars are great. Cars that incorporate pieces of video games are not.

A post on Ford’s social media site got me thinking about this. A young engineer has figured out a way to make a manual gear shift knob vibrate in the same way that a video game controller does.

To which I ask: Why?

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Ford, GM Team Up on Development of New Transmissions

April 16th, 2013

Ford & GM logos

It can be hard to sit here and write about cars on a day when so many humans were hurt in a senseless act of violence. I am not in Boston. I’ve never been to Boston. But that doesn’t take the pain away. This wasn’t just about Boston, but about the running community, the families of runners, the volunteers for the race, the citizens of the city and the people across the world watching live footage of the response and the tremendous outpouring of support that came immediately.

I know this is a car blog, and I’ll get back on topic, but I can’t let this event go unnoticed here, especially with so many fellow CarGurus, family and friends in the Boston area. I truly hope everyone is well, and that, if there is a positive to be taken away, it’s that the darkness of evil is replaced just a little more by the light of all those who choose to love instead of hate.

Part of recovery, of course, is moving on and finding stories of cooperation and getting back to the things that make us happy. With that in mind, I want to talk about two adversaries coming together for the better good of the automotive industry.

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Meet the Best Selling Cars in the World

April 10th, 2013

2013 Ford Focus ST

Have you ever heard of the Wuling Sunshine?

Neither had I. The Sunshine is a minivan built and sold in China by Wuling Motors, which is actually a partner with General Motors. According to the automaker’s website, the Sunshine boasts a “user-friendly handling mechanism,” a “reliable braking system” and “comfortable interior decorations.” I’m sure the rest of the car is top-notch as well. I don’t know about you, but I’m left wondering where to sign! That bit about the reliable braking system sold me, because that’s just not something we see enough of these days.

Sarcasm aside, you might find yourself wondering why I’ve spent the first hundred words or so of this blog talking about such an obscure vehicle. Certainly it’s not the best selling car in the world, right?

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Cars Coming Soon: The Cars Ford Should Build

March 14th, 2013
Ford GT

What do you think: Should the GT come back?

Let’s talk about Ford’s product line and two cars missing from it.

Obviously, Ford offers a full line of vehicles for almost any use. These include small cars, big cars, vans, trucks, heavy-duty commercial vehicles, muscle cars and hybrid cars. Competitors, though, are stepping up offerings in two categories Ford doesn’t currently address.

There are no formal plans to create a vehicle for either of these categories, but a business case could be argued for either one. And there’s one in particular that many car enthusiasts would love to see drive into showrooms.

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Super Bowl’s Over, Let’s Move On

February 4th, 2013

Chevrolet Corvette

Congratulations to the Ravens and Baltimore fans everywhere!

While the game was electrifying, I thought the advertisements overall were severely lacking in energy this year. It’s like the power went out on all of them even before the Superdome went dark. My favorite car ad was the Audi prom spot. The Chrysler/Ram Paul Harvey spot almost made me throw up in my mouth a little bit. The others were just mediocre.

With that out of the way, let’s get back to cars rather than the outlandish, extravagant attempts to sell them. Yes, we need vehicles to serve the mundane and much-needed transportation services of daily life, and I find irony in the fact that we often buy them based on some perceived emotion or extreme experience marketing people promise they will provide.

True car enthusiasts can look past overly produced TV commercials and buy based on other, more meaningful, factors.

One of those factors might be the car’s future collector value. Make it affordable and fun to drive as well, and the deal closes itself! What 2013 cars could be future collectibles?

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Used Find of the Week: A Presidential Pickup

December 18th, 2012

George Bush's Ford truck

How to know you’re rich:

You need a truck for your ranch. Not to do a lot of work, but just to get from one part of the ranch to another. You’ll probably have some passengers now and then—you know, the usual: family, friends, world dignitaries and the like. Your truck won’t ever be driven on public roads—it’ll stay on the ranch all the time. You have other vehicles for taking into public spaces, or someone drives for you.

Your ranch truck can’t just be an old beater, like every other ranch truck in the fields of these great United States. No, a 1972 Ford F-100 won’t do at all. You need leather, heated seats and four doors. You need to buy a brand-new Ford F-150 King Ranch.

If you’re George W. Bush in 2009, that’s exactly what you did.

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Can Lincoln’s New Name Harken to Success of the Past?

December 4th, 2012

Just a few weeks ago we heard about a potential name change for Lincoln. At the time, I thought it could be pretty big news and represent a shift in Ford’s luxury brand as it seeks to move it away from the stodgy associations of Town Car airport transportation and retired folks in Florida.

Where’s the excitement and performance of the 1961 Continental, and what happened to the luxury and class we haven’t really seen since, well, the 1938 Zephyr? The split grille of the old Zephyr shows up on modern Lincolns, but otherwise the cars are just Fords with a spit-shine and price increase.

And that name change foreshadowed not long ago? It’s really not a name change at all. Instead of being known as Lincoln, the brand will adopt the name Lincoln Motor Company.

And no one will care.

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