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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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Will Going Eco Really Save You Any Money?

June 5th, 2012

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

The short answer:

No. No, it won’t.

The longer answer:

Unless you have up to 40 years to wait for your investment to pay off.

The full answer:

Keep reading for all the juicy details.

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Maybe Ford’s Future Isn’t as Rosy as We Thought

January 30th, 2012

2012 Ford Focus

Go to Ford’s campus in Dearborn, Mich., and try to find someone who isn’t smiling.

The company recently reported its best annual earnings since 1998, making 2011 the second most profitable year in the company’s 109-year history. After all the money was tallied, Ford’s net income for 2011 came in at $20.2 billion.

All the details you care to know about Ford’s financial situation can be found in a detailed CNN Money story.

In addition to the huge amounts of money rolling in, the company’s F-Series trucks still remain in the number one spot after 35 years. The new Fusion continues to generate positive reviews, and overall vehicle quality and company reputation is up. There just doesn’t seem to be anything stopping Ford right now.

Except there could be one tiny little problem.

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Cars Coming Soon: Audi A4 Allroad and a $100,000 Ford Focus

December 15th, 2011

Ford Focus ST-R

A Focus by any other name is still a Focus. Right?

We see them every day in shopping-mall parking lots across America. We rent them during trips to Dallas. We see them advertised by dealers for low, low monthly payments. We have friends who drive a Focus. We’ve considered buying a Focus.

But a Focus for almost $100,000? That’s just crazy talk. Or is it the bargain of the century?

The Focus ST-R isn’t just a Focus. This is an honest-to-goodness race car launched by Ford Racing back in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It’s powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder and has a full FIA-certified roll cage, racing brakes and a track-tuned suspension.

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Consumer Reports No Longer Recommends Honda Civic

August 2nd, 2011

2012 Honda Civic

Ever think you’d see that headline? That’s one I’d place right up there with, “U.S. Nearly Defaults” and “Obama Wins Re-Election.”

But these are crazy times we live in, and you just never know what’s going to dominate the headlines.

The Honda Civic has been one of Consumer Reports’ darlings since, oh, I don’t know, the Jefferson administration. It’s a car that has gotten progressively better since its inception in 1972.

Until now.

For its latest test, CR drove the $19,405 2012 Honda Civic LX. For comparison, the 2011 version of the car scored a 78 on the magazine’s scale, which meant a rating of “Very Good.” The 2012 version dropped a shocking 17 points to a mediocre 61. That’s lower than the Kia Forte and Ford Focus. In fact, it’s lower than everything except the redesigned Volkswagen Jetta.

So what happened?

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Why a Ford Focus Shouldn’t Have a Tow Hitch

July 22nd, 2011

Ford Focus on jack stands

There’s a Ford Focus in my neighborhood.

I realize that’s not particularly interesting, especially considering there are roughly 383,895 other neighborhoods, in my city alone, that can say the same thing.

The Focus in my area, though, doesn’t run. I’m guessing it’s a 2000 model. The car is perpetually sitting in its owner’s garage on jack stands with the hood open.

All I’ve ever done is drive by this car, but I’ve seen some clues as to what the problem might be.

First clue: There is a trailer hitch on the car.

Second clue: There is a cargo trailer in the driveway.

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Have a Teen? Make ‘Em Drive One of These

July 1st, 2011

In case you thought it was impossible to make the Honda Fit look any weirder, check out the non-Photoshopped image above of the Honda Fit Shuttle.

The front three-quarters looks like a regular Fit, but the rear looks like the regular Fit has filled its diaper.

And what’s with the tri-color pointy C-pillar? The Fit Shuttle is certainly an odd duck, but as of now it is meant only for the Japanese market. Which is mostly OK with me, except I think it would make a perfect teen car here in the States. It’s ugly, not too fast, but reliable, and able to haul sports equipment and musical instruments. Because that’s what teens do with their cars, right?

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In-Car WiFi Coming Soon to Ford Focus

May 9th, 2011
2012 Ford Focus

Ford Focus: WiFi hotspot

I freely admit, I get kinda twitchy when I’m away from the Internet.

Between my at-home service, the wireless hotspots at Starbucks and my beloved WiFi iPod Touch, it’s not often that the World Wide Web eludes me.

The one place WiFi has yet to infiltrate my life is in the car, which only recently became glaringly apparent when my online addiction kicked in and I happened to be at the one point on Earth farthest from all things WiFi: the middle of Wyoming.

Wyoming should be known for the two things it has in abundance: antelope and dirt. Unfortunately for me, neither of those is useful when the ultimate Facebook status comes to mind while barreling across a desolate freeway at 80 miles an hour.

If only a car company catered to online addicts by building vehicles that are also wireless hotspots…

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Buy Smaller, Buy Lighter, Buy Used and Save Money

May 3rd, 2011

A secret weapon against the war on terror?

It took a secretive and elite Navy SEAL team to finally put an end to Osama bin Laden’s terror-filled time on Earth.

Each of us has mourned 9/11 and lusted for vengeance in our own way since that day (one guy even decided looking like bin Laden would be a good idea). Now that the man behind the attacks is gone, we can shift our focus to other ways of winning the war on terror.

The meaning, relevance and politics behind bin Laden’s death are topics better discussed on other blogs, but one thing nobody can deny is how much U.S. gas money goes to the region where bin Laden the person became bin Laden the mass murderer.

I think the easiest way for every American to make a contribution in this fight is to simply use less gas.

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Ford’s Weird But Kinda Cool “Spokespuppet”

April 4th, 2011

Doug has a thing for the ladies

Companies pay big bucks to secure top-notch talent as spokespeople. People like Lebron James and Eminem and Justin Timberlake command millions of dollars in exchange for an endorsement.

So what if a company wants a celebrity spokesperson, but not the sky-high invoice associated with one? The answer is simple: Make one. Out of a sock.

Instead of hiring an actual human, Ford’s masters of social media have created a “spokespuppet,” named it Doug, and given it the starring role in videos they hope go viral. As it turns out, though, the celeb star power is still there, just sitting behind the scenes and pulling the puppet’s strings. With writing help from the director of The Office, a writer from The Simpsons and talent from Reno 911, Anchorman and Curb Your Enthusiasm, Ford’s new videos are causing quite the comedic stir. But is it the kind that will sell cars?

I’m not so sure.

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