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The highest available U.S. tax credit to date now belongs to Ford. Consumers who purchase a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid or 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid will be eligible to receive a $3400 federal tax credit. Ford’s sedans get 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which Ford claims is 8 mpg more than the Toyota Camry Hybrid.

In order to qualify for the full amount you must purchase a Fusion Hybrid before April 1, 2009. After that date customers who purchase a hybrid will only be able to claim a partial tax credit. This is because Ford reached a 60,000 vehicle threshold in the 4th quarter of 2008. Now the tax credit amounts are reduced by 50 percent beginning in the second quarter of 2009 and by an additional 25 percent beginning in the fourth quarter of 2009. No tax credit amount is available for hybrids after March 31, 2010.

Press release after the jump

Ford revealed all the official details, plenty of new pics, and a lot of boasting on the Focus RS. At this point it is almost like Ford of Europe is enjoying taunting us in the states with the hottest of hatches that we can’t get our hands on. So for our European audience: please snicker quietly, and if you get one, send us some video.

Ford Focus RS

For starters, the Focus RS will be powered by a 2.5L 20 V DOHC RS engine that delivers 300 hp at 6500 and a peak torque of 440 NM (325 lb-ft.). The engine is mated to a specially-developed, six-speed Ford RS transmission. It shares its gear ratios with the Focus ST gearbox on which it is based, with minor modifications to bearings and clutch housing and a revised, stronger differential. Due to this modifications the RS can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in second gear.

Ford Focus RS

The RS can make the 0-100km/h (0-62 mph) sprint in 5.9 seconds and can hit a top speed of 263 km/h (163 mph). But the car still has a frugal nature. It has a combined fuel economy of 9.4 l/100km (30.5 mpg) and emits 225 g of CO2 per km.

More details (a lot more) in the press release after the jump.

It may be a little puzzling why we would do a review on a car that we know is already on the way out, but we really wanted one last look at the 2009 Ford Mustang. We already know the specs on the 2010 Mustang , so we’re making sure we have the outgoing model fresh on our minds when the new one arrives on our doorstep.

To give this generation of the Mustang a proper sendoff, we made sure we got the specs right. We have a GT model with options including the 4.6-liter 300 hp V8 engine, 45th Anniversary package and glass roof.

Ford revealed the new Focus in 2008 in order to celebrate the model’s tenth anniversary. It comes with fresh, new ’kinetic design’ exterior, upgraded interior, new features and technologies. The line-up includes the new four-door saloon, the Focus Coupé-Cabriolet and the sporty flagship model Focus ST.

The new Focus features a more sporty and muscular styling with new front end with dynamic new form of the bonnet and the enlarged, trapezoidal opening of the new lower grille, plus newly sculpted headlamps.

Ford Focus (European model)

The Focus is being offered with both gasoline and diesel engines. Standard cylinder capacities range from 1.4 to 2.0-litres, 80 hp to 145 hp respectively. All Duratec petrol engines are equipped, as standard, with a five-speed manual transmission. The ST version is powered by a 2.5-litre Duratec five-cylinder engine that delivers 225 hp at 6,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 320 Nm available throughout the range from 1,600 to 4,000 rpm.

Ford Focus (European model)

For the diesel line-up, all the engines come with state-of-the-art common rail injection technology for high efficiency, high pulling power and low fuel consumption. Depending on the market, the 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi delivers either 90 or 109 hp. Next in the powertrain line-up for Focus diesel engines is the popular 1.8-litre Duratorq TDCi, delivering 115 hp and a maximum torque of 280 Nm at 1,900 rpm. The 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi engine has 136 hp and a maximum torque of 320 Nm.

The Focus can hit a top speed of 245 km/h.

Roush Performance revealed the the 2010 Liquid Propane Injected F-250. This conversion kit is available for 2009 F-250 pickups and is priced at $7,995. Deliveries will start in the third quarter.

Customers will have the possibility to choose from either a complete ROUSH -assembled vehicle which will have a 3-year/36,000 mile warranty, or a conversion kit to fit existing trucks in the field .

The order banks for both the vehicle and the conversion kit, both of which are true OEM-quality in terms of engineering and materials, will open on January 26. Among the components changed are the fuel tank with multi-valve fuel pump, stainless steel fuel lines, billet aluminum fuel rails, an upgraded custom ROUSH PCM calibration, and all necessary wiring, hardware and instructions.

Press release after the jump.

High school parking lots beware, it’s the return of the 5.0! Fifteen years after Ford dropped the 5.0-liter V8, it will once again turn to the famous engine size to be its top dog (okay, so the original engine really displaced 4.9-liters, but 5.0 just sounded a lot cooler.)

When we first got the specs for the 2010 Mustang , we knew that there had to be a new engine for the GT model. The standard car 2010 has a choice of two engines: a 4.0-liter 210 hp V6 (carryover from the 2009 model), and a 4.6-liter 315 hp V8 (upgraded from the 2009 GT ). These are not bad engines, but its hard to call the 2010 car new if they arrive under the same old power. Plus 315 hp wouldn’t be enough to compete with the 425 hp Dodge Challenger SRT8 and 422 hp Camaro SS .

So for 2011, Ford is rumored to bring it the big guns, with a new 5.0-liter engine code named “Coyote”. In a time when the automakers are cutting back, we’re still confident Ford can find a place for this engine because it will also likely find a home in the 2011 F-150. For the Mustang GT, we expect to see figures of around 400 hp and 400 lbs-ft of torque from this new lone wolf.

Source: LeftLaneNews

Thinking about a European vacation? Maybe this will help finish the deal: Ford started production of the Euro-only 2009 Focus RS today.

This hot hatch is now being build alongside its tamer siblings like the Focus 3- and 5-door hatchback, wagon and ST as well as the C-MAX and Kuga , all at Ford’s Saarlouis facility in Germany. The Focus RS uses a 2.5-liter turbo four-cylinder to make 300 hp and 302 lb-ft. of torque. The RS also gets new body parts to incorporate wider wheel arches and a wider track, deeper side rocker moldings, and unique front and rear bumpers.

Ford was kind enough to mention that the Focus RS will be available in more than 20 European countries, with the largest disbursements in the UK, Switzerland and Germany. So for those in the U.S., book your tickets there.

Press release after the jump.

$350,000 may buy the first 2010 Camaro , but a few dollars more will buy the first of an ultra-rare Mustang. The track-only 2008 Ford Mustang FR500CJ prototype crossed the auction block last weekend at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction for $375,000.

Although the Mustang FR500CJ retailed for $70,000 (all 50 units were spoken for in 10 days), this one gets to demand a premium. Unlike the rest of the FR500CJs out there, this car has already been broken in. It was one of two prototypes built to test low-volume car. Drag racers who had wheel time with this vehicle include John and Ashley Force (both of whom signed its hood), Robert Hight, Mike Neff, and Bob Tasca III.

The Mustang FR500CJ is inspired by the 1968 Cobra Jet Mustang. While the original Cobra Jet’s race-inspired engine only made 390 horsepower, the Mustang FR500CJ’s 5.4L V8 from the GT500 makes 428 hp. The car is not road legal, but it is NHRA-legal right out of the box.

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While Ford may be excited about the 2010 Mustang it’s the special editions that get us all hot and bothered. Ford knows this because the 2010 car was revealed back in November, and only a few months later the Shelby GT500 is peeking its head out of the barn.

Ford Shelby GT500

What makes this car special is the engine. It’s a supercharged DOHC 5.4-liter V8 that puts out 540 horsepower and 510 foot-pounds of torque. That’s the same figures from the 2008 GT500 KR (take that, KITT !) The car also comes with other goodies to help enjoy the engine like a cold-air intake, aluminum “power dome” hood with engine heat extractor, six-speed manual transmission, and larger 250 mm disk brakes.

We’ll get the first live glimpse of the car next week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The first Shelby GT500s are scheduled to roll off the assembly line and into showrooms this spring.

Full breakdown in the press release and more pics after the jump.

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