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Guess What! Your Ford Mustang is a Girl Car

Guess What! Your Ford Mustang is a Girl Car

Sorry guys, but women have a real love affair with it, and the Focus RS isn’t far off either!

The Ford Mustang – it’s known as a man’s car, a muscle car, and one to keep your distance from at any gathering of cars. But, maybe it’s not so much of a man’s car anymore, as a group of 17 women from 14 countries have just labeled it as the Women’s Performance Car of the Year for 2016. That’s right, while the Mustang is masculine and has that muscle car goodness every man loves, women really love it too. And, it’s not the only Ford that women love. The Focus RS is also widely loved by the fairer sex as it came in a very close second, nearly earning its own Women’s Performance Car of the Year title.

“Ford Mustang is surprisingly loved by women who are after a sexy, sporty, masculine car that turns heads,” said Juliet Potter, Women’s World Car of the Year jury member from Australia. “Combining the car’s silver-screen celebrity status with real-life practicality, Mustang screams, ‘I am in control!’ and delivers the same behind the wheel with above-average grip and suspension.”

The Women’s Performance car of the Year is the only vehicle honor in the world that is granted by a panel of all women. And, one could argue that they do have really good taste, as the Mustang was given the highest award after being compared to a total of 294 competitors. The women have roared. And sorry to tell you, fellas, she doesn’t want you; she wants your Mustang. The worst part is, you don’t see women crashing mustangs at car meets, so maybe they actually know how to drive them better, too. All jokes aside, this is just one of many awards the Mustang has won over its long life, and we’re sure there are more to come. Excellent choice ladies! Now, can you please teach the men in the world how to drive them?

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The 2016 Truck Rodeo: The Full Results

The 2016 Truck Rodeo: The Full Results

The nitty-gritty on the 70-plus vehicles at TAWA’s Truck Rodeo

By now you’ve probably read how the 2017 Ford Super Duty was crowned the Truck of Texas and that the 2017 Nissan Armada won the SUV of Texas. But the Super Duty and Armada were far from the only winners at this year’s Truck Rodeo put on by the Texas Auto Writers Association.

More than 70 journalists and social media influencers descended upon the 1,623-acre Longhorn River Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas to test approximately 71 pickup trucks, SUVs, crossovers, and commercial vehicles in TAWA’s annual event.

A total of 17 categories grouped the vehicles with their competition, ranging from compact crossovers and full-size SUVs to Off-Road pickups. Other categories included best connectivity, best technology, and best powertrain.

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2017 Ford Super Duty Named Truck of Texas

2017 Ford Super Duty Named Truck of Texas

We joined the Texas Auto Writers Association in the two-day evaluation

The all-new, aluminum-intensive 2017 Ford Super Duty was named the Truck of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association after a grueling two-day evaluation of every new or heavily refreshed pickup on the market at the 2016 Truck Rodeo. The competition included offerings from Ram, GMC, Toyota, Nissan, and Honda.

Automotive journalists from around the country, including your truly, converge in Texas every October for this event that concludes with numerous awards covering everything from crossovers to off-road pickups. The Truck of Texas award is the highest honor and is given to the truck that shows the most improvement in its segment while embodying the spirit of Texas truck culture.

Doug Scott, Ford’s Truck Group Marketing Manager, said, “We are honored to win the ‘Truck of Texas’ award as it underscores how the all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty lineup is the toughest, smartest, and most capable truck we’ve ever built.”

Furthermore, the Super Duty also won the Heavy Duty Pickup Truck segment, beating out the 2017 Ram 2500 Limited and 2017 Ram 2500 Longhorn editions. Ram didn’t leave empty handed, however. The 2017 Power Wagon took home the Off-Road Pickup Truck category, beating out the 2017 Nissan Titan PRO-4X Crew Cab. The category also included the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 All Terrain X and 2017 Ford F-250 4x4 Crew Cab King Ranch.

Ram also snagged the Luxury Pickup Truck category with its 2017 Ram 1500 Longhorn edition. The Full-Size Pickup Truck category was awarded to the 2017 Nissan Titan Texas Edition SL Crew Cab, with the 2017 F-150 4x4 Supercrew Lariat coming in second.

In total, more than 71 vehicles worth roughly $4 million competed in the Truck Rodeo. Approximately 70 journalists were in attendance. Last year’s winner was the 2016 Nissan Titan XD.

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Ford GT Takes Top North American Concept Vehicle Award

Ford GT Takes Top North American Concept Vehicle Award

The winners of the 14th annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards were announced recently at the Concours d’Elegance of America, held at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. Taking the win in the Production Preview Concept of the Year category was Ford’s inimitable 2017 Ford GT supercar. This is Ford’s 20th time as a category finalist and fifth category win in the award’s long history.

The awards recognize vehicles “most likely to shape the future of the automobile industry,” employing a panel of over two dozen jurors to sift through a collection of 30 entries introduced to the North American market during the Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto and New York auto show circuit.

The Production Preview Concept category is for vehicle prototypes that are the basis for a model that’s already announced or planned for production. Finalists this year also included the 2016 Aston Martin Vulcan and 2015 Buick Avenir.

"The Ford GT is already one of the all-time great designs, with styling that is simultaneously breathtaking and aerodynamically functional," said juror Dan Carney. "A car for the ages."

Other winners included the 2015 Mercedes-Benz F 015 in the Concept Car of the Year category and the 2015 Hyundai Santa Cruz in the Concept Truck category.

Despite the heady competition, the Ford GT bested both the Merc and the Hyundai to also take home the award for Most Significant Concept Vehicle of 2015, earning the highest overall score among the three. It’s the second time Ford has won this top accolade, with the first coming in 2006 with the 2006 Ford Reflex Concept.

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2015 Ford F-150 is Named North American Truck/Utility Of The Year

2015 Ford F-150 is Named North American Truck/Utility Of The Year

The Ford F-150 took home the 2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year award at the Detroit Auto Show. Judges gave the F-150 high marks for its new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 and aluminum body, along with other innovative features the truck has brought to market. The F-150 beat out the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 2015 Lincoln MKC by a respectable margin, securing its victory for the coming 12 months.

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2015 Ford F-150 is named North American Truck/Utility of the Year

2015 Ford F-150 is named North American Truck/Utility of the Year

The new Ford F-150 has won the coveted title of North American Truck/Utility of the Year for 2015. Judges from the U.S. and Canada gave the truck high marks for its highest-in-class EPA-estimated fuel economy rating and new aluminum body, beating out the Chevrolet Colorado and Lincoln MKC.

Each vehicle was evaluate by independent automotive journalist using criteria including innovation, comfort, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction, and value. The points spread was fairly wide for the three finalists. The Lincoln came away with 68 votes while the Colorado secured 205. The F-150 bested them both with a total of 297 votes.

This marks Ford’s eighth time winning title in the award’s 22-year history.

“Ford is honored to be named the best among such a strong field of competitors,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, in a company statement. “Ford employees and customers have a lot to be proud of with the innovative and award-winning F-150.”

The F-150’s win comes on the heels of Chevrolet’s win with the 2014 Silverado in last year’s competition.

Ford gives credit to the F-150’s new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, new 360-degree camera system, integrated loading ramps, BoxLink bracket system, rear-view camera with dynamic guidance lines for trailer-connecting, and the remote-activated dropping tailgate for securing the truck’s win.

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Crowning the Winner: The 2015 Truck of Texas

Crowning the Winner: The 2015 Truck of Texas

I’ve already given the introduction to how much Texans love their trucks and how every year the Texas Auto Writers Association gathers to crown the winner; the coveted “Truck of Texas” award. Now let’s get down to some results.

Besides the main award, there were 17 other categories that each of the 75 vehicles fell into. These consisted of titles like “Midsized Crossover Utility Vehicles” and “Luxury Pickup Trucks.” Awards were also given for best connectivity, best powertrain, and best technology.

Each vehicle was subjected to a battery of tests that measured its ability to perform its intended function, whether that be towing, going off road, surrounding its occupants in luxury, or proving a great all-round family hauler. The vehicles were all competing within their respective category for the win.

So which truck, SUV, or crossover took home the Truck of Texas award? Continue reading to find out.

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The 2015 Truck of Texas Competition Preview

The 2015 Truck of Texas Competition Preview

Not much goes together quite like Texas and trucks. It’s the U.S.’ largest truck market by a long shot and it’s plain to see as you peruse any given parking lot. Texans love their trucks. That’s why the Texas Auto Writers Association crowns a Truck of Texas winner every year after an extensive evaluation process.

As a member of TAWA, I spent the better part of a week in the dusty hills outside San Antonio testing 75 contenders vying for the prized top spot. Eighteen automakers from around the world were in attendance, the majority bringing more than a handful of vehicles.

Ground zero for testing was the famed Knibbe Ranch, with hundreds of acres of sprawling across the Lonestar state. Muddy creek crossings and rocky hill climbs, combined with twisty country roads and newly paved highways provided the test beds. Those trucks, SUVs and crossovers brave enough to tackle the off-road section were subjected to rock-strewn dirt roads that punished suspension parts and underbody skidplates. More road-biased crossovers were thrown around narrow roads and up steep hills. The new pavement along the Texas highway was still covered in loose asphalt with orange caution cones proving a tempting (yet highly illegal) slalom course. Thankfully no one attempted that obstacle.

The 60 journalists judging the event had a huge decision to make. What truck, SUV or crossover would be crowned the Truck of Texas? Well, you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out. We’ll announce the top winner and the winners of sub-categories on Wednesday.

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World Car of the Year Candidates Officially Announced

Every year, hundreds of motoring journalists from all over the world descend upon New York City for the New York International Auto Show. Among the new car reveals, fancy parties and exciting concepts, the New York Auto Show also plays host to the World Car of the Year Awards.

This prestigious award is handed out by a collection of experienced automotive journalists from around the world. Some of this year’s jurors include writers from countries like Japan, Russia, South Africa, China, Australia and more. Overall there are nearly 70 jurors in total.

Some of the previous year’s winners include the Mk VII Volkswagen Golf and the Nissan Leaf.

Of all the cars that were eligible for this year’s award, twelve have been selected as finalists. We have brought together all twelve of the final candidates for you here, and we also included a little bit information about each one.
Which one do you think deserves to win and why? Sound off in the comments below.

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Ford F-Series is America’s Best Selling Vehicle

Ford Motor Co. ended the year with record sales of the F-Series truck. The F-Series has been the segment leader for more than three decades now and continues to be the truck of choice for most Americans.

In 2013, the Ford F-Series registered huge growth in sales compared to the same period last year. The F-Series remained No.1 in terms of sheer sales numbers; America’s best selling vehicle by a huge margin.

For the 37th year running, the Ford F-Series has remained the country’s best-selling truck. The Detroit based car maker sold 763,402 units of the F-Series during the year 2013. The Chevrolet Silverado took second place with 480,414 units. Compared with the sales in 2012, Ford sold an additional 18,086 units in the last year.

To put this in perspective, the Toyota Camry was the best-selling Toyota product during the previous year. The Japanese car maker delivered 408,000 units of the Camry, which is half the number of F-Series trucks sold.

Click past the jump to read about one of the newest additions to the F-150 lineup, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

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International Engine of the Year Awards are in and BMW Cleaned House

International Engine of the Year Awards are in and BMW Cleaned House

TV buffs get the Emmys, movie buffs get the Oscars, and music lovers get the Grammys; so, where does that leave us gearheads? Well, the International Engine of the Year Awards, of course, and the 2012 results are hot off the press!

Ford took home the top prize of International Engine of the Year, with its 999 cc engine found in the European Focus. This engine, despite its petite size, cranks out 125 PS (123 horsepower) and manages to squeeze out 56.5 mpg. The 1.0-liter engine didn’t win a close battle either, it took home top honors by a full 113 points. Points are accumulated based on fuel economy, smoothness, performance, noise and drivability and each engine can only receive 15 of each voter’s total 25 points to give. Needless to say, that was quite a landslide victory.

That’s not the biggest news though, as BMW brought home top honors in four different categories. Bimmer took home the 1.4- to 1.8-liter prize with its 181-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine found in the MINI Cooper S. In the 1.8- to 2.0-liter class, BMW took first prize with its 241-horsepower, 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged four-pot. In the 2.5-liter to 3.0-liter class, BMW wrapped up top honors with its bi-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and its 335 horsepower. Last, but certainly not least, BMW took home 1st place in the 3.0- to 4.0-liter class with its 414-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-8 engine.

Despite all of the accolades, the highest mark that BMW achieved in the Engine of the Year award was 5th place, with its 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-banger.

Click past the jump to see all of the results of each class.

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The Indy Speedster is America's Most Beautiful Roadster

The Indy Speedster is America’s Most Beautiful Roadster

This awesome roadster was crowned America’s Most Beautiful Roadster for 2012 earlier this year at the 63rd annual Grand National Roadster Show. The custom 1927 Ford Track T Roadster, better known as the "Indy Speedster," is owned by Bill Lindig of Houston, Texas, and was built by SoCal Speed Shop in Pomona, California. The craftsmanship that went into this roadster is absolutely amazing. It features an Art Chrisman built small block engine. The 352ci Ford makes over 450HP and is mated to a Tremec T5 five-speed transmission. And don’t think for a second this is just a show car; Bill actually does drive the Indy Speedster.

The Indy Speedster project goes back 16 years. Bill’s friend, Indy car driver Jack Howerton, wanted a racecar-inspired hot rod like the old sprint cars he used to drive. About 12 years ago, Jack started the Chrome-moly chassis, but never finished. Later, he brought in Moal Coachbuilders, and they made some progress, but the car was still very far from complete. Finally, Bill asked Jack to sell him the roadster, and promised him it would get finished. Jack sold the car to Bill, Bill took it to SoCal Speedshop, and the rest is history. As you can tell from the video, no corners were cut and this hot rod was done right.

The Grand National Roadster Show, once known as the Oakland Roadster Show, is the longest running indoor car show in the world. It was held at the Fairplex in Pomona, California for the ninth consecutive year. The show features the best of the best when it comes to roadsters, and this year the Indy Speedster proved to be the absolute best.

Hit the jump to watch America’s Most Beautiful Roadster for 2012 on HOT ROD Unlimited

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Aston Martin One-77 and Cadillac Ciel mark their North American debut with Best in Show

For automakers, there’s nothing better than showing up at the debut for one of your automobiles and getting a top notch award for your hard work. Aston Martin, Cadillac, and Ford will vouch for that since their One-77, Ciel Concept, and Focus Plug-In Electric Vehicle were all given best in show awards at the 41st annual South Florida International Auto Show (SFIAS) by the Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA). SAMA had to choose between many of the participants in Miami, but in the end, these vehicles were chosen because of their styling and marketability.

The Aston Martin One-77 was awarded the “Star of the Show” trophy because the nine-member SAMA judging panel decided it was the single vehicle on display at the show that South Floridians will most want to see. Other vehicles considered for the award were the Audi A7, the Lexus GS sedan, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Toyota Camry, the Range Rover Evoque, and the Hyundai Veloster.

The Cadillac Ciel Concept was given the Best Concept Vehicle in the Show because of its stunning beauty and because SAMA considered it a forerunner of future Cadillac styling. Meanwhile, the Ford Focus Plug-In Electric Vehicle took home the “Best Green Technology Vehicle” in the show because of the fact that it is Ford’s first non-emissions, plug-in electric car to be mass produced and marketed in the United States. Other vehicles considered were the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the Toyota Prius V, and various manufacturers’ hybrid and clean diesel technology vehicles.

The South Florida International Auto Show (SFIAS) runs until November 6, 2011, so stop by the Miami Beach Convention Center to check out these award-winning models.

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Ford wins Pet Safe Vehicle of the Year

Okay, we have to admit that when we first heard of this award, we chuckled a bit to ourselves. Pet Safe Vehicle of the Year, really? No one ever really thinks about the safety of their pets when choosing their vehicle except for maybe Bark Buckle UP’s founder Pet Safety Lady, Christina Selter.

"Most people don’t think about it, but in only a 35 mph accident with a 60-pound pet it becomes a 2,700-pound projectile. This will injure the pet, passengers, driver or the pet may escape the vehicle and cause a second accident or become agitated and bite the first responder that is on scene doing their job," stated Selter.

With this in mind, Selter announced this year’s Pet Safe Vehicle of the Year, the Ford Edge. The award was accepted by Brett Burin, Ford Edge Marketing Manager.

"We look ahead with excitement this summer to the arrival of the new 2011 Edge, which adds even more revolutionary technology and class-leading performance. And with a suite of safety features, flexible seating and nearly 70 cubic feet of cargo space, the Ford Edge is perfect for those traveling with pets," said Brett Burin, Ford Edge Marketing Manager.

We still think it is a little silly, but, hey, if it is grand enough to be done at the 2010 New York Auto Show then it has our attention and little Fido’s attention too.

Bark at the jump to see the press release.

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Texas Auto Writers proclaim the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor to be the 2009 Truck of Texas

When the blue oval’s high performance engineers were given the option of either producing another tire shredding SVT Lightning or something completely different, they opted for plan b. Instead of a supercharged work truck that can blow the doors off of most sports cars in a straight line, the SVT group chose to build an off road version of the F-150 that would be competitive in the Baja 1000 right out of the showroom, and actually ended up earning a spot on the podium. Now Texans know a thing or two about pick up trucks, with their starry skies and wide open spaces residents of America’s third coast get plenty out of their pick up trucks. So it was quite an honor when the Texas Auto Writers Association named the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor as their 2009 Truck of Texas. This marks the seventh consecutive time that a Ford F-Series pick up truck has won the award from TAWA.

Ford Motor Company’s president of the Americas, Mark Fields was particularly pleased when he heard the good news. “Winning the Truck of Texas is a distinct honor… Texans know their trucks, and this award is further proof of why the F-Series remains America’s number-one selling pickup. We built F-150 SVT Raptor for truck enthusiasts. And we’re gratified it’s gaining recognition for both its unequaled off-road performance and confidence-inspiring on-road demeanor." The Raptor combines extreme off road capabilities with an aggressive on road package that should only get better in 2010 when Ford puts the more powerful 6.2 Liter V8 version on sale at the beginning of next year.

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