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Budget Direct Renders the Evolution of 7 Timeless Models

Budget Direct Renders the Evolution of 7 Timeless Models

Don’t expect any of these models to go away anytime soon

There is no shortage of car models in the auto industry these days. Some models have gained followings while others have become flashes in the pan. Then there are the titans of the business, the models that have lasted the test of time and have been around, literally, for generations. In the course of their respective lifetimes, these models have evolved in more ways than one, none more evident than their designs. These seven models have been around for so long their designs have evolved considerably from when they first came out. Knowing their place in the business, these models are unlikely to go away anytime soon.

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2015 Ford F-150 Weight Infographic: Trimming the Pounds

2015 Ford F-150 Weight Infographic: Trimming the Pounds

It’s easy to forget the difficulty in cutting excess weight from a vehicle. Well Ford has made an infographic showing the extreme lengths it went to in order to trim the fat off its newest F-150.

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2015 Ford F-150 Weight Infographic: Trimming the Pounds

2015 Ford F-150 Weight Infographic: Trimming the Pounds

It’s easy to forget the difficulty in cutting excess weight from a vehicle. Well Ford has made an infographic showing the extreme lengths it went to in order to trim the fat off its newest F-150.

Sure, everybody knows about the aluminum body cutting weight, but the diet extends further. The 8.8-inch rear axle, for example, has been substantially strengthened over last year’s unit, allowing the truck to run the smaller axle, saving weight as compared to the heavier 9.75-inch axle offered previously. Ford says that alone cuts 35 pounds. Engineers also cut nearly 27 pounds by moving to an electronic parking brake. The e-brake also allows computer-controlled functions like drive-away releasing. Who knew a ratchet pedal and some thin steel cables ever weighed so much?

The savings continues into the mechanicals. The 4WD’s transfer case uses a magnesium housing, saving 3.8 pounds. More impressively, the cast iron steering knuckles were swapped out with aluminum examples, saving 23.1 pounds between the two.

Ford also touts the weight-savings within the F-150’s seats, saying the front seat cuts up to 34.7 pounds while the new rear seat cuts up to 14.7 pounds. That’s nearly 50 pounds in total. The seats were also torture tested with large men in dirty pants – that is they were wearing paints with “special test dirt” to simulate a lifetime of abuse. The leather seats are said to have withstood 10,000 repetitions with out wearing out.

Check out the full infographic by clicking “Continue Reading.” There you’ll see all the information and its accompanying press release.

Continue reading to learn more about Ford F-150’s weight.

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Ford SVT Raptor vs Mars Rover Curiosity: A Cheeky Infographic From Ford

Ford SVT Raptor vs Mars Rover Curiosity: A Cheeky Infographic From Ford

We love infographics, as they are a quick and fun way to educate your customers or readers. We also love how Ford has let its automotive hair down in recent years and become a little more cheeky, for lack of a better word, with its commercials and other advertisements. Combine the two together and you have some really good stuff.

Ford did just that combination, as it pits its SVT Raptor, which has a $43,970 MSRP, against the Mars Rover Curiosity, which is costing the tax payers a total of $2.5 billion. Really, there is no comparison between the two in a literal sense, but Ford has used its recently discovered sense of humor to compare the two in a sharp iconographic.

Things like the 35-gallon fuel capacity of the Raptor against the 10.6 pounds of plutonium-dioxide fuel aboard the Curiosity Rover are the types of goofy comparisons made. Or how about Ford’s punchy 6.2-liter V-8 pitted up against the nuclear radioscope thermoelectric power generator strapped to the Rover? Simply no competition, but Ford definitely gives us a good chuckle with this one.

We have provided the full infographic after the jump, so you can see exactly what we’re talking about.

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Car Infographics: Comparing the Salaries of Auto CEOs and their Employees

Car Infographics: Comparing the Salaries of Auto CEOs and their Employees

Here’s a big shocker: CEOs make more money than their employees.

Okay, so this isn’t the most revealing tidbit of information we’ve had on our pages, but breaking down the actual number is a little more intriguing. Just last year, Ford CEO, Alan Mullay’s base salary consisted of $1.4 million, while other factors such as cash bonuses and "other expenses" bumped up that salary to $26.5 million. Chew on that for one second. Ford has to sell over 1200 units of their top seller - 2010’s best seller was the F-Series pickup starting off at $22,060 - to pay for its CEO. Not a bad gig if you can get it.

Then there’s your average autoworkers. Many factors affect what these men and women get paid yearly, including experience, geography, benefit, and just which automaker they work for. Continuing with the Ford example, the American company pays their workers between $24.24 and $29.15 per hour. According to this infographic, the average annual salary earned by autoworkers in America as of February 2010 was $48,000. The infographic then displays that the average autoworker with 1-2 years experience would have to work for 51 years to make as much money as the average CEO makes in one year.

Check out the rest of the infographic to get more mind-boggling information and remember to check back with us for the next installment in our Car Infographics series.

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Car Infographics: The Mad Max History of Cars

Car Infographics: The Mad Max History of Cars

Bark out vehicles like the DeLorean, Aston Martin DB5, and Pontiac Trans Am, and there’s a good chance you’ll be met with Back to the Future, any James Bond film, and KnightRider. There are just certain vehicles that stick in our minds as being the epitome of whatever big screen role they played. The 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT may also sit as part of the movie role elite as the Black Mad Max Interceptor in the Mad Max franchise.

Mad Max was a post-Apocalyptic, "western" type film that was released back in 1979. This Australian dystopian action film centered its attention around the breakdown of society, love, and revenge, and spawned two sequels in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Max Max Beyond Thunderdome. And since every hero has a bad ass ride, Max Rockastansky - played by a young Mel Gibson - had the modified Ford Falcon XB GT featuring a 500 HP 5.8L V8 engine. This one ride sticks out in the Mad Max franchise, but is only one of a number of stellar vehicles featured in this trio of films. From a 150 HP custom built vehicle for Beyond Thunderdome to a 1,000 HP beast in Mad Max 2, the long list of featured vehicles were built to fill the needs of the renegade police officer and his rival gang members.

Now we hear that Director George Miller is off to the races yet again, working on Mad Max 4: Road Fury (2014), so we thought it would be appropriate to tackle a vehicular breakdown of Mad Max to prepare fans for the arrival of the new age Interceptor. Take in the ruggedness of the past, because the future Mad Max is going to be smooth.

Check out the rest of the infographic to get a more detailed breakdown of the vehicles from the Mad Max franchise and remember to check back with us for our next installment in the Car Infographics series.

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Largest Recalls in History: Who made #1?

Largest Recalls in History: Who made #1?

Toyota got a lot of crap last year for the millions of vehicles that were recalled due to problems with unintended acceleration, but where would the company fall in a list of the top automotive recalls? Our next piece in the Car Infographics series answers that very question with the largest recalls in our automotive history.

It happens more often than we would like, but recalls are just a part of the automotive business that we all have to become accustomed to. After all, these machines are man-made and as we all know, people can very easily make mistakes. So who tops the list?

Let’s step back to Toyota for a moment. In 2010, the company had to recall 5.3 million vehicles due to reports of the driver side floor mats getting wedged underneath the gas pedal, causing unintended acceleration. Models involved in this recall included the likes of the Camry and Prius, as well as other models ranging from 2004-2010. 5.3 million is a large number, but Toyota only captures the #4 spot.

Hit the jump for the top three position fillers.

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