Ford Explorer steals the show in Detroit
There’s no denying that the Ford Explorer is a popular SUV. America’s best-selling crossover with more than seven million units sold 1990s, the Explorer is an SUV that Chevy can’t keep up with. The sixth-gen model just debuted at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show and stole the show by drawing a big crowd of journalists at the Ford booth. Actually, the Explorer was the only reason why people gathered in the Chevrolet booth, from where they watched the unveiling event.
Santa’s Exotic and Luxurious Sleighs
Nobody really knows how often Santa upgrades his sleigh, but what if he wanted to shop for a new model altogether? Well, over the past five or six years, publications like Car Magazine have challenged automakers to design a new sleigh for Santa. Automakers like Bentley, Land Rover, and even Vauxhall have designed new sleighs for Santa in the past, so needless to say, Santa has had a lot to choose from.
I don’t recall seeing any designs last year, and have only seen one this year. But, when you consider the long list of available sleighs at his disposal, there are still at least a few on standby, just waiting to be plucked from some secret, magical garage that is undoubtedly located somewhere at the North Pole.
Since we haven’t seen too many fresh designs for the 2015, I decided to revisit a few of the sleighs created in the years past. Most of the sleighs are exotic, or out of this world – and one even looks like a fighter jet – but why wouldn’t Santa take advantage of all the latest technology? You may have seen one or two of the designs in the past, but it’s always fun to revisit things like this during the holidays. Which of the following sleighs do you think Santa is going to use this year?
Car Magazine has got the right idea for a little holiday spirit. It asked designers in the U.K. from Bentley, Nissan, Ford and Rolls-Royce to pimp Santa’s ride. Each designer took elements from the brands current car design philosophy but came up with some very different results: everything from a futuristic Nissan GT-R based rocket sled to a gothic classic from Rolls-Royce.
No matter if the engine is measured in horsepower or reindeerpower, speed is the theme in all of these designs. So we have no trouble liking all of them.
Budget Direct Renders Six Unique Manufacturer Collaborations
One of the great things about car renderings is the ability to let your imagination go crazy. You can use an existing car model and re-imagine it without a roof, or you can get really creative and redesign it in a different body type altogether. There’s something to be said, then, for renderings that take two models from two different automakers and combine them to create an entirely new model. It’s the kind of Transformers-like job that we should be seeing more often in the real world. Or should we? The truth is, BudgetsDirect undertook this very exercise, and the results are all “interesting,” to say the least. As an added bonus, we’re doing our own part and renaming these creations in the best way we can.
Ford and Tesla are in Each Other’s Crosshairs as Mild-Mannered Trolling Continues
Ford and Tesla have engaged in some mild-mannered back-and-forth in the past few weeks, so it’s no surprise that when Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted on Twitter about his company’s impressive production volume, Ford Europe CEO Steven Armstrong responded with a zing of his own. Armstrong’s tweet came as a response to Musk’s post about Tesla producing 7,000 cars in seven days. A lot of people were impressed by that number, at least except Armstrong who responded by saying that Ford builds 7,000 cars in four hours.
Automakers Celebrate Lifting Of Ban On Women Drivers In Saudi Arabia
We knew it was coming sooner than later. Now that the women of Saudi Arabia are all set to be allowed to drive, automakers from all over the world have been quick to react to the ground-breaking news, celebrating the development on the social media with hashtags #SaudiWomenMove and #SaudiWomenCanDrive.
Ford, Volkswagen, and Nissan were the first automakers to post their congratulations and promote themselves to the women of Saudi Arabia, getting the word out early that they’re ready to welcome women drivers into the driver’s seat for the first time in the history of the Middle Eastern country. The quick response to the living of the driving ban was a smart move, particularly because of the business potential that it offers for a lot of these companies. Data gathered by The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association revealed that Saudi Arabia is the largest importer of vehicles and parts in the entire Middle East region. At the same time, data from LMC Automotive pointed to Saudi Arabia as the 21st biggest automotive market in the world, a figure that could go up with the potential of having more customers by virtue of lifting the ban. In total, Merrill Lynch estimates that as many as nine million potential new drivers could be in the hunt for new cars in Saudi Arabia, including 2.7 million resident non-Saudi women. With all these numbers being thrown out, it’s no wonder that companies like Ford, Volkswagen, and Nissan were quick to roll out the carpet for Saudi women. It’s going to be great for business!
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Mexico’s Pot Industry has a Serious Ford Addiction
It hasn’t even been two weeks since I brought you news about all of the Ford Fusions that were found with $1 million worth of pot stashed in the trunks, and yet, here we are again, talking about Ford and that sweet cheeba. In the last load of pot caught making its way over the border, smugglers had fashioned it into the shape of spare tires and stashed them away in the trunk. It wasn’t until a Ford dealership went through the usual new-delivery inspection process that the weed was discovered. Those cars, which were predominantly Ford Fusions, had made it all the way to Ohio and Pennsylvania, but this time, the green stuff didn’t even make it out of Fords Shipping yard as it was stashed in the rail cars and was found by Ford employees at the rail distribution facility in Woodhaven, Michigan.
All told, the Ford employees found a couple of bundles in one of the rail cars and immediately called the authorities. Upon extensive searching by ICE agents, a total of 277 pounds of marijuana was found in the rail car and a total of 200 vehicles. There’s no word as to what models were actually on the rail car this time around, but it seems to me that it was either Ford Fusions, Lincoln MKZs, or Ford Fiestas, as those are the main U.S. market vehicles build in Mexico at the moment. It’s more than likely that this attempt to smuggle drugs is connected to the same smuggling attempts from earlier this month. According to Ford, they are working and cooperating as much as possible with federal authorities, but one really has to question: Is this an outside job, or is someone at Ford double dipping and taking advantage of Fords shipping system?
Can you guess who inspired the look of the 2018 Ford Mustang?
Automakers usually put a lot of work in a new-generation car’s design. If it’s an iconic model, like the Ford Mustang, there are several key factors to consider. While it must be fresh and modern, it must retain the classic design and that familiar look. By contrast, facelifts aren’t as demanding, although some manufacturers add significant revisions. Ford is one of them, and it just revealed that the 2018 Mustang design was inspired by Star Wars character Darth Vader.
Rest assured, this is not April Fools’ Day joke. Granted, it may have something to do with the popular "May the 4th be with you" celebration of the film, but the news comes straight from Ford design manager Melvin Betancourt.
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Man Comes Up With Worst Excuse Ever After Crashing Mustang
I feel sorry for all of you responsible Mustang owners out there; I really do. Some of you actually know how to drive a rear-wheel-drive Ford, but the very car you love has been forever tainted by the absurd number of idiots that keep crashing the damn things. Year after year, Mustangs die at the hands of drivers with no skill and even less intelligence, usually after a Cars & Coffee meet, but this most recent crash really takes the cake. Not because of when or where it happened, but because of the excuse the 24-year-old driver of the black Mustang you see above came up with. What was that excuse? Well, he supposedly swerved to avoid a squirrel, resulting in a pretty dramatic crash that tore up not only the Mustang but the minivan that he hit as well.
The accident happened on April 15, just before noon in West Shore, Pennsylvania near the 1,000 block of West Foxcroft Drive and Wormleysburg Borough. According to the small report released by the West Shore Regional Police Department, witnesses claimed the driver was traveling at high speed prior to the crash, which is easily noticeable given the damage to both vehicles involved. Apparently, nobody was hurt, and the van that was struck was unoccupied at the time of the crash. The driver was cited for “Driving Vehicle at Safe Speed” which is likely a typo in the report, and was likely written up as “Driving at an Unsafe Speed.” For now, the offending squirrel remains at large and is likely hunting his next victim at this very moment.
Update: Exclusive interview with Cranky the Squirrel shines some light on last weekend’s big Mustang accident. Keep reading to hear his side of the story.
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2016 Ford Mustang: It’s Almost Impossible to Run Out of Gas. Almost
Running out of gas is something everybody hopes to avoid. You’re left stranded on the side of the road – and it’ll probably be raining – and you’ll inevitably be running late to some immensely important event. Thankfully I’ve never had to experience running out of fuel, but I can imagine the situation isn’t fun. Well, the current, sixth-generation Ford Mustang has a solution for those who like to skate by on a quarter-tank of gas. Its low fuel warning light gives multiple warnings.
I discovered this during a week’s evaluation of the 2016 Mustang EcoBoost Premium decked out with the six-speed manual transmission and Performance Package. (Full review coming soon!) Rolling down the highway, the familiar three-tone Ford chime came over the Shaker audio system and the driver information display lit up with the warning, “Fuel Level Low. 50 Miles to Empty.”
It thought it was a nice gesture for the ‘Stang to alert me of impending doom. A quick glance at the fuel gauge showed the needle hovering over the quarter-tank mark. “Man, this must have a tiny tank,” I reasoned. Pressing errands and events had me booked for the next few hours, so I pushed my luck. Each time I entered the car, the low fuel light illuminated while the almost-but-not-quite-annoying Ford chime rang over the speakers.
Silencing the warning gets you a few more uninterrupted miles of tempting fate. A second alert fills the cabin with lights and sounds at the 25-miles-to-empty mark. At this point, I made time to stop at my favorite pump-n-dump for some go-juice. I snapped the photo you see of the warning message while sitting at the pump. 18 miles separated the wife and I from the embarrassing fate of calling AAA. “Ah, plenty of time,” I though. Then it hit me. “You’ve got to be a complete idiot to run the Mustang out of fuel.”
And in reality, that’s true. The car gave multiple warnings at set mileage intervals, along with low-fuel warnings each time I reentered the car. There’s really no excuse to end up gasless in the Mustang, save for being 50 miles from the nearest gas station. Even then, the smallest amount of foresight and planning would prevent that situation.
The irony in all this, for me, is my first “wild” sighting of a sixth-generation Mustang was a few days after they hit showroom floors back in 2014. The car was sitting on the roadside, flasher ablaze, fuel door ajar, and out of gas. You can’t make this stuff up. Hit the jump for the photographic evidence.
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"Dirt Every Day" Builds an All-American Monster Truck: Video
Leave it to the guys at Dirt Every Day to concoct this madness. What do you do with a crew cab, log box military surplus truck powered by an asthmatic small-block Ford V-8 that nobody wants to buy – even after appearing in a magazine build? Well if you’re Fred Williams and Dave Chappelle, you cut the fenders and bolt on a set of 54-inch Mickey Thompson tires.
That’s exactly what happened.
Fred’s tired old 1993 Ford F-350 needed something… different. He and his build crew already swapped its differential gears and mounted a set of BF Goodrich Baja T/A tires on military beadlock wheels, but were left with little love for the old beater truck. It was relegated to Craigslist where no one wanted it. That’s when the idea struck. Monster Truck
The DED team spent three days transforming the pickup into a massive wall of rubber and metal. A new 4:1 transfer case doubled the crawl ratio and a new hydraulic steering system made the Ford drive like a John Deere. Over-boosted steering and all, Fred and Chappelle took off to the desert in search of the most extreme rock crawling around. I won’t spoil the fun, but let’s just say the truck’s body doesn’t remain unscathed.
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Mustang Commits Another Act Of Terrorism, Leaves Six Mangled Cars
If you’ve followed any of my writing in the past, you probably know I’m not a colossal fan of Ford or the Mustang – at least outside of classic models, anyway. I’ve reported a number of rogue Mustang’s in the past, but this one really takes the cake. Apparently, another one of those crazy Mustang drivers decided to showboat, but instead of bouncing off a curb or just looking like a complete moron, this guy wreaked some serious havoc.
What was probably just a guy doing what Mustang drivers do, ended up in the loss of cars like a BMW Z4, a Volkswagen Golf, and even a partially restored 1965 Plymouth Valiant. All three of which were part of a collection of five vehicles that were owned by one family and will probably never be driven again. It’s like terrorism powered by Ford engineering at its finest. The craziest part is, the driver of the Mustang is nowhere to be found, somehow escaping serious injury and going on the run.
Of course, I might be looking at this with a little bit of humor – the Mustang strikes again – but is it just me, or does it seem like things are getting worse. You can pretty much catch a Mustang going rogue at just about every auto show, and let’s not forget about the crazy chick that chose the Mustang as her weapon of choice against the man who gave her HIV. Okay, it’s not that the guy didn’t deserve it, but she could have just as easily chosen a Chrysler or a Chevy.
In all seriousness, though, the driver in this most recent accident really is still at large and, as of the time of this writing, has yet to be caught. When they do get caught, however, they’ll be looking at some pretty serious charges. There’s leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, and hell, maybe they can get him for a hate crime against German’s since at least two of the cars were German made. With that said, you can check out ABC10’s report and see the aftermath by clicking play on the video above. And, if you’re going to Mustang around and be a douche bag, please stay off my street. That goes for all you new Camaro-owning rookies too.
“Dirt Every Day” Builds the Most Well-Rounded Vehicle Ever
Fred Williams and his buds at Dirt Every Day are some of the craziest yet most creative at the Motor Trend headquarters. The YouTube show usually consists of some nutty build job or how to conquer off-road hardships on the cheap. Well, the latest episode has it all. In fact, everything that could possibly be included in an off-road vehicle is somehow hog-pogged together on the “PreRangerRoverLandeRunner.” Yep, it’s a thing.
Fred, with the help of Dave, build an “all-encompassing” off-roader that can pre-run, mug bog, rock crawl, and overland camp. Impossible? Nope. The guys hack together a first-generation Ford Ranger and a thoroughly trashed first-generation Range Rover in a beastly concoction of welded angle iron, rust, and jerry-rigged electronics and fuel systems. What’s more, they somehow convinced a overlanding tent manufacturer to send them a roof-mounted tent for review, along with Maxxis giving them four new Bighorn mud tires.
I won’t give away too much of the driving portion of the video, but needless to say, this two-headed monstrosity goes like none other and looks rather dangerous. Let’s just say I wouldn’t want to be riding backwards down a dirt road in a vehicle held together by some scrap iron and dinky welds. Thankfully both Fred and Dave make it out alive, though the same might not be true for the PreRangerRoverLandeRunner. But you’ll have to watch the video to see what happens.
Dolph Lundgren Shows Off The Power Of Ford’s 1.0-Liter EcoBoost Engine: Video
Ford isn’t averse to trying out some unconventional methods to highlight its products and no more was that evident than its recent attempt to showcase the versatile capabilities of its new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine. The American automaker tapped Dolph Lundgren, himself a man of many hats, to demonstrate the kind of things the EcoBoost engine is capable of when you pry it out of its main purpose in life. And so, Ford created “The Boost,” a three-part video series starring Dolph Lundgren that showcases the many functions of the EcoBoost engine.
Think the small engine is only good for cars? Think again. The Swedish actor/martial artist/chemical engineer gets creative with the EcoBoost, first by strapping it into a skateboard and then using it to power a pitching machine and the so-called Blender of Brutality. Cheekiness aside, the three videos do paint a clear picture of what Ford’s EcoBoost engine is capable of. Whether it’s using it to power a skateboard to travel more than 60 mph or strapping it to a pitching machine shoots a baseball at more than 200 mph, the videos succeed in establishing a different line of thinking when it comes to the EcoBoost’s versatility.
The age-old adage “big things come in small packages” definitely applies in these videos. Dismiss the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine as much as you want, but as Lundgren successfully showed to us, this engine is capable of powering a blender so devilishly brutal, it can devour anything from wood, silverware, and another blender.
Check out the videos for yourselves to see the various functions Ford’s EcoBoost engine is capable of doing if you decide to use for purposes other than its intended. Just remember, don’t try these “experiments” on your own. But if you do, make sure that you at least have Dolph Lundgren by your side.
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Ford Found A Way To Bridge The Gap Between Mothers And Cars for Mothers Day: Video
Mother’s Day and cars generally don’t go hand in hand. I mean let’s face it, there isn’t exactly a large number of “car ladies” out there – at least not compared to the number of car guys anyway. Well, for Mother’s Day, Ford set out to bring mothers and cars a little bit closer, with the help of an illustrator and a few kids too.
The video Ford put together is less than two minutes long, but you get to hear what several kids think their mother’s dream car would be. As the kids talk about it, there is a time-elapsed clip of the artist putting together playful drawings of what the kids describe. It’s not exactly our normal type of video, but it is pretty cool to see what the kids can really see their mothers driving.
So, go ahead and click play on the video. Like I said, it isn’t very long, but it’s still fun to watch. One thing is for sure; these kids probably put a pretty big smile on their mother’s face. And that, my friends, could be considered the best Mother’s Day gift of all.
“Dirt Every Day” Races 1967 Ford F-100 & VW Van: Video
Fred Williams, 4Wheel & Off Road editor and host of Dirt Every Day, pairs up two unlikely vehicles for an informal (and rather fun) race around a grassy and dirt-filled track in the middle of nowhere. The vehicles: a 1967 Ford F-100 and a 1989 Volkswagen Van. Yep, this is a race for the ages.
Williams employs the help of his friends to get the event going, and his ole buddy Frank supplied the F-100. The truck had been sitting up for seven years, set aside after Frank broke his neck in an accident. Now with hand controls, he’s able to pilot the truck once more. Well, that is after Frank and Williams get the truck running again.
The VW van is in a similar state of disrepair. New progressive-rate coil springs and Fox Racing shocks bring the van’s suspension into the current century, while a slight engine tune and Super Swamper rear tires motivate the mess. It’s pretty impressive how the Van morphs from a heap of crap into something that looks fun.
I won’t spoil all the video’s fun, so enter full-screen mode, crank the volume, and enjoy the pilot episode of season five of Dirt Every Day.