Ford has been selling the F-Series since 1948, but the F-150 model didn’t arrive until 1975, when Ford used it as a `tweener pickup to span the gap between the F-100 and F-250. When Ford rolled out the Atlas Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, we were pretty sure that the automaker was already hard at work overhauling the existing F-150 in its likeness. And for the 2015 model year, our suspicions are confirmed, as brand-new F-150, based on the Atlas concept, hit dealers.
With this redesign, Ford will focus on drastically reducing the F-150’s total weight by making use of lightweight aluminum materials. Under the hood, the model will carry a familiar line of engines with a new, 2.7-liter EcoBoost delivering awesome power and better fuel economy.
Updated 07/22/2014: Ford released the specifications figures for the F-150’s new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. Click past the jump for the details. A towing test video was also added.
Updated 07/29/2014: Ford released prices for the 2015 F-150, and they have suffered an increase of $395 to $3,515, depending on the trim level. (USA Today)
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford F-150.
Ford F-150 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 09:45 EST.
There was plenty of new and interesting things to climb the famous hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, but perhaps nothing else hits closer to home than the iconic American pony car in its latest iteration; the 2015 Ford Mustang. With it still months away from hitting dealer showrooms and with no official reviews gracing the glossy pages of magazines or the Interwebz, the Mustang is still a dark horse in terms of third-party information.
But we get just a little closer with this video from Ford of a Mustang GT Coupe barreling up the hay-lined hill. Professional driver Paul Swift (a fitting last name, huh?) takes the wheel of the ‘Stang. Unfortunately, the 5.0-liter’s exhaust is masked by the video’s musical selection. There are a few instances where some burble cuts through, but we’ll wait to reserve judgment on its sound. Then again, Mustangs have always managed to sound amazing, so it’s unlikely we’ll be disappointed.
The video also gives us a good look at the manual transmission’s shifter. It appears to have nice, short throws that are easy to manipulate. We also get a decent look at the interior and its all-new dashboard, and form-fitting Recaro seats.
Sadly, the video is less than a minute long, but there are several good scenes and sequences within. Ford also neglects to publish the Mustang’s time, leaving us to wonder how well it did in what is likely its first-ever public racing event.
Video: Ford Mustang V-8 Takes on the Goodwood Hillclimb originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 11 July 2014 20:00 EST.
Posted on 07.18.2013 16:00 by
If you dig deep into the Mustang’s history and pull up the first generation, you will find that it was actually a mid-model-year addition to Ford’s lineup, which makes it a 1964 1/2 model year. Back then, half-model-year vehicles were not a too rare, like they are today, but it looks as if we are set to see one really soon in the next-gen Mustang.
According to an insider that spoke to the folks over at Mustangs Daily, there will be a limited run of next-generation Mustang’s bearing the 2014 1/2 model year. The insider claims that this is a way for Ford to celebrate the true 50th anniversary of the famed pony car.
According to the report, only 1,000 examples if the 2014 1/2 Mustangs will see production and they will each feature a special VIN and build number to separate them from the 2015 models. With only 1,000 units hitting showrooms at what we assume will be a rather inflated price, this special run of next-gen Mustangs will be an instant collector’s item.
The report also indicates that, despite an anticipated price hike, the 2014 1/2 model will not feature any power upgrades.
If this report proves to be true, then we are likely getting rather close to seeing Ford drop the camo from the Mustang in time to squeeze in for 2014. Stay tuned for more details!
Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Mustang
Report: Next-Gen Mustang will Start as a Limited-Run 2014 1/2 Model originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 18 July 2013 16:00 EST.
Europe: Ford sales up 6.4% in June
By Kevin Davis on Sunday, July 14th, 2013
In the depressed European car market, Ford said its sales rose 6.4% in June in 19 European countries, while total industry sales fell 6.5%, Detroit Free Press reported, citing the company’s top executive for the region.
Stephen Odell, executive vice president for the company’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said “it feels good to once again go against the industry trend where our sales are up and the industry is down.”
The automaker is forecasted to sell 13.5 million new cars this year in Europe.
Ford lost $462 million in Europe in the first quarter. Executives have warned investors the company expects to lose at least $2 billion in the region this year, according to the newspaper.
The company is cutting 5,700 jobs at three facilities in the U.K. and Belgium for annual savings of $450 million to $500 million. The company’s Genk factory in Belgium will close in late 2014.
Source: Detroit Free Press
Gallery2013 Ford C-Max Energi
First Drive: 2014 Toyota Tundra
By Mark McNabb on Saturday, September 14th, 2013
The US truck market is a cut-throat environment where sales are won and lost by narrow margins. Outdated iron is often passed up for the latest model with the newest equipment and features, leaving truck makers to revamp their lineup fairly often just to stay relevant. And the Toyota Tundra is no exception.
With the current Tundra showing its age, Toyota set out to give customers something new for 2014.
Although it’s advertised as all new, the 2014 Tundra has a few carry over parts, namely the powertrain. The interior and bodywork, however, have been heavily modified.
Gallery2014 Toyota Tundra First Drive
Crisper, more chiseled lines give the truck a tougher look with a massive grille, high-arch, squared-off wheel openings, and a unique tailgate complete with TUNDRA stamped into the sheet metal. New details give the truck a much more distinctive look over last year’s model. LED daytime running lights on the premium trim levels, the standard spoiler on the tailgate lip, and completely revised bed take the truck a large step in the right direction.
Clever three-piece bumpers front and rear not only look cleaner, sharper, and more dramatic, they also reduce repair costs when your brother-in-law jackknifes a U-Haul trailer into the rear bumper corner. Lucky for his wallet.
Perhaps the best parts of the 2014 redesign are found within the truck’s cabin. New materials are Lexus-grade, the controls and knobs are smarter looking, and the overall fit and finish is spot on. The new-for-2014 1794 Edition trim package competes with Ford’s King Ranch, Ram’s Laramie Long Horn, and Chevy’s upcoming High Country editions. Yes, it’s yet another Western-style motif, but it’s pulled off with more class and less gaudiness than the others we’ve seen. Adding to its street cred, the 1794 Edition is named after the founding year of the Walsh Ranch, on which the Tundra is now built outside San Antonio, Texas.
Sitting next to the 1794 Edition in luxury, the Platinum model caters more towards the urban cowboy. Clean titanium and black interior trim pieces are tasteful and rich looking, without being ostentatious. Below the two top trim levels, the Limited, SR5, and SR models round out the Tundra stable.
The new instrument cluster and center stack are also a warm welcome. The driver-oriented center stack features Toyota’s updated Entune infotainment system with either a 6.1- or 7.0-inch touch screen, depending upon trim level. The new system is quite easy to use with a split screen view showing both navigation and music information simultaneously. Touching either section brings it full screen for easier manipulation.
The center console itself is rich in features. The armrest features a great cell-phone holder with plenty of storage down below. Just forward of the gear selector is another storage spot with quick access to the two 12-volt power outlets and single USB/AUX input jack. That single USB/AUX input jack was our biggest complaint with the Tundra’s new cabin. Why have only one, especially when the competition has more USB ports than a DELL desktop from 2004?
Tundra’s optional JBL premium sound system, however, is worth its weight in classic vinyl albums. Plugging in my personal test mix, I was first greeted by the theme song from Apollo 13. James Horner never sounded so good. The clarity and depth of the music was simply outstanding. With the system turned off, any outside noises, rattles, tire hum, and wind noise weren’t intrusive. Only the bellowing 5.7-liter V-8 was perceivable.
That 5.7-liter V-8 returns for 2014 relatively unchanged – as do the 4.6-liter V-8 and 4.0-liter V-6.
Power ratings for all three engines are sadly back of the pack in 2014. The 5.7-liter comes in at 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque; the 4.6-liter V-8 is rated at 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque; and the aging 4.0-liter V-6 only musters up 270 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque.
Keep in mind the competition is only getting stronger with a completely new engine lineup from GM, Ford’s outstanding EcoBoost V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8, and Ram’s impressive Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 and HEMI offerings – not to even mention Ram’s upcoming V-6 EcoDiesel.
But with the competition aside, the 5.7-liter equipped Tundras we drove felt very capable of pulling trailers up to its 10,400-pound limit. In fact, the Tundra is the only pickup whose max towing capacities conform to the strict SAE J2807 towing standards. The Tundra doesn’t bluff its numbers.
We got the chance to tow a bass boat and Airstream trailer, both weighing roughly 4,000 pounds. The 5.7-liter didn’t feel overly taxed or underpowered at any point. Pulling onto a road from a standstill didn’t present much problem with acceleration feeling only slightly more sluggish than when unladen. The extra weight didn’t bother the suspension either. The truck stayed level and bumps were soaked up without issue.
We then tortured the suspension of a TRD 4×4 model through a high-speed off road course. Loose sand and medium sized rocks were handled without a care. The Tundra’s stability control systems were somewhat noticeable in high-speed turns as the truck fought for grip, but they never cut power or impeded our fun.
The large Michelin tires did an admirable job propelling the truck up steep hills and through deep sand even in 2WD. Turns became much smoother when 4-wheel high was engaged and the front tires helped pull the Tundra’s nose around corners. The truck never seemed outmatched by the terrain we sent it over. Most impressively, we didn’t notice any squeaks or rattles inside the cabin of our abused pre-production test truck.
Buy-in price of a base model Tundra starts at $25,920 – some $1,850 higher than its closest competitor, but pricing gets more competitive within the more premium trim levels. Both top-line Platinum and 1794 Edition start at $44,270, while the Limited trim starts at $36,940 and mid-grade SR5 starts at $29,465.
Overall, we came away very impressed with the 2014 Tundra. Toyota certainly did their ergonomics and design homework to bring a fresh take on their full-size truck. Time will tell if the changes are enough to take on Ford, Chevy, and Ram. The Tundra has never been Toyota’s bread and butter sales maker, but it has the potential to strike a chord with truck buyers and steal away sales from the other guys.
Gallery2014 Toyota Tundra Pictures
|Posted on 09.1.2013 06:00 by Kirby Garlitos|
Ford’s S-Max MPV is widely regarded as one of the Blue Oval’s most popular and successful models. Back in 2007, it even won the prestigious Car of the Year award in Europe, which goes to show that the reach of the S-Max knows no geography.
Now that the current model is long in the tooth, Ford is ready to unveil a successor at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
Called the S MAX Concept, the vehicle is less of an actual concept than it is a preview of the future production S-Max model. Not that there’s anything wrong with that because one look at the concept and you’re immediately pining for the production version to come out sooner than later.
In addition to adopting the modern global design language of Ford, the S Max Concept also makes use of new some nifty new features from Ford’s SYNC system while also boasting of an interior that should make its customers happy.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ford S MAX Concept
Ford S MAX Concept originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 1 September 2013 06:00 EST.
|Posted on 08.13.2013 15:00 by Kirby Garlitos|
At some point in time, the Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible will be a collector’s piece that will likely cost a pretty penny, especially if it’s the last ever produced.
But that’s well into the future, probably decades away from now.
At the present time, though, the final 2014 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible still commanded plenty of attention at the recent Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson. The whole auction was a resounding success with total sales numbers eclipsing $14.2 million.
As expected, the biggest contributor to that total was the final 2014 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible, accounting for $500,000 when the hammer fell on its auction. That may seem like a steep price to pay for a car that routinely costs at a little over a tenth of the price that this unique model fetched in the auction.
That being said, nobody else can lay claim to owning the last ever produced Shelby Mustang GT500 and besides, as the last of the lot, the winning owner now has the opportunity to completely customize the car to its full bloom.
At some point in the future, this model could very well be worth way more than the half-a-million the winning bidder paid for the right to own it.
Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible
Final 2014 Shelby Mustang GT Fetches $500,000 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:00 EST.
Ford Unveils All-New Transit Chassis Cab and Cutaway Models
By Kevin Davis on Monday, March 11th, 2013
Ford Motor Co. has launched the all-new Transit chassis cab and cutaway models.
Transit chassis cab features an enclosed passenger compartment and bare frame ready to accept aftermarket body modules ranging from custom cargo delivery to utility body. Transit cutaway is similar to the chassis cab, but with the rear of the passenger compartment open so it can be paired with specialty body modules such as shuttle or school bus bodies.
The chassis cab and cutaway will be offered in three wheelbases, 138, 156 or 178 inches, and gross vehicle weight ratings from 9,000 pounds to 10,360 pounds.
Transit offers a range of fuel-efficient engines, including a standard 3.7-liter V6, and an all-new 3.2-liter Power Stroke Diesel option.
Ford will offer the Transit 3.7-liter V6 with a compressed natural gas/liquid propane gas (CNG/LPG) prep kit. This 3.7-liter V6 is also engineered for optimal performance with E85 flex- fuel capability. Each fuel-conscious engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission for efficient rear-wheel-drive operation.
Ford Transit chassis cab and cutaway models will be built at the company’s assembly plant in Kansas City, Missouri.
Gallery2014 Ford Transit Cutaway Pictures
Posted on 03.8.2013 10:00 by
Wolf Racing is no stranger to aftermarket programs for the Ford Focus ST. It’s done it before and now it’s doing it again.
This time, though, the Focus ST was treated to a wide range of modifications, highlighted by a performance kits that crams the word “sports” back into “sports hatchback.”
The first kit, appropriately dubbed Stage I, provides a significant boost to the Focus ST’s 2-liter EcoBoost engine, thanks to a new air filter and a remapped ECU. With these modifications, the Focus ST can pump out 285 horsepower and 326 pound-feet of torque from its tiny engine. This nets the ST a 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 6.5 seconds.
If you’re above sub-300-horsepower hatchbacks, then you can opt for the Stage II kit, which adds a turbocharger to the air filter/ECU combo of Stage I. In the end, there’s another notable output jump, this time up to 300 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of twist.
Last but not least is the Stage III kit, which includes everything found in Stages i and II, plus it slaps a new sports exhaust system under the Focus. Now that the Focus ST can properly exhale, it is capable of massacring pavement to the tune of 370 horsepower and 409 pound-feet of torque.
With all of that extra power comes the extra responsibility of dragging it to a halt and a new performance brake system is responsible for that. Additionally, Wolf Racing tosses in a coilover suspension that drops the Focus ST by 50 mm (1.96 inches) in the front and 40 mm (1.57 inches) in the rear.
It’s not like Wolf Racing to add that much pop to the Focus ST and just stop there. Nope, this program also includes a number of new styling components, including: headlight covers, roof spoiler lips, and new side skirt and rear skirt attachments.
Pricing for the Wolf Racing’s program for the Focus ST can be found after the jump
Posted on 02.24.2013 12:00 by
The 2013 Shelby GT500 is already the most powerful GT500 ever launched, thanks to its 662-horsepower powerplant. However, the guys over Lethal Performance also worked on making it the fastest GT500 out there.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Lethal Performance take to task on the GT500, as it did so in mid-2012. This is obviously an update, as the comparison between the launch of last year’s model and this model shows a dramatic difference.
The tuner updated the engine with new camshafts and connecting rods, a modified ECU, a new valvetrain, and new oil coolers. The tuner also installed a new exhaust system and a 4-liter Whipple supercharger kit priced at $5,047. The GT500 has also been equipped with a new set of drag-racing-ready wheels with skinnies up front and a fat pair of slick hanging on the back end.
However, the tuner did not reveal any specifications just yet, but the model already scored an astounding result on the quarter mile. The Shelby GT500 by Lethal Performance ran the straight-line track in just 9.3 seconds at a top speed of 147 mph.
we can’t wait to see the final specifications…
2013 Ford Shelby GT500 by Lethal Performance is the Quickest GT500 Around originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 24 February 2013 12:00 EST.