Archive for October, 2009

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Ford Leads U.S. Automaker Reliability, Magazine Says

October 28, 2009

Ford Motor Co., the only major U.S. automaker to avoid bankruptcy, ranks higher than its domestic competitors in reliability, with average or above ratings on 90 percent of its models, Consumer Reports magazine said. Ford’s Fusion sedans also did better than Toyota Motor Corp.’s Camry and Honda Motor Co.’s Accord, the top sellers in that segment, the magazine said (Tuesday) in releasing its annual auto-reliability survey. Ford seems to have really differentiated itself from the other domestic automakers,” said Tom Libby, an independent automotive analyst based in Birmingham, Michigan. “If they can continue that trend, it will give them a huge advantage.”
Source: Bloomberg

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Review: 2010 Ford Escape

October 27, 2009

Ford Escape Review

 
(from Canadian Driver)

NEW FOR 2010:

 

– New Limited trim line on Hybrid
– 3.0-litre V6 now Flex Fuel-capable
– Standard Blind Spot Mirror on all models
– Hybrid receives standard AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with four speakers and auto volume control; Limited and Hybrid Limited receive standard premium sound system with single-disc CD/MP3 and seven speakers
– Available rearview camera and Auto Park System
– MyKey standard on Limited, Hybrid and Hybrid Limited, and included with optional Convenience Group
– Exterior colours: Gold Leaf Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic and Steel Blue Metallic added; Light Sage Metallic, Brilliant Silver Metallic and Light Ice Blue Metallic discontinued

For 2010, the Ford Escape and Escape Hybrid receive several trim changes, while the available 3.0-litre V6 engine is now capable of using E85 ethanol fuel. The Hybrid adds a top-line Limited trim line, in both 4×2 and 4×4 configuration, and receives a new standard stereo; Limited models receive an upgraded version. Blind Spot Mirrors are standard on all models. Available options include a rearview camera and an Auto Park System, which automatically steers the vehicle into a parallel parking spot.

The Escape comes with a choice of 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, with a five-speed manual available on front-wheel models, or a six-speed automatic that’s optional on front-wheel and the only choice on all-wheel models; and a 3.0-litre V6 Duratec engine, with six-speed automatic. The Hybrid uses a 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle engine with electric motor, nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) battery and electronically-controlled CVT.

The Escape XLT Manual uses the 2.5-litre with five-speed manual; the XLT and Limited use the 2.5-litre with six-speed automatic, and can be optioned to the 3.0-litre V6. The Hybrid comes in base or Limited trim.

Features on the XLT models include 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, keyless entry, SecuriCode keypad, tire pressure monitoring system, cloth seats, six-way power driver’s seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, Sirius satellite radio, cruise control, floor console, floor mats, auto-down driver’s window, tilt steering wheel, vanity mirrors, automatic headlamps, fog lamps, liftgate with flip-up glass, privacy glass, black roof rack side rails, heated blind spot mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, and two-speed rear washer/wiper.

The Hybrid builds on the XLT and adds dual-zone automatic climate control, body-colour upper and lower grilles, 110-volt power outlet, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and illuminated vanity mirrors.

The Limited builds on the XLT and adds dual-zone automatic climate control, chrome upper and lower grilles, chrome roof rack side rails, body-colour door handles and mirrors, power sunroof, reverse sensing system, premium CD/MP3 stereo, SYNC, MyKey, heated leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, ebony black-trimmed centre stack, auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors, ambient lighting, garage door opener, and cargo cover.

The Hybrid Limited is equipped similarly to the Limited but adds a rearview camera.

Visit us today for more information on the 2010 Escape.  Or, visit our website where you can use our “Build & Price” utility to configure your Escape just the way you want it!

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Ford gains while rivals falter

October 26, 2009

Car Maker Is Closer to Turning a Profit as its Market Share Rises

Ford Motor Co. has weathered the car industry’s downturn better than many competitors. Now some analysts think the company has turned the corner so far it could report break-even results for its core North American operations or even an overall profit when it releases third-quarter earnings Nov. 2.

Source:  Wall Street Journal

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Inside Story: 2010 Ford Fusion SEL 2.5

October 22, 2009

Read the full review of the 2010 Ford Fusion SEL 2.5 HERE

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Test Drive: 2010 Ford Transit Connect

October 21, 2009

The new 2010 Ford Transit Connect is here. 

Read the full review HERE

 

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Winter’s coming…don’t forget to change your tires!

October 20, 2009

Winter…it happens every year in Canada, whether we want it to or not.  And every year it seems that people put off changing their tires over until the first snowfall.  We all see the many crashes that occur.  While many of these crashes can be attributed to people not driving for the conditions, many of them could have been prevented by having the proper tires on your vehicles for the winter.

Despite what they say on the sidewall, “all-season” tires are not good for all seasons.  The rubber compund in these tires is just not meant for snowy, icy, or generally slippery conditions.

So, the answer is the trusted snow tire.  Snow tires have been proven time after time to provide significant improvements in handling and stopping versus all-season tires.  Sure, it requires you to change the tires each winter, but for most people that is not a problem.

However, for those that don’t want to have to go through the hassle of changing their tires each winter, help is on the way.  Another tire type that has surfaced recently is called an “all weather” tire.  Not to be confused with the “all-season” tire, the all weather tire is actually properly rated for snow and ice, as well as driving throughout the rest fo the year.  A proper all weather tire will have the same markings on the sidewall as a dedicated winter tire will…the severe service emblem of a snowflake symbol on a mountain.  These types of tires are a good compromise to switching between all-season tires in the mild months and winter tires in the winter months.

Contact us today to find out what tires suit your vehicle for this winter’s driving conditions.

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Ford EcoBoost engine wins Popular Mechanics award

October 9, 2009

(from Canadian Driver)

New York, New York – Ford’s new, fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine has been given a Breakthrough Award by Popular Mechanics, the only automaker to be so honoured this year.

The awards, now in their fifth year, recognize products and celebrate innovations poised to change the world, and the passionate, smart creators behind them, the magazine said. The award was accepted by Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development at Ford.

“From flying cars to robots to wind turbines for homes, the innovations honoured by the 2009 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards not only capture the imagination, they hold the potential to improve and even save lives,” said editor-in-chief James Meigs.

The EcoBoost engine uses turbocharging and direct gasoline injection to boost engine output, reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency by as much as 20 per cent. By 2013, more than 90 per cent of Ford’s North American lineup will be available with the technology.