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Surprise: Ford’s aluminum 2015 F-150 gets better economy

Surprise: Ford’s aluminum 2015 F-150 gets better economy

We knew the 2015 Ford F-150 drove well, we knew it could tow and go off-road, but until today we didn't know how much that controversial switch to aluminum and new EcoBoost engine options would affect fuel economy. Now, we do. Ford has announced EPA estimates for the four engine options that can be found under the aluminum hood, and what perhaps shouldn't be a surprise is that when you combine the potent but frugal new 2.7 EcoBoost with a truck that's around 700 pounds lighter, you unsurprisingly get more miles per gallon. Head on past the cut for all the numbers.

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2016 Ford Explorer unveiled at 2014 LA Auto Show

2016 Ford Explorer unveiled at 2014 LA Auto Show

The 2016 Ford Explorer is being shown off at the 2014 LA Auto Show, and though it won't be arriving until summer 2015, the auto maker has teased enthusiasts with a look at what it -- and its new Platinum series -- has to offer. With the newest model, consumers are given an overall boost in both driving features and a new "rugged" exterior design complemented by changes to the interior that make the cabin quieter. In addition, Ford has introduced a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine to replace the current four-cylinder offering.

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Ford Shelby GT350 packs 500hp 5.2L V8

Ford Shelby GT350 packs 500hp 5.2L V8

Ford has rolled out one of the hottest new Mustangs in years with a model returning that hasn't been seen since the 60's from Ford. The Shelby GT350 has returned with the all-new Mustang body style and brings with it the most potent naturally aspirated V8 engine that Ford has ever produced. The GT350 will use a high-revving flat-plane crankshaft 5.2L V8 producing over 500hp.

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Ford starts engines on 2015 F-150 truck production

Ford starts engines on 2015 F-150 truck production

Ford has kicked off production of its big aluminum risk in trucks, with the 2015 F-150 lines spinning up to speed ahead of the new model's dealer debut in December. Completely replacing the old, steel-bodied F-150, the 2015 truck switches to aluminum and saves around 700 pounds in the process, which Ford says translates to more hauling ability as well as a more car-like feel on the road, no risk of rusting, and better fuel economy. It'll be US-made at the Ford Rouge Center, where F-Series production has been taking place since 2004.

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Ford recalls more cars over steering, airbag and other issues

Ford recalls more cars over steering, airbag and other issues

Ford has recalled an eclectic array of vehicles for numerous issues, something not to be mistaken with the auto maker's relatively recent recall over axle problems. In this case, approximately 202,000 vehicles have been recalled -- many of them fairly old model years -- over a total of five problems: airbags potentially failing to deploy, possible steering loss, risk of fuel leaks, engine stalling, and troubles that could lead to brake light issues. Model years under the recall span from 2005 to 2015.

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Ken Block’s 1965 Mustang packs AWD and 845hp

Ken Block’s 1965 Mustang packs AWD and 845hp

Ken Block is set to unveil one of the wildest classic Mustangs ever built at SEMA. The car is Block's 1965 Ford Mustang and about the only thing it has in common with your typical classic Mustang is the shape of the body, and even that is thoroughly tweaked. The Stang has all-wheel drive, which is something no Mustang has ever rolled out of the factory featuring. Block plans to drive the tires off the car in Gymkhana 7.

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2015 Mustang gets 600HP+ supercharger boost

2015 Mustang gets 600HP+ supercharger boost

If there's one thing we didn't doubt about the 2015 Ford Mustang when we drove it in September it was its power, but since there's probably no such thing as too many horses, now there's an officially-sanctioned supercharger upgrade for the muscle car. Co-developed by Ford Racing and notorious pony-fettlers Roush Performance, the kit pushes the 2015 Mustang GT to 600 HP and beyond, without necessarily blowing away your warranty in the process. Since the best proof of success is a crazy show-car, meanwhile, Ford Racing cooked up the King Cobra, an eye-catching display car for SEMA 2014.

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Ford has a new surveillance system to monitor police cars

Ford has a new surveillance system to monitor police cars

Methods to monitor law enforcement are in demand, and we've been seeing different related technologies that meet this need appear increasingly. One example is the Yardarm sensor that monitors firearm usage, shuttling the data off to a cloud platform where it can be accessed by dispatchers and investigators if needed. Ford is working on its own surveillance system, this one being designed to provide real-time information on the driving actions of any particular police cruiser in which it is equipped.

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Ford could make a Tesla-beater insists CEO (but will it?)

Ford could make a Tesla-beater insists CEO (but will it?)

Ford execs have set tongues wagging about a possible Tesla-rivaling luxury electric car from the marque, after CEO Mark Fields described the idea as "consistent with our product philosophy." The tease came as Ford revealed its quarterly financial results, recording $1.2bn in Q3 profit - down a hefty $1.4bn year-on-year - as Fields was pressed into referring to the Silicon Valley EV startup and what investigations into the Model S' strengths his own company had performed. Still, while some have interpreted Fields' comments as telegraphing a true Tesla alternative might be in the pipeline, there's a good chance that too much is being read into the chief executive's words.

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Ford gives pedestrian-spotting bumpers access to the brakes

Ford gives pedestrian-spotting bumpers access to the brakes

Ford is rolling out a new set of smart driving aids that the car company claims could potentially eliminate frontal collisions involving pedestrians, using a combination of radar and lasers to spot people walking out into the road unexpectedly. Contrary to what Ford's graphic might suggest, the system doesn't involve the new 2015 Mondeo (aka the Ford Fusion) firing laser beams from its grille and cutting pedestrians into sufficiently small pieces so that they fit under the car rather than colliding with its hood. Instead, the invisible beams can call in favors from the braking system.

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