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Ford Lightweight Concept Car eyes-on: High-tech, Low-weight

Ford Lightweight Concept Car eyes-on: High-tech, Low-weight

Ford wasn't going to let all that aluminum research on the 2015 F-150 be used on just one truck, and so now there's the Ford Lightweight Concept, a prototype car that, along with Samsung battery collaboration, aims to change the way we look at tomorrow's vehicles. Effectively delivering a car akin in size to a 2013 Fusion but with the weight of a Fiesta - a car two classes beneath it - the Lightweight Concept trims weight from the suspension, interior, glazing, and powertrain by using materials like aluminum alloy, carbon fiber, and composites.

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Samsung and Ford reveal next-gen car batteries

Samsung and Ford reveal next-gen car batteries

Ford and Samsung SDI have revealed the fruits of a decade of car battery research, with a new ultra-lightweight li-ion battery concept that could end up 40-percent lighter than nickel-metal-hydride packs many hybrids and EVs currently use. Meanwhile, there's also a new dual-battery system which could deliver hybrid-style regenerative braking on regular cars.

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Gold Standard: Inside Ford’s 2015 F-150 secret testing

Gold Standard: Inside Ford’s 2015 F-150 secret testing

At first glance you don’t notice the Ford F-150, not when there’s a vast Liebherr T282B dump truck towering above. Looks can be deceiving, though: this is no ordinary Ford truck, but in fact an experimental prototype of Ford’s new 2015 F-150, potentially worth more than the 2,700HP monster that looms over it. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. First of all I’m wearing steel-toed boots and standing in a gold mine in the middle of Nevada.

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2015 Ford Mustang priced up for fall deliveries

2015 Ford Mustang priced up for fall deliveries

Ford has opened the order books for the 2015 Ford Mustang, officially pricing up the new car ahead of its arrival into showrooms this coming fall. The fastback will start at $24,425 with the 3.7-liter V6 engine, which Ford claims is good for over 300 HP and 270 lb-ft of torque, one of three powerplants on the options sheet.

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2015 Ford F-150: Up-close with Ford’s new uber-truck

2015 Ford F-150: Up-close with Ford’s new uber-truck

Ford is taking a big chance on the 2015 F-150 truck. Completely redesigned for the new model year, the F-150 certainly more than looks the part, with plenty of design cues from the meaty Atlas concept, but under the paintwork is a new aluminum alloy body on top of a high-strength steel fully-boxed ladder frame. It's a stark departure from the F-150 of old; we caught up with the new truck to see what Ford has done.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT gets factory line lock and launch control

2015 Ford Mustang GT gets factory line lock and launch control

Ford is teasing some of the cool software features that will be offered on the new 2015 Mustang GT including a line lock and launch control. The 2015 Mustang is completely redesigned in celebration of the original Pony car's 50th birthday. Lots of changes have been made for 2015, including a move to independent rear suspension for the first time on all models of the Mustang.

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Ford celebrates Mustang’s 50th with vivisection

Ford celebrates Mustang’s 50th with vivisection

Ford is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Mustang, and it's doing it by cutting up the car into chunks and carrying it all the way up to the top of the Empire State Building. The stunt actually harkens back five decades, when Ford put an original Mustang convertible on the open-air deck 1,000 feet up. Meanwhile, if you prefer celebrations you can actually drive, there's a 50 Year Limited Edition version that doesn't come in pieces.

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2015 Ford F-150 uses muddy men to test tough seats

2015 Ford F-150 uses muddy men to test tough seats

When you're billing your new truck as the toughest ever, you sometimes need outside help to make sure that's actually the case, but the specialists Ford called in to test the ruggedization of the new 2015 F-150 are more unusual than most. After drivers of some of the decade-old F-150 trucks reported wear on the leather seats, Ford called in some offensive linemen-sized guys and caked them with a magic recipe of dust to rub across the new model's cabin, all in the name of teaching a robot.

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Ford increases virtual crash test computing investment by 50%

Ford increases virtual crash test computing investment by 50%

We all know that auto manufacturers conduct a lot of crash tests where they take brand new cars, and crash them to ensure they meet federal safety standards. What you might not know is that a lot of crash testing isn’t done in the real world, it’s done virtually. Ford has announced that it has ramped up its computing power to support more accurate virtual crash testing.

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