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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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Ford: Ditching Microsoft for BlackBerry isn’t a done-deal

Ford: Ditching Microsoft for BlackBerry isn’t a done-deal

Ford has denied ditching Microsoft for BlackBerry's QNX to power its new in-car infotainment systems, though pointing out that it is "not married" to Microsoft and suggesting that the field is open for who might supply the next-gen tech it's currently working on. Rumors that Microsoft had been shown the door broke over the weekend, with suggestions that the SYNC system Ford used in millions of car dashboards had seen a steep fall in user-satisfaction.

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Ford to ditch Microsoft for BlackBerry in cars say insiders

Ford to ditch Microsoft for BlackBerry in cars say insiders

Ford will ditch Microsoft in favor of BlackBerry to power its next-generation infotainment systems, inside sources claim, switching to QNX for increasingly complex car multimedia duties after ongoing criticisms of the current SYNC system. The transition, yet to be officially announced by either Ford or BlackBerry, is said to be a reaction to poor driver feedback of SYNC, as well as the expense involved in using Microsoft's platform.

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