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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor gives truck a sports boost

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor gives truck a sports boost

Ford may have a hit on its hands with the F-150, but all along it knew what truck lovers really wanted: a new Raptor. Sure enough, that's just what it's brought along to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year, the new 2017 F-150 Raptor that's lighter than its predecessor, more powerful - despite a shift from a V8 to a V6 that's likely to be controversial among purists - and more capable across different terrains, Ford claims. It also looks suitably aggressive, you'll be pleased to hear.

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Ford recalling cars over poor start button location

Ford recalling cars over poor start button location

Many modern cars have a modern design twist, eschewing the levers and gear shifts from days gone by in favor of touchscreens and buttons. Too many ambiguous buttons can confuse anyone given enough time, however, and it only takes one wrong push to do something you really, really didn't intend to do -- like sending a moving car to a sudden screeching halt. Such is a problem being experienced by some 2015 Lincoln MKC owners, who have complained that a poorly located start button means potentially dangerous mistakes are happening.

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Ford promises driverless car but accuses rivals of hyping

Ford promises driverless car but accuses rivals of hyping

Ford has thrown its hat into the autonomous driving ring, announcing its Ford Smart Mobility plan at CES 2015, and promising a driverless car wearing the blue oval. An entirely-autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid is already on the road in testing, technology chief Raj Nair said during the company's keynote, building on existing parking aids found in production cars. However, Ford president and CEO Mark Fields also poured cold water on the autonomous projects his rivals have announced in recent weeks, downplaying them as more about marketing than anything actually relevant to drivers today.

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Ford wants to make you a social pariah

Ford wants to make you a social pariah

Ford is hoping to make drivers more antisocial - and thus more safe - while at the wheel, with new apps for its SYNC infotainment system warning contacts when the car is on the move. Integrating Ford's own SYNC AppLink system with Life360, the smartphone app will automatically fire off a spray of "I'm driving, don't distract me" style messages to a preset list of contacts when the car gets underway. There's also find-my-friend location tracking built-in, and triggered by voice.

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Ford freezes Shelby GT350 to show the pony is practical

Ford freezes Shelby GT350 to show the pony is practical

Expectations of practicality for a 500HP+ muscle car may not be everyone's first concern, but Ford isn't taking any chances when it comes to where and when Shelby GT350 Mustang owners can drive. Over at the company's Drivability Test Facility - a veritable automotive torture chamber, where a huge range of potential driving conditions can be replicated so as to see how cars like the potent Mustang variant cope with them - the Ford engineers have been dropping temperatures to see how the GT350 handles the cold weather some owners will inflict on it, and it's about more than just switching to Snow mode on the traction control.

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Ford recalls whopping 540k cars over Takata airbags

Ford recalls whopping 540k cars over Takata airbags

Ford has vastly increased the number of vehicles it is recalling over ongoing fears around Takata airbag problems, with more than half a million cars now on the list including Mustangs and the Ford GT. The announcement today sees around 447,310 new vehicles now being summoned back into dealerships for attention, after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requested further replacements of drive-side airbags following continued concerns that the safety tech could injure or even kill when activated.

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Ford Sync 3 revealed: a whole new system with QNX

Ford Sync 3 revealed: a whole new system with QNX

This week the folks at Ford have revealed their grand re-design of Sync. This is their in-car infotainment and control center software, and this release will be called Sync 3. The big departure comes in Ford's ending of their relationship for software here with Microsoft - Sync and Sync 2 were made with Microsoft - and picking up of BlackBerry's in-car software system QNX. This means touchscreen capabilities, at last, as well as a user interface that's far more recognizable to the smartphone-using age than previous Sync releases.

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2016 Ford Focus RS global release confirmed

2016 Ford Focus RS global release confirmed

This morning at a Ford Event, Ford President and CEO Mark Fields made clear that the next Focus RS will not be released in as limited a fashion as previous yearly roll-outs. This 2016 Ford Focus RS will be coming to the United States as well as other countries around the world. "We have a new Focus RS coming to market," said Ford President and CEO Mark Fields, "and it's coming globally." Welcome to the next track warrior in the I4 class, coming your way sooner than later.

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Shelby GT350 Mustang price tipped plus GT350R

Shelby GT350 Mustang price tipped plus GT350R

Ford's meaty and much-anticipated Shelby GT350 Mustang was one of the high points of the LA Auto Show earlier this month, and now we may have an inkling of just how much the 500HP+ pony-car might cost. The return of one of the most closely-associated nameplates with Mustang, the Shelby GT350 is aiming to straddle the line between road car and track monster. However, there's also said to be even hotter versions of the Shelby Mustang in the pipeline for 2015.

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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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