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The 5 Most Impressive New Cars I Drove In 2016

The 5 Most Impressive New Cars I Drove In 2016

I'm fortunate in that I have the opportunity to drive almost every new car that makes it to the market in any given calendar year. With roughly 100 steering wheels passing through my hands over that period of time, you might be surprised to learn that very few cars, trucks, or SUVs make it onto my 'naughty' list - that is to say, automobiles have become so universally competent that it's fairly difficult to buy one that's objectively 'bad' in any meaningful way.

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor First Drive: The Epic Baja Monster

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor First Drive: The Epic Baja Monster

I’ve waited nearly a year to drive the all new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor unveiled at last year’s North America International Auto Show (NAIAS). Twelve long months. As I found at high speed among the sand dunes of Anza Borrego in Southern California, the wait was well worth it and Ford did not disappoint. No mere publicity stunt to give the F-150 a sales halo, the new Raptor more than exceeded my expectations.

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Ford sends self-driving cars to Europe as testing spreads

Ford sends self-driving cars to Europe as testing spreads

Ford is set to expand its real-world autonomous vehicle testing, kicking off on-the-road trials in Europe next year. The expansion builds on Ford's existing project in North America, where the automaker has already announced it aims to launch a self-driving rideshare scheme by 2021. Now, just like an American driver taking a local driving test while abroad, Ford's technology has to get to grips with foreign roads.

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Has Tesla’s Supercharger Network finally met its match?

Has Tesla’s Supercharger Network finally met its match?

Tesla's Supercharger network is arguably the jewel in the EV company's crown: without it, after all, cars like the Model S would be far less appealing for everyday transportation. Now, though, a consortium of traditional automakers is partnering up to eclipse Superchargers with a more widespread connector than Tesla's proprietary plug. Including big names like Volkswagen Group, BMW, and Daimler, the joint venture aims to make all-electric long-distance travel a reality, in Europe at least.

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Ford EcoSport cute ute unveiled at 2016 LA Auto Show

Ford EcoSport cute ute unveiled at 2016 LA Auto Show

The burgeoning cute 'ute scene just got that much bigger, thanks to tonight's introduction of the Ford EcoSport. Perhaps 'introduction' is too strong of a word - the EcoSport has been on sale for more than 10 years all around the world, but has thus far eluded American buyers.

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BlackBerry pens deal with Ford to develop auto software

BlackBerry pens deal with Ford to develop auto software

BlackBerry has penned a deal with Ford that will see it developing car software, the company has announced. This could prove a vital part of the company’s efforts to grow beyond the bounds of its failed mobile business, but the extent of BlackBerry’s automotive efforts aren’t clear at this time. Ford isn’t new to using BlackBerry-built software, though it has previously acquired it through Panasonic. With this new deal, the automaker will be getting it straight from BlackBerry.

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Gymkhana 9 VR lets you enjoy the hoon in 360-degrees

Gymkhana 9 VR lets you enjoy the hoon in 360-degrees

Ford has announced that it has teamed up with Hoonigan to offer fans of the Ken Block Gymkhana series of videos a 360-degree virtual reality look at Gymkhana 9. This marks the first time ever that the Ken Block video series has been presented in virtual reality 360-degree video. To enjoy the video fans will need to use the FordVR app and launch part one of the video on the Ford YouTube channel.

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FordVR app lets you experience car races in your bed

FordVR app lets you experience car races in your bed

Today’s virtual reality technology is allowing people to vicariously experience sights, sounds, and places they would never otherwise get to experience, either because of distance or safety. Or both. Like car racing. Every car enthusiast has probably dreamt of what it feels like to be inside of one. Well, now they can. Sort of. Utilizing Oculus’ fancy new WebVR technology, the FordVR app for iOS and Android lets anyone experience the car maker’s history moments in racing, right from the safety and comfort of their homes.

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VelociRaptor 6×6 concept can be yours for $295,000

VelociRaptor 6×6 concept can be yours for $295,000

The Standard Ford Raptor truck is a beast on its own, but if you want much, much more than what the factory can offer, you need to take your ride to Hennessey. The Hennessey crew can take a normal Raptor and turn it into the VelociRaptor 6x6 you see here. The price for the transformation is $295,000 and the money does include the base 2017 Raptor 4-door truck.

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Ford Bronco making a comeback with production slated for Michigan

Ford Bronco making a comeback with production slated for Michigan

It's been quite some time since we've seen Ford release a new entry in the Bronco family. To be a little more precise, we haven't seen a new Bronco since 1996, though new concepts and rumor keep popping up from time-to-time. That's all set to change, with Ford revealing that it has plans to revive the Bronco.

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The 2016 Ram 1500 takes on 3 Pickup Rivals in Full-Size Truck showdown

The 2016 Ram 1500 takes on 3 Pickup Rivals in Full-Size Truck showdown

The 2016 Ram 1500 sits comfortably in third position on the full-size pickup sales charts, but don't be deceived: this is one of the most innovative trucks currently on the market. Unlike the Ford F-150, which has dominated the segment for decades, Ram has had to mount a comprehensive strategy that gives pickup buyers features they simply can't find in any other truck in order to lure customers to dealerships - and it's working.

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Ford reveals some interesting, and weird, car tech ideas

Ford reveals some interesting, and weird, car tech ideas

While car makers are scrambling to make cars smarter, even self-sufficient, not all automotive innovations need a drastic change in the car’s systems. And some need not even change the car itself. As part of its “Further with Ford” program, the car maker looked to its own designers and engineers to come with up not just with ideas but also working prototypes to make drivers’ and commuters’ lives easier. Thus, experiments like Carr-E, Phone As Car, and On the Go H2O were born.

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