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Ford cancels $1.6b Mexico plant, will invest $700m in Michigan plant instead

Ford cancels $1.6b Mexico plant, will invest $700m in Michigan plant instead

On top of revealing a slew of new electric vehicles today, Ford also made a rather major announcement in that it will be cancelling plans to build a new plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. That planet was expected to cost $1.6 billion, but with that money now freed up, Ford will be investing some of it back here in the US. $700 million of that cash will go toward improving its Flat Rock, Michigan plant over the next four years, which is a significant investment.

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Mustang hybrid and F-150 Hybrid outed in Ford’s CES EV gush

Mustang hybrid and F-150 Hybrid outed in Ford’s CES EV gush

Ford has revealed seven new electrified vehicles today at CES 2017, including an F-150 Hybrid version of its best-selling truck, and a Mustang Hybrid sports car. The news, announced today by Ford CEO Mark Fields, is the tip of a 13-strong electrified fleet that the automaker intends to launch over the next five years. Ford is also beginning pilot trials of wireless charging technologies for electrified vehicles, along with tests of twenty Transit Connect hybrid taxi and van prototypes in several US cities.

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My Top 5 Track and Performance Driving Events of 2016

My Top 5 Track and Performance Driving Events of 2016

What an epic year. Right around this time last year, I made one New Year’s resolution for 2016: drive as many tracks around the world as humanly possible. To my amazement, I did just that. While I did make that my singular resolution for the new year, I didn’t really care which cars I drove as long as I was on a track somewhere. That opened up some fairly unusual opportunities both for me and for SlashGear: read on for five of the most memorable.

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Ford shows off next-gen autonomous Fusion development

Ford shows off next-gen autonomous Fusion development

Ford has been working on autonomous vehicle tech for a while now and the automaker is talking up its next generation Fusion autonomous vehicle. The new vehicle uses the current Ford autonomous platform but adds in more processing power with new computer hardware inside. Ford also notes that the tech used in the car is more production ready.

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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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