Posts from ‘Ford’
Bored with beige? Sick of silver? Weary of white? Tired of tan? Chagrined by champagne? Troubled b… OK, sorry, we’ll stop. Though muted, conservative colors seem to dominate in the new-vehicle marketplace, most manufacturers offer at least a couple unusual hues in their factory-paint palettes. Auto shows are a great place to see these colors up close and in person on a new vehicle, instead of looking at a computer screen or a paint chip at the dealer. If you’re an extroverted type who wants your ride to turn heads, an out-of-the-ordinary color is a great way to do it. Keep in mind, however, that these colors can fall out of fashion much quicker than the “safe” standby colors, which can be an issue come resale time.
Ford has just unveiled the all-new 2018 Expedition, and the 2017 Chicago Auto Show will mark the redesigned full-size SUV’s first public appearance. Regular-length Expedition and extended-length Expedition MAX body styles will be available, both featuring an aluminum-alloy body on a redesigned high-strength steel frame. Weight-saving measures take out about 300 pounds compared to previous Expedition.
Class: Large Pickup Trucks
Miles Driven: 330
Fuel Used: 24.4 gallons
When you hear the number 8 1/2, there’s a decent chance your mind turns to a film by that name, directed by French surrealist Federico Fellini. Released in 1963, 8 1/2 is the story of a movie director who is slowly losing his grip on reality. Fellini’s fantasy-like treatment of the lead character’s confusion led to popular use of the term Felliniesque, used to describe a situation that seems unreal.
This quote from Consumer Guide’s ’73 Auto Test magazine says almost everything you need to know about the performance potential of the vehicles discussed below:
2017 Ford Fusion Sport
Class: Midsize Car
Miles Driven: 204
Fuel Used: 11.5 gallons
As you may have taken note while reading our 10 Fastest Cars of 1973 post, ’73 was a fairly entertaining year for the editors of Consumer Guide. Not only did my predecessors have the opportunity to evaluate a DeTomaso Pantera, but that year’s docket also included a cadre of “mini buses” and sport-utility vehicles as well.
DETROIT—Ford rolled out a significantly updated version of its best-selling full-size pickup at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2018 Ford F-150 gets a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V6 engine, a new 3.3-liter V6 base engine, expanded availability of the 10-speed automatic transmission that debuted for 2017, an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.
Class: Midsize Crossover
Miles Driven: 483
Fuel Used: 21.9 gallons
By Don Sikora II
Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
Introduced for 1983, the Ford Ranger compact pickup’s first major redesign didn’t come until 1993. The previous truck’s simple, straight lines were replaced with smooth, subtle curves, but overall the Ranger still resembled a smaller-scale F-150. Then Ford added more style later in the ’93 model year with the addition of the Ranger Splash.