2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Review
Feb02

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Review

By Alex Kalogiannis

02.02.2010

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The majority of us, if not all who read this, spend a great deal of their day on the endless network of paved highways, back roads, main streets, parkways and parking lots. Regardless of whether or not we’re in the most mundane of family shuttles or in a face-melting speed machine, there is always, at some point, the inescapable sense of confinement. Traffic, road work, or even the errant deer will throw a monkey wrench in the transport system, immediately awaking the reality that ultimately, we’re no more free to roam than a slot car on the living room floor.

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Detroit 2010: 2011 Lincoln MKX
Jan12

Detroit 2010: 2011 Lincoln MKX

By Alex Kalogiannis

01.12.2010

2011 Lincoln MKX

The Lincoln MKX, constantly in the shadow of its close cousin, the Ford Edge, steps into center stage by itself for 2011, with a complete refresh inside and out. The MKX will also feature the first application of the MyLincoln Touch, the driver interface that will be featured in all upcoming Ford vehicles.

The front end has been updated with a split-wing grille.  A set of prominent wheel arches to house the 18- to 20-inch wheels are another of several exterior tweaks the MKX has received in an effort to turn heads on the dealer floor. The rear taillamps employ an indirect LED system that hides the light source while allowing the light intensity to shine through. This means the LEDs point inward and is reflected back instead of directly beaming outward, giving the lamps a more stylized and distinct look.  All this rounds out with 4-inch oval exhaust tips to complete the expressive redesign.

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Detroit 2010: Ford Reveals Global 2012 Focus
Jan11

Detroit 2010: Ford Reveals Global 2012 Focus

By Alex Kalogiannis

01.11.2010

Next-Generation Ford FocusFord has just revealed the next-gen incarnation of its globally-popular Focus C-segment car.  The Focus has been completely re-worked by a global team of specialists to create a sporty, stylish car that meets their targets of fuel economy and driving quality. The 2012 Focus is also the first car to be created under the ONE Ford approach, a strategy to create and design cars that appeal to all markets. Indeed, the new Focus will be nearly identical in all markets, with 80 percent parts commonality around the world.

“The new Ford Focus is a clear demonstration that our ONE Ford strategy is providing global consumers with great products that harness the best of Ford Motor Company,” said Alan Mulally, Ford’s president and CEO.

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Ford Announces MyFord Driver Connect Technology
Jan07

Ford Announces MyFord Driver Connect Technology

By Alex Kalogiannis

01.07.2010

MyFord TouchMuch to the delight of exuberant technophiles, today, Ford revealed to the world their new driver interface technology, the MyFord Touch.  It’s no coincidence that this name sounds familiar; more than something vital to your gym routine. MyFord Touch driver connect technology is a redesign of a driver’s interface with various systems significantly inspired by modern consumer electronics, such as mobile phones and MP3 players, with screens and controls designed for ease-of-use and with rich graphic displays.

Built on a new generation of Ford’s award winning SYNC system, MyFord Touch brings the functionality of SYNC while mirroring how people interact with their day to day electronic devices through touch screens, touch-sensitive buttons, thumb-wheel controls and voice recognition.  “Driving is the priority when you’re behind the wheel,” says Jason Johnson, Ford user interface design engineer, “so we’ve made it possible to simplify the content management so customers can drive with minimal distraction.” A thoughtful sentiment in an era where in-car technology has exploded to a maddening degree of distractions so that even further technology is implemented to keep you safe from it  (like a certain Lexus).

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First Look: 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0
Dec28

First Look: 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0

By Alex Kalogiannis

12.28.2009

2011 Ford Mustang GT

You may have heard rumblings about Ford’s engineers in Dearborn tinkering away at something special, but now we can say without a doubt: the 5.0 is back. In 2011, the Mustang GT will be powered by an all new 5.0 liter V8 that will deliver 412 horsepower and 390 ft-lbs of torque. This naturally aspirated feat owes much of its efficiency to the 4-valve Twin independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT), producing a substantial amount of power while still upping the fuel economy to 25 miles per gallon.

This double-o2011 Ford Mustang GTverhead-camshaft configuration employs two camshafts per cylinder bank – one camshaft to operate the intake valves and one camshaft to operate the exhaust valves. Ti-VCT rotates the camshafts to advance or retard the cam timing, based on several measures including throttle opening. An element unique to the Mustang GT 5.0-liter V8 is that Ti-VCT is actuated by camshaft torque, with assistance from pressurized oil. Using camshaft torque energy should provide faster throttle response and maximize use of existing energy, aiding fuel economy.

An additional element is the increased capacity and baffling of the deep-sump stamped steel oil pan to enable sustained high-rpm use and keep the oil change interval at 10,000-miles. Piston-cooling jets also were incorporated for performance-minded customers and for faster oil warm-up on cold start. Specially designed tubular exhaust headers were developed to maximize exhaust pulse separation and improve flow. This was a response to customers immediately swapping the headers out for 3rd party replacements for an easy performance boost, so the engineering team sought to make them better from the get-go.

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