The Truth About Cars » ford focus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:37:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » ford focus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Hammer Time: How a Smelly Dog Helped Me Buy a Volkswagen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/smelly-dog-helped-buy-volkswagen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/smelly-dog-helped-buy-volkswagen/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 13:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1216177 Babies are tough. Bosses can be tougher. But the indisputable boot camp of bare knuckled stress inducers has to be a young dog that hasn’t been given the care, love, and discipline it needs and deserves. Not even the Volkswagen Passat W8 I bought last year can compare to the ball busting doled out by an […]

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Babies are tough. Bosses can be tougher. But the indisputable boot camp of bare knuckled stress inducers has to be a young dog that hasn’t been given the care, love, and discipline it needs and deserves. Not even the Volkswagen Passat W8 I bought last year can compare to the ball busting doled out by an […]

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New York 2015: NAFTA-Spec Ford Focus RS Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-nafta-spec-ford-focus-rs-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-nafta-spec-ford-focus-rs-revealed/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:14:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1029161 The 2016 Ford Focus RS will make its North American debut in New York, featuring some different alloys and a new shade of blue paint. While specs remain the same, the RS won’t go on sale until spring of 2016.  

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The 2016 Ford Focus RS will make its North American debut in New York, featuring some different alloys and a new shade of blue paint. While specs remain the same, the RS won’t go on sale until spring of 2016.  

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Ford Introduces German-Made Focus RS For U.S. Market http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/ford-introduces-german-made-focus-rs-u-s-market/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/ford-introduces-german-made-focus-rs-u-s-market/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 15:17:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=993026 Ford is finally giving the North American market a Focus RS. It will be the first Focus RS to have all-wheel drive, and it won’t be built Stateside. Just as TTAC predicted, our North American Focus RS will be imported from Germany. According to our sources, the Michigan Assembly Plant that builds the rest of the Focus […]

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Ford is finally giving the North American market a Focus RS. It will be the first Focus RS to have all-wheel drive, and it won’t be built Stateside. Just as TTAC predicted, our North American Focus RS will be imported from Germany. According to our sources, the Michigan Assembly Plant that builds the rest of the Focus […]

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2016 Ford Focus RS Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/2016-ford-focus-rs-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/2016-ford-focus-rs-revealed/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 03:30:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=992778 Thanks to our friends at Jalopnik. Let’s see if our source was right about it being AWD and not built in the USA.

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Thanks to our friends at Jalopnik. Let’s see if our source was right about it being AWD and not built in the USA.

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Rental Review: 2013 Ford Focus SE http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/rental-review-2013-ford-focus-se/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/rental-review-2013-ford-focus-se/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:12:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=989778 You never know what car you’re going to get at the rental counter. Whether you’re at an airport in Anchorage, a Milwaukee suburb, or in Tahiti, you won’t know how you’ll get from Point A to Point B, or if you’ve ever vacationed in Tahiti, Point A to Point A. It could better than your […]

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You never know what car you’re going to get at the rental counter. Whether you’re at an airport in Anchorage, a Milwaukee suburb, or in Tahiti, you won’t know how you’ll get from Point A to Point B, or if you’ve ever vacationed in Tahiti, Point A to Point A. It could better than your […]

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Ford Focus RS Coming In Limited Quantities, Imported From Europe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/ford-focus-rs-coming-limited-quantities-imported-europe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/ford-focus-rs-coming-limited-quantities-imported-europe/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:57:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=958561 Ford confirmed that the Focus RS will be sold in North America for the first time ever. But it won’t be built here. As we previously reported, the Focus RS will likely not be built at the Michigan Assembly Plant that builds the other Focus models. According to a Ford source, it won’t fit down […]

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Ford confirmed that the Focus RS will be sold in North America for the first time ever. But it won’t be built here. As we previously reported, the Focus RS will likely not be built at the Michigan Assembly Plant that builds the other Focus models. According to a Ford source, it won’t fit down […]

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Exported To Detroit: Next Ford Focus RS Won’t Be Built In Michigan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/exported-detroit-next-ford-focus-rs-wont-built-michigan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/exported-detroit-next-ford-focus-rs-wont-built-michigan/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:00:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=933714 Fans of fast Fords will be glad to know that our sources at the Blue Oval have confirmed that the Ford Focus RS is on its way for a 2016 debut. It will be (relatively) affordable, provide a measurable performance boost above a Focus ST, and it will be imported from Europe. According to our […]

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Fans of fast Fords will be glad to know that our sources at the Blue Oval have confirmed that the Ford Focus RS is on its way for a 2016 debut. It will be (relatively) affordable, provide a measurable performance boost above a Focus ST, and it will be imported from Europe. According to our […]

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Ford’s Got A (Focus) ST-D http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/fords-got-a-focus-st-d/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/fords-got-a-focus-st-d/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 01:33:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=853993   Ford’s Focus lineup has got an ST-D. D for diesel, that is. The Focus ST Diesel gets a 2.0 diesel making 182 horsepower and an 295 lb-ft of torque. On the European cycle, it gets 64.2 mpg and emits 114 grams per km of CO2. 60 mph comes up in 8.1 seconds, compared to […]

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  Ford’s Focus lineup has got an ST-D. D for diesel, that is. The Focus ST Diesel gets a 2.0 diesel making 182 horsepower and an 295 lb-ft of torque. On the European cycle, it gets 64.2 mpg and emits 114 grams per km of CO2. 60 mph comes up in 8.1 seconds, compared to […]

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Ford To Debut Focus ST Diesel http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/ford-to-debut-focus-st-diesel/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/ford-to-debut-focus-st-diesel/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:02:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=850322 A new Ford Focus ST is set to be debuting at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. In addition to a facelift (to better align it with the facelifted 2015 Focus), Just-Auto is also reporting that a diesel variant will be offered alongside the 2.0L Ecoboost engine. Any bets on whether it will arrive in […]

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A new Ford Focus ST is set to be debuting at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. In addition to a facelift (to better align it with the facelifted 2015 Focus), Just-Auto is also reporting that a diesel variant will be offered alongside the 2.0L Ecoboost engine. Any bets on whether it will arrive in […]

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Geneva 2015: Facelifted Ford Focus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/geneva-2015-facelifted-ford-focus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/geneva-2015-facelifted-ford-focus/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:07:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=765809   Making its first appearance at Geneva is the facelifted Ford Focus, which gets the corporate schnoz, as well as the 1.0L Ecoboost three-cylinder for the North American market.  

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  Making its first appearance at Geneva is the facelifted Ford Focus, which gets the corporate schnoz, as well as the 1.0L Ecoboost three-cylinder for the North American market.  

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Geneva 2014: Ford Focus ST Gets Diesel Variant http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/geneva-2014-ford-focus-st-gets-diesel-variant/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/geneva-2014-ford-focus-st-gets-diesel-variant/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:48:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=765465 With the Ford Focus ST due for a mid-cycle refresh in Europe, Ford apparently announced a diesel version of their hot hatch at a dinner after Day 1 of the Geneva Auto Show. AutoExpress reports that the oil-burner will be powered by a a 2.0 TDCi engine, the diesel ST will have 182bhp (1bhp more […]

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With the Ford Focus ST due for a mid-cycle refresh in Europe, Ford apparently announced a diesel version of their hot hatch at a dinner after Day 1 of the Geneva Auto Show. AutoExpress reports that the oil-burner will be powered by a a 2.0 TDCi engine, the diesel ST will have 182bhp (1bhp more […]

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Review: 2014 Ford Focus ST (With Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/review-2014-ford-focus-st-with-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/review-2014-ford-focus-st-with-video/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=691530 Hot hatches are all the rage in Europe but represent a fairly small segment of American consumption. The formula is fairly simple, you take a compact hatchback, insert a turbocharged engine, stiffen the springs and add an anti-roll bar that can lift the inner rear wheel in corners if you really push it. The result […]

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Hot hatches are all the rage in Europe but represent a fairly small segment of American consumption. The formula is fairly simple, you take a compact hatchback, insert a turbocharged engine, stiffen the springs and add an anti-roll bar that can lift the inner rear wheel in corners if you really push it. The result […]

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Rental Review: 2013 Ford Focus SE Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/rental-review-2013-ford-focus-se-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/rental-review-2013-ford-focus-se-sedan/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:14:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=650898 D. Alexander is back with another reader review. If you’d like to be where he is — and I don’t mean flexing your maxed-out biceps in the company of a bunch of attractive people, as he’s always doing on Facebook, but rather on these hallowed pages — let me know! — JB Nothing makes you […]

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D. Alexander is back with another reader review. If you’d like to be where he is — and I don’t mean flexing your maxed-out biceps in the company of a bunch of attractive people, as he’s always doing on Facebook, but rather on these hallowed pages — let me know! — JB Nothing makes you […]

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Capsule Review: Ford Focus ST http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/capsule-review-ford-focus-st/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/capsule-review-ford-focus-st/#comments Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=492367 I wish I had more time with the Focus ST, but circumstances conspired to cut my loan short; I was off on the West Coast, driving a hot hatch older than I am, as well as two competitors, the Volkswagen GTI and the Mazdaspeed3. Driving those two back to back gave me some context before […]

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I wish I had more time with the Focus ST, but circumstances conspired to cut my loan short; I was off on the West Coast, driving a hot hatch older than I am, as well as two competitors, the Volkswagen GTI and the Mazdaspeed3. Driving those two back to back gave me some context before […]

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A Snapshot Of What Sub-Prime Buyers Are Driving http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/a-snapshot-of-what-sub-prime-buyers-are-driving/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/a-snapshot-of-what-sub-prime-buyers-are-driving/#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:30:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486080 Sub-prime finance has attracted a bit of interest (no pun intended) over at TTAC lately, and the segment itself has experienced phenomenal growth in the post-bailout era. Auto lending site www.carfinance.com released a list of the top 10 most popular new and used vehicles as purchased by sub-prime buyers over the last six months. While […]

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Sub-prime finance has attracted a bit of interest (no pun intended) over at TTAC lately, and the segment itself has experienced phenomenal growth in the post-bailout era. Auto lending site www.carfinance.com released a list of the top 10 most popular new and used vehicles as purchased by sub-prime buyers over the last six months. While […]

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The Top 10 Best-Sellers World Wide In 2012 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/the-top-10-best-sellers-world-wide-in-2012/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/the-top-10-best-sellers-world-wide-in-2012/#comments Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484953 Polk released their list of 10 best-selling nameplates in 2012 – and while the list led to a bit of a spat between Toyota and Ford over who won had the race – the rest of the list gives us a picture of what’s popular around the world. While Bertel is claiming that Toyota came […]

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Polk released their list of 10 best-selling nameplates in 2012 – and while the list led to a bit of a spat between Toyota and Ford over who won had the race – the rest of the list gives us a picture of what’s popular around the world. While Bertel is claiming that Toyota came […]

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Ford Pushes Congress For Vehicle Standards Harmonization http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/ford-pushes-congress-for-vehicle-standards-harmonization/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/ford-pushes-congress-for-vehicle-standards-harmonization/#comments Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:39:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484395 A U.S. House of Represenatives subcommittee meeting became a forum for Ford to advocate on behalf of harmonized vehicle standards, as the US and EU continue to discuss a possible free trade deal. Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s President of the Americas, said that harmonized standards would allow Ford to cut costs in areas like design, manufacturing and […]

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A U.S. House of Represenatives subcommittee meeting became a forum for Ford to advocate on behalf of harmonized vehicle standards, as the US and EU continue to discuss a possible free trade deal. Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s President of the Americas, said that harmonized standards would allow Ford to cut costs in areas like design, manufacturing and […]

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Analysis: Three Different Approaches To Maximize Scale http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/three-different-approaches-to-maximize-scale/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/three-different-approaches-to-maximize-scale/#comments Fri, 22 Feb 2013 14:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=478567 We’ve discussed the importance of scale countless times on this website. La Tribune takes a brief look at Ford, Volkswagen and PSA and the different ways they are working to achieve economies of scale in one of the toughest markets in the auto industry; the C-Segment. As you’re all well aware by now, Volkswagen’s MQB platform […]

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We’ve discussed the importance of scale countless times on this website. La Tribune takes a brief look at Ford, Volkswagen and PSA and the different ways they are working to achieve economies of scale in one of the toughest markets in the auto industry; the C-Segment. As you’re all well aware by now, Volkswagen’s MQB platform […]

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The 2012 Honda Civic – The Industry’s Most Successful Turd http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/the-2012-honda-civic-the-industrys-most-successful-turd/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/the-2012-honda-civic-the-industrys-most-successful-turd/#comments Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:38:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=472815 The most satisfying parts of this job isn’t the constant flow of new cars or the luxury vacations with colleagues who never learned how to hold a kinfe and fork properly. It’s watching them look for a sacrificial lamb to offer up to the Gods of The Wobble and then see it survive the slaughter, […]

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The most satisfying parts of this job isn’t the constant flow of new cars or the luxury vacations with colleagues who never learned how to hold a kinfe and fork properly. It’s watching them look for a sacrificial lamb to offer up to the Gods of The Wobble and then see it survive the slaughter, […]

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Review: 2013 Ford Escape Titanium Take Two (Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/review-2013-ford-escape-titanium-ecoboost-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/review-2013-ford-escape-titanium-ecoboost-video/#comments Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=471808 Like their products or not, Ford has been on a roll. It all started when the blue oval financed their metamorphosis by mortgaging everything that wasn’t nailed down a year before the bankocalypse. Next came a wave of new products like the Astonesque Fusion, Prius fighting C-MAX and the Euro-derived Fiesta and Focus. Ford’s recovery […]

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Like their products or not, Ford has been on a roll. It all started when the blue oval financed their metamorphosis by mortgaging everything that wasn’t nailed down a year before the bankocalypse. Next came a wave of new products like the Astonesque Fusion, Prius fighting C-MAX and the Euro-derived Fiesta and Focus. Ford’s recovery […]

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Review: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid (Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/review-2013-ford-c-max-hybrid-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/review-2013-ford-c-max-hybrid-video/#comments Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:55:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=467787 Up till now there hasn’t been a “real” Prius alternative on the market. Sure Honda has the Civic and Insight, but their real-world MPGs can’t hold a candle to the green-car poster child and Honda’s IMA hybrid system is far from smooth and refined. The Volt is more of a novelty with its lofty price […]

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Up till now there hasn’t been a “real” Prius alternative on the market. Sure Honda has the Civic and Insight, but their real-world MPGs can’t hold a candle to the green-car poster child and Honda’s IMA hybrid system is far from smooth and refined. The Volt is more of a novelty with its lofty price […]

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QOTD: What Does Premium Mean Anyways? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/qotd-what-does-premium-mean-anyways/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/qotd-what-does-premium-mean-anyways/#comments Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465394 “Take BMW. In the near term, they will have nine entries in the compact segment. This is basically our heartland,” he told me on the sidelines of the Paris auto show. “With the brand reputation they have, you start to have a massive problem.” -Gunnar Herrmann, Ford of Europe’s Vice President of Quality Roughly a […]

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“Take BMW. In the near term, they will have nine entries in the compact segment. This is basically our heartland,” he told me on the sidelines of the Paris auto show. “With the brand reputation they have, you start to have a massive problem.” -Gunnar Herrmann, Ford of Europe’s Vice President of Quality Roughly a […]

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More Bounce To The Ounce Ford 3-Banger Ecoboost http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/more-bounce-to-the-ounce-ford-3-banger-ecoboost/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/more-bounce-to-the-ounce-ford-3-banger-ecoboost/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2012 14:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=460808 The introduction of three-cylinder (and even parallel twin) engines in subcompact and compact cars is a much needed dose of whimsy and engineerng prowess is a segment that is crippled by terminal homogeny. Although we don’t get the Fiat TwinAir powertrain, Ford’s 1.0L 3-cylinder Ecoboost will be coming to our shores, and by the time […]

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The introduction of three-cylinder (and even parallel twin) engines in subcompact and compact cars is a much needed dose of whimsy and engineerng prowess is a segment that is crippled by terminal homogeny. Although we don’t get the Fiat TwinAir powertrain, Ford’s 1.0L 3-cylinder Ecoboost will be coming to our shores, and by the time […]

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Video Review: 2012 Ford Focus SE Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/video-review-2012-ford-focus-se-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/video-review-2012-ford-focus-se-sedan/#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:40:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459711   Today, we’re trying something new. Alex is doing his review in video-only format. Let us know how you like it. Ford provided the vehicle, insurance and a tank of gas for this review. Specifications as tested 0-30: 2.93 Seconds 0-60: 7.61 Seconds 1/4 Mile: 16 Seconds @ 86 MPH Average Fuel Economy: 30.5 MPG […]

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  Today, we’re trying something new. Alex is doing his review in video-only format. Let us know how you like it. Ford provided the vehicle, insurance and a tank of gas for this review. Specifications as tested 0-30: 2.93 Seconds 0-60: 7.61 Seconds 1/4 Mile: 16 Seconds @ 86 MPH Average Fuel Economy: 30.5 MPG […]

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Review: 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/review-2013-dodge-dart-sxt-rallye/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/review-2013-dodge-dart-sxt-rallye/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:03:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457167 You’ve got to give Sergio Marchionne credit for at least one thing: he’s a masterful negotiator. The Italian-Canadian FIAT exec bluffed General Motors into paying $2 billion for the right to NOT buy the Italian company. He went on to acquire a controlling stake in Chrysler for no cash. Instead, FIAT agreed to provide the […]

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You’ve got to give Sergio Marchionne credit for at least one thing: he’s a masterful negotiator. The Italian-Canadian FIAT exec bluffed General Motors into paying $2 billion for the right to NOT buy the Italian company. He went on to acquire a controlling stake in Chrysler for no cash. Instead, FIAT agreed to provide the […]

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