Lieberman Focuses on Ford

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
lieberman focuses on ford

I know, I know; there's been a lot of Ford and GM bashing on this site as of late. All of it deserved. As long as car companies make crap cars– and that's ANY company making ANY crap car– The Truth About Cars is ready, willing and able to provide a no-holds-barred reality check. But here's the important bit: every TTAC writer would love to see the former Big Three produce the world's best automobiles. It literally pains us that they don't. If and when America reclaims its mojo and produces world-beating product, be it a Chevrolet Corvette or a Ford Freestyle, we will give its maker its due. To wit: Lieberman likes the Freestyle, Big Style. [His review goes up tomorrow.] It's both sad and symptomatic that Ford doesn't share JL's enthusiasm enough to dig down and make something more of a potentially great vehicle. By now, Toyota would've been busy on gen II. Will this misery never end? Oh, and if you could please suggest a photo caption in the comments, I'd be much obliged.

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  • Lolcopterpilot Lolcopterpilot on Jul 06, 2006

    +1 BarryO.

  • Brian E Brian E on Jul 06, 2006

    Ford promised to put 250,000 hybrids on the road by 2010, and the critics said it couldn't be done. Now, Ford is introducing the new Hybrid Climate Control System, which recycles the warm air from your breath to heat the passenger compartment of the 2007 Freestyle. You'll love the savings in energy. Your passengers will appreciate the Spicy Bean Burrito you had for lunch.

  • DaveClark DaveClark on Jul 08, 2006

    "i'm still in love with my Pontiac Aztek..."

  • Rand Rand on Jul 08, 2006

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