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We talk Chicago debuts, what we're driving, and buying advice, with some bad jokes thrown in for good measure.

We think the Navigator concept was closer to production than we realized.

Ford Expedition goes aluminum and gets bigger for 2018.

It's like an F-150, but with a really big aluminum coat on.

The big SUV should shed several hundred pounds.

Fuel economy should improve over the outgoing model.

The greenhouse looks like it's been plucked right from Lincoln's Navigator Concept.

Ford's new Expedition is probably coming to Detroit, where it will show off an aluminum body inspired in part by the Navigator Concept from this year's New York Auto Show.

Transmissions could mysteriously shift into first on certain 2011 and 2012 models.

Ford will recall certain Mustang, F-150, Expedition, and Lincoln Navigator models from 2011 and 2012 because the gearbox can suddenly shift into first gear. There are three accidents linked to the problem but no injuries.

Spotted undergoing testing in Michigan is what looks to be the next-generation Ford Expedition, set to debut in 2017 based on the aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup.

JD Power's latest APEAL Study hasn't changed much on the premium side, although Mini is the new champ for non-premium brands, besting Hyundai.

Zero South Has Been Planning This Trip For At Least Seven Years

The Zero South expedition will use a modified 1998 Hummer H1 series hybrid on tracks to drive to the South Pole.

2015 Chicago Auto Show Recap, Apple's Project Titan EV

Episode #418 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, and Brandon Turkus talk about the 2015 Chicago Auto Show and Apple's potential plans to build a car.

Meet Manon Osservoort. She's a theater actress from the Netherlands, but she's better know as Tractor Girl. That's because she's undertaken an epic transcontinental journey in an agricultural tractor that started out in Holland five years ago and just ended at the South Pole.

If you're going to this year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas, it's going to be tough to miss the Ford booth, simply for its size. The Blue Oval is bringing over a dozen customized examples of the 2015 Mustang and a quintet of modded Transits. The latest announced addition is a trio of upgraded 2015 Expeditions showing different takes on the recently refreshed SUV.

Blue Oval 'Burb-Fighter Boasts Turbocharged Boost

While the tide of bigger-is-better SUVs has been in recession since, well, the recession, fullsize utes are still very much with us. Conservative creatures that have been loathe to evolve, fullsize SUVs nonetheless remain enduringly popular among large families, livery customers, and anyone with lots of friends, relatives, and toys to tug around. With respect to Toyota and Nissan, the only players that really matter in the segment are the new-for-2015 Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban, the GMC Yukon/Yuko

When the best-selling US truck sheds the equivalent weight of three football fullbacks by shifting to aluminum, folks start paying attention. Oak Ridge National Laboratory took a closer look at whether the reduced fuel consumption from a lighter aluminum body makes up for the fact that producing aluminum is far more energy intensive than steel. And the results of the study are pretty encouraging.

Ford made some serious waves when it unveiled the latest F-150. Instead of making its bodywork out of steel, like just about every other truck on the market, Ford went with aluminum. And you can bet the F-150 won't be the last Ford model to go with the lightweight alloy construction, either.

What's life like on an authentic Texas ranch? We honestly have no idea, having never lived on such a ranch, but we imagine it requires lots of hard work, grit and determination to keep all 825,000 acres – that's larger than the state of Rhode Island – of the King Ranch in Texas under control. Indeed, a total of 350 vehicles, all of which come from Ford, we're told, are currently in use by the ranch. No wonder, then, that the collaboration between Ford and King Ranch has lasted for 15

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