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The Chrysler Pacifica lasted all of four years before it was unceremoniously dumped from the Pentastar's lineup. The Ford Freestyle endured a name change after three model years, then lasted two more as the Taurus X before being sent out to pasture. The Cadillac SRX lasted six years as a tall wagon before being completely redone as a more traditional front-drive -based crossover for 2010. Mercedes-Benz's R-Class, essentially a lux'd out minivan without sliding doors, has been gathering moss sinc

var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/offbeat_news/Can_you_really_open_a_locked_car_door_with_a_tennis_ball'; You may remember a video that we showed on Autoblog where someone poked a hole in a tennis ball, lined up the hole in the ball with the key-hole of a car, pressed really hard, and the door unlocked. After reading your comments from that post, we decided that it was definitely worth testing to see if this tennis ball technique works for ourselves. One of the commenters from the last post on t

NOTE: After reading some of the excellent comments on this post, we decided to test this again from 30 miles away... and it didn't work. We're going to retest at a different location but similar distance to see what gave us the positive test. Stay tuned.

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Making both a bold and simple move, Ford's North American boss Mark Fields confirmed this morning what we already knew, that the Taurus and Sable brands will be resurrected for 2008.

We thought this thing would be dead by now; what with the Edge, Fairlane, and next-generation Explorer all occupying CUV Parking Only spaces in Ford's garage. Nay, the Freestyle soldiers on for 2008, emboldened by a new face, set to debut at the Chicago Auto Show. The cosmetic surgery is in line with Ford's revisions to the Freestyle's platform-mate, the Five Hundred. Overall, the look doesn't even progress beyond conservative, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Some of the innocuousness of th

We've been wrapped up in our own opinions about Mercury too much around here. So much so, that when we saw shots of Mercury's Meta One mules running around Detroit again, we instantly assumed the project was back on the front burner. Apparently that's not the case. A few of our sources have informed us that the mules running around Detroit right now are the same ones we saw at the beginning of the year before the car was cancelled. Since the Freestyle will be getting the company's new 3.5-liter

The Winding Road staff had their camera phones at the ready when they found themselves being overtake on Michigan roads by what appears to be a prototype for a Mercury-badged version of the Ford Freestyle crossover. Apparently these mules have been seen around the Detroit area a lot in the past week. Though Ford has said in the past that Mercury would not get a version of the Freestyle, Ford has decided to continue producing the crossover with a Blue Oval badge, so a Mercury version based on the

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has wrapped up its latest round of clinical crashing and, as is customary, improvements were seen on newer models, while older vehicles didn't fare quite as well.

Watch out Fuji Heavy, Ford Motor Company is out to nab your claim to fame. The Detroit Free Press states that the automaker working its way toward becoming the leading producer of all-wheel-drive (AWD) cars and crossovers in the North American market. Ford says that it will offer AWD variants of the Lincoln MKZ, Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, bringing its total AWD offerings to 22 vehicles and sales to 500,000 by next year.

We reported some time ago that Ford was rumored to have been thinking about cancelling its Freestyle crossover less than a couple of short years after it first hit the market. Whispers from within the Blue Oval were saying the Freestyle’s name would live on but the vehicle would not.

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