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176Update: Repair Shop Helps Out Iraq Veteran Whose Car Was Trashed

Marine in Houston had found racial slurs spray-painted on his car by vandals

A repair shop in Houston has stepped up to help a disabled Marine veteran after his car was vandalized last month.

2Autoblog Giveaway: Win an Escort Passport 9500 ix radar and laser detector!

This month's giveaway is a Passport 9500 ix radar and laser detector courtesy of Escort. Not that you would ever break the law by going a few miles per hour over the speed limit, but if you did (by accident, of course), the Passport 9500 ix detector is your best bet for avoiding a ticket.

13Escort marries social networking and radar detection with Android/iPhone app [w/video]

Now we're not suggesting that you're a lawbreaker, but if you're a social networker and you'd like to know where speedtraps are – for no reason at all – then Escort might be able to help. Makers of the Passport line of detectors, Escort has started a mobile app-supported network called Escort Live that features Bluetooth notifications.

30Escort Passport iQ marries GPS with radar detector

Escort PASSPORT iQ – Click above for high-res image gallery

30Video: 24 Hours of LeMons Ford Escort ZX2 flips out

Rubbing is Racing - click above to watch the video

31VIDEO: Priceless 1989 Ford dealer training films offer timeless amusement

1989 Ford dealer training clip - click above image to watch the videos

16Escachero!

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4Could the Escort be reborn as the new small Ford?

Earlier this week Ford President of the Americas confirmed in an internal webcast that the new B-Class Ford for North America and the rest of the world will be based on the new Mazda2. The next question of course is what to call the new sub-compact? Ford could spend their limited resources trying to establish another new brand name, or they could revive another classic name with some established equity. Automobile magazine thinks it will be the latter, with the return of the Escort, once the bes

27How Automobile envisions the next Ford Escort

As we reported a few days back, Ford has big plans for the bits and pieces that make up the Mazda 2. While the Mazda will have the requesitie joie de vivre known as "zoom zoom," Ford variants are a go, as well. Automobile posits that naming the Ford version might be a sticky wicket. We've recently seen the blue oval return to names with some history, so an all new moniker may be out from the get-go. That leaves us with some greatest hits from yesteryear. Pinto likely won't work, it's too old, an

6RR of the Day: Escort abroad

Since it seems like most of the mainstream automotive news will be dominated with comment and analysis of Ford's WF 2.0 plan today, we thought we'd dig up something with a blue oval on it for today's RR of the Day. This car is a Brazilian 1991 Ford Escort XR3 Formula. It represents some of the Escort's higher pedigree that could be found abroad but was never delivered to the U.S. The XR3 joined the RS2000 Escort in 1991, but lacked the latter's larger 2.0-liter turbo engine in favor of a 1.8-lit

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