The new Ford GT will hit the market next year in celebration of the GT40's landmark 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans 50 years ago, but will its successor mark the Blue Oval's return to endurance racing and the Circuit de la Sarthe?
The next generation of the Ford F-150 Raptor pickup truck looks to be more off-road capable than ever before, combining a brand-new, specially designed, high-strength steel frame, aluminum bodywork, a 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission and a new set of Fox Racing shocks. Read all about it right here.
An anonymous tipster has leaked a map of Ford's display stand plans for next week's Detroit Auto Show, and it supports the idea of a Ford GT revival, as well as a Shelby Mustang GT350R and F-150 SVT Raptor.
The Canadian auto market was hot in 2014 and posted recorded sales. Leader among them for the fifth straight year was Ford, but the Blue Oval nearly lost its sales crown. A rally from FCA put it within about 2,000 units of being the biggest automaker in the Great White North.
Ford is promoting Mark LaNeve to become the head of the automaker's marketing, sales, service and dealer relations in the US, replacing John Felice, who is retiring. LaNeve is an auto industry veteran with previous experience in high-ranking position at General Motors, Volvo Cars North America and others. His previous position was as the chief operating officer at Global Ford Team, the Blue Oval's global advertising agency.
The G-Shock car pack is ready for Forza Horizon 2, bringing with it a collection of six very eclectic models that run the gamut from concepts like the 2015 Nissan IDX Nismo to classics like the 1953 Ferrari 500 Mondial. The car pack even gets very quirky with the 1980 Subaru Brat GL. There's at least one car here to grab the interest of any fan of the game.
Out of 16.5-million overall sales in 2014, the top three vehicles sold last year in the US were pickup trucks, led by the Ford F-Series. The rest of the top ten featured three Hondas, two Fords, two Toyotas and a Nissan, and elsewhere on the charts a number of brands had record years.
The Ford Transit took the reins as America's best-selling van in December. The Blue Oval's recently introduced full-size van line sold 10,030 units to take the title, and impressively, the model nearly doubled its annual sales in those 31 days to reach 20,488-units for all of 2014. It also beat Ford's own aging E-Series in sales for the second consecutive month.
A page allegedly taken from a Ford training manual shows just how much power that the 2015 Ford Mustang's 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine loses when burning lower octane fuel. It appears to make around 275 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque – about 11 percent fewer ponies than when using higher-grade gasoline.
Now that 2014 is officially in the books, it's time to look ahead. We're now setting our sights at the hot new metal that's coming our way in 2015, and here are the cars we're most looking forward to driving.
James May is getting a chance to prove his love for the mechanical nature of the automobile by curating an exhibit for the London Classic Auto Show. Called The Cars That Changed The World, he is displaying 13 vehicles that illustrate the motorization of the world over the last century. They aren't all the obvious choices, either. One group is composed of the misunderstood oddballs of auto history that May wants to give more recognition.