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2015 Chicago Auto Show Preview

Episode #417 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, and Brandon Turkus talk about the upcoming 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

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Perps beware: Ford has followed up on its update of the popular Explorer CUV with its latest Police Interceptor Utility, at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

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Ford gives Car and Driver every indication that the new all-wheel-drive system in the Focus RS will be seen in other performance products. And upon closer inspection, C/D notes that AWD system is "almost identical" to the one in the Range Rover Evoque.

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Ford is finally putting out the details for the power and fuel economy for the all-new 2015 Edge. The Sport trim's 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 gets 315 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque and EPA-estimated fuel economy of 18 miles per gallon city, 27 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined.

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After hearing about Detroit-native James Robertson's 21-mile daily walk to work, a local Ford dealer is giving him a fully loaded, red 2015 Taurus as a new ride. Robertson has been making the daily trek to his job for the past 10 years with perfect attendance.

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Automaker To Add 1,550 Jobs To Support Production

The 2015 Ford F-150 is off to a strong start. Here's why January's sales bode well for Ford's flagship pickup.

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A Ford F-150 driver played the good Samaritan in snow-covered Chicago, helping dislodge a large semi and its trailer from its frosty trap.

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The new Focus RS may have a turbocharged engine and a trick all-wheel drive system, but it also packs an old-school six-speed manual... and that's just the way Ford wants to keep it.

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Ford employed Ken Block to test out its new Focus RS. Judging by this video, we think he approves.

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Ford is poised to replace the Police Interceptor Utility with a new version based on the recently updated Explorer, set to debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

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Ford promises to more than a dozen new performance models by 2020, and this is the latest: the third-generation Focus RS, complete with 2.3-liter EcoBoost four channeling over 315 horsepower to all four wheels to give the latest breed of hot hatches a run for their money.

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EcoBoost Power, All-Wheel Drive, And 0-60 In Less Than 5 Seconds

Here's your first look at the new 2016 Ford Focus RS – the Blue Oval's hottest hatch yet. The fierce little compact leaked onto the web ahead of its official February 3 debut.

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To keep the 14-month development on the Ford GT project a secret, Ford kept the car locked in a basement studio and only gave the car's skunk works team the keys. They also worked mostly at night with little input from the outside.

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The United Auto Workers say that Ford is beyond its 20-percent cap of Tier 2 workers, so 55 of them will be moved to Tier 1 pay. Ford, however, says that it still has "some room to go" in the ranks of hourly employees on the lower pay scale.

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This highly customized 1969 Ford F-100 completely rejects originality in favor of making big power. Under the hood is a highly tuned LSA supercharged V8 pumping out a claimed 800 horsepower, and to make all that muscle more usable, it's running disc brakes and independent suspension at all four corners.

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Ford's numbers may have taken a hit in 2014, but as is so often the case, a spreadsheet can't tell the entire story.

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With the launch of the Focus RS imminent, one of the next projects from Ford Performance might be a matching RS version of the subcompact Fiesta. A report suggests the tiny hot hatch could offer around 250 horsepower and all-wheel drive.

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Cop cars are cool. Ford Mustang cop cars are even cooler. That's why Road and Track scribe Zach Bowman sought out the very first Mustang SSP for a must-read feature.

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Ford is recalling over 221,000 vehicles as part of two separate campaigns affecting its fullsize sedans and its 2014 Transit Connect van.

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Edmunds decided to inject some fact into the fray over repair costs for the aluminum 2015 Ford F-150: it bought a $52,000 long-term F-150 and clouted it with a sledgehammer. Twice. Then it drove the truck to a Ford dealer to get it repaired. Seven days later it had a restored truck and a bill.

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Look closely in the background of this latest video from the creators of Forza 6 and you can make out what looks like the design for the rumored racing version of the new Ford GT.

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