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19Freestyle motorcycle riding in the French Alps film is gorgeous

Of the world's innumerable natural wonders, the French Alps are particularly spectacular. Stretching along the border between France and Italy, the mountain chain offers exceptional vistas and, for braver folk, incredibly challenging terrain. Freestyle trials rider Julien Dupont recently brought a few friends out for a day of playing in the mountains, and Ride the World Productions tagged along to film the whole event. The camera crew spent some time playing with its own toys, including a camera

145VIDEO: Autoblog shows how to unlock your car with a cell phone

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.

52Ford's Mark Fields announces Bold Move: Bring back Taurus & Sable brands

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.

26Spy Shots: 2008 Ford Freestyle

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

15UPDATE: Mercury Meta One not happening

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

14Spy Shots: 2009 Mercury Magellan (Meta One)

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

10Ford lets Freestyle live on

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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