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If the roads are slick, here's how to find the traction you need

If you live in an area where snow and ice are common in the winter, travel on unimproved roads for fun or work, or simply want an extra degree of security in inclement weather, you should really consider an all-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicle. For many people, an all-wheel drive crossover, truck, or SUV offers the most traction in the greatest number of situations. Where conditions are less severe, or your recreational needs are not as serious, a front- or rear-drive vehicle with good season-s

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As the market for new vehicles continues to improve and crossover and pickup sales have caught fire, it's perhaps no surprise that the sales of all-wheel-drive (and four-wheel-drive) vehicles are also on the rise. Using data provided by Polk, The Detroit News points out that nearly one-third (31.3 percent) of all new vehicles sold this year through September were equipped with either all- or four-wheel drive. This is up from slightly more than a quarter (26.3 percent) during the same nine-month

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Flex4 may sound like something sold during the 3 a.m. hour on advertorial television, but it's really Magna's part-time all-wheel drive system that offers the benefits of AWD with lower emissions than standard AWD. How? Because Flex4 can disengage the power going to the rear wheels when it determines that it isn't needed, changing the vehicle to a more-efficient two-wheel-drive ride. The AWD is also engaged every time the vehicle stops and, most of the time, when the vehicle goes above 30 miles

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It's a sktechy translation, but we're diggin' it anyway... there's a rumor around some European blogs that Ford is working on a compact SUV based on the Focus for the European market. Set directly in its sights will be the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4, so we highly doubt it will appear here unless the Escape grows in size significantly with the next generation. Also, the Focus will most likely be the first Ford-branded vehicle to be sold in the U.S. on the company's C1 platform, which also und