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2010 Ford Taurus SHO, Esquire ‘Car of the Year’

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It seems Ford’s new Taurus SHO is attracting some fans. The editors at Esquire Magazine, for one, have decided to express their love by nominating reborned sedan the Magazine’s inaugural “Car of the Year.”

“We had three main criteria in selecting the Esquire Car of the Year,” explained David Granger, editor-in-chief. “The vehicle needed to be a pleasure to drive and be capable of shortening your breath when you slam down the pedal. It needed to be gorgeous and aggressive, capable of eliciting stares and gawks. And it needed to be attainable – a vehicle that most men actually can buy and drive. The new Taurus SHO nailed all of these parameters.”

“The reason we care about the new Taurus can be boiled down to four words: Looks good, goes fast,” said Esquire automotive correspondent, Ezra Dyer.

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Ford Is Making fully Electric F-150 Pickup Truck

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2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck

The company is aiming to ‘futureproof’ its best-selling vehicle.

Ford has confirmed that it’s working on an all-fully electric F-150 pickup in preparation for the auto industry’s impeding shift towards battery power.

The F-Series was the United States’ best-selling truck in 2018, the 42nd consecutive year it’s held that title, and the most popular vehicle of any kind for the 35th straight year. However, with an increasingly-threatening Tesla very enthusiastic about building an all-electric pickup and several new upstarts like Rivian fielding similar projects, Ford is no longer only contending with General Motors and FCA in the segment. It can’t afford to rest on its laurels.

“We’re going to be electrifying the F-Series — battery electric and hybrid,” Jim Farley, the company’s president of global markets, said, acknowledging that a pure battery-powered variant is necessary to “futureproof” the model’s success.

Not long before this revelation, Ford and Volkswagen announced an automotive alliance that has the development of midsize pickups as a focal point. The German automaker has made it well known its intention to dominate the EV boom; its relative expertise in electrification could spill over to the the F-150.

What you think about the idea of an all-electric Ford F-150? Yay or nay?

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Ford And VW Form Global Automotive Alliance

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Ford, Volkswagen Trucks

The two automakers will focus on trucks, vans and mobility solutions.

Ford and Volkswagen have entered into a global automotive alliance to jointly develop both vehicles in existing market segments and future mobility solutions.

Unlike the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance or other strategic partnership in the industry. neither company will have a financial stake in the other, at least not initially. The partnership was formed solely to mitigate vehicle development costs.

The first programs to benefit will be medium-sized pickup trucks and other commercial vehicles in the European market, with Volkswagen relying on Ford’s expertise in the area. Expect to see their first products to hit the market as early as 2022.

Ford and Volkswagen also signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate collaboration on autonomous vehicles, mobility services and electric vehicles and are already in the process of exploring opportunities.

“Over time, this alliance will help both companies create value and meet the needs of our customers and society,” stated Ford CEO Jim Hackett. “It will not only drive significant efficiencies and help both companies improve their fitness, but also gives us the opportunity to collaborate on shaping the next era of mobility.”

The fact that neither company owns a stake in the other should result in smoother sailing than experienced by Renault and Nisan.

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New, 2020 Ford Explorer Debuts As RWD, 365HP Large SUV

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New, 2020 Ford Explorer Limited SUV, blue

It’s the first SUV to ride on the Blue Oval’s new platform.

Ford has unveiled the all-new, 2020 Explorer, the latest iteration of its mainstay three-row family SUV.

Whereas the previous-generation Ford Explorer is built on a front-wheel drive platform that debuted in 2008, the new model moves onto a brand-new rear-wheel-drive platform that also underpins the new Lincoln Aviator. It’s a return to form for Ford’s nearly 30-year-old nameplate.

Power is provided by a 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 300 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque, paired to Ford’s new ten-speed automatic that drives either the rear wheels or, optionally, all four wheels.

That output isn’t too shabby for a base engine, but buyers looking for even more oomph! will have the choice of a 3.0L turbocharged V6 with 365 horsepower and 380 lb-ft. of torque, the most powerful engine ever put in an Explorer. A hybrid powertrain will also be available.

The 3.0-liter EcoBoost equipped Explorer can tow up to 5,600 pounds (2,540 km), while models with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost and Class III Trailer Tow Package can tow up to 5,300 pounds (2,404 km).

Moving to the exterior, designers chose to give the new Ford Explore an evolutionary design that reminiscent of its predecessor, but the rear-wheel drive proportions give it a sportier, more athletic look that should appeal to more buyers.

The interior is both upscale and practical, featuring a new sliding second-row seat that eases entry to the rearmost row. The long list of standard comfort and convenience features includes a 4G LTE WiFi hot spot that can accommodate up to 10 devices, a power-operated rear hatch, and a vertically-mounted infotainment system that juts out of the dashboard like a tablet. Do you like the look?

Cargo capacity comes in at 87.8 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded and 6.1 cubic feet more than the current Explorer.

On the safety front, every Explorer now comes with Co-Pilot360, Ford’s suite of passive and active safety features that consists of a blind-spot monitor with a cross-traffic alert system, lane-keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and a forward collision system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection.

An adaptive cruise control system with lane-centering technology is available, as are an automatic rear braking system and Ford’s latest parking assistant, which is able to parallel or perpendicularly park the Explorer without the driver having to touch the steering wheel or pedals.

The all-new, 2020 Ford Explorer goes on sale in summer 2019 with a starting price of $32,765 in the United States. Are you happy with how it turned out, and could you consider one for your next vehicle?

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