Ford Performance confirms power upgrades for the Ford Focus RS

Are you unhappy with the current performance of the Ford Focus RS, but don’t want to risk voiding the warranty with a tune from someplace like Hennessey Performance? Good news: The wonderful people at Ford Performance have confirmed they’re working on a new calibration for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that should add some factory-certified oomph to the hot hatch. 
The new Ford Focus RS is no slouch. The current car’s 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder sends out 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels. Ford claims a 0-60 mph time of fewer than five seconds. While these are already impressive numbers for a vehicle of the Focus RS’s size and class, there are always those wanting a little more. 
While Ford won’t reveal any details on the new calibration, such as power, price, or availability, but we can look to the recently revealed upgrade to the Ford Mustang EcoBoost for reference. There, $699 nets you a 50-state legal 25 hp and 70 lb-ft of torque, all backed by a Ford warranty. It’s hard to say if the gains in the Focus RS will be as impressive, since the 2.3 EcoBoost already makes more power and torque in the Focus than the Mustang. 
This tune could be a version of the warranty-backed Mountune kit that’s currently available in the UK. It’s confirmed for the US, but there has been a bit of a delay while they work out the tune for Americans. In the UK, a Mountune upgrade adds 25 peak horsepower and about 30 lb-ft of peak torque. Expect to hear more details from Ford Performance in the coming months. 





The ride-hailing giant is about to start testing its own self-driving technology, with a Ford Fusion test car. How does Uber’s effort stack up to rivals’?

It’s been known for a while that the most valuable of Silicon Valley’s “unicorn” companies has been working on developing its own self-driving technology. But for the most part, the program has been shrouded in secrecy.

Here’s what we know about a potential dark horse in the race to fully self-driving cars.

A visible sign of Uber’s push toward self-driving technology

Here’s the background: Last year, Uber announced the creation of what it called an “Advanced Technologies Center” (ATC) in Pittsburgh. The center, described as part of a “strategic partnership” with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), was said at the time to be focused on “research and development, primarily in the areas of mapping and vehicle safety and autonomy technology.” Uber chose to partner with CMU because of the latter’s expertise with robotics and related technologies.

Good news for Ford fans: One of the automaker’s most popular trucks, the Ford Ranger, could be returning to its lineup by the end of the decade.

Good news for Ford fans: One of the automaker’s most popular trucks could be returning to its lineup by the end of the decade.

Multiple auto blogs are reporting that the Ford Ranger is coming back. According to Car And Driver, the truck could be on dealer lots around the country by 2019.

A Ford representative said that the company does not comment on future products.

According to Ford’s official site, the first model year for the Ranger was 1983 with a second-generation model introduced in 1993. It ended its 29-year run in 2012. The popular vehicle has continued on in international markets in various forms.


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Numerous websites are reporting that the Ford Ranger is returning. As per Car And Driver, the truck could be on dealership lots around the nation by 2019.

A Ford spokesperson stated that the company does not discuss about future items.

According to Ford’s main website, the first model year for the Ranger was 1983 with a second-generation design presented in 1993. It ended its 29-year run in 2012. The popular car has advanced in global markets in numerous forms.

Most auto blog sites have stated that Ford missed out on a golden chance around that time to keep a few of the truck clients that General Motors and Toyota snagged with the Colorado, Canyon, and the Tacoma. Heck, even the Nissan Frontier has actually made inroads into that specific niche market.

Furthermore, it has been also reported that the base cost for the brand-new Ranger will be about $25,000, making it competitive with those other truck designs.

As has been formerly reported, Ford will likewise bring back a newly revamped Bronco SUV by the beginning of the next years. Broncos were terminated in 1996 however have actually continued to be a cult favorite.


Ford could jump back into the midsize pickup market in the U.S. with a version of its global Ranger truck, according to reports from The Detroit News and Automotive News. Ford is apparently in talks with the UAW to bring production of the Ford Ranger to the Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan.


Ford did not comment on the reports, but did say in a statement that it is “actively pursuing future vehicle alternatives” for production at Michigan Assembly as part of upcoming negotiations with UAW leadership.

Ford recently announced that production of the Ford Focus and C-Max models would move away from Michigan Assembly in 2018, but did not announce any plans for a replacement vehicle to be built there. The Ford Ranger pickup is apparently a frontrunner in the final discussions between Ford and the UAW, an unnamed source told The Detroit News. The Ford Ranger was last sold in the U.S. in 2011, and a global version introduced in 2012 (pictured) is currently sold elsewhere in the world.


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2016-nissan-titan-xd-2017-ford-raptorsssdLet’s face it, the Raptor is sexy in a way that the handsome, but comparatively staid Titan just can’t quite match.

It did felt like we were looking into the mirror when both these models were on display at the Detroit Auto Show. Both Ford and Nissan decided to show off their Ford F-150 Raptor and Nissan Titan Warrior at the same time.



Both models came in with the same exterior color. The tires, and design also matched leaving many to wonder if one of them copied the other. While they might look the same on the outside, the engine under the hood is not the same at all.

The Ford F-150 Raptor was running on a 3.5 liter turbocharged engine that will be pushing out about 450hp and was mated to a 10 speed auto transmission. The Nissan Titan Warrior, on the other hand, will come in with a 5.0 liter Cummins turbodiesel engine that will be mated to a seven-speed auto transmission.

Which model do you think won at the show? Let’s face it, the Raptor is sexy in a way that the handsome, but comparatively staid Titan just can’t quite match.

At any rate, the new Raptor promises to be more agile than ever with its lighter weight overall as well as the better balance with the boat anchor of the old 6.2 liter V8 big-block replaced with the EcoBoost V6.


In fairness, this isn’t an apples to apples face off because the Raptor is a production intent vehicle that lands on dealership lots this fall. It’s the real deal, not faking, you can buy one. Nissan on the other hand shows they’ve got some serious bones to work with if they press the start button to compete.

The bottom line is that it’s a good to see the automakers showing some balls in the face of ever tightening CAFE standards which are out to kill all the fun. Hopefully Nissan joins in with something like the Warrior, but even if they don’t, the Raptor ain’t a bad way to spend an afternoon at all.

Despite the Titan XD out-pacing the Raptor by a nearly four-to-one margin in terms of page views on our website, we would probably say the Raptor has a broader appeal to a general audience than the somewhat niche Titan XD. Although we expect initial demand and sales to be strong for the Titan XD, when the new Raptor starts rolling off the line, we anticipate months-long waiting lists, five-figure dealer markups, and plenty of action-packed photos of it kicking up sand, blasting across lake beds, and jumping whoops online and in magazines. Let’s face it, the Raptor is sexy in a way that the handsome, but comparatively staid Titan just can’t quite match.


What It Is: A Ford F-series with a longer roof, three rows of seats, and a whiff of Queen Family Truckster.
Why It Matters: People still buy personal-use minibuses and will continue to, even if gas rises back above $3 a gallon.
Platform: Although body stamping likely will be different, the Expedition/Navigator will follow the same steel-frame, aluminum-body approach as the F-150. Aluminum saved several hundred pounds on the F-150; the SUVs will see a similarly significant mass savings. As with current versions, the new SUVs will surely ride on independent rear suspensions.

Powertrain: These body-on-frame twins will carry on with their current powertrain strategy of offering only twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6s. It’s likely that the 2.7-liter will share the roster with the 3.5.
Competition: GM’s Suburban-based Cadillac, Chevy, and GMC triplets outsell the Ford/Lincoln duo by more than four to one. And somehow the Infiniti QX80, the soon-to-be-replaced Nissan Armada, and the Toyota Sequoia all outsell the aged Navigator.

Estimated Arrival and Price: Late 2017 as a 2018 model, with prices mirroring today’s: from about $47,000 for a base Expedition to beyond $80,000 for a loaded Navigator L.


One day, it’ll be like sitting on air.

In a small lab in a research facility near Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, there’s a picture of Henry Ford whacking a plastic fender made with soybeans with a sledgehammer, and another of him wearing a soybean-fiber suit. He even built a soybean car in 1941. Ford wanted, as his museum suggests, to “combine the fruits of industry with agriculture.” But after World War II, the price of oil plummeted, and the company continued to produce cars that both ran on and comprised petroleum parts.

  Henry Ford’s desire to bring agriculture into industry was not lost, however. That small lab has spent the better part of the last two decades integrating soy products, among other natural, renewable materials, into Ford cars and trucks. And when oil hit $160 a barrel in 2007, people within Ford started to take the lab’s research more seriously. “The phone started ringing off the hook,” Debbie Mielewski, the head of Ford’s sustainable materials research lab, told Quartz.


What’s it like to drive a 2017 Lincoln MKZ?

According to actor and Lincoln brand rep Matthew McConaughey, it’s like a hot shave from a barber with a straight razor; listening to a jazz ensemble; and jumping into a pool at midnight with your tailor-made suit on.
Those are the scenarios the Academy Award-winning actor finds himself in for Lincoln’s new ad campaign for the luxury midsize sedan. The ads will begin airing Monday on prime-time hits such as “Dancing With the Stars,” “Castle” and “The Voice.”

The 30-second spots — “Shave,” “Ensemble” and “Midnight” — debut the “It’s like that” tagline as well as “The exhilarating new Lincoln MKZ.” Both are featured at the end of each ad.

All three of the ads feature McConaughey spliced with shots of the vehicle, as each situation reminds him of driving the MKZ, which is arriving in dealerships. McConaughey appears in the ads but doesn’t say a word — a tactic from ads last year for the Lincoln MKX crossover.