Ford is one of the greatest marques in the history of the automobile. Period. The automaker has forged a legacy built on innovation and outstanding cars and trucks for more than 100 years. American mobility has largely been defined by the visionary work that goes on in Dearborn, Michigan. But they sure have made some crazy bad cars. Some have been seriously flawed, resulting in recalls and controversy. Others were seriously wacky, or downright dull. Others? An example of badge engineering and marketing committee decisions at its worst. So let’s take a look back at the Fords of yesterday. The bad ones. The uglies and forgotten cars no one wants to admit they once owned. Our list of the ten worst Fords of all time met the following simple criteria: they had to be either terrible, dull, weird, or all of the above. They’re listed below in chronological order. 1958 to 1960 Ford Edsel Here’s to Group Think and the wonderful things it can do! If you’re … [Read more...] about From the Edsel to the Aspire and more, these are the 10 absolute worst Fords of all time
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Tweet TweetThe General (Motors) takes with one hand but does eventually give with the other. At least in the case of the 2012 Cadillac CTS that’s what happened. After telling us the manual gearbox isn’t happening any more in 2012 to the Cadillac CTS lineup we now get a perkier power plant for the lesser engined cars. Actually, that’s not true, even though Cadillac say the new V6 is a radical improvement, the 3.6 liter unit develops 318 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. This power is clearly enough for the majority of technical parameters on the 2012 Cadillac CTS, but since it’s just 14 horsepower more than the previous generation don’t expect any revolution to happen. Another small performance improvement can be seen in the diet the aluminium V6 went through as the 20 lbs lost helps fuel economy. Overall, even if you factor in the improvements in performance and fuel economy (EPA estimates come in at 18 city/27 highway) the 2012 V6 CTS may be built … [Read more...] about 2012 Cadillac CTS gets an updated V6 engine
The north wall at Marlin Steel Wire Products in South Baltimore stands in the way of progress, and it has to go.On Monday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Rep. Steny Hoyer are expected to strike the first ceremonial blows to the white cinder block with sledgehammers, then contractors will finish taking down the wall — about 22 feet high and 100 feet across — making way for the factory to expand by half.The construction and new equipment will probably cost about $2.5 million, but the company's president said it's necessary to continue growing. It also marks Marlin Steel's continuing effort to resurrect American manufacturing, especially in Baltimore, where the city lost nearly all of its once-large industrial base in recent decades."It's a lot of investment," said Drew Greenblatt, whose company recorded $5.5 million in 2014 sales of steel baskets, brackets, wire forms and other custom pieces used by such manufacturing giants as Toyota, Honda, General Motors, Caterpillar, … [Read more...] about Baltimore steel company is growing — again
Ford's switch to an aluminum body on the 2015 F-150 was revolutionary. The change, although costly, helped the automaker boost its share of the hugely profitable segment, post record transaction prices and increase its margin as America's full-size pickup leader over Chevrolet and Ram.Ford looked to be leading the way toward making aluminum the industry standard for automakers to shed weight and improve fuel economy to meet government targets.But nobody followed.When Chevrolet and Ram unveiled their next-generation pickups at the Detroit auto show, the mostly steel bodies and beds underscored the starkly different paths the Detroit 3 are taking for their most important vehicles."We don't believe in it. We fundamentally don't believe in it," Alan Batey, General Motors' North America president, told Automotive News about an all-aluminum pickup. He said the company analyzed the possibility of such a truck but decided against it."We look at everything," Batey said. "Did we ever seriously … [Read more...] about Remember how Ram and Chevy were going to follow Ford’s aluminum lead? Yeah, not so much
If General Motors struck gold by reviving the Colorado and Canyon midsize pickups four years ago, then Ford had better hope that mine isn't tapped out by the time the Ranger reaches dealerships early next year.The segment exploded in popularity this decade — it has surged 78 percent since 2014 — but that growth appears to be running out of steam. Last year's U.S. sales of 452,335 midsize pickups were less than 1 percent more than the year prior, and IHS Markit doesn't expect the segment to top 480,000 sales through 2025."Ford is late to the party," Michelle Krebs, senior analyst for Autotrader, said in an interview. "The question is: Is there room for yet another entry, or has the growth in that segment peaked? It's quite possible that it has."Still, Ford believes next year is the right time to resurrect the Ranger nameplate, which was discontinued for U.S. buyers in 2011 while remaining in many global markets. Officials are positioning the pickup as a lifestyle vehicle … [Read more...] about Can the Ford Ranger crash Chevy’s small truck party?