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    Study: Aluminum lightweighting does, in fact, save fuel
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    When the best-selling US truck sheds the equivalent weight of three football fullbacks by shifting to aluminum, folks start paying attention. Oak Ridge National Laboratory took a closer look at whether the reduced fuel consumption from a lighter aluminum body makes up for the fact that producing ...

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    Official: Ford F-150, Toyota Tacoma top ASG list of most eco-friendly trucks
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    No one's going to confuse the massively popular Ford F-150 pickup truck with a green vehicle, but at least it performs well in an environmental sense when compared to its brethren. The Automotive Science Group (ASG) took on the odd (to us, at least) task of measuring which pickup trucks are ...

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    Video: Ford C-Max spot aimed squarely at Cadillac ELR 'Poolside' hubris [UPDATE]
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    If we had tried to predict the first video response to the controversial Poolside video for the Cadillac ELR, we would not have thought it would center on compost. But, hey, it's always nice to be reminded that the real world is sometimes better than fiction. Instead of the chic swagger of ...

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    Official: Ford ready to install GE Wattstations at 60 locations in North America
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    Upper-level Ford executives are sending mixed messages about the power of plug-in vehicles, but in the companies parking lots across North America, at least, the signal is clear: come on and charge your EV. Today, Ford and GE announced that the Blue Oval will be installing Wattstation chargers ...

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    Report: Ford UK exec says EVs are a good way to lose a fortune
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    Stateside, Ford execs are quick to point out the automaker's expansion in the plug-in sector. And despite a minimal presence in the pure EV space, the Blue Oval has been promoting its plug-in vehicles as part of an overall effort to boost fleetwide fuel economy. Too bad the company's UK chief ...

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    Exclusive: Ford director says company has big efficiency plans, but no dedicated EV
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    The annual autofest known as the North American International Auto Show previews a plethora of exciting new products that we'll see and drive later in the year, from tiny urban commuters to family sedans and crossovers to hard-working big pickups and SUVs. It's also a once-a-year cornucopia of ...

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    Official: Ford hit by lawsuit over hybrid technology from, surprise, Paice
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    The name Paice will be familiar to anyone who's been deep in the weeds of hybrid history, but it will probably be new to anyone who simply drives one. The key part of the story is something called "HyperDrive," which is the name given to a gas-electric powertrain technology developed by Alex ...

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    Report: Ford Focus PHEV on the way?
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    A refreshed Ford Focus is in the works and that means a few details are leaking out. Spy shots from last month indicated the Focus will have a gaping grille just like its "One Ford" global C-segment comrade, the Fiesta. While Ford is being quiet about it, the Focus could also be getting an ...

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    Ford finds flex-fuel engine design plays big role in emissions output
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    How bad is ethanol for your engine? There's been a lot of debate on this issue as the US considers upping the biofuel content in the national gasoline supply from 10 percent (E10) to 15 percent (E15). The ethanol industry and some scientists say higher ethanol blends show no "meaningful ...

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    Official: Lincoln MKX will use tree-based fibers in its armrests
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    Nothing says American luxury car quite like a big cushy armrest, and now Lincoln has decided to stabilize theirs with a little bit of environmental friendliness. The 2014 Lincoln MKX crossover is using tree-based fibers to manufacture the structural component that attaches armrests to the floor ...

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    Official: Ford starts production of CNG-ready F-150
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    The Ford Motor Company is getting competitive on the compressed natural gas (CNG) truck front. While Detroit counterparts General Motors and Chrysler have a head start, Ford has begun manufacturing its 2014 F-150 – the first CNG/LPG-capable half-ton pickup – and the CNG engine will be ...

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    Official: Ford Focus EV recalled, again, this time with ambulances
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    When we saw a note about a recall for the Ford Focus Electric, our first reaction was, "is that a new one? Because it's getting hard to tell." This year, we've already seen the Blue Oval's all-electric hatch recalled for non-working door chimes and a "wiring incompatibility" in the headlights. ...

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    Read This: With EVs, being connected means helping drivers and automakers
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    It's a dang shame that the Pontiac Firebird used in the 1980s TV show "Knight Rider" wasn't electric. Otherwise, that creepy voice would've had a lot more to tell the Hasslehoff. Plug-in vehicle makers like Nissan, Ford and Tesla are equipping their car with top-of-the-line data-collection ...

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    Official: Ford names Fuelytics winner of fuel-saving app challenge
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    Over the past year, Ford ran a contest for app developers to design programs for smartphones that would help people increase driver's fuel efficiency. The winner's have been announced and Fuelytics, which turns miles-per-gallon information into pretty charts and games, came out on top. Fuelytics ...

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    Official: Ford, DOE help fund new $8M EV battery lab at University of Michigan
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    Everything's coming up batteries. Over in Ann Arbor, MI, the University of Michigan is announcing a new lab to test out new battery chemistries and concepts, all with an eye towards building better electric cars. The basic idea is to see if these "experimental battery chemistries" will work on a ...

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    Official: Ford PHEV drivers 50% more likely to make electric-only trips after 6 months
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    In editor-speak, Ford may have buried the lede here. The US automaker, which sells the Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrids as well as the Ford Focus Electric, was looking to get some press by letting the world know that drivers of its four production plug-in models put on 203,000 miles ...

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    Report: Ford C-Max owners now getting $550 mea culpa checks
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    Ford is hoping 6,700 free miles, or thereabouts, will allay some dissatisfied C-Max Hybrid buyers. The automaker said in August that it would send out rebate checks after it had to lower its fuel economy rating on much-hyped model has now started making good on that promise, Automotive News ...

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    Official: Zipcar expands carsharing in Detroit with 40 vehicles, mostly from Ford
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    Things have taken off for Zipcar in the Motor City. The carsharing leader has gone from offering two cars to 40. Most of these 40 cars will come from one of Detroit's Big Three, Ford Motor Company. Zipcar sees it as a big step forward – bringing carsharing to a "city made by cars and built ...

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    Official: Ford showing off CNG F-150 at AltCar this weekend
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    Gearheads can look forward to the sun, surf and the first natural-gas-powered Ford F-150 in Santa Monica, CA, this weekend. The AltCar Expo takes place today and tomorrow and will most notably include the debuts of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) versions of the ...

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    Official: Ford adding 200 charging stations in next 15 months
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    Ford owners collectively drive 100,000 EV miles a day. It's not the EV leader, but Ford is certainly contributing to the electric vehicle movement. In fact, the company says its drivers collectively account for about 100,000 purely electric driving miles a day and that number could soon ...

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