Posts Tagged ‘Ford’
Carroll Shelby, the charismatic Texan who parlayed a short-lived racing career into a specialized business building high-performance, street-legal cars, died Thursday. He was 89. (more…)
In its heyday, pickup trucks moved more steel than the Carnegie family.
That is to say, a few short years ago our appetites for full-size Ford pickup trucks in North America were satisfied at a rate of well over 100 an hour, every hour, every day — for 365 days a year.
Take a look around Salt Lake City and you can see remnants of the full-size frenzy everywhere. At the drive thru. At the grocery store. At the malls.
But the inevitability and predictability of “supply and demand” finally caught up with fossilized dinosaur juice — and sedan owners had their moment of righteous indignation from losing ground and giving right-of-way to the pickup sprawl for years. Along with everything else between 2007 and 2009, pickup sales stalled. And historically speaking, even after gaining nearly 20 percent on sales from 2009, 2010’s sales figures are still among the lowest of a decade. (more…)
DETROIT — Ford and Toyota are in a statistical dead heat for first place in Consumer Reports’ 2011 Car Brand Perception Survey.
The survey results released Wednesday come one day after the influential consumer ratings magazine delivered a blistering review of Ford’s new touch-screen control system, concluding it was distracting.
But Wednesday the magazine said its consumer survey found that, overall, “Ford excels in the factors that consumers say matter most: safety, quality and value.” (more…)
. . . somewhere on a racetrackIt’s a good thing that Ford’s media types picked a closed course for the launch of the 2011 Shelby GT500. Really, where else could you fully flog the most potent Mustang model ever produced for public consumption and escape with your driver’s license and life intact?Looking good and going fast hasn’t always been a Mustang hallmark. But in recent years Ford has focused on infusing its decades-old steed with both traits and the Mustang-based Shelby GT500 is proof that the automaker remains resolutely passionate about performance. (more…)