Ford GT successor to debut in Detroit and go racing

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Anticipation for all of the exciting reveals at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show just a few weeks away is building to a fever pitch, and rumors are mounting that Ford has a big surprise in store in the shape of a future performance halo model.

Insider sources speaking to Autoweek claim the next Ford supercar is definitely going to be revealed at the Detroit show in early January. However, the model is not necessarily the next-generation Ford GT in terms of its name or design aesthetic. Instead, one of these people indicates that the new halo model might drop retro styling altogether.

If the latest reports are to be believed, Ford’s high-performance project goes beyond something to just grab headlines and rocket down the street. According to Autoweek, the automaker is also reportedly employing Chip Ganassi Racing to run a two-car racing effort in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship in 2016. That would allegedly include a trip to the 24 Hours of Le Mans to race on the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40′s win in 1966. The speculation goes that at least the racing version might use a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 for power. However, the motorsports part of the program may not be announced during the auto show reveal.

Rumors about the new halo car from the Blue Oval and its racing intentions have been percolating for months. The company might have considered an LMP2 entry, but speculation popped up later about the production supercar. A more recent report suggested that Ford might show a new Shelby GT350R Mustang, a successor to the F-150 Raptor and next Ford GT in Detroit.

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Cadillac Adds Streaming Video to Enhance Driver Vision and Safety

Cadillac late next year will add high-resolution streaming video to the function of a traditional rearview mirror, removing obstructions of passengers, headrests and the vehicle’s roof and rear pillars.

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Swedish car mag says Ford Mondeo is dangerously, illegally overweight [w/video]

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OnStar Offers Real-Time Updates on Santa’s Progress

For the sixth consecutive year, OnStar is providing U.S., Canada and Mexico subscribers the opportunity to learn Santa’s whereabouts on his journey across the globe Christmas Eve. With a press of the blue OnStar button, subscribers can be informed of Santa’s location at that moment in time.

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Texas plumber shocked his old Ford F-250 is now in terrorists’ hands [w/video]

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Do you ever wonder what the a owner is doing with your vehicle after you trade it in? Mark Oberholtzer of Mark-1 Plumbing in Texas City, TX, has no need to imagine, but it’s probably his worst nightmare. That’s because an image of his old Ford F-250 is now on Twitter as a gun platform in the Syrian Civil War.

While the image only appeared recently, Oberholtzer traded the truck in last November. Somehow since then the F-250 made its way from Texas to Syria. According to a report from television station WHOU, the dealer that took the trade said the pickup immediately went to auction. Unfortunately, along the whole route no one ever took Mark-1 Plumbing’s name and phone number off the door. So when the image went up on Twitter, everyone knew whom the Ford previously belonged to.

The plumbing company makes it abundantly clear that this whole bizarre situation is simply a coincidence, and it has absolutely no ties to the conflict in Syria. However, that isn’t preventing people from phoning the business with angry calls and threats. Things are so bad that Oberholtzer keeps the phones unplugged for relief. Scroll down to watch a video of the guy’s flabbergasted reaction to finding out what his F-250 is doing now.

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County of Ventura Takes First Delivery of Chevrolet Tahoe PPV

The County of Ventura (Calif.) is one of the first fleets to take delivery of the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV and they will soon be used by the county sheriff’s department while on patrol, Chevrolet announced today.

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A car writer’s year in new vehicles [w/video]

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I figured it would be interesting to parse the figures and quantify my year in cars in a way I’d never done before.

Christmas is only a week away. The New Year is just around the corner. As 2014 draws to a close, I’m not the only one taking stock of the year that’s we’re almost shut of.

Depending on who you are or what you do, the end of the year can bring to mind tax bills, school semesters or scheduling dental appointments. For me, for the last eight or nine years, at least a small part of this transitory time is occupied with recalling the cars I’ve driven over the preceding 12 months.

Since I started writing about and reviewing cars in 2006, I’ve done an uneven job of tracking every vehicle I’ve been in, each year. Last year I made a resolution to be better about it, and the result is a spreadsheet with model names, dates, notes and some basic facts and figures.

Armed with this basic data and a yen for year-end stories, I figured it would be interesting to parse the figures and quantify my year in cars in a way I’d never done before. The results are, well, they’re a little bizarre, honestly. And I think they’ll affect how I approach this gig in 2015.

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Ford blows up Takata airbag recall by over 447k vehicles

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Ford is the latest automaker to announce an expansion to its Takata driver-side airbag inflator recall, and the latest increase adds an additional 447,310 vehicles to the nationwide total. The company says that this expansion comes at the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The expanded recall campaign covers:

  • The 2005-2008 Ford Mustang built between August 18, 2004, and June 25, 2007, at the at Flat Rock Assembly Plant
  • The 2005-2006 Ford GT built between February 11, 2005, and January 30, 2006, at the at the Wixom Assembly Plant

As of December 18, Ford knows of a total of 502,489 vehicles in need of replacement driver side inflators. Of those, 462,911 are in the US, 27,516 in Canada, 7,578 in Mexico and 4,484 outside of North America. The automaker is aware of one injury that may be related to these exploding parts.

Earlier in December, the automaker issued an expanded recall covering passenger side Takata airbag inflators for the Ranger pickup and Ford GT. When taking this into account, the grand total of Ford products with inflators that need replacement for the driver or passenger side is 538,977 vehicles.

Scroll down to read the company’s full announcement of this enlarged safety campaign.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma teased again

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Filed under: Detroit Auto Show , Truck , Toyota , Design/Style Toyota is following up its muddy teaser of the back of the 2016 Tacoma with a dusty new one that shows the truck’s face for the first time. Without seeing more of the pickup, it’s impossible to make any educated judgments, but the company appears to be taking the Taco’s styling in a new direction. The 2016 Tacoma features a hexagonal grille outlined in chrome and a narrow intake underneath visually connecting the foglights. The headlights take on a squinting look, and this shot suggests LED running lights at the outer edge (perhaps just for top-level trims). You can also just make out a bit boxier of a flare for the front fender. The truckmaker hasn’t announced anything about the Tacoma’s powertrain, but we spied a prototype testing several months ago with a six-speed manual transmission. That one reportedly rode on a modified version of the current model’s frame, as well. Toyota apparently has high hopes, though, because it’s ramping up production at the Taco’s factory in Mexico by 41 percent . The truck debuts at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show on January 12, and you can read Toyota’s to-the-point press release about it below . Continue reading 2016 Toyota Tacoma teased again 2016 Toyota Tacoma teased again originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:59:00 EST.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma Front Teaser

Toyota is following up its muddy teaser of the back of the 2016 Tacoma with a dusty new one that shows the truck’s face for the first time. Without seeing more of the pickup, it’s impossible to make any educated judgments, but the company appears to be taking the Taco’s styling in a new direction.

The 2016 Tacoma features a hexagonal grille outlined in chrome and a narrow intake underneath visually connecting the foglights. The headlights take on a squinting look, and this shot suggests LED running lights at the outer edge (perhaps just for top-level trims). You can also just make out a bit boxier of a flare for the front fender.

The truckmaker hasn’t announced anything about the Tacoma’s powertrain, but we spied a prototype testing several months ago with a six-speed manual transmission. That one reportedly rode on a modified version of the current model’s frame, as well. Toyota apparently has high hopes, though, because it’s ramping up production at the Taco’s factory in Mexico by 41 percent.

The truck debuts at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show on January 12, and you can read Toyota’s to-the-point press release about it below.

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Buick IntelliLink: How Not to Push a Driver’s Buttons

A frozen computer is frustrating, but a frozen touchscreen in an automobile is a much bigger deal. That’s why engineers push the touchscreen buttons on the Buick IntelliLink infotainment system more than 2 million times every week, ensuring it consistently responds to user commands.

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