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Happy New Year With Carscoops’ Most Popular Articles For 2017 1
Jan
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in Carscoops News, Detroit-Auto-Show, Ford Focus, Geneva Motor Show, Honda Accord, LA Auto Show, New York auto show, Porsche-911, Volvo XC40 on 01 1st, 2018


By now, you will have welcomed 2018 no matter in which part of the world you may reside – and it goes without saying that we wish you all the best for the new year.

Now, the issue with writing articles such as this one is that, if you’ve been doing it for quite some time, at some point you run out of ideas. So you start ruminating about how you could greet your visitors without repeating the same thing over and over again.

At the same time, we are always paying attention to the statistics, so we can see what you like the most; and while, generally, we do have an idea if an article is going to prove popular or not, there always seem to be a number of unexpected ones that draw a surprisingly big number of readers. Now that 2017 is officially gone, we have the overall numbers about the past year’s Top 10 stories. So, without further ado, here’s the list, starting from number 10 and ending at the most read article of the past 365 days.

#10 BMW Stops Sales Of i3 And Issues Voluntary Recall Of All Models


A surprise, this one, for a number of reasons: first of all, it was published near the end of November, which didn’t give it much exposure time compared to other articles. Second, it doesn’t have to do with a battery fire issue or something like that, which we would expect of a full stop-sale issued by BMW for its electric hatchback, but a difference in a specific crash test scenario between the NHTSA’s results and the automaker’s own data. Guess BMWs are always popular and, even though EV sales haven’t skyrocketed, it was enough to arouse the public’s interest.

#9 Future Cars: 2019 Ford Focus ST Brings Back The Styling Magic


A photo rendering of what the next Focus might look like. Nothing to write home about, right? Well, wrong, actually, because the Blue Oval’s compact hatch is, obviously, very popular and, what’s more, our own Josh Byrnes, who is the one behind this almost realistic creation, has a knack for getting things right. No wonder, then that our guesstimate at how the 2019 Focus will look, and at the sporty ST trim at that, ended so high up on the list.

#8 1975 Porsche 911 Turbo Continues To Tick Away After 725k Miles


A sports car created four decades ago that a. didn’t sit in the garage but was driven on a daily basis, and b. is a Porsche 911 Turbo, cracking the 1 million km (621,000 mile) mark? Surely there’s a catch here somewhere. Or not; in fact, the owner went on and the 911’s odo currently reads 1,165,937 km (725,000 miles) – and not even getting hit by an SUV managed to stop him. We always knew the 911 was robust, but a 930 Turbo going so far is incredible!

#7 2017 New York Auto Show A-Z Debut Guide


Auto shows always attract lots of traffic, and this year’s New York event had a lot of premieres, from the first-ever Civic Type R to be introduced to the North American market by Honda, to the first SUV in the history in Alfa Romeo, the McLaren 720S or Volvo’s new XC60, to name but a few. And then there were some intriguing concepts, like that of the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT saloon and the Genesis GV80 SUV, that really caught the audience’s attention.

#6 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 Looks Just About Ready For Prime Time 


It’s not accidental that the name of the site is CarSCOOPS, as uncovering future models well before they are officially launched is one of our prime targets. Yet, of all the scoops that were published last year, it was the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen that, for some reason, attracted the most viewers – bar one, which you shall see shortly. Who would have thought that the successor to the long-in-the-tooth Merc 4×4 would prove so interesting…

#5 Your 2017 Geneva Motor Show A-To-Z Guide


Not all auto shows are equal, and when it comes this year’s Geneva event, there were more than 150 world and European premieres, which is more than the Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago motor shows combined. From an artillery of Porsches to the European-spec Kia Stinger or the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, there were so many important cars present it made perfect sense for the Swiss show to be so popular.

#4 An Off-Road Porsche 918 Spyder Looks Better Than A Cayenne


Now that’s a surprise, if ever we saw one. Renderings do attract lots of readers, but something so unrealistic as a Porsche 918 Spyder turned into an off-roader is just a flight of fancy. Well, no one ever said that we should stick to what is, or about to become, real and not indulge in a little “what if”, did they? Still, a 918 Spyder that would happily tackle Dakar… perhaps it’s channeling the legendary 959, which did just that.

#3 Volvo Accidentally Reveals 2018 XC40 SUV!


The top-ranking of our 2017 scoops is Volvo’s new compact SUV. The XC40 will be the reborn Swedish automaker’s first foray in the popular segment, thus it’s only natural for people to be paying attention. Volvo Hungary’s staff apparently weren’t, though, so we had the chance to see it in production form, both inside and out, before its official launch.

#2 Future Cars: 2018 Honda Accord Goes From Placid to Playful


One man’s gain is another’s loss, and when it comes to the automotive world, the rise and rise of the SUV has been at the expense of the traditional mid-size family saloon. Even so, though, the Accord is a mainstay of Honda’s North American operations, so when we imagined how the next-gen would look, it attracted lots of readers, though we dare say that Josh’s rendering was pretty exciting in and of itself.

#1 2017 Detroit Auto Show’s A-Z Debut Guide 


Geneva and Stuttgart or Paris might have been the most important automotive shows in the past, but in recent years we’ve seen the Detroit one, aka NAIAS, overtake them not just in reader’s clicks, but in the models auto manufacturers choose to debut there. With the US alone being the second-largest car market in the world after China, it’s reasonable for them to do so, too.



AutoTrader Reveals Its Top 10 Most Searched Cars For 2017 30
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi a3, BMW 1-Series, BMW 3-series, BMW 5-Series, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Mercedes C-Class, Mercedes E-Class, Opel Astra, Reports, VW Golf on 12 30th, 2017


Britain’s largest online marketplace for new and used cars, AutoTrader, has revealed the 10 most searched cars this year.

Retaining the number 1 position in the United Kingdom is the BMW 3-Series, which was favored by most internet users with a diesel powertrain, followed by the Volkswagen Golf and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Ford’s Focus comes in 4th place, whereas BMW follows it from the 5th and 6th positions with the 1-Series and 5-Series, respectively. Another Ford, this time the Fiesta, sits on the 7th spot, right in front of the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the Vauhxall/Opel Astra completes the Top 10 list.

The diesel searches were topped by the BMW 3-Series, Volkswagen Golf, and BMW 5-Series, whereas the most favored petrol powered cars were the Volkswagen Golf, BMW 3-Series, and Ford Focus.

For hybrids, Toyota holds on to the first two positions with the Auris and Prius, followed by the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, while the electric ‘crown’ goes to the Nissan Leaf, which turned out to be more popular than the BMW i3 and Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

“The results show that British car buyers are very keen on spoiling themselves, with premium manufacturers featuring very heavily in our list of most searched-for cars”, commented AutoTrader’s road test editor, Ivan Aistrop.

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First Official Look On Brand New Ford Focus, Launch Set For Spring 2018 22
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in featured, Ford, Ford Focus, new cars, Reports, Top 5 on 12 22nd, 2017


Ford has dropped the first official image on the all-new Focus hatchback, still wrapped in a colorful camouflage.

The new Ford Focus will enter its fourth generation early next year and the company decided to wrap its late test cars in a vibrant wrap with the slogan #TimeToFocus written on the sides.

The new compact Ford will have more or less the same footprint with the outgoing model, only now it’ll come with a longer wheelbase in order to offer more room inside the cabin. The next Focus will also be more aerodynamically efficient thanks to the new design which follows the steps of the recently launched Fiesta supermini.

The range will be divided in distinct trim levels, again like in the Fiesta, with Ford planning to introduce an Active pseudo-crossover variant alongside the ST-Line and Vignale editions. Reports suggest that Ford is considering offering the Active version with an optional all-wheel drive system derived from the current Focus RS.

As previously spied, the dashboard will feature the company’s latest SYNC3 infotainment system mounted above the air-vents while the cabin is expected to use better quality or as they say “more premium” materials.

The main star of the engine range will of course be the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, with the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder also set to make its appearance alongside a 2.0-liter petrol. Diesel options will include a 1.5-liter and a 2.0-liter engine. A dual-clutch automatic will still hold its place on the options list.

Autocar
reports that Ford will launch the new Focus after the Geneva Motor Show in March, with sales in Europe set to begin later in the year.

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Ford Working On A Fix To The Coolant-Guzzling Focus RS Engine 12
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Focus, Ford Focus RS, Reports on 12 12th, 2017


Ford says it is working on a fix for early versions of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder powering the Focus RS after discovering that it can consume coolant fluid.

The American carmaker believes that the issue affects certain 2016 and 2017 models and results in the vehicles producing white exhaust smoke as they burn through coolant when cold.

Speaking to Autocar, a Ford spokesman failed to say whether the firm will issue a recall to fix the engines, simply stating that it is “working on a repair for all customers.”

“In the meantime, if vehicles show these symptoms, customers should visit their dealer for an inspection and repair under warranty,” the spokesman said.

According to a number of Focus RS owners, the problem stems from a faulty head gasket that’s unable to effectively seal the engine block to the head. This issue is allegedly caused by block distortion as the shape of the engine block shifts during heat cycles, thus allowing coolant to leak into the cylinders when the engine is cold. Ford has yet to say what it thinks is causing the problem.

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Watch In Dismay As A Ford Focus RS Gets Crushed At A Junk Yard 8
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in featured, Ford, Ford Focus, Ford Focus RS, Ford Videos, Offbeat News, video on 12 8th, 2017


Ever since it broke cover almost 3 years ago (time flies, doesn’t it?), the Ford Focus RS Mk3 has been punished in more ways than anyone can count.

However, what happens to this Ford Focus RS in the video posted by HartvoorAutos on Facebook is hard to imagine, so if you’re a declared fan of the of the performance model, you may want to look away.

Now, to those of you who are still with us, we’ll tell you that this example was put to sleep in one of the hardest ways possible, by getting crushed at a junk yard. The exact reason as to why anyone would want to torture it is unknown, as the short video doesn’t give anything away, but we could be looking at a prototype or test car probably needed to be destroyed.

Towards the end of the ‘gory’ film, a Ford Focus ST Estate makes a dramatic entrance, by being taken to the murder scene using a forklift and lots of brutality, so it may have suffered the exact same drama as its more powerful sibling, so RIP to both cars.

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Ford Performance Parts Launched In Europe For ST, RS And Mustang 1
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in ESSEN Show, Ford, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Ford Focus RS, Ford Mustang, Ford Performance, Reports on 12 1st, 2017


Coinciding with the start of the 2017 Essen Motor Show, Ford has presented various parts that enhance the look, sound, and driving attributes of their performance models.

Developed together with specialists such as Borla, KW, Remus, and Roush, they’re available to order across Europe from December 1 for the Focus ST, RS, and Mustang models.

Adjustable coilover strut and shock absorbers, with up to 40mm (1.57in) reduction in ride height are part of the offerings, along with light alloy wheels that offer up to 15 percent in weight reduction, and high-grade stainless steel exhaust systems in road-legal and track-only versions.

The entire Ford Performance range can also be equipped with a special gearshift knob selection, with carbon fiber and unique short-shift gear linkage for the Mustang six-speed manual, which is said to reduce gearshift travel by 20 percent.

Offered in three stages for the Mustang’s 5.0-liter V8 engine are the Performance Calibration Power Packs, capable of boosting the unit’s rev limit to up to 7,500rpm. The powertrain can also be fitted with a supercharger kit, from Roush Performance, which is compatible with both six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes, and boosts power to over 600PS (592hp).

Presented for the first time in Europe is the Ford Performance Drift Stick Concept. Developed and designed for the Focus RS, and approved by Ken Block, this is a rally-inspired electronic handbrake, which uses the car’s Drift Mode to deliver clutch-free drift turns, similar to those of a real rally car.

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Ken Block’s 700 HP Ford RS200 Evo Will Make You Yearn For The ’80s 24
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Focus, Ford Focus RS, Ford Videos, Ken Block, video on 11 24th, 2017


The latest Ford Focus RS is amazing. However, it is far from the coolest vehicle to wear Ford’s famed ‘RS’ badge. That honor has to go to the RS200.

Built by Ford Europe from 1984 to 1986, the Ford RS200 was a road-going version of the brand’s Group B rally car and restricted to just 200 units worldwide.

Ford Performance driver Ken Block recently acquired number 34, a rare Evolution version, quickly adorned it with a matte black wrap and took to LA’s streets alongside his Focus RS. You only have to watch the videos below for a few seconds to realize just how special the RS200 is, particularly when compared to the new all-wheel drive hot hatch.

Powered by a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the RS200 Evo delivers roughly 700 hp.

Road cars don’t get much better than this.

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2019 Ford Focus ST Estate Might Get A 1.5-Liter Turbo With Over 270 Horses 4
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Focus, Ford Scoops, Ford Videos, Scoops, video on 11 4th, 2017


Ford is working on putting the final touches to the fourth-generation Focus, which is expected to debut early next year.

Spied in motion while lapping the Nurburgring, this prototype won’t give any hints as what’s found beneath the new sheet metal, but our spy photographers, which caught the exact same car on camera last month, say that it’s an ST.

Some design differences over previous scooped models can be seen in the front end, which appears to be sportier, in addition to the roof-mounted spoiler, double tailpipes, and chunky five double-spoke alloy wheels.

Some sources have suggested that the new generation Ford Focus ST will drop the current 2.0-liter gasoline unit in favor of a smaller 1.5-liter turbo’d engine that could develop up to 275hp.

At this point, it remains uncertain whether the 2.0-liter diesel powertrain, which proved its popularity in Europe, will be downsized too, or if it will be upgraded with new software and hardware meant to drop its CO2 emissions.

Apart from the ST grade, the new-gen Ford Focus will be offered with a variety of three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, and it appears that electrification is going to be part of the package, with PHEV and zero-emission models coming as well.

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2019 Ford Focus ST Estate Might Get A 1.5-Liter Turbo With Over 270 Horses 4
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Focus, Ford Scoops, Ford Videos, Scoops, video on 11 4th, 2017


Ford is working on putting the final touches to the fourth-generation Focus, which is expected to debut early next year.

Spied in motion while lapping the Nurburgring, this prototype won’t give any hints as what’s found beneath the new sheet metal, but our spy photographers, which caught the exact same car on camera last month, say that it’s an ST.

Some design differences over previous scooped models can be seen in the front end, which appears to be sportier, in addition to the roof-mounted spoiler, double tailpipes, and chunky five double-spoke alloy wheels.

Some sources have suggested that the new generation Ford Focus ST will drop the current 2.0-liter gasoline unit in favor of a smaller 1.5-liter turbo’d engine that could develop up to 275hp.

At this point, it remains uncertain whether the 2.0-liter diesel powertrain, which proved its popularity in Europe, will be downsized too, or if it will be upgraded with new software and hardware meant to drop its CO2 emissions.

Apart from the ST grade, the new-gen Ford Focus will be offered with a variety of three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, and it appears that electrification is going to be part of the package, with PHEV and zero-emission models coming as well.

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Consumer Reports’ Least Reliable Cars For 2017 Are… 21
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Camaro, Consumer Reports, Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, GMC Acadia, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes GLC, Reports, Tesla Model X, video, Volvo XC90 on 10 21st, 2017


The Annual Reliability Survey of Consumer Reports for the year 2017 is out and as with every year, we get a list of winners and losers.
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Consumer Reports’ Least Reliable Cars For 2017 Are… 21
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Camaro, Consumer Reports, Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, GMC Acadia, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes GLC, Reports, Tesla Model X, video, Volvo XC90 on 10 21st, 2017


The Annual Reliability Survey of Consumer Reports for the year 2017 is out and as with every year, we get a list of winners and losers.
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Ford Focus ST Wagon Snapped With Volvo-like Headlights 17
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford Focus, Ford Scoops, Scoops on 10 17th, 2017


Ford recently announced plans to push car development to the backburner but that hasn't stopped work on the all-new Ford Focus.
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These Are Ford’s Modded Focus Hatches For SEMA 12
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford Focus, Ford Focus RS, SEMA show, tuning on 10 12th, 2017


Ford has released the first details about four Focus concepts which will be unveiled at SEMA later this month.
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These Are Ford’s Modded Focus Hatches For SEMA 12
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford Focus, Ford Focus RS, SEMA show, tuning on 10 12th, 2017


Ford has released the first details about four Focus concepts which will be unveiled at SEMA later this month.
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Ken Block’s Racing Squad To Quit World Rallycross 6
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Focus, Ken Block, Motorsport, racing, Rallycross, Reports on 10 6th, 2017


Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division team has confirmed it will leave the World Rallycross Championship at the end of this season.
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