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Ford’s First Plug-in Hybrid Police Car Will Help Clean Up Our Streets 20
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Fusion, ford mondeo, Ford Videos, new cars, PHEV, Police Cars, video on 11 20th, 2017


Ford’s new Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan has arrived, though it won’t be taking part in any high-speed pursuits, as it’s aimed mostly at police and fire chiefs, detectives, and non-pursuit law enforcement personnel.

Based on the production-spec Fusion Energi, it shares its plug-in hybrid powertrain, and comes with a 7.6 kWh battery that can be charged in 2.5 hours using the onboard 3.3kW charger.

Ford says that it can be driven on electricity alone for up to 21 miles (34km), and up to a top speed of 85mph (km/h). Once the battery is depleted, its internal combustion gasoline unit will take it at least 500 miles (805km) farther.

“This is the first Ford police vehicle that can potentially get through an entire shift using no gasoline whatsoever. Anyone can plug this in to any wall outlet to run gas- and emissions-free on battery-only operation”, the company’s police brand marketing manager, Stephen Tyler, commented.

Outside, the Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan features red and blue emergency lights, and unique alloy wheels, while in the cabin it gets heavy-duty front seats with reduced bolsters for additional comfort, anti-stab plates, and vinyl rear seats and floors. Other equipment includes the reinforced top tray for mounting equipment, metal console mounting plate, engine-idle feature, and auxiliary power box in the trunk.

Law enforcement agencies can spec their special Ford Fusion Energi with several options such as the driver spot lamp, emergency lighting packages, dark-car feature that turns off all interior lighting and allows the dash cluster to be dimmed 100 percent for surveillance, rear door control-disabling, trunk storage vault, and trunk ventilation system.

Ford will open the order books for the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan in December, with deliveries starting in mid-2018.

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America’s 10 Best-Selling Sedans Of 2017 11
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford, Ford Fusion, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Hyundai, Hyundai Elantra, nissan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Sentra, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla on 11 11th, 2017


If you’re willing to ignore trucks and crossovers, which are casting really large shadows over saloons these days, the best selling cars in the U.S. this year are models that have four doors and are either brand new or have been updated.

Recently, Lexus went as far as to say that sedans will go away completely unless they evolve into something more dynamic, something that’s less about family vacations and more performance oriented.

“Unless we can really offer a sedan experience you cannot have with an SUV or crossover, I think the sedan may not be able to survive if it does not evolve,” said Toyota branding chief, Tokuo Fukuichi.

In spite of all that, the good old sedan isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and models like the ones you’re about to see are still putting up a fight in the sales charts through October, 2017, as reported by The Motley Fool.

#10 – Chevrolet Malibu

Chevy launched their redesigned Malibu last year, boasting sleek styling, a roomy and well-put together interior and improved fuel economy figures. It’s also a very safe car, with available systems such as Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

While it did really well at first, the Malibu has been on a decline this year, with sales being down 16.5% compared to how things stood last year. Still, the Malibu remains a good earner for General Motors.

#9 – Hyundai Elantra

Unlike previous iterations, the latest Elantra is a solid overall choice for people looking for a compact companion that offers great value for money. It’s roomy, rides well and has a lot of modern safety tech, like Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist.

Like with the Malibu, Elantra sales have also dipped in 2017, down 8.8% compared to last year.

#8 – Chevrolet Cruze

The Chevy Cruze has proved extremely popular since its complete redesign in 2016. It’s hard to find a review where somebody isn’t praising it for its efficiency, value and interior features.

We sampled the 2016 Cruze and found that it strikes a good balance between a Honda Civic and a Hyundai Elantra. Actually, the Cruze has been doing so well as of late, sales are up 3.4% this year through October.

#7 – Ford Fusion

The tech-savvy Ford Fusion is a good car and very few have claimed otherwise. This latest iteration even features a dynamic Sport version that boasts continuously controlled damping and a pothole detection system, to go with larger intakes, 19″ wheels, quad pipes, the works.

You can also get it as a hybrid, which is a huge plus nowadays. However, you might be shocked to learn that sales for the Fusion have gone down by 22.6% this year, and that’s a pretty big number.

#6 – Nissan Sentra

Nissan have been aggressive in making sure the Sentra is a success. Despite some reviews finding it somewhat cramped and noisy, the Japanese automaker is offering good discounts in order to move these cars.

Because of that, Sentra sales have gone up 0.2% through October 2017, making this 4-door compact one of the best-selling sedans in the US.

#5 – Nissan Altima

While the Altima comes in at a very respectable 5th place, sales this year are down 17.1% through October as Nissan are having a rough time talking people into buying this model over something else.

It’s still a spacious car with good fuel economy, but it does appear as though it may be losing the “popular vote” in the grand scheme of things.

#4 – Honda Accord

The mid-size saloon sub-segment has shrunk by 15% in the first nine months of 2017, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for a car that’s as popular as the Honda Accord.

For 2018, the Accord is sportier than ever, featuring modern connectivity options, solid build quality and plenty of room inside for all passengers. It’s a true family car and people are still finding it to their liking. As for sales, they’re down 2.3% through October, but the new model should help fix that soon.

#3 – Toyota Corolla Sedan

The Corolla is of course one of the world’s best-selling cars and it almost seems like that’s always going to be the case. Yet, despite its top-notch reliability and competitive pricing, sales are down 9% this year.

It’s also not the best looking car in the world, which is something Toyota themselves admit is a problem.

#2 – Toyota Camry

Ah, the Camry. You didn’t actually think it wasn’t going to make the list did you?

With an all-new and critically acclaimed model already out, Toyota can finally start filling the hole dug by the previous-generation Camry, which didn’t register particularly strong sales (for a Camry) towards the end of its term.

By the way, the 2018 Camry is the first sedan launched by Toyota after Akio Toyoda himself stated that there will be “no more boring cars,” as far as his company is concerned. Calling this the best-looking Camry in history would not be an understatement.

#1 – Honda Civic Sedan

The Civic was a sales beast last year and it’s a beast this year as well, posting a 1.5% increase through October.

This is the best-selling car in the U.S. that’s not a pickup or a crossover, and figuring out why is pretty much a no-brainer. The Civic has always been immensely popular, and this latest iteration is roomier, more powerful and much better to look at.

Also, it may be too early to talk long-term value, but the Civic has always been affordable, dependable and relatively fun to drive compared to most of its direct rivals. It has pretty much everything going for it.



These Six Rich Celebrities Drive Surprisingly Affordable Cars 7
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Acura TSX, Cadillac XTS, celebrities, Ford F-150, Ford Fusion, GMC Savana, Reports, VOLVO on 10 7th, 2017


While people with large amounts of money in their names usually tend to trade up every chance they get when it comes to cars, others, regardless of how successful they are, simply live well enough alone.
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Michigan State Police Trying Out F-150 Truck And Fusion Hybrid As Interceptors 5
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Ford, Ford F-150, Ford Fusion, Hybrids, Police, Police Cars, Reports, Trucks on 10 5th, 2017


Ford's Police Responder Hybrid Sedan and F-150 Police Responders are the first pursuit-rated hybrid sedans and pickup trucks to get the thumbs up for law enforcement use.
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What’s Ford Doing Testing A Fusion (Mondeo) Station Wagon On U.S. Soil? 20
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Fusion, ford mondeo, Ford Scoops, Scoops, U Spy on 09 20th, 2017


An intriguing Ford Mondeo Estate has been spied testing in the U.S. by Carscoops reader Brett Borgard.
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Check Out Ford’s Iconic U.S. Police Cars Throughout History 20
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Classics, Ford, Ford Fusion, Ford Taurus, Ford Videos, Hybrids, Police, Police Cars, video on 09 20th, 2017


With Ford's high popularity among Police Departments in the U.S, it's no wonder that some of their Interceptors have become so well-known.
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Ford And Domino’s Working On Autonomous Tech For Pizza Delivery 31
Aug
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, Ford, Ford Fusion, Hybrids, Reports, Tech on 08 31st, 2017


Ford, together with pizza giant Domino's Pizza are teaming up to better understand what role self-driving vehicles might have in pizza delivery.
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Ford Owners Sue Automaker Over Defective Lug Nuts 28
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Escape, Ford F-Series, Ford Flex, Ford Focus, Ford Fusion, Reports on 08 28th, 2017


Ford is being sued by hundreds of owners over reportedly defective lug nuts, Automotive News reports.
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Can You Really Beat A BMW 340i With A Ford Fusion Sport? 17
Aug
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW Videos, Ford, Ford Fusion, Ford Videos, reviews, video on 08 17th, 2017


What we have here is a classic case of a high-powered non-premium midsize saloon taking on a premium sports sedan.
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Ford Mondeo Diesel Investigated By German Authorities For Possible Use Of Cheating Devices 11
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in diesel, Ford, Ford Fusion, ford mondeo, Reports on 08 11th, 2017


Germany's Transport Ministry has ordered the country's authorities to investigate the Ford Mondeo for alleged use of illegal emissions cheating software.
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Be As Petty As You Want In Your Own Ford Fusion Stock Car 30
Jul
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Ford, Ford Fusion, Nascar on 07 30th, 2017


Were you intrigued by the notion of owning your own NASCAR Sprint Cup racer when we brought that 2008 Toyota Camry stock car listing to your attention? Then this may prove even more tempting.
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$1 Million Worth Of Weed Found In Freshly-Delivered Ford Fusions 18
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Fusion, Offbeat News, Reports on 07 18th, 2017


Authorities in the United States have seized $1 million worth of marijuana that was hidden in a number of Mexican-made Ford Fusions sitting at an Ohio dealership.
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2017 Ford Edge, Fusion And Lincoln MKZ Recalled To Replace Torque Converters 12
Jul
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Edge, Ford Fusion, Lincoln, Lincoln MKZ, Recalls, Reports on 07 12th, 2017


Ford has issued a new safety recall in North America for certain units of the Edge, Fusion, and Lincoln MKZ.
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Mexican Cartels Used Ford Fusions To Smuggle Weed Into U.S. 27
Apr
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Fusion, Lincoln, Lincoln MKZ, Offbeat News, Reports on 04 27th, 2017


Approximately 1,100 lbs of marijuana was recently found hidden between February and March in at least 22 Ford vehicles manufactured in Mexico and heading towards the United States.
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Ford’s Production Fusion Hybrid Cop Car Goes On Patrol In New York 12
Apr
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Ford, Ford Fusion, Hybrids, new cars, New York auto show, Police Cars on 04 12th, 2017


Ford's new Fusion Hybrid Police Responder is now on display at the 2017 New York Auto Show, and it looks ready for action.
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