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Ford Sued By Super Duty Owners Over Diesel Emissions Cheating Claims 11
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in diesel, Ford, Ford F-250, Ford F-Series on 01 11th, 2018


Few can forget the fiasco with Volkswagen and its emissions-cheating diesels, but the automaker wasn’t the only one to stretch the rules to sell its diesels. According to a report by Bloomberg, Ford is being sued by F-250 and F-350 Super Duty owners, as they claim the trucks are putting a lot more harmful contaminants in the air than the pickups are supposed to.

The outlet claims a proposed class action lawsuit against the automaker states that about 500,000 heavy-duty pickup trucks cheated emissions testing. The trucks reportedly emit roughly 50 times the legal limit for nitrogen oxide pollutants. The lawsuit involves F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks sold from 2011 and 2017.

Obviously, the owners are upset, as the diesel engines in the vehicles cost approximately $8,400 more than the gas-powered options. And the diesel-powered pickups were marketed as being “the cleanest super diesel ever.”

“The vehicle’s own on-board diagnostic software indicates emissions control system to be operating as Ford intended, even though its real world performance grossly exceeds the standard,” said attorney Steve Berman, a managing partner at Hagens Berman, which is the firm that filed the complaint.

The complaint, which was filed in a federal court in Detroit, claims that German automotive supplier Robert Bosch GmbH helped Ford to hide the pickup truck’s real figures in the name of performance. Bosch is one of the defendants in the proposed class action lawsuit. Last summer, U.S. lawyers claimed that Bosch played a large role in developing VW’s “defeat devices.”

Ironically, the proposed lawsuit comes days after Ford added a new diesel engine to the 2018 F-150 lineup.

We’ve reached out to Ford for a response and will update the post if we hear back.

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Ford Details The Oily Bits On Its New Power Stroke Diesel F-150 8
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in diesel, Ford, Ford F-150, Ford F-Series, Trucks on 01 8th, 2018


Want a light duty, full-size pickup with a diesel? FCA has pretty much had that specific slice of the market cornered with the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, but now Ford’s getting in on the action.

First announced almost a year ago, the Blue Oval has now released full details on the sixth engine option to join the F-150 range: a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6, developed by the same team behind the Super Duty’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8.

Smaller though it may be, the F-150 Power Stroke diesel claims class-leading output and capacity: 250 horsepower, 440 lb-ft of torque, 11,400 pounds of towing capability, and 2,020 pounds of payload. Mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission, it’s targeted to return an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon on the highway.

“For every truck owner who wants strong fuel economy while they tow and haul, we offer a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 engine that dreams are made of,” said Ford’s powertrain chief Dave Filipe. “The more you tow and the longer you haul, the more you’ll appreciate its class-leading towing and payload capacity and how efficient it is at the pump.”

To make the engine strong but light, Dearborn built the new Power Stroke V6 around the same compacted-graphite iron block construction and forged-steel crank used in the 2.7-liter EcoBoost. It also employed a variable-geometry turbocharger and common-rail fuel injection to combat turbo lag, giving it a nice flat torque curve: peak torque comes in at just 1,750 rpm and stays constant across the rev range.

Buyers will be able to spec the new diesel option on both 4×2 and 4×4 models, in Lariat, King Ranch, or Platinum trim levels, with SuperCrew or SuperCab configurations, and with 5.5- or 6.5-foot beds. Dealers will soon start taking orders for delivery in the spring.

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CR Owners Survey Lists Top 5 Most Satisfying New Cars 24
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Consumer Reports, Corvette, Dodge Challenger, Ford F-Series, Honda Odyssey, Lincoln Continental, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Tesla Model X, Toyota Prius, video on 12 24th, 2017


Whether you’re a petrolhead or not, there aren’t many things as enjoyable as buying a new car, but choosing among the plethora of models that are out there could prove to be quite difficult.

Enter Consumer Reports and their new study, which might make this task a bit easier.

Based on data collected from owners, who rated their rides in six categories that include driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems, and to answer the ultimate question, which is whether they would buy or lease it again, CR has put together the five most satisfying new cars on sale in the U.S. market right now.

#1 Tesla Model S

Elon Musk’s all-electric executive saloon is the car that put most smiles on the faces of consumers, with 92.5 percent of them saying that they would gladly buy it again. The Model S impressed buyers with its styling, comfort, and driving, managing to become more desirable than some highly established sports cars.

#2 Porsche 911

This brings us to number 2, the Porsche 911, with its impressive driving credentials, interior comfort, and great styling that has evolved over the years, yet it’s instantly recognizable. The sports car from Stuttgart is great as a daily driver, too, and in the publication’s survey came right under the Tesla Model S, with 92.1 percent of buyers admitting that they would happily choose one again.

#3 Chevrolet Corvette

The bronze medal goes to an all-time American classic that’s getting ready to be replaced by an entirely new generation that ditches the front-engine for a mid-engine layout when it comes out next year. However, until the C8 arrives, the Corvette C7 wowed 91.2 percent of its owners, who love the way it drives and consider it great value for money.

#4 Lincoln Continental

Missing the podium by an inch is the Lincoln Continental, which scored 91 percent in owner satisfaction. Unveiled at the beginning of the year, it shares its nuts and bolts with the Ford Fusion (or Mondeo in other markets), has a very imposing design, is tech-friendly and made its owners appreciate its comfort, driving characteristics, equipment and spacious cabin.

#5 Ford F-350

You might have noticed that, so far, that no crossovers, SUVs or pickups have made it on the list, which given their popularity, is remarkable. In fact, just one made it to CR’s number five, namely the Ford F-350. No less than 90 percent of the Blue Oval’s trusty heavy-duty truck owners say that they would absolutely buy it again, as they were impressed with the driving experience and rugged styling.

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2018 Ford F-Series Super Duty Gains Upgraded Diesel Engine With 935 Lb-Ft Of Torque 5
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford F-Series, new cars on 12 5th, 2017


Ford recently redesigned its Super Duty pickups but the company isn’t resting on its laurels as the 2018 F-Series Super Duty can be equipped with an upgraded 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engine.

The upgraded engine features redesigned cylinder heads and “optimized fuel and turbo boost calibrations to take advantage of the increased cylinder head capacity.” Thanks to these changes, the engine produces 450 hp (335 kW) and 935 lb-ft (1,266 Nm) of torque which is an increase of 10 hp (7 kW) and 10 lb-ft (13 Nm). While these are minor gains, they ensure the F-Series Super Duty has best-in-class horsepower and torque.

Speaking of best-in-class ratings, the truck has a best-in-class payload capacity of 7,360 pounds (3,338 kg) and a best-in-class conventional hitch towing rating of 21,000 pounds (9,525 kg).

The Super Duty lineup is also growing for 2018 as Ford will offer a new F-450 Super Duty 4×2. The truck will go on sale this winter and have a base price of $52,830. While it’s not the most affordable truck on the market, it has a best-in-class gooseneck towing rating of 34,000 pounds (15,422 kg) when properly equipped.

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2018 Ford F-Series Super Duty Gains Upgraded Diesel Engine With 935 Lb-Ft Of Torque 5
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford F-Series, new cars on 12 5th, 2017


Ford recently redesigned its Super Duty pickups but the company isn’t resting on its laurels as the 2018 F-Series Super Duty can be equipped with an upgraded 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engine.

The upgraded engine features redesigned cylinder heads and “optimized fuel and turbo boost calibrations to take advantage of the increased cylinder head capacity.” Thanks to these changes, the engine produces 450 hp (335 kW) and 935 lb-ft (1,266 Nm) of torque which is an increase of 10 hp (7 kW) and 10 lb-ft (13 Nm). While these are minor gains, they ensure the F-Series Super Duty has best-in-class horsepower and torque.

Speaking of best-in-class ratings, the truck has a best-in-class payload capacity of 7,360 pounds (3,338 kg) and a best-in-class conventional hitch towing rating of 21,000 pounds (9,525 kg).

The Super Duty lineup is also growing for 2018 as Ford will offer a new F-450 Super Duty 4×2. The truck will go on sale this winter and have a base price of $52,830. While it’s not the most affordable truck on the market, it has a best-in-class gooseneck towing rating of 34,000 pounds (15,422 kg) when properly equipped.

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Is The Ford F-250 Platinum Really Worth $77,000? 22
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford F-250, Ford F-Series, Ford Videos, video on 11 22nd, 2017


The Cadillac Escalade EXT and Lincoln Mark LT have all fallen by the wayside but that doesn’t mean the luxury pickup market has gone the same route. Instead, automakers are constantly introducing new range-topping models which regularly surpass the $50,000 mark.

While the GMC Sierra Denali is one of the better known luxury pickups, it’s far from the only one as Ford and Ram offer Limited variants which are about as plush as they are rugged.

The Ford F-250 eschews the Limited trim but it’s available as in Platinum guise for an eye-watering $62,310. Of course, the truck can still be equipped with an assortment of options and the one Doug DeMuro recently checked out stickered for $77,000.

That’s nearly $6,000 more than the Mercedes-AMG E43 but the truck obviously has some advantages as the model offers an impressive payload and towing capacity as well as a huge bed which can haul plenty of cargo. The model also comes equipped with some legitimate luxury features including a panoramic sunroof and heated and ventilated front seats with a massage function.

Of course, driving a full-size pickup isn’t like taking a spin in a Honda Accord as the F-250 has a massive turning radius. However, it’s not all bad as the truck is quiet and offers a smooth ride as well as decent acceleration.

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This Restomod Ford F-100 Packs A 415 HP 5.0-Liter Coyote V8 Engine 1
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Classics, Ford, Ford F-Series, SEMA show, tuning on 11 1st, 2017


Ringbrothers have shown a number of interesting vehicles over the years but this is the first time the company has unveiled a pickup at SEMA.
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Hellwig Products’ Go-Anywhere Ford F-350 Recon Adventure 31
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford F-Series, SEMA show, tuning on 10 31st, 2017


Hellwig Products has unveiled its Ford F-350 Recon Adventure truck at SEMA.
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Ford Previews Eight Custom F-Series Pickups For SEMA 27
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford F-150, Ford F-250, Ford F-Series, SEMA show, tuning on 10 27th, 2017


The Ford F-Series is the best selling vehicle in the United States so it comes as little surprise the automaker is showcasing eight of them at SEMA.
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Ford Recalls 1.3 Million Pickups To Shield Door Latches 20
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Ford, Ford F-150, Ford F-Series, NHTSA, Recalls on 10 20th, 2017


Recalling a model as prolific as the Ford F-150 is no simple matter. Just take this latest campaign, for example, which involves over 1.3 million vehicles.
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Ford Recalls F-Series Models In 3 Campaigns, Including 2018 F-150 Raptor 29
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford F-150, Ford F-Series, Recalls, Reports on 09 29th, 2017


Ford has announced two safety campaigns and a compliance recall in North America, which focus on select F-Series vehicles.
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Ford Thinks The World Needs A $100,000 F-450 Luxurious Work Truck 28
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, Ford F-250, Ford F-Series, Galleries, new cars, Trucks on 09 28th, 2017


If you were looking for the most expensive F-Series pickup truck or you just wanted plenty of luxury features usually found in a limo in your new trusty workhorse, then Ford has just revealed the new Super Duty Limited series.
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117k Is Just A Drop In The Bucket When It Comes To Ford Trucks 14
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Ford, Ford F-150, Ford F-250, Ford F-Series, Recalls, Trucks on 09 14th, 2017


You think you have an idea of how many trucks Ford makes? Think again, because it's hard to wrap your head around it. Just look at this latest recall, for instance.
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Faulty Airbag Inflators Strike Again, This Time On Ford’s 2017 Mustang And F-150 2
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Explorer, Ford F-150, Ford F-Series, Ford Focus, Ford Mustang, Ford Taurus, Police Cars, Recalls, Reports on 09 2nd, 2017


Another day, another recall over airbag inflators that may rupture during a crash. This time, the recall covers 935 units of Ford's 2017 Mustang and F-150 models, and while the affected airbags are from Takata, the potentially faulty inflators were sourced from Tennessee-based ACR.
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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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