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{Wheels.5.3461}: Ford F150 {fvehafric} Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:24:49 EST (3 lines)

I have a little white dog that bounces around the inside of my pickup
truck and manages to unlock the doors and roll down at least one window
within five minutes every time I leave her alone in the cab.

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{Wheels.5.3462}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:56:20 EST (1 line)

Ha!

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{Wheels.5.3463}: Jil {rabbit} Fri, 26 Dec 2014 09:29:22 EST (4 lines)

Okay, car buffs: what's glaringly wrong about this commercial that's
currently running on Canadian television?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVgjAJTxEpM

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{Wheels.5.3464}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:37:39 EST (1 line)

I'm not enough of a car buff to have noticed. Sorry. Heh.

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{Wheels.5.3465}: Jil {rabbit} Sun, 28 Dec 2014 19:44:29 EST (4 lines)

The caption at the beginning says it's currently 1962, and the voice-
over says that the FM band was introduced in 1962.

They're driving a 1964 Chevrolet.

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{Wheels.5.3466}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:26:25 EST (1 line)

LOL.

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{Wheels.5.3467}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:38:46 EST (4 lines)

Interesting column about why only one of Ford's EcoBoost engines made
Ward's list of engines.

"http://wardsauto.com/wards-10-best-engines/where-s-eco-ecoboost"

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{Wheels.5.3468}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Thu, 08 Jan 2015 15:24:45 EST (3 lines)

WHOA! C8 Corvette could be a mid-engined configuration!

"http://www.caranddriver.com/news/exclusive-mid-engine-c8-chevrolet-corvette-first-photos-news"

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{Wheels.5.3469}: Jil {rabbit} Fri, 09 Jan 2015 07:05:01 EST (2 lines)

I drove the EcoBoost Mustang and have to agree: it's a sweet engine,
but it's just not right for the car.

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{Wheels.5.3470}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:53:21 EST (10 lines)

Just read your review of the CLA250, Jil. Thorough as always. I'm
still so-so on the styling of the CLA. From some angles, I really like
it. But, from others...

I'm also not a fan of the CLS, A7, the VW CC, etc.

Now, that C450 AMG Sport that got announced at NAIAS this week? I want
that badly! I noticed in some M-B press galleries, that a wagon is
also shown. Does an estate version of it exist? If it does, I'm
assuming that NA is not getting the estate version as usual. Bummer.

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{Wheels.5.3471}: Jil {rabbit} Wed, 14 Jan 2015 07:56:11 EST (6 lines)

Believe it or not, I never got over to see the C450. I had to cover
pickup trucks and was busy at the other booths ...

I felt sorry for Acura at the Detroit show. We've been hearing about
the NSX for so many years. So the company FINALLY brought out the
production model ... and got wiped off the map by the Ford GT.

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{Wheels.5.3472}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:54:03 EST (1 line)

I know. Talk about bad timing and bad luck!

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{Wheels.5.3473}: Jil {rabbit} Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:41:17 EST (16 lines)

You have no idea about timing!

The Acura booth was across the aisle from Ford's booth. Ford does its
reveals in the attached Joe Louis Arena and then slowly drives the
cars along the aisles for display in the booth.

Everyone was assembled at the Acura booth. I was at the very back,
right at the aisle. Suddenly we all heard something behind us. We all
turned and the GT was making its way to Ford's booth behind us.

At that EXACT SECOND the Acura presentation started, with a voice
saying, "Is that the new Acura NSX?"

Well, half the audience was turned around looking at the GT. We all
honestly thought it was part of the presentation, but it was just
absolutely perfect timing.

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{Wheels.5.3474}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:56:14 EST (1 line)

Ha! Amazing!

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{Wheels.5.3475}: Doug White {dwhite} Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:06:17 EST (3 lines)

Acura/Honda gets the last laugh over Ford when it comes down to corporate
profit:loss, though.  Losing face at an auto show (over a tiny, niche
market) isn't so bad.  Lose the battle, win the war.

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{Wheels.5.3476}: Alex {alex} Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:43:57 EST (HTML)

I read an article online about the GT and got a chuckle seeing its 600 HP engine referred to as an "EcoBoost". But, even though it'll do 0-60 in 3 seconds and top out over 200 MPH, if driven like a grandma going to church, it probably will return pretty good fuel economy.

The burning question on my mind, though, is what the new aluminum bodied F-150s will get in real world fuel economy.

And, finally, in a few minutes the dealer shuttle car is going to pick me up so I can take delivery of my new 2015 AWD Escape with 1.6L engine, in that metallic blue with black interior. This will be my fifth blue automobile.

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{Wheels.5.3477}: Jil {rabbit} Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:52:04 EST (20 lines)

I think there's an error in calling the GT's engine an EcoBoost, even
if that is the company's name for it. "Twin turbo V6" sounds
sinister. "EcoBoost V6" sounds like a Fusion.

I'm writing a story on the aluminum F-150 even as we speak. Canadian
figures (which now use the five-cycle test similar to the U.S.) are
coming in about 1.0 L/100 km lower than the estimated five-cycle 2014
numbers.

Like any turbo, the EcoBoost is fine if your foot is light. I'm a
judge in the Canadian Truck King Challenge, where we use data
recorders as we're driving empty, hauling, and towing. Fuel economy
goes out the window with a load in anything.

Here's what we got in the heavy-duty trucks we tested last fall:
"http://canadiantruckkingchallenge.ca/wp-
content/uploads/2015/01/CTKC_2015_Report_Summary.pdf"

Here's the site. A little tough to navigate but you get the idea.
http://canadiantruckkingchallenge.ca/

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{Wheels.5.3478}: Doug White {dwhite} Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:03:41 EST (1 line)

"five-cycle test?"  Wazzat?

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{Wheels.5.3479}: Jil {rabbit} Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:45:32 EST (5 lines)

City and highway, plus extra tests that account for rapid
acceleration, air conditioning use, and cold weather.

"http://metronews.ca/drive/1018023/is-your-new-car-actually-less-fuel-
efficient-its-all-in-how-they-test-it/"

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{Wheels.5.3480}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:00:45 EST (4 lines)

Interesting. I had no idea one of their duties was to gather intel and
comments from people that look at the cars, too.

"http://www.autoblog.com/2015/01/16/auto-show-models-get-1000-day-wrangle-information/"

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{Wheels.5.3481}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:17:05 EST (4 lines)

Interesting bit of commentary from Chris Harris about the financial
future of automotive journalism.

"http://jalopnik.com/how-money-is-not-made-in-autojournlism-1679747807"

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{Wheels.5.3482}: Jil {rabbit} Sat, 17 Jan 2015 06:54:58 EST (9 lines)

Yes, it's getting tougher. My salary's going to drop this year ...
sigh.

On the other hand, a lot of people could do much better if they'd
drop their tunnel vision. The freelancers think they can only write
about cars, for one publication. I write for as many as I can, and I
write about anything I can sell. If I go on a press junket, I sell a
travel piece on the place I went, for example. I'm always busy,
because I branch out.

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{Wheels.5.3483}: Doug White {dwhite} Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:45:57 EST (2 lines)

Branch out into espionage and black ops on those junkets, since a lot of
foreign governments already believe that's what journalists are.  Heh.

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{Wheels.5.3484}: Alex {alex} Sat, 17 Jan 2015 13:31:45 EST (HTML)

So far, the Ford Escape is awesome. I keep the touchscreen on the home page, where it shows info in four quadrants. The only thing I use the touchscreen for while driving are the satellite radio presets, in the lower left quadrant.

It's my intention to not really stomp on the gas until the odo hits 1000 miles, but today, there was someone driving 50 in a 55 zone, and I punched it. It's funny, in all my decades of driving, I somehow managed to never once drive a turbocharged car. Well, I am here to tell you that turbo lag is truly a real phenomenon. I mashed the pedal to the floor, and for a few seconds, it was like Scotty was down in engineering, passed out drunk. And then, Whoosh!, the car came to life. In my sports car days, I would not have wanted to deal with an engine that behaved like that, but as seldom as I imagine myself needing the turbo boost, I don't see it as being an issue for me. I'll just have to get used to it.

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{Wheels.5.3485}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:21:57 EST (1 line)

Glad to see you're enjoying the new car.

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