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Under pressure: The Ford GT’s steering secret revealed

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on Under pressure: The Ford GT’s steering secret revealed

By Gary Gastelu Published August 26, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook Twitter livefyre Email Print  (Ford) The Ford GT is a $400,000-plus high-performance supercar filled with the latest technology. It has a racing style carbon fiber chassis and pushrod suspension, carbon fiber bodywork, carbon-ceramic brakes, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a direct-injected twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that pumps out at least 600 horsepower. Why “at least?” Because Ford hasn’t revealed all of the GT’s secrets yet. This hasn’t stopped it from already selling out the first 500 cars it plans to build starting later this year. Related Image Expand / Contract  (Ford) One neat tidbit that has trickled out is that the GT features an old-school hydraulic power steering assist, much to the delight of the kind of enthusiasts willing to buy an exotic car before they even know the exact price or get a chance to drive it. Automakers have been making the shift to electric assist in recent years because it’s more energy efficient and easier to equip with computer-controlled self-steering systems. Skilled drivers would rather take matters into their own hands, however, and prefer the more natural feedback that hydraulic assist provides. Brands like Ferrari and McLaren have stuck with it for just this reason. But that’s not why it ended up in the...

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Amazon Vehicles aims to take the confusion out of car shopping

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on Amazon Vehicles aims to take the confusion out of car shopping

By Stephen Edelstein Published August 25, 2016 Facebook Twitter Email Print A car is just about the only thing you can’t buy on Amazon, but the online retail giant hopes to make the process a little easier with a new service. Amazon Vehicles gives users access to detailed information on new and used cars, along with existing Amazon features like customer reviews and a cross-referencing tool for parts and accessories. Car shoppers can use the information they find on the site to have a better idea of what they’re looking for when they actually head to a dealership. Users can search by year, make, and model, by body style, or by certain specifications like mpg and towing capacity. It’s also possible to search for vehicles based on specific features, such as navigation or heated seats. Each model’s page has specifications and images, including the ability to see the car in different colors. Brief summaries list vehicle features and any changes made for the current model year. Pages also show recent recalls and both government and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash-test scores, although they don’t break down scores in individual tests for the latter. Read more: BMW will make Amazon’s Alexa your backseat driver this fall Like all other products listed on Amazon,...

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This truck hauls: Volvo Iron Knight breaks semi speed records

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on This truck hauls: Volvo Iron Knight breaks semi speed records

Published August 24, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook Twitter livefyre Email Print  (Volvo Trucks) Same day delivery? Sorry, too slow. Volvo Trucks has built the world’s quickest semi-tractor. The Iron Knight is a purpose-designed, 10,000-pound sprinter powered by a quad-turbocharged 13-liter diesel engine that cranks out 2,400 horsepower and 4,425 pound-feet of torque. It’s fiberglass bodywork is formed to feed and cool the beast with air. Related Image Expand / Contract  (Volvo Trucks) The engine is mid-mounted in the chassis –...

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Ferrari crushed by Mercedes in parallel parking mishap

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on Ferrari crushed by Mercedes in parallel parking mishap

Published August 08, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook255 Twitter175 livefyre61 Email Print  (Ferrari) The latest cars from Mercedes-Benz are available with self-parking systems that can autonomously steer them into a space without hitting anything. Unfortunately for one Virginia woman, that technology wasn’t available in the 1980’s. The driver of a Mercedes-Benz 380 SL had some trouble parallel parking at the Great Falls Cars and Coffee gathering on August 6th, when she backed up into and onto the hood of a Ferrari....

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Test Drive

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Test Drive

By Gary Gastelu Published August 02, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook26 Twitter7 livefyre22 Email Print The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the archetypal family car, but it may also be the ultimate dudemobile. It’s available with six reclining seats, a Blu-Ray player, three TVs, surround sound, Wi-Fi, two skylights and a built-in vacuum. Does your call have all that? Does your bachelor pad? It’s doubtful, especially the last one. But you know you wish that it did. The Pacifica is the latest...

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Barely-driven 1974 VW Beetle barn find up for auction

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on Barely-driven 1974 VW Beetle barn find up for auction

Published May 16, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook5246 Twitter176 livefyre203 Email Print  (Silverstone Auctions) Remember the little old lady from Pasadena who only drove her car to church on Sundays? Well, Armando Sgroi was an old man from Genoa, Italy, who bought a VW Beetle in 1974 to drive to services when the hills near his home got too tough for him to walk. Related Image Expand / Contract  (Silverstone Auctions) According to Silverstone Auctions, it was a very short trip...

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Air bag inflator recall to grow by 35 million to 40 million

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on Air bag inflator recall to grow by 35 million to 40 million

Published May 04, 2016 Associated Press Facebook88 Twitter191 Email Print  (IIHS graphic) Takata has agreed to recall another 35 million to 40 million air bag inflators, a stunning increase that will more than double what already is the largest automotive recall in American history. The recall expansion would bring to as many as 69 million the total number of inflators to be replaced, a task that will take until the end of 2019 to complete, according to a statement Wednesday...

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