Ford Focus Electric on its way to showrooms!

The next electric car in the ring is the Focus Electric with a starting price of $39,995 which is competitive to what’s available at this time. Word is that a full charge will deliver somewhere between 70 and 100 miles. Not too bad right out of the gate and hopefully we’ll be a ble to get behind the wheel of this new Ford offering in the very near future so we can report our findings!

From AutoNews.com:

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. has priced its gasoline-free Focus Electric at $39,995, including freight — a price identical to the Chevrolet Volt and $3,945 more than the Nissan Leaf.

The vehicle has a one-speed transmission and comes standard with a 92-kilowatt electric motor with lithium ion battery, MyFord Touch and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Like buyers of the Volt and Leaf, purchasers are eligible for a federal income tax credit of as much as $7,500.

The Focus Electric will be available in small numbers before year end in California and the New York City area, and is the first of five planned electrified vehicles from Ford.

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Ford steps up to the plate in a Big Way with the new 2012 GT350 Convertible

Ford steps up to the plate in a Big Way with the new 2012 GT350 Convertible option being shown in Chicago. This is one of the sharpest sports cars I have seen in awhile and when you factor in the price point compared to other nameplates it might sound crazy but the 2012 GT350 Convertible is a “value play” for those in this market. This is one summer ride that we would love to review in the coming months so at least our readers know we’re trying to get our hands on one of these machines!

From Autoblog.com:

The 2011 Shelby GT350 followed nearly the same philosophy as the Ford Model T. You could get it in any color you want as long as it was white with blue stripes. That’s changing for 2012, as Shelby will also be offering the GT350 in Race Red and Kona Blue. A convertible option will be available, as well. In fact, this is the first time Shelby has built a drop-top GT350 since 1970.

The 2012 GT350 will offer up identical performance as the 2011 model, although one could argue that it didn’t need an upgrade in the first place. Customers can choose between the 430-horsepower base model or opt for either 525- or 624-horsepower versions. Additional upgrades include a full body kit, Cragar wheels, larger brakes, sport suspension and more. The convertible also comes with the option of a light bar. You can read full details about the 2012 Shelby GT350 after the jump, and check out our live photos from the show floor in the gallery below.


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What’s the name of your Ford?

Ford recently collected nearly 700 names of drivers’ Fords and posted some of their favorites for Facebook readers to vote on.

Check out the list:

Which Ford name is your favorite?

option 1:A Flex named Felix
option 2:An ’05 Mustang named Onmitron that saved a life
option 3:’09 Fusion named “Gladys My Car” (say it out loud)
option 4:’65 Ford F100 named Jezebel
option 5:A classy Red Flex named \”Miss Scarlet\” for her manners
option 6:2006 Crown Vic named Moby Vic
option 7:’57 Ford 300 named The Precious like in Lord of the Rings
option 8:2010 blue F-150 Raptor named \”Cookie Monster\”
option 9:A Red Ranger named Robert Red-Ford

Check out some of the other names drivers gave for their Ford and vote for your favorite at Facebook.com!


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Ford trying to jump start economy

Ford is doing their part to jump start this economy with another announcement that will bring people back to work at The Cleveland Engine Plan with a $155 Million investment. They will be building the new and well touted 3.7 liter V-6 engine that will drop into the 2011 Mustangs!

Ford Motor Co. will invest $155 million in its Cleveland Engine Plant to produce the new 3.7-liter V-6 for the 2011 Ford Mustang.

The move is part of a broader push to introduce nine new engines and transmissions in North America this year. With today’s announcement, Ford is two-thirds of the way to its goal — investing a total of $1.8 billion to build six of those at factories from Mexico to Canada.

Read the full article at the Detroit News.


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