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Ford to lighten the steering load with Adaptive Steering system

While power steering has made it possible to drive around without giving yourself an exhausting upper body workout, the steering ratio of most vehicles – that is, the number of turns of the steering wheel required to turn the front wheels a certain amount – is fixed. Ford is shaking things up for non-luxury car buyers with its new Adaptive Steering system that will be available on select models from next year.Read More

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Ford showcases tricked-out Transit Van

The Ford Transit Van is an automotive classic, having been on sale since since 1965. Despite that, its popular image is one of a battered old van lugging kit around. Now though, a new concept has given the Transit an "ultra-premium" makeover befitting of its 50th birthday next year.Read More

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Ford unveils 2015 Focus in Geneva

Ford hasn't done too bad with its Focus line. In 2012, it surpassed the Toyota Corolla as the world's best selling car model and, according to Ford, it still holds the crown with 12 million sold worldwide. The economical all-round commuter car enjoys a good reputation with reviewers and drivers, so it's not surprising that Ford doesn't go in for radical redesigns, but the company does tweak a bit now and then. This year at the Geneva Motor Show, Ford is unveiling its latest Focus with a slightly sleeker design package containing some new engine and other technologies for the European market.Read More

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Ford makes its smartest F-150 pickup truck to date

Pickup trucks may seem like dirty, muscular work oxen, but like other vehicles, they're evolving into smart, perceptive, high-tech machines. Last year's Atlas Concept made it crystal clear that Ford was serious about designing smarter trucks. The all-new F-150 introduced at this week's NAIAS 2014 doesn't include all the forward-thinking innovations of the Atlas, but it does pack enough of them to make it the "toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever."Read More

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Ford's C-MAX Solar Energi Concept sports rooftop solar panels

A plug-in hybrid car sounds like an excellent way of squaring the circle between the green cred of an electric car and the range and reliability of one that runs on petrol, but what if you live somewhere that’s a bit off the grid? Ford’s answer is its C-Max Solar Energi Concept, which makes its debut at CES next week. The car uses a combination of high-efficiency solar panels and a separate frame roofed with a Fresnel lens to concentrate sunlight on the panels to give it a proper charge without using the engine or plugging into the electrical mains.Read More

Lincoln to use wood-based fiberglass substitute in new MKX

Usually when you hear about wood being used in a car's interior, it's a fancy solid hardwood used to class up the dashboard. On Ford's 2014 Lincoln MKX, however, a relatively new wood-based composite material will be used in place of heavier, less eco-friendly fiberglass. Read More

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Ford reveals new automated research vehicle

Ford took the next step in its "Blueprint for Mobility" this month, revealing an automated research vehicle based on the Fusion Hybrid. Working in cooperation with the University of Michigan and State Farm, Ford will use the car to test next-generation sensor systems that enhance automated awareness. Read More

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