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Heavy is the Truck That Takes the Crown

The conversation plays out across the office in the weeks leading up to all the Of The Year competitions. The question comes from all angles: from video producers, art directors, fellow judges, non-participating editors, photographers—even the honchos in corporate. We have been thinking about this topic ever since we saw the official invite list of vehicles, sometimes since the launch of a particularly impressive vehicle earlier in the year. We all have our favorites, but it’s our thorough regimen of testing that determines the winner. Nowhere are those numbers more important than for Truck of the Year.

An Of The Year contest plays out one of three ways: There’s no clear winner right up to the end; there are two to three potential winners and a nail-biting vote; or there’s a clear winner early on and the rest becomes a coronation. In this year’s Truck of the Year competition, we knew by the halfway point which truck would win.

Sometimes, one vehicle so clearly satisfies or exceeds our criteria that we spend more time looking for faults than attributes, just to be sure we haven’t gotten ahead of ourselves. In this year’s field, the Ford Super Duty trucks emerged as the intuitive choice, one that had to be scrutinized, analyzed, and picked apart in subsequent days of testing. Some competitors rose in standing in the course of our evaluations, but none so much that the Super Duties needed to sweat. Indeed, the Fords’ ability to remain cool under our extreme pressure, regardless of the circumstances, made it all the more clear they deserved this award.

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Source: motortrend.com

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Meet The 97-Year-Old Swede Who Drives a New Ford Mustang GT

Since its debut in 1964, the Ford Mustang become one of the most iconic American cars ever sold. When Swedish driver Lennart Ribring first saw it, he fell in love. Ribring purchased a new Mustang back then and says he’s hardly ever thought about another car.

Now, as he approaches the 100-year mark, he decided to get something new. So he went out and purchased a brand new 2016 Mustang GT complete with a manual transmission and a 5.0-liter V8. No EcoBoost Mustang for this man. The 97-year-old says he has no problem driving his cherished steed around, showing it off to his son and granddaughter.

He also happens to be the oldest Mustang driver in the world. To celebrate, Ford of Sweden put together a nice film documenting Ribring’s car history, his new purchase, and his car-filled plans for the future.

We salute you, Lennart. And hopefully, at 97, we’re still driving cool cars, too.

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Source: carscoops.com

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Review: For real-life roads, Ford’s Focus is still sharp

It is a well-constructed compact car — safe and fuel-efficient, affording 30 miles per gallon in the city and 42 miles per gallon on the highway using regular-grade gasoline. It has been around since 1998 and is a common sight on streets as diverse as those of the District of Columbia, London and Moscow.

Accessibility and reliability trump the romance of “fun to drive” here, although the Focus is a nice, tight compact car that can be had with performance credibility if purchased as a Focus ST or RS. But most people who buy it are looking for the basics of reliability and economy and thus will get it in one of the more popular trim levels of S, SE, SEL or Titanium. The Focus also is available as an electric and hatchback SE EcoBoost.

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Source: dailyherald.com

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2017 Ford F-250 Pickup Truck Shaves Weight, Adds Sophistication

Following the trail blazed by the latest F-150, the heavy-duty Ford F-250 pickup truck is redesigned for the 2017 model year and comes with technology levels not often found in this class. Like the light-duty F-150, the new F-250 gets an aluminum-alloy body and a frame mostly made from high-strength steel, a combination that makes the new truck about 350 pounds lighter than the previous model.

Power comes from a standard gas 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 385 hp and 430 lb.-ft. of torque. Most will likely opt for the 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 that puts out 440 hp and a rocking 925 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission. Maximum towing capacity for the F-250 (with the trailer tow package) is 18,000 pounds.

Other technological highlights include several available camera/monitor systems, including one camera mounted near the top of the cab. This can let the driver check on what is in the cargo box or help when hooking up gooseneck or fifth-wheel trailers, which use an in-bed assembly.

The truck also offers a trailer-tow camera system that uses four high-definition cameras to give the driver a 360-degree bird’s-eye view surrounding the truck. An optional “Trailer Reverse Guidance” system helps you hook up your trailer when you’re traveling solo by instructing the driver which way to turn the steering wheel while reversing, based on the trailer direction. There is also a factory-available camera that can be placed on a trailer to provide further assistance when reversing, as well as an in-cab system to monitory the pressure of the tires on a trailer the F-250 is towing.

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Source: consumerreports.org

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