Last Updated May 21, 2010 8:27 AM EDT A beautiful spring day. Twisting mountain roads. And a parking lot full of the latest cars. It was a car writer's ideal day, out-made better by the chance to test-drive three important new models and see if they're worth the money. The event was the International Motor Press Association's Spring Brake, an annual test drive session at Bear Mountain State Park about an hour north of New York City. I got my first driving impressions of two models about to go on sale-the 2011 Ford Fiesta and 2011 Ford Mustang. In addition, I fired up the Mini E, an electric car still in a consumer test with a few hundred volunteers but an indication of what electrics can be. Here are my impressions: 2011 Ford Fiesta-The Fiesta is the first of two top-selling small cars in Europe that Ford is bringing here. (The other one, the Focus, will arrive in 2011; see Fuel-Efficient American Cars Star at New York Auto Show.) As a well-equipped, high-mileage entry (40 mpg … [Read more...] about New Cars: Are 2011 Ford Mustang and Fiesta Worth the Money?
DETROIT - On any given day this summer, you might find 97-year-old Lennart Ribring driving his 2016 Ford Mustang GT on a winding road near his home in Sweden. Or you might see Chris Fitzpatrick polishing his 1967 Mustang convertible in Auckland, New Zealand. Guo Xin might be working on a Mustang in his car repair shop in Beijing. While in England, a happy bride and groom drive off in a Mustang GT California Special. More than 50 years after it was introduced, the world remains captivated by the Mustang. Ford (F) will ship the quintessential American car to 140 countries in 2017. "It has a mass appeal," said John Heitmann, a history professor at the University of Dayton and the author of "The Automobile and American Life." ''Cars, historically, have been so closely tied to status and class, but the Mustang transcends so many different class distinctions." Ford's growling pony car became the best-selling sports car in the world last year, with more than 150,000 sold, according to IHS … [Read more...] about How Mustang powered to world’s No. 1 sports car
Last Updated Jan 22, 2018 10:33 PM EST DEARBORN, Mich. -- The Hollywood car chase was born during a thrill ride on the streets of San Francisco in the 1968 classic "Bullitt," when Steve McQueen chased the bad guys for almost 10 minutes on screen. Man and Mustang, Steve McQueen and his classic car -- the epitome of cool. Even faster than McQueen's car was its disappearance after the movie -- until now. "It was never meant to be a secret. It was just our car," said Robbie Kiernan. She and her son Sean shared the family secret. In 1974, Robbie's late husband, Robert, saw an ad for the "Bullitt" Mustang in Road & Track magazine, so he bought it for $6,000. "It was unbelievable -- I mean, we had seen the movie, and then to see the car," said Kiernan. It still had the movie camera mounts, a huge hole cut in the trunk for the smoke machine and the bray of its 390-horsepower V8 engine. "I taught at a Catholic school and the nuns heard the car and said, 'Well, there's Robbie,'" Kiernan … [Read more...] about The return of a Hollywood legend: Steve McQueen’s Mustang
Four doors? Who needs them? Not when there’s thrilling performance and a sleeker silhouette to be had with a two-door coupe. If your driving tastes run more toward sport than comfort, more for you than passengers, and more in favor of appearance than practicality, rear doors become extraneous, if not irrelevant. Arguably, the most popular and storied coupe is the Ford Mustang. Its nameplate may be more than half a century old, but it’s still as relevant and vibrant in American pop culture as ever, evoking levels of passion and devotion similar to those aroused when the first Mustang was built in 1964. That’s because Ford works hard to keep the latest versions of its pony car up to date, making it competitive and desirable. While the company recently introduced the sixth generation Mustang for 2015, just three years later, for 2018, it improves the car in multiple ways through enhancements not only to its appearance, but also to almost every aspect of the vehicle. … [Read more...] about Ratings and Review: Updates to the 2018 Ford Mustang GT make it one of the best performance bargains in history
Everybody knows what a Ford Mustang is. Symbolizing what has made America great for centuries, the Mustang represents freedom, the ability to go places and do things and revel in life. For 2018, Ford hones the Mustang recipe, making a number of changes designed to keep aficionados of the iconic pony car coming back for more. FOLLOW DAILY NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK. 'LIKE' US HERE. Changes to the 2018 Ford Mustang: Freshened front styling with lower hood containing new vents, revised grille and lights, Rear styling receives updated taillights, redrawn back bumper and new pedestal spoiler New LED headlights and taillights available for all models GT receives four exhaust outlets Upgraded interior materials, optional heated steering wheel Standard 3.7-liter V-6 engine is discontinued, leaving turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder as the base motor EcoBoost 4-cylinder boasts more torque than before GT models continue with 5.0-liter V-8 engine, now with direct and port fuel injection for … [Read more...] about 2018 Ford Mustang Overview