2011 Ford Edge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Edge made its initial debut as a 2007 model and has become the best seller among its segment of 27 competitive crossovers with more than 400,000 sales to date. And the number one reason for purchase is styling.

Ford Taurus – a return to prominence

 By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

It’s been a quarter century since Ford rolled out its first Taurus at a super party on the back lot of 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles that was also a swansong for departing Ford chairman Phil Caldwell. Twelve-hundred people celebrated and lauded a jellybean-shaped mid-sized sedan designed to do combat with the growing ranks of Japanese and European competition.

Taurus was a hit, praised by critics and embraced by the car-buying public, eventually becoming the bestselling car in America.

2011 Ford Mustang GT

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — It used to be that a person’s professional success was depicted by the vehicle he (or she) drove.

Ford flexes its truck muscles with all-new F-150 for 2004

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The idea came to mind when a diehard Chevy Silverado owner proclaimed admiration for the exterior styling of the all-new Ford F-150 truck while we were visiting a Ford dealer’s lot one Sunday afternoon.

Ford’s 2005 Escape spruces up and ups the ante with a new 4-cylinder

By Jim Meachen

We’ve spent considerable seat time behind the wheel of the Ford Escape since the small sport utility was introduced for the 2001 model year.

All of our test vehicles came with the very responsive 200-horsepower V-6 engine. That engine put the Escape at the top of its class, ahead of the popular Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, both with 4-cylinder engines.

Ford’s 2005 Expedition makes additional updates with new V-8 and more

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Only two of us were headed to the beach. But once there, our troop grew to six people, and then briefly to seven.

To accommodate this crowd and avoid having rent a bus or to drive two vehicles to the, what turned out to be a better than average seafood restaurant and to the putt-putt golf course, we needed something that had a family-friendly third-row seat.

Choices are limited. It had to be a minivan or a mid-sized to large sport utility vehicle.

Ford’s new 2005 Five Hundred makes for ease and comfort in any seat

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Livable! That one word more than any other sums up the new Ford Five Hundred, one of the Blue Oval’s two replacements for the long-running and once-popular Taurus mid-sized sedan. (Note: the second Taurus replacement is the yet to be introduced Fusion).
Livable as defined by our old, tattered Webster’s means “pleasant to live in.”

Ford’s 2005 ZX4 ST Focus plays with the best in class

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Competition is a good thing. And that’s one of the reasons the USA is so wonderful. We thrive on competition. Competition gives us better stuff at a better price.

Mustang convertible — a cure for anything

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

TAMPA, Fla. — a late-model Mustang convertible appeared in our rearview mirror as we were cruising near the beach in Clearwater. He followed us for more than a mile and as soon as the road became four-lane, he pulled alongside our 2005 Mustang V-6 convertible, sans top. Nice car, he said admiringly.

He followed for a couple more miles and then moved in front of us where, surely to his amazement, there were about four or five ’05 Mustang GT convertibles, tops also down, rumbling down the beach road.

More than just retro – the new 2005 Mustang is a great new car

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

LOS ANGELES --- We gained confidence quickly as we came down out of the San Gabriel Mountains, outside of Los Angeles. It was a stirring drive with vistas as beautiful as you can find. But we were not distracted from the task at hand and to the credit of the car we were simply at ease behind the wheel of this new, hot GT.