Ford F-150 – capability is king

By Ted Biederman and Jim Meachen

Ford says its truck team had a clear vision when developing the 2009 F-150 — redesign America’s best-selling pickup truck inside and out to “give customers unrivaled capability, unprecedented choice and a host of smart, game-changing features.”

A day spent at Ford’s Michigan Proving Grounds at Romeo, Mich., showed us that Ford has generally succeeded and in many instances exceeded, at least our expectations.

Ford Flex – all the right ingredients

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Let’s give Ford some well-deserved credit. It has built a practical people mover that looks like nothing else sold in America. In no way does it resemble a minivan, which has grown out of favor with many families, and it’s far removed from the newly popular curvaceous crossover design that sacrifices form over function.

Its interior volume approaches minivan size, but unlike a minivan it is capable of towing up to 4,500 pounds. And it comes in an all-wheel drive format for all-weather peace of mind.

Ford Mustang — The royalty of the road

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Between the spring of 1964 and its introduction at the New York World’s Fair and Memorial Day and the Indy 500 where it was the pace car the launch of Mustang was the talk of the town. Not just in Detroit but in every town across America.

Ford Fusion SEL — Ford's better idea

By Al Vinikour

For the past week we’ve been test-driving the new 2010 Ford Fusion and it brought to mind two advertising slogans the company used years ago — Mr, This is Ford Country…and Ford Has a Better Idea. They’re kind of catchy and more than ever applicable.

Ford Flex EcoBoost — The quintessential family vehicle

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

All you have to do is look at the numbers — 355 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque — and you know it can go fast in a hurry.

Ford Shelby GT500 Cobra — Charmed by a snake

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The menacing cobra emblem on the grille and front fender is a warning, akin to the “smoking can be hazardous to your health” admonition on the side of a cigarette pack.
Just as lighted tobacco can lead to problems, the 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 Cobra can rise up and strike creating big problems with either law enforcement or a tree looming around the next curve in the road.

Ford Super Duty — Hardest working truck in show business

By Al Vinikour 

I remember seeing a sign that said, “America’s Needs Move by Truck.” I’m sure the nation’s railroads would debate that but as near as I can tell trains don’t give curb service, goods are brought to the trains. In many locales trucks have the same status as a family member. Yes, a truck might be your cousin…but it can also be the family business.