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U-Turn: What you missed on 12.18.14

December 19th, 2014 0 Comments

Nissan GT-RRecapping a year of cars

We at Autoblog are very fortunate to review a slew of new vehicles every year, and rather than let the calendar pass without reflecting on all the hotness, senior editor Seyth Miersma looks back and recaps his year in new cars. There’s some interesting data here, including average power, price, and fuel type – and it’s not as straight-forward as you might think. Give it a read, here.

Kia Sorento2016 Kia Sorento first drive

It won’t knock your socks off, but there’s a fully competent and enjoyable package in the 2016 Kia Sorento. It’s been fully updated to be more competitive than ever, with a range of new engines and a host of comfort and convenience upgrades. We take one for a spin through a particularly nasty winter storm in our First Drive, here.

Ford GTFord GT successor coming to Detroit, will go racing

There is going to be an absolute onslaught of hot new stuff at next month’s Detroit Auto Show, including a rumored successor to the Ford GT supercar. But this won’t just be a machine for the street. A new report indicates that Ford already has racing in its sights, with a Chip Gnassi Racing partnership. Interesting stuff, for sure – and big news for the Detroit show, should it come to fruition.

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ETC: Bernie Ecclestone’s Christmas card pokes fun at his legal issues

December 19th, 2014 0 Comments

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone is now poking fun at the settlement he made with the state of Bavaria following his bribery trial earlier this year. His chosen avenue for this jest? A Christmas card.

The card features a masked rider sticking up a cartoonish Ecclestone, who’s holding a bag labeled “$ 100 Million,” referencing the settlement amount from the 84-year-old’s bribery trial. In a word bubble, the rider says, “This is not a robbery. I am collecting for the Bavarian state.” Ecclestone’s settlement saw $ 99 million go to Bavaria and $ 1 million to a children’s charity.

According to Reuters, the inside of the card reads, “Maybe now we can have a Formula One race in the really nice city of Munich, Germany.”

We do wonder if this was the revenge Ecclestone was talking about following the settlement. Take a look at the card’s cover in the tweet up top.

Report: Swedish car mag says Ford Mondeo is dangerously, illegally overweight [w/video]

December 19th, 2014 0 Comments
Ford Mondeo Estate test

Sweden’s Teknikens Värld has a reputation for being very persnickety when it comes to auto safety testing, and its latest catch is the Mondeo Titanium Estate 2.0 TDCi 150 bhp S6 MPS (basically a station wagon variant of the Fusion). In addition to the model’s mile-long name, it has another problem according to the Swedes, because its weight on the scales does not equal the official numbers for the vehicle.

Teknikens Värld claims the wagon is dangerously overweight because it weighs in 4,145 pounds, while Ford officially lists its weight at 3,530 pounds. That 615-pound disparity means that if a family loads it to what they think is the model’s gross vehicle weight, it will actually be too heavy, and therefore illegal to drive in Sweden. According to the magazine, when it tried doing this, the rear wheels scraped against the wells, and the estate failed the mag’s legendary moose test. However, at 220 pounds over the limit, it passed the test.

When reached for comment by Autoblog, Jay Ward, Senior Manager at Ford of Europe Product Communications, explained the reason for the deviation between the official numbers and the magazine’s test:

“We are aware of this, but this is not an issue that relates specifically to the safety of the Mondeo, but is in fact related to the way in which the cars are tested by the authorities. We provided an Ambiente model for the testing but the car that featured in the magazine test was a Titanium model which has a different weight. We are in discussion with the Swedish Transport Agency to change the framework so the real weight of the Titanium model is reported instead of the Ambiente model which will resolve the issue.”

Teknikens Värld is well-known for calling out automakers for perceived transgressions. Most recently it leveled criticisms against the all-wheel drive system in the Honda CR-V, and both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Porsche Macan failed its moose test. Scroll down for the magazine’s video of weighing the Mondeo Estate and the model’s test results.