Ask It: 2010 Ford Transit Connect

If you’ve ever read Winding Road before, you know that we love functional vehicles. We’ve fawned over the Dodge Sprinter for many years, and after our first drive of the 2010 Ford Transit Connect, we were really excited to get one into the test fleet.

By Winding Road Staff | January 15, 2010
First Look: 2011 Lincoln MKX Gets More Power, Great Tech, And A Very Familiar Face

The Lincoln MKX (and it’s sister, the Ford Edge) are nearing the three-year-old mark, so it’s time for an update. And while the details on the 2011 Ford Edge are still under wraps (for now), the touched-up Lincoln officially makes its debut today at the Detroit Auto Show.

By Steven J. Ewing | January 11, 2010
Detroit 2010: Live Shots Of The 2012 Ford Focus

We just snapped these photos on the show floor of Cobo Arena of the 2012 Ford Focus. She’s a real looker, wouldn’t you say?

By John Beltz Snyder | January 11, 2010
Ford Fusion Hybrid And Transit Connect Crowned North American Car And Truck Of The Year

It’s no secret that the Ford Motor Company has been putting out some rather good products as of late, especially throughout 2009. All this hard work has paid off, too — the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Transit Connect have just been named North American Car and Truck Of The Year.

By Steven J. Ewing | January 11, 2010
First Look: 2012 Ford Focus Is A C-Segment Stunner

Visually, the new Focus is a huge departure from the not-so-pretty coupe and sedan currently found on our roads. Ford’s kinetic design language is in full effect here, and we can easily spot some styling cues from the Iosis Max concept which debuted at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show last March. And rejoice, all—Ford will bring the five-door hatchback Focus to America, as well as a sedan. A wise choice, since many consumers were unhappy when Ford ditched the three- and five-door hatches in favor of a less useful, two-door coupe.

By Steven J. Ewing | January 10, 2010
Ford Builds Upon SYNC Technology, Introduces MyFord Touch

Ford’s SYNC system was a huge step forward for the automaker, showing that the Blue Oval folks are serious about making sure that the cars rolling off their assembly lines have the best, most up-to-date technology available. Now, Ford debuts the all-new MyFord Touch system (see also: MyMercury Touch, MyLincoln Touch), which will be implemented into 2011 model year vehicles like the next-generation Ford Focus and the refreshed Lincoln MKX (both of which will make appearances at the Detroit Auto Show).

By Steven J. Ewing | January 06, 2010
Driven: 2010 Kia Forte Koup

Not long after the launch of the Forte sedan, Kia now introduces the Forte Koup—a sleek entry into a class of vehicles dominated by the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and Scion tC (which has lost a lot of its youthful Scion luster in recent years). Based on the same good-to-do groundwork as the Forte sedan, the Koup adds a bit more charm and slightly better dynamics to the Forte package; and without spoiling this review, it’s safe to say that Kia may have just built the best coupe available for under $20K.

By Steven J. Ewing | January 01, 2010
Ford Adds Three-Blink Turn Signal Function To 2011 Model Year Vehicles

Over the past few years, we’ve seen many automakers add the three-blink turn signal function onto their cars, and Ford will finally be jumping on the bandwagon next year. Tapping the left stalk off of the steering column up or down allows the blinkers to flash only three times, which is perfect for lane changes, and alleviates the annoyance of driving behind cars whose blinkers have stayed on for no good reason.

By Steven J. Ewing | January 01, 2010
List: Truly Cool Minivans

Toyota is pleased with its new Sienna minivan, seeing it as a fresh alternative to the dumpy, uncool image usually associated with these oft-ridiculed people-haulers. Winding Road’s Seyth Miersma found out if it lived up to the hype, leaving us to paw through the WR family photo albums for past MPVs that transcend their unflattering stereotypes. Surely, the Sienna wasn’t the first vehicle of its kind to attempt to appeal to the more savvy soccer moms.

By Corey Rueth | December 29, 2009
First Look: 2011 Ford Mustang GT Gets 5.0-Liter V-8 Power

The Mustang GT has always been one of our favorite sports cars, and there’s more to love for the 2011 model year — the Mustang GT gets an all-new 5.0-liter V-8 engine, producing 412 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.

By Steven J. Ewing | December 27, 2009
First Look: 2011 Ford Racing Boss 302R

Today, Ford Racing unveiled the all-new Boss 302R based on the 2011 Mustang GT. The 302R is a factory-built, race-ready machine poised to compete in Grand-Am, SCCA, and NASA classes, as well as individual track days.

By Steven J. Ewing | December 27, 2009
Official: Geely To Buy Volvo In First Quarter Of 2010

Today, Ford announced that it will officially sell all assets of the Volvo division to Chinese automaker Geely. The difinitive sale agreement will be signed in the first quarter of 2010, with the sale closing half-way through the year.

By Steven J. Ewing | December 23, 2009
2010 Detroit Auto Show Preview

It’s a special time of the year here at Winding Road, when we think not only of the holiday season, but also the much-anticipated 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. These are the cars that we think will steal a lot of the attention at the show, which we’ll be covering January 11 – 12. Don’t miss out on your chance to get down to Cobo, too—NAIAS opens to the public on January 16 and runs through January 24.

By Karen Graf | December 22, 2009
Embargo? What Embargo? Details Leak Out About Mustang GT’s New 5.0-Liter V-8

The details about Ford’s new 5.0-liter Mustang GT were supposed to be kept under wraps until closer to the official announcement at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, but reports have leaked out confirming that the Pony Car will be getting an all-new 412-horsepower V-8 for the 2011 model year.

By Steven J. Ewing | December 18, 2009
Video: British Beauty Michelle Heaton Falls For Ford Fiesta

British pop singer and sometimes glamour model, Michelle Heaton, like the Ford Fiesta, is “slick, stylish, and attractive.” Apparently the floor is slick too.

By John Beltz Snyder | December 17, 2009
Finalists Announced For North American Car And Truck Of The Year

The 2010 North American International Auto Show is only a few weeks away, and the final ballots are being tallied for the North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards, one of the most prestigious honors that a U.S.-market car can achieve.

By Steven J. Ewing | December 16, 2009
Winding Road Issue 53 Is Now Available!

Even though still has that new website smell, our magazine hasn’t missed a beat. Issue 53 of Winding Road is now available to read online, or you can buy and download a PDF.

By Winding Road Staff | December 16, 2009
List: Ten Cars That Are All Bark And No Bite

In automotive terms, a “sleeper” is a car that doesn’t look like it’ll do much damage, but once it hits the road, it’s a real performance dream. Think of the Mazdaspeed3 or BMW 335d—two cars that don’t look all that vicious but are really stunning machines to steer. These cars, however, are just the opposite.

By Jeff Sexton | December 14, 2009
Third Look: 2010 Ford Taurus SEL Is More Than Just A Good Value

With all of the coverage that we’ve given to the Ford Taurus SHO lately, it’s easy to forget that the bread-and-butter SE, SEL, and Limited models still offer a whole lot of goodness, even without twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6. We just spent one week with a front-wheel-drive SEL test car, and while the overall value proves to be the Taurus’s best selling point, this car possesses plenty of other good qualities.

By Steven J. Ewing | December 14, 2009
Video: Historic Ford Model T Footage – Driving Was Always Fun

The following video shows historic footage of the Ford Model T being built on the assembly line. It’s actually quite interesting. But the real gem in this clip is toward the end, when it shows the Model T driving on and off road.

By John Beltz Snyder | December 14, 2009
2011 Ford Fiesta Priced From $13,320

While the full details on the 2011 Ford Fiesta broke out yesterday, the Blue Oval folks went ahead and debuted pricing information on the official Fiesta website. What’s that mean for consumers? The sweet little B-car can be yours for just $13,320, including $675 for destination.

By Steven J. Ewing | December 03, 2009


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