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America, Duck yeah!

Okay, I admit it, I’m in love in with what Ford is doing these days. I like their modern design-language. And I even love the way they drive. The Focus, the Fiesta, the Mustang. And now we have this, the new Mondeo……I mean Fusion. Sure, the nose is very Aston-ish, but since when was that a bad thing? It is THE best looking family sedan on sale right now, no arguments. And unless your boring (read: you care about reliability), or racist, you’d be stupid to pick a Camry or Accord over it. If I had a family I’d buy one. But I don’t, so I won’t, and that’s beside the point.

People have actually asked me what kind of mid-sized sedan they should buy. Seriously, thats how BIG this type of car is, people actually ask someone like ME what kind they should buy. Anyway, I’ve always recommended the new Hyundai Sonata, as I’ve always felt it’s the best complete package. I may have to change my tune now, the Fusion is MUCH more handsome than the Sonata. And I’m almost certain it’ll be the better driver. Plus it comes with a choice of TWO turbo engines! How awesome is that? If you can’t have a high-revving N/A, then boost For The Win as we like to say. You’re just a tune away from more useable power!

So in conclusion? USA USA USA!



The 2012 Ford Focus is a Really Good Car, No Really!

Now I know YOU might think I’m going out on a limb now, but I’ve spent enough time around the 2012 Ford Focus to say that it IS a good car. No, not just good compared to the old car (because that’s a given of course, a really annoying back itch was better than the old USDM Focus), but good compared to the recent cars from Honda and Toyota. I can unequivocally stand here with my hand on my heart and say that I WOULD buy a Focus over a Civic or Corolla. And I’d tell my mom to buy one too.

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2012 Ford Focus ST

I give you the American bound Ford Focus ST. Did I buy too soon??

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2011 Mustang GT 5.0 vs E92 BMW M3…….no really!

An unnecessary comparison, but awesome none the less. Yes I know, “the M3 is in a different league” and blah blah blah. But, I mean really, is it now days? I mean, watch the video and look at the raw numbers. IMO, it’s impossible to call one car better than the other definitively. It’s all subjective. All I can say is, thank god they still build some cars like these two!

And what would I choose? If money were an absolute NON issue, the M3. But here in the real world, I’ll put it this way: I think I could afford the Mustang. I know I can’t afford the M3….

2011 Ford Fiesta: Driven!

So you may have heard me going on for months about this hypebeast eco-car from Europe-land. Well today I finally got some time behind the wheel in the form of a short dealership test drive. My impressions after the jump, but I will just say this: I don’t like it any less.

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2012 Ford Mustang BOSS 302

Yeah, you can go ahead and add this to my list of DO WANTS.

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Clarkson’s Sierra Cosworth Hot Lap

Yet more visual evidence that yes indeed, Top Gear is STILL the best! You kinda need to watch this weeks episodes to get it (the video), so go! Watch it now!!

As for me? Time to find a Sierra Cosworth……oh wait, America. Damnit…..

Ford Fiesta 3D Carbon Kit

Look! This is how the Fiesta should look from the factory! What makes this kit awesome though is the fact that this IS a factory option, so when you spec your Fiesta, you can have the kit installed as well. I know for a fact that if I do decide to pull the plug on the Fiesta, I am definitely getting this kit. I really can’t wait to test drive one. Hope they get here soon!!

Ford Fiesta: Clakrson Approved

A lot of friends are thinking I’m an idiot for having a fascination with the new Ford Fiesta, and always question why I love it so much. Well much apart from the fact that it looks X-times better than the Honda Fit, and the all important three words used to describe it (read: fun-to-drive), it has the MOST important endorsement that is relevant to me: Jeremy Clarkson likes it. And is there any better reason to buy one?

They’re Here…..

The 2011 Fiesta’s are coming! They’re set to be released in May, and the internet has exploded with reviews from online publications. Here’s a sampling:



Motor Trend

Car & Driver

The one I look at the most is Jalopnik. They seem to be the no nonsense kinda guys us normal petrol-heads can relate to, while the other publications try to impress you with numbers and stats. And if Jalopnik likes it so much, it must be a crackin car. I have to say I’m rather surprised that all these publications seem to say the same thing about the Fiesta, which tells me that either Ford’s marketing hand stretches wide, or this really is a damn good car. Anyway, check out the reviews yourself. And now I can’t wait even more. Damint Ford, why must you tempt me so!!