For the first time in nearly 20 years, Ford has undertaken a full redesign of the Expedition, its largest SUV. Here's some early feedback.
"There's nearly enough room in this spacious new truck for roadhouse line dancing."
"The smooth-sided, boxy shape behind the A-pillar reminds us of the latest Chevrolet Tahoe."
"Let's talk about that body ... the Expedition has clearly gotten a bit softer for this generation, channeling more Explorer than F-Series."
-- New York Daily News
"Looks like our predictions that the new Expedition will share a face with the F-150 were completely, utterly wrong. To be honest, I'm happy about that. ... The face Ford went with for the Expedition is much more attractive than the F- … more
DETROIT -- The first images of what appear to be Ford Motor Co.’s U.S.-bound Ranger compact pickup have been spotted testing on roads in Dearborn, Mich.
Spy art shows a heavily camouflaged small truck that looks similar to the Ranger currently offered in a number of global markets, including Australia.
Ford has been mum on Ranger details since confirming plans to bring it back at the 2017 Detroit auto show.
Reports say the mid-size truck could get Ford’s four-cylinder and six-cylinder EcoBoost engines, as well as a potential diesel variant. Ford is expected to offer Ranger with the 10-speed automatic transmission it co-developed with General Motors and has been rolling out across its lineup.
It’s expected to get … more
Richard Overton is the oldest living U.S. military veteran in the world, but don’t think having a DOB of 1906 on his driver’s license means he can’t still enjoy the rumble of a great American V8, because Overton still drives his late 1970s Ford truck. Like a boss.
I’m sure some people find the idea of a 110-year-old person driving a car rather frightening, especially after you read stories of people 30 years Overton’s junior getting into nasty avoidable accidents.
Instead, I’m just going to marvel at this centenarian’s lifelong love for cars. In the short National Geographic documentary, Overton, of Austin, Texas, mentions automobiles a number of times, recalling the first … more
The Henrik Fisker-designed, Ford Mustang-based Galpin Rocket that made its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles International Auto Show has been renamed the “VLF Rocket V8,” reflecting the fact that production will now be handled by Michigan-based car company VLF Automotive.
VLF takes its name from its three founders: Gilbert Villarreal, Bob Lutz, and Henrik Fisker. The company’s past works include an LS-powered version of the Fisker Karma named “Destino,” and a Viper-based supercar dubbed the “Force 1.”
The VLF Rocket V8 is a current-generation Ford Mustang GT underneath, with a stunning carbon-fiber body designed by Fisker and built by Metalcrafters, Inc. Its supercharged … more
LOS ANGELES -- Geovanni Euceda would understand if you thought he was slightly out of his mind to give up his position as a chef at the swank Beverly Hills Hotel to run a restaurant inside a car dealership.
"Oh yeah, I was told I was crazy," Euceda recalls. "They'd say: "You're in a five-star, five-diamond hotel in Beverly Hills. You deal with movie stars. You're going to a car dealership?'"
Before making the move in 2002, Euceda had to ask himself the same soul-searching question. That was before he talked to Bert Boeckmann, the legendary owner of Galpin Motors in North Hills, Calif., which includes Galpin Ford, the nation's best-selling Ford dealer.
"If you're in a hotel like that, it's owned by the Sultan of Brunei," Euceda said. " … more
Galpin is gearing up to make this Sunday’s 5th Annual Galpin Car Show the best in Galpin history! There will be hundreds of beautiful, one-of-a-kind, unique show cars and exciting new activities for everyone to see and enjoy!
If you want to experience a fun, memorable and incredibly exciting car show event, please don’t miss Galpin’s 5th Annual Galpin Car Show hosted by Galpin Ford!
Time, Date & Location
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, September 18 at Galpin Ford. Address is 15505 Roscoe Blvd., North Hills, CA 91343
All makes and models are welcome: classic cars, custom cars, hotrods, antique cars, muscle cars, exotic cars, racecars, foreign cars, lowriders, rat rods, off-road vehicles, … more
Matt Farah from The Smoking Tire was bumped up the list and is numero uno in line to get the 2016 Ford Focus RS in L.A. (Not to be confused with VIN #1)
You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours is a modus operandi that oftentimes works wonders in the greater automotive community and seems to be paying off for Drive host and all around good guy Matt Farah. According to a Facebook post late last night ( Oct. 13, 2015) Farah triumphantly announced that he’ll be the first person in all of Los Angeles (and possibly the greater Southern California area) to receive the fire-breathing 2016 Ford Focus RS. Supposedly the order banks are open for this much anticipated hot hatch and Farah’s order was placed. What makes this … more
By Jennifer Geiger on September 22, 2015
Ford redesigned its midsize SUV this year, and along with fresh styling and more safety features, the 2015 Edge earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The two-row SUV received the top score of good in moderate overlap front, side, roof-strength and head restraint tests and achieved the second-best rating of acceptable in the difficult small front overlap crash test.
The previous-generation Edge also got good scores in moderate overlap front, side, roof-strength and head restraint tests, but was precluded from achieving the Top Safety Pick award because it had not yet undergone the small front overlap test.
To get the IIHS' highest safety rating, Top … more
By Tom Murphy-Sep 14, 2015
The all-new Ford Mustang is selling briskly – 86,769 deliveries through August and clobbering the soon-to-be-replaced Chevy Camaro. So what better time than the present to capitalize on the mystique of the reskinned Mustang?
Earlier this year, Galpin Auto Sports and Danish designer Henrik Fisker began low-volume production in California of a coach-built, heavily modified version of the new Mustang, dubbed The Rocket.
With a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body crafted by hand at GFMI Metalcrafters in Fountain Valley, as well as significant interior and suspension upgrades, the Rocket is a 4-passenger coupe with a starting price of $109,100.
At the recent Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in … more
by Steve Siler - Aug. 24, 2015
Yes, the Galpin Fisker Ford Mustang Rocket has a long name. “We just call it ‘the Rocket’” said Henrik Fisker, who also designed the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage, and more recently, the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid.
Certainly, “Rocket” is a suitable name for a $109,100 muscle car, but the fact of the matter is that the other named parties have made great contributions, including its builders and tuners, Galpin Auto Sports of Van Nuys, Calif., and of course, Ford itself. We took a brief spin along 17-Mile Drive during Monterey Car Week to see if it’s worth the coin.
“Ford’s engineers and Moray Callum’s design team did an amazing job with … more