Tag Archive: Hatchback

Oct 10

Project Ugly Horse: Part 1

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Meet the Horse



I have always hated this car.

Not the Ford Mustang, mind you, nor the ubiquitous Fox body, but this specific car. It's not because it came from the factory cursed with a heavy and under-powered 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine or an entirely worthless four-speed automatic gearbox. No, I hated this car because once, while I was off pretending to pay attention at college, my father traded two whole International Scout II trucks, their titles and a scad load of new old stock parts for this: a secretary special hatchback Mustang. It made me ill.

Sorry, son. I've sold you to a brace of machete-wielding Somali pirates.

As a vested devotee of all things International Harvester, this was a sin of inconceivable magnitude. I would have been less crushed if he had sat me down, looked me square in the eye and told me in his most earnest and paternal tones that he spent his working days feeding laundry baskets of kittens to a wood chipper instead of wielding Autocad in a cubical as a structural engineer. Or that, "Sorry, son. I've sold you to a brace of machete-wielding Somali pirates to pay off a blood oath."

Confusion. Anger. The betrayal was made all the more painful by the news that the new owner of the two IH bruisers had simply thrown the stack of brand-new 345 heads into the back and hauled the Scouts straight to the crusher for scrap. The locals say you can still hear my teenage screams rolling around the darkened hills of Virginia on a still night.

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Sep 11

Why are these kids going nuts destroying this VW GTI?

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Kids destroy VW GTI in a junkyard - video screencap

Fans of classic Volkswagen iron may want to look away. This video is not for the faint of heart if you are an 80s car fan, either. It contains graphic documentation of vehicular abuse on an unprecedented level. A group of ruthless youngsters absolutely destroy every bit of glass in this Mark II GTI. It's appalling.

Actually the video below is just a promotional effort for ClearPlex, a company that makes clear protective coating for windshields - a coating it is presumably showing off here (note that the apparent miscreants have no eye protection). The kids are not hoodlums, however, but rather actors (though we don't know if they were paid or simply did it for the enjoyment of breaking glass with baseball bats and tire irons), and judging by its setting, this GTI was likely headed for the crusher anyhow, though it looks to have lots of usable spares on it.

At the end of the video, the kids descend upon a brand-new Ford Mustang convertible. Do they go crazy on that car as well? You'll just have to click below to find out.

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Sep 06

Ford Europe goes further with American vehicles

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Just weeks before the Paris Motor Show, Ford Motor Co. has taken the wraps off of much of its new lineup for Europe in an effort to shore up its efforts for European dealers. The webcast press conference from Amsterdam ended with the official announcement that the Dearborn, Michigan-based car maker will officially make the Mustang available for Autobahn runs and cobble stone street drifting.

"We'll have more details on the Mustang coming to Europe later this year," CEO Alan Mulally said, as he stood before a crowd of more than 2,500 dealers, enthusiasts and reporters. Thousands more watched him and other key Ford executives tout the company's accelerated plans to introduce more global vehicles to Europe.

The Old Country has been problematic in recent years as its stagnant economy has cost automakers billions. Ford lost $404 million in Europe in the second quarter of 2012 and expects Europe to continue to drag down the company's global profitability in the near future. But instead of going on the defensive, Ford has launched its own path to prosperity, Mulally said. The company can't afford to try the same old formulas.

"Six years ago, we developed our One Ford plan," Mulally said, "Now, we're bringing that plan to Europe."

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