Due to Slow Sales, Ford is Offering Huge Discounts on All-Electric Focus Models

The base price for Ford‘s Focus Electric in 2012 was $39,995 and now Ford’s website features a list price of $37,995 for “cash-only” sales and a hefty $10,750 discount on “Red Carpet leases” for delivery by April 1st.

ford focus electricIn addition, the monthly payment for a 30-month lease with 10,500 miles per year has dropped from $350 to $285 and $930 up front, and if the car is purchased through Ford Motor Credit, Ford offers a 1.9 percent financing rate.

Ford is offering this great discounts because, according to a report from The Detroit News, last year sales of Ford’s all-electric compact hatchback have been abysmal. Ford produced a total of 1,627 units in 2012, but only managed to shift 685 of them.

“We certainly are not in a situation where we have to completely discount but we do have to respond to competitive pressures”, commented Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood, adding that, “we’re not anywhere close to where Nissan has gone with the Leaf”.

No matter what way you look at it, the asking price is simply excessive for a compact hatchback by a mass-manufacturer, electric powertrain or not. The expensive technology incorporated in the Focus Electric might be the reason the price is dictated so high, but buyers usually vote with their wallets, and those in the market for a 40k car, if anything are spoiled for choice.

Parting out 2000 Mitsubishi Galant – Stock # 130065



This is a 2000 Mitsubishi Galant for parts. This is stock # 130065. This Galant parts car has lots of good used car parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Mitsubishi cars annually and sell the parts online. Every Galant part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Mitsubishi Galant Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Mitsubishi Galant part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM Mitsubishi part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 2000 Mitsubishi Galant!

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Parting out 2001 Saab 9-3 – Stock # 130061



This is a 2001 Saab 9-3 for parts. This is stock # 130061. This 9-3 parts car has lots of good used car parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Saab cars annually and sell the parts online. Every 9-3 part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Saab 9-3 Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Saab 9-3 part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM Saab part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 2001 Saab 9-3!

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Hyundai Releases Two Super Bowl Commercials

super bowl commercials hyundaiFollowing suit of all the other automakers revealing their Super Bowl ads before the big game, Hyundai has released a pair of their commercials, one on its Genesis sedan, while the other one focuses on the Sonata Turbo.

Even though the Genesis sedan commercial features nothing special or unique, the Sonata Turbo commercial is definitely something we can all relate to and get a good laugh from. We have all been stuck behind some sort of roadblock, and Hyundai shows off just how peppy its 274-hp Sonata Turbo can be on the road.

Watch the two commercials below before they are officially premiered during the Super Bowl.

 

Parting out 1999 Mazda 626 – Stock # 130058



This is a 1999 Mazda 626 for parts. This is stock # 130058. This 626 parts car has lots of good used car parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Mazda cars annually and sell the parts online. Every 626 part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Mazda 626 Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Mazda 626 part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM Mazda part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 1999 Mazda 626!

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Top 10 Most Stolen Cars of 2011

Man breaking into carThe most common misconception that people have about car theft is that flashy sports cars tend to be frequent targets. Although more than one out of every 10 Corvettes sold over the past three decade is said have been stolen at least once, for sheer pilfering popularity, thieves normally go for the old family car.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reviewed vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center during 2001 to come up with the following list of the 10 most-stolen vehicles of 2011:

 

 

 

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  1. 1994 Honda Accord midsize
  2. 1998 Honda Civic compact
  3. 2006 Ford F-150 pick up
  4. 1991 Toyota Camry midsize
  5. 2000 Dodge Caravan minivan
  6. 1994 Acura Integra concept
  7. 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup
  8. 2004 Dodge Ram pickup
  9. 2002 Ford Explorer SUV
  10. 1994 Nissan Sentra compact

Vehicles such as the ones listed above are more likely to be brought to a “chop shop” immediately after being stolen than being sold whole with swapped identification number, like late-model sports and luxury cars would be. The NCIB suggests vehicle owners to use common sense when leaving their cars unattended, for example, always lock the vehicle, take the keys with you, and park in a well-lit space. If you have the ability to, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have an alarm and vehicle immobilizer installed, which is basically a hidden “kill switch”, to help deter thieves and/or purchase a vehicle tracking system to help law enforcement officials locates your car in the event if does become stolen.

Top Car Competitors Ford, Daimler, and Nissan Team Up to Create Fuel-Cell Technology

On Monday, January 28th, Nissan Daimler, and Ford announced that they are joining forces on creating a new common fuel-cell system that will be put to use in what the companies call “the world’s first affordable, mass-market” fuel-cell vehicle.

nissan ford daimlerAll three of these companies are going to equally invest in this project, and they say that the fuel-cell tech could be ready to hit the roads as early as 2017. Together, Daimler, Nissan and Ford have logged over 10 million km in test drives in their own individual fuel-cell vehicles. To make sure that consumers don’t think it is just a rebadged version of the same car, each company will install this new technology in very different vehicles once it is ready.

“Fuel cell electric vehicles are the obvious next step to complement today’s battery electric vehicles as our industry embraces more sustainable transportation,” said Mitsuhiko Yamashita, board of directors member and executive VP of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

In means of helping define global specifications and component standards in all parts of the world, the development will take place in several locations around the world. The collaboration may also lead to the production of other fuel cell components.

Parting out 2006 Honda Civic – Stock # 130057



This is a 2006 Honda Civic for parts. This is stock # 130057. This Civic parts car has lots of good used car parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Honda cars annually and sell the parts online. Every Civic part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Honda Civic Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Honda Civic part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM Honda part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 2006 Honda Civic!

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