Ford is bringing back the Ranger and the Bronco.

By: Jeff Domingues

Ford stated that they will be bringing back the Ford Ranger in 2019 and the Ford Bronco in 2020. Both models were very popular but because of shifts in the public interest, styles and concerns about fuel economy, both models were snubbed and left for dead. I personally really would like to see the Ford Bronco back on the roads because I used to own a 92′ Ford Bronco.

It was a love hate relationship with that truck, it looked good, was comfortable but was horrible on gas, drove like a drunk whale on anything other then straight roads, I could move that steering wheel a few degrees in any direction and that truck would track as straight as an arrow. Driving it on winding roads was interesting, (not in a good way) you had to turn the wheel almost 90 deg to make a lane shift. It was horrible but like I said it was a love hate relationship.

Rumors state that the Bronco will be based off the seven seat, 4 door,  Ford Everest currently available in Australia, New Zealand, and China. How they will translate this into something that will be worthy of the Bronco badge, not a clue, but they said they are bringing back the Bronco so they better give us the Bronco.

Current Ford Everest model
Photo provided by: http://www.ford.com.au

Bronco concepts have been floating around the internet for awhile now but nothing has been made official by Ford yet. I think the concept renderings is the direction Ford should go with.

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This is the concept that looks the most like a Bronco if Ford still made it today. Man that looks good!
Photo provided by: http://www.bronco6g.com
These 2 renderings are concepts if Ford built the Bronco based off the F-150 platform and the Ford Atlas concept.
Photo provided by: Michael Stone Clark and unknown source

I’m a big fan of mid-size pickup trucks seeing how I’ve bought 2 in the past 10yrs. I had a 2007 GMC Canyon (was running very well at 192,000 miles) and now a 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD off road and I’ve always wanted Ford to give me an option when I was looking for my trucks but they never had anything available. So now they are bringing the Ford Ranger back, GREAT!!  Ford has been absent from the, mid-size pickup market and should represent better then they have. You can get great mid sized trucks from not only Toyota but you have the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon (Colorado and Canyon are based off the same platform but look completely different), old model but very capable Nissan Frontier, and the brand new Honda Ridgeline. With sales of the Tacoma, Canyon, and Colorado doing very well at this moment, Ford will have to present a truck that will compete with these great trucks. With the Toyota Tacoma dominating this market for years now, and with the Chevy and GMC making great trucks, Ford has their work cut out for them.

The new Ranger will be available to US market in 2019 and will be based off the Ford Ranger model sold in Australia and throughout Asia. It’s still not known if that model will be exactly what the US market will be getting but either way the Ranger is making a come back.

Photo provided by: http://www.Ford.com.au

One aspect that I’m very interested in is the fact that the Bronco and Ranger will be built here in America at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. I remember driving down Highway US 1&9 here in NJ in the late 80s early 90s, with my parents, and seeing what used to be a huge Ford assembly plant located in Edison, NJ. Thinking as a kid does that it was “SOOOO COOOOL” that the Ford Rangers and Ford Mustangs, I saw on the road were made here in NJ.  Then years later that plant was shut down, in 2004 to be exact, and a few years after that there is a huge open empty void and a surrounding neighborhood that reflected the sudden impact of losing a major contributor to the local economy. Hearing that both models will be made in the good old USA made me DAM PROUD!! This better happen!

Sources: www.Ford.com , www.roadandtrack.com , www.autoblog.com , www.wikipedia.com

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Not your grandparents RV!!

By: Jeff Domingues

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It’s been a long time dream of mine and my wife’s to get into a vehicle, leave everything behind and hit the open road for days/ weeks/ months at time. This obsession started with our honeymoon out west. We landed in San Francisco jumped into a Hyundai Elantra rental (I know the most exciting car possible) and started driving.

We had an idea of what we wanted to do but didn’t want to stick to a rigid time schedule, all we knew is we had to end our trip in 2 weeks in Seattle. 2 weeks of open roads, from San Fran to Seattle, I think we can find a few things to do.

We took in the beauty that is San Francisco,  headed west to Yosemite, drove north weaving between the mountains and the cost to the Redwood National and State Park in Northern Cali. Into Oregon hugging the coast as much as possible and into Portland. Then Portland into Seattle, by the time we handed the rental back we managed to do around 3,000 miles, it’s crazy but that cheap rental opened our eyes to the wonder of road trips.

During our 2 weeks driving around relentlessly exploring as much as possible, I notice something that I’ve never seen before. That is offroading vehicles that looked like more than just a 4×4 to go mudding or rock crawling. I noticed people set up their vehicles to go camping as well. WHAT’S THIS!? Offroading with camping. Never have I seen this before and let me tell you my imagination ran wild with ideas of being perched up on top of a mountain waking up to sun rises in a landscape that hid itself from us because we drove all night to get on top of this imaginary mountain.

We have been camping plenty of times, and not car camping were you drive into an over crowded site with people making noise 10′ away from your site. I’m talking spending days out hiking and killing ourselves to get to a site that few have been to or want to go to. So the idea of driving to remote places that are near impossible to get to by foot in the comfort of our own 4×4 rig became a new dream of mine. After returning home I started researching and found out this is called overlanding.

Overlanding is the idea of using a  vehicle to go offroading into remote places so you can camp for days at a time. The vehicle will provide you with shelter, carry your food and water, your camping supplies ect…    This doesn’t need to be anything special as long as the vehicle has a capable 4×4 system, you can use it to go overlanding. Which brings me into the vehicles. Like I said nothing has to be special but special is what we are looking for and special is what I’ve found.

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Photo by: http://www.Outsidevan.com

Outside Van is a customization specialist located in Troutdale, OR. They use Mercedes Sprinter vans as the platform to create some pretty wild creations. This van is their canvas and they use their limitless imaginations and yours if you want, to create the camper of your dreams. Me and my wife live pretty active life styles so this kind of camper makes sense to use. Outside Van specializes the designs towards people that like to go mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, atving, whatever outdoor activity you like they have a van that can accommodate you.

This list of options that can be put into each of their 48, that’s right 48 base models is limitless and overwhelming to list in this blog entry. Showers, solar power, beds, kitchens, storage, seating, winches, bumpers, whatever seriously whatever you can think of they probably have a model with it in it but just encase they don’t they will make one for you.

Pricing is where this vehicle either stays a dream or becomes your reality. Pre-made base models can run around $80k. This is a get you into a van as quickly as possible model or you can jump into models around $100k that are tailored more to your liking. Then there is the I won the lotto, money isn’t an issue anymore models that can put you well over $200k or even $300k for some models that have everything you want, probably so much in the van you can sell your house and live in it full time. Either way they have something for everyone. I’m currently in the “this van is still a dream” phase. But you never know maybe there is a lotto ticket with my name on it somewhere.

Check them out and spend the time needed to see everything they offer and let the dreaming begin.

www.outsidevan.com

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2016 Nissan GT Academy

As a kid, I played Gran Turismo religously and always modified my favorites to the max. The first GT, I has the Suzuki Pikes Peak Car and maxed it out to the cheater car. Then the rest of the GT games, you had to earn every single license and earn every title to each race.

Well a few years back, Nissan did the GT academy through this video game and had to earn your way through a reality show. Well, it’s that time again and it’s making it’s way around the world started in Australia and now it is in the Philippines looking for that top video game racer and become a REAL racing athlete.

I wish I still played the game and it’s been so long since I had played GT. The last time I played this game was when the 5th installment came out. If I can use my current skills to get into the academy I will definitely jump on it in a heart beat. But my dreams are gone in joining the academy. For now anyway.

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Next Honda Civic Hatchback (Production Model)

A few months ago, I saw the Honda Civic Hatchback prototype and there were no specs yet. This time we have some specs of the car and Honda is releasing the hatchback in Europe and the models will be the same as the U.S. and they will be LX, EX, and EX-L and this would be based on the next Civic R prototype for Europe (rumor has it that the U.S. will be coming out with the Type R as well).

The Civic hatch will be 174 hp and 220 nm (which is 162 pounds of torque) and is 1.5 liter turbocharged motor. So keep your fingers crossed, hopefully there will be news for the Type R soon.

 

 

 

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Mercedes Maybach Coupe Concept

 

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A few years back, Mercedes made their Gran Turismo concept into a reality. This time they unveiled the Vision Mercedes Maybach. Check out the concept that was released on Instagram.

One Heck of a Test Drive

A woman was test driving a car in Arlington, VA and instead of pressing the brakes, she mistakenly went full speed on the gas pedal. No one was seriously injured and the sales consultant was okay.

As you can see, she also hit other parked cars. The vehicle she was testing was valued around $60,000. Do you think she has to pay for the damages and this vehicle? You can decide for yourself.

(Photo: ACFDPIO / Twitter)

 

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