2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible Review - Great Car With This Engine, Incredible Car With Another Engine

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It's July. It's sunny. Okay, it's actually foggy, but that'll burn off my noontime. 

Let's put the top down.

Ford released their sixth version of the Mustang, one of the planet's most widely known cars, for the 2015 model year. As the car market shrinks and as buyers turn from sedans to crossovers, there's clearly plenty of room in the industry for a pony car from Ford. 

• Terrific design

• Sufficient power
• Surprising agility
• Cooled seats
• Fast top operation
• Sounds like an electric lawnmower
• Automatic isn't sports-minded
• EcoBoost is no leap from V6
• MyFordTouch: easy but slow
• Over the top spec

50 years after launching the first Mustang to instantaneous success, Ford drastically improved the Mustang for 2015. Though not to the extent that Ford's first Mustang was, the new car is a hit. Part of the explanation for the success attained by this new model lies under the hood of the test car loaned to us for a week by Ford Canada. 

Yet it's that very engine that lies at the centre of our criticism. 

Not that there's much else to complain about.

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagon TDI Highline DSG Isn't As Good As Other Golfs

Please return your seats to the upright position. The Earth continues to spin peacefully on its axis. Donald Trump is a candidate for the Republican nomination for POTUS, thank heavens. Ian Callum still pens Jaguars.

Glory be, you’ve just laid eyes on a 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI, the closest thing to an automotive health food store for your malnourished, car-loving belly. Don’t worry, you’ll get over yourself, and you’ll be breathing normally in short order so long as you don’t reach back into the far-flung corners of your mind to remember that even BMW will allow you to buy a new, brown, diesel wagon right now.

Once you’ve regulated, there’ll still be one problem. Save for the cargo-hauling part, the Golf SportWagen isn’t as good as other Golfs.

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Auto News For Friday, July 24, 2015 - Mitsubishi Ending US Auto Production

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Here are the five must-read, must-watch auto news stories, reviews and videos for Friday, July 24, 2015.

Mitsubishi is ending U.S. auto production at its plant in Normal, Illinois. Few are the automakers which participate in the U.S. auto market without production in the U.S. 

In the coming days, we’ll be publishing our review of the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible that we were driving last week. In the meantime, here’s Car & Driver’s review of the same car. Great car, lame engine? Sounds like they’re on the right track. 

Watch 2015 Ford Edge EcoBoost Titanium Video Review - Alex On Autos

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It's not a strategy unique to Ford, but it remains unusual. In between their compact SUV, the Escape, and their core three-row crossover, the Explorer, Ford also markets the two-row Edge. Bigger and more expensive than the Escape; smaller but more agile than the Explorer. 

It's a strategy that worked well for Ford during the first-generation's tenure. Between late 2006 and the end of 2014, 937,953 copies of the Edge were sold in the United States; another 121,128 in Canada.

Auto News For July 23, 2015 - 11% More Horsepower For The 2016 Buick Encore

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Here are the six must-read, must-watch auto news stories, reviews and videos for Thursday, July 23, 2015.

A weak engine wasn’t the only complaint we had about the Buick Encore, but it was chief among our concerns. Thankfully, for 2016, the Buick Encore Sport Touring will offer a turbocharged 1.4L with 11% more horsepower and 20% more torque than the standard powerplant.