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Auto News For Thursday, December 11, 2015 – Ford Spends $4.5 Billion On Electrification, IIHS Top Safety Picks, Fiat Falling

Here are the five must-read, must-watch auto news stories and videos for Friday, December 11, 2015.

Ford wants you to think of the Blue Oval not just as a symbol of an automaker, but as a technology company. Whatever. Regardless, Ford is pouring $4.5 billion into electric car development over the next five years.

The Scion iA, Acura ILX, Chevrolet Sonic, Kia Soul, Mazda 3, Nissan Sentra, Subaru Crosstrek, Subaru Impreza, and Volkswagen Golf are some of the more affordable vehicles named this week as IIHS Top Safety Picks. Many of the vehicles on the IIHS list require optional front crash prevention kit.

Fiat sales are crumbling in the United States. Though the brand now markets three models, sales in 2015 will be some 4% lower than they were in 2012, when Fiat was a newly launched brand in North America with just one model.

Brendan McAleer delves into the details of four driven wheels: the benefits and the variants.

The first comment on Alex Dykes’ video review of the 2016 Shelby Super Snake Mustang says, “Where is the new Prius! I want see you review 2016 Prius! LOL.”