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Auto News For Friday, January 22, 2016 – Ford Wants $999 For A Back Seat In Shelby GT350R

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R back seat

Here are the seven must-read, must-watch auto news stories and videos for Friday, January 22, 2016.

If you want a back seat in the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, you can have one. But you’ll need to pay $999 in order for Ford to reinstall the rear seat they uninstalled. 

The first-generation Honda Ridgeline featured an ingenious bed. The problem? No matter how cool the trunk was, no matter how useful the swinging tailgate was, the bed was still too small. But increasing the size of the bed in the second-generation Ridgeline isn’t the only advancement Honda has intrduced for Ridgeline v2.0.

Pickup trucks have made huge leaps in terms of fuel efficiency over the last decade, but Ford wants all its EcoBoost V6 F-150s to be even more efficient in the real world. For model year 2017, this means all EcoBoost F-150s, even the Raptor, will turn their engines off at stoplights. Stop-start technology, done right, is imperceptible and the perfectly reasonable thing to do.

Nearly one out of every five new vehicles sold in Canada in 2015 was a pickup truck. It was a record year for pickups. And in the midst of a record year for the Canadian auto industry, pickup truck sales grew much faster than sales of the industry as a whole.

Not since 2001 has any car other than the Toyota Camry been America’s best-selling car. 14 consecutive years. A streak which began the year Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl. But for how many more years will the Camry even be Toyota’s best seller?

Americans can now search for new and used cars for sale right here on without even leaving the site. We are very excited to bring you this long overdue new feature.

Relatively affordable performance-oriented cars based on genuinely affordable mainstream cars get us all goose-bumpy. Fifth Gear pits the Volkswagen Golf R against the Subaru Impreza WRX STI, which both target the same sector of the market but do so in strikingly different ways.