Despite disappear with the birth of the Ford Focus for more than a decade, the name is quite a historical Escort compact segment. The Ford Escort Concept now comes to life as four-door compact sedan, but for now its only destination is China.
The Ford Escort was, in its various decades of life and multiple generations, an emblem within the compact segment. However, the name fell from grace after the coming-of its successor, the Ford Focus, back in 1998.
Presented at the Shanghai Motor Show 2013, the Ford Escort Concept is a compact for use with five-door body, but a compact sedan with four-door sedan body, the favorite of the Chinese market according to sales figures. However, Ford bet on this prototype for a more compact size than usual: although they have not released their dimensions and size, this would be very similar (or slightly lower) than the Ford Focus sedan. Continue reading
The Ford EcoSport was officially unveiled during the month of February in Barcelona, but at the Geneva Motor Show which makes its debut to the public of the continent. Based on the platform of the Fiesta, Kuga will be positioned below. Offer one diesel and two petrol engine and will be the first model fitted Ford SYNC AppLink application.
One of the most important presentations of the Geneva Motor Show for the European market is that of the EcoSport, the small SUV that got its entrance ticket to the continent thanks to a resounding success in the Latin American market. It was there that the small SUV segment think Ford based on platforms created initially for models like the Fiesta.
The birth of the EcoSport was motivated by a crisis in the late nineties and early twenty-first century, Latino consumers, especially Argentina and Brazil, saw their living standards because of an economic crisis similar to the one that exists today days in Europe. Given this situation, many of them had to get rid of their 4×4 models, which had become a symbol of economic growth and social mobility. At that time was that Ford launched the EcoSport, which at first glance looked like a 4×4, but it was what it is, a small car with SUV body. Continue reading
Ford Europe executives admitted that the company is already working on the development of an RS version of the Focus, which could go on sale in 2015 in recent years House of the oval is focus on mass products that will improve their numbers. Now, it is the time of niche vehicles.
The Ford Focus RS is one of those models that are displayed proudly by the brand. Its sporting characteristics are unique and show that the House of the oval knows very well how to convert a street car in a high-performance sports, suitable to be used on any circuit.
However, in recent years, Ford has put all its efforts to reduce costs, mainly for the who lived the company in 2009 and which still continues to reel from crisis. One Ford strategy, posed to homogenize the catalogue brand globally, it has given its fruit, particularly focusing on mass, like the Fiesta and the new Ecosport consumer products and seeking to use common parts in most of their models. Thus, the company announced revenue by $ 8 billion in 2012, the highest number in its history. Continue reading
If we talk about the American car market the term “pick-up” can’t miss. The two best selling models in 2012 were the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado, two huge trucks that love to the other side of the pond.
With the introduction of the new Chevrolet Silverado in Detroit, Ford has been forced to show a preview of his Ford F-150, the best-selling truck in America for the last thirty-six years. As they cannot afford to focus the attention on its competitors, presented in Detroit Ford Atlas Concept, a foretaste of what is to come in the near future.
Aesthetically obvious its huge chrome grille, headlights and rear design and technology certainly futuristic LED, prominent wheel arches, two rectangular exhaust outlets and a lot of items in the drawer rear and roof designed to ensure load and power outlets and even down ramps for easy charging. Continue reading
The new Ford Fiesta will include within its optional equipment automatic braking system that prevents collisions when driving at low speeds, the Active City Stop. We had already seen in other models in the Ford house, like the Focus, the new B-MAX or the C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, but now it is the new Ford Fiesta incorporates within its system safety equipment Active City Stop.
How it works
When the vehicle is traveling below 15 km / h, this system breaks the vehicle completely and avoids the collision. However, if the speed is between 15 and 30 km / h, can not be avoided but the impact strength is reduced and its effects, thanks to the automatic pre-charge booster. Continue reading
In high school we all learned that F = M * A, i.e., that the more mass, the more force is needed to move a body. The manufacturers are investigating ways to reduce the mass of the car, and therefore the weight. It an effective solution is carbon fiber, durable and lightweight, but faces noses.
Ford is experimenting with CFRP -reinforced plastic, carbon fiber on the hood of a Focus and has managed to significantly reduce the weight of this piece by not using steel. The problem is that mass-produce carbon fiber and reasonably priced is an industrial challenge. By the end of the decade, Ford wants to lose weight their cars 340 kg on average, is too big. Continue reading
The success we are having in the United States the Ford C-Max Hybrid is incontestable, the new hybrid model Ford has achieved in its first month of sales to sell more (per month) than all other hybrids of the oval. And as we spoke, the Ford C-Max Hybrid aims to compete on an equal footing with the Toyota Prius V, the wagon version for the U.S. market the Toyota Prius (other than the Toyota Prius + Europe).
But for now this goal has not been reached. The Ford C-Max Hybrid is far sales data Toyota Prius V, with 969 units and that is far from the 1652 that managed to sell the Toyota Prius V. And most surprising, is that the “market failure” of the Chevrolet Volt has sold more than these two models together. Continue reading
After its baptism in the Explorer less than a year ago comes this vehicle with Ford’s latest advance in safety. All belts are inflatable Mondeo. Not the first time that Ford offers this new system of protection in a vehicle. Less than a year the belt or inflatable airbag premiered at the 2011 version of the explorer that was sold exclusively to the U.S. market. But now this new security attachment arrives in Europe built on the Mondeo car the Blue Oval.
This belt works like any other, it serves to restrain the passenger during deceleration. However, its film is a bit thicker, with additional layers that hold extra stuff inside. When a strong impact, which causes the inflation of the airbags in the cabin, also activates the internal going on the belt. Continue reading
The fight to be the best compact sports is served. Virtually all reference models already have in their commercial offer a version with clear essence GTI and powers more than 230 hp. The last to add a version of this type has been the Ford Focus, which overlooks the main details of its variant more dynamic and powerful: the new Focus ST. One of the highlights of this new version is that it will be offered with two bodies: one of five doors and the Sportbreak family. The first European market where debut Focus ST will be the British in September.
With regard to the previous Focus ST, the new version is 25 HP more powerful, thanks to the incorporation of its new 2.0 petrol engine 250 HP four-cylinder Ecoboost (the previous ST Focus was a five cylinder), which combines direct fuel injection under high pressure with overnutrition, specifically with a low inertia turbocharger controlled by an electronic system. The new Focus ST 2012 not only gains in power, but is also more efficient, with levels of consumption and emissions 20 percent below the Focus ST II. The oval brand has still not received approved final data of consumption and emissions, but according to the first information announces a medium level of CO2 169 g/km, or roughly mixed consumption of about 7.2 l/100 km. At the same time, the torque of the new Ford Focus ST is 36.7 mkg. Continue reading
The Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost is smooth and refined, but not all. With its 125 hp performance improvement of 1.6 of similar power. So everything perfect in this modern engine? Not everything. Consumption resists it. The Oval enters the era of downsizing with the Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost of 999 cc. It has three cylinders and, on paper, is presented as a good choice because it yields 125 hp and official combined fuel consumption is 5.0 l/100 km.
Get used to this trend, there is no choice. Bentley V12 engines replaced by new V8, BMW remains at least two cylinders under the hood of many of its models Fiat two-cylinder dares to their utility as the Fiat 500 Multiair. No brand can escape this trend. And Ford, obviously, either. Data sheet in hand, the 1.0 EcoBoost Focus accelerates more than the 1.6 Ti-VCT of equal power, spend less and its emissions will exempt from payment of registration tax. Well, now it’s time to prove if this is true. Continue reading