A concept vehicle that previews the next-generation Ford Edge made its debut recently at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The sleek and athletic crossover also previewed two new technologies for the company. The first is an enhancement to the active park-assist feature found on Blue Oval products like the current Ford Edge, designed to make things even easier for owners. That’s because the new system not only offers fully autonomous parking capabilities, it can also “un-park” the vehicle, and do so before the driver even gets behind the wheel. As a result, owners who find themselves in a tight (parking) spot don’t have to struggle to get into the vehicle; they can just wait for the Ford Edge Concept to pull out of the space by itself. Also being shown on the Ford Edge concept is adaptive steering, which takes the company’s electric power-assisted steering system to the next level with dramatically easier low-speed steering and improved feel at all speeds. But those two technologies are just the tip of the ol’ iceberg for Ford. “The rate of change in vehicle technology right now is unprecedented,” noted Raj Nair, Ford group vice president of global product development. “Our engineers around the world are advancing the systems that will ultimately help make drivers smarter, safer and more efficient. From advanced engine systems to collision avoidance and automated driving systems, Ford will continue to lead in delivering the technologies consumers want and need.” Further, if the new Ford Edge Concept is any indication, those technologies will be wrapped in striking designs created with significant attention to detail. “The original Ford Edge offered customers in North America a fresh, compelling choice for an accommodating, efficient and safe medium utility vehicle,” said Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of The Americas, Ford Motor Company. “The next-generation Edge—previewed in the Ford Edge Concept—will build on these cornerstones to create a global vehicle with technology to make life easier, and design and craftsmanship to appeal to customers around the globe.” Source: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2013/11/20/with-self-parking-technology-and-obstacle-avoidance-capability–.html Written by Charles Krome. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.
Mustang maniacs mark your calendars: The next-generation 2015 Ford Mustang will make its public debut on Dec. 5, 2013, with a globe-spanning reveal program that features events in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. The international focus makes perfect sense, too, since it harkens back to the introduction of the original Mustang, some 50 years ago, and also honors the worldwide following of Ford’s famous muscle car. As noted by Jim Farley, executive vice president of Ford global marketing, sales and service and Lincoln: “In April 1964, Ford conducted its first-ever simultaneous international product reveal when the original Mustang was unveiled to media in New York and 11 European capitals,” said Farley. “Since then, Mustang has become embedded in popular culture, with thousands of appearances in film, television, music and video games—and more than 600 owner clubs around the world.” But rather than leave folks champing at the bit to see the new Mustang, Ford has first launched a special social-media countdown campaign for the car’s launch, with all the action starting at www.MustangInspires.com . That site is already up and running, and it will show a new Mustang video every day up until December 5, when Ford will stream coverage of the big event for those who can’t attend in person. Fans can get in on the fun as well, since it will be their photos and Mustang stories, published via the #MustangInspires hashtag, that are featured in the video. “Everybody has a Mustang story, and the emergence of social media has helped the Mustang community share and connect these personal moments in not just words, but photography and video,” added Farley. “Mustang is the most ‘Liked’ car of all time on Facebook, with more than 5.5 million fans. There is no better way to build excitement for what’s next than by encouraging even more sharing of the Mustang story through these very personal, emotional mediums.” For more info, check out: www.Facebook.com/Mustang www.Facebook.com/Ford http://instagram.com/ford https://Twitter.com/FordMustang https://plus.google.com/+Ford/posts Source: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2013/11/19/ford-to-reveal-all-new-mustang-dec–5–teams-with-facebook-and-i.html Written by Charles Krome. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.
With a Ford Mustang winning 15 races along the way, the Blue Oval recently wrapped up its fourth manufacturers’ title in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series. Yet even after corralling all that success, the automaker’s championship only came after Brad Keselowski made a spectacular late-race run to win the final event of the season: With just five laps remaining in the Ford EcoBoost 300, held at the Homestead-Miami Raceway, Keselowski and his Ford Mustang were all the way down in 10 th place and awaiting the start of live action after a yellow flag. That’s when the excitement really started, according to Keselowski: “We got the right restart and made our way through. I am going to have to watch the in-car camera because that was one hell of a ride for 10 laps. Be glad there wasn’t a passenger with me because they would have been screaming the whole way, I know I was.” Also winning Nationwide races in a Ford Mustang this season were: Joey Logano, Keselowski’s Penske Racing teammate, with three wins AJ Allmendinger, who won two events, both on road courses Sam Hornish, winning one race and finishing as runner-up in the overall Nationwide drivers’ standings Trevor Bayne and Ryan Blaney, who also won one race apiece this year “That was an amazing performance by Brad and the entire Penske team to make this happen. What an amazingly close battle it was today,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “To watch Brad come from that far back in the pack to clinch the manufacturers’ championship was just amazing. I couldn’t be more proud of everyone that helped Ford get to this moment tonight.” Source: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2013/11/16/ford-wins-nascar-nationwide-series-manufacturers-championship.html Written by Charles Krome. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.
After saving more than 400,000 barrels of oil since introducing its “PlantBottle Technology” in 2009, Coca-Cola is showcasing a 2014 Ford Fusion that uses the same material to help satisfy drivers’ thirst for more sustainable motoring. Needless to say, the car isn’t an ordinary 2014 Fusion. Although that car is plenty green right out of the box, with a 34-mpg highway mark, Coke’s concept starts with a 2014 Ford Fusion Energi, which adds the advantages of a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The result is a 21-mile all-electric driving range, and that’s complemented by a nearly 600-mile gas-engine range and an EPA rating of 43 mpg in combined travel. The Ford-Coke partnership then used the latter’s PlantBottle materials for seats in the former’s Fusion, covering its cushions, backs and head restraints, as well as the car’s door-panel inserts and headliner. “By using PlantBottle Technology in a plug-in hybrid, Ford and Coca-Cola are showing the broad potential to leverage renewable materials that help replace petroleum and other fossil fuels, reducing the overall environmental impact of future vehicles,” said John Viera, global director of sustainability and vehicle environmental matters at Ford. Neither Ford nor Coke commented on whether the PlantBottle material would ever end up in a production vehicle, but it is worth remembering that, even now, all 2014 Ford Fusion models include enough recycled denim to make two pair of blue jeans, along with seat cushions that contain more than 30,000 soybeans. Further, in select cloth-seat models, the equivalent of almost 40 bottles worth of recycled plastic goes into the upholstery. Also, Coca-Cola’s Scott Vitters is clear that the road is open for future automotive applications with the Blue Oval: “We are pleased to share this technology with Ford, and look forward to continuing to expand the application of PlantBottle Technology.” Source: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2013/11/15/driving-innovation–the-coca-cola-company-and-ford-unveil-ford-f.html Written by Charles Krome. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.
A 2014 Ford F-150 recently helped set a major milestone for its maker, as Ford has now delivered more than 400,000 full-size pickups with its fuel-saving EcoBoost powertrain technology. Even more impressive: Ford hit that mark in February of 2011, less than three years after first offering an EcoBoost engine in its top-selling truck.. The decision to start using EcoBoost engines in its highest-volume vehicle has paid off in other ways, too. Including owners of the 2014 Ford F-150, EcoBoost pickup drivers save about 45 million gallons of gasoline annually. According to Ford: “This estimated 45-million-gallon savings exceeds the estimated fuel savings of all Toyota and Tesla plug-in electrified vehicles sold in the U.S. through October.” Yet at the same time, those owners also benefit from a hauling advantage of at least 1,000 lbs. over comparable non-EcoBoost rivals. Remember, too, that it’s not just entries like the 2014 Ford F-150 that offer the EcoBoost edge. Ford has produced more than 2 million EcoBoost engines for the global marketplace, with U.S. customers able to enjoy those powerplants in everything from the 2014 Ford Fiesta to, well, the 2014 Ford Edge. Of course, EcoBoost technology is just one way Ford is looking to ensure a more fuel-efficient future for its customers. “Ford is delivering great fuel economy across our lineup, from EcoBoost in our F-150 and 15 other vehicles to our electrified vehicles,” said Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Fuel economy is the No. 1 unmet need for truck customers, which is why the F-150 EcoBoost’s leading combination of fuel economy and capability is resonating so well.” Source: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2013/11/14/ford-f-150-ecoboost-hits-400-000-sales–saving-45-million-gallon.html Written by Charles Krome. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.
While NASCAR’s top drivers will be chasing the championship when the season wraps up this weekend in Florida, all Sprint Cup racers will be chasing a 2014 Ford Mustang. That’s because a specially modified Mustang will set the pace for the final contest, packing 900 horsepower and a wild appearance that looks like something out of a movie. Which is no surprise, since the 2014 Ford Mustang pace car actually comes straight from Hollywood, where it plays the “hero car” in t he upcoming film Need for Speed . Itself based on the highly popular Need for Speed videogame series, the new movie opens in the spring of 2014 and stars Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Ramon Rodriguez and Michael Keaton. As for the movie-star Mustang, it features a supercharged V-8 under the hood, 22-inch alloy wheels at all four corners and subtly refined aerodynamics that also add a more menacing appearance to the car. But it won’t be the only Blue Oval product setting the pace during Ford Championship Weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida. With all three NASCAR series hosting their final races of the year, the Need for Speed Mustang, will be on the track for the Ford EcoBoost 400 Sprint Cup finale. Then, a 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will handle the Ford EcoBoost 300 (for the Nationwide series) and the Ford F-150 Tremor sport truck will ride herd on the Ford EcoBoost 200 (for the Camping World truck series). “When the opportunity to showcase the ‘Need for Speed’ Mustang at our marquee event came up a few months ago, it was a no-brainer to make it the centerpiece of Ford Championship Weekend,” said Tim Duerr, Ford Racing motorsports marketing manager. “We have always tried to incorporate some of our latest products that make up Ford’s versatile car and truck lineup, and we feel the three vehicles we’re using this year continues that trend.” Source: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2013/11/12/_need-for-speed_-mustang-highlights-ford-racing-pace-car-lineup-.html Written by Charles Krome. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.
The annual SEMA Show recently opened its doors at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and it didn’t take long before the fans made their favorites known. Opening day at the 2013 SEMA event saw the Ford Mustang named “Hottest Car” of the show for the second consecutive time, while the Ford F-Series pulled off a four-peat as the convention’s “Hottest Truck.” Certainly helping matters were the SEMA premieres of the Adventure Edition Ford F-150 and the Hollywood Hot Rods Ford Mustang GT Convertible. The former, created with direct input from fans of The Sportsman Channel, is the ultimate choice for a weekend adventure with the family, thanks to a nature-friendly upgrade from JR Consulting. In the mix here is everything, including a six-in. lift kit, an 11,000-lb. winch, Dick Cepek all-terrain tires and wheels, and a Maxxsonics custom audio setup. As for that Ford Mustang GT Convertible, in the words of Troy Ladd, owner of Hollywood Hot Rods: “We really wanted to take the customization of this Mustang to the next level. Instead of simply adding accessories and a custom paint job, we wanted to really change the car. So we decided to redesign some key elements of the car, like the roof and rear section; to create a completely new and bold design that propels Mustang into supercar status while retaining classic Mustang DNA.” Just to be clear, what actually propels this modified Mustang is a 750-horsepower V-8, and it’s backed up by a Cortex Racing X-treme Grip track suspension that makes sure output doesn’t get wasted. “Ford was the first automaker to share detailed vehicle specs with SEMA members,” added John Felice, Ford vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service. “Thirty years later, we’re proud that more aftermarket accessories and parts are created for Ford vehicles than for any other automaker.” Source: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/features/2013-ford-sema-dreamcase.html Written by Charles Krome. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.
With U.S. sales expected to pass the 200,000-unit mark this month, the 2014 Ford Focus is one of the top-selling cars in the country. But this isn’t just a case of home-field advantage: The Focus also happens to be the best-selling nameplate in the world through the first six months of the year, continuing a run of international success that also brought it the global sales title in 2012. Ford recently made that announcement after tallying up global vehicle-registration info from R.L. Polk, which also indicated China had become the world’s biggest market for the 2014 Ford Focus. Sales of the Focus were up 137 percent after the first six months of the year, backed by 202,380 deliveries and customers like Xiao Bing. The Beijing resident recently purchased one of the Blue Oval’s compacts and noted that: “The new Focus looks high-tech and meets my aesthetic expectations. It has significantly changed from the previous model. The car’s handling is great. When I test-drove it, the new Focus cornered smoothly. Overall, it’s the best combination of looks, performance, value and fuel economy.” Thanks to Bing and other new owners of the 2014 Ford Focus, its international sales climbed more than 20 percent during the first six months of the year, reaching 589,709 units. Also impressive: Coming in at No. 4 on the first-half global-sales leaderboard was the Ford Fiesta, making Ford the only automaker in the world with two entries among the world’s top-five bestsellers. “Fiesta is off to a terrific start, and Focus just keeps getting better—especially in China,” said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president, global marketing, sales and service and Lincoln. “This is One Ford at its best: great-looking vehicles with great fuel economy, leading quality, technology and fun-to-drive personalities.” Source: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2013/10/23/ford-focus-extends-streak-as-best-selling-vehicle-nameplate-worl.html Written by Charles Krome. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.
As it has each year since its introduction in 2009, the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor recently claimed a major pickup prize from the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), which most recently honored the Raptor as “Off-Road Truck of Texas.” The title didn’t come easy, however, as Ford’s high-performance pickup first had to best its rivals in a grueling series of competitions at the Knibbe Ranch in San Antonio. It’s also worth noting that while TAWA was putting the Raptor through its paces on some of the toughest terrain in the Lone Star State, Ford was busy creating a new Special Edition 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor that adds premium style and comfort upgrades to the truck’s long list of performance enablers, including: Internal triple-bypass Fox Racing Shox that allow 11.2 in. of suspension travel up front and 12.1 in. at the rear An electronic locking rear differential and Torsen limited-slip front diff for enhanced rock-crawling prowess Beadlock-capable wheels for improved grip A 6.2-liter V-8 engine that makes 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque Oversized skid plates for under-body protection from off-road hazards With all this capability matched by the automaker’s typically advanced technology offerings, including Sync with MyFord Touch, it’s no surprise that the truck has become popular with more than just auto writers. Backed by record-breaking demand this year, the company has had to increase production of the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor by some 66 percent. “Members of Texas Auto Writers pushed Raptor to the limit on one of the most rugged off-road courses in Texas,” said Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Raptor again showed why it’s the most capable off-road pickup in America, as well as America’s favorite.” Source: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2013/10/14/2014-ford-f-150-svt-raptor-named-off-road-truck-of-texas-by-texa.html Written by Charles Krome. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.
It’s not often that paying six figures for a 2014 Ford Mustang can be considered a good deal, but that certainly was the case at the recent Barrett-Jackson auto auction in Las Vegas. It was there that heated bidding drove up the price paid for the 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet prototype to $200,000, with all proceeds going to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “We cannot be more grateful to the entire team at Ford Motor Company for their tireless work for our cause,” said Elana Sullivan, president of the Michigan Chapter of the National MS Society. “Because of the incredible outcome of this auction, we will be able to move even closer to creating a world free of MS.” But while the money went to an excellent cause, the auction winner didn’t exactly go home empty-handed. That anonymous bidder gets the very car used to help develop the 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet, the Blue Oval’s turnkey drag racer. The prototype itself is NHRA legal and has been fitted with: A supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine and T4 racing transmission Lightweight racing brakes Custom Cobra-branded Recaro seats Chrome-moly safety cage Three-link rear suspension and 9.0-in rear axle Cobra Jet wheels backed up by a rear “wheelie” bar Then, along with the 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet prototype itself, the automaker is providing a package that includes instruction at Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School in North Carolina; membership on the Ford Racing team with a chance to visit the Ford Product Development Center, Ford Design Studio and Ford Racing HQ; and a video of the vehicle being built, tested and sold at auction. “We’re pleased this Mustang Cobra Jet captured so much attention at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas sale,” says Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. “Ford’s long-standing relationship with Barrett-Jackson gives us the opportunity to help charities such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Brain Injury Association of America; Carroll Shelby Foundation; and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation through unique vehicle sales.” https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2013/10/03/2014-ford-mustang-cobra-jet-prototype-sells-for–200-000-at-barr.html