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2018 Ford Expedition comes with a major price hike

2018 Ford Expedition is on its way to the market, and will be arriving at dealerships this fall. The all-new SUV will come with a new design, new EcoBoost engine, and a new price tag. Though it is normal for successors to cost more than the previous year model, the new Expedition XLT will start at $52,890 including destination - that is $4,570 more than the 2017 model.

With that being said, the $52,890 is the cheapest you could get the Ford Expedition for. The Expedition MAX, formerly known as the 2017 EL, starts at $55,580, and an additional $3,000 can get you an all-wheel drive. For the Limited trim, be ready to shell out $63,780, or $66,465 for the MAX option - making it $6,000 more than the 2017 model.

Moving on to the Expedition Platinum, the 2018 model now costs $73,905, the Platinum MAX starting at $76,595, while the range topping Platinum Max 4x4 starts at $79,740. Compared to last year’s asking price of $71,090, the 2018 range topper costs $8,640 more. All the above figures have been confirmed by Ford, according to CarsDirect.

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Ford Bronco makes a return in Rampage movie, alongside Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson, better known as "The Rock", is currently filming for his upcoming movie, Rampage. Alongside the star will be the Ford Bronco who will also star in the movie.

Rampage is based on the iconic video game that was first released in 1986. The plot focuses on giant monsters destroying cities leaving them as a pile of rubble. The movie premiere is scheduled to be in April 2018.

A movie of this genre definitely calls for a rugged vehicle that is suitable for some action-packed scenes, and this is where the Ford Bronco concept from 2005 enters frame. So naturally, it will be The Rock who will be driving the 4x4 two-door SUV, joined by his co-star Naomie Harris.

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2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition has starting price of $41,995

The current generation of the Ford Focus will be axed next year as the new-generation 2018 Ford Focus RS will take its place, and this is sort of a good news - bad news situation. The bad news is that CarsDirect disclosed that the next-gen 2018 Focus RS is priced from $41,995- an increase of $5,000 compared to its 2017 model. It costs more than a Mustang GT premium and is priced much higher than the 2017 Honda Civic Type R's expected $35,000 price tag. But on a positive note, the extra $5,000 will give you an extremely well-armed RS.

If the disclosed price is in any way true, it will be $5,000 more expensive than the standard price of the current-gen Focus RS which demands only $36,995 (including $875 for destination cost). This sudden increase in price might seem shocking, but this 2018 Ford Focus will be released as a limited-edition model that will be well-equipped for the new model year. The hot hatch will have the RS2 package, which is set as an option on the current model for an added $2,785.

The package flaunts a heated, leather-bound Recaro seats paired with 8-way power adjustment for the driver, heated exterior mirrors and 3-spoke steering wheel and will also have a voice-activated navigation system. There's more, as there will be a carbon-fiber trim meant for door handles, handbrake lever and the bezel found around the boost gauge.

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2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition delivers enhanced driving experience

Before the current generation Ford Focus exits in 2018, the American company hopes to satisfy its fans with its latest offering. This time, everyone is eagerly awaiting Ford Performance’s limited edition 2018 Ford Focus RS which will be released next year. The said performance compact hatchback will cater to Blue Oval hot hatch enthusiasts’ most requested limited-slip front differential and a new red exterior paintjob. Aside from this, the 2018 Ford Focus RS will get additional standard equipment as well as a few touch ups that will definitely set it apart from the standard RS. What remains unchanged, however, is its power (still at 350 horsepower) and the most important part of the RS – the drift button which allows its sideways behavior.

Ford made sure that inputs and feedback from customers and fans are used in the creation of this limited-edition RS. Furthermore, Ford invited a group of enthusiasts for a preview of the 2018 Ford Focus RS and even included them in the launch video. Cool, right? They were in for another treat as professional rally driver and master tire slayer Ken Block guided them through the whole reveal. The launch video is already available online.

In a press release, Ford Performance marketing manager Henry Ford expressed his excitement on the release of this limited-edition Ford Focus RS. To satisfy the high demand for these compact hatchbacks, Ford Performance took time to listen to their customers’ wants and needs. They actually spoke to “owners’ club members”, took time to read comments and suggestions in various enthusiast websites, and also visited and studied several Photoshop rendering forums just to get the gist of what people actually want from the RS.

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Ford's prized SUV, the Ford Expedition, is considered as a popular pick in the full-sized SUV category. Now, the American automaker has implemented a timely redesign to its most valued Expedition. The 2018 Ford Expedition will now use an aluminium body composition akin to the one that was utilized in America's favourite pick-up, the F-150. Not only that, the up-and-coming SUV will also boast a maximum tow rating of around 9,300 lbs- a certified SAE spec figure that the American automaker claims will give it a big edge in getting best in class capability.

The full-size Ford Expedition, re-engineered from the base up for the 2018 model year, is now offering a decisive edge over its rivals in the "hitch up the trailer and go on your next family vacation" premise. Not only is the upcoming SUV offering the best in class towing rating of over 9,300 lbs, but it will also highlight a new feature that is called the Pro Trailer Backup Assist in the purpose to aid rookie tow jockeys in looking like experienced pros.

To enable the feature, the driver can simply turn a knob to specify how much the trailer should turn. The 2018 Expedition then turns its front wheels to accurately maneuver the said trailer in its correct position. And to make sure that all will go according to plan, the SUV's speed is also restricted when the system is on the go. Ford indicated that its new feature system can cut down the time it requires to back up the trailer. At the same time, it also aids "driver confidence". The latter part is somewhat identical to what pro racers would encounter when they utilize track mode in a high powered supercar.

Read the entire article 2018 Ford Expedition can tow 9,300 lbs, also offers pro trailer backup assist feature

You probably heard about Ford’s CEO Mark Fieldsdeparture from the company. Fields has spent almost three years with the company, and now, he is going to be replaced by Jim Hackett, chairman of Ford Smart Mobility.

If you didn’t know why he was ousted, the former CEO had a difficult situation to handle - that is “to develop an autonomous car, and to be a worldwide guy”. The company basically gave Fields an impossible task considering the timeframe he was given.

The company even criticized him earlier this month during the annual shareholder meeting regarding the Michigan-based company’s sluggish financial results. This issue began when the company’s market capitalization fell behind Tesla’s earlier this year. Some even say that this action by Ford was unfair for Fields, since it is very difficult to compete with Google’s autonomous car space, the Alphabet, and Elon Musk of Tesla.

Read the entire article Former Ford CEO Mark Fields rumored to be sent home with $57.5 million

It’s no wonder that the Ford Mustang has been conquering other auto markets aside from the United States. This muscle car boasts of an epic yet modern design as underpinned by a powerful engine and a horde of new technologies. Even in Europe, the Ford Mustang has been raking sales after sales, with over 15,000 units delivered to customers in its first full-year of sales.

With the Mustang’s rising popularity in Europe, tuning companies would surely try their luck to modifying this epic muscle car. One of them is German tuning firm Schropp Tuning owned by Peter Schropp. Their choice of car was the current version of the Ford Mustang GT, and the result was astonishing.

Powered by a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine that delivers 421 hp of max output, the Ford Mustang GT is definitely an ideal car to tune. Of course, the amount of power emanating from its V8 mill isn’t a joke, as this allows the Mustang GT to sprint and speed in outstanding levels. But the Schropp Tuning team probably thinks that this level of power isn’t enough, so it centered its tuning scheme – in two stages -- on the already dynamic naturally aspirated V8 engine of the Ford Mustang GT. Some visual tweaks were also implemented to the now more powerful Schropp Mustang.

Read the entire article Schropp Tuning transforms Ford Mustang GT into 807 hp monster

Amongst all sports cars on the planet, which one is the world’s best-selling model? Would you have guessed that it is the Ford Mustang? According to IHS Markit’s global automotive registration data, it is. Just last year, 150,000 units of the Ford Mustang were sent out globally from its factory, making it the world’s most popular sports car.

The Mustang was first released in the 1960s for the US market, and it had always been at the top in terms of sales in North America. But the company thought that the model would not sell well in European and Asian countries because it’s a left-hand drive vehicle. Therefore, it took them sometime before deciding to push through with releasing an international edition of the Mustang.

But when the company finally decided to produce a European-focused Mustang, it instantly seemed like the world can’t get enough of it. In the first year of its release, the company already got 15,000 orders of the sports car from Europe. Four thousand five hundred of those units were sent to the United Kingdom alone. The Mustang is also the most popular model in France, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Greece, and Finland.

Read the entire article Ford Mustang marks first full year of sales in Europe by being named best-selling sports car

Ford Motor Co. now has a new man on the top, and he goes by the name of Jim Hackett. Effective May 22, 2017, Hackett is named the new president and chief executive officer of Ford, replacing erstwhile top honcho Mark Fields. In his new role, Hackett is now reporting directly to Executive Chairman Bill Ford.

Along with Bill Ford, Hackett outlined three main objectives for the carmaker: to sharpen Ford’s operational execution; to modernize the company’s present business; and to transform the carmaker to meet future challenges.

Hackett was formerly vice chairman of office furniture giant Steelcase (2014 to 2015). Before that, he was the company’s CEO, until his retirement in February 2014. In total, Hackett spent around 30 years in Steelcase, and is widely credited in guiding the company to becoming a global leader in the office furniture industry. He was instrumental in transforming Steelcase from just a traditional manufacturer to an industry innovator positioned as the #1 in the world.

Read the entire article Ford names Jim Hackett as its new CEO

In a game-changing move, Ford has revealed that it will soon produce its first ever all-electric CUV that will be built to be electric from the ground up, and it will be rolled out in 2020.

The American automaker is planning to roll out its first ever autonomous car by the year 2021, a vehicle that will be utilized for car sharing services purposes only. But before releasing the said vehicle, the Blue oval is planning to send off its pioneer all-electric, long range unit, and this will be made available to the public.

During the 2017 Consumer Electric Show in January of this year, Ford CEO Mark Field revealed a bunch of exciting news that includes a whole lot of models that will be fitted with an electric drivetrain option, the Mustang and F-150. Both of these vehicles will hopefully be made with a plug-in hybrid alternative. But the most attention-catching bit is the plan for a fully electric Compact Utility Vehicle that will run at least 300 miles.

Read the entire article Ford will release first-ever all-electric CUV with over 300-mile range in 2020

The wait for the Mustang’s GT-based Super Snake concept to be released is finally over. Shelby had recently collaborated with Ford Performance and Borla to come up with something that will definitely interest truck enthusiasts. The F-150 gets a Super Snake treatment that makes it even more hardcore than the already intimidating Raptor. And what makes it even more special is that the company is only building 150 examples.

Let’s begin with performance. The F-150 Super Snake will be equipped with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that can carry out a whopping 750 horsepower (600 kilowatts). This engine will be paired with a two-wheel or a four-wheel drive configuration depending on the customer’s preference.

In terms of design, the Super Snake comes with a more aggressive body from the redesigned hood to the new bumpers. The tonneau cover and the extra spoilers are all custom-made. To make it even more distinct than a regular F-150, the special edition gets a set of 22-inch chrome wheels, and racing stripes that stretch from the hood, the roof, all the way to the rear of the truck, contrasting its blue exterior paint job – in typical Shelby fashion. The easiest way to spot one of these examples would be through the Super Snake badging that you’ll find on the front grille, and also in the interior.

Read the entire article 2018 Shelby F-150 Super Snake arrives with impressive design and power

And so it goes, Ford is not at all closing its doors to an all-electric F-150 pickup. The American manufacturer initially laid out its plans for an F-150 hybrid earlier this year and promises to come out with a vehicle with outstanding payload and towing capacity.

Although a hybrid makes better sense, Ford CTO Raj Nair said he isn’t ruling out the possibility of an electric version of the F150. Also during his recent interview with Yahoo, Nair further stated how much they consider electrification as a “bonus”. Therefore, it is an advantage since it doubles as a “power generating source” on a hybrid, he said.

Earlier reports claim that Ford is looking to introduce a hybridized F-150 pickup by 2020. If so, this hybrid pickup would still largely depend on gasoline since it doesn’t come with a plugin powertrain to start with. Certainly, it would be a game changer if Ford pushes for a pure battery powered version of the F-150. As we already know, this eco-friendly technology provides great benefit for trucks due to the massive amount of torque coming from electric powertrains.

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Step aside Chevy Colorado ZR2, off-roading has now been taken to the next level with the unveiling of converted heavy-duty off roaders named the “MegaRaptor” and “SuperRaptor”. We think it’s awesome that it sounds like a character from a Japanese science fiction movie or Transformers.

We’ve seen the 2017 Ford-150 Raptor, and some of us would consider that model a monster truck, with its 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged V6 and 450 horsepower. However, for some, that still isn’t enough of a monster - which is why the Mega- and SuperRaptors are here.

Jeremy Dixon of F250R, based in Tucson, Arizona is the man who thought of this insane but enviable plan. He says that the custom bodywork can be done on any 2005 - 2016 F-250s pickup trucks. His team gave 46 inch tires to the MegaRaptor and 40 inch tires for the SuperRaptor. According to Drive, that’s the primary difference between the two models.

Read the entire article Ford F250 MegaRaptor conversion comes with 46-inch tires for some serious off-roading

Ford Motor Company revealed that the Mustang is the world’s best-selling sports car for 2016. This is in addition to being the best-selling sports car in the U.S. for five decades. The claim is not without basis with the brand using facts obtained from the new vehicle registration data of HIS Markit for the sports car class. Data showed that for 2016, 150,000 units of the Mustang were sold. Compared to 2015, global sales for 2016 had gone up 6%. The increase was due to a 101% market growth having sold around 45,000 units outside the U.S.

Indeed, the biggest factor for increased sales in 2016 was the global rollout with excellent sales experienced in China and Germany. While it was just officially launched in China back in 2015, the Mustang has become that country’s best-selling sports car as well. Sales in 2016 for instance increased by 74% compared to 2015 figures.

While the Mustang is showing excellent sales in big markets, it is also popular in small markets like Bonaire, Gibraltar, and New Caledonia.

Read the entire article Ford Mustang is world’s best-selling sports car for 2016

Ford Motor Company confirmed that the 2018 Shelby GT350 and the 2018 Shelby GT350R Mustang will be available and is expected to arrive in various showrooms in the fall of this year. The 2018 version will be the same as its 2017 counterparts with the exception being that Ford will be offering three new colors for the exterior. These are Kona Blue, Lead Foot Gray, and Orange Fury.

That only new colors are offered is not much of a surprise is it was late last year when Ford confirmed that if the release of the 2018 model year would push through, there will no changes from the 2017 version. The announcement was made Monday, April 17, and is considered significant as this day is also celebrated as National Mustang Day.

The new models will be powered by the same FPC 5.2-liter V8 engine which can deliver 526 hp and offer a peak torque of 429 lb.-ft. There will also be the transmission, differential coolers, and engine oil, to ensure that the vehicle is cooled properly especially when on the track. Fitted to the 2018 versions as standard is the exceptional braking system which comes with the Brembo six-piston calipers and the two-piece 15.5-inch front rotors. It even has the MagneRide damping system to make sure that the 2018 versions remain well-balanced.

Read the entire article Ford to release 2018 Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang in the fall

Ford is ending the production of its Focus Electric in Europe, as its sales in the continent aren’t enough to rationalize the continued manufacture of the all-electric hatch. However, Ford will now import the Focus Electric from the United States to some markets in Europe where there is demand for the electrified hatch.

Graham Hoare, Ford's head of global vehicle evaluation, remarked during the sidelines of the Connected Car conference in the United Kingdom earlier this month that the decision to end production of the Focus Electric in Europe is mainly because of the fact that its volumes are not strong enough. However, Hoare noted that Ford will revisit the electric market in Europe once it reaches maturity.

Ford had been producing the Focus EV since 2013 at its manufacturing facilities in Saarlouis, Germany, where the carmaker is still producing the conventional versions (powered by internal combustion engines) of the hatch. Sadly for Ford, the Ford Electric isn’t selling so well in Europe. In fact, its sales have been below 100 units annually. According to market analysts JATO Dynamics, sales of the Focus Electric reached just 61 units in 2016, which is around nine fewer than its volume in the year prior (2015: 70 Ford Electric units).

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Ford Explorer is now considered an iconic figure in the sports utility vehicle category ever since it was released to the public in the 90s. Now the American automaker is giving more love to the legendary SUV by giving it a visual makeover.

Ford recently announced its updates made on the bulky Explorer SUV at the 2017 New York Auto Show in a predicted continuous growth in the SUV global market, so this move from Ford is quite wise in attracting more customers to patronize their main SUV. 2018 Explorer Sport and the 2018 Explorer Platinum is geared to have front and rear design renovation.

The most powerful engine will be fitted with brand new four exhausts. You heard it right, 4 exhausts on each SUV. Also tech and safety improvements that Ford patrons are hoping for all these time will also be given attention by the company as the SUV global market is growing by the minute. Mark LaNeve, Ford's Vice President of the US marketing, sales and service, indicated that the SUV category has amplified from a mere 28 percent in 2006 to an impressive 40 percent in 2016. Ford also predicts that the numbers will shoot up to 45 percent by the next 5 to 7 years.

Read the entire article 2018 Ford Explorer gets minor aesthetic and tech improvements

Ford is not just about cars nowadays, they seem to come up with just about everything. Only recently they have commissioned a new invention that might be all the craze with the parents in the near future - the Max Motor Dreams.

New parents who are in the lookout to purchase the best baby crib for their newborns, don't be bewildered if you ever chance on a baby rocker with Ford's brand etched on it. Believe us, this is not a late April Fool's prank. Ford, the American automaker that has a large following with their commercial and luxury vehicles, is recently targeting a new market- parents with infants.

You heard it right, Ford has a game plan in ensuring your tyke will get the much needed sleep he/she gets. Officially labelled as "Max Motor Dreams", the contraption is equipped with built in speakers that mimic a muffled engine sound and road noise, LED lighting that stimulates the warmth glow of passing street lights, and motion enabled mattress that gently moves side to side and Ford made sure to entirely imitate the feeling of sleeping at the back of the car, sans the usage of car fuel.

Read the entire article Get your baby to sleep well with Ford’s crib that mimics car rides

The next time you hear a police siren, you might be surprised when you see one of Ford’s newest police interceptors in the form of the 2018 F-150 Special Service Vehicle and 2018 Expedition Special Service Vehicle. Of course, you have to give way to them, but still you can’t help but stare at the dynamic and aggressive beauty of these police monsters.

Specifically tweaked to meet the demand and requirement of its law enforcement, government customers as well as of fleet clients, the 2018 F-150 Special Service Vehicle and 2018 Expedition Special Service Vehicle are both built with high-strength aluminum-alloy bodies, 10-speed column-mounted shifters as well as vinyl seats. Both of these special service vehicles (F-150 SSV and the Expedition SSV) are powered, as standard, by the second-generation of Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, which is mated to a Ford-built 10-speed automatic gearbox that boasts of acceleration and performance levels better than six-speed automatic transmissions.

This new 10-speed transmission is suited with either (4x4 or 4x2) and with any available engine for the F-150 Special Service Vehicle. The F-150 SSV could also be powered by a newly upgraded 5.0-liter V8 engine. Meanwhile, the 3.73 rear differential on the new Expedition SSV, is now an electronic limited-slip differential. Both the F-150 SSV and the Expedition SSV now feature Auto Start-Stop technology to allow for improved fuel efficiency.

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It was only known recently that Ford had filed for an autonomous driving patent as published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. What is its content, you ask? A revolutionary tech in which any electric vehicle with a built in internal combustion engine could automatically start the said engine, and in turn it will recharge its own battery. The guys of the Blue Oval always think of everything, man. And now they have another plan up their sleeves -- Ford plans to manufacture the world's first autonomous vehicle sans a steering wheel and pedals by the year 2021, and will be targeting the ride hailing and ride sharing automobiles. What can we say, the future has arrived.

An issued Navigant Researcher Leaderboard report was recently revealed, ranking the major original equipment manufacturers according to their autonomous driving tech. Located on top of the list is Ford, trailing closely behind is GM, Renault-Nissan and Daimler, with Hyundai at number 10. But the other car maker and tech companies like Uber and Tesla are deemed as worthy competitors. Apparently, not many people agree or even know that Tesla is reigning in the autonomous car competition.

During the opening of WXC's keynote- Ken Washington, Ford's vice president of research and advanced engineering, announced he is not expecting Ford to release a fully autonomous automobile that is readily accessible to the public until 2026 at its earliest, and definitely not until 2031. For what it's worth, Washington indicated that Ford will further produce automobiles capable of 4 level autonomy on the SAE scale.

Read the entire article Ford’s autonomous cars will be available for sharing by 2021, sales to begin in 2026
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