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Ford Mustang is world’s best-selling sports car for 2016

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.

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

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.

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Ford ends production of Focus Electric in Europe due to low sales

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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2018 Ford Explorer gets minor aesthetic and tech improvements

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.

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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.

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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

Ford Global Technologies filed a patent in 2015 and only recently was it published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It detailed a technology with high potential that Blue Oval came up with -- a tech in which any electric vehicle with a built-in internal combustion engine could automatically start the said engine to recharge its own battery. Now that is sweet.

Electric vehicles are all the buzz right now in the automotive industry. There are several prominent variants of electric vehicles currently introduced in the market: including pure electric vehicles such as the Tesla Model S and the Nissan Leaf, and plug in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt and the Ford C-MAX Energi. According to Paul Scott, a founding member of the EV advocacy group Plug in America, the main difference is that the hybrid has a small scale combustible engine that is being hooked to a generator. It runs via electricity but still utilizing the oil and engine to generate that electricity. In summary, the hybrid car will run on the electric charge alone and when the battery is nearly depleted, the engine will take over for the battery to charge. This will allow the client to drive farther locations until it will be eventually recharged or refuelled.

The idea of Ford is that it keeps the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) charged by using the gas engine even though the car is parked and there's no one on the driving seat. It's a bit disturbing for a car to just do that by itself but Ford thinks otherwise. The patent is officially labelled as "Electrified Vehicle Method and System for Charging During a Non-Drive Cycle."

Read the entire article Ford has patent to turn on engine and charge EV battery while it’s parked (in open space)

Owning a supercar in the past meant you’ll have to compromise. But there’s no need for that anymore - thanks to the Ford Performance engineers. The company ensures that you get an enjoyable and comfortable ride regardless of the condition, may it be on the highway, the city, or even on rainy days.

The new Ford GT, the carbon fiber supercar with a capacity of 647 horsepower now has five drive modes namely: 1) Normal - for everyday driving, 2) Wet - for driving on wet roads, 3) Sport - for out-of-town adventures, 4) Track - for racing, and 5) V-Max - for maximum straight-line speed.

Now let us get into more detail with each of the modes. The normal mode basically calibrates throttle and transmission for standard driving. With a ground clearance of 120mm - this mode is perfect for city driving. In the wet mode, the height and other settings remain the same except for the throttle control calibration, which enables greater stability as it is adjusted to prevent the induction from slipping.

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Tesla marked a major milestone as it surpassed Ford in market capitalization. Automaker Tesla, formerly known as Tesla Motors, closed out the trading on March 27, 2017, with a market cap of a whopping $45.47 billion while Ford had dropped to around $45.35 billion.

From Wall Street's viewpoint, the company led by Elon Musk is considered now as a more valuable car manufacturer than the Ford Motor Company which is over 100 years old. Tesla has been trailing Ford's market capitalization for about a month.

As of February 28, FM stock price dwindled from $12.53 a share to $11.46 as of yesterday's trading while Tesla's stock price rose from $249.99 to $270.22 in the same time period. The market cap serves as the overall value of a firm/company's outstanding stock. Tesla's skyrocketing figure reveals that the investors of the company are pleased with how the company is performing so far, but it doesn't mean that it has become a much bigger company than the Blue oval in the real sense.

Read the entire article Tesla’s stock price surpasses Ford amid strong Model 3 optimism

Want to go for a sportier look, but don’t have enough cash to burn? Good news for future Ford Edge buyers, as the 2018 model year will have an optional upgrade called the SEL Sport Appearance Package - that comes with visual add-ons and extra equipment for a sportier ride. Basically, you don’t need to go all the way to the Edge Sport trim level.

By getting the Sport Appearance package, your Ford Edge will go through a makeover. The grille surround, mirrors, skid plates, and spoilers will all be painted in a Magnetic Metallic finish, and for some contrast, pitch black will be applied on the side-window trim and headlights. Unlike other sports cars out there, Ford opted for cloth seats instead of the typical leather that other cars would usually be dressed in. Why? For customers who live in hotter climates, leather seats will be too hot to sit on, especially in summer. So in the cabin, expect a gray and umber colour combo in cloth upholstery. Also, the package comes with a set of 10-spoke 19-inch wheels, which is just an inch smaller than those on an Edge Sport, and an inch bigger than the standard wheels.

Going with the Sport Appearance package is a pretty solid deal too. Consumers will get not only the Sync 3 infotainment system, but their ride will also get a panoramic sunroof, black roof rails, and a power liftgate. These are not included on the Edge SEL, but are optional (for an added cost of course).

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A lot of people get anxious while driving - especially at night. Why? Because humans naturally fear the dark. And I’m not just making things up. Numerous studies conducted by Ford cites that people are not very fond of the dark due to the fear we inherited from our “caveman ancestors”. Weird, huh? But while it’s a stretch to believe these things, driving in the dark does cause some anxiety. And that’s a fact.

However, Ford has good news. It has finally updated its Pedestrian Detection system to work better in low light. That’s why drivers, as well as pedestrians, should be thankful as there’s one less thing to worry about at nightfall.

Ford’s active safety engineer in Europe, Gregor Allexi, states that hitting the road at night is a stressful situation. And you can’t blame people for that. This upset feeling is experienced by many drivers, both in small towns and in cities, no matter how seasoned of a driver you may be.

Read the entire article Driving in the dark is less of a worry with Ford’s pedestrian detection tech

What would you do if you found an abandoned car, in the middle of nowhere? Report it, sell it, or just leave it where you have found it?

Well, in the case of Hugo Sanchez, I would say that he’s one lucky guy! Sanchez had recently discovered an abandoned car in the Baja California Sur. It was a white Bullitt Mustang, in poor condition. So, just like any other person, he brought it to a repair shop, supposedly to have it restored and repainted to turn it into a replica of the ‘Eleanor’ from the movie Gone in 60 Seconds. But to his surprise, he had actually brought in the real thing. To many people, especially car aficionados, this car is considered a “treasure.”

How can an abandoned Mustang be that valuable? Well, if it is rare and was once used by an iconic person, then its value will be off the charts. Apparently, the car he had found was one of the two cars Steve McQueen used in his 1968 film. Yup, as in 49 years ago! This was the legendary Bullitt Mustang that fans once believed have been missing for the longest time!

Read the entire article Steve McQueen’s Bullitt Mustang found abandoned in the California desert after 49 years

After years and years of cars being built and developed, Ford and Magna joint forces and developed a carbon fiber subframe that will reduce as much as 34% of a steel subframe’s weight. The developers recently unveiled a prototype of this.

What difference does it make, you ask? With a much lighter car, fuel consumption will dramatically decrease. Who doesn’t want that? Not only will it save us a few dollars, we can also save the planet by reducing our carbon footprint. In fact, the biggest car companies have been leaning towards building lighter vehicles by exploring other options such as aluminum engines, optimized chassis components, and probably the most common nowadays, carbon fiber panels for the car’s structure and exterior.

Another great thing about this development, according to sources, is that a carbon fiber subframe only uses a few parts - with two molded and four metallic components. Compare that with a standard steel equivalent which uses 45 steel part (thus the 34% weight difference). So imagine, from 45 parts down to only 6 parts.

Read the entire article Ford and Magna’s carbon fiber subframe project offers amazing green potential

Times are changing quite fast. Before you know it, you’d have to say goodbye to your old CD collection for good. Ford earlier introduced the SmartLink 4G plugin connectivity for its older models to provide Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 8 smart devices simultaneously. Now, Ford is once again introducing another breakthrough with its latest in-vehicle live stream TV infotainment option. This time, the live TV streaming technology will be offered to some of its latest models; one of which is the 2018 Ford Expedition with dual headrest entertainment system viewable at the rear seats.

Passengers seated at the second row can get to enjoy their Slingbox subscription to watch live TV. The Slingbox is the first of its kind to be available as an in-vehicle TV platform. A so-called SlingPlayer app is needed to run the Slingbox device since both of these are products of the Sling Media company. How does it work? First, you need to connect your home cable or TV satellite to the Slingbox device. Together with SlingPlayer application, the built-in system can let you receive signal over the Internet.

The entertainment system comes with two monitors measuring eight inches each, built within the headrests of the font seats. It lets the passengers not miss on any live sport events, news streams, movies and videos whether from a satellite system or home cable with the use of their Slingbox account.

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Is there anyone out here who wishes to have a Bugatti Veyron replica instead of the real thing? Just in case, there is a 2002 Ford Cougar-turned-Veyron from eBay with a “buy it now” price of 75,000 USD. If you think the seller is asking far too much, don’t judge him very quickly. To justify the amount, the owner has specified that it actually cost him $98,000 to turn it into a Bugatti Veyron. Well, kind of.

Nevertheless, the asking price is quite a steal for a “Bugatti” but it would be really way over the top for a Cougar. For those who might be interested, the car up on sale is made out of a 2002 Ford Mercury Cougar with 193,120 km accumulated mileage.

Call it “Fugatti Ceyron”, “Cugatti Feyron” or whatever names you like, but it features virtually similar characteristics as that of the original. At least in terms of body works and two-tone body paint distinctive in all its designs. Of course a true Bugatti enthusiast would certainly know the difference between a knockoff and a real Veyron.

Read the entire article A Cougar-based Bugatti Veyron imitation could be yours for $75,000

Come and say hello to the next generation of the performance version of the Ford Fiesta, as powered by a three-cylinder engine. Wait, a three-cylinder engine? Yes, that’s no typo. The new generation of the Ford Fiesta ST is really powered not by a four-cylinder or a six-cylinder, but by a three-cylinder engine.

This new three-cylinder powerplant features a displacement of around 1.5 liters and is armed with an array of superior engine technologies like turbocharging, Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing and high-pressure fuel injection – all of which allow this mill to provide better performance as well as superb fuel efficiency.

The new mill is able to deliver 197 hp (147 kW or 200 PS) of max output and 214 lb.-ft. (290 Nm) of peak torque, allowing the new generation of the Fiesta ST to sprint from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 6.7 seconds. It is as powerful -- but has more torque -- as the current 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine fitted on the base North American version of the current Ford Fiesta ST.

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Having a 400 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque is a tremendous advantage. Yet Ford hasn’t formally announced the numbers regarding its latest Ford Expedition. The current SUV as we know delivers up to 365hp and 420lb-ft of torque coming from its 3.5 twinturbo V6 power machine.

However, according to Ford Canada’s promotional website, the updated EcoBoost engine is good for at least 298kW and 651 Nm of torque. But then again, there has been no official statement at this point. Ford doesn’t want to talk about it yet either and said that they are still waiting for those numbers to be approved. Considering the numbers were correct, it only means that the new 2018 Ford Expedition will be much powerful than the Lincoln Navigator.

Interestingly, the Ford Expedition’s updated engine will be mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Ford is also offering a choice between a four wheel and a rear-wheel drive system. Aside from those, there are strings of other updates in store for the big SUV such as the revised aluminum body frame, which helped in cutting down as much as 136 kilograms.

Read the entire article 2018 Ford Expedition expected to come with a more powerful EcoBoost engine

Ford has disclosed that the first ever production version of its 2017 Ford GT has gotten off the assembly line. This signals the start of production of a model that was first revealed during the 2015 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit. This means that the brand will be able to deliver to customers a model nearly two years after it was initially unveiled.

The 2017 Ford GT is being manufactured at the brand’s Multimatic facility located in Markham, Ontario. Regarding this important milestone, Ford Executive Vice-President for Global Product Development Raj Nair shared that at the start of 2016, Ford had two main objectives. The first is that the brand would be able to experience success during the Le Mans with the second being able to begin deliveries before the end of 2016. Nair said he is proud to say the brand has managed to achieve both. Aside from being VP, Nair is also the Chief Technical Officer at Ford.

Nair continued by saying that this indeed marks a celebration for everyone who was part of making this model a reality. This includes the design team and even all the employees as well as the suppliers. Through the Ford GT, the brand hopes to show that it remains committed to offering customers more and to prove how strong it is when it comes to innovation, Nair added. Examples include the EcoBoost engine technologies, aerodynamics, and use of lightweight materials.

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Here is good news for fans as well as would-be customers of the Ford Focus Electric in Europe – your beloved EV just got exciting improvements. Ford has just given the Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric a new battery and a new DC fast-charge system.

Before the changes, the Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric gets power from a 23-kWh battery. This means that its battery could allow the five-door electric hatchback – with propulsion from a 107 kW (143 hp) motor -- to have around 100 miles of pure electric driving range. This means that a driver could drive a Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric for only 100 miles and will need to recharge the EV to squeeze more distance.

Already great for those who don’t typically drive over 100 miles every day, but it won’t be enough for those who needed or wanted some extra miles to fulfill some roles or daily obligations. Just to note, the 100 miles of pure electric driving range already represents an improvement of 24 miles over the previous model.

Read the entire article Euro-spec 2017 Ford Focus Electric gets new higher-capacity battery, DC fast-charge system
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