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

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

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

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!

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Ford and Magna’s carbon fiber subframe project offers amazing green potential

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.

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SlingBox live stream TV to be made available on the new 2018 Ford Expedition

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.

Read the entire article Ford presents next generation of Fiesta ST with new 1.5 three-cylinder engine

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.

Read the entire article 2017 Ford GT production version officially rolls off the line

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

Aiming to build hype for its 2018 Ford Mustang, the American automaker is showing the face-lifted sports coupe at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. Just like other carmakers displaying their wares in Chicago, Ford is also showing potential customers what the new Ford Mustang could offer to them.

While it is the first time that Ford showed the 2018 iteration of the pony car, the Chicago Auto Show presents a good chance for those who are still aching to see the new Ford Mustang, which now features a redesigned front end and a restyled rear end.

On the outside, the new 2018 Ford Mustang is now provided with lower remodeled hood, which is around an inch (2.54 cm) lower than before. This bonnet and its matching vents – now repositioned -- give the 2018 Ford Mustang a more aggressive and more dynamic appearance on the road. Its upper and lower front grilles also received a bit of remodeling. Moreover, Ford gave the new Mustang a set of all-LED headlight lights with available fog lamps.

Read the entire article Ford is showing off 2018 Mustang at 2017 Chicago Auto Show

As a full-size sports utility vehicle, the Ford Expedition should really be large and spacious. For the 2018 model year, Ford has made the Expedition full-size SUV larger and more spacious than its predecessor, but there is a big twist to the game of giants – it is much lighter.

Typically, adding size and space would result to an addition in overall weight. But this is not the case with 2016 Ford Expedition – it is larger, roomier and lighter. Of course, the power source underneath remains the same, although Ford has vowed to upgrade it to something better.

For the 2018 model year, the standard-length Ford Expedition is around four inches longer than its predecessor. Its wheelbase has also been increased by around three inches. These increase in measurements should allow this full-size SUV to offer more interior room, including those for the cargo. The roominess of the Expedition’s interior is complemented by its outstanding flexibility.

Read the entire article 2018 Ford Expedition is larger, roomier, more powerful and much lighter

Ford Motor Co. returned to the Super Bowl after three years of absence. The last time that Ford had a commercial spot in the Super Bowl, it was in 2014. That commercial ad – lasting for 90 seconds – starred Rob Riggle and James Franco, spotlighting the Ford Fusion Hybrid.

While Ford’s previous Super Bowl campaigns focused on certain vehicles, its newest commercial ad doesn’t even feature a specific vehicle. It represents a different approach from previous Big Game ads. Instead, the carmaker is showing an ad that provides a glimpse of its high-end technologies that could provide the much needed mobility solutions.

Ford’s Super Bowl commercial ad is a take on the carmaker’s "Go Further" slogan. Set to the tune of Nina Simone’s "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free," the ad shows a number of people – young and old ones alike – getting into tough situations. It shows: a skier getting stuck on a lift; a little girl’s kite getting caught on a tree; a ladder tumbling down while its supposed user tried to get off the roof; a man whose boat malfunctioned in a middle of a lake; a basketball stuck on the rim; a young wrestler trying to win a match; a guy fixing his suit; a young boy having troubles taking off his shirt and a woman trying to reach the back zipper of her dress.

Read the entire article Ford’s Go Further 90-second commercial ad aired at Super Bowl LI [w/video]

Will there be another Bullitt Mustang in the near future? There could be, if we base our conclusions on the recent accidental leak of the new Ford Mustang Bullitt’s existence.

Hitting the big screen in 1968, Bullitt is definitely one of the epic and classic films ever shown. Its iconic importance has been cemented by the fact that it was selected in 2007 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, as Bullitt is "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Sharing the same legend as the film’s main protagonist (Police Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, played by Steve McQueen) is the car that he drove during the now epic car chase – a 1968 Ford Mustang GT. Commonly called as the Mustang Bullitt, this epic car has been resurrected many times in forms of commemorative editions in 2001 and 2009. Ford built 5,582 examples of the Mustang Bullitt in 2001 and followed it up with 816 units in 2009. Because of its epic status, it is no wonder that motorists from a whole new generation are still excited about the prospect of a new Mustang Bullitt appearing in the near future. However, Ford has been silent on whether there is indeed an endeavor to recreate a Mustang Bullitt, as derived from the latest generation of the Ford Mustang.

Read the entire article The Rock inadvertently leaks existence of future 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Many people prefer pickup trucks for a variety of reasons, even though they are more of a fuel guzzler than cars. These reasons include practicality, power, off-road capability and solidity. However, if there is something that you would find on cars but might not on trucks, it is the possibility of open-top driving.

But what if you could have convertible version of a pickup truck? That would be very nice. If you’re one of those raring to drive a convertible pickup truck, you belong to a market niche that remains untapped until now. However, a specialized company – named Newport Convertible Engineering (NCE) – has been trying to cater to customized convertible since 1983. Just recently, NCE unveiled its latest convertible transformation project – a Ford F-150 Convertible.

No, NCE’s Ford F-150 Convertible is not a visual rendering. Nowadays, a number of skillful visual artists have managed to create renderings of possible yet non-existent versions of different vehicles. But what has been created remains on the software or on the paper and no actual vehicle is made. But in case of NCE, it has actually created a real-world Ford F-150 Convertible.

Read the entire article Newport Convertible Engineering creates soft-top version of Ford F-150

Ford will commence sales of the refreshed 2018 Ford Mustang in the fall. But before that, let’s pause for a moment to admire the 2017 Ford Mustang. Moreover, Carlex Design has taken on the challenge of updating a 2017 Ford Mustang and we have to say that it doesn’t disappoint in any way.

Carlex Design has been known for its specialization on vehicle interiors. The company’s interior projects and custom builds are heavily anticipated. In addition, Carlex Design has been known for creating highly precise and detailed interiors that make use of high quality and precious materials like exotic leathers and expensive metals – all of which are crafted by hand.

One of Carlex Design’s latest custom builds involved the 2017 Ford Mustang. Carlex Design has yet to fully unveil the interior of this work. However, the Poland-based company is kind enough to provide us a few teasers of its latest project.

Read the entire article Carlex Design teases new custom-built interior for 2017 Ford Mustang

The new Ford Mustang muscle car looks menacing and is surely quick and fast. But it seems its European version isn’t as safe as the pony car intended for the United States. This was recently revealed in the latest crash tests conducted by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).

Euro NCAP has already commenced subjecting new vehicles to its 2017 test regime. Among the first vehicles to undergo crash tests were the Euro-spec Mustang as well as the new Volvo S90 and V90. While the Volvo S90 and V90 were both impressive, the Euro-spec 2017 Ford Mustang was a disappointment. According to Euro NCAP, both the Volvo S90 and V90 – with maximum five-star ratings -- were able to exceed the best overall test scores of any model subjected to crash tests in 2016. Euro NCAP attributed these ratings to the fact the Volvo S90 and V90 are fitted – as standard -- with autonomous emergency braking for cars and pedestrians and are offering lane and speed assistance. In addition, the S90 and V90 are now two of the best three Euro NCAP scores. Interestingly, the third one was also a Volvo.

As for the Euro-spec Ford Mustang – in its pre-facelift version – the pony car just managed to earn a dismal two-star rating. This was a far cry from the five-star rating that its American version received from the New Car Assessment Program of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration years ago. In addition, the American-spec 2017 Ford Mustang managed to earn satisfying ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which gave the pony car an "acceptable" rating in the small overlap front test, and a "good" rating in the moderate overlap front, side head restraints & seats, and roof strength tests.

Read the entire article 2017 Ford Mustang gets only two stars in Euro NCAP’s crash tests

American carmaker Ford Motor Co. has already commenced production of its new face, the 2017 Ford GT with executive chairman Bill Ford Jr. and chief executive Mark Fields getting the first and second examples. Ever since its introduction two years ago at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the next generation of the Ford GT has shown its complete exterior and interior. It proved to be a splendid supercar, with demand easily surpassing the planned production numbers.

The carmaker had said that the new 2017 Ford GT will be powered by a Ford EcoBoost 3.5-liter bi-turbo V6 engine that could deliver at least 600 hp. But that was all it for the technical specs of the new-gen 2017 Ford GT. But what caught many people by surprise was the fact that although Ford has yet to release the complete technical specs of the 2017 Ford GT, its fuel economy ratings of the model were disclosed first. Typically, technical specs like power output and torque as well as acceleration and top speed figures are announced before or at the same time as the estimated fuel economy ratings.

Finally, Ford has become kind enough to disclose the technical specs of the new 2017 Ford GT. According to the US carmaker, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine in the new Ford GT is SAE-rated to deliver up to 647 hp of output and up to 550 lb.-ft. of peak torque. This makes this engine the most powerful – in terms of hp – among EcoBoost production engines. Thanks to the wide power band of this EcoBoost engine, it could generate 90 percent of peak torque starting from 3,500 rpm. Since the new Ford GT has a dry weight of around 3,000 lbs (1,385 kg), it boasts of an excellent power-to-weight ratio of 4.72 lbs per hp.

Read the entire article 2017 Ford GT supercar achieves 216 mph top speed with its 647 hp and 550 lb.-ft. Ecoboost V6 engine

It seems that the much publicized breakfast meeting between the new President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, and the chief executives of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler was a success, given the optimistic attitudes of the carmakers’ top honchos after the discussions.

Also present in the meeting – which GM CEO Mary Barra called as “very constructive” – Matt Blunt, a former Republican governor of Missouri who now serves as head of a US automaker trade association, Vice President Mike Pence, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and other senior administration officials.

Basically, the meeting centered on bringing more jobs back to the US, which is one of the primary promises that Trump made during the presidential campaign. Discussions also included the possible policies that Trump intends to implement in the auto industry and how he plans to make it more enticing for carmakers to build more assembly plants in the US to create more jobs, thereby keeping jobs in the country.

Read the entire article President Trump meets with Big Three CEOs over efforts to open jobs in the US

Ford and Toyota have come together in the hopes of standardizing their vehicles’ smartphone integration system. The open-source platform is said to compete with Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay which will be made under SDL agreement (or SmartDeviceLink Consortium to be exact). Mazda, Subaru, Suzuki and PSA Group have also joined the partnership.

Through this agreement, the automakers wish to create software that will enable them to connect the owner’s smart device to their own infotainment systems. In the meantime, they will be using Ford’s APPLINK software to develop the standardized platform so they can also take advantage of the apps currently in there such as AccuWeather, iHeartRadio, Spotify and Pandora.

APPLINK comes with many other apps and will probably include more ---just like the popular Waze app for navigation. The members strongly believe that this is their answer to Google and Apple integration. All these years, these two tech giants have dominated the scene when it comes to running your infotainment system. Ford’s software on the other hand is currently installed in more than five million vehicles.

Read the entire article Automotive brands unite to develop standard smart device integration by 2018

Perhaps to make the upcoming Valentine’s day more special, Tinder dating app and Ford UK have cooked up a special blind date for all the single blokes and chicks in the block. The Valentine treat consists of a date (or a hookup) onboard a Ford Mustang GT convertible. Here’s how it all began.

Aside from finding a new partner, the contest policy is probably the most exciting part of this whole thing. The real user profile is anonymously hidden under a photo of a Ford Mustang. So as you can see, there’s an element of mystery to start with.

If you happened to be one of those who are interested, all you needed to do was “swipe to the right” when you see a profile that says; “It’s the date you’ve been waiting for, Ford Mustang wants to take you on a blind date like no other”.

Read the entire article Tinder and Ford unite to arrange special blind dates in a Mustang
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