Are you tired of worrying about getting dents and scratches on your car doors as you try to get through narrow streets and tight parking spaces? Ford has done something about it and has presented a new feature named Door Edge Protector, which will be launched on the Ford Focus in early 2012. This feature will be particularly appreciated by drivers in the UK, which has plenty of streets and parking spaces that are very difficult to maneuver in. Ford engineers in Cologne, Germany, designed the system, which works automatically when the door is opened.
A buffer is created as a protective flap hidden in the door moves into position in a fraction of a second as the door opens. This then prevents damage to paint and body work. Repairing a dented car door costs about £250 and around 85% of British drivers don’t think that those who caused the damage would own up.
Matthias Tensing, product development system engineer, said that the Door Edge Protector will set the minds of parents of young children at ease as well as drivers who have to park in a tight spot. In a survey, it came out that 57% of those drivers in the Midlands who caused damage will report the damage.
However, only 49% of drivers in the North of England will admit causing the car damage while only 54% in the South will do the same. But in Spain, about 83% of drivers report scuffs, dents and scrapes. Ford’s Door Edge Protector fully extends into a protective position at a door opening gap of less than 15cm., preventing more than 90% of differently positioned obstructions to the front doors and 85% at the rear doors.
The feature has minimal effect on weight and in addition, it doesn’t have an impact on existing mechanisms or side impact performance. It could retract after only 60 milliseconds to allow for doors to get closed quickly. It also comes with a clutch mechanism that prevents damage if the flap is blocked when returning. The device uses a special rubber compound that could stand thousands of usage cycles and makes very little noise. It’s very easy to replace the protective flap as the unit simply clips into place.
Ford Motor Company unveiled in Paris its next-generation Focus using its latest global C-segment platform. This is the same platform that is expected to support a minimum of ten vehicles globally and account for a production of two million units yearly by 2012. The company had vowed earlier that it will be adding a performance version of the Focus to the next generation line-up. This model that was unveiled in Paris is merely a preview of how the actual model will look once it is officially introduced by 2012.
While the Ford Focus ST model unveiled is sure to excite customers, the Ford EcoBoost powerplant, with output at 250 PS, will clearly deliver the driving enjoyment that will match its excellent appearance. This new model was developed in Europe and is sold in at least 120 markets around the world with 80% parts commonality. At the same show in Paris, the company also revealed that it will not be expanding the three-model Focus lineup with the addition of the three-door version or the Coupé-Cabriolet variants.
By unveiling the three core body styles of the Ford Focus, Kuzak shared, the company has once again reached an important milestone as it relates to its C-car strategy. Production of the Focus is expected to begin in a few months at its Michigan and Saarlouis assembly facilities simultaneously, he added. Kuzak continued that it will be when production starts that the company will finally be able to fulfill its goal of delivering at least ten new variants using this new platform.
Since it was decided to have a smooth and coupe-like version for this five-door hatchback, there was not enough room to include a three-door variant, Kuzak said further. The three-model Focus range is therefore able to offer that perfect mix of everyday practicality with a dynamic and athletic appearance, he added. Customers who want a vehicle with a dynamic look but offers additional space will surely appreciate the company’s C-car line-up especially with the new C-MAX. As such, customers are sure to find the perfect vehicle to meet their needs, he concluded.