At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Ford will display its “strongest line-up ever,” Ford of Europe Chairman and CEO Stephen T. Odell said in a statement for the press. The all-new vehicle C-MAX Energi, which was seen at NAIAS last January, will make its European debut in Geneva.
Ford will also show off the all-new Ford Ranger Wildtrak, a sporty compact pickup, the Ford Vertrek concept that indicates the direction of the next-generation Kuga, the all-new Focus Electric (which also appeared in the 2011 NAIAS), and a show car development of its zero-emission Transit Connect Electric.
In addition, Ford will bring in the new 114g/km CO2 Mondeo ECOnetic and Ford large car powertrain enhancements, as well as the new Metal Ka, as part of the company’s Individual program. Ford will also showcase the all-new Fiesta RS World Rally Car in full team livery at the show. Odell added that Ford has an aggressive plan to make sure that its vehicle portfolio is the freshest in the industry.
First revealed during the North American International Auto Show last January, the first all-electric passenger car from Ford, the Focus Electric, is slated to enter the European market by 2012. This fuel-free and zero-emission version of the brand’s popular compact car is expected to lead its expanding fleet that includes the hybrid, plug-in hybrid and the all-electric vehicles.
After it goes on sale in Europe, the Focus Electric is then scheduled to begin sales at North America by 2013. While this all-electric car already offers enough range to meet the daily driving habits of most customers, it has new features that ensure that electric vehicles not only inspire an efficient driving style but also maximize enjoyment for the driver.
The brand has long been committed to the global vehicle electrification strategy and this is evidenced by its show car development in its Geneva zero-emission Transit Connect Electric. Based mainly on the Transit Connect Kombi, it is one of the electric vehicles that Ford is testing in the U.K.
It has a battery electric power train similar to the Transit Connect Electric Van, which will also be on sale later this year in the U.K. The flagship large car family from the brand will be enhanced with the Mondeo ECOnetic and its CO2 emission of 114g/km.
Ford will also be launching a variety of extra powertrain enhancements for the Galaxy, Mondeo, and s-MAX models. While the brand already offers a wide-range of engines for its large cars, it will now be including the Ford Duratorq 1.6-liter TDCi engine which delivers top output at 115 PS.
For its small displacement diesel engine, Ford will be making the Auto-Start-Stop system available. It will offer the same system to its Ford EcoBoost 1.6-liter engine with 160 PS. By combining the Ford Auto-Start-Stop system and the Duratorq 1.6-litre TDCi engine, the brand is ensuring that it has a solid foundation for its Ford Mondeo ECOnetic. This also helps achieve CO2 emissions at 114 g/km.