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Ford trains dealers in Lincoln Academy to revive brand

Ford is pouring over $1 billion to revive its Lincoln brand, with focus on creating a luxury car-buying experience that will entice younger, better-educated and wealthier buyers. To implement the magic, Ford its teaching its dealers the tricks by having them undergo training at the Lincoln Academy. The academy aims to raise dealer’s consciousness and sharpen their senses with exercises like sampling cheese.

The training was indeed challenging. One of the trainers asked dealers of the age of their customers, several of them relied with numbers in the 70s and 80s. Doug Fiedler, a Lincoln Academy trainer who consults for firms like Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Norwegian Cruise Lines, responded that people who “literally live their whole lives to aspire” to buy a Lincoln. He said that this is not a good business model.

Lingering questions over the state of Ford’s luxury brand were answered through the launch of the Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan – the first of four new or redesigned models in four years. According to data from Bloomberg Industries and researcher Edmunds.com, Lincoln posted record sales of the MKZ in each of the past two months.

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2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility is a frugal yet menacing hybrid law enforcement vehicle

It is already an open secret that the newest Police Interceptor Utility is the police cruiser version of the 2020 Ford Explorer. But there is surprise. As revealed at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Police Interceptor Utility comes with a hybrid variant, which basically implies the upcoming launch of the 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid.

The new Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid will be joining Ford’s armored lineup of pursuit-rated vehicles that will include the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, F-150 Police Responder, F-150 SSV, Expedition SSV and Transit PTV as well as the SSV Plug-In Hybrid Sedan. The new Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid is expected to further boost Ford’s dominance of the law enforcement community, as the carmaker accounted for around 65 percent of police vehicle sales in the US (data is as of 2007).

Ford now offers three powertrain choices for the all-new Police Interceptor Utility. The 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain comes as standard, while a 3.3-liter V6 engine and 3.0-liter EcoBoost mill are also available. All of these are mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission, as complemented by a full-time Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system and deep snow/sand traction control mode.

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Ford livens up its 2020 Explorer SUV lineup with new Hybrid and ST models

Ford Motor Co.’s Explorer family of sports utility vehicles has just been expanded with the arrival of two new models. The base, XLT, Limited and Platinum models of the Explorer are welcoming their newest family members – the Explorer ST and the Explorer Hybrid. All of these models are built at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant.

The new Ford Explorer Hybrid is the first dedicated hybrid model in the Explorer family. It is powered by a 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain that is expected to deliver 318 hp of total system output, which is sent to the rear wheels of the Explorer Hybrid. Ford is aiming to make the Explorer Hybrid capable of returning more than 500 miles of range before having to refuel.

Furthering the capability of the hybrid powertrain of the new Ford Explorer Hybrid is an all-new 10-speed modular hybrid transmission as well as a liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery. Since the battery is built into the chassis just below the second-row seats, the cargo and passenger room of the Explorer Hybrid remains the same as it conventionally powered siblings.

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Detroit-unveiled 2020 Shelby GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Ford so far

Ford surprised visitors at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan when it introduced the all-new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, which it touts as the most powerful street-legal Ford so far. The Mustang Shelby GT500 will arrive in Fall 2019, with prices to be announced close to launch date.

Basically a Mustang without a pony logo but with a cobra badge, the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will be powered by a 5.2-liter V8 engine with Eaton 2.65-liter Supercharger. This mill is mated to a segment-first dual-clutch transmission, a Tremec 7-speed dual clutch transmission that is capable of shifts in under 100 milliseconds.

Ford didn’t disclose the exact output numbers for the 5.2-liter V8 engine, but said that this mill is capable of deliver more than 700 of whooping horsepower. According to Ford, this should allow the new Mustang Shelby GT500 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in mid-three seconds and reach a quarter mile in sub-11 seconds.

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Sports utility vehicles are still in heavy demand. Ford knows this very well as the American carmaker has seen sales of its SUVs surge dramatically by 28 percent in the past six years. Leading this charge are the Ford Expedition and Ford Explorer SUVs, which is why these models are each getting not just one, but special editions.

These new four special edition SUVs – Ford Expedition Stealth Edition, Ford Expedition Texas Edition, Ford Explorer Limited Luxury Edition and Ford Explorer Desert Copper Edition – will only be offered in the United States and are expected to further boost the popularity of the Expedition and Explorer in the country. The new four special edition SUVs were all unveiled at the State Fair of Texas.

There is a reason why Ford unveiled the new four special edition SUVs at the State Fair of Texas. After all, Texas is the largest market for Ford’s large SUVs. In fact, the state accounted for nearly 25 percent of Expedition retail sales nationally – even more than the combined sales of the SUV in Florida and California.

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Visitors at the much-awaited 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show – scheduled from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 -- can expect a wide array of show cars that demonstrate not only various aftermarket parts and specialty services, but also the capabilities for various companies. One of these show cars is the Future Forty from MagnaFlow and Superformance.

Superformance is an American automobile company that creates performance components and full replicas, especially cars from the 1960s like the Shelby Cobra, Daytona Coupe, GT40, and the Corvette Grand Sport. The company and MagnaFlow – a firm that takes pride of its expertise in performance exhaust systems superior catalytic converter technology – have decided enter into a partnership and create a visually exciting fabrication that makes use of a Ford MkI GT40 replica and the engine of a modern Ford GT. The result is what is to be shown at the upcoming 2018 SEMA Show – the Future Forty.

The companies started the Future Forty project by getting a MkI GT40 replica from Superformance. This replica boasts of an exact recreation of the original monocoque and pressed steel roof of the GT40. However, this GT40 replica doesn’t feature the usual naturally aspirated V8 engine, and is instead powered by a mill derived from a modern Ford GT – a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 powerplant.

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After confirming in 2017 that its midsize pickup would be coming back to the United States, Ford took the wraps off the 2019 Ranger early last year. It featured an all-new design especially made for the US, and is a bit different from the Rangers sold overseas. Now, Ford is finally commencing the production of the 2019 Ranger at its newly transformed Michigan Assembly Plant in Detroit.

To mark the kickoff of the production of the new Ford Ranger, the carmaker had special celebrations at its Michigan Assembly Plant. The celebrations essentially mark the rebirth of the Ranger, which is slated to return to the US early 2019 following an eight-year hiatus. Likewise, the celebrations mark the rebirth of the plant that has been a witness to the ups and downs of the American auto industry in the past six decades.

Invited in the celebrations aren’t just leaders from Ford, but also from United Auto Workers. A large of number of the plant’s workforce – numbering more than 3,000 employees – was also present. These employees, as well as media members and others, were given an opportunity to ride in the new Ford Ranger a custom-built, off-road course in the plant’s parking lot.

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The Ford Mustang is definitely a performance machine made to dominate the roads. Nonetheless, the Mustang could be further improved by availing some packages from Ford Performance. To this effect, the newest version of the Mustang offers a wholesome improvement in terms of style, performance and enjoyment. The new Series 1 Mustang RTR Powered by Ford Performance delivers a greater degree of driving and owner experience.

Ford Performance in collaboration with World champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his RTR Vehicles team, came up with a Mustang that dons RTR’s signature modern and aggressive styling as well as with the ability to suit itself to a number of driving conditions.

This is made possible by installing a suspension system from Ford Performance that features adjustable sway bars. These sway bars can be adjusted to change chassis balance for either passive or MagneRide suspensions. In effect, the Series 1 Mustang RTR Powered by Ford Performance can adjust for a driving down a twisty backroad, challenging lap times, zooming on a drag strip or even drifting.

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When Ford unveiled its new Ford GT nearly four years ago at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the supercar was received very well even through the US carmaker only disclosed a few details. When the company started to produce the Ford GT, one thing was very apparent – the demand for the supercar greatly outstrips the supply. Two years into the supercar’s production, Ford is building more units than previously earmarked.

Even before it started production of the Ford GT, the US carmaker had said only 1,000 units of the supercar will be built. Ford had set the annual production pace for the Ford GT at 250 units every year. This means that supercar would have a production run that would last for around four years.

But when the US carmaker started accepting orders for the Ford GT, the total number of applicants quickly grew to more than 6,500. This number was just for the 2016 iteration of the supercar. Unfortunately, Ford can only accommodate 1,000 of the applicants, which means that the Ford GT is practically sold out.

Read the entire article Ford extends production run of Ford GT supercar to 1,350 units through 2022

In June this year, rival carmakers Ford and Volkswagen inked a memorandum of agreement for a possible strategic alliance. Months after signing the MoU, automotive industry analysts are now floating the ideas of possible merger or an equity swap between the American and German companies. Nonetheless, Ford is quick enough to quash such ideas even before they get out of hand.

Under the signed MoU, Ford and VW are exploring a number of potential projects in several areas like the development of a range of commercial vehicles together. Likewise, a possible partnership would also work to better serve the evolving needs of customers. The parties have already made it clear back then that the potential alliance wouldn’t involve any equity arrangement.

However, The Detroit Bureau published an analysis that the potential alliance between Ford and VW might go beyond the commercial vehicle market, since doing so could be beneficial for both carmakers. For instance, Ford can benefit from VW’s robust presence not just in Europe, but also in Latin America and China. On the other hand, VW can take advantage of Ford’s strong fortified status in the United States, particular in the pickup and SUV segments.

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Ford is giving potential Fiesta customers more reasons to purchase its world-renowned subcompact. Two of these are the introductions of new sporty model based from the ST-Line trim of the Ford Fiesta. New customers can now indulge with the new Ford Fiesta ST-Line Red Edition and the Fiesta ST-Line Black Edition. Ford is now selling the Ford Fiesta ST-Line Red Edition and Fiesta ST-Line Black Edition models in selected markets in Europe.

According to the carmaker, the ST-Line trim accounts for around 20 percent of total Fiesta sales this year. Perhaps the satisfying demand for the ST-Line – which endows the Fiesta a sportier and more dynamic appearance – has led Ford to create two new special editions based on this trim. These new editions – the new Ford Fiesta ST-Line Red Edition and the Fiesta ST-Line Black Edition feature distinctive exterior and interior elements that make them stand out from the rest.

Making full use of Ford Performance-inspired styling, these new Ford Fiesta ST-Line edition models are available in three- and five-door body styles. Both the new Ford Fiesta ST-Line Red Edition and the Fiesta ST-Line Black Edition are served by Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine that deliver 140 PS of max output, as complemented by sports suspension. This engine is mated to a low-friction six-speed manual gearbox.

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More and more vehicles are using automatic transmissions to send power from the engine to the wheels. Even supposed sporty cars have been ditching manual transmissions in favor of automatic gearboxes. But the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco could come fitted with a manual transmission, according to a report by Jalopnik.

Citing a number of sources privy with the plans, Jalopnik reported that Ford is tapping Getrag to develop a new manual gearbox for the 2020 Ford Bronco. The partnership between Ford and Getrag to develop a new manual transmission for the Bronco isn't surprising as the German company is also the one producing the manual gearbox – the MT-82 six-speed unit -- for the Ford Mustang. The new manual transmission for the new Bronco will be named as the MT-88. As per Jalopnik’s sources, this Bronco-bound transmission will be a seven-speed unit that would send power to wheels from Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine.

According to Jalopnik, there is a possibility that the new MT-88 manual transmission share components with the MT-82 manual gearbox. Likewise, Ford may also decide to use the new MT-88 manual transmission for the next generation of the Mustang. Nonetheless, while the current plan has the new MT-88 manual transmission being fitted in the Bronco, the fact that the vehicle is still being developed means things may change as Ford gets closer to the official unveiling of the Bronco.

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At the start of the year, Ford announced that it is planning to develop a new electric vehicle that focuses on performance. At the announcement, Ford said that the new performance EV would be named Mach 1. Eventually, the Mach 1 moniker was shelved, but not the performance EV. Now, Ford has released a new teaser that officially previews this upcoming EV.

During the January announcement, Ford said that this performance EV would released in 2020. In March this year, Ford Global Markets President Jim Farley remarked that the performance EV would be like a four-door SUV version of a Ford Mustang. Essentially, this means that the new performance EV would be an electric SUV with the looks or performance of the Mustang, or both.

Now, the recently released teaser image looks like a sketched silhouette of Ford’s new performance EV. It may seem so vague and unclear until a closer inspection reveals that it features the rear end of a Ford Mustang. That basically confirms the relationship of the new performance to Ford’s iconic pony car. However, this is a teaser image, and a sketch nonetheless, which means that it final looks may differ from the Mustang but retain some cues that indicate its high-performance nature.

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Every June or July of every year, motor racing vehicles – especially historic ones -- flock at West Sussex, England to challenge the hillclimb event of the highly prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed. For the first time in the festival’s history, a vehicle will brave the hillclimb without a driver behind its wheels.

So far, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has been graced by conventionally powered and electrified vehicles. However, all of these vehicles completed the 1.86-km (1.16 miles) hillclimb with a driver piloting the steering wheel. This is due to change this July 12, 2018 when an autonomous vehicle created by the collaboration between Siemens and Cranfield University tries to run the course.

People who might want to witness the first autonomous hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, however, should not expect an all-new self-driving car climbing its way up to the Goodwood House. Instead, they should look out for 1965 Ford Mustang with a distinctive silver wrap. The sides of this 1965 Mustang feature the number “25”, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Goodwood. This autonomous Mustang also features the blue “Siemens” logo and a stripe running on the lower flank with the same color as the logo. Stripes of the same color are also found on the hood and roof of the autonomous Mustang.

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The Ford F-150 Raptor is probably one of the coolest offroad vehicles out there, and the great news is that the automaker already has planned upgrades for the 2019 model year, to make the already rugged pickup even more capable. The upgraded truck will be easier to drive even on extremely bumpy roads, and this will be out in dealerships by the end of the year.

The Blue Oval will further improve the Raptor suspension after already fitting larger diameter FOX Racing shocks for the 2017 model year upgrade. The newest version features Live Valve technology that varies compression rates to adjust the damping to the terrain ahead.

This adapts to the terrain in real time to actively maximize handling, comfort and bottom out resistance. Sensors found on the suspension and body can monitor what’s happening while tweaking the setup accordingly. The technology will even be aware of when the pickup is in the air when it jumps, stiffening the dampers to ensure a smoother landing.

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In 2017, actor and wrestling legend John Cena got in trouble when he purchased a brand new Ford GT, and then decided to sell it to another buyer. Because of this, Ford sued Cena for half a million dollars for violating the contract that stipulated that any Ford GT owner must not sell the unit within two years after purchasing it.

Cena decided to countersue Ford and this case is presently winding its way through court. Now, it seems like someone has not gotten the memo, as Motor Authority has noticed that a new Ford GT was put up at the Mercum auction block in Indianapolis this week. Of course, Ford had already begun investigating the situation.

Ford has revealed that they are aware of this and that they are looking into the situation. However, they will not comment on individual customer matters. Ford spokesman Matt Leaver pointed out that Ford GT customers come in to sign contracts, which include an agreement to not sell the car for at least two years.

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A few days back, we discussed that Ford’s plan involves retiring most of its compact cars and sedans and replacing them with SUVs. However, there would be two small models that will remain in the lineup -- the Mustang and the Focus Active, at least for the United States. So what is the automaker’s reason for doing so? Well, the answer is as simple as this - money.

To support that statement, Jim Hackett, Ford’s CEO said in his interview with Automotive News that they have decided to just focus on the healthier part of the business, referring to trucks and crossovers. In the first quarter of 2018 alone, the company’s sales of $3 billion all came from this segment. Soon, 90 percent of all sales will come from this.

The CEO added that they will soon deal with the parts of the company that destroy value. He, of course, is speaking of sedans and hatchbacks. In fact, by 2022, they hope to uncover $25.5 billion in savings with the switch to SUVs and trucks. This is double the amount identified back in October ($14 million).

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Several years ago, on April 15, 2013, Ford and General Motors signed an agreement to jointly use automatic transmissions that both automakers had developed. This was developed mainly for models like the F-150 and the Mustang. For the former, their part of the deal was to share its own 10 speed gearbox to rear wheel drive cars with GM, and in return, they will be able to use the 9 speed gearbox which they can use in front wheel drive crossovers, for a smoother and more efficient drive.

The gearbox seen in this photo, the Hydra-Matic 9T50, which was originally introduced in Chevy models with the 2017 Malibu, 2017 Cruze Diesel and the 2018 Equinox will not find its way inside a Ford model. Rather, the automaker opted to use an eight speed box for models like the Edge and the MKX that replaces the Lincoln Nautilus.

So what made them change their mind? Well, Ford believes that GM’s transmission is not good enough to handle the extra weight that comes from the new gear. That is not all, because it also argues that it does not justify the increased cost required for it to adapt to the Ford models. AutoPacific Inc. analyst, Dave Sullivan, even joked that if he was offered a transmission that did not require much work, outside of tuning it for a specific vehicle, he would take it and run.

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Aftermarket tuner Roush is largely known in the automotive industry for turning Ford Mustangs into monsters that produce insane amounts of horsepower. Now guess what? The tuner has entered the super duty truck market and has recently unveiled the 2018 Roush Ford Super Duty F-250, and this thing looks pretty sick!

Taylor Bloor, vice president for global sales for Roush Performance, said that this is the perfect car for drivers who want an aggressive, no-compromise look for their pickup truck, making it an ideal entry into the Super Duty market. This 2018 Roush Super Duty F-250 doesn’t only look intimidating with its offroad stance, but it also is not afraid to get dirt on it. It is reliable and functional, and it is cool too.

Similar to most Roush tuned cars out there, the Roush F-250 gets a number of added pieces that make it look tough. Firstly, it had been given a Fox 2.0 Performance suspension system along with a 1.5 inch leveling kit. The body sits on a set of 20 inch wheels with integrated bead protection. During Roush’s press release, they said that the capped chrome wheels can withstand Ford’s factory towing capabilities. These are wrapped in BFGoodrich KO2 All-Terrain 35.3 inch tires that provide all the traction you will need. It also has a new exhaust system that can be heard around your neighbourhood.

Read the entire article Roush’s first foray into truck market is an insanely jacked-up 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250

Despite the fact that many customers are choosing crossovers more than other types of vehicles, Ford continues to offer its compact car, the Focus, for the 2019 model year. The newest model comes packed with technology, new interior and exterior design, and better materials. Ford had just revealed the Euro spec version in Germany, while the US spec will follow in the second half of 2019.

The 2019 Ford Focus will be making use of Ford’s new C2 platform, meaning that aerodynamics, crash performance and interior space will all be improved. Its wheelbase has also grown by 53 millimeters, increasing the cabin space, but keeping the front and rear overhangs short.

The new Ford Focus doesn’t just boast good looks and a sleeker body as aerodynamics has also been improved and Ford has managed to lower the drag coefficient to 0.250 for the sedan and 0.273 for the hatchback. The Ford Focus has also lost a lot of weight, down to 194 pounds (88 kilograms), cutting down fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 10 percent.

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