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V8-powered 2016 Ford Mustang GT surprisingly recognised for fuel economy

Fuel economy is now an everyday term we hear and read in the automotive world. Just recently, some car manufacturers got into serious trouble for claiming false statements with regard to fuel consumption. As it turns out, they have a different way of computing the miles per gallon returned by the vehicle.

Cars are easier to sell once the customers know it’s more fuel-efficient. After all, the cars you use daily should be light on the budget. Then it has to be environment friendly. In fact, the CO2 emission standards set by some government have since promoted diesel over petroleum. We have to admit that because of this, we kind of looked at petroleum as the bad guy.

Some vehicles designed for city driving basically lacks on performance but at least there’s more mileage. Most of the time, fuel-efficiency is only featured on entry levels. These economy cars have smaller engines and are more appropriate for everyday use. That means, you can rarely find a top of the line vehicle with big engine that offer fuel savings. But did you know that Ford’s EcoBoost technology makes it all possible?

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Ford Wins the 2013 International Engine of the Year Award with its 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine

For the second year in a row, Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine received the International Engine of the Year award. The 3-cylinder engine was able to get the highest core in the 15-year history of the award, according to Ford. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine combines direct injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing in order to lower fuel consumption while keeping the power.

Moreover, the engine also won the Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” category at the annual awards presented by Engine Technology International magazine. As a result, Ford announced that it will double production of the engine at its Cologne (Germany) Engine Plant to more than 1,000 engines a day from mid-August to meet demand.

The 1.0-liter engine was recently launched in China and India in the EcoSport and later this year it will be launched in North America in the Fiesta. On the European market, the engine is available in the Ford Focus, Fiesta, B-Max, C-Max and the Grand C-Max. Ford is also planning to offer the engine on the Transit Courier, Transit Connect, Tourneo Connect, Tourneo Courier and the Mondeo.

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Ford Transit Custom is the International Van of the Year 2013

The “International Van of the Year 2013” award was given to the all-new Ford Transit Custom at the Hanover IAA Commercial Vehicle Show. It is actually the fourth car from the Transit family to get this much coveted award. The judges, who are composed of 24 specialist journalists, gave the Transit Custom 117 points from a possible 133 points.

Its score is higher than the combined totals of the Dacia Dokker (which placed second) and Mercedes-Benz Citan (which got the No. 3 position). In the 22 years that this award has been given, the Ford Transit won in 2001, 2003, 2007, and now in 2013. Barb Samardzich, vice president of Product Development, Ford of Europe, described the Transit Custom as a new type of 1-tonne van as it has a great look and good handling but is also practical.

The 2013 trophy was given after the first press day of the Hanover show. At this show, Ford is presenting the all-new Transit Custom, which is the first of a totally new generation of 1-tonne commercial vehicles, along with the all-new Transit and all-new Transit Connect. Ford said recently that it is improving its global platform strategy and is completely redesigning all of its commercial vehicles for Europe over the next couple of years.

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Ford’s new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine wins 2012 “International Engine of the Year” award

The new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine from Ford is the winner of the 2012 International Engine of the Year – the first time for Ford to get this recognition in the 13 years that the awards have been around. Ford launched this engine earlier this year in the Ford Focus. There were also awards for the "Best New Engine" and "Best Engine Under 1.0-litre.”

However, the awards were presented by Engine Technology International magazine, Two other awards were given to the small, high-tech, three-cylinder engine - "Best New Engine" and "Best Engine Under 1.0-litre" - in the awards presented by Engine Technology International magazine, according to votes cast by 76 journalists from 35 countries worldwide.

Ford said that the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is could attain its highest score ever. According to Joe Bakaj, Ford global powertrain vice president, the bar has been very high when they began to design the engine.

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At the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit, Ford Motor Co. received top honors at the 15th annual Polk Automotive Loyalty Awards. This award-giving body recognizes OEMs that demonstrate the ability to retain owners over repeat buying cycles.

Ford won in many categories, including: Overall Loyalty to Manufacturer; Overall Loyalty to Make; Ethnic Market Make – African-American; and Mid/Full-Size Pickup for its F-Series truck lineup, a category where Ford has been repeatedly recognized.

But Ford’s win for the Overall Loyalty to Manufacturer category is its first since it last won in 1999. Brad Smith, director of Polk's loyalty management practice, said that the 2010 awards are based on an analysis of 4.9 million return to market events during the 2010 model year.

Read the entire article Ford wins 2010 Polk Automotive Awards for highest customer loyalty

French magazine Echappement (exhaust) has named the Ford Focus RS500 as the “Sportive de l’Annee” (Sports Car of the Year) – Ford’s fifth win since the start of the contest in 1982. The Focus RS500 is believed to continue where other historic Ford models left off. In fact, the first edition of the contest in 1982 was won by the Escort RS1600i.

This was followed in 1990 by the Sierra Cosworth 4x4 and in 1992 by the Escort Cosworth. The Focus RS won in 2002. With these five awards, Ford is clearly the leader when it comes to this category. Just last year, the Focus RS was runner-up in the same category.

It was mostly voted by readers of the magazine. For the 2010 contest, the second place went to the Renault Megane RS while the Porsche Boxter Spyder and Audi RS5 tied for third place. To get to the winner, the editors of the Echappement magazine first have to come up with a list of sports cars aspiring to the title of Sports Car of the Year.

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Ford Motor Co.’s decision to turn down the Troubled Asset Relief Program in 2008 was considered risky back then but now, it is turning out to be one of the wisest moves the carmaker has ever made as the American manufacturer received the 2010 Marketer of the Year award from Advertising Age.

It can be recalled that in 2008, many companies struggled to stay afloat and the US government had bailed out General Motors and Chrysler with generous loans that incited much debate. In 2008, Ford had posted a loss of $14.6 billion so the carmaker could just as easily have signed up for it.

When asked just how much declining TARP funds was worth, Ford marketing chief Jim Farley said, "I think it was worth more than $1 billion of coverage and customer interest.” He said that if Ford had to advertise, it would have spent the same amount for the campaign.

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The 2010 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards will be announced on Jan. 11 and we've learned that two Ford Motor Co. vehicles and two from General Motors Co. are on the short list of finalists.

The car finalists are the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Buick LaCrosse and Volkswagen Golf. The Ford Transit Connect, Chevrolet Equinox and Subaru Outback round out the six vehicles to make it through the latest round of voting. 

The winners, which will be decided by 49 automotive journalists in the United States and Canada, will be announced at the Detroit auto show.

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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.

Read the entire article 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility is a frugal yet menacing hybrid law enforcement vehicle

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.

Read the entire article Ford livens up its 2020 Explorer SUV lineup with new Hybrid and ST models

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.

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

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.

Read the entire article Ford Fiesta is now available with new ST-Line Red and Black Editions in Europe

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.

Read the entire article 2020 Ford Bronco may come with a six- or seven-speed manual transmission from Getrag

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.

Read the entire article Ford officially teases Mustang-inspired full electric SUV with sketched image