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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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2019 Ford Ranger marks nameplate’s US comeback with 2.3L EcoBoost power, FX4 Off-Road version

Last year, Ford confirmed that the Ranger will finally return to the United States market. And here they are now, pulling the wraps off the 2019 midsized pickup. It has an all-new design that was made specially for the US. Having said that, it is slightly different from the Rangers we have been seeing overseas.

One can easily recognize the 2019 Ranger as a Ford even in a pool of midsize pickups. This is because of the horizontal bar grille and its unique vents on the front fenders. The flared fenders give the truck its toughness, while the angled windshield is meant to reduce drag and wind noise. A Ranger logo can also be found on the tailgate. The truck has short overhangs which are meant to improve off-road approach and departure angles. Two variations of this will be available, a SuperCab (half rear doors) and a SuperCrew with four doors.

Ford Ranger is being marketed at those who live in the city, but who are adventurous enough to explore the outdoors. Simply put, the pickup truck strikes a balance between the city and the outdoors.

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Ford F Series successfully defends crown as best-selling vehicle in the US in 2016

We are now several days into 2017, and with 2016 just ended, figures for total vehicle sales are now out. Now, one question remains. Who’s the king of sales among all vehicles in the United States in 2016?

No, it’s not the Toyota Camry. While the Camry remains as the best-selling car in the US despite suffering a 9.5-percent drop in annual sales, it doesn’t dominate the overall US vehicle sales. In fact, sales of the Camry are not even half of the overall volume for the Ford F-Series in 2016.

Yes, the Ford F-Series is still selling the most vehicles in the USsomething it has been doing for 35 years in a row. In addition, the Ford F-Series is the #1 truck in terms of sales in the US for a consecutive 40 years. For the record, the sales figures for the Ford F-Series include the F-150 family (like the F-150 Raptor) and the F-Series Super Duty family (including the F-250, F-350 and F-450). However, Ford’s F-650 and the F-750 aren’t counted because they are considered heavy trucks.

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Imagine a large city that is clean and green and laden with highly advanced technologies, brimming with autonomous vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians not having to worry about any accident or collision. Certainly, this city is one that starts as a dream. Could it be realized or will it remain just a dream?

Currently, no such city exists. Even in small cities, vehicle accidents frequently occur and the amount of pollution is increasing each day. In a large metropolis, there are the issues of heavy road traffic, lack of road discipline and scarce parking space. In many cities around the world, air pollution has become a major problem, with heavy smog wrapping the urban areas in one sweep every morning. So, if you ask us if a city like this would be possible in the near future, the answer is no. But, we also aren’t saying that it is impossible.

If you ask Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, his answer would be that such a city could be achieved. Bill is heavily betting on the result of the “City of Tomorrow” project initiated by Ford’s City Solutions team in cooperation with different cities around the world and with Bloomberg Philanthropies. According to Bill, the issue regarding cities is not just about road congestion – it is a mobility challenge. He noted that this mobility challenge is a massive issue that affects people’s access to clean drinking water, food and a safe place to live as well as health care and their ability to find a job.

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More capable, smarter, and tougher, these are the three words that best describe the all-new 2018 Ford F-150 Pickup from Ford. This latest offering will become a member of the F-Series truck family, long considered as the best-selling vehicle for a total of 35 years and the best-selling truck in the U.S. for 40 years straight.

It was three years ago when the company revealed the first generation of this model. It had fully utilized the military-grade high-strength aluminum alloy for the body. Now the new model is fitted with better engines and sports a new style for both the front and the rear. It even has a number of innovative technologies equipped like the Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.

Aside from capability, the 2018 F-150 makes good on the Built Ford Tough commitment through a good use of different advanced materials that not only prevent corrosion but also make it more durable. The use of high-strength steel for the boxed ladder frame and the same aluminum alloy of the first generation ensure that the F-150 is lightweight and truly capable.

Read the entire article NAIAS: Ford sets new standards with all-new 2018 F-150, new diesel engine introduced

This year’s iteration of the NASCAR Fusion will be competing for the first time in February at Daytona Speedweeks. Ford has been aggressively preparing its racing vehicle for the major event. Memories come to mind of the same preparations by Ford three years ago.

After NASCAR gave the go-ahead for car makers to create racing cars that are customized according to what characteristics the auto companies want to infuse in them, Ford wasted no time in mobilizing its designers to create a racing version of that model year’s Ford Fusion.

How does the new Fusion race car differ from the production counterpart? By looks alone, both cars look the same but the difference is felt when entering the car. As mandated by the rules of this year’s NASCAR season, a new digital dashboard system will display information to the racing teams through various graphical representations such as bar graphics, numbers or an electronic gauge-and-needle display.

Read the entire article Ford debuts new NASCAR Fusion, to race for first time on February 21st

At the 2016 North American International Auto Show, Ford is giving away limited edition build-it-yourself Ford GT snap kits. Following the partnership of Ford and Revell in 2013, which saw the arrival of the popular Mustang and Raptor snap kits, the latest collaboration is based on the Ford GT.

As it culminates in 14 easily assembled pieces and takes only minutes to create, the limited edition collector’s item will surely delight kids. The shop model is not as simple, having 28 pieces taking up to quarter of an hour to build, the Ford GT model will be available in shops at $14.99.

Ford knows the importance of attracting the younger consumer and it is doing just that by introducing children to the Ford brand and the joy of kit building. It is becoming somewhat of a Ford Car Show tradition since it first commenced in 2013.

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Ford is introducing its all-new F-150 Raptor SuperCrew – now more versatile, more spacious and more agile, as well as tougher and smarter. The four-door F-150 Raptor SuperCrew offers more legroom and comfort to rear occupants as well as more room for storage – thanks to its 145-inch wheelbase.

In comparison, the wheelbase of the standard Raptor SuperCab measures just 133 inches. Its capability and performance are astounding whatever the terrain is, thanks to its purpose-built engine and chassis, as well as suspension. Ford used advanced materials like high-strength steel as well as high-strength, military grade, aluminum alloy to help the new SuperCrew become more off-road capable while still being lighter by 500 pounds than its predecessor.

This allowed the F-150 Raptor SuperCrew to achieve a better power-to-weight ratio for more agile performance even when it’s driven off-road. Since the purpose-built fully boxed frame of the SuperCrew features more high-strength steel than the outgoing Raptor, the new vehicle is considered as the toughest F-150 Raptor to date.

Read the entire article Ford launches newest uprated version of 2017 F-150 Raptor, the SuperCrew

Ford has unveiled new versions of its ever popular Ford Fusion mid-size sedan – all embedded with advanced technologies designed to deliver what customers want and need. Ford's Fusion lineup now includes the Fusion V6 Sport, the Fusion Platinum, Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid.

Fusion V6 Sport is Ford's V6-powered performance sedan. At the core of the all-wheel drive Fusion V6 Sport is a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that develops up to 325 horsepower of output and 350 lb.-ft. of torque – which is around 50 hp and 100 lb.-ft. more powerful than the 3.5-liter V6 engines that power the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

Fusion V6 Sport is also available with continuously controlled damping, thereby allowing for real-time suspension tuning according to setup and road inputs. Moreover, the Fusion V6 Sport comes laden with pothole detection technology, which quickly and appropriately makes certain adjustments to the vehicle's shock absorbers in order to reduce the severity of impact, thereby any bumps on the road would not be felt by occupants.

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Besides the impressive GT supercar, Ford also brought at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. The big surprise is found under the hood, where the 2017 F-150 Raptor carries a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine bolted to a 10-speed transmission.

According to Ford the 3.5-liter engine more powerful than the current 6.2-liter V8, which delivers 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. In addition, the new F-150 Raptor is 6-inches wider than the standard aluminum-bodied F-150 and features its first-ever dual-exhaust and new 17-inch wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires.

Furthermore, the pickup truck uses an all-new four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand transfer case, with an advanced version of off-road mode driver-assist technology. Ford says that the Raptor’s new case capable to manage power distribution between the front and rear wheels.

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The all-new Ford GT has just been revealed to the world, presenting itself as an ultra-high-performance supercar that also serves a technology showcase for a number of the carmaker’s innovations.

Embodying EcoBoost performance, lightweight carbon fiber construction as well as aerodynamics, the new Ford GT is one of over 12 new Ford Performance vehicles that the carmaker is planning to launch by the end of the decade, joining the F-150 Raptor, Focus RS, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R. Ford will commence production of the Ford GT in late 2016. The carmaker will start selling the new car in select global markets as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars winning the top 3 positions at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Mark Fields, Ford president and chief executive officer, remarked that Ford imparts innovation into every part of its business, noting that the company’s first innovation was made on the racetrack. Fields was referring to a 1901 race that Henry Ford managed to win, thereby winning the hearts of financial investors. Fields remarked that Ford is passionate about innovation through performance as well as about creating vehicles that could make people's hearts beat faster.

Read the entire article 2015 Detroit Auto Show: Ford debuts the all-new GT supercar, will go into production in 2016

The 2015 Detroit Auto Show promises to be a big event, at least for Ford, which will unveil the redesigned F-150 SVT Raptor and the brand new Focus RS. As expected, the new SVT Raptor will use an aluminum body, just like the standard 2015 Ford F-150 and we expect to show the well-known aggressive design, which is perfect for travelling across the desert at high speeds.

There are no details regarding the debut of the new F-150, but according to Raj Nair a.k.a. company’s group vice president and chief technical officer, the cadence is reasonably close to the base vehicle.

The current SVT Raptor is priced at $46,190, including the $1,195 destination charge. We expect the new model not to offer a dramatic price increase.

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Ford introduced today the all-new 2015 F-150 and announced that after its debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show the new pickup truck will go on sale later this year. The Ford F-150 keeps getting better and better and the 2015MY now features a body which is 95 percent made of high-strength aluminum alloys, similar to those used by military vehicles.

Moreover, its frame is 77 percent made of high-strength steel. For those who don’t know, on the current model the frame is 75 percent made of mild steel. As a result, some versions of the 2015 Ford F-150 come with a weight reduction of around 700 pounds. Furthermore, Ford will offer a new 2.7-liter turbocharged engine for the fuel-conscious truck buyers.

This engine comes as standard with Auto Start-Stop. Still, for those who want more power, there is a 3.5-liter V6 engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing. The two engines join the proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8. Ford F-150 trucks equipped with EcoBoost engines also will benefit from standard Active Grille Shutters.

Read the entire article 2014 Detroit Auto Show: 2015 Ford F-150 gets a 2.7-liter EcoBoost, weight reduction of 700 pounds

Shelby has introduced a front wheel drive Shelby Focus ST. This driver-focused performance masterpiece was extensively tested at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Shelby had a budget in mind when it made this project. The car is lowered by the new Ford Racing suspension pieces. Meanwhile, the wheels and tires enhance the grip and traction. Its braking power is improved with the bigger Shelby spec brakes with drilled rotors.

When combined with the sound of the Shelby/Borla exhaust, it becomes distinctively Shelby. The interior is totally customized with a Shelby shifter and it also comes with the unique Shelby CSM badge. The exterior can be quickly recognized due to its functional hood vents, hydro-carbon front and rear grille inserts, Shelby lettering and rear Hydro-carbon spoiler.

Shelby offers three visual graphics packages, which range from “traditional” Shelby stripes to more edgy Shelby checkered flag splash or competition graphics.

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When GM unveiled the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra, Ford announced that at the 2013 NAIAS it will bring a concept version of the upcoming F-150 in order to make the buyers wait for its pickup. Well, looking at the Ford Atlas Concept we can say that FoMoCo made us think for the moment as the new concept that previews the next-generation F-150 is impressive.

According to the official press release, the Ford Atlas Concept showcases the design, capability, fuel efficiency and smart technology that will define its next pickup trucks. If the exterior design is impressive, the interior continues the same theme and comes with structural styling cues and features the latest thinking in comfort, utility and refinement.

The new Atlas Concept features a next-generation EcoBoost powertrain, which includes truck-enhanced Auto Start-Stop engine shutoff technology. This feature shuts off the engine when stopped in traffic but smartly suspends this feature when the truck knows it is towing.

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Ford’s 2015 F-150 pickup truck will debut next month at the Detroit auto show. Two sources told Reuters that the teaser for the next generation F-150 is directly targeted at General Motors. This is a crucial moment for the recently unveiled new trucks of GM, which underwent a bankruptcy restructuring in 2009.

In a research note, Barclays Capital analyst Brian Johnson agreed with other analysts in saying that GM's redesigns were "evolutionary, not revolutionary." This means that Ford has the opportunity to steal attention away from GM’s lineup at the Detroit Show. Ford’s 2015 F-150 is scheduled to be launched in the fall of 2014. In the second quarter of 2013, GM will debut its new trucks -- the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.

There’s intense competition between Ford and GM for the full-size pickup segment, which makes up around 11% of the U.S. auto market. It’s apparent in their latest redesigns that they’re focused on different aspects. Ford is more intent on improving its fuel economy. In Johnson’s note, he added that GM’s new trucks will be more closely priced with Ford’s trucks, making it more competitive in the pickup truck segment.

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This is the 2013 Ford Fusion, the latest in a series of vehicles from FoMoCo that was developed to satisfy customers everywhere who want leading fuel efficiency, helpful technologies and game-changing looks. According to Chris Hamilton, the car’s Chief of exterior design, the design goal for the 2013 Fusion was to provide a "a top-drawer visual experience, adding some emotional appeal to an already sensible choice".

2013 Ford Fusion is scheduled to go on sale in the United States in the second half of the year but that is more interesting is that the new vehicle will be sold as the Mondeo in Europe!

Fusion is revealed in North America in S, SE and range-topping Titanium series. For those who want bigger engines the 2013 Fusion is not the car for them, as Ford will only offer four-cylinder gasoline powerplants, which means you can forget about the 3.0- and 3.5-liter V-6 engines offered in the 2012 Fusion.

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The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid was introduced today at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show and FoMoCo says that this car will outperform its main rivals such as the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid and the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. The 2013 Fusion Hybrid is powered by an all-new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine (previous Fusion Hybrid was powered by a 2.5-liter unit) capable to deliver best-in-class fuel economy of 47 mpg in city driving and 44 mpg on the highway.

This means that the 2013 Fusion Hybrid will be able to outperform the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid by 4 mpg city and 5 mpg highway and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid by 12 mpg and 4 mpg, respectively.

2013 Fusion Hybrid also receives new lithium-ion batteries that save weight and generate more power than previous nickel-metal hydride batteries. With the new batteries, the new Fusion Hybrid will be able to hit a maximum speed under electric-only power of 62 mph (previous model had a maximum speed of 47 mph).

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Besides the 2013 Fusion and the 2013 Fusion Hybrid, Ford also introduced at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show the 2013 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, a vehicle that aims to be the most fuel-efficient midsize car in the world. Set to make its debut this fall, the 2013 Fusion Energi is expected to deliver more than 100 MPGe, a mile per gallon equivalency metric for electrified vehicles.

This means that the car will be able to outperform the Chevrolet Volt with 8 MPGe and with 13 MPG3 the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid model. Moreover, the new Fusion will also receive an updated interior with improved materials, elevated levels of craftsmanship and attention to detail. The Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi models will be equipped with active noise control, a feature that uses the audio system to mitigate extraneous road noise while enhancing powertrain sounds.

In terms of safety, the new Fusion was designed with customer safety in mind and engineers increased its body strength by 10 percent, using more high-strength steels such as boron, and added dual first-row knee airbags and adaptive front airbags that vent and tether to conform to a specific occupant’s size, position and seatbelt usage.

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