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Ford Motor Company revealed that production of its latest 2017 Ford Escape is ongoing with sales expected to start in May. It will offer a host of new features like helping drivers get out of a very tight parking spot, allowing drivers to retain a certain distance and speed while on the highway, and a driver-assist technology that enables drivers to stay in their lane. The 2017 Escape will also have the SYNC Connect technology and it even has the remote door locking and remote start through the FordPass platform.
It will be the first Escape to have the SYNC 3 with the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. By putting extra attention to detail during the manufacturing process, the company ensured that it can deliver to customers an Escape that is of high-quality. It was back in 2012 when the Louisville Assembly Plant started manufacturing the Escape and it will be in this same facility that the latest version will be made as well. Production for the Escape has steadily grown since 2012 in order to meet the increasing demand of the company’s top selling SUV.
In this same facility, 306,492 units of the Escape were made in 2015. While this is considered as a record high, the company continued to retain the high quality standard that let the 2015 Escape achieve a tie in the award by J.D. Power in Initial Quality as the Highest-Ranked Compact SUV. The Louisville Assembly has an area of 3.7 million square feet with 247 salaried workers and 4,722 hourly employees. Total length of the assembly conveyor is around 20.1 miles.Read the entire article 2017 Ford Escape production underway, sales to begin in May
Ford has reengineered its Escape SUV to feature more driver-assist technologies, new mobile connectivity and two new efficient EcoBoost engines. In fact, the new Ford Escape is the carmaker’s first vehicle to come with available SYNC Connect that enables customers to unlock doors, check fuel level and determine its parking location.
With SYNC Connect, drivers could access their Ford Escape remotely through their smartphones. Using a special app installed on any smartphone, owners can use SYNC Connect to remotely start their SUVs as well as schedule future starts.
They could also access certain information like tire pressures, battery and fuel levels. SYNC Connect is available with SYNC 3 for the new Ford Escape and comes with complimentary activation for five years.Read the entire article 2017 Ford Escape SUV offers more driver-assist systems, two new EcoBoost engines
Ford Motor Co. has issued another recall of the 2013 Escape crossover – its 11th – due to a wiring issue that could make the engine hesitate or stall. The recall includes 159,395 MY2013-2014 Escapes and Focus ST hatchbacks with turbocharged 2.0-liter engines in North America. According to Ford, the engine wiring harnesses may have splices “insufficiently compressed during the supplier manufacturing process.”
It said that the issue could affect engine performance by sending incorrect signals to the powertrain control module, leading to glitches like stalling, lesser engine power, hesitation or illumination of the engine-malfunction indicator light. No injuries or crashes are tied to the issue.
Ford is instructing its dealers to replace the wiring splices. The Escape has been one of the most recalled vehicles in United States since it was redesigned in 2013. Despite that, it remains the second most-popular crossover in the country, just slightly behind the Honda CR-V.Read the entire article Ford recalls 2013MY Escape due to wiring glitches
Ford Motor Co. is issuing two further recalls of the Ford Escape crossover over software glitch that could make airbags deploy late in a crash and over exterior door handles that may fail to properly latch. Each one covers around 700,000 vehicles globally and involves 2013-2014 model years Escape. The airbag software recall also covers around 65,000 C-Max hybrids.
Ford Escapes produced from Feb. 15 through April 10 are covered by the door handle recall but not airbag software recall. Escapes built before Feb. 15 are covered by both recalls. Ford said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to either recall.
According to the carmaker, the faulty airbag software could lead to a delayed deployment of the side-curtain airbags in some rollover accidents, increasing the risk of injuries. Ford will have its dealers reprogram the restraint control module.Read the entire article Ford issues two more recalls of Escape crossover
Ford Motor Co. has issued a recall of 385,762 Escapes covering model years 2001-2004 as corrosion could separate of the lower control arm from the subframe of the SUV. The recall included 348,804 vehicles in the United States and 36,799 in Canada as of March 31, 2014,t covering vehicles sold in states where high corrosion may occur, particularly those that salt their streets during winter.
Dealers will fit a cross-brace reinforcement to affected vehicles. According to Ford, it is aware of one crash that may be related to the recall, but of zero injuries. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed a similar probe into Ford vehicles in 2013, as the carmaker recalled 370,000 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles (model years 2005-2011) -- also sold in “salt belt” states -- to inspect and fix the lower steering shaft.
On the other hand, NHTSA disclosed that Ford is recalling 48,960 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Escape and C-Max vehicles (model years 2013-2014) to replace seatback frames that failed to meet the regulators’ standards. No injuries or crashes have been reported linked the seatback frames.Read the entire article Ford is recalling 385,762 Escapes due to high corrosion risk
Ford Motor Co.’s compact and subcompact crossovers like the Escape/Kuga and EcoSport were the main drivers for the carmaker’s growth in the global market, disclosed Ford marketing chief Jim Farley. Farley said that their global No. 1 vehicle was the Escape/Kuga, followed by the EcoSport. “Together they had about half-million-unit growth for us,” he said.
He disclosed that global sales of the Escape/Kuga compact twins and the EcoSport subcompact both surged by over 200,000 units last year. Farley remarked that the F series was a distant third. According to him, consumer’s shift to crossovers is one of the most significant global trends, and it was attributable to consumers outside North America.
Farley believes Ford is well positioned to take advantage of this shift. “Something is really changing in our industry, and it’s not just one market but everywhere.” He noted that when it comes to body styles, “crossovers and utilities are becoming the dominant silhouette.”Read the entire article Ford says Escape and EcoSport were main global growth drivers
Ford Motor Co. will issue two more recalls of its 2013 Escape crossover following reports of fires in 13 more vehicles. The total number of recalls of the 2013 Escape is now seven, five of which entailed fire risks on models fitted with a 1.6-liter engine. One of the new recalls will be to inspect repairs made to 11,821 vehicles, following discovery that Ford’s service technicians installed some fuel lines incorrectly.
The largest of the recalls covers 161,334 vehicles around the world, including 139,917 in the United States. According to Ford, engine cylinder head in those units could overheat, leading to cracking and oil leaks that may result in a fire under the hood. Ford said that no one was injured in the reported fires. All of the vehicles covered in the smaller recall -- 9,469 of which are in the US -- also are covered by the larger one.
Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said that some Escapes are part of all five recalls related to fire risks. Ford disclosed that the previous recalls were in July, September and November 2012. According to Felker, Ford has no idea how many vehicles were being recalled to re-inspect fuel-line installations that need repairs. He said that if the lines were improperly installed, they may abrade over time and leak fuel.Read the entire article Ford to issue 2 more recalls of 2013 Escape crossover
Ford Motor Co. settled in June with United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with regards to recall of older Escape models in 2012. The carmaker agreed to pay the maximum $17.35-million fine to resolve claims that it failed to act fast enough to notify owners of a defect in the vehicles. The carmaker recalled around 423,000 Escapes covering model years 2001 to 2004 in the US due to a defect that could cause the gas pedal to remain pressed down even after the driver has depressed it.
The recall covered Escapes with 3.0-liter V6 engines and speed control. According to a settlement document, NHTSA said Ford’s recall action "may have been untimely" and could have justified an enforcement action. The Ford-NHTSA settlement documents also mentioned the Mazda Tribute. In 2012, Mazda recalled 217,000 Tributes from the 2001-2006 and 2008 model years. A Mazda spokesman, however, said that the Japanese carmaker was not involved in the settlement between Ford and NHTSA.
He said that they are unaware of a fine against them, but will work closely with NHTSA. Ford did not admit fault as part of the settlement. Ford spokeswoman said in an e-mailed statement to Automotive News that the carmaker is “absolutely committed to addressing potential vehicle issues and responding quickly” for its customers.Read the entire article Ford settled with NHTSA over Escape recall in 2012, pays $17.35 million fine
Ford Escape is now the first small utility vehicle that was able to sell over 150,000 units in the first half of any year. Ford sold 156,626 Escapes in the first six months of 2013. This brings the Ford Escape on pace to surpass its all-time annual sales record of 261,008 vehicles, which was set in 2012. The Ford Escape effectively outsold the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 in the first half of this year.
Amy Marentic, group marketing manager for global cars and crossovers at Ford, remarked that the Escape’s “great performance, standout design and outstanding fuel economy” are attracting new buyers. She added that it was “great to see Escape break new ground,” which shows that Ford is listening to customers and delivering competitive global vehicles.
The Ford Escape grew 23 percent in sales in the United States, the vehicle outpaced growth in the small utility segment that gain 13 percent in the first half of 2013.Read the entire article Ford Escape is 1st small utility to hit 150,000 unit H1 sales
The Ford Escape’s comeback is nothing short of terrific as it has been determined to have sold more than 2000 units higher than the Honda CR-V (the undisputed 2012 compact crossover king) in January. The CR-V, which sold 17,809 units, is also threatened by the Chevrolet Equinox (with 17,223 units sold), just 600 units behind Honda.
Toyota RAV4 is at fourth place with 11,610 units sold. Fifth place went to the Nissan Rogue (with 8951 units sold). Trailing it at sixth place is GMC Terrain (with 8550 units). If GM’s Equinox and Terrain sales are combined, they would have a higher figure than the leaders in the class. Seventh place goes to the Subaru Forester with 6565 units sold but it’s likely to experience a sales surge as soon as the new Forester arrives in dealerships.
The smallest gap between crossovers is the one between the Jeep Patriot and Mazda CX-5. The Jeep Patriot takes eight place with a lead of just four units. Mazda’s CUV took ninth place with 5344 units.Read the entire article Ford Escape proved more popular than the Honda CR-V in January
Ford Motor Co. admitted that a glitch in the software that monitors the vehicles' cooling systems is what caused the defect that increased the risk of an engine fire in its recently launched Escape and Fusion models. A recall was issued on Nov. 30 for nearly 90,000 Escape crossovers and Fusion sedans. The affected models are powered by the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine.
Ford said that the cooling system’s initial design couldn’t handle a loss of pressure in certain conditions, which may set off a vehicle fire when the engine was running. The software in the models covered in the recall will be updated by Ford. In a statement, the company said that by applying the software updates, the engine temperatures will be better managed during a unique overheating condition that may take place under unique operating conditions.
Raj Nair, Ford's s product development chief, said that the repairs won’t have any material impact on the company’s finances since these are covered by its warranty reserves. Ford informed U.S. safety regulators that they had received nine reports of fires from customers. Ford is encouraging those who drive 2013 Escape and Fusion vehicles to call their dealer and get a free replacement vehicle while the software has still to be updated.Read the entire article Ford says that Escape, Fusion models were affected by software glitch
Ford Motor Co. has issued the recall of around 89,000 2013 Ford Escape crossovers and Fusion sedans with 1.6-liter engines that could overheat and lead to fires. It’s estimated that about 73,320 Escapes and 15,833 Fusions in the U.S. and Canada are affected by the voluntary recall. Ford informed customers that they should get in touch with a dealer as early as possible to be given alternative transportation at no additional charge.
Ford said that the recall was issued over complaints of engine overheating and fluids leaking on hot parts, leading to engine fires while the engine runs. Ford is still working to find out the source of the overheating problem. Ford said that so far, there has been no report of injuries.
Ford has received reports of 12 fires in Escapes and one in a Fusion, according to a report from The Associated Press citing Ford spokesman Said Deep. Since the debut of the redesigned 2013 Escape this spring, it has been included in a recall four times. The Fusion was redesigned for 2013 and started selling this fall. The instrument clusters of several drivers who encountered high engine temperatures followed by engine fires showed this message: "Engine Power Reduced to Lower Temps" or "Engine over temp, stop safely."Read the entire article Ford recalling 89k 2013 Escape and Fusion models, urges owners to park them
After receiving reports of alleged engine defects, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that it will review a request by the North Carolina Consumers Council to investigate 1.6 million 2005-12 Ford Escapes. The council asked the NHTSA to examine allegations that its engines could stall or surge due to electronic throttle body failures.
The petition includes two new complaints of stalling in 2009 Ford Escape SUVs, which had throttle body failures. The owners of these vehicles said that there were frequent incidents of stalling and engine surging. Ford has said that it will cooperate with the NHTSA. Ford spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel said that it has only started its probe and so there’s little information available for now.
In the petition of the North Carolina Consumers Council (NCCC), dated August 30, 2012, the NHTSA is being asked to start a probe on the alleged defects of supposed electronic throttle body failures that result in engine stall or surge.Read the entire article NHTSA to investigate 1.6 million 2005-12 Ford Escapes
2013 Ford Escape crossover is on its third recall ever since it first came out. In this latest recall, 7,600 units are affected. These vehicles, which are powered by the 1.6-liter engine units, run the risk of having their cup plug dislodged. This may lead to a fire. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to announce the recall.
In the U.S., there are 6,150 units affected. If the plug dislodges, the coolant will drain, leading to an immediate fire risk. Ford said that no reports of fires have been reported by customers. However, there was one incident at a dealership. Ford already has the parts required for the repair in stock. It will take over three hours to fix each vehicle.
Ford will put more sealant and will place a second plug over the original part. In the second recall announced last July, Ford asked customers to immediately stop driving their vehicles due to the fire risk from a defective fuel line. The case in the third recall doesn’t appear to be anywhere near that urgent. For questions, customers can contact Ford at (866) 436-7332.Read the entire article Ford recalls the 2013 Escape crossover for the third time
Lincoln said that it won’t be planning a halo car for quite a long time and instead, the brand will be targeted at bigger volume segments first. The first step in Lincoln’s plan is a luxury crossover. The Lincoln crossover is based on the recently redesigned Ford Escape and will be going up against models like the Lexus RX, Mercedes GLK, Volvo XC60 and the Audi Q5.
It’s believed that the new crossover is would go on sale at around two years from today. It may be launched in 2013 as a 2014 model year vehicle. Lincoln isn’t expected to go up against rivals in the smaller niche segments so it is focusing its efforts on the volume sellers to be successful.
Lincoln product development chief Scott Tobin told Autonews that this small premium utility segment has been growing at the fastest rate. Tobin added that Lincoln hasn’t totally ruled out having a flagship car. He said that it is entertaining the possibility of a D-segment flagship vehicle.Read the entire article Lincoln wants a small crossover based on Ford Escape
Ford Motor Co. is receiving commendations for its ability to address the problems of its vehicles in an effective yet rapid manner. This was exemplified when Ford issued a safety recall of the redesigned 2013 Ford Escape crossover in response to reports of engine-compartment fires. After three fire incidents, two of which occurred at Ford’s factory, the carmaker immediately created a task force to determine the cause of the incident.
After determining the problem, Ford then told its buyers not to drive the unit and its dealers not to sell it. By conducting the recalls, Ford had to undertake some risks, as the Escape was its second-best selling vehicle in the United States. Ford had recalled the 2013 Escape for a carpet issue that could affect drivers when they are braking.
The recent safety recall may also prompt consumers to remember the problem-laden launch of the original Escape. However, Ford’s swift recall action may not necessary smear the reputation of the carmaker and of the Escape. Lexus and Saturn had conducted major recalls months after their launch, but thanks to swift and appropriate recall, both brands gained reputation for caring about their customers and treating them right.Read the entire article Ford boosts image with deft handling of 2013 Escape safety recall
Ford Motor Co. has issued the recall of 11,500 new Escape SUVs in North America due to the risk of engine fires. In a statement, Ford said that the recall covers model year 2013 Escapes that are powered by 1.6-liter engines to replace engine compartment fuel lines that could split and leak fuel, resulting to fires under the hood.
Ray Nevi, assistant director of Ford's automotive safety office, said that its rigorous investigation and testing has named what areas to be concerned about. He also said that the company is doing its best to repair the vehicles the fastest way they can. He added that it is very important that customers who are affected be aware of this recall and instantly get in touch with their dealer.
Ford informed owners to call their local Ford dealer right away so that loaner vehicles could be sent. Ford said that the recalled Escapes will be chosen and sent to dealerships to be repaired. Dealers have been informed to halt sales of 2013 Ford Escape SUVs with 1.6-liter engines until they’re fixed. Ford claims that this defect had not resulted to any injuries.Read the entire article Ford recalls 11,500 new Escape SUVs in North America
Ford Motor Co. said that the EPA has certified all three engine offerings for the 2013 Ford Escape to return 30 mpg or higher on the highway. The Escape has been redesigned for 2013. The V-6 engine option has been dropped and had been replaced by a range-topping 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which offers the same hp as the V-6, with two less cylinders.
In addition, Ford doesn’t anymore offer the hybrid version of the Escape. The C-Max crossover, which shares its platform with the Escape, is available only as a hybrid. The C-Max Hybrid will go on sale in the fall. The EPA has given the three Escape engines the following ratings for city and highway fuel consumption: (1) The 1.6-liter EcoBoost (with an output of 178 hp and 184 lbs.-ft. of torque, returns 23 mpg city/33 highway; (2) The 2.0-liter Ecoboost, which delivers 240 hp and 270 lbs.-ft. of torque, offers 22 mpg city/30 highway; (3) The 2.5-liter iVCT, which produces 168 hp and 170 lbs.-ft. of torque, is rated 22 mpg city/31 highway.
The 2.5-liter engine, the only carryover from the current Escape, will be offered only in the base S model. Even if it is the same basic engine, there is a 3mpg improvement on the highway when compared to the same engine used in the 2012 Escape. The SE, SEL and Titanium trim versions have the 1.6-liter EcoBoost as its base engine.Read the entire article 2013 Ford Escape certified by the EPA to get 30 mpg on the highway
The redesigned 2013 Ford Escape crossover is $200 cheaper than the previous model with its base price of $23,295 (including shipping costs). What’s new for 2013 is the Titanium trim level – the top trip level. Opting for a fully loaded 2013 Escape Titanium model will cost the buyer $31,195 (which includes $825 shipping).
Dealers have started to take orders for the redesigned Escape, which will arrive at dealerships this spring. Production started this week at Ford’s Louisville, Ky., assembly plant. The 2013 Escape is drastically different from the current model, whose boxy appearance is associated with traditional SUVs.
Ford is expecting that this model will enable Escape to be among the top of the list when it comes to sales of entry-level crossovers. For the first quarter of 2012, the current Escape has snatched 14.2% of the entry level crossover segment. It came in second to the Honda CR-V, which had an 18.1% share. This year, Escape sales have risen 5% to 58,604 units.Read the entire article 2013 Ford Escape gets a starting price of $23,295
Although everyone was waiting for a hybrid version of the 2013 Ford Escape it appears that this vehicle will not arrive at the dealerships. FoMoCo has a serious reason for this: the EcoBoost four-cylinder engines will offer fuel economy "that approaches the existing hybrid". These words came from Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of global product development, who also added that an Escape with higher mpg was not needed to attract buyers.
Still, if you want a hybrid model you will have to go with the C-Max Hybrid, Ford’s answer to the Toyota Prius. Kuzak says the C-Max is a multiactivity vehicle and has almost the same functionality as the Escape, plus better fuel economy. So if you want an Escpe Hybrid, buy a C-Max Hybrid. This model is expected to heat the dealerships in the second half of 2012.
Another reason for dropping the Escape Hybrid would be the fact that the hybrid version of the current Escape is not selling, as sales dropped to 9,009 vehicles, a 13 percent decline from the same period last year. Regarding the gasoline version of the Escape, its sales have improved 33 percent to 228,719 vehicles.Read the entire article 2013 Ford Escape will not receive a hybrid version
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